42-Word Stories Anthology

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, 

and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. 

 All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. AFTER SUBMITTING, CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS FOR EMAILS FROM THE EDITOR. 

There are five guidelines:


1) Label the subject line 42subs_Category_Initials Example: 42SUB_PoetryProse_Bam 

Don't email asking "is it sub, SUB, or subs or SUBS?" we aren't that nitpicky. Just label it kind of right and you're good. 


2) The title needs to be, read this carefully please, 42 characters long including spaces. Use wordcounter.net and make sure you did it correctly. Please write the title in all CAPS. We won't reject a story if you forget the latter, but it really helps us save time when we add stories into the anthology draft.  


3) Write a story of exactly 42 words


4) Write a bio exactly 42 words long in third person. It is suggested that you make this timeless. You never know what year someone will read your story. Bios in general are better read this way. Here's a short blog on writing a bio if you need help. 


5) If you are submitting more than one story (four max can be accepted and submitted), none of them can have the same name. You can submit up to four works. Your bio has to include your pen name, not your real name anywhere. The anthology aims to have 1,764 names in it. If you don't like this rule, only submit one story. 

Example of pen names: 

Story 1 by B. A. Mullin 

Story 2 by Bam 

Story 3 by B. Allan Mullin 

Story 4 by Devilsthrill 

There is an example of how we like our stories formatted at the bottom of this link with the original call for submissions. Please read it. 


No simultaneous submissions. No attachments. NO ENTRY FEE

Send: Nothing that's been published anywhere. No Erotica.  No Animal Abuse.


Payment: Most of the money earned from book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing, art, beta reads, and advertising. The book will be published on Amazon.com and other platforms. Therefore, we cannot afford to pay every writer in the project as of now, but we are open to the option as a possibility in the future. 


HOWEVER:

Every category (chapter) will have a Story of Excellence Award selected by a guest judge. 


Winners receive:


1) Either $0.42 payment or the option to donate the money to a pot that will go to United Through Reading.


2) Their story read (by themselves or a friend) on YouTube with all 42 selected Story of Excellence Award winners.


3) An award certificate signed by the compiler of the 42 Stories Anthology. 


4) A blog, email, and media spot with other winners that will be read by about 5,000 subscribers.


5) Writing the introduction to the chapter their story won the award in and their name on the first page of that category as the Story of Excellence Award winner. 


6) Possibly more. 

 


Submission details

Subject has: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS 


Example subject line: 42SUB_SF_DNA 


Specifics of your story that goes into the body of the submission: 

YOUR NEAR 42-CHARACTER TITLE HERE  

by Your Writer Name  


Your story here 


Bio

42-WORD 3RD-PERSON HERE


Example submission:

Subject line: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ

Dear editors,

[PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL] My name is Eval Allan Jaeger. Perhaps you’ve never heard of me? My email is eaj@eaj.com. This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 

 
 

MY FIRST AND LAST ENCOUNTER WITH A MONSTER

                        by Eval Allan Jaeger


I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 

Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 

Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you like balloo—ugh.” 

Bozo never saw my fist coming. 

Blood slid down from his squeaky red nose.



                                            Bio

Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.


Detailed format is here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2018/07/42-stories-anthology.html


Categories not filled are listed below. The rest are listed at the link above.


Hitchhiker's Guide to History or HGH

  • This is creative non-fiction and historical fiction. Alternate History is welcomed, but there is also an Alternate Reality category for that. Both are okay for fictional history. 



Indigenous

  • Sherman Alexie inspired this chapter



Mystery


Sports


Steampunk


Sword & Sorcery


Craft of Writing: 

Guidelines are different for this chapter.

If you do not have a story in the anthology,

you have won a writing award of any kind,

or are a well-known editor, publisher,

or you help other writers by sending out calls for submissions,

you qualify for this category.

How do you enter? Answer the prompt: "If you could inspire and encourage thousands of other writers and readers with 42 words, what would you write?" . . .and include a 42-word 3rd person bio (highlighting why you were selected for this category) with your answer in the body of your submission.

