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Taking Submissions: Song Stories: Dark Side of the Moon
March 1, 2013 - March 2, 2013
Payment: Every author will get a contributor’s copy of the eBook and a proportional percentage of the royalties
The album Dark Side of the Moon explored, among other themes, chaos in society and madness of the mind.
Dark Side of the Moon will feature the dark fantasy, twisted science fiction and horror focused on madness. Bring us your serial killers, your haunted asylums, your deranged computers and aliens.
The threshold for profanity, sex and violence will be much higher, but we will still choose quality over shock-value every time.
Submission Call Starts: 12/1/2012
Submission Call Ends: 3/1/2013
What We Want:
We are looking for fresh perspectives on favorite songs. The story should have the following qualities
The story must be your own work. Reprints are fine, provided you hold publishing rights
Multiple submissions are acceptable. Please do not submit more than 10k words at a time
No stories which are freely available online.
The plot should have a strong correlation to the lyrics of the song. The writer can and should take creative liberties, but the reader should have a clear indication of the base song. Include the song in your cover letter.
Not required but strongly advised
The story should be science fiction, fantasy, horror or a related sub-genre
The atmosphere of the story should reflect either the style of music or the singer/composer
Story length may be up to 5000 words in length
Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if you are accepted elsewhere.
What we don’t want
Boring literal interpretations of love songs
Adult content– if sex is present, it should further the story
Gore or profanity when it is only included for shock value
Illegal content of any kind
The purpose of Song Stories is to celebrate the power of music. It is not the intention of this anthology to exceed fair use. Only the portions of the lyrics which are necessary to move the story forward should be used and their use should be transformative. For example:
Open Arms by Journey (Perry, Cain, et al)
Lying beside you, there in the dark, feeling your heart beat with mine
Lying beside you…
Terrance smiled when he awoke and found Abigail still sleeping, the morning sun still hidden beneath the horizon. He pressed his chest against hers painfully aware that the challenges of the new day might end the synchronicity of their hearts.
A unique paranormal/alternate tech/fantastical narrative that evokes the essence of the song, while sparingly using key words or phrases to emphasize the connection.
What You Get
Your story will appear in a carefully edited, aggressively marketed anthology.
At this point, we can’t afford to pay top dollar. Every author will get a contributor’s copy of the eBook and a proportional percentage of the royalties
For published pieces we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights. Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and eBook formats, giving up your First Publishing Right for royalties only, is really what you want to do.
A print version of the book will be made available shortly after the eBook release. Copies will be made available to contributors at cost.
No significant alterations will be made to the accepted stories without express approval of the author
How to Submit
Submissions will only be accepted via the online submission form If you have any questions, please contact us.
Depending of the volume of submissions, we will try to respond within a few days whether we will pass on your story or hold it for further consideration.
[via: Wakefield Mahon.]
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!