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: 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. 

Use this counter:

Every category (chapter) will have a Story of Excellence Award selected by a guest judge. 

Winners receive:

1) Either $0.42 payment or the option to donate the money to a pot that will go to United Through Reading.

2) Their story read (by themselves or a friend) on YouTube with all 42 selected Story of Excellence Award winners.

3) An award certificate signed by the compiler of the 42 Stories Anthology. 

4) A blog, email, and media spot with other winners that will be read by about 5,000 subscribers.

5) Writing the introduction to the chapter their story won the award in and their name on the first page of that category as the Story of Excellence Award winner. 

6) Possibly more.

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

Don't email asking "is it sub, SUB, or subs or SUBS?" We aren't that nitpicky.  

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

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


Your story here

42-word third person bio here

Example of your email:

Dear BAM,

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

No attachments


See the example at the bottom to help you

Do not send more than one story with the same name. The goal is to publish 1,764 different writers. The more writers in the book, the more people who will talk about the anthology, so before sending multiple submissions, ask yourself if it's necessary. Instead, consider asking other writers to send their stories. If you have to send more than one piece for consideration, use a pen name for each piece. 

In addition to your nom de plume, you can use the same bio. However, if you try and sneak your real name into the bio of a multiple sub, your story will be rejected. Your stories will all be rejected if you do not follow this guideline

Last point: all submissions are considered separately, so do not send multi-subs together in one email. 

No plagiarism

Payment: Aside from name recognition, ONLY winners of the Story of Excellence in their genre will receive the award and $.42 which can optionally go into a charity pot. 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: Make sure your subject line was written properly. 

Response time: About six months from the submission date, maybe longer. 


By submitting your work, you agree and confirm that we can publish your piece in the anthology. However, you will have 30 days after acceptance to withdraw your story if you change your mind about having it in the anthology. More...
You grant the 42 Stories Anthology and staff first serial rights to your original work submitted. Rights revert back to you the author one year after publication. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours.
Moreover, by submitting a story, you agree that we can reformat and make punctuation changes without your prior consent. If the story is formatted a specific way that you prefer, let us know in your cover letter. However, we will contact you if we want to change any of the words.


Nothing that's been published anywhere.

No Erotica. 

No Animal Abuse.

VERY IMPORTANT: Format the subject line correctly. 

No simultaneous submissions. 

Send us your best work. 

42 categories:

VERY IMPORTANT: Format the subject line correctly.

Note: Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations. 

1. Alternate Reality
(Alternative History)
2. Apocalyptic
3. Clown

4. Craft of Writing 

Craft of Writing details: If you have won any prestigious awards in writing, or are a publisher, agent, or editor and do not have stories in the anthology already, you can send the following for our consideration with the subject line: Craft of Writing and send
Exactly 42 words describing the craft of writing in respect to inspiring writers.
Your 42-word 3rd person bio
Persons in this chapter will receive $42 and act as guest judges for the Best Of piece for one of the other 41 categories, which is approximately 25 pages double spaced of reading. (38 craft of writing entries needed). Specifics and Q & A here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2021/08/42-stories-anthology-craft-of-writing.html

5. Crime

6. Culture
7. Dystopia/Utopia
…share your Black Mirror story in 42 words

8. Escape

9. Fairy Tale

10. Fantasy

11. Fight

12. Gothic or Macabre & Morbid

13. Hitchhiker's Guide to History or HGH
…based on non-fic is okay

14. Horror

15. Humor

16. Impairment

  17. Indigenous 
...Sherman Alexie' dynamic writing
style inspired this chapter. Any story about any aboriginal culture is welcomed.

18. Monster

19. Mystery

20. Mythopoeia

21. Noir

22. Oddball

23. Outer space
24. Paranormal
25. Parents

26. Poetic Prose

27. Romance

28. Satire

29. Science Fiction

30. Siblings

31. Sports
...non-fiction based is okay

32. Steampunk
...example: Fullmetal Alchemist

33. Sword & Sorcery
...sword story without the sorcery is okay and vice versa

34. Thriller / Suspense

35. Tragedy

36. Trapped

37. Travel story

38. Vampire
39. War
40. Werewolf

41. Western
...write about a gunslinger, bank robber, a cowboy
that hates guns;
take a shot

42. Zombie
Thanks to The Walking Dead, the word
 "horde," or "herd" is overly used and dead. 
You might want to avoid it in your story. 

  Example submission:

   Email subject line: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ
   Hello. My email is eaj@eaj.com. This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 

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 slid 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.

Submit your story through Submittable
or email it here     (42anthologysubs@gmail.com)                                   
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