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Fourth Horizon – An Upcoming Anthology Project

What is Fourth Horizon?

Fourth Horizon is an upcoming anthology project from Kyanite publishing, in partnership with Smunchy Games. The world of Fourth Horizon—designed by Adam Bassett—is one distant from our own known as Teohid-3. The world is one of vast power struggles between five disparate factions, each themed to follow a specific genre of speculative fiction: cyberpunk, diesel punk, steampunk, aetherpunk, and solarpunk. Each of these factions has their own values and agendas, some which align with each other, but many more that are at odds with their neighbors.

Earth was dying. We had to leave. One colony world, Teohid-3, stands alone as a brilliant success. When people first arrived, they found it extremely similar to Earth, but over time they’ve discovered its unique natural resources.

The closer one looks at Teohid-3, the more alien the world appears. The plant and animal life of Earth has largely choked out the native species, but not quite all of them. Orange nivemhelite crystals litter the world’s technology, and deep in the oceans there lies dormant an unusual resource called mana which has caused many to question their understanding of reality. Even the people, fitted with a wide variety of augmentations and modifications to their bodies, don’t quite appear the same anymore.

Teohid-3 celebrated its independence over a hundred years ago. In order to maintain peace, communication—and to present a demonstration of power—the Fourth Horizon Council meets every other year. Trade deals, alliances, wars, and more have been started and ended at these meetings. 

What will this year’s Council meeting hold?

— From Smunchy Games

The Partnership

Fourth Horizon is an expandable card game currently in development by Smunchy Games. Kyanite and Smunchy have partnered to bring you stories from the world of Teohid-3 in the form of the Fourth Horizon anthology, planned to be released around the same time as the game.

The Game

After constructing your deck, each player competes to gain morale, or instill doubt in their opponents. Simple as that. But the path to accomplish these goals may become rather complex with the array of processes, mods, allies, and agents you can add to your deck.

Although Fourth Horizon was inspired in part by dueling card games such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, our goal is to create a game with more choice regarding how players use their cards. We’ve revamped the traditional resource system many games use, allowing each player to begin with the same amount of resources—enough to play a few cards at once or their most valuable cards on turn one. This levels the playing field and removes a level of variance from the game. Now, if you draw a hand full of expensive cards, it doesn’t mean you have to skip your first few turns. We wanted to let the player focus on their strategy and deckbuilding, forcing them to make difficult decisions about what cards they play first, and not be beholden to a mana curve.

— From Smunchy Games

When is this Happening?

As mentioned, Fourth Horizon is currently in development by Smunchy Games, and games designer Adam Bassett is hard at work hammering out the worldbuilding details.

Early next year, Adam and our own B.K. Bass will be developing a guide to the world of Teohid-3. They will also be establishing goals and guidelines for submissions for the anthology. We expect the submission cycle for Fourth Horizon to start around the Summer of 2021, production during 2022, and the launch of both the game and anthology in 2023.

Who is Smunchy Games?

We are proud to be partnering with Smunchy Games on this project! Smunchy Games is a developer and publisher of innovative, groundbreaking tabletop role playing and card games founded by CEO Sean Fallon. Their catalog includes the role playing games Parselings, Paths: World of Aida, Shadow Tantrum, and the Tide Breaker RPG system. They also recently released Fray, set in the world of Aida from the Paths RPG, which is “a fast-paced strategy card game wherein players contest over a 3×3 battlefield, playing powerful units and casting signature spells to gain control.”

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Kyanite Press Submissions Window

The submission window for Volume 2, Issue 3 has closed. Thank you to everybody who submitted for our Shattered Worlds issue. You should hear back from us within a couple weeks!

The submissions window is now open for Volume 2, issue 4: Autumn 2020!

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Volume 2, Issue 4: Autumn 2020
Coming in August 2020

Theme: Visions of War

Preferred Genres*: military science fiction

Word Count: We are looking for short stories and novelettes ranging from 2,500 to 15,000 words, and poetry of up to 20 pages in length**.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020

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World Anvil Anthology

July 27th, 2019 – We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with World Anvil to create a unique new writing competition! We are thrilled to have been asked to not only participate in this process, but to be the publisher for the anthology that will be produced as a result. We look forward to showcasing the amazing talents of the World Anvil community.

What is World Anvil?

World Anvil is a website founded in October of 2017 by Janet Forbes and Dimitris Havlidis. It is a place where authors, table-top RPG (role playing game) dungeonmasters, and hobbyists can develop, maintain, and display fictional worlds in a wiki-style system. More than that, it is a growing community of almost half a million members all working together to advance their own worldbuilding and writing skills.

Did you say writing competition?

Yes! We are looking for the best speculative fiction novelettes from the amazing community of World Anvil members. This can be sci-fi, fantasy, speculative horror, alternative history, and so forth. While it is not required to have a detailed world associated with the story on World Anvil, it is encouraged. All entries must be in English to qualify. The word-count range we are looking for is 7,500 – 12,500. The deadline is September 21st, 2019. Winners will be announced on a World Anvil live stream on December 14th, 2019.

This is a very unique competition that encourages community involvement and is intended to showcase the talent of World Anvil members. All entries must be written on World Anvil using their Prose article template. It will not be possible to submit for this competition via email.

How does this work?

The first thing you’ll need is a World Anvil account, and it’s free to sign up! Once you’ve gotten logged in, you’ll need to create a world–don’t worry, it’s easy! After that, you can start your entry using the Prose template. Once you’re done writing, make sure the article is not a draft or hidden, save it, then click the button on the right side of the editor to enter the competition!

The Selection Process

The first round of the competition will be based on likes, so you’ll want to get involved with the community and promote your work. We recommend joining World Anvil’s Discord server to facilitate this.

Forty entries will be selected based on likes, after which they’ll be qualified and judged by the World Anvil staff. Of those, twenty finalists will be passed along to us for evaluation.

The Prize(s)

From there, we will select ten entries to be published in the anthology. 

We will also select one that we feel has great potential to grow into something more, and the author will receive a contract offer for their own stand-alone book of novella or novel length.

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Kyanite Press Subscription – 25% Off the Cover Price!

Hello again readers!

The Kyanite Press Volume 2 subscription is available for purchase on our website. It’s 25% off the cover price, and this summer we’re offering a special deal: all new subscribers will be entered to win a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Kyanite Publishing eBook of their choice weekly!

Read more about the changes to Volume 2 here, which include fewer issues (4 seasonal issues instead of 6) and more content per issue (250+ pages)!

Please share this news with your family and friends who love science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We’re striving to find and publish the best short stories out there, and we think this next volume will be the best yet!

We appreciate your support!