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Hello everyone! Thea here, reporting live from San Diego Comic Con and taking a quick break from the explosion of geeky awesomeness to look forward at the coming week here on The Book Smugglers.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Book Smugglers Publishing: Last Week to Submit!

A couple of months back, we announced our plans to find and publish original short stories. Book Smugglers Publishing aims to find and publish the best, brightest, diverse voices in SFF from across the world. Our goal with Book Smugglers Publishing is to publish at least three short stories every year, unified by a different central theme. To launch the program, we are looking for subversive fairy tale retellings.

We have received hundreds of truly amazing submissions, and have been agonizing over which stories we should publish. And, we wanted to remind everyone that submissions are still open! This is the last week to send us your subversive fairy tales – the submission period closes on Friday, August 1 at 12:01am EST.

Read more about the program and what we’re looking for HERE.

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

On Monday, we kick off the week with a guest post from science fiction author EJ Swift, who talks about her Inspirations and Influences for Cataveiro, the second book in the Osiris Project.

EJ Swift Cataveiro

Since we’re in a short story kind of mood, on Tuesday we are delighted to host a guest post from Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein, the editors of the anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (which contains entries from the likes of Garth Nix, Sofia Samatar, and Ken Liu). Plus, we’ll be giving away a copy of the anthology!


On Wednesday, it is time for our July Old School Wednesday Readalong! This month, we tackle The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl.

The Woman in the Wall

Thursday, Ana is up with her review of the third book in the Craft sequence, Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone.

Full Fathom Five

And on Friday, Thea closes out the week with a review of horror novel The Three by Sarah Lotz, plus her roundup of SDCC book-related awesomeness over at Kirkus.

The Three

That’s it from us for now! Until tomorrow we remain…

The Walking Dead Season 5 SDCC

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~Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Elizabeth Fama
    July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Oh-em-gee there’s a motor glider on the cover of CATAVEIRO! I hope EJ Swift talks about that!

  • Rebeca
    July 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Wait-the admission deadline is now August 1st? I’m confused-I’ve been very busy with finishing my school semester, and had planned to have my submission in by the August 15th submission date originally listed on the page (which is linked up here). Is there any way you would still take submissions up to the fifteenth, seeing as that was the original deadline- I was very excited to submit, but schoolwork meant I couldn’t get around to finishing the story til August.

  • Bibliotropic
    July 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve wanted to read Lotz’s “The Three” for so long now! I really wish I could find a copy around here for a decent price, but every time I check bookstores, they don’t have any copies in. :/ I keep hearing stuff about how good it is, and I think I’d probably enjoy it a lot. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

  • Ana
    July 29, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Hi Rebecca

    sorry if the wording isn’t very clear – the submissions period ends 31st July (or August 1st midnight EST). The August 15 deadline is for our reply to those who submitted work.

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