Open Submissions Month #3: The Announcement!
3 years ago
So here it is! We’ve trolled you quite long enough; you’ve waited patiently through all my waffling, and now you’re going to find out (some) of the winners of the Open Subs Month!
Okay, yes, we’re holding a little something back. More on that below.
So this has been an amazing experience, as ever, with some top-notch submissions, some fantastic talent on show – it was particularly gratifying seeing some of the same names as last time, and seeing how they’ve changed and grown – and some really warm responses from feedback. Connecting to the genre writing community is one of the most rewarding parts of being a publisher, and this has been no exception.
It was, as I’ve said before, a fiercely competitive field, and a tight result, but in the end we decided – based on a long list of criteria – on three hugely exciting projects, adding some fantastic new and rising writers to our stable of talent. (As an added bonus, we’ve also spoken to some authors about holding back pitches to revisit later, or to pitch again; it was a rich crop!) We’re adding to one of our oldest and best-loved lines, and to one of our newer, unrulier babies. It’s a hell of a time to be alive.
So without further ado, here are our two successful “existing worlds” pitches:
Tomes of the Dead: The Lazarus Conundrum
When the dead returning to life is the norm, the most shocking mystery is when someone doesn’t. Detective Inspector Helen Ogilvy is called to the scene of a murder. A young woman named Trinity Brown has been shot in the chest, and for the first time in years the victim’s stayed dead.
In a future UK teetering on the brink of becoming a Police state, where healthcare has never been so well funded – because lower mortality rates equal fewer zombies – Brown’s death could be the spark that starts a conflagration. And DI Ogilvy has two days to solve it.
Paul Starkey lives and works in the East Midlands and has wanted to be a writer since he was ten years old. He has had short stories published in both the UK and America and has self-published two novels and a short story collection. He’s recently completed his fifth novel.
Gods and Monsters: Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef
In Kuala Lumpur, where deities and damned souls number in the millions, it doesn’t pay to be a medium. By day, Rupert Wong makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls. By night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. It still isn’t enough to buy him a new car, or his langsuir girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle.
But then opportunity comes knocking with a whip and a carrot in each hand. The Dragon King of the South has a job for Rupert: find out who murdered his daughter and her husband. But with a rival pantheon in the frame, what Rupert learns could mean war. And he would be stuck in the crossfire.
By day, Cassandra Khaw works as the business developer for Singaporean publisher Ysbryd Games. By night, she moonlights as a freelance technology reporter for places like PC Gamer and The Verge, while still writing exorbitant amounts of fiction. Rumor has it that she does not sleep and can only be satiated with offerings of fluffy things.
Both these novellas are out this Fall!
Third Mega-Exciting Top Secret Project!
Which brings us to our third and final project. This is, of course, the new world that we said we’d be looking for! But as we’ve mentioned already, this is all part of our terribly thrilling Abaddon X tenth anniversary celebrations, and we’ll be making the announcement right there at the Abaddon X party. That’s due to happen on the evening on Wednesday 5th August this year, at an undisclosed location in London, and we’ll splash the series, novella and author’s names all over the place the very next morning.
So please give Paul and Cassandra a huge welcome and go and find them on the social medias!