Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How do you top Eight Days of Madness?

First call for submissions for Nine Days of Madness.

That's right, I'm doing it again in 2012, and I'm bringing an extra day of Crazy*.  This past year, I featured seven fantastic writers and their stories on this site. The collected stories were published in an e-Book at Smashwords, that has seen 325 downloads to date. I've got even more planned for this year's edition, which is why I'm opening the doors in December.

The guidelines:

The theme this time around is "Unsettled". I'm looking for the subtle kind of horror that stays with you long after you stop reading, stories that challenge the reader's perceptions. You have free reign on how you achieve the theme, and gore, in its place can have a profound psychological effect. (The usual, sane restrictions of: no kids hurt, no animals hurt, and no torture-porn apply.)

1,500  words is the limit this time around. The deadline to submit is February 15, 2012. Submit all stories to:


Submissions will be acknowledged, but selection and notification will only happen after the deadline. Selected stories will be featured on this site for 9 consecutive days, beginning the week of March 15, 2012. Afterwards, they'll appear in anthology format - for which reason there will be contracts this year. More details on that part later.

Send your stories - spread the word!

* Disclaimer: I get terribly worried when discussing this topic that someone will view the theme of "Madness" as being extremely insensitive to the plight of the mentally ill. For clarification's sake, the stories in this event, and the event of the previous year, are concerned only with "Madness" in the sense of a genre-fiction manifestation of evil intent and purpose, and are not meant to represent real psychiatric conditions and/or treatments.


  1. Go on, I'll have a go at submitting, something to do over the holidays with notebook and pen as we're spending it at the old homestead, bad enough Christmas'ing with the folks without having to pay attention to anything they might want to say, so this opportunity couldn't have come at a better time

  2. Unsettled. I love that theme. I'll try to cobble something together. Goodness knows I need to warm up my pen.

  3. Excellent. I'll link to the contest. Sounds like a good un.