Dragon's Roost Press has an open call for their upcoming, as yet untitled Dark Speculative Fiction Anthology to benefit canine rescue: "Humans, like dogs, are essentially pack animals. The idea of being alone can be terrifying, liberating, both, or fall somewhere in between the two. The idea of being abandoned, left alone on purpose... We are looking for Dark Speculative Fiction which explores the themes of abandonment, loneliness, isolation, and solitude. We are most familiar with the horror genre, science fiction and fantasy are also welcome, provided there is some element of fear involved. While the tone may be dark, humor is also welcome. If you can make us laugh while breaking our hearts you have a great shot at getting in." Length: "We are looking for original fiction up to 6,000 words." Payment: "At this time payment is one cent per word plus one contributor’s copy and one digital version in the format of the author’s choosing. We will be running a crowd sourcing campaign with the goal of increasing payment to a professional rate. For the mean time, please keep in mind that this is a charity anthology to raise money for canine rescue." Query on reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details. Deadline: January 1st, 2014 or when filled.
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