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Taking Submissions: Life of the Dead
May 31, 2014
Deadline: May 31st, 2014
Payment: contributors will be offered a 2% royalty on sales of the anthology.
Life of the Dead
A Science-Fictional Look at Zombies, Ghouls, Ghosts, and the Deadly Departed.
(DEADLINE SET: May 31, 2014. ~Submit Today!)
Tales of undead terror have been woven into the fabric of modern society, and amidst the blood and gore lie hidden questions: What motivates these reanimated cadavers to do what they do? What is the scientific rationale behind their existence? Why do they always seem so hungry, and seek the flesh of the living? All very scientific queries begging for answers.
Life of the Dead seeks to answer these questions, and more. Explore the lesser-told story of zombies and other undead creatures. Go beyond the horror and discover the true nature of these creatures from beyond the grave!
If you wish to submit a story to this fine anthology, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1: Format: Stories should be formatted in either Times New Roman (preferred) or Courier New, and single-spaced. Please, do not add an extra space between paragraphs. A lot of writers separate their paragraphs into blocks these days, like they’re writing a blog post. Please don’t submit that way.
2: Be Original: With this anthology, we’re after something different, beyond your typical tale of terror and gore. Of course, heart-pounding suspense and awful fright is very welcome, but also try to incorporate a new/unique twist to the story.
3: Word Length: 1,500+ words. No Flash Fiction for this one, but anything else will be considered, up to and including Novella-length. While we will entertain reprints, we give preference to fresh, previously-unpublished stories.
4: No Simultaneous Submissions. It is most disappointing to read the greatest story and accept it, only to find out that some other editor has bought the rights out from under you. If you submit to this anthology, please have the courtesy to wait for a response before marketing it elsewhere.
5: One Story At A Time. If you have multiple stories you’d like to submit to the anthology, please send only one at a time. After you get a response about your first story, you’re free to submit another story, but editors only handle one at a time, generally.
6: No Fan Fiction. Though it may be tempting to write stories about your favorite tv show characters, there are copyrights and trademarks involved. Even the best piece of fan fiction cannot be accepted.
7: The submission period will be open until May 31, 2014. You may submit your stories to mtiediting (at) inbox.com as an email attachment. Please make sure to put “Submission: Life of the Dead” in the subject line. Include a brief bio in the body of the email, along with your story’s title.
8: Response Time: Expect to wait six to eight weeks for a reply.
9: Payment & Terms. Martinus Publishing will be acquiring First Print & Electronic Publishing rights to previously unpublished stories, and will entertain the procurement of reprint rights for previously published stories. As compensation, contributors will be offered a 2% royalty on sales of the anthology.
10: Publishing details. This anthology will be released in both print and kindle format. Date of publication to be announced.
Via: Martinus Publishing.