Call for Submissions

I am accepting short stories dealing with unconventional Mormons for an anthology to be called “Marginal Mormons.” The stories should be 25 pages or shorter, though length will not necessarily disqualify a submission. Payment will be $20 and one copy of the book, in exchange for perpetual, non-exclusive rights. The stories may be original or previously published, as long as you currently retain the rights. I am not particularly impressed with faith-promoting stories, but I am also not looking to attack the Church. I simply want stories that show unconventional Mormons or new interpretations of doctrine or history. The story does not need to be disturbing but should certainly be thought-provoking.

Please email any stories in the body of the email, but also include them as an attachment. Send to johnnyjohnnyt at yahoo dot com.

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4 Responses

  1. True Order of Hair says:

    Oh thank God!

    When I first saw this, I thought it said “Call for Submission.” I thought it was a fireside or something.

  2. chanson says:

    I hope others are as excited about this project as I am, and you writers out there are thinking about your submissions!

    I know I’ve written several times here at MSP about a nebulous plan to try to compile and edit an anthology of stories that touch on Mormonism — without putting the focus on whether Mormonism is true/false/good/bad. Yet, it has become increasingly clear that I don’t have the skill or drive to do it myself. I can hardly think of a better person to take on the task than Johnny Townsend — he’s an excellent writer with a fascinating take on Mormonism.

  3. Fiction or nonfiction?

    Can they have been previously published online?

  4. chanson says:

    My reading is that it should be fiction (but contact JT for the final word). Published (online or otherwise) is fine, as long as you hold the publishing rights.

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