My wife and I have decided that we have too much time and money. The obvious way to rectify this situation is to publish a pro-paying Christian speculative fiction anthology–which means that we’re looking to pay authors for their stories. And as you can tell by the beautiful cover art we acquired, we’ve already begun our personal wealth redistribution program of transferring money from us to other artists.

The anthology is calledMysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith, and it is now open for submissions. We’re looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories thatengage with Christianity. We’re not looking for preachy stories, nor are we necessarily looking for unambiguously pro-Christian stories. There’s no need for the writer or the story to pass some theological standard forMysterion. On the contrary, we’re hoping to be challenged.

We want stories that have Christian characters, themes, or cosmology, and that deal with them in ways that feel true to our experience of the faith, neither sanitizing nor vilifying. We hope to see stories that are thematically closer to Flannery O’Connor than C. S. Lewis. And we’re looking for speculative fiction — fantasy, science fiction, horror. Christian publishers have tended to shy away from all of these, for a variety of reasons, but we think that’s a mistake. The Bible is full of strange and unexplained phenomena; there’s room for mystery in the Christian experience.

If you’re interested in submitting a story, you can read more about the anthology, especially in ourSubmission GuidelinesandTheme Guidelines.Mysterionpays 6 cents per word, for stories up to 10,000 words long. We are now open for submissions, and will remain open until December 25th.

We are also trying to raise money onPatreonin order to makeMysterionbigger and better (specifically, by increasing the number of stories and paying our authors better). Though if we raise too much money, we might actually fail in our wealth redistribution objective, and we’ll have to try it all over again next year. Pretty sure we’re never getting that time back, though.

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