Please indicate which show you are submitting to in the title of your piece.
Ends on 4/30/2016
Black Candies is a literary journal of literary horror and darkness. In these dark corners, we have infinite room to grow, and to innovate. We’re allowed to push boundaries and set precedents. We revel in the daring. We aim to scare. Scary can be good. Scary can cause change.
Here at Black Candies, we’re always striving to create a better platform for women writers, who are often underrepresented in horror, genre, and speculative outlets. We want to create a space where they not only have a voice, but be as gross, dark and unlikeable as they want.
Which is why 2016’s issue of Black Candies is themed: “Gross and Unlikeable.”
And submissions are open to women-identified only.
Natanya Ann Pulley, editor of South Dakota Review, will guest-edit this issue.Make us cringe. No official word count, but 2,000 - 6,000 is ideal. As always, we encourage open interpretations of the theme. We expect a lot of body horror stories— and yes we do love body horror— but we also want diversity in content.
Submission deadline: April 30th, 2016
Submit here for SSWA's monthly VAMP (Visual / Audio Monologue Performance) Showcase only. Please include a brief bio and your e-mail in the comments section when submitting. VAMPs are usually, unless otherwise noted, held on the last Thursday of the month.
Work should fall between 5-10 minutes in length. Between 140-160 words per minute is an average guide. Style, voice, and literary form can vary widely, but we're looking for true, non-fiction stories that involve a transformation (of you, a character, a place, etc.) and offer an insight that we can relate to.
Please be aware that there is a rehearsal and critique process for all accepted VAMP submissions. Rehearsals & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make the first scheduled rehearsal, please let us know right away. All reasonable accommodations will me made. We want you to give the best performance possible when we put you on stage.
All scripts are read and voted on by a blind peer review panel comprised of individuals who have performed at previous VAMP Showcases, to ensure bias or nepotism does not affect the selection process. Therefore, please DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR SCRIPT.
Thanks, good luck, and please
don't be disheartened if you aren't selected. I founded this
organization and I've been rejected multiple times myself. A rejection is not a statement on the quality of your writing, there are dozens of factors at play when putting a show together, and we want it to always be a reflection of our community and the people who comprise it.
- Justin Hudnall
Ends on 3/2/2016
Life is full of borders: emotional, political, geographic, sexual, cultural, racial, family. This theme is wide open--interpret it as you like. Write a story about a border in your life, when you were torn, on the line, on the brink. Dig deep, use passion. We can't wait to read it! Send us your work!
Stories should fall somewhere between 5-10 minutes in length. Between 140-160 words per minute is an average guide. We will consider longer works, but must really merited the extra time. Shorter or flash submissions are just fine by us also.
We accept both poetry and prose, but are looking for honest, true stories. No fiction this time around, please. Selected participants will be required to attend a group read & critique, private meetings with a literary coach, and one performance coach session. All attempts to accommodate schedules will be made, but we don't make exceptions to participation. All submissions are accepted as first drafts.
Accepted participants must be available to perform during the evening of Thursday, April 21st. Submission deadline is Tuesday, March 1st at 11:59 PM.
ONLY CURRENT STUDENTS OF MESA COLLEGE ARE ELIGIBLE.