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Distorted Call for Submissions


New Fiction Anthology

Title: Distorted

Edited By: Anthony S. Buoni and Alisha Costanzo

Publisher: Pulpwood Press

Submissions Due: 20 December 2013

Release Date: Fall 2014

Send Submissions and Questions to: distortedsubmissions@yahoo.com


Do you think Oedipus Rex was a hillbilly turned king? Or that the centaur was the wild imaginings of a deliriously tired farmer? Or that giants are a mix between angels and humans? Or the Sphinx was a lab/alchemist experimental creation? We want to see these twists of mythology come to life.

Distorted is looking for submissions that transform mythology into modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. What we want is to see them given new life. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher, don’t make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences.  Sex and profanity are acceptable, however, not in excess.  If gory for gore’s sake, or vulgar just to be crude, your story will be rejected.  Themes must be central to plot and character.

World Creation:

-In-Depth Characterization of the main character(s)

-Emotional and Physical tensions


-Consistent POV (No head hopping)

Submission Guidelines:

-Double spaced, 1” margins, title and author name in header, pagination

-Please use Times New Roman, Courier, Verdana, Arial or Georgia 12 point for submissions.

-Include your real name, address, phone, e-mail, story title, and word count on title page of submission.

-Flash fiction: 100-800 words

-Short Shorts: 800-2,000 words

-Short Stories: 2,000-7,500 words

(Flexibility of word count for short stories considered at editors’ discretion)

-Previously published material will not be considered.

-Please submit in Word (.doc, .rtf, or .docx). Send submission as attachment only.  Do no embed in body of e-mail.  If we have trouble opening the document in Word, we will let you know.

-Email subject lines and files should have the name of the anthology, the authors last name and the story title so I can keep organized.  Example: distorted_smith_gloom house.

-Original works only; AKA no reprints

-Simultaneous submissions are okay; however, if another anthology obtains your story first, let us know so we don’t infringe.

-Multiple submissions are okay.

-In submission e-mail, please include a brief bio written in 3rd person so I may include it in the anthology if chosen for publication.

-You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any time, but this request must be made in writing (e-mail acceptable).

-We reserve the right to reject any submissions not following these guidelines.

Deadline: Friday, December 20th, 2013.

Manuscripts that have been chosen for the collection will be chosen by March 1, 2014.

Online submissions only, please send work to distortedsubmissions@yahoo.com

Payments will be delivered before publication and will be determined on a sliding scale as per word count, ($5 for stories under 2,000 words and between $10-20 for 2,000 and up,) plus three author copies, (two print and one e-book).

You retain rights to your story, but I ask for first print and electronic rights for six (6) months after publication date, then you are free to resell it.