– by Curtis Bausse

The Writers’ Co-op invites submissions of short stories (and poems) for the second edition of our yearly anthology, The Rabbit Hole. Volume one was released in November last year, volume two is scheduled for September 2019.

This year, we are looking for weird stories dealing with the following themes: entertainmentweather or science. (If you want to combine all three, we’re very open to stories about a group of scientists on their way to the theatre when they’re caught in a freak snowstorm.) However, there will also be a section Weird At Large for stories that don’t fit the specific themes suggested.

There is a maximum word count of 5000. This is more a guideline than a strict limit – quality is the main criterion, not length. So a great story will be accepted, whether it’s 6000 words or 200 (flash fiction is welcome). But we’re looking for short stories, not novellas or extracts from novels – the story should be complete in itself. Though the anthology will be comprised mostly of stories, there will also be room for some poems or pieces of an experimental nature.

The deadline is 31st March 2019. Submissions should be sent in an attached file to curtis.bausse(at)outlook.com with the subject ‘Co-op submission’. They may have been previously published on personal websites (or elsewhere) but authors must have full rights to them when submitting. Authors will retain said rights after the story or poem is published in the Writers’ Co-op anthology.

Writers whose stories are selected will have the choice between keeping their share of the royalties or donating them to the Against Malaria Foundation.

What is meant by ‘weird’?

Like many categories, it’s fuzzy, because it stands in distinction to ‘normal’, and there’s no common acceptance of what is normal. Not all writers will approach it the same way, and so much the better – we hope for plenty of variety. At the core of weirdness, though, is the upsetting of expectations: normality, in the sense of what we’re accustomed to, doesn’t follow the course that led us to form those expectations. Where it goes – somewhere disturbing or hilarious – is entirely the writer’s choice. Or why not hilariously disturbing? Indeed, one advantage of ‘weird’ is that it allows for humour as much as for horror, so go for it!

How weird does it have to be? Anything from full on, over-the-top freaky to subtly odd and unsettling. So no worries if weird isn’t your usual style – a few deft touches can suffice. Give us writing that shifts our perceptions, leads us to experience, bubbling up through the regularity and routine, the fundamental weirdness of life. To quote the Count of Lautréamont, author of the Chant de Maldoror, if your piece is ‘beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella,’ there’s every chance that we’ll love it.

We look forward to reading you.

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17 responses to “2019 Writers Co-op Anthology”

  1. Sue Ranscht Avatar

    Reblogged this on Space, Time, and Raspberries and commented:

    A new opportunity to shine! Open the brain door and let the ideas run free in the light of night or the dark of day. Own your weird — embrace your creativity.

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  2. tahenryauthoress Avatar

    Do you have any age limits?

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    1. GD Deckard Avatar
      GD Deckard

      🙂 Age limits for authors? No, that would be too weird even for us.

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      1. tahenryauthoress Avatar

        Just checking. LOL.

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        1. GD Deckard Avatar
          GD Deckard

          OKAY 🙂 We definitely want your story 🙂

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          1. tahenryauthoress Avatar

            ROFL. I was going to suggest it to some of my more precocious high school students. LOL

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            1. GD Deckard Avatar
              GD Deckard

              Oh! Do that! We’d love to see what they can do.

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  3. Jill Barth Avatar

    Awesome! Thanks to Curtis!

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    1. GD Deckard Avatar
      GD Deckard

      Curtis Bausse is awesome. We don’t want to tell him that too often because anyone who speaks multiple languages, made a career teaching in a foreign university, writes novels, publishes anthologies and donates the proceeds to charity could be a bit wonky. 🙂 Best to let well enough alone.

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      1. Jill Barth Avatar

        And is friendly and helpful and supportive of others…. shhhh, we won’t mention it!

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        1. curtisbausse Avatar

          Aw, that’s so nice! Blushing all weekend now. Wish I did speak multiple languages – just the two, I’m afraid. I don’t think what I do with all the others I’ve tried to learn could be defined as speaking. It generally has to make sense for that to apply.

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          1. Sue Ranscht Avatar

            Are you showing us your only weakness is math, Curtis? I believe 2 is a multiple — it’s twice as many as the number of languages I speak. Lol

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  4. mimispeike Avatar
    mimispeike

    Science! It just now comes to me. I have something on science! I will submit Sly’s verse laying out his Natural Philosophy (identical to that of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-on-Tyne, called the first female scientist). But, naturally, phrased in his own inimitable style.

    I have been bemoaning that I’ve not yet gotten to the part where he invents his own theory of gravity. But this is just as good.

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    1. Linda M. Judd Avatar

      Mimi, I found a tiny book, “A room of one’s own” by Virginia Woolf. Her writing style reminds me of yours!

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  5. Weird Works Wanted in 2019 | Mellow  Curmudgeon Avatar

    […] the following excerpt from a call for submissions sounds interesting, please read the whole thing and consider submitting a story or some poetry.  […]

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  6. Jeannie Abbott Avatar
    Jeannie Abbott

    Weird is Wonderful – I’m getting the writing groups onto this !

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  7. Linda M. Judd Avatar

    When will you let the cat out of the bag? Who’s in?

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