Friday, May 24, 2013

Anthology Update

The deadline for stories is just over a month away, but Strange Critters: Unusual Creatures of Appalachia has already received hundreds of submissions from around the globe. I've really enjoyed reading every story and want to thank all the talented writers for their submissions. The shortlist is now at 26 stories (with only 12 open slots), but no story will be accepted until every submission has been read.

The competition is strong, but we are still far from a table of contents.

I have received stories based on almost every kind of Appalachian critter, but wampus cats are by far the most common type submitted. I would love to see more lake monsters, ghost stags, big foot, sheepsquatch, and Native American beasts of legend. Many of the stories also set in the woods - so if you're looking for a way to stand out, try setting your story someplace besides the forest.
If you're looking for more information on the anthology, or what types of critters are out there - check out the Strange Critters facebook page HERE!
Best of luck with your submission. 
Frank Larnerd - Editor

Monday, November 26, 2012

Anthology Guidelines

Title: Strange Critters: Unusual Creatures of Appalachia
Publisher: Woodland Press
Editor: Frank Larnerd
Format: Trade Paperback, ebook
Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.
No reprints
Story length: Up to 2500 words
No multiple or simultaneous subs
Deadline: 12:00am Sunday, June 30th, 2013
E-mail submissions to:
RTF, DOC, or DOCX  attachments only.

I am looking for horror stories featuring legendary, mythical, or imaginary creatures of Appalachia. Stories based on established local lore are preferred, but exceptions may be made for exceptionally crafted creatures. I am NOT looking for stories with zombies, vampires or other popular monsters. Submitted stories can be set in any time period, but must take place in the Appalachian region.

Although the anthology is mainly targeted for adults, we DO NOT want stories containing language or content unsuitable for children. Submissions should also avoid unflattering Appalachian stereotypes.

Accepted Manuscript Formatting:
Use Times New Roman (12).
Italicize what you want italicized.
Single space after sentence-ending punctuation.
Be sure to include your name, address, and email on your manuscript.

artwork by Joseph Lusk