Gothic Poems and Fiction - Edited by George Wilhite Nov 3, 2011 13:48:30 GMT -5
Post by geojazz on Nov 3, 2011 13:48:30 GMT -5
Gothic Poems and Flash Fiction
I am looking for poetry and flash fiction in Gothic style.
Gothic Literature is instantly recognizable when read, but elusive to describe. Below I have pasted a description that generalizes what I have in mind. I am more interested, however, in your own take on the genre than just following the guidelines. The definition is meant as a launching pad for your creativity, rather than as a set of “instructions.”
I anticipate most of the stories and poems will be scary—or at least creepy—but they can be romantic or erotic as well. Write in your strongest or favorite genre as long as you explore The Gothic.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Gothic Submission” in the subject line. Please send up to 2 stories, or up to five poems, at a time.
UPDATE: Each writer may submit up to 5 poems AND two stories. I will take two flash stories from each author now--getting more poems than stories
The word limit for flash fiction is 1500 words. There is no restriction for length on poems. Reprints are fine as long as you hold all the rights.
Acceptance offers exposure only--no payment or contributor's copy.
FICTION: Please send submissions like this: Title, name, content, bio. The bio must be at the end of the story in the manuscript. Single space, indented paragraphs (do not indent first paragraph), and no space between paragraphs. Times New Roman, Courier, or Georgia fonts preferred. Scene breaks should be shown with a CENTERED ***
This is how your poem should be sent: Title (not in bold or in all caps please) then your name, then the poem, then a bio.
No page numbers, no header, no footer, no embedded text, NO FONT COLOR BUT BLACK, use Georgia 12 if you have it, Roman if not.
From the web site of Carson-Newman College: web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_G.html
GOTHIC LITERATURE: Poetry, short stories, or novels designed to thrill readers by providing mystery and blood-curdling accounts of villainy, murder, and the supernatural . . . the conventions of gothic literature include wild and desolate landscapes, ancient buildings such as ruined monasteries; cathedrals; castles with dungeons, torture chambers, secret doors, and winding stairways; apparitions, phantoms, demons, and necromancers--an atmosphere of brooding gloom.