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Title: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on May 24, 2016, 04:37:34 AM
FurPlanet Productions is announcing its next original short story anthology:

The Dogs of War; an anthology of furry military-themed stories.
Deadline:  October 1st, 2016.

Wanted:  original short stories (no reprints) featuring furries in military situations, preferably of 4,000 to 20,000 words.  Lesser will be accepted.  Longer … let’s discuss it.

These can range from actual warfare to peacetime training-camp scenarios (which may be humorous) to recruiting; from large division operations to small commando actions.  They can range from funny-animal multispecies armies to armies of one species versus another; from fighting in animal civilizations to uplifted animal soldiers fighting in human wars. 

The emphasis should be on military action, not politics; but as Clausewitz defined war as “the continuation of politics by other means”, a story may be heavily political as long as military action is at least threatened.

Despite the title, which is a Shakespeare reference (to Julius Caesar), we want stories with a variety of anthropomorphic animals; not just dogs.

Authors who want to contribute are urged to check with me (Fred Patten) first to make sure that story ideas are not too close to others already approved. 

Payment:  ˝˘ per word upon publication and a contributor’s copy of The Dogs of War, a $19.95 anthology.  Contributors may buy additional copies at a 30% discount.

Send submissions to fredpatten@earthlink.net.



Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Huskyteer on May 24, 2016, 05:16:07 AM
OMG OMG OMG!!!

*ahem*

Sounds great, Fred!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Billy Leigh on May 24, 2016, 06:30:06 AM
This has certainly grabbed my attention.

Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Greyflank on May 24, 2016, 08:21:14 AM
Hmmm... I wonder if I can slip "war" into the story I am writing...?

Great to hear Fred!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Dwale on May 24, 2016, 08:57:15 AM
Hmm. I actually have something for this.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Munchkin on May 24, 2016, 09:11:47 AM
I'll need to dig up an old idea journal, but I think this might be just the thing to get me back into writing o.o We'll see if time allows.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Bruno Schafer on May 24, 2016, 01:09:46 PM
I have been writing something recently that should work for this. :)
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Arara on May 30, 2016, 11:39:08 AM
I think I have a story already done that will work for this!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: gallenw on June 03, 2016, 02:20:45 PM
I think I have an idea for this!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Vance on June 04, 2016, 12:47:16 AM
What about a story about a soldier returning home?

Or am I missing the point entirely?
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Killick on June 04, 2016, 08:29:07 PM
I have an idea for this! :o  This going to be tricky though for me, I know nothing about the military.  To the Library!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on June 05, 2016, 11:42:15 AM
Vance: No, you're not missing the point, or not necessarily.  A story about a soldier returning home, glad to get out of the military, probably would miss the point.  A story about a soldier getting out due to being traumatised by the horrors of war would be to the point.  Or maybe it's a cynical comedy; he's been given a discharge because he's such a foulup, but he doesn't realise it.  Or maybe it's a more anthropomorphic story; he's a prey animal, part of a failed experiment to make prey animals into fighting soldiers.  It's up to the writer as to how to handle it.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: LemurKat on June 06, 2016, 02:43:58 PM
Hmmm, I've got a "deleted scene" from one of my novel draft-in-progress that *might* be suitable, with a bit of polishing. It's not so much about military tactics, more about the horror of war for the newly recruited, who are unprepared for what war actually means. I'll have a look through it and see if it works well enough out of the context of the novel. The only problem is, I might decide to include a part of it in the actual final draft, although that seems unlikely since it does involve peripheral characters... And if it got selected, I could certainly work the story without it!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Greyflank on June 07, 2016, 07:20:49 AM
Hmmm, I've got a "deleted scene" from one of my novel draft-in-progress that *might* be suitable, with a bit of polishing. It's not so much about military tactics, more about the horror of war for the newly recruited, who are unprepared for what war actually means. I'll have a look through it and see if it works well enough out of the context of the novel. The only problem is, I might decide to include a part of it in the actual final draft, although that seems unlikely since it does involve peripheral characters... And if it got selected, I could certainly work the story without it!

Hello LemurKat!

