Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Versus Anthology

Open Submissions for The Versus Anthology

Versus is a collection of works based on the theme of pitting iconic characters or forces against one another (for example, “Jesus VS Thor” or “Adolph Hitler VS Grendel”); this anthology is edited by Josh Woods and is set for release in the spring of 2009 by Press 53 (please visit at www.press53.com ). Versus already includes a great host of writers, such as Pinckney Benedict, Michael Kimball, Margaret McMullan, Kyle Minor, Andrew Scott, Curtis Smith, Susan Woodring, and many others, but we have also held a few spots open in order to give everyone interested the opportunity to join this anthology, so here is that opportunity.

We’re looking mostly for short fiction of around 1,000-1,500 words, but Versus is open to longer works as well as poetry, creative non-fiction, short screenplays, flash fiction, graphic novel pages, and even hybrid genres. Submissions can be previously published elsewhere as long as the writer has, or can obtain, (re)publication rights. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but due to the volume of submissions we will be unable to communicate about individual manuscripts other than to indicate that they are accepted or rejected. We will not respond prior to the submission deadline.

The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2008.

Please send submissions by email attachment in Microsoft Word compatible format or as Adobe PDF to versusanthology@gmail.com , or submit by mail with SASE to:

Versus Anthology
Faner Hall 2390, MC 4503
SIU Carbondale
1000 Faner Hall
Carbondale, IL 62901

Cover letter is optional, but please include your name and email address on each page of the manuscript. For these few remaining spots in Versus, we are setting our focus on new, emerging, and innovative writers. For further details on what a Versus piece is, or even for the option of getting assigned a set of characters for your Versus piece, please visit www.myspace.com/versusanthology.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fifth Annual GLBTQ Pride Literary Supplement

Since I didn't have an anthology market to offer my readers today, I thought I'd pass on this opportunity!

Donna

Now Accepting Submissions for the Windy City Times

Fifth Annual GLBTQ Pride Literary Supplement
Edited by Kathie Bergquist and Owen Keehnen

This year's theme: OUTBURST

Send poetry or fiction relating to this theme (any way you define it) To WCTPride@gmail. com

Payment: $25 for fiction, $10 for poetry.

Submission requirements:

500-word limit for poetry or fiction. No exceptions.

12 point font, double-spaced.

Attach submission as Word document, or within the body of the e-mail.

E-mail submissions only. No snail mail.

Submission deadline: June 6, 2008

Any submission that does not meet these requirements will not be read.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Traveling Mamas Anthology

Traveling Mamas Anthology

TravelingMamas.com is in search of true uplifting, funny, inspirational, and touching stories with a travel theme for an upcoming anthology series. Possible themes may include family travel, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, and solo trips.

We’re looking for stories that inspire us, force us to laugh out loud or make us reach for the tissue box. Bring us into your story by using the five senses. Every story must have a beginning, middle, and end.

Rights:

  • We are requesting one-time rights. Reprints are acceptable as long as you own the rights.
  • If your work has been published before we ask that you please send the name of the publication the story appeared and the date it was published with your submission. We will have the right to edit your work.

Submission:

  • Word count: 300-1000 words.
  • More than one story may be submitted.
  • The story can be told in first or third person. You don’t have to be a mom to tell the story.
  • Deadline is midnight September 1, 2008.
  • In the body of your email please include your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address. At the bottom of your story please include a brief author bio (no more than 100 words) to be included in the back of the book. If your story is chosen you will be able to revise your bio before publication.
  • Please send your submissions in the body of an email to anthology@travelingmamas.com (no attachments will be opened).

Compensation:

  • $50 (Payment upon publication)
  • A Traveling Mamas travel pack that includes one copy of the book your story appears in.

Please be patient. This is a long process. We will let you know as soon we know if your story has been selected. If you don’t hear from us, we may be holding your story for upcoming books.

Thank you for joining our journey. We look forward to reading your stories.

The Traveling Mamas

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Abaculus 2008 short story anthology

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Originality
Author’s voice and delivery

Rules:

1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript returned.

Submission Timeline:

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to June 30 of each year. Please, no submissions before opening date, and no late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website. Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email abaculus@leucrotapress.com.

