Friday, January 4, 2013

Call for Submissions: 10 Days of Madness!

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2013 brings all of you success, happiness, and fulfillment.

One thing that 2013 is definitely bringing is the next installment of the "Days of Madness" Blogfest.

It is then, with great pleasure, that I announce that 10 Days of Madness: Flash Fiction Frenzy is open for submissions.

The rules have changed a little this year, as a result of what I've learned from the past two years, so here are the specifics - including one significant twist from last year:

Theme: "Frantic"
Whatever meaning you take from this term is correct. However, in keeping with past years, I'm looking for human on human horror, leave the monsters at home for this one.

(And the standard entreaties against violence toward children/incest etc. apply. If you're hitting any of the other "taboo" buttons with your story, there'd better be a damned good reason.)

Length: 500-750 words, maximum. TIMES TWO.
This is where the "Flash Fiction Frenzy" part kicks in. To participate this year, I'm looking for at least TWO stories from each contributor, to a maximum of four (if you're really, really keen). Ideally the event, to take place in March of 2013 again, will feature two or three stories per day, for ten days. The idea, also, is to get the contributors whipped into a "frenzy" of producing new stories!

First time reprints will be considered, but please let me know at the time of submission. New material gets precedence.

Finally, keep in mind that each story will also be judged on its own merits, so a contributor may get 1, 2, or none, out of a submission of 2 stories.

Payment: Exposure on The Leaky Pencil, and royalties on the ebook!
A new first. This year, at the end of the blogfest, the stories will be grouped and published as an ebook on all the major platforms. However, instead of listing this as a free entry, it will be listed at $.99. (The blog posts will be removed to direct interest toward the ebook.

Each contributor will receive an equal portion of any sales. Contributors will also receive a "limited edition" PDF copy of the ebook that is typically a little fancier than the commercial version, and includes their feedback. (There will be further details on this - but yay money!)

A brief word about publishing rights: Bear in mind that most  publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published in the 10DOM event and eBook,  it becomes a "reprint," which limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work here on my blog, and in eBook format giving up your First Publishing Rights for exposure, and a (currently) unknown percentage of eBook royalties, is really what you want to do.

That said, and for a frame of reference, the Eight Days of Madness ebook has been downloaded 564 times. Nine Days of Madness has been downloaded 292 times. (The NOOK versions are linked, as B & N has got some terrific unsolicited reviews for each of these. Long story short, both books have made it past the "friends of friends" stage and are being downloaded by that elusive "general public" reader. 

... And the blog event is a great chance to get feedback and meet new people, so even if you choose not to submit, please do check back in March!

E-mail all submissions to 8(dot)mad(dot)days(at), with the subject heading as follows:

10DOM Submission: Story Title, by Your Name

Paste your story into the body of the e-mail. Single space, with a blank line between paragraphs. Please check before submitting that any/all italics make it through the paste process.

Deadline: February 28, 2013.