I have some more writing opportunities for the short story writers among you. These are for the publisher Zombies Need Brains. Their Kickstarter for these anthologies has reached the minimum they needed so they are now open for submissions, here is a link to the Kickstarter.
They are looking for stories for three anthologies, The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, Derelict, and When Worlds Collide. They are looking for short stories up to 7,500 words in length, no reprints or previously published material, and the stories must align with the theme of the anthology. The deadline for all of these anthologies is the 31st of December 2020 and they intend to have made their decisions on what stories they’ll be taking by the end of February 2021.
The payment is very generous, not only will you be paid an advance of 8 cents per word, but because the Kickstarter has been fully funded, all further copies that are sold will earn you royalties.
So, let’s have a look at what the themes of the Anthologies are.
The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity
Stories about gods in the modern day who must live alongside humanity. They say that they are looking for stories about lesser known gods and deity’s, and from less well known cultures and pantheons. They also mention that they have a list of authors already chosen for the book and that these authors have already picked which gods they are going to be using, so take a look at that list (which is on their Kickstarter page) to get an idea of which gods you need to steer clear of if you want a good chance of getting picked. They want a range of tones so feel free to write pretty much whatever you want, as long as you stick to the theme and don’t write about one of the gods already picked.
This anthology is looking for stories centred around derelict and abandoned ships, both spaceships and sea faring ones are welcome, in fact they are looking to get a fifty/fifty split between them. The more interesting and contrary to expectations the story is, the better. They do, however, have to be explicitly ship based. If the ship disappeared out of the story it couldn’t make sense anymore, that’s how important the ship has to be to the plot of the story. Again they are looking for a range of tones from humorous up to horror.
When Worlds Collide
In this anthology they are looking for stories where two or more different cultures meet. This can be for fantasy or science fiction, or even alternate history. Apparently, they are expecting a lot of first contact stories, so it might be a good idea to write about something else. But they are wanting varied stories featuring interesting and distinct cultures. Again they are looking for a range of tones from humorous up to dark.
What do you think? Has this caught your eye and made you want to write something? All three sound super interesting and it will probably be no surprise to you all that I’ve already backed the Kickstarter so that I can get the anthologies when they come out. As for writing for them, I am definitely tempted and have a few ideas milling about. Let me know in the comments if you are going to try out for one of these!
Here’s the link to the Kickstarter again.
And here is a link to their Patreon where they give more details.
Stay safe out there,