Submissions for Fossil Lake V: WERE-WHAT?!? will open this summer be delayed, sorry!

Theme: Shapeshifting and transformation. Preferably but not necessarily involuntary. The weirder the better, get out there, get unusual. Doesn’t have to be classic full-moon bit-by-something; super-science serums or curses or genetics or extreme makeovers or whatever; as long as something turns into something else. Doesn’t even have to be human –> animal; if you can make a were-toaster work with story-inherent plausibility, go for it. Dark humor, graphic gore, bizarro,Β and body horror are all welcome. Think Black Sheep, Zombeavers, Tusk. Surprise us, shock us, gross us out, make us laugh even as we cringe, make us smack our heads and wish we’d thought of that!

General Guidelines:

Submissions Period: July 1st – July 31st, 2017. Please do not submit outside these dates without prior arrangement. Delayed, to be determined at a later date.

Word Limit: Poetry/flash fiction up to 1000 words; short stories 2000-5000 words.

Compensation: contributor copy; token payment ofΒ $5.00 for poetry/flash; $10.00 for short stories.

Rights: one-time non-exclusive anthology rights.

Reprints: sure, just let us know where and when it’s appeared before.

Format: Standard manuscript; double-spaced; Times New Roman 12-point preferred. Italics for italics and whatnot.

Send: attached as a .doc or .rtf to: “Fossil Lake V” in the subject line, please.


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  15. My entry for Fossil Lake IV is a few hundred words over the 5,000 word limit. Would you still accept it? Thanks for your response.

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  17. Is the closing time midnight of today, or is it as soon as it becomes today? I’m running a bit late with mine, but might get it done for this afternoon, UK time.

    • I work overnights Pacific time, so, really, anytime before what I’d consider Tuesday morning is probably fine πŸ™‚ Unlike fossils, the guidelines aren’t as set in stone around here!

      • Thank you very kindly, Christine. Been suffering a bit from depression last few days, and it – and work – have hampered my attempts to finish this one. I’ll blast on with it today, and hopefully get it done before Tuesday morning. Thank you once again πŸ™‚

  18. Absolutely delighted to have made the cut with my ever so slightly late submission. Cannot wait to find out who else I’m sharing the TOC with 😁😁😁

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