The makers of Machine of Death, a series of short stories about people who know how they will die, are making a new collection of stories on the same theme and are asking for submissions.
Via Boingboing, I visited MOD Volume 2 submission guidelines:
Anybody can submit a story to Machine of Death, and we mean anybody. There are only two eligibility requirements: any story you submit must be written in English, and you (or a legal guardian, if you’re a minor) must be willing and able to sign a contract if the story is accepted. That’s it!
Our first book featured stories written by people who had never been published before, and people who make their living writing. There were stories by video game reviewers, lexicographers, comedians, poets, cartoonists, college students, and plenty of folks with totally square day jobs. Our writers were living in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. (Africa and Antarctica — show us what you got!) We love this diversity; we think different viewpoints, different life experiences, and different writing styles make for a unique and awesome book. So yes, absolutely anybody can submit a story — including you!
Some more details:
Submissions will be accepted from May 1 – July 15, 2011. We expect to make our final selections by October 31, 2011.
We pay $200 (US) upon acceptance.
Stories can be any length, but we recommend a length of 1,500 – 7,500 words. We will almost certainly be printing stories longer or shorter than these limits, but we expect most stories in the book will fall into this range.
I enjoyed the first book, but the premise seemed to get old quickly. I read every story, though. I intend to respond to this cattle call by the end of June.
Sorta on the subject of writing and contests, Dr Deb suggests making anagrams of movie titles. The poster images she uses take it to the next level.