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Myr

Check out the Spring 2006 Anthology!

Days of Silence - 2006 Spring Anthology

 

 

Be sure to read and review!

 

For Authors!

We'd also like to remind all authors that we have 4 Anthology themes for 2018 and a Novella Contest:

Contests

 

Anthologies

  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th
Myr

fairytales.jpg

 

Take some time to check out our Fairy Tales Anthology from Spring 2007

In no particular order:

 

Would you mind taking a few minutes to leave a review for our hardworking authors?

 

For Authors!

We'd also like to remind all authors that we have 4 Anthology themes for 2018 and a Novella Contest:

Contests

 

Anthologies

  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th
Myr

2007 Winter Anthology.jpg

This week we are promoting our Winter 2007 Anthology: Worth Fighting For.

In no particular order:

 

Be sure to read and review!

 

For Authors!

We'd also like to remind all authors that we have 4 Anthology themes for 2018 and a Novella Contest:

Contests

 

Anthologies

  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th
Myr

We hope you had a great Christmas!  As we march closer to the end of 2017, did you get the chance to read our previous holiday anthologies? 

Our 2004 Christmas Anthology:

2004 Anthology: Christmas

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/7-2004-anthology-christmas/

 

Our 2006 Winter Anthology Blizzard Theme:

Winter 2006 Anthology: Blizzard

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/11-winter-blizzard/

 

Our 2015 Secret Santa Short Story contest:

Christmas 2015 Secret Santa Short Story Contest

 

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/80-2015-secret-santa-short-story/

 

Also, this story was strongly recommended:

 

We'd also like to remind all authors that we have four anthology themes for 2018 and a novella contest:

Contests

 

Anthologies

  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th

 

Myr

Ghosts of Christmases Past

As we head into the final days before Christmas 2017, it might be a great time to take a break from the hectic holiday season and reread some of our anthologies from Christmases Past.

Our 2004 Christmas Anthology:

2004 Anthology: Christmas

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/7-2004-anthology-christmas/

 

Our 2006 Winter Anthology Blizzard Theme:

Winter 2006 Anthology: Blizzard

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/11-winter-blizzard/

 

Our 2015 Secret Santa Short Story Contest:

Christmas 2015 Secret Santa Short Story Contest

 

https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/80-2015-secret-santa-short-story/

 

We'd also like to remind all authors that we have 4 Anthology themes for 2018 and a Novella Contest:

Contests

 

Anthologies

  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
  • 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th

 

 

Renee Stevens

The theme of the 2018 Spring Anthology is Now or Never and/or Encounters

 

Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it.

 

Please read these submission guidelines carefully.

 

You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial.

 

Who may participate

 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories.


Submission Guidelines

 

Submission Date: May 15th, 2018

 

Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology.

 

Non-Poetry

  • No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words.
  • Each story posted as its own submission
  • Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000
  • Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000


Poetry

  • Up to five poems
  • Posted as a single submission (a collection)
  • Each poem posted as its own chapter


Submission Procedure *Please read carefully*

 

Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps:

  • Contact @Valkyrie via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting  Valkyrie*
  • Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories?
    • Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself
    • Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team.
    • Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies
    • Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live.
    • Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page.
    • *NEW* Each theme will have it's own category. When providing the URL for your story in the announcement thread, please state which theme your story best represents.

    [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly


Extensions

 

Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology.

 

Story Titles

 

Please do not use the anthology themes or your GAUsername as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed.

 

Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings

 

Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask.

 

Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Valkyrie when you send the PM requesting the final proof.

 

Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies.

 

Editing

 

All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor.

 

Copyright

 

As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2018 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission.

 

However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks.

 

If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2018 Gay Authors Spring Anthology: Now or Never and/orEncounters, and include a link back to GA if possible.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.

Renee Stevens

I know a lot of people have been looking forward to the release of the Fall Anthology. Luckily, the wait is over! Eleven stories have now been released for your enjoyment. I hope you find something you enjoy and don't forget to leave the author's a review to let them know what you think of their work! Thank you to all the Authors and their teams, the Anthology Proof Team for giving the stories a final polish, and Mann Ramblings for the Anthology banner! A special thank you to Valkyrie who took over pairing authors with members of the proof team. Thank you!!

