JR Handley’s Cyberpunk Extravaganza!


Hey Space Cadets, how’re y’all doing today?  While I’m dealing with real-life issues, a friend reached out about doing another anthology.  Since I thought this was a new area to explore, I said – Why not! So, after brow-beating my admin staff (you know, the boss) we decided to go for it.  If this is up your alley, read below! This is an open call for short stories for this anthology!

Title: Tentatively “Deadly Enhancements”268831_imattyjay_cyberpunk

Cover Designer: Miguel Angel Ayuso

Proofing: Red Adept Editing

Audiobook Narrator: Veronica Giguere

Submission Due Date: May 25th, 2022

Story Acceptance Date:  June 1st, 2022

Anthology Proofing Date: June 1st, 2022

Projected Publication Date: November 1st, 2022

Revision of Rights: 1 year after publication, then anthology will be pulled out of KU and non-exclusive rights return to author.

Payment: The royalties will be split equally after we’ve earned back the overhead (book cover, audiobook, etc), with 2% going to the publishing company.

Requirements: 6,000 – 10,000 words – an original, unpublished and edited story.

Genre: Cyberpunk, Science Fiction

Publisher: Bayonet Books Publishing

Concept: A cyberpunk anthology with plenty of action and adventure and a theme centered around the intersection of man and machine. Lots of probing questions about the nature of life and where the line between human and synthetic beings begins and ends.

We’ve lined up some exciting authors but will be accepting a limited number of submissions via open call. Please submit stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, single space after a period. Indicate a scene break with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: *** Nothing else! Preface your story with your name, the title, your email address, and the word count as well as a short blurb and bio.  Please note that stories must already be edited.

If your story is chosen, we will send you a contract that spells out all of these details. Once the rights revert to you, we’ll pull the eBook out of Kindle Unlimited, however, they’ll still be available in both eBook and paperback.

Please send all submissions to Bayonet Books Publishing at this email address: jrhandley@jrhandleyinc.com

The subject line should have Cyberpunk story submission followed by your name: ex: Cyberpunk story submission, John Doe.

Again, please preface your story with your name, the title, your email address, and word count. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication. Also, a short blurb for your story as well as a short bio.


Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!



->As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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