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Short and Twisted Series - Submissions Closed 

Following in the Short and Twisted and Short and Twisted Fairy Tales anthology traditions, submissions are closed for Short and Twisted Christmas Tales. An anthology of Short and Twisted Christmas tales to be published in the Fall of 2017.

Submissions should be under 5000 words and can be any genre as long as they are focused on Christmas 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. 


Authors of the selected stories will receive a contributors copy.

Questions and submissions should be sent to SnTC2017@gmail.com in .rtf following standard manuscript format by March 15, 2017.

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 characters, debilitating conflict and twisty plotting. If you're unsure how to do that, check out Holly Lisle's free Flash Fiction Workshop.




1. You get my story, what do I get? 


You'll get a contributors copy.  What that means is that you'll get a copy of the published book. This is a "for the love" market so what you won't get is a  check.  This will not count as a professional publishing credit on your writing resume.


This is “first rights only” so once the book is published you are free to use the story elsewhere as you choose.


If you’d like to see a copy of the contract prior to submission, let me know at SnTC2017 at gmail dot com and I’ll send you one.


2. Who gets to keep all the money this anthology is going to make? 


I do.  I’ll do all the work, pay all the expenses and reap any financial benefits

This is how it breaks down:

There is time and effort in publicizing the submissions:

Reading and editing the submissions,

Formatting the completed stories for both digital and print publications (This requires good bit of time and some amount of expertise.)

Creating or contracting (paying for) cover art.

I’ll buy (pay for) enough copies to send one to each contributing author – this will likely cost more than what the published book will ever make. Additionally, there are contractual issues I choose not to deal with in maintaining contact with all the authors indefinitely. Of course there are ways to deal with those issues, but in this case a contributors copy is how I choose to deal with it.


At any point in the future, if you’d like copies of your book to sell privately, contact me and we’ll make arrangements for you to purchase them “at cost”.


3. Why would you do that?


For the love, and for you. See number 4.


4. Why would I do that? 


Authors submit to "for the love" markets for several reasons. Primarily, simply because they want to. It could be that they are intrigued by the topic and want to write to the prompt or that they have a story that they'd love to get out there and available to readers. 


It’s an amazing feeling to hold your book in your hand and to see your name out there. If you haven’t done that yet, I’d like to help you get there.


It’s a good process to experience. I’m giving you a chance to dip your fingers in the pond, go through the submission, acceptance/rejection, editing process and come out the other side in a positive way


If you have any other questions please contact me at SnTC2017 at gmail dot com.



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