"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call For Submissions: Anthology

This anthology call is in honor of my father, who 47 years ago this Sat was wounded earning himself the Purple Heart and Bronze star: “For heroism while engaged in serial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Specialist Quinn distinguished himself by heroic actions in 15 Feb 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam… Although seriously wounded his outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest standards of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”

About the Anthology:
Story Lengths:  Short story or novella. Not setting a specific word count.

Theme/Plot: Fictional stories about a veteran several years out from the war still dealing with war-related issues like PTSD or disabilities, etc. I will not specify a war because I would like to see a range of ages of the veterans, so think WWII, Vietnam, or current wars. The story must be contemporary and the veteran must be out of the war at least 5 years for current wars. Another twist here is for the story to be told through only one point of view, which is not the veterans, but through the eyes of either one of their family members or a close friend, maybe even a girlfriend or boyfriend. For example, I will be contributing a fictional story I wrote, the inspiration for this anthology idea, which is told 40-some years out from the Vietnam war in the point of view of the daughter. Her father is a Vietnam Veteran who has greatly ignored his PTSD until a traumatic life event happens.

Possible Working Titles: 1. Honor Bound; or 2. Service Before Self; or 3. We Go On; or 4. That Others May Live;  or 5. "Non sibi sed patriae" (English Translation: Not Self, but Country)

Timeframe: All dates are subject to change!
Proposed Submission Deadline: June 01, 2014 or until I have enough stories.

Proposed Kickstarter Project: July 2014 – I’m hoping to raise money to pay each author a flat fee, pay for a second set of editing eyes beyond my own, and for cover art (both ebook and print). Beyond actual book related costs, all money raised in the Kickstarert project and all proceeds from sales will go to http://www.operationhomefront.net/ who I will be submitting a fundraiser to through their website. I will be asking each author chosen for the anthology to donate one item to be given to the Kickstart Backers. PLEASE NOTE: If Kickstarter project fails, anthology will still be published, but author stories will be donated and I will pay for all other book costs. I hope each author will help to shout out about the project.

Edits, etc.: July – August 2014

Proposed Publication: September 2014

Submission Format:
Email manuscript to howell.kiki@gmail.com

Subject: Anthology

File Naming Convention: author name_story title (example: Kiki Howell_Coming Back to Life)

Manuscript: Just please keep it basic, Title Page, Times New Roman, 12 pt, please no fancy formatting…

For Fun: Send in your vote for Anthology Title in the body of your email J

About the Editor, Kiki Howell: I graduated from Kent State University with a Secondary English Education degree in 1993. I’ve been a published author since 2007, currently having over 30 stories published with 11 different small presses. I’ve worked as a publishing administrator and an editor, and self-published two of my own stories over the last few years. I’ve been an Ohioana Author and my most recent novel hit three Top 100 Category Bestsellers Lists on Amazon.  Visit www.kikihowell.com for more information.

Questions or concerns, contact me at howell.kiki@gmail.com


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