Tuesday, July 3, 2018

42 Stories Anthology

Call for submissions:
42-Word Stories Anthology

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. 

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

All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. AFTER SUBMITTING, CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS FOR EMAILS FROM THE EDITOR.

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

Word count: 42 words exactly, which does not include the title: roughly 42 characters including spaces and punctuationDO NOT make the title 42 words. It happened once and we all laughed, but this is serious.

Use this counter:

Submit to 42Anthologysubs@gmail.com
Questions to bam@bamwrites.com 
STRICT Submission guidelines
Email subject: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS
Example: 42SUB_SF_DNA

Specifics of your story that goes into the body of the email:

YOUR TITLE HERE (ROUGHLY "between 40 and 44" 42 Characters INCLUDING spaces)




Example or your email:

Dear BAM,

The name's Person Name Writer, email: person@name.com. Below is my SF: Science Fiction, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 42-Words" and bio. One or two more sentences optional. 

No attachments.


See the example under "Clown" if you're confused.

No multiple submissions (BUT, nothing is stopping you from using an alternate email, a pen name, and fictional bio; not that I would suggest or ever do this myself . . . wink).

No plagiarism

Payment: Aside from name recognition, winners of the Story of Excellence in their genre will receive the award and $.42 which can optionally go into a charity pot. Yes, part of sales goes to charity. We are also looking into a "token payment" for all writers. At this time, the project cannot afford to pay everyone.

Most of the money earned from book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing, art, beta reads, and advertising. 

The anthology will be posted on 
Amazon.com and other platforms. 

Rule: Check your work. It’s easy to have a grammar-loving friend read the piece as a second pair of eyes. VERY IMPORTANT Format the subject title: 42SUB_SF_DNA 

Response time: About six months from the submission date. Send an email subject: 42Query with any questions.


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


Nothing that's been published anywhere.

No Erotica. 

No Animal Abuse.

Due a number of submissions, please send ONE story at a time and wait for a response. Ask yourself: "How would they know if I used a pen name, fictional bio, and a maximum of three alternate email?" NOTE: The goal is to publish 1,764 writers.  

VERY IMPORTANT: Format the subject title  42SUB_SF_DNA

No simultaneous submissions. 

Now send us your best work. If you're not sure of the category, it's okay.

42 categories:

VERY IMPORTANT: Format the subject title  42SUB_SF_DNA

Note: Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations. 

   1. Apocalyptic 

  2. Clown 

    My First and Last Encounter with a Monster
by Eval Allan Jaeger
          I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 
      Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 
      Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you       like balloo—ugh.” 
      Bozo never saw my fist coming. 
      Blood slide down from his squeaky red nose.
         Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.

3. Craft of Writing 

  4. Culture
  5. Crime Fiction
  6. Dystopian
…share your Black Mirror story in 42 words
  7. Escape Disaster 
      ...lived through a car crash; 
hunted and survived;
escaping a really good sales pitch

  8. Fairy Tale

  9. Fantasy

  10. Fight 

...arenas, gladiators, blood in the sand; 
fighting cancer;
fighting the system; 
fighting against spousal abuse

  11. Gothic 
...Here is a list of 10 Gothic Short Stories to help
  12. Historical Fiction

…based on non-fic is okay
  13. Horror

  14. Humor
  15. Impairment 

...including all handicaps; 
drug issues and depression; 
non-fic based; 
any form applies.

  16. Indigenous 

...Sherman Alexie anyone? 
His dynamic writing
style inspired this chapter.

  17. Monster 

  18. Mystery

  19. Mythopoeia 


  20. Noir 

  21. Oddball category 

...your story is special and doesn’t fit a category:
here’s where it goes

  22. Outer space

  23. Paranormal

  24. Parent Story 

...non-fic in fiction form's okay; 
good or bad
parent's okay
  25. Poetic Prose

...music related is okay
  26. Romance
    …is your romance about two cats in love? 
Your protagonist is in love with a ghost? 
That goes here. 
Normal romance is okay too.

  27. Satire

  28. Science fiction 

...aliens, robots, you name it goes here

  29. Siblings 

...evil twin, wonderful brother, misunderstood sinister sister
  30. Sports 

...non-fic based is okay

  31. Steampunk 

...example: Fullmetal Alchemist

  32. Sword & Sorcery 

...sword story without the sorcery is okay and vice versa

  33. Thriller / Suspense

  34. Tragedy

  35. Trapped 

...there's a spider outside on my windshield and I can't leave the car; 
trapped in a nightmare; 
actual nightmare; 
under a rock

  36. Travel story 

...non-fic based is okay

  37. Utopian 

  38. Vampire

  39. War 

  40. Werewolves
  41. Western 

...write about a gunslinger, bank robber, a cowboy
that hates guns; 
take a shot
  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 artist, I am also taking submissions for a book cover, front and back and 42 chapter images. 
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If you have any questions or comments, please email: bam@bamwrites.com
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