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Call for submissions: The Killer Wore Cranberry #4

by SusanDaffron on June 1, 2014

Call for submissions: The Killer Wore Cranberry #4 from Untreed Reads

The Killer is back!

We had so much fun with The Killer Wore Cranberry back in 2010, The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping in 2012, and The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds in 2013, it’s time to celebrate with The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem.

As in the previous anthologies, all the stories contained within must be about murder and mayhem happening at Thanksgiving, and must feature a typical Thanksgiving dish as a vital part of the story (i.e. turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie). Most important…it must be funny! This anthology is all about making people laugh, while enjoying a great mystery short at the same time. The anthology will be edited by Untreed Reads Editor-in-Chief Jay Hartman.

And now, the rules:

1. All stories must be between 1,500-5,000 words and aimed at an adult reading audience (no YA, for example).

2. Deadline for submission for consideration is July 30, 2014. This is a firm date; no submissions after this date will be considered.

3. All submissions should be sent to Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com with the word THANKSGIVING in the subject line.

4. Submissions must be in DOC, RTF or ODT format.

5. We will not publish the stories individually; only the anthology will be available. **NEW THIS YEAR: the anthology will be available as a POD, sold worldwide through Ingram!** You must agree to both our regular e-book contract and our print addendum, to be included.

6. Authors will receive royalty, but not up-front payment. Authors will each receive a share of royalties of 50% of net (net = cover price – vendor commission), based on the number of authors in the final anthology.

7. Characters appearing in other Untreed Reads series or other series not published by us are strongly encouraged. If you are published outside of Untreed Reads, please check with your publisher to ensure you have the rights to create a new story for a different publisher with your character(s).

8. Your story MUST have humor in it, feature a Thanksgiving dish, and have a great mystery or crime at the heart of the story.

9. Stories not accepted for the anthology may be resubmitted in the future for other submission calls.

10. **NEW FOR THIS YEAR** All stories must be original and cannot have been published or self-published elsewhere or previously submitted to Untreed Reads.

11. There are no restrictions whatsoever on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc. in the work. Just tell us a great story!

12. Lisa Wagner returns with all new recipes to accent your stories!

Please direct any questions to Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com. We recommend looking at the original The Killer Wore Cranberry and its sequels for an idea of the type of stories we’re looking for.

All decisions on material will be made by August 15, 2014. Every attempt will be made to notify all authors of the status of their submission at that time. Please do not inquire about status prior to September 15, 2014.

This anthology has an expected publication date of October 15 (quite possibly earlier).

This is an open call and may be reposted anywhere and everywhere.

Jay Hartman, Editor-in-Chief, Untreed Reads Publishing

http://www.untreedreads.com    http://store.untreedreads.com

And there’s more!

Why should adults have all the fun? We’ve done The Killer Wore Cranberry for four years now, but we’ve left out the most important people: the kids.

Welcome to the call for submissions for The Killer Wore Cranberry: Trouble at the Kids’ Table.

As in the previous anthologies, all the stories contained within must be about mayhem happening at Thanksgiving, and must feature a typical Thanksgiving dish as a vital part of the story (i.e. turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie). The target audience for this anthology is the middle-grade reader, so ages 8-12. Most important…it must be funny! This anthology is all about making middle readers laugh while enjoying a great mystery short at the same time. Think of the humor of characters such as Big Nate, Wimpy Kid, Babymouse, and others.

The anthology will be edited by Untreed Reads Editor-in-Chief Jay Hartman. Public and school libraries will be the main market for this anthology.

And now, the rules:

1. All stories must be between 1,500-5,000 words and aimed at a middle-grade reading audience (no YA, no early reader, no adult)

2. Protagonist must be a middle-grade-age boy or girl. We all hated being stuck at the kids’ table!

3. Deadline for submission for consideration is July 30, 2014. This is a firm date; no submissions after this date will be considered.

4. All submissions should be sent to Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com with the word KIDS TABLE in the subject line.

5. Submissions must be in DOC, RTF or ODT format.

6. We will not be publishing the stories individually; only the anthology will be available. **NEW THIS YEAR: The anthology will be available as a POD, sold worldwide through Ingram!** You must agree to both our regular e-book contract and our print addendum to be included.

7. Authors will receive royalty, but not up-front payment. Authors will each receive a share of royalties of 50% of net (net = cover price – vendor commission), based on the number of authors in the final anthology.

8. Characters appearing in other Untreed Reads series or other series not published by us are strongly encouraged. If you are published outside of Untreed Reads, please check with your publisher to ensure you have the rights to create a new story for a different publisher with your character(s).

9. Your story MUST have humor in it, feature a Thanksgiving dish, and have a great mystery or crime at the heart of the story.

10. Stories not accepted for the anthology may be resubmitted in the future for other submission calls.

11. **NEW FOR THIS YEAR** All stories must be original and cannot have been published or self-published elsewhere or previously submitted to Untreed Reads.

12. There are no restrictions whatsoever on age, race, sex, etc. in the work. Just tell us a great story!

Please direct any questions to Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com. We recommend looking at the original The Killer Wore Cranberry and its sequels for an idea of the types of stories we’re looking for. Be sure to stop by your local bookshop to see examples of middle-grade fiction (Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are two great examples.)

All decisions on material will be made by August 15, 2014. Every attempt will be made to notify all authors of the status of their submission at that time. Please do not inquire about status prior to September 15, 2014.

This anthology has an expected publication date of October 15 (quite possibly earlier).

This is an open call, and may be reposted anywhere and everywhere.

Jay Hartman, Editor-in-Chief Untreed Reads Publishing

http://www.untreedreads.com   http://store.untreedreads.com

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