children of the night
closing in on yoooou
~ Les & Jenny Smith
Join Our Celebration
Each year, Popcorn Press celebrates Halloween by publishing an anthology of horror poems and short stories. We hold an open call for submissions starting on Oct. 1 and by Oct. 31 have an ebook published and files to the printer for a physical book.
This year the title is Lupine Lunes, featuring werewolves and the lune poetry format, though other horror tropes and forms are welcome (see below).
Call for Submissions
One of the things we love about Halloween is that people are willing to "dress up." So even if you've never thought of yourself as a poet or short-story author, why not give it a chance?
Short submissions can be sent directly via Popcorn Press's "Contact Us" page. For longer submissions, send a query via that page, and we'll respond by email.
Accepted submissions will earn:
- 1 free copy of the ebook;
- payment based on page length*;
- "Author" status at PopcornPress.com (with special pricing on most items).
Submission grants Popcorn Press the right to publish the work in the book. All other rights are retained by the author.
And yes, we will consider works previously published elsewhere. (No simultaneous submissions, please.)
What We're Looking for . . .
Fiction: Short stories dealing with werewolves are preferred, but Halloween or horror in general are welcome. We're generally more impressed by great mood pieces than by gore.
Poems: We're suckers for good formal prose, but free verse will also be considered. Given the "lunes" of the title, we're especially interested in well-crafted lunes and other short forms: haiku, senryu, tanka, and sijo. (See our "Poetic Forms: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Lunes" blog entry.) We also love cleverly written sonnets.
Experimental poetry forms are also welcome. For further insight, we recommend reading our "The GUP Method for Creative Writing" blog entry. And note that if a piece strikes us as genuine and unique, we're happy to work with you on polish.
*Payment: We believe writers should be paid for their work. In past years we have paid $1 per half page filled (devoting a half-page to each haiku or other short poem). This year payment will be based on the success of the Kickstarter, with each contributor receiving one share in the final profits for each half page filled. (Our cover designer will get a flat 10 shares; our editor is working for free.)
Deadline for submissions is Oct. 23. You do not have to be a Kickstarter backer to submit writing.
Wolf Man's Curse! Card Game: This year being a werewolf-themed celebration, $13 will get you an autographed copy of this card game, in a clear plastic deck box, with shipping included in the US. (Outside the US please contact us for shipping.)
In this 3-5 player game, designed by our editor, everyone is a werewolf; the question is who can keep it hidden and survive to the end.
Risks and challenges
1. We've set a delivery date of November, to get print copies in your hands before the Christmas season. Printing and shipping will be done by Amazon CreateSpace, and our experience has been that that they are generally timely - but their actual delivery time is not in our control.
2. Every year is a roll of the dice for submissions. Without submissions, we would have no book. But seven previous years with plenty make us confident to proceed.
3. Finally, our editor has been adapting to a health issue (detailed on his blog - www.lestersmith.com) that sometimes interferes with his work. We do have people in place this year to help with communication for that reason.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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