“Portal” Fantasy?

Posted in: Guidelines Questions, What We're Looking For by Scott H. Andrews

07-19-2008, 09:23 AM

Quote: Willow Fagan

I read the submission guidelines, but it wasn’t clear to me if you’d be interested in stories in which characters from the real world enter into secondary worlds. Do such stories fall within the realm of what you’re seeking? Would it depend on how much of the story was focused on the secondary world? Thanks!

That’s a very good question, and something I had not thought about. :)

I think that your initial impression hits on the key–it would depend on how prominent the secondary world was compared to the primary world that the character left. I’m being deliberately vague by saying “prominent”, kind of like your word “focused”; of course, that focus on the setting could be realized in any number of ways: story time spent in that setting, the world’s effect on the protagonist, etc.

Update:
For a later answer about “portal” type stories and how they usually don’t quite fit what we’ve been publishing in BCS, see this post from Dec. 2008. Thanks.


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