Dia de los Muertos has always been our favorite time of the year and was the theme of our very first anthology. We are revisiting that theme and are excited to be accepting submissions for a follow-up anthology due out in the fall.
We are looking for more stories about Dia de los Muertos, that magical time when the dead can return. For many, this is a time for celebration as we call our dead home—but there are those among us who may find that this time is a reason to fear…
Given the rich imagery and ritual/symbolism surrounding this particular holiday, there is a lot of room for creativity here. The subject matter for this project is wide open—we like to give our authors room to play—as long as it touches on the theme. We want you to scare us, to break our hearts, to leave us wanting more... We will accept fantasy, horror, magic realism, literary, and even the darkly humorous. We love quirky characters and stories written from unusual perspectives… please send us your best.
As you know, our tastes run dark but what’s most important to us is a good story; one that we want to read again and again. As we’ve said before, we’re not afraid of sex or violence (not even a bit) as long as it is important to the tale. We aren’t a fan of the gross, however, and we don’t love gore for the sake of gore. There really needs to be a point.
Need more information about the theme? There are a ton of sites on the internet to help you out. Here are just two that discuss this holiday, its rituals and customs to help get you started:
This is important, as we have been receiving too many off-topic stories. Just because there is a dead person in your story—or a zombie, or magical murder, etc.—does not mean it fits the theme. Please familiarize yourself with the celebration of Dia de los Muertos before writing/submitting your story.
How to Submit:
Please send your 1000-5000 word stories as black-and-white 12 pt. easily readable font (.rtf file) to muertosantho at elektrikmilkbathpress dot com. The majority of the stories we choose tend to fall in the 2000-5000 word range but if you know us you know we’re pretty flexible with word count, as long as we enjoy the read. Preference will be given to original stories but we have been known to take a reprint or two… just query.
Make sure you include all your contact details with your submission: Name, pseudonym (if applicable), address and contact info. We would hate to fall in love with your story and not be able to tell you so.
Also, please let us know if the story is an original and include the approximate word count, as well as a short bio of about 50 words. We want to know all about you—we’re nosy like that.
Finally, please include the word “submission” in your subject line so that your lovely efforts aren’t eaten by our junk-monster. Much good work has been destroyed this way and we’d hate to see it happen to yours.
What happens next:
We hope to send responses within a 6-8 week period. Response times can grow longer as we receive more stories, but we do respond to every submission and we will try to update our Facebook page, Twitter, and the website as frequently as possible. If you haven’t heard from us and it has been awhile, please feel free to query.
We are offering a one-time payment of $30 and a contributor copy in return for non-exclusive rights. Authors who are selected will receive a contract.
Books will be available for purchase through multiple online venues including our website, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com and authors wishing to purchase additional copies will be able to do so at a discount.
Submissions will close on September 25 or when filled.
Any questions? Something we forgot? Feel free to query.