You may also visit our web page at http://www.leucrotapress.com/submissions.html to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine Anthology #1

Submissions Guidelines for Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine Anthology #1 (Currently Untitled)
Anthology Submission Guidelines

General:
Every fifth issue of Niteblade Magazine will be a print anthology. This anthology will include the best of the last four web-based issues (half chosen through reader votes and half by the editors) as well as new material that hasn’t appeared in Niteblade before. In order to be considered for the former selections you need to have your work accepted in the e-zine. These submission guidelines are meant to cover the new material.

The cover artwork for the first print ezine has been chosen already. It is a wonderful piece by Marge Simon. All anthology submissions should be, in some way, inspired by it. The top three stories and the top three poems, will be included in the print anthology.

Illustration can be found here.

Rights:
Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine will require the non-exclusive right to use your story or poem in our print anthology. They would ask that you wait to submit your work elsewhere until six months after the print anthology is published, but they will not contractually obligate you to do so.

Payment:
Niteblade wants to pay you lots, truly — but until Niteblade gets off its feet and is able to support itself the best offer is one US dollar per story or poem and a contributor’s copy of the book. Payment will be made by your choice of paypal, epassporte or a donation to Duotrope’s Digest and will be paid upon acceptance.

For all submissions please email your story or poem as an .rtf or .doc attachment to anthology@niteblade.com

Make sure you have the word ‘Niteblade’ ‘Submission’ or ‘Query’ in the subject somewhere. Any one will do, you don’t need to use all three.

When submitting prose please single space your work and do not indent new paragraphs.

Please include your legal name, snail mail address and the name you want your story published under.

For stories 10,000 words or longer, please query first with a detailed synopsis. Keep in mind that longer stories are a harder sell than shorter ones.

Considering the nature of this anthology it probably goes without saying, but no simultaneous submissions or reprints.

No multiple submissions please. Only one story and up to 5 poems per author will be considered.

What they like…
The best way to see what they like is to check out the current issue — all it will cost you is time. Remember that your submission for this anthology needs to be inspired in some way by the illustration above.

Deadline:
Submissions will close on July 15, 2008 and all regrets and acceptances will be sent out by the end of that month.

If you have any other questions please email rhonda@niteblade.com and she will respond as soon as possible.

Please consider tracking your submission and reporting your response at Duotrope’s Digest or Ralan’s Webstravaganza

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs

For this very special collection, we seek uplifting true stories about the ins and outs, ups and downs, blessing and challenges of parenting children with special needs. The stories will cover children of all ages (birth to adult) and a wide range of developmental, physical, and mental delays/disabilities. No matter how difficult the experiences/emotions conveyed in a story might be (we want them to be authentic, after all), the story must reveal a positive aspect, resolution, or outcome and must be of comfort to parents of children with special needs. Stories may be serious, humorous, insightful, heartwarming, or inspiring. The majority of the stories will be written by parents of children with special needs; we will also consider stories written by adult children with special needs. (No articles or commentaries by clinicians, please.)

Submission Deadline: 8/15/2008
See Writer's Guidelines, for additional details.

Monday, April 21, 2008

A SECOND CUP OF COMFORT FOR DOG LOVERS


A SECOND CUP OF COMFORT FOR DOG LOVERS

Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).

Submission deadline: December 15, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

News: Masques anthology guidelines

Submissions for the next CSFG Publishing anthology, Masques, are welcome between 20 April-31 October 2008.

Masques will be edited by Gillian Polack and Scott Hopkins. Stories may be any length up to 5,000 words. All approaches to the theme are welcome, as long as they are by nature speculative. Payment will be contributors' copies plus $10 for stories under 1,500 words and $25 for all other based on published word count.

Submissions are encouraged from Australian writers of all levels of experience, with special encouragement given to CSFG members. Submissions should be sent (as plain email with stories as .rtf only) to masquessubmissions@gmail.com. Please make sure that the following information is in the email proper:

Name
Address
Email Address
Name of story
Other contact information

If you wish to contribute to the interior artwork, please contact masquescsfg@gmail.com

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School to be published Fall 2008

We are looking for true stories and poems about your high school years. We
prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1200 words. We
would like to include stories and poems on the following topics, among
others:

