Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World - The calendar says the first day of spring, but a jealous snow still wraps the world tightly in a white straitjacket. Winter will not relinquish its throne and the polar vortex is plunging even further south as icebergs gleam in the Bermuda Triangle and snow falls on the Amazon. Blizzards swirl across the Sahara and the world has become a snowglobe from pole to pole. Is this just global warming? The coming of the next Ice Age? Or could this endless winter be the result of an ancient curse, an alien attack, the revenge of the Yeti, a weather experiment gone horribly wrong, the wrath of an ignored winter deity, or a nuclear mishap?
Give us those or your own unique reasons for why winter still rules and what tales can be told as humans battle the persistent ice and snow deep into a heatless summer. Is all lost? Can anything be done to thaw the Big Freeze?
Send us your chilliest tales of horror, fantasy, and science fiction from between 3,000-7,000 words. Submissions will be accepted until the last tick of the clock on 8 August 2015 (the 149th birthday of Arctic explorer Matthew Henson) and we intend to publish in the dead of winter 2016. Contributors will receive one print copy and USD $25.00.
We earnestly hope to get to the point where we can pay professional rates, and those willing to work with us as we grow will share in the rewards to come. This anthology is the first step we can take together, so we hope you will join us.
Writers are nothing if not explorers of the vast reaches of imagination, so pull on your parka and take us out into that howling night of arctic cold and tell us what you found.
Please submit your stories to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and we look forward to your submissions.
Black Mirror Press Submission Guidelines
Join us as we attempt to see through a glass darkly. Our projects will vary, but we intend to publish novels, novellas, and anthologies. We are seeking creative voices—known and unknown—that will explore the far reaches of their talents. We’re new and different creature in the jungles of imagination, so we challenge you to take us to the lost temples only you have seen.
Simultaneous Submissions: No, please. If we like a story, we don’t want to share it.
Multiple Submissions: Why not? Make them all so good so we have to flip a coin to choose.
Pay Rate: Will vary with the project. Our hope is to pay professional rates at some future point. Please bear with us while we grow into that. Ye shall be rewarded, as the cloaked figure in the black mirror is known to whisper. Rates and terms will vary by project.
Format: Manuscripts must be submitted as DOC or DOCX files in standard manuscript formatting. Please see William Shunn’s formatting guide. We also use the Chicago Manual of Style for editing, so please follow its guidelines.
Exclusive Rights: The contract will stipulate one year exclusive worldwide print and electronic rights.
We want: Well-written original stories with intriguing characters who have found themselves in even more interesting situations.
We don’t want: The tired, the clichéd, the boring. Those stories are the literary equivalent of roadkill. We do not brake for unfortunate creations. Give us something that makes us screech our tires and stop to look as we absolutely have to see what is ambling our way.
Some erotic content is acceptable if it is integral to the plot and moves the story along. Sex for sex’s sake is called pornography and there are other markets for that. Just like sex, any violence must be there for a good reason and not just to bloody the pages.
August 9, 2015 - To everyone who has submitted a story for the Snowpocalypse anthology, which is now closed for submissions, thank you! We are very grateful for the number and quality of submissions and will do our very best to respond to everyone within 30 days. Thank you all again for submitting to Black Mirror Press.
Clint and Scott
September 13, 2015
We wanted to update you on the status of Snowpocalypse. We are continuing to read through submissions and want to thank each of you for your story and for trusting us with your work. Unfortunately, we are behind schedule in terms of notifications as our co-founder, Clint Collins, is dealing with a personal tragedy. However, we will contact all authors by the end of October and remain on schedule to publish the anthology in the dead of winter. Thank you for your patience and for your submissions.
Black Mirror Press
20 October 2015
And so it begins. We are in the process of contacting authors. If you submitted a story for consideration for the Snowpocalypse anthology and do not hear from us by the end of October, please let us know. Thank you again for your submissions!
Very best regards,
Black Mirror Press
February 6, 2016
Just an update regarding the Snowpocalypse anthology. We will email contracts in the next few days, so please check your inboxes. Also, we plan to establish a Snowpoc Facebook page soon and will send out invites so we can keep you updated on progress and also so that contributors can meet one another. Thanks.
Greetings from the frigid wastes of Black Mirror Press. It’s finally June and we are working feverishly to release the Snowpocalypse anthology on June 20th – as a counterweight to the summer solstice. Enjoy the summer warmth while you are able…
The Anthology will contain the following authors and stories (presented, for now, in alphabetical order):
Locusts in the Snow by Richard Barber
The Wind Whispers, “Witiko” by Jennifer Loring
The Snowman by Llanwyre Laish
Snoe by Mark Lynch
Snow and Ashes by Zoe McAuley
The Snow Woman by Susan McCauley
Snow Day! by Clint Mesle
White by Eddie Newton
All These Things We Didn’t Believe by John Palisano
The Snow by Cheryl Pearson
A Chill Subterfuge by Barry Rosenberg
Thaw by David Sakmyster
St. Michael’s Parish by Nicole Shelton
The Last Winter Buck by Matthew Shoen
Let There Be Light by Walt Socha
Dead England by DJ Tyrer
Breath Across the Mouth of a Bottle by Sarena Ulibarri
We will post the cover in the next week or so with more on the anthology to follow. Thank you for your support.