Saturday, January 19, 2013

"Project Mayhem" Update and "Song Remains the Same" Announcement

Here's an update for Mouldwarp Press #1 "Project Mayhem" and release details:

Accepted into the anthology are the following stories and authors:

  • "An Abortion" by Matthew Wilson
  • "Iso-pentyl acetate" by Lance Manion
  • "Route" by Dave Elsensohn
  • "One O'Clock and the Birds are Already Gone" by Dave Elsensohn
  • "Julliard Jones" by Christy Wiabel
  • "On My Honor (The CRA Oath)" by David Perlmutter
  • "The Ritual" by Lela Marie De La Garza
  • "Briefing" by Scott Hamilton
  • "Reverse Scheherazade" by Clyde Liffey
  • "Ambassador's Speech" by Brenda Anderson
  • "Comakazi" by Dana Jerman
  • "Hello, Goodnight" by Dana Jerman
  • "Night of the Unified Field" by Dana Jerman
  • "Birthday Surprise" by PT Dilloway
  • "Seventy-One and Counting" by Tony Laplume
"Project Mayhem" will be released on or by February 5, 2013.

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to announce Mouldwarp Press #2 "Song Remains the Same," which will be another short story anthology, but submission guidelines are considerably different.  Word count is between 7,500 and 40,000, so you have a great deal more space to play with this time.  There's also a prompt:

Set in your hometown, a group of four friends is rocked by the murder of one of their own, and decides to investigate.

As with "Project Mayhem," there are no genre restrictions.  The goal is to produce variations on a single story, so the reader can appreciate the contrasts and similarities as they read the resulting anthology.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013, so you will have a great deal of time to work on this one.  I will issue periodic reminders about "Song Remains the Same."   


  1. Congratulations!
    That is a lot of play in word count for the next one. Short stories aren't my thing but I don't do long novels either.

    1. I discovered in one of the writing challenges I participated in last year that some people really, really like to write. And I figured if someone wanted to really run with this idea, they could write something that ended up pretty long. Hopefully there's interest in participating.

  2. I so tried to convince my wife to write for "Project Mayhem"....maybe I'll have more luck with "Song Remains the Same."

    1. Tis cool. It's an anthology of micro fiction. It was probably always destined to be short.

      But I hope you have more luck next time!

  3. Well at least there's a long time until the next one. I'll be sure to procrastinate until December 30.

    1. Big giant window, and I'll issue periodic reminders. So procrastinate! But not that long.

  4. So would it be allowed to switch the backdrop of the murder in the town to a spacestation or other sci-fi object?

    1. You can switch to a space station or something later in the story, but one of the key elements is that you begin in your hometown. It's to add local flavor.

  5. Oh wow! So Project Mayhem is closed, yes? I will post about the new one soon. With the deadline, I may delay it a bit to spread out the news.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    1. Submissions are over, unless there are stragglers by the end of the month (next week).

      You can delay announcing Song Remains the Same for as long as you want. It's a big window. The link as far as the page goes remains the same either way. Thanks!

  6. This looks cool. Hopefully I finish drafting my current wip so that I can submit something for "Song remains the same"! (God knows I have enough time!)

    1. Exactly! I'm in no rush for this, so I figured I'd let potential participants have as much leisure with it as possible, but at least start thinking about it. Thanks for putting it in your writing schedule!


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