That would be a happy problem to be had! And the solution is terribly easy: disclaimers.

You would not be the first author to sell off bits of work in progress and then have those same bits published in whole or in part or terribly altered into an unrecognizable form. You merely need to mention it in two places: the cover letter (...when bragging about publication credits) and the book (A small portion of this book appeared in Dogs of War as "Title" in a somewhat altered form).

Ta-dah!

Don't be afraid to cannibalize your own work.

Good luck!
-The Typing Horse
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Huskyteer on June 07, 2016, 07:50:58 AM
(A small portion of this book appeared in Dogs of War as "Title" in a somewhat altered form).

That's exactly the phrasing I've been after. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on June 10, 2016, 06:06:11 AM
LemurKat, your deleted scene about the horror of war sounds like it would fit the theme wonderfully.  And the practice of publishing deleted scenes or expanding short stories in an anthology into a novel of your own is standard.  Bram Stoker published a deleted chapter from "Dracula" as a separate short story, "Dracula's Guest".  The oldest story in my first anthology, "Best in Show" from Sofawolf Press in 2003 was "Rat's Reputation" by Michael H. Payne from FurVersion #16, May 1989, which was the oldest story worth reprinting from within furry fandom that I could find.  (There were stories in earlier issues of FurVersion, but they're bad.)  Payne has recently rewritten "Rat's Reputation" into a novel published by Sofawolf, with that short story as part of it but heavily revised.  Watts Martin told me that the novelette "Tow" that he sent me for "The Furry Future" was an advance stand-alone prequel to a novel he's writing, for publication next year. 

So send me your deleted scene.  If it's chosen for publication, we can add a note in the Introduction or the About the Author that "this story is a deleted scene from LemurKat's forthcoming novel".
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Vance on June 10, 2016, 11:25:56 AM
I was going to mention Dracula's Guest but Fred beat me to it!

Publishing an existed and deleted scene is also an excellent way to show who you are and what your style is all about to the world, it gets readers intrigued for more.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Arara on June 10, 2016, 11:42:46 AM
So it won't work for this anthology, but I had to delete a scene I *loved* from my latest novel because it just didn't fit. I should rework it into a short story! Thanks!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Arian Mabe on June 18, 2016, 08:03:53 AM
Would something about a cyber war be appropriate? I'm imagining a character being transmitted into a digital world for a mission where he/she is data and faces the psychological effects of this alongside having to complete the mission. I'm considering lots of inventive action for this that could not normally take place in a physical war where soldiers are in the field.

Would this be okay or would it be an automatic "no thank you"? Cheers!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on June 18, 2016, 07:55:28 PM
It sounds intriguing.  Go ahead and try it.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Televassi on June 19, 2016, 03:54:13 AM
What sort of time period are you looking for? I'm considering something from the Dark Ages.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on June 19, 2016, 02:00:57 PM
The Dark Ages are fine.  The Dogs of War will feature a potpourri of settings from the prehistoric past to the interstellar far future, as long as the characters are anthropomorphic.  Stories in which there is a reason for them to be anthropomorphic animals are preferred to stories in which the characters are just funny-animals, but there will be some of those also.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Vance on June 20, 2016, 09:55:45 PM
I've started to roll with the "prey species are an experiment in the army".

it's hard because it could go the way of the main character just doesn't work out in basic training or a major world war and the main character gets injured and realizes it was because he was a prey species.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Dammyr on July 01, 2016, 01:12:18 PM
Before I go diving too deep into something, and produce something I couldn't viably use for this anthology, would something like a revolution (thinking french revolution, or the American revolution) fit with the theme for this? Or more specifically, showing the beginning of a violent revolution?
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Jaden Drackus on July 10, 2016, 07:04:54 PM
A chance to put my new military history BA to work!

I will see if the brain can come up with something. 
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on July 11, 2016, 10:13:37 AM
Yes, a violent revolution would be appropriate.  The American Civil War could be considered a violent revolution against the federal government.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Munchkin on August 05, 2016, 06:12:01 AM
Hey Fred?  May I send you all the virtual hugs in the world for this call for submissions?  It's thus far inspired two friends of mine who have always been too intimidated by rejection to actually try their hands at it for the first time :3 Even if they get rejected, that first story always seems to be the most difficult, so thank you very much!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on August 05, 2016, 06:44:36 AM
Surely!  Definitely send them my way.

