Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Going Viral (Tentative title)

Posted by Randi on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

What they want:
The COVID-19 quarantine has us all shut up in our homes. Businesses have ground to a halt, the economy is slowed to a snail’s pace, and nobody is entirely certain how long it is going to last.

In the middle of all of this, black market businesses have begun to operate: underground hair salons, photography studios, businesses once completely legitimate and now illegal simply for operating.

If I’d written this call a year ago, it would stop there–but that’s no longer speculative fiction. That’s happening. So instead, Impulsive Walrus is asking for stories about the long haul. What does our world look like if the quarantine just…stays? We’re looking for near-future science fiction stories exploring the comedy, horror, and human drama of a life spent six feet away from each other, and a world where our interaction is done digitally, lest we be ravaged by disease.
Deadline: Open until filled
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Payment: two cents per word
Submission Guidelines: http://impulsivewalrusbooks.com/?p=182