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Taking Submissions: Quoth the Raven

August 30, 2018

Deadline: August 30th, 2018
Payment: Royalty Split And Contributor’s Copy

With the recent closing of Black Mirror Press, their planned anthology celebrating the works of Poe sits orphaned. After giving this situation a great deal of thought, and discussing it with our partners and staff, we at Camden Park Press have decided that the efforts of the authors who have been working on stories for the past several months should not be wasted, and Black Mirror Press’ efforts in inspiring the project and motivating the authors to create their own, re-imagined versions of Poe’s work need not be in vain. To that end, we are now opening submissions for Quoth the Raven, a contemporary re-imagining of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Quoth the Raven

~ Call for Submissions ~

The works of Poe were dark and often disturbing. From dismembered corpses, rivals bricked behind cellar walls, murders in back alleys, and detectives on the trail of devious villains, his stories have had a profound impact on both the horror and mystery genres to this day.

In Quoth the Raven, we invite you to revisit Poe’s work, all of which is now in the public domain, and re-imagine it for the twenty-first century. We’re not looking for a simple retelling of the classic tales, though we’d love to see what you can do with them. Consider also the more obscure but equally compelling work. Or, if you’re so inspired, write your own, original, story in the style of a modern-day Poe. No matter what approach you choose, we’re looking for stories with a unique 21st century perspective, that incorporate twists that reflect present-day technological and societal changes and life in today’s world, married to Poe’s distinct form of storytelling.

These should be contemporary tales, set in the real world. While it’s fine to incorporate some element of magic realism or the supernatural, we’d prefer to see psychological horror rather than gratuitous violence or gore. Stories incorporating the current political landscape (particularly in the U.S.) will also be a hard-sell, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate political elements if you don’t go overboard with them. Strong suspenseful elements are key. We’re looking for a good mix of both horror and mystery, and will also consider your wonderfully re-imagined versions of Poe’s poetry.

Short stories: 3000 – 7000 words; only one per author
Poetry: 1-3 pages (double-spaced); only one per author
Note: You may submit both a story and a poem; but please send each item separately.
SEND TO: editor AT camdenparkpress DOT com
In your cover letter, please indicate which Poe story/poem your story is based on.
Our goal is to release this collection of updated tales on October 7th, 2018, the 169th anniversary of Poe’s mysterious death. It’s going to be a fast turnaround, but we know you can do it!
PAY RATE: Royalty Share + one contributor copy of each format (print and electronic)
FORMAT: Please use Standard Manuscript Format, i.e.: Microsoft Word .doc/.docx file, 1″ margins, 12-14pt Times (or other serif font), double-spaced, contact info and word count on first page, running header w/name, title, page #, etc. The usual stuff.
Please include both your name and the story title in the filename, like this:AndyAuthor_SiriTheRaven.docx

Via: Camden Park Press.


August 30, 2018