Please emphasize that we want stories with original military scenarios with anthro animal characters, not just recognizable Middle Eastern or Vietnam or Civil War or World War I war fiction with funny-animal soldiers.  I remember a comic-book story with funny-animal soldiers in World War II uniforms that looked great, but had me wondering, "How do they get their bushy tails through those uniforms?  Is thick fur a problem with those uniforms?"
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: tholepin on August 05, 2016, 09:13:46 AM
It's re-re-re-re-re-writing time down in the burrow.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Huskyteer on August 05, 2016, 09:58:52 AM
original military scenarios

Yikes, this wasn't in the original brief. What about alt-history?

'asking for a friend' :)
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on August 05, 2016, 10:05:19 PM
Alt-history is okay.  Just keep the setting from looking like an obvious real historical war story, set in the Korean War or current Syria or the U,S. Revolution, with funny animals instead of humans. 

The s-f author Poul Anderson was adept at taking really obscure incidents from history and using them for interstellar adventures.  One was from 8th-century Visigothic Spain, when the nobility got rid of an unpopular king by conspiring with his heir to have him declared legally dead, effectively exiling him while he was still kicking & screaming.  Readers who knew 8th-century Spanish history may have recognized it, but how many people was that?
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Huskyteer on August 06, 2016, 04:39:05 AM
Thanks for the clarification, Fred!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Zarpaulus on August 08, 2016, 10:40:52 PM
Just saw this one on Dogpatch Press.  I might be able to think of something.

My furry interstellar empire might have a few opportunities for plucky "young" dogs of war to make their fortunes.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on September 01, 2016, 03:55:13 AM
Today is September 1st.  There is one more month to contribute to The Dogs of War.  Send those stories in!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Jaden Drackus on September 01, 2016, 08:28:24 AM
*sound of frantic typing*

Okay, so not actually that frantic. But... must finish last scene.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Ocean on September 06, 2016, 09:49:22 PM
Today is September 1st.  There is one more month to contribute to The Dogs of War.  Send those stories in!

I'm already behind on other writing. I will have to save my ideas for the sequel should there be one.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Zarpaulus on September 07, 2016, 01:20:05 PM
I'm a bit busy editing my novella and writing for Thurston Howl's "Sins" Anthology.  I think I'll have to sit this one out too.

Had some decent ideas too.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: gallenw on September 08, 2016, 12:43:16 AM
Two more scenes to go. 6.1k at the moment. Hope to finish all in a week-ish, then edit and submit!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on September 16, 2016, 04:15:24 AM
Just two weeks left until the deadline.  If you are working on a story and you think that you need a week or two after the deadline to finish it, notify me before the October 1st deadline.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Televassi on September 17, 2016, 04:58:43 PM
Submission is still underway, and should arrive before the deadline!
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Utunu on September 18, 2016, 10:46:19 AM
Hi Fred,
Would my 'Water' submission from Gods of Fur be appropriate enough for this theme so as to be worth submitting? It's two tribes at war, but not certain if it's close enough to what you were looking for thematically.
  -Utunu
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on September 23, 2016, 09:41:31 AM
Oops; I missed this post.  Sorry.

No, sorry.  "Water" is more of a personal-duel story, not a warfare story.  It could be considered as a confrontation between two factions within a tribe, but it's still not large-scale enough to qualify as warfare.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on September 23, 2016, 10:06:44 AM
I might add that as of today, there is just one more week to submit stories for The Dogs of War.  At this point there are enough good submissions to fill the anthology (150,000+ words), so what we are looking for now is stories so good that they will squeeze out those that are only okay.

Either that, or FurPlanet Productions will increase the book's maximum word-count.

There have been both an increase in submissions in the last half-week (and some of them are excellent; many thanks), and in letters asking, "I have this idea; would it fit into your book?"  Frankly, if you haven't even started your story yet, you're not likely to have it finished by October 1st.  If you're working on it but it may take a week or two after October 1st to finish it, please let me know before the deadline.

