Friday, 17 June 2016

SuperHERo Tales: Volume 3 - submission changes

The changes to the submission policy are typed in blue.

SuperHERo Tales (Volume 3):



You need to create a character. She is female and a superhero, but what she looks like, what her powers are, what she wears and what kind of personality she has is all up to you. Start by outlining these specific things:

Name of female superhero:

Name of human alter ego, if different:

Superhero appearance (hair, eyes, body type, etc.):

Human alter ego appearance (if she has an alter ego):

Costume:

Personality:

Brief description of how the superheroine gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.):

Powers:

Anything else important:

Once you have filled these details in, write a flash fiction or short story, no less than 300 words long and no longer than 1,000 words, that is a complete scene.  Feedback from the previous two anthologies is that readers would like the stories to be longer and fuller, so for volume three, we are going to request that stories be anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 words long. This story can be one that shows how your character develops her powers, how she becomes a superhero. It can be a fight scene, showing how she uses her powers. It can be a romance scene (PG, please) showing how she interacts with her love interest (if she has one). It can be anything you want it to be that shows some aspect of your character, something important to her life. It doesn't have to be a complete story, but it must be a complete scene. Think of it as if you have your own TV series dedicated to your superhero, and this short story is one episode of the series. (That suggests it should at least have an end to the scene, even though everyone watching/reading knows that the story continues.)

At the beginning of the page, before starting the list, type your name and the word count. Then type the word "anthology:" and add "yes."

E-mail your story to me using the "contact me" button in the top right corner.

Because this is for charity, there will be no payment, but your name will be listed as a contributing author and you will have an author bio (which you will have to send in) near the end of the book. (You will need to send in your author bio along with your story submission. It should be one paragraph, written in third person, and it can include links to your websites.

A contract will be sent out to authors whose stories have been accepted for the anthology.

image via TrophyStore.co.uk
There will be a trophy for the best submitted story. It will be a female superhero statue, unless that trophy is no longer available.
Deadline: September 30th, 2016

Art submissions: This anthology is for a charity that benefits girls, and as we are creating female superheroes in the comic tradition, we are looking for some superhero drawings to represent the superheroes. E-mail me for a list of the descriptions of the superheroes that have been added to the anthology so far if you plan on submitting a drawing or more than one drawing. Because this is for charity, there will be no payment, but your name will be listed as the artist and you will have an artist bio (which you will have to send in) near the end of the book. We reserve the right not to use any illustrations in the anthology. We are looking for superheroines drawn in the comic book style only. We are only looking for art that looks professional, so we won't be able to accept all art.

Note: If you contributed a story/superhero to a previous SuperHERo Tales, you may write about the same superhero, but must have a different piece of fiction about her - readers must learn something new about your superheroine that they did not learn in the first anthology.

Please include a one-paragraph, third-person artist bio with your submission. Website links to your sites may are allowed within reason.

Deadline: September 30th, 2016

A portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to Because I Am a Girl. From the website:

"Because I am a Girl is a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.
Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to be denied access to education, more likely to be denied medical care, and more likely to be malnourished, simply because they’re girls. And yet, studies show that if you give a girl enough to eat, an education and a safe environment, she’ll work to raise the standard of living for herself, her family and her community.
 We operate a wide range of programs worldwide to improve the status of girls and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society.
Our State of the Worlds Girls report series is an ongoing investigation to shine the light on  specific barriers to young girls’ development and their access to basic human rights."

Monday, 11 January 2016

Now taking submissions for SuperHERo Tales: Volume Three #SuperHERoTales

SuperHERo Tales (Volume 3)

 

Melusine Muse Press is now taking submissions for the third volume of SuperHERo Tales.

You need to create a character. She is female and a superhero, but what she looks like, what her powers are, what she wears and what kind of personality she has is all up to you. Start by outlining these specific things:

Name of female superhero:

Name of human alter ego, if different:

Superhero appearance (hair, eyes, body type, etc.)

