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Taking Submissions: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

March 31

Deadline: March 31st, 2024
Payment: $25
Theme: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Boy George and Culture Club
Note: Apologies about the short deadline, just found out about this one today.

In the 1980s, the world had never seen anything quite like Boy George and Culture Club. English pop met fashion and androgyny to usher in the New Romantic era of music. With dozens of nominations and award wins, Culture Club secured a spot in music history and produced a music legacy still loved today. And, what better way to celebrate them than with outstanding crime fiction inspired by their music?


1. Your work must be based on a song that’s an original Boy George and/or Culture Club song and cannot be a cover performed by them. Feel free to reference the list HERE and HERE for inspiration.
2. Your work must relate strongly to the song it’s inspired by, whether that’s by the lyrics or the name.
3. You still must have a STORY and a good crime/mystery.
4. LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC characters and authors very, very strongly encouraged. Be authentic! Remember that this anthology is for Pride Month.
5. All works must be original to this publication and cannot have been published or self-published previously.
6. We’re perfectly ok with simultaneous submissions to other publishers, but please let us know if you’d like your story withdrawn from consideration.
7. Please make sure your song choice is not too obscure. From past musical mystery anthologies we’ve found that readers have a lot more interest if there are songs they immediately recognize.


1. We’re not looking for flash fiction, but we’re not against it if it works. Prefer more in the regular short story length (3000-5000 words).
2. All submissions need to be in DOC, DOCX or Pages format. Everyone knows by now that we don’t care about fonts and spacing and all that other stuff.
3. All entries should be sent to [email protected] with CCLUB in the subject heading. All entries will be acknowledged.
4. All submissions need to be received no later than 11:59PST, March 31st, 2024. Decisions will be made by April 15th. We will do our best to notify authors early if their work is not accepted, but they cannot be resubmitted. Estimated publication is June 2024 for Pride Month.
5. Stories will pay $25 per contributor, due within 90 days of publication of the anthology. All contributors will receive an ebook copy and deep discounts on paperback versions. Our anthology agreement gives us exclusive rights for six months from publication date, then non-exclusive rights thereafter, meaning that contributors are free to reuse their story in any manner they wish after the first six months of publication.
6. Original stories only, no reprints.
7. Only one story per song title will be chosen. The anthology will be limited to no more than 12 stories.
8. This anthology will be published under our White City Press imprint.

Please direct all questions to Editor-in-Chief Jay Hartman at [email protected]

Via: Misti Media, LLC.