For the uninitiated, Thursday Tales is (supposed to be) a weekly writing exercise where folks write whatever strikes their fancy, post it on their own blogs/websites/what have youse and then share a link in the comments of our weekly Call for Tales posts. This happens every Thursday. There's not really too many rules around what gets posted. Ideally, nothing is more than 2000 or so words or less than 500, but we're pretty lenient. No one is getting graded or anything. It's just a good parameter for exercising that writing muscle. A lot of people post sections/chapters/bits of serials they're working on and that seems to work out pretty well. The only real "rule" that kind of really needs to be followed is that the work is speculative fiction in nature. We are loosely affilated with io9 and io9 is a science fiction website, so we need to keep with that theme...ish.
Now what about this anthology thing?
Starting last year, we put together a compilation of Thursday Tales into a book and sent it out into the world. The stories were transformed from their raw formats posted for Thursday Tales into professionally edited more or less professional works. We want to continue the tradition so we plan on doing a call for Anthology Tales every March until someone tells us to knock it off.
This year, our anthology will be called Neither Pink nor Grey. The stories basically need to fit whatever each person thinks of when they see that title in regards to aliens and having the aliens kind of teach us things about the human condition indirectly. In other words: don't beat the reader over the head with it. As Thursday Tales is a celebration of diversity and creativity, you can kind of go wild, but it still has to be aliens. If there's any confusion, we can always narrow it down in editing.
The stories need to have been written and posted as a Thursday Tale (I'm looking at you, Drillpress) between February 28, 2013 and February 27, 2014 to be eligible. When we actually open submissions, we will provide an email for folks to submit. Each story should be no more than 5000 words total and each author needs to understand that they will have to go through an intensive editing process in which I disregard them as human beings with feelings and treat them like apes punching a typewriter. As Kalaeth said, that's no joke, which is why I put it in bold. I don't want to hear any whining about not getting warned. They also need to keep in mind that they probably will not get paid as this is usually an entirely volunteer effort to put together and it's aimed at a kind of niche crowd so there's not a lot of royalties to go around. Basically, the royalties will pay for the publishing costs and that's about it and that's if we're lucky. We were lucky with We Had Stars Once. We might not get so lucky with Neither Pink nor Grey. lol But, as with We Had Stars Once, the writers will get to keep all of their rights minus us being able to hand over excerpts to blogs and what have you for marketing purposes.
If anyone has any more questions, feel free to ask and I will try to answer as best as I can.