I am taking a plunge into a new writing project. One that I think will help the members of write_away get over the nervousness of submitting a story for the first time and one that will give me the perspective of the other side of the submission process. I'm really looking forward to this and hope people participate.
Grants Pass Anthology
Submission Deadline: 31 August 2004
Payment: None. Though, there may be an anthology that you will be able to buy with the accepted stories in it. I'm still working that out. If it turns out really well, I'll see what I can do about pitching it to actual publishers.
This journal entry was written in May of 2003 (instead of 2004) by a girl named Kayley (instead of Jennifer). The protagonist of your story has either read it themselves or was told about the post in passing. During the month of June 2004, society as we know it in America collapsed. It took about three weeks longer for the rest of the world. During June 2004, the following things happened:
Mother Nature showed her nastier side all over the world with a series of natural disasters: In America, hurricanes on the East coast; Tornadoes and fierce storms in the mid-west; Earthquakes and storms on the West coast. Storms, volcano eruptions and earthquakes also happened elsewhere, all over the world.
During all that, the plagues came. Three of them. Rumor has it that these were part of biological terrorist acts that went out of control. The first one is an advanced form of SARS that breaks out in Austin, Texas; Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan. The second one is a fierce strain of Tuberculosis that breaks out in Sydney, Australia; Hollywood, California; parts of South Africa and South American. The third is a form of the super Flu which seems to break out in every capital city of every member of the United Nations. These disease take days to kill, sometimes a week. Almost no one survives them once infected. By the end of July 2004, 99.999% of the world's population is dead. [As a side note, that still leaves about 600,000 people alive.]
I am looking for stories that start no earlier than Jun 30, 2004 and involve dealing with the apocalypse and the thought of a possible haven in Grants Pass, Oregon. Your stories do not have to travel there but, the idea of Grants Pass and the journal entry should be one of the plot points. Please note, this is not a supernatural thriller. The end does not come because of nuclear war. There are no special powers, no mutations or the like.
Finally, Please do NOT post your story in write_away for critiques. If you want to have critiques done, please share it among a small number of other writers.
1. Authors must be a member of the write_away LiveJournal community.
2. All stories are to be no more than 5000 words long. If your story is longer than 5000 words, please send a query and we can discuss it.
3. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of GRANTS PASS: [Title Name].
4. All submissions are to be sent in plain text in the body of the email. Emails with attachments will be deleted without being read. If you have formatting, use standard plain text formatting techniques.
5. All submissions are for first time North American publication rights - "first time North American publication rights" to a publisher are for a first-time use of a text. This means that all other rights--e.g. foreign language rights, publishing in markets outside North America, reprints (albeit with giving credit to the first publication)--revert to the author.