Perks:

- This person's 42-word answer and bio will be

- Included in the Craft of Writing chapter

- They guest judge one of the other chapters, and

- Receive $42 as payment if selected.


Numbers are updated here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2020/02/anthology-numbers.html


Stories submitted to filled categories are subject to rejection or category change.  


Please refrain from asking about the release date or deadline. Related questions will no longer be answered. You can find a helpful Q & A here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2020/06/42-anthology-charity-announced.html

Blog: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/ 

Email subscription: https://tinyletter.com/bamwrites 


RIGHTS and FACTS:

By submitting your work, you agree and confirm that we can publish your piece in the anthology. However, you will have 30 days after acceptance to withdraw your story if you change your mind about having it in the anthology. More...

You grant the 42 Stories Anthology and staff first serial rights to your original work submitted. Rights revert back to you the author one year after publication. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours.

Moreover, by submitting a story, you agree that we can reformat and make punctuation changes without your prior consent. If the story is formatted a specific way that you prefer, let us know in your cover letter. However, we will contact you if we want to change any of the words. 


Do not withdraw or re-submit your submission if you made a mistake. Rather message us what you need changed. We also have a submission email: 42anthologysubs@gmail.com


Read the submission guidelines above carefully before submitting. 

A mistake might result in your submission going unread and rejected.


Good luck. 


Original submission call here

The 42 Stories Anthology needs to fill the Craft of Writing category.

If you do not have a story in the anthology,

you have won a writing award of any kind,

or are a well-known editor, publisher,

or you help other writers by sending out calls for submissions,

you qualify for this category.

How do you enter? 

Answer the prompt: "If you could inspire and encourage thousands of other writers and readers with 42 words, what would you write?" . . .and include a 42-word 3rd person bio (highlighting why you were selected for this category) with your answer in the body of your submission.

Perks:

- This person's 42-word answer and bio will be

- Included in the Craft of Writing chapter

- They guest judge one of the other chapters, and

- Receive $42 as payment if selected.

The 42 Stories Anthology needs to fill the Craft of Writing category.
If you do not have a story in the anthology,
you have won a writing award of any kind,
or are a well-known editor, publisher,
or you help other writers by sending out calls for submissions,
you qualify for this category.
How do you enter?
Answer the prompt: "If you could inspire and encourage thousands of other writers and readers with 42 words, what would you write?" . . .and include a 42-word 3rd person bio (highlighting why you were selected for this category) with your answer in the body of your submission.
Perks:
- This person's 42-word answer and bio will be
- Included in the Craft of Writing chapter
- They guest judge one of the other chapters, and
- Receive $42 as payment if selected.

More details: BAM Writes A Blog: 42 Stories Anthology: Craft of Writing

42 Stories Anthology is a book of 42 chapters of 42 genres. Each story has a title of approximately 42 characters (between 40 and 44), a story of exactly 42 words, and a 3rd person 42-word bio. The Craft of Writing is a unique chapter of 42-word interviews from 42 writers who stand out from the rest. 

There is only one interview topic to answer:

Tell us about the craft of writing in 42 words.

Then write a 42-word 3rd person bio.

In the subject line: FIRST LAST NAME 42 WORDS ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING

Requirements to submit: 

You have won in a writing contest such as:

  • The Bridport Prize
  • Bristol Short Story Prize
  • National Poetry Competition
  • The First Novel Prize
  • Flash 500 prize
  • Bath Novel Writing Prize
  • Emily Dickinson First Book Award
  • PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction
  • Writers of the Future Contest
  • Or a related prize

Or your story was a best seller anywhere excluding Amazon.


What do you get?

- Special guest judge for one of the other 41 categories. The guest judge reads 42 stories of 42 words each and picks the piece for the Story of Excellence. The special guest judge also signs the certificate for the winner (electronically). 

- Highlighted as a special guest writer in the anthology.

- 42 words in the Craft of Writing chapter.

- If the names will fit, all Craft of Writing author names will appear on the back cover.

- Payment of $42 USD.



42 Stories Anthology