Closed For Submissions

Submissions for Volume III are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted. 

Acceptance and rejection emails will be sent out by the end of January.

Submissions will re-open for Volume IV in May 2016.

Thank you,
— Team Polychrome Ink

Interview with Amy Hoff

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a folklorist and historian, a monster specialist, and I collect stories. I’ve been on my own since I was very young, travelled constantly - first by driving across the USA and living in motels, then around the world. I’ve been a drifter most of my life. I am now an academic, a monster researcher, and a filmmaker.

2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was seven years old. It’s always been something I just did in my spare time. I’m usually writing.

3. Tell us about the Caledonia series.
Caledonia is about a bitter, jaded police officer named Leah Bishop who works in Edinburgh. She is transferred to a branch of Interpol in Glasgow, where she discovers that her new co-workers are monsters from folklore. Her partner is a refined Scottish Victorian selkie named Dorian Grey. She was recruited to help them solve what is considered in the fae world a human crime - the first serial killing of faeries. Her knowledge of folklore and human nature make her an invaluable asset to the force.

4. What inspired its world and characters?
I’ve been studying and researching monster mythology, ghost stories, and urban legends for most of my life. After living in Glasgow, where I studied for my Master’s degree, I liked the dichotomy of the two worlds - industrial, everyday Glasgow along with a tongue-in-cheek view of the more romanticised aspects of Scottish culture.

5. What is the range of diversity in Caledonia?
Caledonia as a series of novels has wide-ranging diversity, in order to mirror the modern multicultural city it takes place in. The male lead is bisexual (as are all selkies in this universe), there is a Muslimah phoenix (Nour-el-ain), a Korean gumiho (Lee Yoo Min), a genderqueer Highland vampire (Desdemona), a disabled merman (Milo), and in upcoming work, a transgender character as well as further diversity in race and sexuality. Additionally, the characters are played by actors who are the same in real life.

6. Tell us a bit about the actors, in relation to their characters within the series.
Alasdair Reavey plays Dorian Grey, and is bisexual. Naziyah, who plays the phoenix, I often consult because she is Muslim and I want to ensure that her character is written well. Every one of the actors was chosen both for their ability and look, but also because of their connection to the characters.

7. Can you tell us your thoughts on diversity in literature—the need for it and the lack of it—as well as you thoughts on the growing number of organizations and movements to push for more inclusivity and representation?
I personally believe that diversity in literature, film, and television is extremely important. Fantasy only works as well as the world it mirrors; if it doesn’t resemble the real world in any way I feel that it takes away from the fantasy element. The world has diversity, and I believe, so should fiction. There are all kinds of people and I believe it’s important for everyone to have representation and a voice. I am supportive of organisations and movements that push for inclusiveness, as well as for creators who do the same.

8.  What is something that has been constantly on your mind of late?
Getting back to Scotland. I’ve been away for over a year and I miss the place.

9. What are your favourite literary pieces of work?
The Musketeer Saga, by Alexandre Dumas, has been a longtime favourite. I like Michael Crichton, Peter Benchley, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Agatha Christie, but I love to read so the list could go on.

10. What is your song-of-the-moment?
I don’t have a particular song but I tend towards classic hard rock and listen to playlists while I write. 


You can read an excerpt of Caledonia in Polychrome Ink Volume II, which you can find in our shop

Caledonia was published in February by Crooked Cat Publishing and is available on Amazon, or anywhere ebooks are sold. 

The Caledonia webseries can be viewed here.

Amy Hoff can be found at  www.officialamyhoff.com

Submission Responses

All responses to submissions have been sent out. If you submitted to us and have not heard anything from us about your submission, please email us at questions@polychrome-ink.com with your name and the title of your submission(s) and we'll resend your email.

— Em
Polychrome Ink Executive Editor

Volume II Quote Contest

Polychrome Ink Volume I opened with a quote—it embodied the mood which presented itself as we selected pieces for publication. For Volume II, we have decided to host a contest to find our next opening quote.

Contest Guidelines & Information:

  • Anyone can enter, however anyone under 18 years old would need a parent or guardian’s permission due to the fact that a contract is involved.
  • The quote must be an original piece, written by you, because plagiarism, lawsuits, and prison
  • We are looking for a quote 100 words or less
  • The prompt for the quote is: Identity
  • Deadline to submit a quote is: August 11th at 11:59pm
  • The winner will have their quote published in Volume II with full credit and receive a print copy of both Volume I and II

How to Submit:

  • Fill out our simple Google Form, including your name, email address, and your quote. 

Choosing A Winner:

  • Polychrome’s head editors will read over all of the entries
  • Once the quote that we feel suits this volume the best has been selected, we will email the winner and post about it on the blog and the website
  • A winner will be chosen by August 20th
  • The winner must be comfortable disclosing their mailing address in order to receive the reward

If you have any questions or concerns, our ask box is open and willing to receive them.

We look forward to reading your entries!