 

 


 

 

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Willpower

Northie

 

Message Bringer

C.T. Piatt

 

What Happened to Mark

Jay T

 

Bugsy and Me

Mikiesboy

 

Big Boy Pants

Headstall

 

Brotherhood

Valkyrie

 

The Accident

Defiance19

 

Living Next Door to Alex

Caz Pedroso

 

Before I Wake

Puppilull

 

Turnabout is Fair Fae

Valkyrie


Under the Surface

jfalkon

 

 


 

 

2017 Fall Anthology Support Team

 

Anthology Coordinator

Renee Stevens

 

Tech Support

AJ

Myr

 

Proof Team

Cia

Rec

Valkyrie

craftingmom

Parker Owens

 

Anthology Banner Creation

Mann Ramblings

 

 

Renee Stevens

It's that time of year again!!! Normally today would be a prompt day, but as I've been having trouble fitting in this post, I decided to go ahead and post it on a prompt day. As those who have been here for years can tell you, it's the members who help us determine the themes for the years anthologies. Even with all the recent changes to the anthology, we still want the members to help us come up with suggested themes. From now, until September 29th, the GA membership can suggest themes and then a group of authors will narrow those themes down.

 

The following are the new theme suggestion guidelines (more details in the theme suggestion thread):

  • Members can suggest up to 5 themes
  • All theme suggestions can be no more than 3 words (any theme suggestion going over this will be disqualified)
  • Suggested themes can NOT be a previously used theme. You can check the list of past themes, here.
  • Theme suggestions posted on the blog entry do not count. You must post your suggestions in the theme suggestion thread.


Once the theme suggestions are closed to new themes, a group of authors will help narrow down the list and pick the themes for the 2018 Anthologies, which will then be posted both in the forum and in the weekly wrap up blog.

Renee Stevens

Attention all GA Members! Put your pen and paper down and put on those reading glasses, if you have them. It's time to do some reading, as the 2017 Spring Anthology is now live for your enjoyment! We had twelve authors take up the challenge of the Jagged Edges/Unintended Consequences themes and there are fourteen new stories and poems for you to go through. Don't forget, if you like a story, leave the author a comment to show them your appreciation.

 

All authors who participated in the anthology were entered into a drawing as part of the author incentives. The winner gets to choose which prize they would like:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • 1 Month Ad Space - This can be used for a GA story, a published story, or your story collection
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store

 

And the winner is

CassieQ

(Pm me with your prize choice)

 

On top of author incentives, we want to encourage readers to read and comment on the anthology entries. For each story a reader comments on, they will get one entry into the drawing. Comments need to be more than just a "great story" or "I liked this". Share your thoughts with the author and you could win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


If you'd like to better your chances, write me a blog review (200-500 words) on your favorite story from the anthology and I'll give you an extra 2 entries! Readers will have until June 1st to review stories and/or write a blog review. The winner will be announced in the Weekly Wrap Up on June 4th.

 

Now, let's see what the authors came up with!

 


 

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Can't A Guy Visit A Friend

thecalimack

 

Hold the Elevator

Puppilull

 

Angel and Imp: Thrice is Enemy Action

Timothy M.

 

April's Fool

Valkyrie

 

Dalkhu (Demons)

aditus

 

The Bard's Tale

northie

 

Impatient

CassieQ

 

Rule #3

CassieQ

 

Looking Glass

Cole Matthews

 

Jagged Edges Sounds

Parker Owens

 

Joined

Sasha Distan

 

A Diamond in the Rough

Comicfan

 

Companionship Can Be Many Things

Timothy M.

 

Rounded Rocks

AC Benus

 

 


 

Anthology Support Team

 

Anthology Coordinator

Renee Stevens

 

Tech Support

Myr

 

Proof Team

Rec

Valkyrie

craftingmom

Parker Owens

 

Anthology Banner Creation

Mann Ramblings

Renee Stevens

The theme of the 2017 Fall Anthology is The Fall Out and/or Secret Spaces

 

Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it.

 

Please read these submission guidelines carefully.

 

You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial.

 

Who may participate

 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories. All authors who participate in the anthology will be entered into a drawing. The winner gets to choose which prize they would like:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • 1 Month Ad Space - This can be used for a GA story, a published story, or your story collection
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


Submission Guidelines

 

Submission Date: November 15th, 2017

 

 

Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology.

 

 

Non-Poetry

  • No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words.
  • Each story posted as its own submission
  • Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000
  • Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000


Poetry

  • Up to five poems
  • Posted as a single submission (a collection)
  • Each poem posted as its own chapter


Submission Procedure *Please read carefully*

 

Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps:

  • Contact Renee Stevens via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting Renee Stevens.*
  • Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories?
    • Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself
    • Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team.
    • Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies
    • Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live.
    • Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page.

