Call for Submissions: Zombie Apocalypse Stories | Due Sept. 2017 - (Expired)

Calls for Submissions For Writers

Tannhauser Press wants short stories set after a zombie apocalypse for its Whispers of the Apoc anthology. The editor is Martin Wilsey, author of the Solstice 31 Saga. The call has a soft deadline of “sometime in September 2017,” but since a second volume is already planned, you can submit later and still be considered for one of the volumes.

  • Word count: 5,000–20,000 words
  • Payment: $25 to $100
  • Format: Microsoft Word
  • Deadline: “sometime in September 2017”; later submissions will be considered for Volume 2

Wilsey wants all stories to share a common apocalyptic world, so he sets out these world-building guidelines in his call for submissions:

  • The stories will be set after the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred. It could be the day it hit or a year later. The stories are from various locations around the country.
  • No one knows why or how it happened. None of the stories will solve that mystery.
  • Anyone that dies for any reason will become a zombie. The dead will turn Two to Ten minutes after they die, even if they were not bit.
  • Zombies can only be killed with the destruction of the brain.
  • The zombies dry out and mummify the older they get.
  • Zombies hear and see and smell to find prey. It’s all they do.
  • They will eat any mammal they can catch. Cats, dogs, rats, cows, horses, deer.
  • Zombies get slower the older they get. Fresh ones can run and fight hard. Old zombies are shamblers.
  • Zombie bites will not kill you outright. You die in 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include sweating, extreme thirst, eventually fear of water (like rabies: Hydrophobia).
  • These stories should be character driven and about survival.
  • Stories will take place in a variety of places: Urban, suburban and rural. Even desolate places. The focus is on survival.

Get all the details at Martin C. Wilsey : Call for Submissions: Whispers of the Apoc.

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