Angry Robot / Strange Chemistry: Open Door 2012

If you are a budding writer then you will already be aware of how many barriers there are between writing the book and getting the damned thing published.  In 2011 the relatively new publisher Angry Robot removed a big barrier with their Open Door experiment, allowing submissions from un-agented authors to hit their desks and be given a fair shot.  Well it’s back, and this time it’s got company.

‘Following a successful Open Door period in 2011 (we signed 3 debut authors from it!), we’ve decided to do it again! This time around, we’re looking for Classic Fantasy (for Angry Robot) and all SF/Fantasy flavours of YA (for Strange Chemistry).

If you have completed a novel, and are unagented, between April 16th and 30th this year, we’ll happily read it for possible publication. If you are agented, this isn’t for you – submit via the usual route.’

– Unfamiliar with Angry Robot?  Here’s their mission statement:

Angry Robot ™ is a new global publishing imprint. Our mission, quite simply, is to publish the best in brand new genre fiction – SF, F and WTF?!

Traditional SF and fantasy has been ploughing an entertaining furrow for many decades, but to our way of thinking much of it is missing a trick. To the new generations of readers reared on Dr Who and Battlestar Galactica, graphic novels and Gears of War 2, old school can mean staid, stuck in a rut. “Crossover” is increasingly the way forward and you’ll find plenty of it here, without batting an eyelid. New heroes and new settings, or maybe just reinventing the wheel, we’re not fussed – if there’s an energy in a book that gets us jumping up and down, we’re all over it.’

– With the thousands of submissions likely to flood through their doors there is a simple thing you can do to make sure your book stands a fighting chance – Take the next paragraph  seriously and click on the link for full information.

This page is full of things you Need To Know. You spent months – or possibly years – perfecting your novel, so make sure you take twenty minutes or so to read the guidelines on this page. And by guidelines, we of course mean: instructions carved in stone. Last year we rejected far too many submissions simply because the author did not follow the submission guidelines.

Remember, it’s not just Angry Robot who are opening their doors this year.  Their offshoot company the Young Adult publishers Strange Chemistry are ‘inviting submissions from YA authors. These submissions can be any and all flavours of SF/F!

All our books are “genre” fiction in one way or another — specifically fantasy, science fiction, horror, and that new catch-all urban or modern fantasy. We are entirely happy if you mash-up any of those genres to create something new.’

If you have completed a novel, and are unagented, between April 16th and 30th this year, we’ll happily read it for possible publication. If you are agented, this isn’t for you.

– Once again, be sure to read their Submission Guidelines very carefully and treat them as gospel.

Who knows, this time next year we could be reviewing YOUR book on the website…

Best of luck to you all.

GS Reporter: Dion Winton-Polak

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