  • Regrets (lessons learned from making bad choices)
  • Sports (making the team, or not. Winning the game, or not. Social aspects of sports).
  • Clubs
  • Music
  • Religion and faith � its place in your life
  • Dating and sex
  • Embarrassing moments
  • Humorous moments
  • Issues, good and bad, with instant messaging, Facebook, texting, cell
  • phones, emails, the web in general
  • Self image, self acceptance � would include coming out, eating disorders, different body types
  • College applications
  • Grades, SATs, ACTs
  • Military decision, trade school, or other non-college plans for after high school
  • Family relationships - siblings, parents, other family members
  • Puberty - early, late, being a short boy, being a tall girl, etc.
  • Friends - best friends, losing friends, cliques, support of friends
  • Tough issues - divorce, cancer, suicide of friend, death, drunk driving death, pregnancy
  • Failures and rising above them

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be
printed in the book. You will also receive a check for $200 and ten free
copies of your book, worth more than $100.

If your story is published by us, we will copyright it in your name and you
will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupf orthesoul. com/form. asp?cid=submit_ story

DEADLINE IS MAY 31, 2008 although we may accept stories after that date if we have room.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Voice Of " Anthologies

LaChance Publishing is seeking inspiring, TRUE stories of literary merit for several upcoming volumes of our critically acclaimed "Voices Of" series of anthologies. Topics include Voices From Iraq and Afghanistan; Voices of Depression; the life-changing impact DOGS have had on individuals and families; first hand accounts by people who have experienced financial disaster but have battled back to economic stability. Sound intriguing? Our readers (and top reviewers) think so! Our books feature true stories by individuals personally touched by life challenging situations-- stories that inspire, inform and foster a sense of community by showing how we find it in ourselves to face and conquer the toughest circumstances. If you or someone you know has been touched by a life challenging situation, please visit www.lachancepublishing.com for deadlines and submission guidelines. We pay for accepted submissions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pantechnicon seeks submissions for first print anthology.

Pantechnicon seeks submissions for first print anthology.

Pantechnicon will be putting out its first book later this year, featuring brand new short stories from all our genres.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

- Stories must be in the SF/F/H genres, and of a standard that matches or surpasses what we would usually publish in the Magazine. It is highly recommended that you have read an issue of Pantechnicon before submitting to the anthology.

- Stories must be between 5,000 and 15,000 words.

- All submissions must be sent electronically in the form of a Word or RTF document to Submissions@pantechnicon.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with “ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION” in the subject line. This document must include your name and email address.

- Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions are not accepted.

- Submissions must be the original work of the author and not previously published.

- Closing date for submissions is March 31st 2008. International date lines will be taken into account if you are behind GMT, so don’t panic if you’ve left it until 11pm PST to send your mail.

- Pantechnicon assumes first UK publication rights to a selected story. Contributors retain all other rights to their work.

- Authors may choose to withdraw their story at any time prior to publication.

- If an author fails to respond to communication from the editor at any point during the editorial process, Pantechnicon reserve the right to select another entry from the shortlist in their stead.

- Contributors receive a free copy as initial payment, then a percentage of the profits from the sale of the anthology every six months thereafter.

- Payment will only be offered via PayPal to non-UK residents. If you are a UK resident, other options may be considered and can be discussed on an ad-hoc basis.

- Anthology to be published in July 2008.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Invisible Ink

This is an ongoing competition and entering the competition is simple. The rules are:

  1. Entrants must not previously have received payment for publication of prose fiction (excluding competition prizes);


  2. All stories must be in English;


  3. Entries must be sent on the online entry form;


  4. Stories should be suitable for a mainstream audience and between 2,000 - 4,000 words in length;


  5. Writers must hold the copyright in all entries;


  6. Anthologies will be published by Baineth Publications. For the purpose of protecting the anthology, Baineth Publications will place a copyright notice on the book layout but writers will retain full control of their own stories. If they wish to publish or sell them elsewhere, they will simply need to notify Baineth Publications;


  7. Stories can be submitted at any time and will be considered for the next available anthology;


  8. You may enter as many times as you like, but no more than one story by a single author will be included in a single anthology.


CLOSING DATE

The closing date for Anthology 2 is 31 March 2008. Thereafter, competitions will run every 6 months.



