Theric and I have now read all of the 20 or so submissions we have received so far. I’m not going to go in to much detail about them, but I will say that we are pleased with this set of stories as a starting point. Many thanks to everybody who sent work in. It’s been quite entertaining reading. Since the deadline for submissions is still a ways away we aren’t making any final decisions right now. Sadly, it’s the early birds who are going to have to be the most patient.
And yes, there is still plenty of time to submit — we won’t close submissions until Oct. 1. Indeed, you have time even if you haven’t started yet (11 weeks — so get to it). For those still thinking about possibly participating, we have some suggestions for styles/sub-genres to consider. Obviously, the best thing you can do is write an awesome, well-crafted story. An excellent story never faileth (to catch the editor’s eye).
Our cup spilleth over with space opera.
And we could use (more) entries that are…
- urban fantasy
- alternate history (that’s not in the future)
- set in “real” (or alternate) 19th and 20th century settings
- written from the pov of a female protagonist
- written from the pov of known church figures (although word is that a few Porter Rockwell submissions are in process so maybe not him*)
- western (with monster)
- Professional Adventurer (Doc Savage, Indy Jones [Orson Pratt? Jacob Hamblin?])
- giant monster (Them!, Godzilla)
- werewolf, mummy or Frankenstein monster
- ancient horror unleashed
- horror in general
- set in wartime (Civil, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, contemporary…)
- Dan Brown-style thriller
- set in a Book of Mormon setting
- not set in space or the U.S.
We also need illustrations and photographs so if you have something that fits the theme send it in (submission details here). In addition, (or instead) if you have artistic talent and are interested in illustrating one of the stories, drop us a line at monsters AT motleyvision DOT org with an example of your work, and we’ll connect you with a story in October. We have some good ones that we think will be fun to illustrate.
To sum up: Things are on track and going well. We want more stories and illustrations. And this first crop of submissions totally validates the Mormons & Monsters concept. You are going to really enjoy this anthology.
*although, as mentioned, the awesome caveat trumps all