Monday, July 2, 2018

The Asterisk Anthology: Volume 2

Posted by Randi on Monday, July 2, 2018

What they want:
Three winners selected from each theme. The winners of each call will be published in the ASTERISK ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2 releasing on Halloween 2018.

THEMES:

SOUTHERN GOTHIC - Southern Gothic wallows like a feral hog in the ambiance of the Gothic macabre, fused with the dark underbelly of the American South. With its lingering themes of insanity, desperation and decay, the Southern Gothic exhumes the pervasive specters of bygone rituals and pervasive racial obsessions of the South in lushly lyrical fashion. Nosetouch Press welcomes original short stories of the Southern Gothic, and encourages writers to expand its frontiers, while embracing its terrifying traditions.

CREATURE FEATURES - Monsters have always enticed people. They can embody larger than life, elemental forces that threaten the everyday, established order of nature, itself. The aberrant nature of monstrosity communicates a fundamental wrongness or evil. Nosetouch Press wants writers to summon unforgettable creatures in their stories, unique monsters that shake the ground and make waves, bringing terror wherever they go.

CURSED THINGS -  The history of cursed things—objects and places—is an ancient one. The supernatural threat implied in curses carries a special kind of narrative weight that can terrify and haunt anyone who encounters them. Nosetouch Press is looking for chilling stories of cursed places and things, with tales of horrifying curses and the history that follows them.
Deadline: August 5, 2018
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Payment: First place: $120 | Second place: $80 | Third place: $40
Submission Guidelines: http://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/