Monday, September 5, 2011

Our First Anthology, The Spirit of Poe


The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has lost its $80,000 per year funding from the City of Baltimore.  Literary Landmark Press is publishing an anthology called The Spirit of Poe, all proceeds of which will go to the museum.  That's everything.  All proceeds.  Every cent above the costs of printing and paying the contributors.

We are seeking short horror fiction up to 10,000 words.  For this anthology, we're looking for horror along the lines of Fall of the House of Usher or The Telltale Heart, psychological and mysterious.  Both of those short stories will be in the anthology.

Contributors will receive payment of 5 cents per word for original, new fiction.  Reprints will be considered and will receive compensation of 2 cents per word.  Contributors will also receive one copy of the printed anthology and one electronic copy.  (Contributors are free to donate their earnings to the cause!)

Send submissions in word or rtf format to literarylandmark@gmail.com.  Submissions will be accepted until October 1st. The anthology is scheduled for publication on or about Halloween, 2011.

35 comments:

  1. How can the City not support art/literature in this way? That's very sad.

    Sound like you're doing a good thing. I'll have to start contemplating ideas. And not much time to do it!

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  2. It's an awfully short turn-around, but I will definitely do me best to come up with something. As a writer living in Baltimore it is the very least I can do!

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  3. I know the turn-around is short, and that's why we're accepting reprints. Still, we've received some great stuff already.

    Don't look too badly on Baltimore. The house is in a more run-down part of town and doesn't get a bunch of visitors. Still, if we all do a little, we'll make sure the place remains available for all of us who value it!

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  4. I consider Baltimore my hometown, so anything involving Charm City gets my attention. I used to pass the Westminster Church every day and thought of Poe. I'd love to be involved in this and have a story that might fit.

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  5. Send it over Earl! We want to see it.

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  6. What a great idea. I'll be submitting a story next week.

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  7. Hi..I'm writing something now for this. I'd be happy to donate the $$ back: a copy is more than enough to help you out. IF I'm chosen, that is. No hubris intended.

    Do you have any specifics on the submissions: spacing, font and size?
    Please let me know at: stuart.nager@gmail.com

    Thanks, and good luck.

    Stuart
    The Rule of Three Writing Challenge
    http://wp.me/P1mecg-bV

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  8. Thanks to Earl's mention on a list I am on, this native Texan who has only seen Baltimore on television will be taking a shot. I think this is a fantastic deal and would love to make the cut.

    Kevin

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  9. Just to be clear, stories only - no dark poetry/prose poetry? I could submit something, but not sure if I have time to write a whole story! :-) Thanks, and best of luck with the project!

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  10. Don't worry about font, etc. We'll be so rushed that I'm hiring a professional editor and book designer to make sure all of our details are taken care of. I would be more than happy to take a look at some dark poetry. I think that represents Poe very well.

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  11. I am VERY committed to this! Poe is one of my all-time favorites. I have sent this link out to everyone I know that may be interested and am currently working on my own submissions.

    P.S. Is there any record of what type of music Poe listened to?

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  12. Great. Thank you. I'll be done sometime this weekend.

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  13. It breaks my heart to read this. I knew the House was in trouble but somehow I thought we'd have a happy ending. How appropriate though for Poe. :(

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  14. Hi there, Carlette. We are going to have a happy ending! That's what this project is all about. We'll put out a wide variety of dark fiction and poetry, and maybe a detective story in the mix as well. No matter the style, Poe influenced us all, and we'll make it successful!

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  15. Hello, and I hope you are well. To keep this simple, I'll just use this page and not my name or email because I'm sure your box is full. This is the first time I've ever submitted a story. How does this work? If we're rejected, will we hear back from you with tips on what to do better next time? I know you're rushed for time, so probably not, but I was curious. Also, I have a lot of time this week that I didn't know I was going to have, so I can write another story based off of a poem of his, but I don't want to keep flooding you. If you're really busy. How many submissions should we give you? It feels rude to do more than one, but I had fun with the one I wrote. I figured with more time, I could come up with something especially Poe.

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  16. questionmark, thanks for your post. You can feel free to send a few shorter stories (fewer than 2000 words each) or one story longer. If we have time, we'll give you personalized feedback, but it's dependent on how many we're reviewing at any given time. Obviously, we'd like to offer very specific responses to each author, but it all depends on the situation at the moment. We do want stories and poetry, though, so send away!

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  17. when will we know if we've been selected or rejected? I'm sorry to be eager. This is my first time, and I'm a bit excited. :(

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  18. Well, we've got a bazillion submissions, and we're working through them as quickly as we can. Email me with the name of your submission, though, and I'll let you know if we've gotten to it yet, Questionmark.

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  20. I don't want to bother you if you're busy. It would be rude. You'll have to excuse me. It's my first time doing this. I'm sure there's a process to this that authors know but I'm missing.

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  21. hello. i was wondering, is this also open to people who don't live in the u.s./aren't u.s. citizens? would love to submit some stories. thanks.

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  22. Hi there,

    It's open to anyone. Please send.

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  23. Hi WJ. :) Thanks for your prompt reply here. I just sent a poem in. I'll do my best to rehash some original stories I've written too, and will send them in. I really hope we succeed in our endeavor. I'm so glad I read about this on FB. I'm honored to have a chance to try to help contribute to preserving beloved Mr. Poe's memory. God bless you for coming up with this idea. :)

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  24. Hi WJ
    Is Flash fiction okay - how low can we go? And POE-ish poetry oh yes! How many can we submit - what's the limit?
    Love this!
    Jennifer in OZ

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  25. Flash is fine, and send one story at a time or up to five poems. Thanks so much!

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  26. I just found out about this a few days ago. I might not have my story finished by oct 1. What time would you stop accepting submissions?

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  27. Our intention is not to accept any submissions after October 1. There's always a chance we'll extend it, but we're getting a great number of quality submissions.

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  28. I meant what time on October 1st. Do you stop taking submissions after midnight on September 30th, or what?

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  29. Oh, sorry! 11:59PM October 1st.

    Thanks!

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  30. Just sent in story and also willing to donate. If it wasn't for Poe I wouldn't be a horror writer now!

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  31. Just submitted. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  32. Deadline is midnight, but in which time zone?

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  33. I submitted a story yesterday. Poe has always been very inspirational to me as a writer. Thanks for the opportunity and publishing this important anthology.

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  34. Are you still taking submissions. My story is a re-print and ready for submission.

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