Over the last year or so, some of the Monkey Kettle team have been diligently working on a new project: themed short story compilations.
At the start of 2013, Monkey Kettle produced “Monkey Tails of Terror”, a collection by Monkey Kettle readers and contributors based around a Horror theme. You can buy copies from Lulu.com here.
The second book, with a Sci-Fi flavour, was officially released on January 24th 2014 – it’s title is “Do Monkeys Dream Of Electric Kettles?”… And here’s the Lulu.com link.
The next book in the series will be Westerns. We’ve already had quite a lot of interest on this one but we are still looking for entries – so if you fancy trying your hand at writing a ‘Western’ then go for it! The closing date for entries is 31/03/2014. We plan to release this third book in time for July 4th 2014.
Each story must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words long.
You can submit as many stories as you like any of the themes you wish, but we will be limiting the final collections to one story per author.
We’re expecting quite a large response and have limited space, so submitting a story doesn’t guarantee you will get into the final book, however we will read all submissions and where appropriate give you feedback that will improve your chances of being selected – so if you’re an old hand at this, or if this is the first short story you’ve ever attempted, everyone has an equal chance of making it into the final books. We’re also hoping to compile all entries digitally so eventually everyone’s work should become available to the public in some format.
So what do you need to do?
Well first, send us an email expressing your interest in submitting something. This will give us an idea of how many stories we can expect and also allows us to keep you updated on the entire process. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, email address and which themes you are interested in writing for.
Next, pass this on to other people you think might be interested. And lastly, get writing. Deadlines for final submissions are included above, however the most important thing to do right now is let us know you’re interested and spread the word. We’re excited to see what you come up with and look forward to reading your contributions.
The book team have loved putting together these last two genre-specific short story compilations, so they’re going to carry on doing them and are now trying to decide what genre to choose next. So, if you have a suggestion then please let us know. We may end up doing some kind of vote closer to the time but for now we’d love to hear any suggestions you have. And as always, if you know of any potential writers who might be interested then please pass on the word, we’re always happy with more submissions.
If you have any questions about any of this, they can also go to email@example.com, ta.
The Monkey Kettle Team.