Human alter ego appearance (if she has an alter ego):

Costume:

Personality:

Brief description of how the superheroine gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.):

Powers:

Anything else important:

Once you have filled these details in, write a flash fiction or short story, no less than 300 words long and no longer than 1,000 words, that is a complete scene. This scene can be one that shows how your character develops her powers, how she becomes a superhero. It can be a fight scene, showing how she uses her powers. It can be a romance scene (PG, please) showing how she interacts with her love interest (if she has one). It can be anything you want it to be that shows some aspect of your character, something important to her life. It doesn't have to be a complete story, but it must be a complete scene. Think of it as if you have your own TV series dedicated to your superhero, and this short story is one episode of the series. (That suggests it should at least have an end to the scene, even though everyone watching/reading knows that the story continues.)
 
At the beginning of the page, before starting the list, type your name and the word count. Then type the word "anthology:" and add "yes." E-mail your story to me using the "contact me" button in the top right corner. Because this is for charity, there will be no payment, but your name will be listed as a contributing author and you will have an author bio (which you will have to send in) near the end of the book. (You will need to send in your author bio along with your story submission. It should be one paragraph, written in third person, and it can include links to your websites.) Deadline: September 30th, 2016


Art submissions: 

E-mail me for a list of the descriptions of the superheroes that have been added to the anthology so far if you plan on submitting a drawing or more than one drawing. Because this is for charity, there will be no payment, but your name will be listed as the artist and you will have an artist bio (which you will have to send in) near the end of the book. We reserve the right not to use any illustrations in the anthology. We are looking for superheroines drawn in the comic book style only.

Note: If you contributed a story/superhero to a previous SuperHERo Tales, you may write about the same superhero, but must have a different piece of flash fiction about her - readers must learn something new about your superheroine that they did not learn in the first anthology.

Deadline: September 30th, 2016

A portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to Because I am a Girl.

From the website:


"Because I am a Girl is a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to be denied access to education, more likely to be denied medical care, and more likely to be malnourished, simply because they’re girls. And yet, studies show that if you give a girl enough to eat, an education and a safe environment, she’ll work to raise the standard of living for herself, her family and her community.
We operate a wide range of programs worldwide to improve the status of girls and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society.
Our State of the Worlds Girls report series is an ongoing investigation to shine the light on  specific barriers to young girls’ development and their access to basic human rights."

To see previous editions of SuperHERo Tales, go here.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

SuperHERo Tales: Volume Two

The second volume of the SuperHERo Tales anthology has hit some delays, but it should be out and available for purchase within a month.

Are you ready for more great female superheroes? Are you ready to read stories from their lives? Are you ready to see what a real female superhero should look like? One without all of the skimpy clothing the female superheroes of the past have been known for?

Here's a sketch of one of the characters in the anthology. Her story featured in the first SuperHERo Tales anthology, and she has more of her story included in Volume Two. Have you read the stories in the first volume? Can you tell which superhero it is?




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Thursday, 4 December 2014

We need more female superheroes #SuperHERoes


There is a dearth of female superheroes in the media. Male superheroes are the ones who get the lead rolls in the movies, when there are female superheroes who have not been given the chance to star in a film of their own. Comics do feature female superheroes, but more often than not, those women are scantily clad with teeny-tiny waists and giant breasts. Have you tried to find toys or other merchandise featuring female superheroes? There isn't a lot to choose from.

In real life, there are many females who do heroic deeds and work in heroic jobs, women who save people or risk themselves every day to help others or to shed light on injustices in the world. In history, there were many female warriors, but they rarely feature in any of the history textbooks.

We need more female superheroes. We need roll models for our girls and women who girls and boys can look up to as shining examples of strong and purposeful women. We need more stories about female superheroes, both more being told about existing superheroes and new female superheroes created with stories to be told.

This blog is here as a place to feature female superheroes, both the everyday female heroes that live in the real world with the rest of us and imagined female superheroes written about in books, shown in movies and portrayed in comics and games.