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Short and Twisted Series - Submissions OPEN

Following in the Short and Twisted, Short and Twisted Fairy Tales, and Short and Twisted Christmas  Tales anthology traditions, submissions are now open for Short and Twisted Western Tales.


This will be an anthology of short and twisted western tales to be published in the winter of 2019.

Submissions should be under 5000 words and can be any genre as long as they are reminiscent  of the American wild west (circa 1880) and contain an unusual or unexpected twist. The twist can be the story itself, a twist at the end of the story or a twisted story with a twist at the end. We’re trying to give our readers the best kind of whiplash.


In a tip of the hat to my childhood Saturday afternoons with the Lone Ranger, Rawhide, Gunsmoke and others, special consideration will be given to those stories who contain as many as possible of this set of characters in any twisted combination: A good guy with a sidekick, an evil rancher with a beautiful daughter, a prostitute with a heart of gold, sheep ranchers, a rail road coming through town with a land grab and/or a ‘gold’ mine.


I’m willing to work with any level of writer who is passionate about their writing yet still humble enough to expect to be edited. The Short and Twisted series is proud to have been the first to publish a handful of dedicated and hardworking authors. If you’re still looking for that first by-line, consider a submission here.


I suggest reading last year’s publication, Short and Twisted Christmas Tales to get a feel for what we’re looking for in this series.


Authors of the selected stories will receive ½ cent per word, minimum payment of $10, capped at $25. That’s $25 for 5000 words.

Questions and submissions should be sent to SnTW2019@gmail.com in .rtf following standard manuscript format. Submissions will be accepted until the anthology fills. Quality is more important to us than a publication timeline.

Please share this to your writing groups or anyone you know that might be interested.


More about short fiction:

What we're really looking for are good stories. While we are looking for an upper limit of 5000 words, we also gladly accept flash fiction.  Regardless of if your submission is 150 words, 500, 1000 or up to 5000 words we're looking for a beginning, a middle and an end.  We're looking for believable (flawed) characters, debilitating conflict and twisty plotting. If you're unsure how to do that, check out Holly Lisle's free Flash Fiction Workshop.

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