Thursday 31 July 2008

Dead Jesters

Another market folks. Novello Publishers have announced the following submission guidelines for an anthology titled Dark Jesters, to be edited by Nick Cato and L.L. Soares.


Release Date: Fall 2009

General Info: Novello Publishers is seeking 10 hysterical stories to fill their first trade paperback humorous horror anthology.

Word count is not to exceed 2,000, NO EXCEPTIONS. The shortest accepted piece will be 1,500, but closer to the 2,000 mark is ideal for this project.

Stories must be horror-oriented-no scifi unless in the vein of "Alien." Stories will be selected (mainly) on their humor content: the harder you make the editors laugh the better chance your story will be picked. Any story that insults the horror genre will not be selected; "humorous horror" does not mean we want to "make fun" of the genre. We want to see "real" horror stories with a humorous angle. Whether your story deals with classic monsters (such as vampires), the apocalypse, serial killers, ghosts, or (you fill in the blank), we want the readers to laugh 'till it hurts.

Stories that rely on profanity will probably not make the cut. Make us laugh without dropping F-bombs and your chances of acceptance skyrocket.

Format: Send your story double-spaced in a Times New Roman or Courier font as a .doc or .rtf attachment, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please underline any italicized words.

Payment: $40.00 and one contributor copy. WOW! Is it just me, but - WOW!

Note: NO REPRINTS. This will be an all-original anthology. If your story is selected you will be asked to give Novello Publishers 1 year's exclusive rights.

Reading Period: August 1st through November 30th

Send submissions to: with DJ SUBMISSION in the subject heading. Hard copy submissions may be sent to NOVELLO PUBLISHERS/ Box 060382 / Staten Island, NY / 10306. Hard copies must be post-dated NO LATER than November 10th, 2008.

The table of contents will be announced in early December, 2008.


Fox Lee said...

I love it! : )

Cate Gardner said...

Me too :)

J.C. Tabler said...

I think...a 1000 word of extension of "Lnguistic Prescription" might be in order for this one.

Cate Gardner said...

Go for it, JC. :)

K.C. Shaw said...

This one sounds perfect for you! I bet it'll be a lot of fun.

Cate Gardner said...

I thought the same. :)

J.C. Tabler said...

I've submitted. Now, Cate...deathmatch?

Cate Gardner said...

Is this war, JC? :/)

I haven't even thought of anything yet - you guys have got me panicking you are so fast off the mark.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully not a war cause they ain't that funny. Thanks for posting this, Catherine. It grabbed my muse.

Oh yeah, Hi! This is Pike from the AW Horror board.

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks for visiting Pike, and good luck with this.