Thursday, March 10, 2011

Live Free or Die, Die, Die! antho

  • Zine: NH Pulp Fiction Volume 2: "Live Free or Die, Die, Die!"
  • Editor(s): Rick Broussard
  • Pay Rate: $50 and two copies of the book
  • Response Time: By May
  • Reading Period: till March 31, 2011
  • Description: Pulp fiction-style short stories in the mystery genre. All must be set in New Hampshire
  • Submission Guidelines:

NOTE: Author D.L. Snell conducted the following interview to give writers a better idea of what the editors of this specific market are seeking; however, most editors are open to ideas outside of the preferences discussed here, as long as they fit the basic submission guidelines.

1) What authors do you enjoy, and why does their writing captivate you?
Writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft were able to tell the most fantastic stories in the most improbable worlds, and yet their creations seem completely real and authentic. I also admire contemporary writers like Robert B. Parker and Neil Gaiman for their ability to create a sense of place within their works.

2) What are your favorite genres? Which genres would you like to see incorporated into submissions to this market?
The NH Pulp Fiction Series will eventually cover all the classic genres of dime novel fiction. Although my preference is science fiction and weird tales, I even love historical romance. I only wish we could do a NH Pulp Fiction take on the “tales of the old West.” That might be tricky.

3) What settings most intrigue you? Ordinary or exotic locales? Real or fantasy? Past, present, or future?
I love tales that are set in a world we recognize, but which turn it on its ear through fantastic characters or plot twists.

4) Explain the type of pacing you enjoy, e.g. slow building to fast, fast throughout, etc.
The short story format has to move quickly. Even with 8,000 words (which is the limit I’ve set for submissions) the pace needs to be snappy.

5) What types of characters appeal to you the most? Any examples?
I like characters that I remember years later. Ones that refuse to become part of the environment in which they appear.

6) Is there a specific tone you’d like to set in your publication? What kind of voices grab you and keep you enthralled? Any examples?
I’m looking for my writers to set their own tones and to project their own voices. The beauty of a short story anthology is that it’s a variety show of styles.

7) What is your policy for vulgarity, violence, and sexual content? Any taboos?
We’d like to keep things R-rated or milder, but I’m mostly looking for great storytelling.

8) What kind of themes are you seeking most in submissions to this market? In general, what themes interest you?

In this volume, I’d really like to see the classic tropes of detective fiction rebooted a bit with a local twist. It will certainly help if writers have a sense of what life in New England generally, and New Hampshire specifically, is like.

9) Overall, do you prefer downbeat or upbeat endings?
No preference here. As long as it satisfies.

10) Any last advice for submitters to this market? Any critical dos or don’ts?

Deadline is end of the month, so get busy.

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D.L. Snell writes with Permuted Press. He edited Dr. Kim Paffenroth twice, John Dies at the End once, and provided a constructive critique to Joe McKinney on his next major novel after Dead City. You can shoot D.L. Snell in the head at

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