RBE's general submission guidelines are always expected. Additional guidelines will be particular to each open title.

OPEN STRONG, for you only have 500 words to impress. RBE begins narrowing selection from the onset. The submission form will only allow you to insert the first 500 words of your tale. While we are willing to read the first 500 words of stories in progress, we are not eager to read unedited first drafts of those first 500 words. We are not offering feedback or suggestions of any kind on these openings. Rather, we are determining whether or not we believe your story has the potential to be accepted for inclusion in RBE's next titles. It either does or it does not. Please exercise professionalism and some respect of yourself and our time, and deliver the best version of your 500 word opening that you can. We hope that it is also understood that these opening 500 words set the standard by which we will compare the remainder of a story should we ask for it. Do not short-change yourselves. If your opening grabs us, we will ask for the rest.


  • Grammar and format:
    • HELP our First Readers read your submissions! While not easing their reading won't immediately disqualify you, obviously the more consistent and professional you make it, the more competitive you become.
    • Guidelines:
      • ​US English language/spelling
      • 1″ margin on all sides
      • standard 12-point type font, like the typical default Times New Roman
      • double-space the entire text
      • single space between sentences
      • tabbed opening paragraph sentences -- don’t leave an empty line between paragraphs
      • double quotes on dialogue
      • mark a change of scene or time with a centered  #
      • NO text bolded* or all capitalized* or of multiple colors or in wild fonts -- *unless of specific purpose in your story
  • Submissions:
    • Previously published stories may be submitted, with the expectation that you appropriately inform RBE of past publication history.
    • Multiple stories may be submitted, though each must be submitted separately.
    • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, with the expectation that you promptly inform RBE of any acceptance elsewhere.
  • Rights and payment:
    • Unpublished stories will be published under contract as First Time World Volume and Electronic Display Rights exclusive to RBE for 31 days; then shall be non-exclusive for so long as this title shall remain in print and so long as RBE exits.
    • Previously published stories will be published under contract as World Volume and Electronic Display Rights non-exclusive for so long as this title shall remain in print and so long as RBE exits.
    • Payment for contributors will always include cash, copies, and contributor discount on additional/future purchases. These will be detailed in each open submission.
  • Evaluation criteria -- these are RBE's three most important values when reading your submission:
    • Does it deliver quality heroic adventure?
    • Does it deliver on the theme?
    • Does the storytelling regale?  This sort of encompasses much of the 'normal' criteria: hook, plot, theme, pacing, dialogue, character. It's how the story feels; does it make us forget we are not sitting at your feet around a fire?

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions are capped at 100 total per month across all open postings. This contributes to easing workflow and hopefully avoiding congestion and delayed response. Subs automatically reopen on the first of each month until that particular title is filled.

Thank you for your interest in appearing in a RBE title. We appreciate your enthusiasm for heroic storytelling and hope you enjoy writing to the challenge of theme! Questions may be directed to RBE at any time via our website or Facebook.

Pirates & Crusaders, ahoy! Hoist your banners, unsheathe your blades, kiss your crosses, and let's search for booty on the seas and the sands! More of the age of steel than shot, though some rudimentary gunpowder is acceptable. NO fantastical elements! Write us your strongest swashbuckling adventures! Gritty, dangerous, and bloody, but nothing of this grimdark nihilism.


We're seeking only an unlucky baker's dozen of stories -- 3 solely pirate, 3 solely crusader, 7 combing both. Or maybe we'll do 4-4-5, depends on the excitement we find in your tales!


Stories should be 4k-9k words in length. Nothing either too much shorter or too much longer. Wow us with heroic storytelling!


Submissions will remain open through fall of 2018 and until we find the stories we want. Response time on your first 500 words should be less than a week, while response time after we receive your full story should be less than a month. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all informed.


Publication is tentatively scheduled for Christmas 2018. Again, we will keep all informed. Payment of $30 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will also receive electronic copies and discounts on additional/future purchases.


This is Fantastical Crime Noir.

Think Sam Spade meets Roger Rabbit in Karl Edward Wagner's story "Into Whose Hands."

NOIR description/ideas/meanings:

Film Noir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir

Fiction Noir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noir_fiction


CRAZY TOWN is an anthology of hardboiled tales – crime and suspense tales; gritty, grimy, sexy, and bloody film-noir type tales with a fantastic twist. Think of the kind of stories that you would expect in BLACK MASK or TRUE DETECTIVE, but with just enough speculative elements to steer toward WEIRD TALES or TWILIGHT ZONE territory.


We're not looking for private-eye mages or grumpy superheroes in your local Gotham. Write your strongest, most dangerous fiction filled with dark desires and deeds, less suave and more street slang – but not gratuitous or grotesque. NO SMUT.


Speculative elements are required, though we want a variety of ideas. Bring your best tough guys and gals and let us share in their filthy lucre lives as they best the dirty, diabolical denizens of their cities.


Load up on atmosphere and dialogue from every truly noir source you can dream of -- then shovel it into your story from the git-go. Then hardboil it, mix in fantastical elements, and shake -- this is not a stir anthology! This will be RBE's darkest title yet (and series if it works...), but we're still seeking stories that at least offer a glint of positiveness or hope or soul, even if only seen darkly through the smudged and bloody glass.


We're looking for stories in the 3k-7k words range, shooting for somewhere between 60-75k total in the final manuscript. Nothing either too much shorter or too much longer.


Submissions will remain open through fall of 2018 and until we find the stories we want. Response time on your first 500 words should be less than a week, while response time after we receive your full story should be less than a month. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all informed.


Publication is tentatively scheduled for Christmas 2018. Again, we will keep all informed. Payment of $25 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will also receive electronic copies and discounts on additional/future purchases.


This is fantastical romance adventure. A classical fairy-talish homage to THE PRINCESS BRIDE (book and movie by William Goldman). The theme to SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! is that of diabolical machinations defeated by ‘Last Boy Scout’ good-guy/gal-ism! Write all the mostly ‘good parts’ of fun heroic family entertainment. Include authorial asides, rhyming, inconceivable conceits, memorable characters, unique creations, and most importantly, true love and loyalty. Honestly—just have fun writing good old fun stories to share with all the members of your family. Write to put a smile on the readers face!


In the true spirit of homage and theme, RBE is looking for the same number of stories as foes Fezzik says he can handle when Inigo asks, "How many could you handle?" before storming the castle in their defeat of the prince's diabolical machinations: 10. That’s right, only 10 stories. Target total word count for the anthology is 65k, so write your stories accordingly.


Submissions will remain open through fall of 2018 and until we find the stories we want. Response time on your first 500 words should be less than a week. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all informed.

SPECIAL NOTE: Response times after the initial 500 words response will be much longer on this open call as we search for those stories with lively wit, seemly levity, and clear heroic values that fit best together within the target word count. The more we like your story, the longer we will hold it as we piece our puzzle together.

 

Publication is tentatively scheduled for Christmas 2018. Again, we will keep all informed. Payment of $42 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will also receive electronic copies and discounts on additional/future purchases.