Monkey Kettle wants your short stories!
At the start of 2013, Monkey Kettle produced “Monkey Tails of Terror”, a compilation of short stories by Monkey Kettle readers and contributors based around a Horror theme. You can buy copies from Lulu.com here.
People seemed to enjoy the process, so we’ve decided to do a bunch more, each based around a different theme. This means we’re looking for your short stories. Each story must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words long and must be based on the following themes:
- Science Fiction (submission deadline 8th September 2013)
- Romance / Valentine’s (submission deadline 15th December 2013)
- Western (submission deadline tbc, sometime early in 2014)
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. We want to include submissions from as many people as possible and one of the most interesting parts of doing this is seeing what friends and family come up with for a particular genre. Maybe you normally write Horror and want to push yourself by trying a different genre, or maybe you’re part of a group and fancy trying this as a sort of group challenge. Whatever your reasons, we think you’ll find the results interesting.
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.
If you have any questions about any of this, they can also go to email@example.com, ta.
The Monkey Kettle Team.