PRIZE

The winner is decided by readers' votes and will receive:

  • A cash prize to the value of £1,000(GBP) , and
  • An option from Baineth Publications to publish a full-length work (novel or short story collection) within the 12 months following the close of voting. The precise terms of such publication will be subject to discussion between the writer and publisher at the time.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Alone In The Dark Anthology

Alone in the Dark (tentative title) will feature the outer spectrums of horror and will be edited by Kody Boye and published in a 6x9 tradepaperback via Lulu.com.

Looking for tales of different kinds of horror that go beyond the normal variety of monsters, vampires, werewolves and zombies (though if your tale is COMPLETELY different and includes one or more of those monsters, send it in. It's unlikely We'll accept stories that are straight of that genre unless they are brilliant.) We're tired of seeing that kind of horror done over several times and want to see horror that is different, horror that is different but at the same time sticks to the common genre that horror is: scary, surreal and/or weird.

The horror we are looking for should be different, as stated above. It can be a monster tale if you want it to be, but it most be different/unique/or brilliant enough for us to accept it. The horror can be of any kind of type (paranormal, modern, bizzare) and can feature creatures, serial killers, and that other kind of stuff. I want something that can blow me out of the ballpark, and if you can do that you're guaranteed acceptance in. The theme must be horror; straight horror. No science fiction, no fantasy, nothing of that sort. If your tale is somewhat of a western setting it needs to have horror. It should generally stick to the ways of people 'being afraid or wary of the dark' for some reason or another. It doesn't even have to have a monster in it, but if you can pull of the main character[s] being afraid of the dark without one, do so.

Currently paying $5.00, but this could change if they get a traditional place to pick it up (which would require good fiction). For now, though, five dollars is all they're paying, and they'll be accepting around ten-thirteen stories depending on their length,

WHAT RIGHTS?

First print rights, exclusive print rights one year from the time of publication. You as the author retain the right to the story and may submit it after that one-year period.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY STORY BE?

Due to me not being able to pay for longer stories (novellas and other stories) your story should be 3,000-5,000 words. If you want to submit something longer, query first. Be forewarned, I will pay the same five dollars even if the story is longer.

HOW DO I SUBMIT?

Send the file as an attachment (.DOC or .RTF, don't place it as a PDF or HTML or other document) to kodyboye@q.com . Stories should be double-spaced and use Times New Roman or Arial font at 12 pt. size. Don't copy or paste your story into the email. Contact information and word count at the top of the first page of the document on the first page.

Include a bio, story publication history and other relevant information in the body of the email.

WHAT'S THE DEADLINE?

I will read until Halloween or until the anthology is filled.

WHAT'S THE READING TIME?

Stories we like will generally be held until submissions close. Rejections will go out in four-six weeks.

HOW DO I KNOW YOU'VE RECEIVED MY SUBMISSION?

I will email you as soon as I get the story.

WHAT ABOUT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS?

Don't send more than one story at a time. You may send another if your story is rejected.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS?

You may send your story to other markets as well, just be sure to tell us if your story is accepted by another market.

ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE ME A DETAILED RESPONSE IF YOU REJECT MY STORY?

I will try to, but don't expect it. I always try to tell the authors what I did or didn't like about the stories.

LIMITS ON WRITING?

No, not as far as general things go. I don't want to see any abuse to children, animals or necrophillia. Other than that, there's no limits as long as it fits within the story. Also, no hardcore sexual stories. There can be a little, but many times it doesn't help with stories.

DO YOU NEED A COVER ARTIST?

Yes, and cover artists will receive the five dollars plus a copy of the book. I'd do so for the contributors, but the cover artist makes the book flashy. Send me samples with 'Cover Artist' and samples or links to your samples to kodyboye@q.com.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS:

Email me at kodyboye@q.com .

Saturday, April 12, 2008

THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR 22

THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR 22

Ellen Datlow, Horror Editor
Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, Fantasy Editors

Ellen Datlow
YBFH #22
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436
U.S.A.
(Write "YEAR'S BEST HORROR" on the envelope)

Kelly Link & Gavin Grant
176 Prospect Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060
U.S.A.

Submission Guidelines - January 2008

I co-edit the World Fantasy Award winning anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press) with Kelly Link & Gavin Grant. We are now reading for the 22nd volume, which will include all material published in 2008.

