At the World Horror Convention in Atlanta this month I met the publishers behind Black Mirror Press. They seem like solid fellows, and I’m interested in supporting their efforts. Here are the guidelines to their first anthology.
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Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World – The calendar says the first day of spring, but a jealous snow still wraps the world tightly in a white straitjacket. Winter will not relinquish its throne and the polar vortex is plunging even further south as icebergs gleam in the Bermuda Triangle and snow falls on the Amazon. Blizzards swirl across the Sahara and the world has become a snowglobe from pole to pole.
Is this just global warming? The coming of the next Ice Age? Or could this endless winter be the result of an ancient curse, an alien attack, the revenge of the Yeti, a weather experiment gone horribly wrong, the wrath of an ignored winter deity, or a nuclear mishap?
Give us those or your own unique reasons for why winter still rules and what tales can be told as humans battle the persistent ice and snow deep into a heatless summer. Is all lost? Can anything be done to thaw the Big Freeze?
Send us your chilliest tales of horror, fantasy, and science fiction from between 3,000-7,000 words. Submissions will be accepted until the last tick of the clock on 8 August 2015 (the 149th birthday of Arctic explorer Matthew Henson) and we intend to publish in the dead of winter 2016. Contributors will receive one print copy and USD $25.00.
We earnestly hope to get to the point where we can pay professional rates, and those willing to work with us as we grow will share in the rewards to come. This anthology is the first step we can take together, so we hope you will join us.
Writers are nothing if not explorers of the vast reaches of imagination, so pull on your parka and take us out into that howling night of arctic cold and tell us what you found.
Please submit your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Thank you and we look forward to your submissions.