The Mystara Magazine
Issue 19: Planes and the Immortals
Issue #18, The Savagecoast, is almost here, and while we wait to explore the lands west of the Known World, we turn our thoughts and prayers to the Immortals! In Issue #19 we will discover the secrets of the Immortals, and the Planes beyond Mystara.
Whether you are an theologian or an expert of the Inner Planes, Outer Planers, or anything in between, we need your help! Mystaras planar landscape awaits discovery!
*NOTE: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES MAY HAVE CHANGED; PLEASE REVIEW THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE POST BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FINAL DRAFT*
- The stated aims of Threshold are:
- to provide a venue for community members to present material
- to promote the Vaults of Pandius and the material there
- to increase the exposure of existing and new articles
- to encourage authors to revisit and revitalize existing articles
- to motivate interest in Mystara in general
- The issue of what is "canon" is not relevant and will not be touched upon by this publication. Publication in the magazine does not imply any kind of special endorsement.
- We aim to promote each individual's personal version of Mystara ("My Mystara"), and will introduce a different community member's version in each issue.
- We also aim to enhance community cohesion, and will interview a different member of the community in each issue.
"Threshold: The Mystara Magazine" is a non-commercial, fan-written magazine. There is no intention to infringe on anyone's rights, and in particular not on those of WotC, which holds the copyright (and trademarks, etc.) on the original material on which the magazine is based.
Call for Contributions
Proposal Deadline: January 15th, 2018
Manuscript Deadline: February 10th, 2018
The Threshold editorial team invites all fans of the Mystara setting to submit contributions to the nineteenth issue of the magazine.
We are looking especially for contributions fitting the theme of the nineteenth issue, Planes and the Immortals.
Threshold accepts (and invites) the submission of extended or revised versions of works having appeared on The Piazza or the Vaults of Pandius.
Contributions may include, but are not limited to, articles (short stories, short adventure modules, NPCs, historical treatises and timelines, geographical entries, new monsters and monster ecologies, etc.) and illustrations (portraits, maps, heraldry, illustrations, etc.)
The Threshold editorial team strives for edition neutrality, but edition specific articles (e.g., conversions) are also accepted.
Statistics for new monsters and NPCs may be included in articles (e.g., adventure modules, new monsters or NPCs) in any version of Dungeons & Dragons. The editorial team also offers help in providing conversions to some specific rules set (including BECMI/RC, 2nd Edition, 3rd edition/Pathfinder). However, they should be limited to the minimum -- for most NPCs, it is sufficient to mention class, level, and alignment. For important NPCs, a one or two line stat block could be included.
All proposal submissions can be sent by mail to the editors at the following address
Threshold.Mystara@gmail.com, and must be received by the deadline of January 15th, 2018. The Threshold editorial team will contact you no later than January 18th, 2018 regarding the status of your proposal.
Submission proposals should be sent inline in the mail, using the following subject format:
[ISSUE19][Proposal]<title of your article>
The mail content should include the following:
- Proposed article title
- The type of article being proposed (short story, adventure, geographical location, organization, etc...)
- A one paragraph description of what the article is about.
- An estimated word count of the article (articles should range anywhere from 1000 to 7000 words, depending on the type of article submitted).
Manuscripts should only be submitted after your proposal has been accepted by the Threshold editorial staff, and must be received by the deadline of February 10th, 2018. When submitting a manuscript file, please use the following naming convention:
(extension: see below for recommended file formats)
and the following subject format:
[ISSUE19][Manuscript]<title of your article>
The mail content should include the following:
- The article title.
- An attached document containing the article contents.
- The final word count of the article.
The preferred method of article submission is through Google Drive. You may access the Threshold Submission Template here. Go to the File menu and select "Make a Copy..." You will now have a copy of the template in your Google Drive folder that you may edit on your own.
Other types of contributions: The editorial team will consider on a case by case basis other types of contributions. Please contact us to inquire if and how we can accommodate unusual contribution formats.
The following guidelines apply to different types of submissions:
- Illustrations: please submit art and maps in lossless format (e.g., PNG).
- Articles: manuscript submissions can be sent by mail as plain text, doc(x) or odt, or shared as Google Doc. The issue editor will create a shared document (for each article) to allow the author and editorial team to work on it. Articles can be as short as a single page, or as long as 6 pages, depending on the specific content. The editorial team will do its best to accommodate the contributions, but especially long works may be split over several issues.
- Tables: Tables should be numbered (Table X: Name of Table), and any references in the article should refer to that table number (and not to "the table below," for example).
- Author Bios: Please include a short blurb (one or two sentences) biography/blurb about yourself for our "contributing authors" section. It can be serious or silly, but don't get too carried away with it, please.
- Other types of contributions: The editorial team will consider on a case by case basis other types of contributions. Please contact us to inquire if and how we can accommodate unusual contribution formats.