I am looking for stories from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark thrillers, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published in 2008. Submission deadline for stories is December 15th 2008. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you're in or you edit is coming out by December 31st, you can send me galleys or manuscripts so that I can judge the stories in time. No e-mail submissions. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies out to me as I don't have time or energy to nag publishers to get me material. I request it once (maybe twice) and that's it.

There are summations of "the year in horror," and "the year in fantasy" in the front of each volume. These include novels, nonfiction, art books, and in my section, "odds and ends"-- material that doesn't fit anywhere else but that I feel might interest the horror reader. But I have to be aware of this material in order to mention it. The deadline for this section is January 30th, 2009.

Kelly & Gavin cover fantasy and I cover horror. If you consider something both, send a copy to each of us. We do not confer on our choices.

****I do not want to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it's likely I already receive regularly (like Interzone, The Third Alternative, Cemetery Dance, Subterranean, Postscripts, Weird Tales, F&SF, etc) or from anthologies and collections, unless I don't have or can't get that anthology or collection. What I would prefer is if you contact your publisher and ask him/her to send me the magazine or book.

And please do not send a SASE. If I choose a story you will be informed. If you want to confirm that I've received something, enclose a self-addressed-stamped postcard and I will let you know the date it arrived. For stories that appear on the web, please send me (or have the publisher send me) print-outs of your story.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Everyday Heroes Stories


Everyday Heroes Stories of the ordinary doing something extraordinary. Pay for this project is $50-$100. No stipulations are placed on length. Submissions, queries and questions can be directed to submissions. bythefire@ gmail.com.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Angels on Earth Stories


Angels on Earth Stories of Angels found in everyday life. Pay for this project is $50-$100. No stipulations placed on length currently. Submissions, queries and questions can be directed to submissions. bythefire@ gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for Fathers

A Cup of Comfort for Fathers

The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids' lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones (heartwarming, humorous, poignant, provocative, etc.); about fathers and children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, and sons.

Fathers submission deadline: August 1, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

FREEZE FRAME

Here's a prompt for a writing contest I thought I'd share with my readers.

FREEZE FRAME

Describe a single moment in time just after something has happened so clearly that the reader can understand what happened without having "seen" it happen. Think of a photograph, as opposed to a movie. Try to imply an entire story with beginning, middle, and end in one frozen moment. Remember not to leave that moment in time! Don't tell the reader anything that the reader could not perceive if the reader were in the scene you're describing.

One entry per author. The mini-story should be between 50 and 100 words long. Hyphenated words count as separate words: "jack-o-lantern" counts as three words.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern time, Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Prizes: $15 for 1st, $10 for 2nd, $5 for 3rd, publication but no money for honorable mentions.

Send entries to Entries@OnThePremis es.com and put MINI-CONTEST in the subject heading, please. As with our regular contests, put your contact information in the body of your e-mail and
attach your mini-contest entry as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file. (No .wps files! We can't read them.)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

GIANT CREATURES ANTHOLOGY

GIANT CREATURES ANTHOLOGY To be Edited by Ryan C. Thomas…


There was a time when the atomics industry fueled more than political debate—it fueled the growth spurts of God’s creatures, which turned the tables against the domineering species known as man. Giant spiders, towering ants, train-sized gila monsters, praying mantises larger than 747s, and yes, even mutated leeches big enough to swallow you whole.

These were the themes behind the classic Creature Feature films of the 50s and 60s. By the 70s we learned that no amount of atomic radiation would cause a flea to grow so large it could leap across an entire city, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look back on those drive-in films with a sense of fondness. They are as fun today as they were back then. It was, after all, the sight of these giant beasts attacking man that became the catalyst for many of today’s horror writers to pick up a pen.

Permuted Press is now opening up submissions to fill a collection of original giant creature stories for an anthology to be released in 2008. We are looking for stories in the 3000-5000 word range (query for longer tales). Care to show us what happens when the tiny become the mighty?

Reading Period: Dec 5th to March 31st or until filled. Because we have invited a number of popular authors to participate, there are only a select number of open spaces left, so don’t wait.

