Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be editing Dead North, an anthology of zombie stories set in Canada, for Canadian publisher Exile Editions. The editor is interested in stories from 2,000 to 10,000 words. Stories must be set in Canada (Chinatown in Vancouver, the oil patches in Alberta, the vast territory of Nunavut, etc.) . The setting must be an important element, not just a throwaway reference you make on page one and forget on page three. Setting could be past, present or future.
WHAT IS A ZOMBIE? Romero-like or in the vein of Herbert West, created by magic or voodoo, fast or slow, smart or dumb, rotting or perfectly healthy, we are defining a zombie as a reanimated corpse.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE?
Smart, quirky and unique takes on zombies. Silvia loves stories with strong heroes, non-linear plots and multicultural characters. Yes, we want to know if the Inuit would cope with the zombie apocalypse with no major issues or if Chinese-Canadians have a secret recipe to deal with zombie disasters.
Was the wendigo really a zombie? Was the Great Fire of 1886 started by zombie hunters? Would zombies freeze in the Manitoba winter? Would a hockey stick make a good defensive weapon against the undead? You tell us.
Canadian writers, Aboriginal writers, culturally diverse writers, new generation writers, Francophone writers and female writers are strongly encouraged to submit. For a definition of any of these terms please see below.
EXAMPLES OF ZOMBIE STORIES THE EDITOR LIKES
In no particular order:
- “Lazarus” by Leonid N. Andreyev
- “Pigeons from Hell” by Robert E. Howard
- “The Third Dead Body” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
- “Bitter Grounds” by Neil Gaiman
- “Kissing Carrion“ by Gemma Files
- “The Empire of the Necromancers” by Clark Ashton Smith
- “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles” by Catherynne M. Valente
- Canadian permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadians living abroad must indicate their status in their cover letter.
- Please indicate if you consider yourself any of the following in the cover letter: Aboriginal writer, culturally diverse writer, Francophone writer, new generation writer.
- No multiple submissions. Stories must not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration (exception: stories may be simultaneously submitted to a contest sponsored by Exile Editions and this anthology). Will try to respond quickly.
- 2,000 to 10,000 words.
- Yes to reprints. Indicate if it is a reprint and publishing history. Flat payment of $40 (CAD) for reprints.
- Send as .doc, .docx or .rtf with indented paragraphs, italics in italics and bold in bold (no underlining). Full contact info and word count on the first page. Please include a cover letter (name, story title and word count, contact info, notable credits, if any) in the body of the e-mail.
- Submissions in English only. Stories translated into English are fine.
- Please do not send poetry, plays, novels. Short stories only.
- Open to submissions starting on July 1, 2012. Deadline September 30, 2012.
All acceptances or rejections will be sent before December 31 2012. Do not query before that. Payment is 2 cents (CAD) per word and two contributor copies. Release date for the anthology is Fall 2013.
Send all submissions to silmorenogarciaATgmail.com; no paper subs . Subject line: Submission: Dead North: Story Title Last Name.
Look for periodic submissions updates and tips at Silvia’s blog, silviamoreno-garcia.com.
- Canadian: Canadian permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadians living abroad.
- Aboriginal: Means status, non-status, Métis and Inuit people.
- Francophone: Someone whose mother tongue is French and still speaks it.
- Culturally diverse: People of colour. The term is defined by the Government of Canada as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”
- New generation: Between the ages of 18 and 30.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s short fiction appears in Tesseracts 13, The Book of Cthulhu and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She has edited several indie anthologies, including Future Lovecraft, which has been re-released as a mass market paperback by Prime Books, and the upcoming Fungi.
For queries/ submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org