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A new volume in our celebrated anthology series devoted to offbeat cross-genre fiction.
A new volume in our celebrated anthology series devoted to offbeat cross-genre fiction.
A new volume in our celebrated anthology series devoted to offbeat cross-genre fiction.
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Clockwork Phoenix 5 is open to submissions! Please help us reach our stretch goals:

  • $1,500 ($12,500 total) adds 10,000 more words to the book.
  • $2,500 more ($15,000 total) will raise the pay rate to 7 cents/word!

Click here to read the new submission guidelines!

 I've posted the submission guidelines for Clockwork Phoenix 5. (You can read them by clicking here.) Our reading window will open the moment this anthology is fully funded. Help Clockwork Phoenix fly!

I've also answered a number of questions about this Kickstarter in a Q&A session that took place on Reddit. Have questions? Maybe I answered it there. If I didn't, feel free to leave another!

There's not much time left, but we don't have far to go! My thanks to everyone who has helped out so far, with their pledges, with the gifts they're offered for giveaways, with their signal boosts, with their encouraging words. You are the ones who are making this happen.

Help us publish the next volume in our critically-acclaimed anthology series, Clockwork Phoenix. We'll give a beautiful home to stories that defy classification, and we'll pay our writers professional rates.

To learn more, read on. (After you check out our amazing cover from Paula Arwen Owen.)

Our spectaculer cover by Paula Arwen Owen.
Our spectaculer cover by Paula Arwen Owen.

We started the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series in 2008. The first three volumes were met with all kinds of critical acclaim and award nominations. But then we lost our funding.

In 2012, to bring the series back from the dead, we decided to publish Clockwork Phoenix 4 ourselves. We held our first ever Kickstarter, which was a smash success, raising over $10,000, thanks to the generous support of 270 backers.

We started out that campaign with a goal to raise the minimum required to publish a new volume. Once we reached that, we set a stretch goal to pay our writers professional rates. And once we reached that, we sought to raise seed money to found our digital poetry and fiction journal, Mythic Delirium.

We delivered all our rewards on time, including the completed anthology and a special $1,000 edition signed by all the authors and editors.

All the stories from Clockwork Phoenix 4 won praise from reviewers. Beyond that, tales from our book were nominated for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the WSFA Small Press Award, and selected for the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, The Mammoth Book of SF by Women, Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction and Nebula Awards Showcase 2015.

With the Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter, our purpose is not to rise once again from the ashes, but to see what we can accomplish when we start from a position of strength.

That's why our funding goal is higher. Costs for printing and shipping have gone up in the three years since the first campaign, but much more significantly, the standard has risen for what's considered a professional payment for fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy field.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America established a new qualifying rate of 6 cents a word. We want Clockwork Phoenix 5 to meet that standard from the very start.

 Assuming we reach that goal, we do have stretch goals in mind -- such as expanding the budget to allow additional stories.

Our projected costs are based on figures from our previous Kickstarters:

  • $4800: 80,000 words worth of stories
  • $3600: printing expenses/production of rewards
  • $1700: postage/shipping
  • $900: Kickstarter fees
  • First stretch goal: $1500 adds 10,000 more words

Our plan is to open to submissions as soon as the campaign reaches its first funding goal. (Should we reach that mark, watch this page for updated submission guidelines.)

When we edit these books, we look for strange and beautiful stories from established pros and complete newcomers. The stories can have elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, all of the above, only a hint of each, or contain weirdness that's even harder to classify.

We encourage experimental technique, yet we also want tales that hold emotional power. We love it when readers tell us that our stories have introduced them to completely new experiences.

We are committed to diversity, and are open to and encourage submissions from people of every race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation and religious belief.

We hope, with your help, that we'll have a chance to discover and showcase even more of these wonderfully strange stories.

  For Canadian and international backers, additional shipping costs apply.

These limited edition chapbooks will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. We'll print just enough to meet our order and never print more.
These limited edition chapbooks will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. We'll print just enough to meet our order and never print more.
Titles available as ebook rewards.
Titles available as ebook rewards.
One-year and two-year subscriptions to MYTHIC DELIRIUM
One-year and two-year subscriptions to MYTHIC DELIRIUM
We're offering decals of artist Paula Arwen Owen's new design for the Clockwork Phoenix emblem, and high quality 11" by 17" prints, signed, of her cover art for the new anthology.
We're offering decals of artist Paula Arwen Owen's new design for the Clockwork Phoenix emblem, and high quality 11" by 17" prints, signed, of her cover art for the new anthology.
We have a number of trade paperback rewards to choose from.
We have a number of trade paperback rewards to choose from.
This one kind of speaks for itself.
This one kind of speaks for itself.
Custom made by Anita Allen.
Custom made by Anita Allen.
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  For Canadian and international backers, additional shipping costs apply.

