Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WTF - Mysteries

A true writing challenge!

I want your tales of mystery for a new anthology to be published in late 2009. I am looking for stories in the mystery genre. Here is the catch - No cussing! With a title like WTF, what do we mean no cussing? That is exactly what we mean! What we are looking for is the best euphemism(s) you can write. Your story should have a stunning WTF moment and the best WTF euphemism you can write. Example: "What the fine, flying, feathered, four-eyed frogs is going on in here?" You get the idea. Please do not make references to or use characters from other known sources. I will only accept unpublished, original works, characters, and story lines.

Please include on the front page of your manuscript:
  • Name (and pen name, if you desire)
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Number of words (limit 9,000)
Submissions should be made in standard double-spaced manuscript format. Stories can be e-mailed to as a MS Word .doc or .rtf (Rich Text Format) attachment.

Deadline for submissions is 4/30/2009. If your story is selected, you will be contacted by 6/30/2009. Paper submissions will not be returned.

If your story is selected for publication, payment will be $20.00 U.S. upon release of the book. We will also award a $50.00 bonus for the best WTF phrase as chosen by the editor(s).

Hard-copy manuscripts should be accompanied by a digital copy in .doc or .rtf format sent on a 3.5-inch floppy disk or CD. Stories should be sent to:

WTF Submissions
Mark Fitzgerald, Editor
c/o Kerlak Publishing
1779-1 Kirby Parkway, #373
Memphis, TN 38138

For any additional questions, please contact me at

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