    [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly


Extensions

 

Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology.

 

Story Titles

 

Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed.

 

Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings

 

Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask.

 

Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Renee Stevens when you send the PM requesting the final proof.

 

Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies.

 

Editing

 

All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor.

 

Copyright

 

As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2017 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission.

 

However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks.

 

If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2017 Gay Authors Fall Anthology: The Fall Out and/or Secret Spaces, and include a link back to GA if possible.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.

Renee Stevens

Sorry all, I know that we missed out on the February discussion day for the current anthology. Before we get started, a quick reminder that the deadline to get your votes in for the April Fool's Short Story Contest is 2:00 PM EST TODAY. The themes for the Spring anthology are Jagged Edges and Unintended Consequences and the deadline to get your story to the Anthology Proof Team is April 30th. So, let's get this discussion started! Feel free to answer any of the questions, all of the questions, and/or ask your own!

 

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Are you planning on participating in the 2017 Spring Anthology?

 

Which of the two themes are you thinking about using?

 

Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you?

 

If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write?

 

Do you have your anthology planned out?

 

Do you work from an outline or just write as you go?

 

If you've already started, would you like to share anything about your story?

 

If you've already submitted your story, are you planning a second story?

Renee Stevens

It's time to start thinking about the first anthology of the year, the 2017 Spring Anthology. Whether you're just thinking about writing an anthology entry, or you've already started writing, we want to know! The themes for the Spring anthology are Jagged Edges and Unintended Consequences. So, let's get this discussion started! Feel free to answer any of the questions, all of the questions, and/or ask your own!

 

gallery_10349_448_73360.jpg

 



Are you planning on participating in the 2017 Spring Anthology?

 

Which of the two themes are you thinking about using?

 

Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you?

 

If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write?

 

Do you have your anthology planned out?

 

Do you work from an outline or just write as you go?

 

If you've already started, would you like to share anything about your story?

Renee Stevens

The theme of the 2017 Spring Anthology is Jagged Edges and/or Unintended Consequences

 

Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it.

 

Please read these submission guidelines carefully.

 

You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial.

 

Who may participate

 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories. All authors who participate in the anthology will be entered into a drawing. The winner gets to choose which prize they would like:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • 1 Month Ad Space - This can be used for a GA story, a published story, or your story collection
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


Submission Guidelines

 

Submission Date: April 30th, 2017

 

Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology.

 

Non-Poetry

  • No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines
  • Each story posted as its own submission
  • Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000
  • Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000


Poetry

  • Up to five poems
  • Posted as a single submission (a collection)
  • Each poem posted as its own chapter


Submission Procedure *Please read carefully*

 

Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps:

  • Contact Renee Stevens via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting Renee Stevens.*
  • Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please visit the FAQ.
    • Make sure the story is unpublished by unchecking BOTH the publish boxes, one for the chapter and one for the story itself
    • Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team.
    • Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies
    • Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live.
    • Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page.

    [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly


Extensions

 

Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology.

 

Story Titles

 

Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed.

 

Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings

 

Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask.

 

Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story Springs within this type of content please alert Renee Stevens when you send the PM requesting the final edit.

 

Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies.

 

Editing

 

All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor.

 

Copyright

 

As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2017 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission.

 

However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks.

 

If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2017 Gay Authors Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges and/or Unintended Consequences, and include a link back to GA if possible.

 

Contact Information

 

We are now using the 'my media' system. Therefore when you post your story it generates a story in your media area. For you to interlink the forum thread and the story you have to create both. Some people do not want a forum thread. If you want one, create one. If you want the two linked, PM Renee Stevens and she can help you link the two.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.

Renee Stevens

As some know, I've been asked many times if we can redo past anthology themes. Since normally we don't use the same themes more than once, it was decided to do a special anthology using all of the Pre-2016 anthology themes, which we decided to call: Rewind. Authors could choose any past theme they wanted and write a 5,000 - 25,000 word story. Six authors took up the challenge and we now have a twelve story anthology for you, just in time for Christmas. Which seems fitting since there are a couple of Christmas stories in there!

