The Australian Literature Review is accepting submissions for a short story anthology, focused on basic concerns of human life in the areas of survival, friendship, romantic love, ambition, responsibility and death. It will be published both as a print book and ebook.
Two stories (4000 – 10,000 words each) will be selected in each of the six areas.
Each author will receive royalties of 4% of gross revenue received by The Australian Literature Review from sales of the anthology, after any direct material costs of publication/distribution, and each author will retain copyright for their story beyond its use in the anthology.
Submissions are due by midnight February 28th 2011 [The submission deadline has been extended until midnight Tuesday March 15th. The selection of authors and stories for the anthology will be announce March 31st.], for publication in May 2011. Please only submit stories which have not been published elsewhere.
A little on each area, with examples of stories dealing with each area, is outlined below. You can click on an image to read a blurb, and in some cases also watch a video, for each example.
Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no special formatting requirements.
Survival is of primary importance to human life and thought. You are alive because you have chosen survival over death and acted to stay alive. Stories can be used to explore what people are capable of when faced with a threat to their survival.
People tend to greatly enjoy the companionship of friends to make life more enjoyable, or just more bearable. Friends can be good influences in each other’s life but things can also go wrong. Some people can approve of a friendship while others might disapprove of it.
Romantic love can be similar to friendship, but typically more intense and something each person reserves for one person at a time. Of course, there can be variations to this and they may work well… but variations on this much more often result in conflict.
In addition to survival, friendship and love, people tend to develop major goals they want to achieve. Goals can be motivated by such concepts as duty, compassion, entitlement, justice or honour.
In order to pursue medium-term or long-term goals people need to take on responsibility. This can be responsibility for yourself, for your child or someone else’s child, for a family, for people in need or in immediate physical danger, and so on.
Death is something which has happened or will happen to every person (unless a successful means of eternal life is developed). Exploring mortality, and even immortality, in fiction can be a way of exploring how people choose to approach and prioritise how they behave while alive.
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