UPDATE 12-31-18: This title will remain open until all 10 stories have been chosen. Further, publication of this title will be slightly unusual: SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! (just like MOSTLY DEAD!) will not see publication as a standalone title. Both SKTP! and MD! will be published together in an omnibus titled AS YOU WISH! after both TOCs are filled. MD! will not open to submissions until SKTP! closes, but the theme is a continuation of homage to THE PRINCESS BRIDE (please see the MD! guidelines).
SKTP! is fantastical romance adventure. A classical fairy-talish homage to THE PRINCESS BRIDE (book and movie by William Goldman). The theme to SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! is that of some royalty figure's diabolical machinations defeated by ‘Last Boy Scout’ good-guy/gal-ism! (Hint: It doesn't have to be a prince.)
Write all the mostly ‘good parts’ of fun heroic family entertainment. Include authorial asides, rhyming, inconceivable conceits, memorable characters, unique creations, and most importantly, true love and loyalty. Honestly—just have fun writing good old fun stories to share with all the members of your family. Write to put a smile on the readers face!
In the true spirit of homage and theme, RBE is looking for the same number of stories as foes Fezzik says he can handle when Inigo asks, "How many could you handle?" before storming the castle in their defeat of the prince's diabolical machinations: 10. That’s right, only 10 stories. Target total word count for the anthology is 65k, so write your stories accordingly. Please Note: This does not mean flash. We are not interested in stories less than 3,000 words. We are only accepting 10 stories and the target word count is 65,000; this means the average story lenght should be 6,500. Please write accordingly.
Submissions will remain open until we find the stories we want. Response time on your first 500 words should be less than a week, though in this title could be much longer as we search for those stories with lively wit, seemly levity, and clear heroic values that fit best together within the target word count. The more we like your story, the longer we will hold it as we piece our puzzle together. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all timely informed.
Payment of $42 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will also receive electronic copies and discounts on additional/future print purchases. Publication of this title will be slightly unusual: SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! (just like MOSTLY DEAD!) will not see publication as a standalone title. Both titles will be published together in an omnibus titled AS YOU WISH!