Monday, October 25, 2010
Submission deadline: Short Stories for An Honest Lie
Submissions open NOVEMBER 1 through MARCH 15 for short story submissions for An Honest Lie Vol 3: Justifiable Hypocrisy
Open Heart Publishing Submissions
This is the anthology I'm in twice -- see sidebar for Vol 1 and 2 -- so you know they'll accept just about anybody.
Debrin Case, the publisher (see his interview here) is looking for well-edited, clean stories with a creative twist.
Here's a hint: Debrin loves urban fantasy, especially Charles DeLint, and he likes the story to appeal to general audiences.
For instance, in Vol 2 he made me take out the hell words from my story, including the hell I had tucked in the title and the last line. Those lines were the same, actually, and he said I ruined the punchline, change the title, and so I did. My story is now entitled One Small Step. The last line is the same, though, and he let me keep that one hell in the story.
So take out the curse words and obscenities and add a little fantasy and change the title.
I'd be happy to look over anyone's submission, so long as I don't get swamped.
Please feel free to reference this on your blog, as Debrin is looking for ~GOOD~ submissions, and I know you all have some creative stories about hypocrisy tucked in your vault, and you have friends who can cook up something gritty for Vol 3.
NOTE: This is a paid publication, no entry fee (not a contest, see my blog on which way the money flows), includes professional editing, and you may be required to read your publication aloud, on camera, in a room full of staring people.
Then again, we may meet in a pub for a get-to-know-you. We did that too, see this post.
Also, whomsoever sells the most books (out of approx 13 authors) wins a book deal! That's how I got my book deal, if you were wondering. I sold an order of magnitude more books than most of the other authors, because that's how I roll, and publishers like authors who get out and hump it.
Any idea what Justifiable Hypocrisy is? Have you done this in real life? Do you have a book deal? Do you want one?