Worldsmyths is an online fantasy writing group founded in 2016. First established as a forum, we now make our home on Discord, and serve as a group for speculative fiction writers, with a focus on the fantasy genre. 2021 is our fifth anniversary, and so we decided to present this anthology as a way of showcasing our fantastic community.
See the Submissions and FAQs for more information!
Days come, and days go. Time is a snake eating its own tail, and all things have their end. Explore the contradictions of life and time in this speculative fiction anthology featuring upcoming authors. Find love in unexpected places or test the limits of your sense of duty. Follow a witch as she seeks to discover her purpose, and watch as a man faces the hungry wolves of winter – and his own mortality.
Worldsmyths Publishing is a non-profit organization with the charitable goal to help new writers navigate the confusions waters of publication. Join the community on Discord to gain access to members-only publishing opportunities like Seasons Unceasing.
With a rating of 4.4 on Goodreads, people are loving Seasons Unceasing! See below for a selection of reviews.
Worldsmyths Publishing is a Non-Profit! Our goal is to help upcoming writers grow their skills and business by providing a supportive, informative community. Members of our community, housed on Discord, get access to critique channels, author support services (help setting up your website, mailing list, etc), and several members-only publishing opportunities a year.
Worldsmyths Monthly Writing Challenge
Every month Worldsmyths posts prompts and challenges our members to write a story including at least one of them.
Want to participate? Join our Discord server to submit your story and earn points that can be used on our points store! Month: November Theme: Chance Sentence Prompts: ‘Each person has a fixed amount of luck in your life, and today’s events just used it all up.’ ‘You would give anything to have a second chance at life, absolutely anything’ Mechanic: Unreliable Narrator Trope:https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WorldTree Wild Card: Empty Bottle Image: @Rybrari on Twitter
Our publishing business is chugging along, and we have the following updates for you.
Seasons Unceasing – Line Editing Underway
The authors have been sent their line edits and have until November 15th to return them. After that our editor will proofread the manuscript, and we are that much closer to publication!
Submissions Open – Members-Only Publishing Opportunity
Join the Worldsmyths Discord server to gain access to the Sugar & Spice call for submissions. We are soliciting 3-5 stories each on the themes of platonic love, sweet romance, and spicy romance.
ARC Readers Wanted
Watch our social media for the official call for Advanced Readers! We will be providing free eBook copies to reviewers in exchange for an honest review. Interested in participating? Reply to this email to get on the mailing list!
We’ve got a lot happening with NaNoWriMo coming up, so read on to find out what’s happening at Worldsmyths!
Indiegogo Campaign Update
Our Indiegogo campaign for raising funds to publishing Seasons Unceasing has finished, and we have raised $710CAD on our goal of $2500. While it is disappointing that we didn’t hit our goal, we are looking forward to publishing this anthology anyway! This is our strongest anthology yet, and we know you will love it.
Missed the chance to back the campaign? Don’t worry, you can still preorder copies of the anthology! We will be launching a Backerkit campaign, which is an addon for Indiegogo that allows us to launch a presale store! Watch this space for more news.
Want to help? Follow us on social media and share our posts! Every share helps, and you’d be supporting an indie woman-run business.
It is the 1st anniversary of Myths, Legends, and Dreams, and to celebrate we are discounting the anthology by 25%!
Want to get it even cheaper? On October 9th the anthology will be on sale for 99 cents! Discover your new favourite author today!
Submissions are open for Rocs & Rainbows, a Worldsmyths Pride Anthology.
Speculative Fiction stories around the theme of LGBTQ+ Pride. We are looking for a balance of uplifting and challenging stories that explore LBGTQ+ themes and characters. Allies may submit, you do not have to identify as a member of an LBGTQ+ member to participate.
This is a charity anthology! Profits will go to an approved LGBTQ+ charity chosen by the Worldsmyths Community. Deadline: Nov 30th, 2022 by 11:50PM EST. 2000 words minimum to 12,000 words max. Payment: $0.005/word (up to $40USD) Rights: Non-exclusive, reprint for future editions Reprint and Simultaneous Submissions Accepted: No Submissions are open to anywhere in the world, as long as stories are written in the English language. All submissions must be in standard manuscript format (size 12, Times New Roman font, single spaced, indented paragraphs). All stories should be submitted via Forms through this link: https://forms.gle/TSWsw4ySNwAJ…
National Novel Writing Month is an international event that takes place during the month of November, where writers aim to write 50k words in a single month.
Many of our Discord members participate, so to help get those words flowing, we will be hosting a word crawl this year! A word crawl is a self guided challenge involving rolling dice and beating prompts by writing words.
For further motivation we will be giving out a copy each of our anthologies. Participate in NaNoWriMo to get one entry into then draw, and complete your NaNoWriMo target to get a second entry! Prizes to be sent out early December.
We ordered custom music! Thank you to Dev from Tin Can Audio for creating a really special piece of music for us to use for Youtube intro/outros, and for our upcoming book trailer! Visit him today for all your music needs.
We can’t go any further in this update without talking about our fantastic cover artist, Asterielly! She is friendly and responsive, and creates absolutely gorgeous covers. Below is Darkness & Moonlight – Isn’t is something else?
Lastly, we are now on Patreon! All of our tiers include a behind-the-scenes look into the nitty gritty of anthology publishing. If you want to know more about the process, support us today!
Worldsmyths is looking for ARC readers for our upcoming short story anthology Darkness & Moonlight: A Worldsmyths Anthology, releasing on June 18th. Here is the blurb:
Trickster fairies and deceptive lovers. Foul betrayal and brutal murders. Stolen moons and monstrous beasts. The stories within these pages take place during darkest midnight and under the ethereal light of the moon.
Darkness & Moonlight is a Speculative Fiction anthology featuring the works of the members of the Worldsmyths writing community. This international group of authors has come together to explore what dangers lurk under the cover of darkness.
Discover your new favourite author today! Featuring the works of Freya Bell, Ally Kelly, Odessa Silver, Michael A. Epanchin, Kiran Lamoureux and more!
What Is An ARC Reader?
An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) is an advanced copy of an eBook or physical copy that a volunteer receives for free. They then leave a review on websites such as Amazon and Goodreads before the launch date of the book.
Deadline: June 17th, 2022 by 11:59 PM EST Format: eBook or physical copy Reviewing: We’re looking for anyone willing to leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and any social media websites (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc)
Expect to receive the book by May 15th.
If you have any questions, DM us on our social media or e-mail us at email@example.com
We’ve officially launched our 2022 Indeigogo campaign! This year we are excited to offer a wide selection of perks!
What goes better with books than TEA?! We have three different kinds of tea bundles this year, all of which include acknowledgment and thanks in the next anthology, as well as a Worldsmyths branded mug! Alternatively, you can order just the tea or just the mug! We have three different tea bundles – green tea, fruit tea, and black tea.
Additionally, we will also be offering Worldsmyths branded t-shirts and hoodies!
And of course, there’s the anthology itself – we are offering eBoooks, paperback copies of Darkness & Moonlight, limited hardback copies of Darkness & Moonlight, and a bundle package for both Myths, Legends & Dreams AND Darkness & Moonlight.
This campaign will allow us to cover the costs of publishing, in addition to stretch goals, such as offering author copies and higher editor and author pay.
If you are interested in contributing and helping us reach our goal, you can do so here. If you are unable to contribute but want to help in other ways, feel free to share the link on social media!