 

All authors who participated in the anthology were entered into a drawing as part of the author incentives. The winner gets to choose which prize they would like:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • 1 Month Ad Space - This can be used for a GA story, a published story, or your story collection
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


And the winner is


Headstall


(Pm me with your prize choice)

 

On top of author incentives, we want to encourage readers to read and review the anthology entries. For each story a reader reviews, they will get one entry into the drawing. Reviews need to be more than just a "great story" or "I liked this". Share your thoughts with the author and you could win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


If you'd like to better your chances, write me a blog review (200-500 words) on your favorite story from the anthology and I'll give you an extra 2 entries! Readers will have until January 6th to review stories and/or write a blog review. The winner will be announced in the Weekly Wrap Up on January 8th.

 

Now, let's see what the authors came up with! (The original theme name has been included in italics)

 

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comicfan


Christmas

 


Blizzard / Christmas

 

Daddy Issues
Sasha Distan


Friends & Enemies

 


Fairy Tales

 

Family Matters
Sasha Distan


I'd Never Do That

 

Finding Refuge
Headstall


Scars

 

Maelstrom
Valkyrie


Blizzard

 


Living In The Shadows / Fairy Tales

 


Legend

 

Trade Deals
Sasha Distan


A Night To Remember

 


Fairy Tales / Ending & Beginnings

 

Waiter. Waiter
Cazpedroso


A Night To Remember

 

2016 Special Anthology Support Team

 

Anthology Coordinator


Renee Stevens

 

Tech Support


AJ

 

Proof Team


Cia


Rec


Valkyrie


craftingmom


Parker Owens

 

Anthology Banner Creation


Mann Ramblings

Renee Stevens

Here is a list of anthologies included. If your name/story does not appear, please contact Cia and Renee.

 


comicfan

 

 

Daddy Issues
Sasha Distan

 

 

Family Matters
Sasha Distan

 

Finding Refuge
Headstall

 

Maelstrom
Valkyrie

 

 

 

Trade Deals
Sasha Distan

 

 

Waiter. Waiter
Cazpedroso

Renee Stevens

Well, it's the last discussion day before the Special Anthology is due. I can tell you, that as of right now, there are three entries with the proof team, and four have been submitted. Just a reminder, that the deadline is December 14th, so if you have a story you're working on for it, you still have time to finish up and get it submitted to the proof team.

 

Now, a quick reminder as to the purpose of the proof team. The proof team is supposed to be the last edit/proof that is done on your story. Before it is submitted to the proof team, it should have gone through your editing and beta team and be ready to go. The proof team will only be doing a quick proof and once it's gone through them, and you've made the changes, it should be ready to post. There shouldn't be any need for it to go back through an author's editing team.

 

Our current author list is:

 

Valkyrie
Comicfan
Headstall
Sasha Distan

 

What does everyone want to discuss today? I'm thinking, that rather than me provide a list of questions to answer, maybe each person who comments can ask their own question (and of course answer their own question) so that we have a variety of questions for authors to consider.

Renee Stevens

Hope everyone is ready for some new stories and poems! We had a great turnout for this anthology, and we have 17 new stories/poems for you to enjoy. If you checked out the "Double Check" post, you already know which authors and stories we have for you, but don't worry, I'll include them here as well! Before we get to that, we have a couple of things to take care of.

 

In order to encourage authors to participate in the anthologies, we came up with some author incentives. All authors who participate in the anthology will be entered into a drawing. The winner gets to choose which prize they would like:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • 1 Month Ad Space - This can be used for a GA story, a published story, or your story collection
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


And the winner is


Defiance19


(Pm me with your prize choice)

 

On top of author incentives, we want to encourage readers to read and review the anthology entries. For each story a reader reviews, they will get one entry into the drawing. Reviews need to be more than just a "great story" or "I liked this". Share your thoughts with the author and you could win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 Month Premium Membership
  • $5 Credit to the GA ebook store


If you'd like to better your chances, write me a blog review (200-500 words) on your favorite story from the anthology and I'll give you an extra 2 entries! Readers will have until November 26th to review stories and/or write a blog review. The winner will be announced in the Weekly Wrap Up on November 27th.

 

Now let's see what stories we have for you!!!

