Monsters & Mormons: submissions are now closed!

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, fellow writers and poets: submissions to the Monsters & Mormons anthology are now closed. Many thanks! And stay tuned.

UPDATE at 7 a.m. CDT, Oct. 2: If you sent something in, you should have received e-mail acknowledgement by now. Thanks again for your submission. We don’t plan on sitting on these for a super long time, but it will take a while for us to wade (a happy wade, though — think children frolicking at the beach) through all of them. Stay tuned. You will receive official word on the status of your particular submission via e-mail from monsters@motleyvision.org.

Monsters & Mormons: housecreeping, err, keeping

So as we approach the deadline a few notes that may be of interest…

Updated Timetable

So much depends on how much comes in at the last minute, how quickly Theric and I can read submissions, and how long it takes us to decide. So although we said in the original timetable that we’ll announce all admits by Oct. 31, we very well may do this in stages with another admit class in mid October, one in late October, and then perhaps a few more admits in early to mid-November. I will say that we’ve read much of what we have received so far and are confident that we have enough to make a pretty good anthology, but we’re also very much looking forward to more coming in here at the deadline. Beyond that, my lips are sealed. Continue reading “Monsters & Mormons: housecreeping, err, keeping”

Monsters & Mormons: I got something to say

I have something to say: I’m already blown away.

You know, this started as a joke on Twitter. Me and some others making up bastardized Mo-lit and LDS-fic titles, riffing off of that whole Pride and Prejudice and Zombies phenomenon. And then I got a notion. And Theric responded. And he and I talked, and it became a real idea, with a solid theoretical foundation buoying up one heckuva cool concept.

With the way some of the early submissions poured in so early, it was clear that some of you had already stories that fit the concept. Stories that you maybe had even shopped around, but that clearly, up till now, were still in the drawer. So maybe we were just tapping in to the Zeitgeist.

And some of you simply embraced the idea and ran with it and told us you were going to write something and were true to your word.

We’re still expecting some more good stuff to come in. And, yeah, we’ll be rejecting some of the submission we have received so far. That’s the way anthologies work. But I am humbled and proud and a little bit awed by what has been unleashed. You all are pushing my Mormonism mingled with genre with sometimes a dash of literary buttons, and the idea that we’re going to be able to give voice to some of these stories and put them all together in one mighty roar of talent and ethno-religious pride (unabashed, but also not entirely un-complicated) — some thrill rides; some laugh riots; some chills; some deep ponderings — is just way too sweet. And so much fun.

Yeah, we have reason to hype this thing so take what I say with a grain of salt. And I can only speak for my reactions. But speaking selfishly, reading the submissions ranks up with watching New York Doll with a bunch of Mormons and punks in San Francisco in terms of hitting my sweet spot; hitting me right in the center of so much of what I love in this mortal life. I expect it’ll rank even higher when this is all done.

So thanks. I look forward to more (9 days left). And sorry to be such a tease, but I had to say it. It’s been building for a couple of months now. And at this particular moment it just couldn’t be contained.

Monsters & Mormons: two weeks to deadline

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters — you have 15 days. Submissons for Monsters & Mormons are due no later than midnight (PDT) Friday, Oct. 1,  to monsters@motleyvision.org. Please remember to go over the submissions guidelines one more time to make sure everything is in place before you submit.

If you have already submitted: awesome. Thanks so much.

If you are in process: best of luck finishing things up, and we very much look forward to reading whatever it is you’ve come up with.

If you haven’t even started yet: you know, it’s actually not too late. It’s entirely possible to write a short story in one evening. Now a better method would be to draft it this weekend, get a quick turnaround on some reader comments and revise it a couple of times the following weekend. But whatever path you take, decide to make the journey now.  And get started. You just may surprise yourself (and, hopefully, us as well). But even if your story is terrible, well, what a marvelous learning experience for you!

Monsters & Mormons: early admit class

Back in the June progress update, I mentioned the possibility of having an early admit class to the Monsters & Mormons anthology. Theric and I have decided to go ahead and do that for a few reasons:

1. We received a ton of submissions early on and we wanted to acknowledge that support. We’re currently at about 25 submissions.

