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Coming late 2013 from Smart Rhino Publications!

A Written Remains Anthology

Weldon Burge and JM Reinbold are pleased to announce that they will be the editors for the new anthology, SOMEONE WICKED, the second anthology from the Written Remains Writers Guild. We are now open for submissions from Written Remains members ONLY until July 1, 2013; if not full at that time, we will accept submissions from those outside the guild membership by invitation only. Publication is tentatively scheduled for late 2013. The book will be published by Smart Rhino Publications. Distribution will be through Amazon, the Smart Rhino Web site (, and other outlets. The book will also be available for Kindle. Copies will be made available to reviewers as well.


What We're Looking For:

SOMEONE WICKED seeks stories in which someone doing something wicked to someone else plays a pivotal role. Please don’t just drop a generic bad guy/villain (serial killers, cheating spouses, rotten in-laws, crazies, abusers, etc.) or commonplace bad acts into the story. The "something wicked" must be a critical element in the plot. Stories can be any genre (stories that make us worry about what’s going on behind ours backs or about things going on that we couldn’t possibly know or do anything about are preferred), but they must have a speculative element that fits the theme of the anthology. Keep in mind, the “person” committing the wicked act and his/her motivation for doing so does not have to be known to the “victim,” however, that person and his/her motivation should be known to the reader. Also, the results/consequences of the wicked act must be experienced by the victim(s) during the course of the story.

Our definition of "wicked" is broad, so stretch your imaginations and surprise us!

What We're NOT Looking For:

While this is an R-rated anthology, please no stories involving graphic rape, child molestation, or animal torture. No gratuitous sex—if you include sexual content, make sure it is germane to the plot of your story. Also, if your story has more four-letter words than a typical episode of The Sopranos, we're likely to reject it. Use profanity strategically and sparingly.


The Submission Process:

SOMEONE WICKED is looking for original, never-published short fiction only (no poetry), 5,000-10,000 words. The preferred maximum length is 7,500 words, with shorter works preferred. But we're truly looking for superb content; if a story is 10,000 words and we utterly love it, we won’t quibble over the length.

Manuscripts must be submitted by e-mail attachment in either Word .doc or .rtf format. Submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail message will be rejected. The manuscript must be double-spaced, 12-point type (preferably Garamond). Please include your contact information (name, address, e-mail, and telephone number) on the first page of the manuscript. The editor cannot be responsible for submissions lost in transit. Manuscripts must be submitted to the e-mail below:

You can also e-mail if you have any questions concerning the anthology.

Payment and Rights:

Payment will be a flat $15.00, plus a contributor’s copy delivered soon after publication. We plan to publish a bio for each author, to accompany his/her story, and will be happy to plug other work by the author and include links to Web sites. If we select your story, we will provide a standard anthology contract, purchasing First English Anthology Rights.

You can include your bio as a separate attached file when you submit your story, or, if we accept your story, return your bio with the signed contract at that time. Payment will not be issued until after the completed contract has been received. You will receive a contributor’s copy of the anthology upon its release, tentatively in late 2013.


Also, keep in mind that we will actively market you here on the Smart Rhino web site. If you keep us up-to-date on your work, we'll gladly mention new releases and other events with your online bio.

About the Editors:

Weldon Burge, a native of Delaware, is a full-time editor, freelance writer, and creator of Web content. His fiction has appeared in Suspense Magazine, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Grim Graffiti, The Edge: Tales of Suspense, Alienskin, Glassfire Magazine, and Out & About (a Delaware magazine). His stories have also been adapted for podcast presentation by Drabblecast, and have been accepted for the anthologies Pellucid Lunacy: An Anthology of Psychological Horror, Don't Tread on Me: Tales of Revenge and Retribution, Ghosts and Demons, and Something at the Door: A Haunted Anthology. He has a number of projects underway, including a police procedural novel and an illustrated book for children. He also frequently writes book reviews and interviews for Suspense Magazine. Weldon also edited the Smart Rhino anthologies ZIPPERED FLESH: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, UNCOMMON ASSASSINS, ZIPPERED FLESH 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, and BROKEN: Stories of Damaged Psyches.
JM Reinbold is the Director of the Written Remains Writers Guild in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the author of the novella “Transfusions” published in the anthology Stories from the Inkslingers (Gryphonwood Press, 2008). “Transfusions” was nominated for a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. “Cernunnos, Ancient Celtic God” (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, 1998), a work of creative nonfiction, was also included in Mything Links an online encyclopedia, and has since been reprinted dozens of times and translated into six languages. Her poetry has appeared in Red Fez Magazine, Strange Love (2010) and A Beat Style Haiku (2012). In 2011, she received an honorable mention from the Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships for her work-in-progress Prince of the Piedmont. She has been selected twice (2008, 2012) by the Delaware Division of the Arts as a fiction fellow for the Cape Henlopen Poets & Writers Retreat. In 2009, her work-in-progress, Summer’s End, was a finalist in the Magic Carpet Ride Magical Realism Mentorship competition. Joanne’s story “The Future of Flesh” was recently published in ZIPPERED FLESH 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad. Joanne also co-edited the anthology Stories from the Inkslingers published by Gryphonwood Press.