Twelve pairs of Clockwork Phoenix earrings, choice of clip or stud, handmade by Anita Allen.
Twelve pairs of Clockwork Phoenix earrings, choice of clip or stud, handmade by Anita Allen.
Twelve sets of two tumblers, hand-etched by Anita Allen with Paula Arwen Owen's Clockwork Phoenix logo.
Twelve sets of two tumblers, hand-etched by Anita Allen with Paula Arwen Owen's Clockwork Phoenix logo.
Four Clockwork Phoenix pendants handcrafted by Anita Allen.
Four Clockwork Phoenix pendants handcrafted by Anita Allen.

An explanation of our add-on system, posted on April 30 in Update #2 with additional add-ons noted here and here.

A more detailed explanation of how our exclusive signed and numbered chapbooks by Laird Barron and Catherynne Valente will be made, posted May 8 in Update #9.

A more detailed explanation of our Clockwork Phoenix decals in Update #14.

Giveaways

Here's the giveaways that we've scheduled so far to help our as we climb toward halfway funded. You must be a backer to enter:

  • $2,200: Congratulations to backers Mary Spila and DieGo Comics, who won the audiobook editions of my novel The Black Fire Concerto and novelette The Sky-Riders (co-written with Paul Dellinger).
  • $3,000: Congratulations to Richard Novak and Rachel Swirksy, who won trade paperback ARCs of C.S.E. Cooney’s debut collection of fantasy novellas, Bone Swans.
  • $3,300: Congratulations to Cliff Winnig, who won audiobook editions of The Black Fire Concerto and The Sky-Riders.
  • $3,500: Congratulations to Charlie Byrd and Joanna Galbraith, who won a signed copy of my Shirley Jackson Award-nominated collection of short stories, Unseaming.
  • $4,000: Congratulations to Sam Fleming and Mike Skolnick, who won signed 11″ x 17″ inch giclee prints of Paula Arwen Owen‘s beautiful cover art.
  • $4,500: Congrats to Doug Mayo-Wells who won a signed copy of Nicole Kornher-Stace's debut YA novel Archivist Wasp.
  • $5,000: Congrats to Dana O'Shee, who won a signed copy of Marie Brennan's new fantasy novel Voyage of the Basilisk.
  • $5,500 (halfway!): Congratulations to backer James Weber, who won copies of Unseaming, The Black Fire Concerto, the Mythic Delirium anthology and Bone Swans for lifting the campaign over the halfway barrier, and to Karen Rochnik, who won the special 10th anniversary issue of the print version of our journal Mythic Delirium featured Neil Gaiman’s poem “Conjunctions,” signed by Gaiman himself.
  • $6,000: Congratulations to Robin L. Martinez, who won copies of my audiobooks The Black Fire Concerto and The Sky-Riders for pledging to get us across the $6,000 mark. Congrats also to Virginia M. Mohlere, who won the complete trade paperback set of Clockwork Phoenixes 1 through 4!
  • At $6,500, Hugo and World Fantasy Award winner John Grant, a contributor to Clockwork Phoenixes 1 & 3, will give away signed copies of his short story collections Take No Prisoners and Tell No Lies (Those titles, by the way, come from the chorus of a Janis Ian song.)
  • At $7,000, a signed copy of Nebula winner Rachel Swirsky's excellent anthology People of the Book and another ARC of C.S.E. Cooney's debut collection Bone Swans.
  • At $7,500, another signed copy of Nicole Kornher-Stace's debut YA novel Archivist Wasp and a signed copy of my Shirley Jackson Award-nominated collection Unseaming.
  •  At $8,000, another signed Clockwork Phoenix 5 cover art print from Paula Arwen Owen.
  •  At $8,500, another complete set of Clockwork Phoenix books.

My thanks to Anita Allen, Paula Arwen Owen, Elizabeth Campbell, Catherynne M. Valente, Laird Barron, C.S.E. Cooney, Francesca Forrest, Paul Dellinger, Dan Stace and Jeremy Holmes for everything they did to make this page possible.

Risks and challenges

I've run two Kickstarter campaigns. The first, in 2012, raised money to publish CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4. The second, in 2013, raised funds to keep my digital journal MYTHIC DELIRIUM publishing past its first year. Anita and I have delivered every reward from both campaigns on time. Setbacks and surprises are always possible, but we've proven we're up to the challenge. As before, I'll keep backers posted on our progress.

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