The requested word length is 2,000 to 20,000 words.  We may accept 21,000 or 22,000 words, but for anything much longer than that, consider expanding it into a novel instead.  Submissions should include the writer's mailing address, to save us having to ask later where to send your payment and contributor's copy.  And please include your real name, unless your fursona name will be recognized by your mail carrier.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on September 26, 2016, 01:00:29 AM
Oops again!  We did not say whether simultaneous submissions are accepted.

No.  If you have already submitted your story to someone else, or you want to, please do not send it to me. 
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on October 02, 2016, 07:49:53 AM
The Dogs of War is now closed to new submissions, except for those writers who have requested and received an extension of a few days.

FurPlanet's goal was 120,000 to 150,000 words, and over 240,000 words (not counting rejections) have been submitted.  It will take a few days to decide which stories make it into the anthology. 
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Munchkin on October 05, 2016, 06:16:06 AM
Well that deadline went whooshing by for me o.o Going to still work on my idea as I'm able in case there's a sequel though.  I'm pretty excited about it.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on October 12, 2016, 06:59:47 AM
Yes, there will be a sequel.  FurPlanet Productions was hoping to get about 20 stories, adding up to 120,000 to 150,000 words.  We got almost 40 stories adding up to over 260,000 words.  So we're going to publish two anthologies; the first for Further Confusion 2017 as planned, and the second for either Anthrocon 2017 or FC 2018.

All the stories will be paid for now.  A little less than half the writers will have to wait a while longer to see their stories in print, but they won't have to wait to get paid.

There's a little room left in The Dogs of War II, or The Dogs of War: Aftermath, or whatever we call it -- not enough to put out a call for more submissions, but if anyone has an idea for a story that they didn't have enough time to write, or wants to write a second story, we can probably fit it in.  Please let me know.

We got stories from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore (hi, MikasiWolf), and one arrived just before the deadline from Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Is this the first furry story from Slovenia?  MikasiWolf is the only author (so far) to have stories in both anthologies.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Jaden Drackus on October 12, 2016, 11:27:02 AM
Well. A sign to never give up. I need to get back to work.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on October 15, 2016, 01:16:46 PM
Hooray!  Stories for the second The Dogs of War anthology have now been received and accepted from Alice "Huskyteer" Dryden and Jaden Drackus. 

Does anyone else still want to submit a story?  Please contact me.  It hasn't been decided yet whether to publish the second anthology for Anthrocon 2017 or for FC 2018.  That will depend partially on how well the first anthology at FC 2017 in January sells.  You have until at least the end of 2016 to write something.

Second stories by writers in the first anthology will be accepted, but only one story per author in the second anthology.
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Wolfyneko on October 20, 2016, 05:38:05 PM
Is this the first furry story from Slovenia?

I do believe it is. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only furry writer in my country.

Also, this was a great experience and a fun project to do! :D
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: MikasiWolf on October 23, 2016, 08:41:50 PM
Is this the first furry story from Slovenia?

I do believe it is. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only furry writer in my country.

Also, this was a great experience and a fun project to do! :D

Welcome to the club, Neko! :D My country's small, but from what I know, I'm not the only Furry writer here
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Wolfyneko on October 24, 2016, 09:13:31 AM
Is this the first furry story from Slovenia?

I do believe it is. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only furry writer in my country.

Also, this was a great experience and a fun project to do! :D

Welcome to the club, Neko! :D My country's small, but from what I know, I'm not the only Furry writer here
Thanks!
I'm actually surprised that my country is larger. From the handful of furs we have here, I'm certain that I'm the only writer :P
Title: Re: The Dogs of War
Post by: Fred Patten on October 24, 2016, 01:50:51 PM
Slovenia is certainly larger than Singapore. 

I remember the 1995 World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow.  Most of the U.S. s-f fans attending it considered Scottish food inedible.  (For instance, the Glaswegan version of "French-fried potatoes" was raw potato strips swimming in vinegar.)  Someone discovered a Slovenian-ethnic restaurant in Glasgow.  We ate it out of food over a weekend.