The Urban Eddur

A modern exploration of the ancient Norse myths and legends. These can be reconstructions (or deconstructions) of familiar tales or entirely new ones. Tales of revenge and exploration, of modern man meeting figures out of Norse legend, even tales of the end of the world as prophesied by the original Eddur. Be creative and let your imagination bloom.

We are open to any genre, but submissions must follow the above theme. Of particular interest to us are: Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy, Horror (there are some terrifying figures in Norse Mythology), Speculative Fiction, Dark Fiction, Slipstream and any of those genres that exist in the cracks and margins of writing. They have to take place in a more modern context (WWII – Present) and they must have a classic Scandinavian feel. Can take place anywhere in the world so don’t worry about researching landmarks and city maps of Stockholm or Copenhagen.

Erotica will not be considered though there can be adult elements in any submission. Keep the cursing to a minimum. Violence and blood are fine, but limit the splatter unless its truly necessary to the plot.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2013

Please direct all submissions to:

The email title should read Baird Submissions – Title of Work (<— actually put your title; smartasses will be deleted).

The body of the email should have your full name, title of work, genre, previous publishing credits, and any other relevant information you would like to provide. Attach your work as a Microsoft Word/.TXT document. It’ll make our job a lot easier if everything is done in Proper Manuscript Format. We can’t accept anything over 8,000 words and under 1,000 words. Poetry will be accepted in small amounts.

Payment: We will be working on a token payment system using in a tier system. There will be one cover story purchased for $60 and the author will have cover art provided for it at no expense to the author. The remaining stories will be bought in tiers. Tier 1 stories will be purchased for $35. Tier 2 stories will be bought for $20. Tier 3 stories will be bought for $10. For the sake of transparency (and so you know we’re not trying to screw the authors) periodic announcements will be made about who is chosen for each tier. Full tier lists will be published on our website.

Only stories previously unpublished may be submitted. You agree that Baird Speculative Fiction holds exclusive publishing rights for 6 months from the date of publication. After that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Baird Speculative Fiction retains distribution rights in the format of the anthology, both print and electronic.

Questions or individual queries can be sent to

Thank you in advance,

The staff of Baird Speculative Fiction


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