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October 16, 2020

Attack of the Killer____

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its sixth volume of its HOWLERS series, Attack of the Killer____.

Deadline: October 15,2020

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable.

If Stephen King has taught us anything over the past several decades, it's that we shouldn't trust anything in the world around us. Clowns, car, chattery teeth, disembodied fingers, St. Bernards, little girls, old people in their RVs, antique cameras, antique stores, and Kindles all have the potential for evil. This anthology challenges you to fill in the titular blank yourself! We welcome all flavor of horror stories: sci fi, erotic, campy, serious, body horror, Lovecraftian, Poe, King, etc.

BUT the title of your story has to be what goes in the blank. For example, you could name your story "Sex Machine," implying your story could be read as "Attack of the Killer Sex Machine."

We will take preference with stories that are unique. Don't just write another killer doll story or another killer dog story, unless your story genuinely has a unique take on the that trope.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or necrophilia presented in a positive light.

Bestiality presented in a positive light.

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just me an email at jonathan.thurstonhowlpub@gmail.com (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

Submit stories via Submittable at https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/163952/attack-of-the-killer

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any). Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

November 01, 2020

Dogbumps Academy of Wayward Wixards

Dogbumps Academy of Wayward Wixards

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Editor: Jonathan W. Thurston

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

“Welcome to Dogbumps Academy of Wayward Wixards. We have locations across the globe and maybe even multiple in your country. We take in all types: Latinx, trans, disabled, lesbian, black, gay, etc. We are pleased to have you enrolled at our school and even more pleased to give you, whom society has deemed 'lesser,' a place where you can be celebrated just as you are.”

Wayward (adj):  difficult to control or predict because of unusual or perverse behavior 

Hell no, we won't be controlled. Or silenced.

It’s time for a school of magic that accepts, promotes, and celebrates diversity. We want characters of racial, disability, gender, and sexuality diversity in this anthology. It doesn’t matter where your Dogbumps location is, and you can name the teachers and schoolmaster what you will. 

The genre or type of narrative is completely up to you. Whether spell students are trying to research a forgotten curse or the alchemy instructor is exploring polyamory with two non-witches outside the school, it’s up to you!

The rating of this anthology can go up to R, but nothing X or higher. So basically, no explicitly described sexual scenes although sex can happen. We don’t want this to be an erotic book.

Also, watch that you don’t use any copyrighted characters, names, places, spells, or ideas in your story!

World notes:

  1. The school is called Dogbumps Academy of Wayward Witches and Wizards.

  2. The school only caters to minorities in one form or fashion.

  3. The Grand Mixter of the whole Academy is Grand Mixter Silva Greaves.

  4. The four houses of Dogbumps are Danimane (red and black with a wolf), Sorafeng (green and yellow with a weasel), Azenhuff (blue and pink with a unicorn), and Mallemaw (orange and purple with a bull)

  5. Houses are assigned the first year, but people can switch houses any time and as much as they want after. The houses do not have specific characteristics officially, but your school might have similar students naturally grouping together in a house so that a house might have a stereotype at your specific location.

  6. The stories might take place in the present. No historical works (for this volume anyway).

  7. People get their acceptance letter to Dogbumps when they reach age 18, and it goes on for four to seven years, depending on what kind of degree the student wants. It’s meant to be a form of college rather than high school.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, or any other discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light.

Bestiality presented in a positive light.

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at jonathan.thurstonhowlpub@gmail.com. (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).

Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Authors will receive 10 USD per story.

We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

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