Monday, July 12, 2010

Call for Submissions Just Another Paranormal Christmas PG-13

. Monday, July 12, 2010

The moderators of Just Another Paranormal Monday invite you to submit your short stories in a special call for submissions. Guidelines are posted below. Number of stories accepted will later be determined.

The Christmas Anthology will be benefitting The ARMED FORCES CHILDREN’S EDUCATION FUND, Inc. (AFCEF) -- as our charity. This fund was established on May 1, 2003, the first day of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM).

The purpose of the non-profit corporation is to be able to financially assist the educational needs of the surviving children of the U.S. Military men and women who lost their lives on or after October 7, 2001, the commencement of Afghanistan operations, as part of the global war on terrorism defined as "Operation Enduring Freedom".

Regardless of our stance on war or our political opinions and views I feel that we, as authors, have something special that we can offer these surviving children. We are more than just mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. Through our writing we build dreams, inspire hope and create worlds where all of life’s possibilities are within our readers grasp – they just need to turn the page. We are the teachers and dream-makers of tomorrow. What better way to give back than to give a future of learning – a future of becoming everything they could ever hope to be; become everything their parents would have wanted them to be, despite the difficult paths they have walked.

Through this anthology and its PG-13 Christmas stories we have the opportunity to create worlds that inspire those dreams and help give a small part of ourselves that may make a difference in a child’s life.


Please, do not send us your simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions are considered for authors who carry several pen names or wish to submit more than one project. Mojocastle Press has graciously accepted this anthology and they will be contacted with the final proposal based on the anticipated number of stories submitted and response to the call for submissions. All internal Submission rules and Guidelines will apply.

The anthology will feature PG-13 Christmas inspired paranormal short stories with an element of magic, hope, dreams, romance and joy. We want interesting submissions that surprise the reader. Give us your vampires, ghosts, shape-shifters or any other paranormal creature. However, for this project, WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN DEMONS.

This anthology is for charity and will be available to young adults as well as those over the age of 18 so we are sticking with a PG-13 rating. We want this anthology to appeal to the vast majority without limitations. Due to the rating we will not be taking F/F, M/M, ménage or BDSM at this time.

The story must take place at or around Christmas. We love sub-genres and your story can take place at any time - past, present, future. We're looking for a good variety of bizarre and intricate stories that celebrate the combination of the paranormal and the magical while appealing to a wide audience. – for every creature – vamps, shifters, fairies and ghosts need and feel the spirit of Christmas too.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include:

Your full manuscript attached as an RTF file. Your polished manuscript should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Include a one page letter of introduction including your published works, a brief bio and a summarized paragraph of the story you're including in your attachment.

Include a title page with your real name, pen name, and contact information. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE MODERATORS TO KNOW YOUR REAL NAME, it's fine to include ONLY your pen name. However, the publisher will require—as you know—your real name upon signing. Format your submission as follows:

1. Attach your RTF formatted manuscript using Arial, Book Antigua or Times New Roman 12 pt. font

2. POV and scene breaks must be individually marked (One* for POV, **** for scene break)

3. No headers or footers are necessary

4. Attach your manuscript as follows: TITLE_YOUR NAME_WORD COUNT_

5. Subject line should follow the same format: Title_Your Name_Word Count_

6. Submit your paranormal magical romance short story to and CC:

*We seek single titles but are open to a short story that may be the beginning of a series you have planned or a prequel to an existing title. *

We will consider first and third person stories for this particular project.

Please keep in mind, we're looking for a variety of stories and while we like scorching hot manuscripts, typical industry no-nos are in full force here. Don't cross the ick-factor line. If in doubt, ask.

There will be several readers considering your submission and regardless of who you are or where you're published, your story will receive a very fair evaluation. We want as many JAPM members included as possible. With that in mind, stories will go through an editing process that JAPM moderators have in place.

You must be familiar with TRACK CHANGES in order to submit. After our editing process, your manuscript will go through our publisher's editing process as well.

Submissions open June 15th and close September 15th 2010. Late submissions will be deleted, unread.

So what are you waiting for? Start writing! We want to hear from you!

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo


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