Call for Submissions

Below are the submission guidelines for the forthcoming Mo*Con anthology to be published by Apex books in conjunction with Mo*Con V (summer 2010).

First, all the stuff you really care about: Pays 5 cents per word up to 5,000 words. Deadline is November 1st. Reading period opens June 1st. Payment on acceptance.

If you’re unfamiliar with Mo*Con, you’ll be operating from an extreme disadvantage. It’s the annual horror convention, named after myself, that revolves around discussions of spirituality, writing, and social issues. Horror, too often, has been thought of as the non-thinking genre, home of the “monsters in the dark” with little to offer in terms of depth. Mo*Con defies that image of the genre. Its themes so far have covered spirituality, race, gender issues, art, and love.

So what am I looking for? Smart, literate stories that fit in with any of the themes of Mo*Con. Horror/dark fantasy stories with depth, that stretch the genre. Stories that make you think, that comment on the human condition and the social order. Stories that are rich in their language use. However, a s much as I love social commentary, don’t forget to entertain me. You should also note that about half of the anthology has already been filled with solicited pieces.

Obviously, this being a Mo*Con anthology, having attended, supported, or participated at a Mo*Con gives you a leg up in the submission process. (I will have special affection for you and your story … and it will especially hurt if I have to reject it). Of course it may not seem fair. So when you set yourself up as “King For A Day” and edit your own anthology, you can make the rules as fair or arbitrary as possible. Be glad I don’t have you submit your stories with an accompanying picture of you wearing a stork thong or your cover letters written as pirates.

Please include a cover letter with your submission – even if I know you, even if you’re a regular at Mo*Con. Please send no more than one submission at a time. No reprints.

*My policy on simultaneous submissions: I’d send the same story to 5 markets and first come first serve if I could get away with it, so I won’t begrudge anyone else. I snooze, I lose.*

*Due to the overwhelming response, Jerry Gordon has been recruited as the assistant editor on this project. This way we can continue to give speedy responses to your stories.*

All submissions must be emailed as a RTF file to Maurice Broaddus at