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CALL TO AUTHORS! STARDUST: A FUTURISTIC ROMANCE COLLECTION


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Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection

Visualize a world where space travel by the common man is as normal as getting on a plane, life has been discovered on other planets, humans travel light years to find their soul mates, technology exists along the lines that we have only imagined, and a passport will take you anywhere.

Your task for this anthology is to tell a story of adventure and love in a fantastical world. Use your imagination and come up with the futuristic aspects. Make believe a world that will wow us and have us wishing we could live there. Show us that, in a vast universe, love has no boundaries, and that worlds are just waiting to be discovered…

This is an adult anthology, so some light sex and intimate situations will be likely.  But sexually disturbing scenes and those sensitive in nature will not be accepted (we have a right to refuse anything we deem inappropriate).

This time there will only be TEN stories chosen.  Each submission will be provided to the judges without title or author information and will be chosen blindly based on story alone.

** SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE SENT TO CYNTHIA DIRECTLY THIS TIME, SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY. **

Submission Guidelines

Please look over the submission guidelines below and make sure that your story is formatted according to the specifications. Stories submitted that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for the anthology.

  1. WORD COUNT: at least 5,000 but not to exceed 12,000 words.
  2. FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
    1. Document: Microsoft Word Document (doc/docx) is the ONLY file type accepted
    2. Font: Times New Roman
    3. Paragraph indentations: 0.5” (page layout > first line indent) *Please DO NOT use tabs or spaces*
    4. Margins: Normal margin settings (click on page layout > margins > normal)
    5. DEADLINE: Contest runs from January 1 – February 1.  All entries must be turned in on or before February 1st.  No exceptions.
    6. CONTRACT & COMPENSATION: You must sign a contract if you are chosen to be in the anthology.  Due to the adult nature, no participants under the age of 18 will be accepted.  There is no monetary compensation. The winners will receive one paperback and eBook copies, plus lots of great exposure!
    7. LIKE US: You must be following Cynthia Shepp’s Facebook because that is where all the contest details and announcements will take place.
    8. SUBMISSIONS: Please send all submissions to anthologies@indiestylepress.com with the following information:
      1. SUBJECT: Stardust
      2. FILE: Your story attached using the guidelines above (please make sure your story title is included in the file)
      3. BIO: A brief bio up to 100 words
      4. DEDICATION: A brief dedication up to 50 words
      5. SOCIAL LINKS: Two social links you wish to share (example: website/blog and Facebook links)
      6. BOOK LINK: The ASIN number of one of your published books you wish to link to on Amazon
      7. CONTACT INFORMATION: (this is for private use and will not be shared with the public) email, full legal name, pen name, mailing address

HAVE FUN & BE CREATIVE!

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ANTHOLOGY TAKING SUBMISSIONS!


 Stalkers

A Collection of Thriller Stories

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This anthology will have a main theme of Stalkers. That is about where my direction stops. It does not have to be paranormal, though it can be. The story can be a psychological thriller, horror, paranormal, suspense, action…whatever you want it to be. You can have a demon stalking someone in their dreams or a serial killer stalking prey, just to give you a couple examples. Whatever your twisted minds can come up with. I want stories that have you looking in the backseat of your car before you get in—stories that make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you think someone looked at you just a little too long.  Let your imaginations flow free and DELVE into the DARKER side of your mind…You know you want to.

This is an adult anthology but please…NO SEXUALLY DISTURBING scenes.

There will be more guidelines for submissions this time around. This is the 3rd anthology and we are learning as we go. Please CAREFULLY look them over and make sure that your story is formatted according to the specifications. Stories submitted that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for the anthology.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. The word count for stories must be AT LEAST 5,000 words but CANNOT EXCEED 12,000 words.
  2. Microsoft Word document is preferable over all other file types with the following specifications:
    1. Font: 12 pt Times New Roman
    2. Line Spacing: DOUBLE SPACE
    3. Paragraph indentations: 0.5” (page layout > first line indent) *DO NOT USE TABS*
    4. Margins: Normal margin settings (click on page layout > margins > normal)
    5. Contest runs from June 1 – August 1.  All entries must be turned in on or before August 1st.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
    6. You must sign a contract if you are chosen to be in the anthology. (If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must be willing to sign the contract.  Your parents will also need to be aware this anthology may contain adult content.)
    7. You must be a fan of http://www.facebook.com/cynthiashepp because that is where all the contest details and announcements will take place.
    8. There is no monetary compensation. The winners receive a paperback, pdf, and a mobi, plus lots of great exposure!

SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO  cynthiashepp@yahoo.com with the following information:

  • Subject: STALKERS
  • Your story attached using the guidelines above
  • A brief bio up to 100 words
  • A brief dedication up to 50 words
  • Two social links you wish to share (example: website/blog and Facebook links)
  • One of your published books (if you have one) you wish to link to on Amazon

HAVE FUN & BE CREATIVE!

APOCALYPSE IS LIVE ON AMAZON!


APOCALYPSE: AN ANTHOLOGY BY AUTHORS AND READERS

As most of you probably know I put together an anthology called “Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers”. It was created from a short story contest on my facebook page and it just snowballed from there. It is chock full of established authors such as Jason Brant, Jayce Grayson, R.M. Gilmore, Kate Charles, S.L. Dearing, Brittany Heister, and Jon Messenger. It also introduces a bunch of never before published authors such as Nicki Scalise (co-owner of the awesome Thousand Lives Book Blog and Page Turners Facebook page), Kimberly Hennessy (owner of Moutful of Words Blog), Heather Kirchoff, and Jocelyn Sanchez. This is a book worth reading and I’m not just saying that because I edited and published it! You also can’t miss out on the fabulous artwork by Rene Folsom of Physel Designs, who won the Cover Contest. I would love it if you would buy a copy, or even just like it on Amazon and agree with the tags! If you would rather have a paperback, those should be available from Amazon soon. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can BORROW it for free!

SYNOPSIS:

What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE…
I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.
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11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea…welcome to the APOCALYPSE…
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AMAZON BUY LINK:

APOCALYPSE: An Anthology by Authors and Readers

MY FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/cynthiashepp

APOCALYPSE WEBSITE:

www.apocalypseanthology.com

*The next Anthology Contest will start in January. So if you are a writer looking to get published or a cover artist looking to get your work out there, keep a check on my facebook page for more details*

BATTLE OF THE BOOK REVIEW BLOGS!


Hey Everyone,

I totally forgot about this contest. I am one of the contenders in The Battle of the Book Review Blogs contest! I would love it if you could take a minute and vote for me if you have the time. The contest ends September 3 and I need some more votes! Thank you in advance if you do 🙂

Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing

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