Hello SFB Readers,
As we mentioned in our SFB news post earlier this month, we are very excited to announce monthly Theme Weeks. This will be one week per month when we publish 3-5 posts around a specific theme prompt. Themes will be focused on current events and/or seasonality, but with a thought-provoking “twist.”
Our very first Theme Week will be November 2nd-6th. We have several Regular Contributors scheduled to publish, and we are also looking for a few top-notch guest submissions to showcase. All posts are due for review by our Prompt team by Friday, October 23rd and must follow the submission guidelines below. Here is our November theme:
November Theme: Elections
It’s a well-known fact that humans don’t like ambiguity. In fact, we are wired to look for easy answers and solutions to complex problems–whether we turn to a conspiracy theory or our horoscope. We might even say that our political elections are a way to translate multi-faceted issues into binary choices. This election month, we’d love to see your stories (2,500 words or fewer) about the variety of things we do to grapple with or make sense of messy reality.
In addition to following this thematic guideline for the monthly Theme Week, all submissions must meet SFB’s standard guidelines:
- All submissions are done electronically. The body of the email should contain your query letter and a short bio. The story itself should be an email attachment in .doc, .docx, or google doc format.
- Along with your story, please send us the links to any online presence you want readers to see (your blog address, facebook page, twitter handle, etc…). If we choose to publish your story, giving us these in advance will save time later.
- Submissions must be less than 2500 words.
- Submissions must be fiction. (If it’s not fiction, lie to us and tell us it is.)
- One story per submission. Please do not submit multiple stories, wait to hear back on the current submission.
- By submitting, you agree that you are solely responsible for your content and any consequences of the submissions posted.
- By submitting, you are asserting that you have all legal rights to the content you are submitting. Parents or legal guardians are solely responsible for submissions of their children.
- If we post your submission, we expect you to share it across your social media network.
- No erotica or hate.
- To submit a story to Short Fiction Break, send your story to the Short Fiction Break Prompt Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that this is a different email address than regular story submissions.
We are excited to see what all of you come up with!