Doorknobs & BodyPaint
Guidelines & Prompts
Issue 86, May 2017

Submission deadline:
Opens--March 15, 2017 / Closes--April 30, 2017
Publication date: May 2017

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Call for Submissions
Work. This issue takes work beyond your narratorís experience and focuses on other peopleís work. Whether itís watching a small child choose between becoming a fireman or a baker; whether itís someone in a mid-life crisis choosing to continue in a profession or start something new; whether itís an end of life decision of how best to finish oneís life and work, you choose, and then, write your story within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):
DOORKNOBS Kieron Devlin, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: strategy.
3. The year is:  1993.
4. Within the story, you must use this text:  multi-tasking agent.

TAPAS  (tiny morsels) Joanne Faries, editor
1.  Maximum length:  250 words.
2.  The sub-theme is: anxiety.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text:  incessant druming.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.  

 HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up) Leila Rae, editor 
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: opportunity..
3. The setting is: Los Cruces, NM..
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: ready and willing.

 DORSAL CONTEST:  Bara Swain, editor
In the last paragraph of James Baldwin's short story, "Sunny's Blues," the narrator watches his brother, Sonny, take the stage and begin to play. While watching him and listening to his music, the narrator gains a profound understanding of his brother. An understanding, which wipes away all of the hurt and pain each one has caused the other. The narrator writes:
Then they all gathered around Sonny and Sonny played. Every now and again one of them seemed to say, amen. Sonny's fingers filled the air with life, his life. But that life contained so many others. And Sonny went all the way back, he really began with the spare, flat statement of the opening phrase of the song. Then he began to make it his. It was very beautiful because it wasn't hurried and it was no longer a lament. I seemed to hear with what burning he had made it his, with what burning we had yet to make it ours, how we could cease lamenting. .
In 450 words or less, write a story about watching someone work and how the narrator gains a new insight or awareness of that person.

The Cairo Room contains all non-contest and writer's pool selections under 450 words. From the exotic to the post-modern to hypertext to first time writers, this room welcomes you all.

General Guidelines:
1. Send your submission by email, please include your name, mailing address, email address, and bio at the beginning of each story; paste your story into the body of your email and send it in rich text form.

2. If you send more than one story (four total), send each story as a separate email.

3. This is important. Put the category DK (Doorknobs), HF (Hayward Fault), DO (Dorsal), TA (Tapas), CR (Cairo Room), the issue #, and your last name on the subject line. (example: DK, 61, Argure) We use a filter for all email; therefore, if you do not put this information in the subject line, your email will automatically go into trash.

4. Do not send your story in HTML format or as an attachment. If you send your story in HTML format or as an attachment, it will be discarded.
Contest Winners for each section (Doorknobs, Hayward Fault Line, Dorsal, Tapas):
An opportunity to read at one of Pandemonium Press Presents reading series.
We do not pay for publishing your work.
The writers retains all copyright to their work.