 

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Dirty Pool
Headstall

 

Finding the Line
craftingmom

 

His Father's Son
Defiance19

 

 

Kisses
CassieQ

 

Lost and Found
Valkyrie

 

Oliver
aditus

 

Out of the Blue
Puppilull

 

 

Reality Dreaming
William King

 

Stained
Cole Matthews

 

 

 

2016 Fall Anthology Support Team

 

Anthology Coordinator


Renee Stevens

 

Tech Support


AJ

 

Proof Team


Cia


Rec


Valkyrie


craftingmom


Parker Owens

 

Anthology Banner Creation


Mann Ramblings

Renee Stevens

Hey authors! If you submitted a story to the anthology, please make sure it's listed below. If it's not, PM me! And hey, if you didn't submit a story for the anthology, then here's your chance for a sneak peek at what author's you will see when the anthology goes live. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Yes, the links for the stories are included, but alas, you'll still have to wait to read em because the stories haven't gone live yet :D

 

A Blind Spirit
Emi GS

 

A Gift for Mom
Emi GS

 

Angel and Imp: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Timothy M

 

Death Left Forgotten
Cia

 

Dirty Pool
Headstall

 

Finding the Line
craftingmom

 

His Father's Son
Defiance19

 

Khalid and Kalil
AC Benus

 

Kisses
CassieQ

 

Lost and Found
Valkyrie

 

Oliver
aditus

 

Out of the Blue
Puppilull

 

Poetry Saga FA2016
Emi GS

 

Reality Dreaming
William King

 

Stained
Cole Matthews

 

The Coroner's Lament
Defiance19

 

The Unforgettable and the Unexpected
jfalkon

Renee Stevens

Since the last discussion day focused entirely on the fall anthology, I thought we'd have a second one to focus on the special anthology. Remember that the special anthology is due to the proof team on December 15th and it includes all pre-2016 themes. For all those who kept asking about redoing a past theme, now is your chance. Make sure you read the announcement as the the word counts and guidelines are a little bit different from other anthologies. And it might not be a bad idea to get your entries in to the proof team early!

 

If you're planning to participate in the anthology, I'm curious as to which theme(s) you've chosen for your entries. Have you started them yet and if so, how far along are you on your chosen theme(s).

 

Does anyone want to share something about your entry? What's it about? How did you come up with the idea? Anything else you'd like to share? I really would like to see these anthology discussion days be something that everyone has some fun with, and with that in mind, does anyone have any ideas as to some fun things we can do with the anthology discussion days?

 

Let's hear your thoughts!!!

Renee Stevens

Welcome to this month's Anthology Discussion Day! A quick reminder that the deadline for submission to the fall anthology is rapidly approaching. The fall anthology themes are Blindsided and/or The Forgotten and is due on October 28th. We're going to do things a little different and have two discussion days this month. This first one is going to be solely on the fall anthology. I'm going to do without the questions this time and simply would like everyone to say where they are.

 

If you've already submitted, then would you like to give us the blurb/description you used for your story?

 

If you have any questions, now is the time to ask. If you want to share your experience in writing for this anthology, we'd love to hear it. Essentially, I want everyone to have fun with this discussion, all I ask is to please keep it on the topic of the 2016 Fall Anthology.

 

I will be out of town until Saturday night, but Cia has promised to check in and answer any questions she can. What she can't answer, I'll answer when I get back!

Renee Stevens

Hey All!! It's time for this months Anthology Discussion Day! I'm hoping that holding these discussion days will help encourage authors to participate and also serve as a reminder of the upcoming anthology. We had a great turnout last month, and hopefully this month will be even better! Because we have two upcoming anthologies, due within a short time frame of each other, we're going to focus on both of them. The first anthology, is the Fall anthology with the themes of Blindsided and/or The Forgotten. The second anthology we're going to talk about is the 2016 Special Anthology: All Pre-2016 Themes.

I'm going to try and do something a little different this month. I'll provide the general questions, but for those who replied last month, I'm going to try to address each of them separately (wish me luck!)


 

For the Fall anthology, here's some questions to get the discussion going:

  • Are you planning on participating in the 2016 Fall Anthology?
  • Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you?
  • If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write?
  • Do you have it planned out?
  • Which of the two themes are you thinking about using?



 

Now for the Special Anthology:

  • Just a quick reminder, the word count for the 2016 Special Anthology is different from the normal anthologies with the minimum being 5,000 words.
  • Are you planning to participate in the 2016 Special Anthology?
  • Have you decided which themes you are going to use for your story/stories?
  • Have you already started writing your special anthology? If so, how far along are you?





Emi - Since I already know that you have two entries in for Fall Anthology (One poem collection & one short story), have you decided which (if any) of the themes you're going to do for the Special Anthology?

 

Puppilull - How's the monster coming along? Are you to the revision stage yet?