2. It gave the two of us a chance to see how we work together and what we have in mind and what some of the parameters are for this anthology. I’m pleased to report that the two of us are tracking quite well. There will, for sure, be some disagreements in the future as we fight to get our favorites in, but I think the two of us are realizing more and more that (and this is not just ego) we are uniquely suited for this project in terms of our editing skills, reading background and interests, networks of writer friends, etc. Continue reading “Monsters & Mormons: early admit class”

Monsters & Mormons: July update

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).

However…

Our cup spilleth over with space opera.

And we could use (more) entries that are…

  • urban fantasy
  • mystery/noir/detective
  • 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?])
  • occult
  • giant monster (Them!, Godzilla)
  • werewolf, mummy or Frankenstein monster
  • ancient horror unleashed
  • horror in general
  • steampunk
  • 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

Monsters & Mormons: June progress update

I’m pleased to announce that you all have already submitted 14 short stories and 2 novellas to Monsters & Mormons. Theric and I are, well, we are somewhat surprised and totally delighted and just a wee bit overwhelmed — this is really awesome, guys. Thanks so much.

We’re also ready to start reading, and depending on what the two of us can agree on and the scope/tone/craftsmanship of the stories that have come in, we may announce some early admits to the anthology at the end of summer. We don’t plan on announcing a whole slew of them, and there may be some that we agree should be accepted as soon as we read them in a week or two or five, but hold back on until we do the big reveal after the submissions deadline. And we may just abandon the whole early admit idea. But my hope is that there are 3 or 4 stories that really tie in well to the core vision of this project that we can admit early and (briefly) publicly describe in order to impart the flavor of Monsters & Mormons in a concrete way. Although again: we’re looking for a full range of works here, and we think we’ve presented a fairly broad scope within which to play.

Also please remember that submissions don’t close until Oct. 1 so there’s still plenty of time to get something ready to submit — even if you haven’t started writing yet. And we won’t be sending out final rejections and the bulk of the acceptances until after Oct. 31.

So thank you. Keep writing. And stay tuned for more updates as the weeks fly by.

Monsters & Mormons: Some Free Summer Reading

In the call for submissions for the Monsters & Mormons anthology, Theric and I mention a few authors as possible sources of inspiration. Luckily, because we’re hearkening back to the pulp era, you can find some of their work for free at Project Gutenberg and in a variety of formats, including html, e-book and, in some cases, audio book. Now this only covers the early years because many works are still under copyright, but it’s a good start. So in no particular order:

Feel free to add others in the comments section. I apologize for the lack of female authors — there weren’t many in the early era. However, I do plan on writing a second post that covers some authors whose works are still under copyright (so you’ll need to buy or borrow) but who are worth checking out if you are a) planning on writing something this summer to submit and/or b) simply interested in genre fiction.

Mormons and Monsters: Musing upon one point of editing

M&M.

In editing The Fob Bible, I ignored any agony at including my own work. The constraints of the anthology demanded it. With Monsters and Mormons, I was planning on stepping aside and not filling any pages with my own writing. After all, I have generally found it rather obnoxious when editors include their own work. The first time I remember thinking this was reading a humor collection edited by Louis Untermeyer  (Amazon). The book, he claimed, contained only the best work from the English-speaking world’s funniest writers. And then he included himself. So I judged him by his own standard (only twice as hard) and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing since. And I’ve read enough anthologies now to know that 75% of the time, the editor’s stories show—not surprisingly—the least editing. Continue reading “Mormons and Monsters: Musing upon one point of editing”

Monsters & Mormons: Call for Submissions

A Motley Vision and Peculiar Pages are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Monsters & Mormons anthology. Theric and William are very excited about this project and look forward to working with you all. We’ve tried to be as thorough as possible in this call for submissions, but if you have questions, leave them in the comments section below or e-mail monsters@motleyvision.org.

PURPOSE

As Terryl Givens documents in The Viper on the Hearth, from Zane Grey to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mormons served as stock villains in the early days of genre fiction (both pre-pulp and pulp heyday). We propose to recast, reclaim and simply mess with that tradition by making Mormon characters, settings and ideas the protagonists of genre-oriented stories to appear in an anthology simply titled Monsters & Mormons. This is, then, a project of cultural reappropriation. But even more than that, we just want us all to have fun with the concept. Continue reading “Monsters & Mormons: Call for Submissions”