Monday, March 18, 2019

I Didn’t Break the Lamp

Posted by Randi on Monday, March 18, 2019

What they want:
We will be creating an anthology titled I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. It will be a collection of fictional stories about imaginary friends, imaginary enemies, and imaginary entities that fall somewhere in between.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been near the imaginary acquaintance in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:
  • First person 
  • Focuses on an imaginary acquaintance 
Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.
  • A monster under the bed or in the closet who helps or hinders the person they watch over.
  • An imaginary friend who always gets their person into or out of trouble … but to what end?
  • A creature that no one believes is real, until they prove their impact.
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Length: 500-8,000 words
Pay: 2 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/