June 1st, 2007

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Sporty Spec: cover debut + halfway full

Here's a peek at the front cover for Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic. I did the art and the design with valuable input and technical advice from my dear hubby, Bob Desharnais.

This is actually the second cover for Sporty Spec. I wasn't satisfied with the first one I designed, which had a completely different look. It did, however, contribute some elements to this cover, so the work wasn't wasted.

I reckon the anthology is about halfway full at this point. Below is an up-to-the-minute list of everything I've accepted. Two contracts are outstanding, but I wanted to give prospective authors a chance to see the full range of what's been accepted. One of the things I'm trying to do is to pair poems and stories on the same or similar sports/games If you're planning to submit something or are looking for inspiration, I could specifically use poems about basketball or hunting. In the story department, football and sailboarding/surfing are possibilities. Any speculative genre is fine, but I'm running a little light in the supernatural horror department.

I've answered all submissions sent through May 16. The new additions to the list are in bold.

Sporty Spec Acceptances

Daniel Ausema, "City of Games," fantasy/uniquesport story.
Paul L. Bates, "Prey," fantasy/hunting story.
Ruth Berman, "Dealing in Tarot," fantasy/cards poem.
G. O. Clark, "Virtual Pong Circa 35,000 B.C.," sf/pong poetry reprint (Pirate Writings Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1996.)
Roger Dutcher, "1967 NFC Championship Game Remembered After Awakening from Cryogenic Sleep," sf/football poetry reprint (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April 1991.)
Robert Frazier, "Stealing for the Record," slipstream/baseball poetry reprint (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1990.)
C. A. Gardner, "Riding to Faery," fantasy/chess poetry reprint (Mythic Delirium, Iss. 6, Winter/Spring 2002).
Jo L. Gerrard, "Somewhere, the Sun is Shining," sf/baseball story.
Alex Dally MacFarlane, "Jumping Over the Moon," fantasy/uniquesport story.
E. C. Myers, "Perpetual Check," fantasy/chess story.
Adam Nakama, "The Empress of the Dragon" slipstream/uniquesport story.
K.M. Praschak, "Leiris of Green Wyvern United," fantasy/uniquesport poem.
Stephen D. Rogers, "Gravity Field Golfball," sf/uniquesport story.
Rob Rosen, "Poltergame," horror/Monopoly (board game) story.
Brian Rosenberger, "Menace Anyone," horror/tennis poem.
Lawrence Schimel, "The Court Photographer," fantasy/basketball story.
Marge Simon, "Ebonmadder's Run," sf poetry/racing reprint (Space & Time, Spring 2000).
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, "Star Boarding," sf/sailboarding poem.