New Call for Stories: After Avalon

Anthology curated by Nicole Petit

King Arthur is dead. Camelot has fallen. Britain drowns in Saxons.

These are the stories of what come after.

After Avalon is seeking stories based on the premise, “What happened to these people and relics after Camelot fell?” What do the knights do when there is no more Brittan to defend? Did Sarras fall, or did the nation surviving knights built stand the test of time? Who wears the Green Knight’s girdle, now, and where does the Lady in the Lake reside? Is Merlin still trapped inside his tree? Who else has gone to Avalon?

Were Galahad, the Holy Grail, and the Spear of Destiny really assumed into Heaven? Or did bards invent that story, an easy solution to explain where Camelot’s greatest knight was on the day Camlann killed them all?

What’s become of the Questing Beast and the White Stag? Gawain’s mother and half-brother have destroyed Camelot, what does he do now? Does Pellinore still chase the Beast?

Has Arthur already returned?

Stories can take place anywhere between Arthur’s death and the present day. Stories set in the future may or may not prove to be a harder sell.

We encourage historically accurate stories set in a variety of times and places. Don’t be afraid to set your story during the crusades, or the Victorian era. Beware that the curator and her assistants are extreme history buffs, and they will notice anything inaccurate. Do your homework.

We’ll say no, thank you to excessively dark stories or stories that insult the Arthurian tradition.

If you’re looking for inspiration, we recommend: Neil Gaiman’s “Chivalry,” Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Marvel Comics’ Prince Valiant miniseries (1994), Simon R. Green’s Drinking Midnight Wine, the Justice League Unlimited episode “Patriot Act,” and “In the Deep, Deep Shallows” (issues #4-6 of Knights of the Living Dead; the preceding issues, which live up to the title, are the epitome of what we do not want).

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Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit.

Rights: First World Digital and Print.

Deadline: April 2nd, 2016

Word Count: 1,000-15,000

How to Submit your Story:

  • All stories should be sent, as an attachment, to submissions@18thwall.com.
  • The file must be formatted in .doc or .docx.
  • The interior of the document must be in double spaced Times New Roman (12 point font). Indents must be placed through your system’s Paragraph function; do not set indents by pressing tab or space. Please use full em dashes (—).
  • At the top of your document, please include William Shunn’s submission header.
  • Tell us a bit about yourself in the body of your email. Don’t stress this, it won’t make or break your submission.

Place your name, story title, and word count in the subject line of your email. For example, “After Avalon / Neil Gaiman / Chivalry.”

9 Comments

    • We happily consider reprints.

    • We are open to poetry, though we tend to prefer epic poetry. We would love something in the style of Gawain and the Green Knight or the early bards. We’re also open to normal poetry, but keep in mind that work under 1,500 words earns a smaller royalty. A “lost” fit of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King would be interesting.

  1. How explicit can the stories be. I’m not talking about porn, but maybe some mildly erotic scenes and occasional Anglo-Saxon/Chaucerian bawdy language. I’m building on the Lancelot and Guinevere story.

    • We’d prefer things on level of de Troyes, considering the wide range of our audience, so look to things like the scenes between Lancelot and Gwenievere in Knight of the Cart for inspiration. While we’re not innately opposed to things more explicit than that–the more explicit a story is, the harder it will be to sell us on it. Chaucer is the maximum amount of bawd we’d be willing to accept, though, again, you’ll have much better luck by sticking with de Troyes’ model.

    • We would be interested in seeing it submitted.

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