Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Writers: Valentine's Day Drabbles

In mid-December I received notice of a call for writers to submit 100 word stories for an anthology celebrating Valentine's Day. The call for Speculative St. Valentine's Day Drabbles was interesting for a several reasons. First, the commitment to submit a piece with such very specific requirements: stories of one hundred words, no more and no less. Second, because in dscribing what they were looking for they used the word "spooky" twice. Do I really have to be spooky? Third, because the word "drabbles" is so unusual that it required my having to peek at a dictionary, which signified its meaning as follows: to draggle; make or become wet and dirty.

For what it's worth, here's the call, and if so inclined you still have time to submit. January 25 is the deadline.

SUBMISSIONS CALL
SPECULATIVE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY DRABBLES 2015 
 We love St. Valentine's Day, and we love stories about spooky goings-on, high adventure, and all things literary speculative. So why not combine our love for all and publish an anthology on February 1, 2015 with stories that involve romance and speculative doings in one way or another?

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
We are looking for exceptionally well written stories BUT they can be spooky, ooky, silly, whatever, just as long as they're romantic. The stories can be humorous, enthralling, spooky... Capture the spirit of the holiday!

ALL GENRES ACCEPTED – DO YOU HAVE A STORY THAT IS A MISHMASH OF GENRES AND HAS A ROMANTIC FEEL TO IT? WE WANT IT!

ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD:
Word Count: 100 words – not including the title or byline -- 100 words EXACTLY! Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12, double space.

Be typed in line with Standard Manuscript Format. Details can be found at this website. Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address). All drabbles must be saved as in .doc format and emailed to submissions@salgado-reyes.com.

Your email subject header should read SURNAME/TITLE -- SPECULATIVE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY DRABBLES 2015 Please submit only one story at a time pending upon approval. Any more than this and all stories will be rejected without consideration. Reprints accepted (just tell us from where!)

We are not looking for stories that include excessive racism, abuse, or political and/or religious proselytizing. No eating/abusing children! We also will not be accepting any fan fiction. And keep it PG-13!

Please indicate prior publication history, if any.

PAYMENT:
There isn't any. This is for the love, for the glory, and for the easy Amazon Author Page credit! Heck, we're only using any and all profits from this venture to secure more ISBNs for more future projects...

DEADLINE:
The deadline to receive submissions is JANUARY 25, 2015. It may take our editors about one week to review your submission; then we’ll get back to you.

The anthology will be edited by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology, their decision is final. Please do not resubmit a rejected submission as it will be rejected unseen without further consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your drabbles!

William Shunn : Manuscript Format : Short Story

www.shunn.net

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