Don't Write What You Know;
Write What You Care About -- Passionately!
- edited by Carol Hightshoe
Propaganda. Dehumanizing those that you disagree with. Using labels to identify people as being evil. Only broadcasting the fringe and extremist activities—but saying everyone who supports something on that side of the divide is the same as the extremists.
These tactics are very common in warfare and becoming more and more common in politics. They divide people, they can tear families, friends and countries apart.
What we’re looking for are stories that revolve around the process of creating an US / THEM situation and what happens to both sides because of it. Stories can have a happy ending where both sides are to see past the differences that have been magnified to find the similarities that can join them. They can have tragic endings where one or both sides are destroyed by the hate mongering. (Think: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield from ST:TOS). Or, they can be somewhere in between
Give me stories that present all sides and show the similarities even as those sides are demonizing the other sides and ignoring the extremists on their own (remember no one is ever perfect—especially in their hatred of others)
Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way. Original stories are preferred.
Query for reprints.
ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out, or a teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and a quick one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so the editor doesn’t edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
In the Subject line please put Submission: US/THEM: Title of your story: Your name. Attach as an .rft file, please send to:
Submissions Open: Mar 15th (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
Submissions Close: Jun 30th
Release Date: Winter 2021
Payment: $15.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties for stories.
All Genres will be considered.
No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. PG-13 rating, please. No erotica.
No simultaneous submissions.
Length 2000-7500 words for stories. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written.
Times Roman 12.
Standard manuscript submission formatting must be used.
Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.
Bios will be required if your story is accepted. Please write them in third person. Approximate length under 250 words.