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Editors: JM Redmann and Liz McMullen
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Publication: Fall 2017
Payment: $50 plus two paperback copies, and an eBook
Rights: The Liz McMullen Show Publications requires the right to publish the original story in the above-mentioned anthology, in print, digital and audio forms, exclusively for one year after publication (exceptions made for “year’s best” anthologies) and non-exclusively thereafter. The author retains copyright.
It’s time for queer crime. Colonel Mustard in the parlor, Mr. Ripley on the train, walking the mean streets or driving the dusty back roads. It has to be a crime story with LGBTQ* characters, themes, and plots.
The call is open to anywhere along the spectrum (except the straight end) and the focus of the story must be THE CRIME: solving the mystery, getting away with a caper, finding the clue in the old attic. Noir stories are welcome, good doesn’t have to vanquish evil—you can even write from the point of view of the zombie, as long as it’s a crime zombie who is LGBTQ*—or eats the brains of. Good does not have to trounce evil, and if you like, the viewpoint character can be the killer.
While a little subplot of romance might be okay, we are not looking for, and will reject, erotica or stories that are driven by romance or any stories that don’t have strong elements of crime/mystery with LGBTQ* characters.
- Previously unpublished work only
- Preferred Length: 2,500 to 4,500 words
- 12 pt. Times or other Roman Serif font, double spaced
- Indent for paragraphs
- No spaces between paragraphs
- Poorly formatted/edited submissions will not be accepted
- Submit your stories in .doc or .docx here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Multiple submissions are permitted, simultaneous submissions will not be considered
- Indicate your name and the name of the piece in both the subject heading of your email and in the word document you are submitting.
- If you are using a pen name, please provide both your pen name and your legal name in your submission.
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