Open Submissions Call for 2 Anthologies:
Why: Over the past year I have been coming up with various stories based around certain themes and have come up with several for each theme. My original plan was to explore various ways in which these themes could work and then write an Anthology or two of my own work on it. I have come up with enough Ideas to write a 40k+ novel for each of these themes that are mentioned below but then I thought about it some and I came to the conclusion that: a) I have a ton of writer friends who might find these themes interesting and want to share their ideas also and b) I think an anthology of these types of stories would be a much better read if the stories were all told in different styles by different people c) I got my start in publishing in someone else’s Anthology so it’s my turn to open up some roads for indie/aspiring writers to try and get published the same way I had.
What We Offer: As these two anthologies are the first we are trying to create here is what we offer
1) Payment of ¼ cent per word for stories- standard rate for the size we are looking for and the anthology style of publication.
2) Review of your story on the Promote Writers Blog (good review of course since you would be good enough to get into the book if accepted)
What We Need:
1) Original stories from 7,000 to 10,000 words in length- Multiple submissions per author allowed and welcomed!
2) Exclusive right to publish the story in both Ebook and Print format within the selected Anthology only for 1 year from first publishing date. After that you can do whatever you want with your story for republishing. Even after the first year when you get the rights to print your story back, we at Draxis Web Productions still maintain the right to print further copies of the anthology that you story is in.
3) Send submissions to: DWPSubmissions@aol.com with the Anthology name in the subject line along with your name, story name, and word count.
4) Deadline is Oct 1st 2012
What Genre are we seeking: This really doesn’t matter; we can have romance, horror, comedy, whatever you want to try as long as it fits the theme of the story. In fact the more genres in the book the better as it will give something for everyone and will make sure there aren’t any similar stories coming through.
Theme 1- Patient Zero:
It seems in all the various Zombie stories out there, all you see is the Zombie Apocalypse has started, we are in such and such a place, and we have these survivors, we’re crossing the country with these survivors, we’re trapped in such and such a building with these survivors. It’s always about the survivors and if they ever touch upon the beginning of the Z-plague it always seems to be just a footnote. This doesn’t seem right at K.M. and myself have had many discussions about why this is the case and how much great story potential is lost in this missing information and back-story. Therefore, in this anthology, I want to explore the various ways that the Z-plague has started. Is it a normal disease that mutated and spread out of control and if so how and why? Was it an alien crafted thing that was released and if so why? Did it start on facebook and did it only affect those who posed with duckface in a pic and if so what mad scientist made that possible? This is what I want to see, the how and the why of the beginning of the Z-pocalypse!
Theme 2- Parasites! A new vein of vampiric tale:
Basically put, Vampires are everywhere now a days, from the sexy blood suckers of Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, to the teenage angst in the House of Night series that is best described as Vampire world meets Harry Potter school. However, vampires can be so much more than this, they do not have to just suck blood, and they don’t have to have fangs. To me the basis of the vampire is a tale to frighten, a tale to warn of dangers, a tale that says no matter what you see or what you hear, no matter how wonderful it may be it IS dangerous! As for what the Vampire is…it simply is some form of a parasite and so I want to bring these two together again. The tales I want to see are of a non-typical vampire- a Succubus or Incubus, a thought sucking vampire, an energy leech, an emotion drainer. Even another bloodsucker just done differently than anything that’s out there today would work fine. What I want to see is a NEW twist to this old story, but one that brings back the roots of the tale, a warning to all of something too good to be true that can feed off of you in some way, something that can bring back the frights when something goes bump in the night. In this case, if it FEEDS off YOU then it is a vampire. I don’t care what it eats. Let’s show people that Vampires ARE scary, that vampires while able to be sexy will STILL rip your throat out (or your heart or mind) whenever they darn well please, and that vampires CAN and WILL feed off of more than just typical blood.
For both themes what is needed are good stories; they can be any genere. What we care about is giving people a story to enjoy and presenting them with something new to think about- a new twist to an old tale. So think on it and let me know if you would be interested and then get to working on your own Z-Patient or Vampire tale. I cannot wait to see what the brilliant minds of my friends can come up with and see these stories in print. My partner in crime, K.M. and I, are already working on our own stories for these anthologies and we would be honored to have yours share a spot along with us in these upcoming books. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us via any of our facebook pages or via email. Happy writing!