Doorknobs & BodyPaint
Guidelines & Prompts
Issue 88, November 2017
Opens — September 1, 2017 / Closes — October 29, 2017
Publication date: November 2017
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Call for Submissions
All Saints. Financial problems abound. Personal problems grow daily. The environment is eroding from under our feet with glaciers melting, floods, and earthquakes. You have tried everything to bring about a change except one. You have resisted calling on your personal saint. After all, you don’t really believe you have one. But, finally, things are so bad that you buy a candle, light it, call out “Help!” and wait for results. And, what results, everything changes. Write a story about any saint/s (including the New Orleans Saints) and the miracles they make/do within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):
DOORKNOBS Daniel Harris, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: miraculous.
3. The year is: 1919.
4. Within the story, you must use this text: exceptional days.
TAPAS (tiny morsels) Joanne Faries, editor
HAYWARD FAULT LINE
(shake us up) Leila Rae, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: requirements.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: every minute.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: transcend.
3. The setting is: Portland, OR.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: considered as.
DORSAL CONTEST: Bara Swain, editor
After historical romance writer Paul Sheldon crashes his car in a Colorado snowstorm, he is rescued by Annie Wilkes, who nurses his shattered body back to health at her isolated home in the mountains, keeping him prisoner.
Yes, three decades ago, prolific master of horror Stephen King penned the psychological thriller, MISERY, exemplifying a compelling storyline and insight into both human nature and the mystery of creative writing. Rabid reader Annie Wilkes wants her captive, Paul, to write his greatest work. She persuades him with a needle … and then an axe, holding him hostage in this memorable portrait of hero and villain:
“I'm your number one fan. There's nothing to worry about. You're going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I'm your number one fan.”
In 450 words or less, write a horror story that is informed by an overzealous fan.
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.
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.
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
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.