Whitaker Lyon - Small Press in the Shenandoah Valley
Whitaker Lyon – Small Press in the Shenandoah Valley


Announcing Charlottesville Fantastic edited by James Blakey and Catherine Simpson.

Charlottesville’s a magical place, and we want to read all about it. We’re talking anything from vampires in the Rotunda to Cinderella set in Monticello, from a sentient Rivanna to sirens singing at a Rapunzel’s open mic.

What We Want: Dazzle us with High Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings, Magic Realism, etc. Stories can be set in the past, present, future, or sideways (Alternate History). Smash genres and mix in Mystery, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Western, as long as you include a fantastical or supernatural element.

Stories must be set in the Greater Charlottesville Area: Charlottesville City, the Counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Green, Nelson, or Shenandoah National Park.

What We Don’t Want: Your trunk stories with a couple of Charlottesville references bolted on.

Gore, Violence, Sex, Language: Nothing worse than you’d see in a PG-13 movie.

Word Count: 1,800 to 5,500 (Hard Limits) with 3,500 being the sweet spot.

Formatting Requirements: Shunn Standard or Modern Format. Courier or New Times Roman, size 12. Use Italics for Italics. DOC or DOCX file type.

We are conducting Blind Submissions. Remove your name and all personally identifying information from your document/file.

File name should be your story title in ALL CAPS. Example: THE WIZARD OF OLD RAG.docx

Bio: In the submission form (not in your story file), include a 50-125-word third-person biography.

Original Works Only: Your story should not have been published anywhere (in print, eBook, Patreon, etc.) with the exception of password protected critique forums.

Simultaneous Submissions: Please don’t do this.

Multiple Submissions: You may submit up to two stories (separately), but only one will be accepted for publication.

Generative AI: No.

Eligibility Criteria: While the theme specifies the Greater Charlottesville Area, submissions from anywhere in the world are welcome.

You must be 18 years of age on or before June 30, 2024 to submit.

Rights: We’re buying first, world-wide English language rights (print and electronic), exclusive for one year from the publication date, and perpetual non-exclusive rights.

Payment: U$20 (Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, Amazon GC, or cash if you live in the Charlottesville area), a copy of the eBook, and the right to purchase unlimited print copies at 30% off list price.

Submissions: Opening Thursday, February 1st and closing at 11:59pm on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

Feb 1: Submissions Open.
April 30: Submissions Close.
June 30: Acceptances sent out. Contracts signed.
August 31: All story edits done.
September 30: All formatting/proofreading done.