What we want: Original stories of animals/insects/etc. grown to enormous sizes (or at least vastly bigger than they should be). Take something that exists on earth and show us what happens when it gets really big. Anything from germs to spiders to rodents to monkeys to naked mole rats to swordfish…the opportunities are endless. Stories can be set in any location at any time period. Monsters need not be the result of radiation either—King Kong was simply big. Get creative, people. All genres welcome. (And please note this is not a Daikaju book…so Godzilla stories will be a very hard sell). Yes, giant people are okay, but you’ll need to really impress us. Same with plants.

What we don’t want: No fan fiction or reprints. Again, try to stay away from Japanese Monsters…there are already anthos out there for that. No aliens or mythological creatures (stories CAN have sci fi elements, however). Think outside the box—we can only print one story of the army fighting a giant insect, if you get our drift.

Payment: Authors will receive a flat payment of $15 via Paypal and a contributor copy of the book.

Submission guidelines: Email your manuscript as an attachment to permutedgiants@yahoo.com Please use a 12-point readable font – SINGLE SPACED. Include your name and email on the cover page. Place the title of the story, page number, and your name in the header of each page. Please only submit one story at a time. No simultaneous submissions.

Return time: We will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers

A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers

Few experiences bring forth as many anxieties, blessings, challenges, wonders, and changes as having a baby—whether it's your first child or fifth, your birth child or adopted child. And nothing is as miraculous as giving birth to or witnessing the birth of your baby. This heartwarming anthology will be filled with birth stories and newborn homecoming stories as well as a wide range of stories about the various experiences, emotions, and concerns involved in adding a new baby to one's life and family. Potential topics include but are not limited to: nursing (or not), caring for a newborn, bonding/falling in love with infant, lack of sleep, relationship with spouse, how siblings respond, returning to work, balancing responsibilities, post-partum depression, self transformation, unexpected joys, life lessons, small miracles, etc. The majority of the stories will be about birth children, but the book will likely include a couple adoptive stories as well. Likewise, most of the stories will be written from the new mother's perspective, but we are open to including a few stories written from the spouse's or a very close family member's perspective. All stories will be uplifting and positive, no matter how difficult the situation portrayed in the story might be. We do not want stories that simply recount misfortunes and
sorrows and that do not clearly reveal a positive outcome or redeeming result (silver lining).

New Mothers submission deadline: May 15, 2008 (last call)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Women's Travel Humor

Due to the large number of submissions Travelers' Tales receives they will only contact you if they decide to include your submission in a Travelers' Tales collection. Final decisions are made near the end of the editorial process, and all authors whose stories have been accepted are notified at that time.

Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures has been a huge hit, and More Sand in My Bra is coming out soon. We're always looking for hilarious, outrageous misadventures for future books, so send us your stories.

Deadline for submission: OPEN

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Cup of Comfort for Military Families

It has been said that military life is "not for the faint of heart."
But neither is it without its benefits and blessings. One thing is
certain: it is an experience like no other—for both the soldiers and
their families.

For this book, we want positive stories about how
military life affects the personal lives of service men and women
(enlisted and officers), how family affects soldiers' on the job, and
how military life affects family members (primarily spouses, children,
and parents but also siblings, grandparents, grandchildren,
aunts/uncles, fianc├ęs, etc.). Any situation or subject that is
significant and/or unique to military personnel and their loved ones
is acceptable. Our goal is to compile a collection of inspiring or
uplifting stories that cover a wide range of topics and reveal a
variety of perspectives, experiences, and emotions specific to
military families. Stories may be written by the service man or woman
or a close family member; military service may be current, recent, or
past.

Military Families submission deadline: April 15, 2008 (last call)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pop Culture Magic Anthology

Taylor Ellwood has put out a call for submissions for his latest work - a pop culture magic anthology.


Guidelines:

It should be an article on pop culture and magic... You don't need to use my definition of pop culture, but you should be able to provide readers an idea of why you think whatever it is you're writing about it is pop culture. Articles can focus on work with pop culture entities or practical magic techniques applied to pop culture.

Length:

1,500 to 5,000 words.

Deadline:

Rough draft is due March 15, no exceptions!!!

Citation Style:

We will be using APA style citation for this anthology. If you have questions about this particular style, please let me know when you send me your article.

What Contributors Get:

Contributors will receive a one time fee of $25.00 for their work, payable when the first royalties for the book come in (More details about this are provided in the contract). Contributors also get one free copy of the anthology and 40% off the cover price of other copies they choose to order.