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. 


That's a 74,088-word anthology, and potentially 1,764 authors in one place. 


One category is the craft of writing, featuring special guest authors. The other categories are TBA.

No nonfiction or poetry. 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. 

Release date: TBA

Submission deadline: December 31, 2019 or when filled.

Word count: 42 does not include the title. However, you’ll get brownie points if you face the challenge. I’m going to ask all finalists to try. and make the title 42 characters (note: this is not required). DO NOT make the title 42 words.

Use this counter:
https://wordcounter.net/

Use this to format your work, however, you do not have to write your word count at the top to avoid redundancy. Redundant:
https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html


Submit to bam@bamwrites.com

Submission guidelines: 
Email subject: 42SUB_Genre_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,

My SF: Science Fiction, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 42-Words,” is below. (Limit your opening 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. Surprise me and go all out! Suspense, horror, action, and fantasy are my favorites. However, any story that's well-written has a chance of acceptance. Yep, so, cool. This was forty-two words.
NO ENTRY FEE

Payment: Zero. However, name recognition has value. This anthology will be posted on amazon.com 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 (TBA) or keep the change.

Bonus: Money earned for book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing and beta reads. I'm also donating 30% of sales to a charity yet to be determined.


Rule: Check your work. Your story is very likely to be rejected if you have typos 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: Hopefully it will be less than 42 days – probably longer than 42 hours.

RIGHTS and FACTS:

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.


No simultaneous submissions. 



42 prompts to help you:

1.    Aliens
2.    Apocalyptic
3.    Bad parent
4.    Bad sibling
5.    Culture
6.    Crime Fiction
7.    Escape
8.    Evil twin
9.    Fairy Tale. Actual fairy (required), even if only mentioned, and bonus points if you have a unicorn that shoots laser beams from its head (not required).
10.Fantasy
11.Fight
12.Gothic
13.Horror
14.Humor
15.Impairment
16.Indigenous American
17.Killer clown
18.Kid finds a dead body
19.Kidnapped
20.Monster
21.Mystery
22.Mythopoeia
23.Noir (nothing before 1970)
24.Outer space
25.Paranormal
26.Paranormal romance
27.Rock ‘n’ roll
28.Romance
29.Satire
30.Science fiction
31.Steam Punk
32.Suspense
33.Sword
34.Sword and Sorcery
35.Tragedy
36.Trapped
37.Travel story.Keep it fiction. Based on nonfiction is okay. A story about traveling to hell would be awesome.
38.Vampire
39.War
40.Western
41.Werewolves
42.Zombie


All entries will be automatically subscribed to BAM Writes' email updates. It's very 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 as well as a logo. 
Title: 42-Stories Anthology. 

Payment: $20.42 plus name recognition. 

Send your cover submission like so: 

Subject: 42CoverSub_Last Name

Hello BAM, 

My name is Cover Artist. My contact info is coverartist42@gmail.com. Address: 42 Douglas Adams Rd. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy City. MD. Attached is a jpeg cover and logo you might like for the anthology. Paypal address is the same as my email.

Peace,

Cover Artist

5 comments:

  1. Number 9 has a misspelling (shorts...)

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    1. Thanks! I don't always catch them all.

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  3. I wish I had known about these categories before.

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    1. Hi Vincent Van Ross,
      You can edit your story and resend it, or send three more in addition as a new submission. No worries. Please email bam@bamwrites.com subject: QOnProject42 if you have any questions.

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