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Taking Submissions: Chiral Mad
August 20, 2012
Deadline: August 20th 2012
Payment: Payment: One contributor copy. All profit from this anthology will be donated to Downs Syndrome charities. Copies will be available for cost as long as you donate profit received to a Downs Syndrome charity organization of your choice.
Chiral Mad is an anthology of psychological horror tentatively scheduled for publication by Written Backwards in November of 2012. It will contain twenty or more short stories by established authors and newcomers from around the world. Submissions will be open to the public starting May 16th with a listing appearing on duotrope.com soon. To submit a story for consideration, please see the guidelines below.
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Twenty highly-regarded peers were selected for the initial invitation into this anthology, along with the twenty whose work appeared in Pellucid Lunacy. As stories are accepted, author names will appear on the “OFFICIAL LINE-UP” section on the top right of this page. Invited authors with submissions in the works will appear in the “UNOFFICIAL” section below that. Open submissions for Chiral Mad commence May 16th and will stay open until August 20th, or until filled.
What’s acceptable? Fiction that disturbs the nonlinear fabric(s) of reality. Mindbenders in the range of 1000 to 5,000 words that could not only be classified as horror, but as psychological horror with chirality in mind. This anthology suits stories that push the limits of the human condition. The keyword being ‘human.’ Strong character development is a must, and all stories must have some element of chirality, whether it’s in character reflection, physical and/or mental symmetry, structure, or any other way you can manage. Look at your left hand; look at your right hand; now put them together… that’s chirality.
Share something important with the rest of the world, something dark that can be read over and over again, and help raise a big chunk of money for a good cause.
Here’s what is needed. Send your work via e-mail as an attached .docx, .doc or .rtf. How you format the story is not an issue. What’s really important is the story. Send one to [email protected] with a brief introductory message. Nothing too wordy. Use “Chiral Mad – Submission Title” as your subject line. For open submissions, only original work is accepted (no reprints).
Deadline: August 20th, 2012 or until filled, whichever comes first.
Release: November 2012. Scheduled for debut at AnthoCon 2012.
Format: Trade paperback, eBook (sometime in winter)
Word count: 1000 – 5,000 words.
Payment: One contributor copy. All profit from this anthology will be donated to Downs Syndrome charities. Copies will be available for cost as long as you donate profit received to a Downs Syndrome charity organization of your choice.
More information on chirality can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiral.
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