 

Timothy M. - Last month you were about half done with your story, have you gotten much written since then? Do you think you'll finish it in time? Have you taken a second (or maybe a third) look at the Special Anthology?

 

Cia - Has inspiration struck you yet?

 

Valkyrie - How's the jotting down of ideas for the anthology? Or have you progressed beyond that and started writing? What about the special anthology, did you get any of that fleshed out like you wanted?

 

Mikiesboy - How goes the editing on your Special Anthology entry? Have you passed it on to your team or are you still working on it?

 

AC Benus - I think you probably were one of the first (I'd have to go look). Considering you're done with your fall anthology, are you looking at doing a Special Anthology as well? If so, what theme(s) are grabbing your attention?

 

Cazpedroso - I know school has started here, has it there yet? Have you been able to start on some of your ideas for the anthologies?

 

Aditus - That's great you have ideas for part 3 & 4, have you gotten started on them? Or are the ideas still percolating?

 

Headstall - Congrats on your daughter's wedding, has it happened yet? In not, when is the big day? If so, how'd it go? And if so, does that mean you're finding time to work on your anthology entry?

 

Okay, I think I covered everyone, if not, please forgive me. No slight is intended. A couple questions for everyone who has been participating in the discussion days: Do you find them helpful? Do they help motivate you to participate in the anthology?

Renee Stevens

Hey All!! It's time for this months Anthology Discussion Day! I'm hoping that holding these discussion days will help encourage authors to participate and also serve as a reminder of the upcoming anthology. We had a great turnout last month, and hopefully this month will be even better! Because we have two upcoming anthologies, due within a short time frame of each other, we're going to focus on both of them. The first anthology, is the Fall anthology with the themes of Blindsided and/or The Forgotten. The second anthology we're going to talk about is the 2016 Special Anthology: All Pre-2016 Themes.

 

For the Fall anthology, here's some questions to get the discussion going:

  • Are you planning on participating in the 2016 Fall Anthology?
  • Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you?
  • If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write?
  • Which of the two themes are you thinking about using?
  • Anything new since the July 2016 discussion day? Has your story idea changed at all?
  • Have you come up with names for your main characters? Care to share them?
  • What genre do you plan to write for the anthology?


Now for the Special Anthology:

  • Are you planning to participate in the 2016 Special Anthology?
  • Have you decided which themes you are going to use for your story/stories?
  • Have you already started writing your special anthology? If so, how far along are you?
  • What genre do you plan to write for the special anthology? If you are writing more than one story, what genres?
  • Any thoughts as to what the Special Anthology should be called?


Do you have any questions you'd like to see other anthology authors answer?

 


Let's get this discussion started!!!!

Renee Stevens

Hi Hi!!! It's time for our first ever Anthology Discussion Day! I'm hoping that holding these discussion days will help encourage authors to participate and also serve as a reminder of the upcoming anthology. Because we have two upcoming anthologies, due within a short time frame of each other, we're going to focus on both of them. The first anthology, is the Fall anthology with the themes of Blindsided and/or The Forgotten. The second anthology we're going to talk about is the 2016 Special Anthology: All Pre-2016 Themes.

 

For the Fall anthology, here's some questions to get the discussion going:

  • Are you planning on participating in the 2016 Fall Anthology?
  • Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you?
  • If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write?
  • Do you have it planned out?
  • Which of the two themes are you thinking about using?


Now for the Special Anthology:

  • Are you planning to participate in the 2016 Special Anthology?
  • Have you decided which themes you are going to use for your story/stories?
  • Have you already started writing your special anthology? If so, how far along are you?


Let's get this discussion started!!!!

Renee Stevens

It's that time of year again!!! As those who have been here for years can tell you, it's the members who help us determine the themes for the years anthologies. Even with all the recent changes to the anthology, we still want the members to help us come up with suggested themes. From now, until July 30th, the GA membership can suggest themes and then a group of authors will narrow those themes down.

 

However, there are some changes to the theme selection process for this year. The following are the new theme suggestion guidelines:

  • Members can suggest up to 5 themes
  • All theme suggestions can be no more than 4 words (any theme suggestion going over this will be disqualified)
  • Suggested themes can NOT be a previously used theme. You can check the list of past themes, here.
  • Theme suggestions posted on the blog entry do not count. You must post your suggestions in the theme suggestion thread.


Once the theme suggestions are closed to new themes, a group of authors will help narrow down the list and pick the themes for the 2017 Anthologies, which will then be posted both in the forum and in the weekly wrap up blog.

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