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Front cover of The Tangled Bank

Featuring the art of Teresa Young.



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Table of Contents announced!

Tangled Bank Press is pleased to announce the Table of Contents of its first publication.

THE TANGLED BANK: Love, Wonder, & Evolution will launch on Darwin Day,         12th February, 2010.

The anthology, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, is bursting with over 100,000 words of fiction, poetry, artwork, and essays.

An international line-up of nearly 50 contributors includes Sean Williams, Brian Stableford, Patricia Russo, Carlos Hernandez, Bruce Boston, and Emily Ballou.

For regular updates, visit our Facebook or Twitter pages, or stay tuned to the website. The introduction and a free story will be posted just prior to release.

Thank you to all who submitted!

Love, Wonder, & Evolution


A.M. Muffaz, Finches
Z.S. Adani, A Fistful of Tassels
Brendan Carson, Vaster than Empires
Gerald Costlow, Mercy
Marlissa Campbell, The Proust Effect
Anil Menon, The Uncertain Hour
Jen White, An Ordinary Boy
Douglas A. Van Belle, Detritus of a Second-hand Mind
Anne Lyle, Hopeful Monsters: A Darwinian Fairytale
Ben Francisco, On the Entropy of Species
Christopher K. Miller, The Pigs Are Not Alone
Gitte Christensen, Nullipara
Catherine J. Gardner, The Sound of Sharp Voices
Carlos Hernandez, Confessions of a Voluntary Egg Carrier
Jetse de Vries, The Frog Pool
James S. Dorr, Pets
Chris Lynch, The Feathered Serpent
Christopher Green, Darwin’s Daughter
Michael C. Lea, Orgueil
Kelly Jameson, A Bear Trains a Man
Jefferson Navicky, Map of the Provinces
K.R. Sands, Boy of Bone
Brian Stableford, Creationism
Patricia Russo, Four Corners

Chris Lynch, Introduction
Russell Blackford, Science & the Sea of Faith

Sean Williams, The Origin of Haiku by Means of Natural Selection
Julie Bloss Kelsey, The Selective Pressure of Children
Jeff Schiff, Swim to Saunter
Zenobia Frost, How do you do, Tuatara
Holly Day, Insectile
Magdalena Ball, Expressions of the Emotions
Anne Bryan, Rapunzel & the Double Helix
Phil Boiarski, Pakicetus
Anne Bryan, For Darwin’s Birthday
Bronwyn Mehan, Where the people are more evolved
Susan Beem, Points North
Jim Pascual Agustin, Creatures of Lava Tubes
Elizabeth Schultz, Evolution of the Encantadas
Michelle Leber, Rock Pool, Undertow Bay
Bruce Boston, Ancient Catch
Emily Ballou, The Green Need

Teresa Young
Ernst Haeckel
Chris Rodenhurst
Steven Rhodes
Cat Sparks


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Tangled Bank Press logo

Tangled Bank Press logo

TBP’s lovely new logo, courtesy of illustrator Chris Porter.

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Submissions closed

Submissions have now closed for The Tangled Bank anthology.

Thanks to all who submitted — over 280 submissions, a fantastic response.

Stay tuned for an update on the publication date.

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One month until submissions close

There are just under four more weeks until submissions for The Tangled Bank anthology close.

As you might expect, we’re seeing a lot of science fiction, space opera in particular. The Tangled Bank is an equal opportunity anthology, so it would be good to see more of other genres — fantasy, horror, new weird, steampunk, and all the rest. We’ve accepted a couple of excellent stories that explore evolution metaphorically, but in many submissions (particularly fantasy) the metaphor is too thin; no matter how good, stories about survival or change or human nature aren’t going to interest us unless there is a significant link to evolution at some level. Again, that deeper link doesn’t need to be scientific, it just needs to be recognisable as evolution. We’d also like to see more artwork.

The anthology is filling up with longer and serious stories, so shorter or lighter submissions will have something extra going for them. But, so long as the piece is an entertaining and thought provoking exploration of evolution, send it our way.

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Deadline extended and payment increased

The deadline for story and poetry submissions for The Tangled Bank anthology has been extended until 15th September, 2009 (or when filled).

An important bonus is that we’ve tripled the advance on royalties to AU$0.03/word for stories, and doubled the royalties shared between all contributors to 40 per cent. The advance for poetry and artwork has increased to AU$15, and AU$100 for cover art. The anthology will be published on multiple electronic platforms, which I expect will break some new ground for anthologies.

Submissions and queries are acknowledged within 48 hours, and our response time currently averages less than two weeks. To date we’ve accepted several first-rate pieces on evolution, and we’re looking for quality to match. If you have any questions, see the FAQ below or email thetangledbank (at) gmail.com.

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Deadlines and FAQ

Just a quick update to remind people that you only have two weeks to submit your story or poetry. And to announce that the deadline for art has changed:

Art will now be accepted after 30th June, until the anthology is filled.

A few frequently asked questions:

Do you accept reprints?

Yes, though the bar is higher than the standard for unpublished work. Generally, we’re more interested in recent publications. Please clearly state where and when the work was published when submitting.

Can I ignore the guidelines?

The guidelines are there for a reason. Reading them carefully will ensure that we’re in a good mood when we read your submission. But see the next question.

Should I query?

If you have something that you think is perfect for the anthology, but which doesn’t fit the guidelines, we’re probably still interested in seeing it. But it helps to send a query email first. We respond very quickly to all email.

Are you interested in non-fiction articles or essays?

Yes, but please query first.

What kind of stories or poems are you looking for?

Please refer to the Guidelines and the blog posts below. Essentially, we’re open to anything which explores evolution in a thought-provoking and entertaining way. One thing that we’re less interested in is variations on the X-Men theme: suddenly, and inexplicably, some humans evolve into a new race. There’s no reason this can’t be done well, but nearly all of the stories of this type we’ve seen don’t engage with evolution. If you could replace the new humans with robots or aliens without significantly affecting the story, then we probably won’t be interested.

A few other general tips for contributors:

  • It helps if you include your full name and the title of the work in the subject header, and the word/line count in the body of your email.
  • A cover note with a brief bio is helpful but not necessary.
  • There is no need to justify why your submission is perfect for the anthology, or to discuss the issues your submission explores — in our experience this is usually a bad sign.
  • You’ll receive an acknowledgement of your submission within a week, and usually within 48 hours. If your submission isn’t acknowledged within a week, please resend it. A few submissions have been filtered as spam.
  • We’ll have a decision for you within 90 days, but we’re currently responding much faster than that — within 30 days in most cases. Generally, the longer our response takes, the more seriously we’re considering your submission.

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