Urban Fantasy Anthology Opportunity!

Manifesto: UF

Edited by Tim Marquitz and Tyson Mauermann

An Angelic Knight Press Production

 The time has come to make a statement, to define a genre. This is our manifesto.

I’m looking for urban fantasy stories that leap from the pages, full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery. Beyond a contemporary/urban setting, there are no thematic guidelines for this anthology. My goal is to challenge the kings and queens of the genre, to rattle the foundations of the UF world. If you think you have that story, I’d love to see it.

* The first confirmed author for Manifesto: UF is Jeff Salyards, Scourge of the Betrayer! The fantastic William Meikle (Carnacki, Dark Melodies, Clockwork Dolls) is the second confirmed author.

  • Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Submissions open on January 15, 2013, and close at midnight, May 15, 2013. The anthology will be tentatively published on September 1, 2013, through Angelic Knight Press.
  • Submissions and queries can be sent to ufmanifesto@gmail.com.
  • Payment is in the form of shared royalties (50% net electronic, 25% net print), all contracts through Angelic Knight Press.
  • All stories must be typed in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, in a legible font (Size 12: Courier, Arial, Times New Roman), and must be either .doc or .docx file format. (Exceptions can be made for other formats that are easily opened and edited in Microsoft Word, but DO NOT send PDF, Notepad, or any other format that requires extra effort just for me to look at your submission.)
  • Acceptances/rejections will be sent as time allows (expect some lag time), but the target range will be three to five weeks from submission date. Feel free to send a status query after the fifth week if you have not heard back.
  • I will not limit topics, but stories that include rape, pedophilia, racism, or sexism simply for the shock factor will be rejected. If these topics are used in a way that blends them logically and faithfully within the theme of the story, I’ll gladly give the story a chance. I want quality story-telling.
  • No reprints will be accepted.
  • Multiple submissions ARE NOT allowed. Simultaneous submissions ARE allowed, but please inform me if your submission is being considered elsewhere, and be sure to let me know if it has been accepted somewhere else during the process. (After a rejection, authors are free to submit a new work for consideration.)
  • Be warned: I will not have time to provide personalized rejections. If your story is something I enjoyed but feel needs a little work, I will say so and offer the opportunity to resubmit it. If your rejection does not offer such an opportunity, please, do not resubmit the same story as it will be rejected again without consideration.
  • For published pieces, Angelic Knight Press takes first, worldwide electronic and print rights for a period of six (6) months from publication. As a shared royalty anthology, there is no guarantee of any specific payment amount. Be aware, all stories published in Manifesto: UF will be considered reprints after the fact and will limit future use and financial opportunities once the Angelic Knight Press contract expires.



About Tim Marquitz

Grave digger turned horror author
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36 Responses to Urban Fantasy Anthology Opportunity!

  1. Greg Chapman says:

    Sounds like a cracker Tim — might just have mull over a story for this one!


  2. TSPSweeney says:

    Sounds exciting Tim, I’ve actually had an urban fantasy story idea brewing for quite a while now, I’ll definitely be sending something your way!

  3. This sounds incredibly exciting! Urban Fantasy – now that’s something I can get behind! I’ll have to see about throwing something together to submit.

  4. Someone says:

    Do you accept YA?

  5. I have an idea that I have playing around with that I feel would be a nice fit. I will have to get down to business on it this weekend. Looking forward to it.

  6. TSPSweeney says:

    A quick question for you Tim, if you don’t mind: how contemporary is contemporary?

    That is, would a near future or near past setting be acceptable, or is it purely a modern day, 2013 setting across the whole anthology?

  7. Moczo says:

    I do have a question. It’s noted that if our stories are accepted, they’ll be considered reprints in any future printings due to the contract with the publishing company, limiting our ability to publish them elsewhere even after the one-year contract is up. Does this apply to anything else about the story? Would, say, different works featuring the same characters/setting be affected in any way?

    • Tim Marquitz says:

      Absolutely not. Angelic Knight Press is only contracting you for the particular story. All characters, the world, etc, are yours and are not impacted by the contract. The only reason the warning is there is to ensure that folks realize they’re committing a story to a legal contract and to be sure that’s what they want to do.

  8. Anna says:

    Hi Tim, sounds like a great anthology! Will you consider secondary worlds (i.e., not Earth)?

  9. My story’s almost polished, Tim (i.e. I’m sick of looking at it). Another round of edits and I’ll be sending it over. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Would you accept less than a 3,000 word count ?

  11. Phil Thorogood says:

    To clarify; urban fantasy = primarily city setting, correct?

  12. Bella says:

    Is it okay to include bad language and/or violence? As long as it’s not gratuitous, obviously.

  13. Bella says:

    Sorry, another question. I’m from the UK – does it matter if a submission contains UK spellings/words?

  14. Bella says:

    Thinking about it I probably could write it in American English but a couple of Britishisms might sneak in :/ Just keep an eye out for them.

  15. Ben says:

    Hi there, just wondering if the .odt format (open office) is OK for submissions?

    • Tim Marquitz says:

      I occasionally have issues opening them with my Word 2010, so if you can adjust the format to rtf, or something similar, that would be great. If not, send it in and I’ll see how it works.

  16. Bella says:

    Do we need to include a cover sheet with submissions? Something that has name, email address, word count etc? Or do we just attach the story and send?

  17. Dylan Etienne says:


    I was wondering if this was still open to submissions? On the Angelic Knight website it is still listed under ‘Open Sub’ Projects, but it says here the 15th of May?


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