Friday, November 2, 2018

Project 42 Stories Update

The 42 Stories Project: 42 categories of 42 42-word stories was launched in July 2018. 

Submissions are coming in strong. 

As a reminder, replies will be sent December 2018

There's got to be a reason . . .

A month after the launch, one of the most competitive graduate programs for my major unexpectedly accepted my application and offered me early entry with a partial scholarship. 

Here's a hint to where that online program is located:

Classes started last August and they take most of my time. 

I'm set to graduate December 2019. For now, I will dedicate a few months to the 42 Stories project. 

Replies will be sent:

December 2018

April 2019

August 2019


I will set time here and there to answer emails. 

Please look for updates on the 42 Stories Facebook Page, Instagram, Medium Blog, Duotrope, and Google the 42 Stories Anthology.
We have a full staff, except artists. Please email me if you're interested in doing cover art for each chapter and the front and back of the anthology.

We have about 300 submissions and need a little over triple that (1,764), so please ask your fellow writer friends to send a 42-word story our way. Acceptances rates are high for now

Reminder of rules: Write a 42-word story with a beginning, middle, and end, a 42-character bio, and enter one of the categories below:

  1. Aliens
    2. Apocalyptic

3. Bad or good parent

 4. Bad or good sibling or evil twin

     6. Culture

 7. Crime Fiction

 8. Escape or disaster

      9. Fairy Tale

      10. Fantasy

      11. Fight

      12. Gothic

      13. Horror

      14. Humor

      15. Impairment

      16. Indigenous American

      17. Killer clown

      18. Kidnapped

      19. Monster

      20. Mystery

      21. Mythopoeia 

      22. Noir (nothing before 1970)

      23. Oddball category (example: kid finds a dead body)

      24. Outer space

      25. Paranormal

      26. Paranormal romance

      27. Rock ‘n’ roll 

      28. Romance

      29. Satire

      30. Science fiction

      31. Steampunk

      32. Sword

      33. Sword and Sorcery

      34. Thriller / Suspense

      35. Tragedy

      36. Trapped

      37. Travel story

      38. Vampire

      39. War 

      40. Western

      41. Werewolves

      42. Zombie

email your submission here

Remember to remember,

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BAM's Purchasable Stories

People often ask what stories I have for sale.

Here's a list of anthologies and a standalone mini novel where you can find the answer.

Click the pictures below for links.

Please read a few, review, and share the tales with others.


Summary: A small town sheriff and recent widower gets a call late at night about his best friend, Alex, dancing in a fountain. This story was dedicated my bar buds who were there for me during very dark times.

Note: I receive 50% of every purchase and 10% of each sale goes to the South Texas Persian Rescue: a non profit cat adoption clinic my niece, Barry, loves.


Summary: A locally famous comedian has a late night reunion with his childhood friend, now a serial killer. What can go wrong? Based on my childhood friend who moved to California to become famous.

Note: Under the pen name Shelly Macaroy - an author in my manuscript: Diaries of Karma.

MacKenzie Publishing's Two Eyes Open Anthology 



Summary: English as a Second Language Teacher from America wakes up in a Japanese jail cell covered in someone else's blood. Detectives seem certain he killed someone. Yet, the poor guy can't remember anything, nor can he speak Japanese.

Note: One amazon reviewer called this piece, "Authentically scary as hell."

HellBound Books Publishing's Shopping List Anthology



Summary: The dream team came to my middle school when I was a kid. Of all people Charles Barkley sat next to me, and inspired so much in a few seconds.

Peacock Journal Anthology, Little Red Tree Publishing



Summary: A linguistics professor has a rare spine condition, which makes his back move like a slinky. Only the creatures from outer space he's teaching English to can save his life in this short comedy.



Summary: The narrator describes what it feels like to lose a sister to alcohol addiction. 
Note: This drama is written under a pen name Scott "Allan" Terrier and it's based on my sister.

Embracing the Shadow Anthology with Down in the Dirt TV Scars Publications



Summary: It's a poem about a very strange experience.

Bindweed Magazine Issue 5 Anthology



Summary: A teen's life changes when he gets held at gunpoint, as will the mugger's. 
Note: WINNER: Exceptional Short Story Award.



Summary: 100-word comedies. 




Summary: Someone is about to die, and you get to read their final moments in this 100-word comedy.



Summary: Experience a shooting from the point of view of a suicidal hero and then a homicidal maniac in an American grocery store.

