Tannhauser Press wants short stories set after a zombie apocalypse for its Whispers of the Apoc anthology. The editor is Martin Wilsey, author of the Solstice 31 Saga. The call has a soft deadline of “sometime in September 2017,” but since a second volume is already planned, you can submit later and still be considered for one of the volumes.
- Word count: 5,000–20,000 words
- Payment: $25 to $100
- Format: Microsoft Word
- Deadline: “sometime in September 2017”; later submissions will be considered for Volume 2
Wilsey wants all stories to share a common apocalyptic world, so he sets out these world-building guidelines in his call for submissions:
- The stories will be set after the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred. It could be the day it hit or a year later. The stories are from various locations around the country.
- No one knows why or how it happened. None of the stories will solve that mystery.
- Anyone that dies for any reason will become a zombie. The dead will turn Two to Ten minutes after they die, even if they were not bit.
- Zombies can only be killed with the destruction of the brain.
- The zombies dry out and mummify the older they get.
- Zombies hear and see and smell to find prey. It’s all they do.
- They will eat any mammal they can catch. Cats, dogs, rats, cows, horses, deer.
- Zombies get slower the older they get. Fresh ones can run and fight hard. Old zombies are shamblers.
- Zombie bites will not kill you outright. You die in 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include sweating, extreme thirst, eventually fear of water (like rabies: Hydrophobia).
- These stories should be character driven and about survival.
- Stories will take place in a variety of places: Urban, suburban and rural. Even desolate places. The focus is on survival.
Get all the details at Martin C. Wilsey : Call for Submissions: Whispers of the Apoc.