CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ME TOO: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing (working title)
An Anthology of Short Stories
Maybe there's a story that has haunted you—yours or someone else's—and you've wished that everyone could hear it. Maybe you've always wished that you could change the ending.
Women across the world are breaking silence in unprecedented numbers in an outcry against sexual violence and misconduct. In fiction, however, women's perspectives on these experiences are too often disregarded. These short stories feature women who are neither femmes fatales nor easily discarded pawns. If they are victims, it is not by choice, nor does it mean that they are voiceless. Victims can become survivors. These stories also show us men who are neither heroes, glamorous bad boys, nor harmless merely because they obey society's rules. Sexual violence and misconduct are ugly—violent, not sexual; unwelcome, not flattering; frightening, intimidating, disgusting. We know that they are wrong. Yet women still have to stand and say, "Me too!" These stories are the authors' efforts to help us hear them more clearly.
This anthology is an independent project by Elizabeth Zelvin, author of the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga and editor of the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4.* Liz's short stories have been nominated three times each for the Derringer and Agatha Awards, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and listed in Best American Mystery Stories 2014.
*by members of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime (Level Best, 2017)
A 3,000 to 5,000 word short story (fiction, not memoir or creative nonfiction) on the theme of crimes against women, retribution, and healing...or justice. All genres will be considered as long as the theme is addressed.
Only stories by women authors will be considered.
Stories must be original, ie never before published in print or online, including the author's blog or website.
The deadline is July 1, 2018.
Use standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced, use Format menu to indent first line of each paragraph 0.5".
Center title and author's name at top of ms, formatted without indent.
Number pages at top right, format author and title as header at top left.
Format section breaks with # centered without indent.
At the end, format ### centered without indent.
Submit via email to elizabeth.zelvin(at)gmail.com as a Word .doc or .docx attachment. The subject line should read "Anthology Submission" and the story title.
In the body of the email, include the word count of your story, your full name, and contact information—mailing and email address, phone, and website url—as well as an alternate email address and phone if you are hard to reach.
Only stories that comply substantially with the guidelines will be considered.
More About the Project
Several high-profile authors have already agreed to contribute stories, but quality of the work and adherence to the theme will be the paramount considerations for selection. Once the roster is complete, the list of authors will be announced. Publishers will be approached when the manuscript is complete. Depending on the publisher and the deal, it is expected that we will be able to offer some compensation—at the very least, a small honorarium—to all contributors.