Deadline: September 2nd, 2019
Slaughter is the Best Medicine: An Heroic Anthology of Mayhem & Mirth in Melee
This one is exactly what it sounds like – pulpy battle royale with a smile!
This anthology goes back to RBE’s roots and seeks true Heroic Fantasy tales in the ways of Low Fantasy and Sword and — well, any of the ‘Sword and’ genres (any questions on genre meanings, see RBE’s handy reference list). There’s only two requirements: edged blades are a must and three or more deaths must transpire in one fell swoop . . . or battle or ambush or melee . . . you get the idea, right? The more dead, the merrier, as they say. *OK, make that 3 requirements: don’t omit the “& Mirth” bit of the subtitle. I am NOT looking for slapstick and silliness, but there must be a bit of humor, a touch of the tongue-in-cheek, at least the hint of a smile-jerker at some point in your tale.
We will be accepting 15-20 stories, and stories should be 2k-9k words in length. Nothing shorter will be read, and our sweet spot is in the 5k-7k range. Don’t hold back – wow us with good ol’ heroic storytelling!
Submissions will remain open until we find the stories we want or through the end of Labor Day Weekend 2019. Response time on your first 500 words should be less than a week, while response time after we receive your full story should be less than two months. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all informed.
Publication is intended for Christmas 2019. We will publish within months of closing, so depending upon acceptances, SLAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE could appear any time before or after the target. Again, we will keep all informed. Payment of $30 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will receive electronic copies and permanent discount on print purchases.
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