Note: WINNER of the Wordsmith Competition and Story of the Month

Crack the Spine XIV Anthology



Summary: An older man gets seduced by a teenage girl on a subway in Japan. He has dark motives for her, and vice versa. 

Note: Another Shelly Macaroy piece.

9 Tales Told in the Dark #21 Anthology's Bride of Chaos series



Summary: A kid wants to win a Halloween contest. 
Note: WINNER of a real Halloween Contest and Story of the Month


Far From the Crowd

Summary: It's not easy to tell people goodbye because you'll probably die. That's what happens in the prequel to me having back operations in real life. 

Note: Editor's Favorite Story

StoryShelter's I Am Here. The Untold Stories of Everyday People Anthology

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

42 Stories Anthology

Calls for submissions:
42-Word Story Anthology
An anthology of 42 categories of 42 42-word microfiction stories. Edit: 42 art pieces, one per category. 

That's potentially 1,764 authors in one book. 

There will be a category on the craft of writing, featuring special guest authors. Other categories are listed below.

No poetry or nonfiction categories. However, a story based on nonfiction or a poetic prose piece are acceptable. All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. 

Please share this call and submit your writing. 

Deadline: December 2019 or until filled.
Release date: TBA

Word count: 42 words does not include the title. However, I’m going to ask all potential acceptances to try and make the title 42 characters (note: this is not required). DO NOT make the title 42 words. It happened once.

Use this counter:

Submission guidelines: 
Email subject: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS
Example: 42SUB_SF_DNA

Note: You can abbreviate the genre and if you don’t think I’ll figure out what your abbreviation stands for, let me know in your letter below. Example:


Dear BAM,

The name's Person Name Writer. Email: person@name.writes and my SF: Science Fiction, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 42-Words,” is below my 42-word bio. 

(Limit your cover letter to two or three lines).

Include a 42-word, third person bio below your cover letter. 

No attachments.

Include your story in the email under your bio.

Your story: 42-words of anything, (except erotica), with a beginning, middle, and end. Choose from the categories below. Any story that's well-written has a chance of acceptance. We'll find a category for your story if you cannot. 


Payment: Name recognition. Winners of the Story of Excellence in their genre will receive the award and a small payment detailed below. We are also looking into a "token payment" possibility. At this time, the project cannot afford to pay everyone. 

This anthology will be posted on and other platforms. 

Awards: Each category will have a competition for a 42-Word Story of Excellence Award in genre. Winners will win 42 cents and have the option to donate the money anonymously to a charity, or keep the change.

Bonus: Money earned for book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing and beta reads. We're also donating a token payment of sales to charity.

Rule: Check your work. Your story is very likely to be rejected if you have typos, grammar, or syntax issues. Failure to adhere to the guidelines above will result in a rejected story and a pissed off author. It’s easy to have a grammar-loving friend read the piece as a second pair of eyes.

Response time: December 2018 to be updated. If you're worried your story wasn't received, send an email subject: 42 Query.


First serial rights. They revert back to the author one year after publication.

Nothing that's been published anywhere.

Submit up to four stories per submission but wait until you receive a reply to send more. Due to so many categories, please send multiple submissions separately. It's okay if you forget. NOTE: The goal is to publish 1,764 writers. There's a high possibility we will choose only one of your submissions. 

No simultaneous submissions. 

42 categories:

   1. Apocalyptic
   2. Bad or good parent
   3. Bad or good sibling or evil twin

   5. Culture
   6. Crime Fiction
   7. Dystopia
   8. Escape or disaster

   9. Fairy Tale

   10. Fantasy

   11. Fight

   12. Gothic
   13. Historical Fiction
   14. Horror

   15. Humor

   16. Impairment

   17. Indigenous American

   18. Killer clown

   19. Kidnapped

   20. Monster

   21. Mystery

   22. Mythopoeia 

   23. Noir (nothing before 1970)

   24. Oddball category (example: kid finds a dead body)

   25. Outer space

   26. Paranormal

   27. Paranormal romance

   28. Rock ‘n’ roll 

   29. Romance

   30. Satire

   31. Science fiction / Alien

   32. Steampunk

   33. Sword and or Sorcery

   34. Thriller / Suspense

   35. Tragedy

   36. Trapped

37. Travel story

   38. Vampire

   39. War 

   40. Western

   41. Werewolves

   42. Zombie

All entries will be automatically subscribed to BAM Writes' email updates. It's easy to unsubscribe. But this will keep you informed of the project's progress.

If you are a cover and logo artist, I am also taking submissions for a book cover, front and back and 42 chapter images as well as a logo. 
Send an email

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