Market Mondays: Crossing Genres Down Under

Oh boy, two posts this week!  This is partly a lame attempt to make up for the past four weeks of zero posts, and partly because I just discovered this fun cross-genre anthology and I don’t want any of you to miss the deadline.

Noir is my favorite type of fiction at which to fail.  Even when the story doesn’t work (so far? always), the exercise of writing in that signature Noir style gives a clearer, more precise tone to my next piece.

Australian indie publisher Ticonderoga Publications currently has a call for submissions out for their 2012 anthology, Damnation and Dames

From their Damnation and Dames ‘New Market’ announcement (the emphasis is mine):

We are looking for stories which show the paranormal and noir crime worlds colliding. You might find werewolf femme fatales, vampire hardboiled detectives, alcoholic psychic journalists, zombie bankrobbers, ghostly gendarmes, demonic insurance salesmen, down-on-their-luck djinns, double-crossing mummies, or even fae with a love for red herrings.

The anthology will be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2012.

Submission guidelines

Send us your best paranormal noir stories.

  • Story length 1,000 to 7,500 words. (Longer stories may be accepted, although payment is capped at 7,500).
  • Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions.
  • Stories may be submitted via email at
  • Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, sensible font, Australian English spelling.
  • The editors reserve the right to use their discretion in selecting stories.
  • Deadline: 1st November, 2011.
  • Payment: 2 copies of anthology and Aus 2 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment $150) on publication.

That’s right: you have until First November of this year to polish up your best unicorn serial killer (that’s a serial killer who is a unicorn, not some bitter virgin out slaughtering monoceri — at least, in my head) tale and translate it into Australian English to earn the killer bragging rights of being the biggest thing Down Under since Grayvale Trenton, Koala P.I.

Get to typin’.

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