- editor Carol Hightshoe
Inspired by the M*A*S*H episode – “As Time Goes By” we are looking for stories about opening time capsules.
In the M*A*S*H episode several items are placed in the time capsule buried by the 4077th that have very unique meanings –
but several centuries into the future will those who find the buried treasure actually understand the significance of the fishing
lure that once belonged to Colonel Blake, Radar’s teddy bear, the broken fan belt, or any of the other items. Would it even be
possible for them to understand or will they see the fishing lure and teddy bear as a sign this was a popular vacation spot?
So here’s the challenge – first you need create and submit a list of ten items and what they mean to the people who
contributed them – Think like M*A*S*H did and find the personal reasons for the contribution (a fishing lure that represented
all those who never made it home / a teddy bear that represented lost innocence, etc). You must also include a “Letter to the
Future” that will be appended to the end of the story that uses your time capsule.
Your list (without the explanations) will be given to one of the other authors to write a story about finding the time capsule
and how their future generation interprets the items.
Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way.
Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.
ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out, or a
teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and a quick
one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so the editor doesn’t edit out the
form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
In the Subject line please put Submission: Time Capsule: Title of your story: Your name. Attach as an .rft file, please send to:
Submissions Open: May 15th for lists – please send by May 31st
June 15th for stories (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
Submissions Close: August 15th
Release Date: Late 2017 / Early 2018
Payment: $5.00 flat rate for the list/letter to the future
$5.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties for stories.
Will accept Fantasy
No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. PG-13 rating, please. No erotica.
No simultaneous submissions.
Length 1000-7500 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written. Times Roman 12.
Standard manuscript submission formatting must be used. Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.
Bios will be required if your story is accepted. Please write them in third person. Approximate length under 250 words.
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