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Feature Story Contest for DON’T BE A HERO: A VILLAINTHOLOGY

Contest ending today.


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Entry Fees



The winning story will be featured in the collection, and the winner will receive both an electronic and hard copy of the anthology. The author will also be promoted on our website, and invited to participate in any reading events that will be scheduled (located in the Connecticut/New York area).


Theme: villains. Any genre accepted.

Submissions are open between March 1st and May 1st, 2019. Original stories only, please – no reprints will be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your story is accepted for publication elsewhere. Word length can be between 2,000-10,000 words, which includes the possibility of a flash series of 2-4 pieces (as long as the total word count for all pieces together is between 2,000-4,000 words and the stories are all related in some way).

We will respond to every submission we receive within a couple days to let you know we received it – if you don’t hear from us within 5 days, please email us again, as that means your submission was lost. We will also offer personalized feedback on each submission. The winner will be announced on our website on June 1st, 2019, and the anthology will be released on October 1st.

Limit 1 entry per writer. Please follow William Shunn’s guide to formatting stories and send all entries in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to: [email protected]. In the subject line, write “Villain Anthology” or “VILLAINthology.” Include a link to your website, if you have one, and a short writing bio – if you don’t have either, don’t worry. It won’t affect your chances in the contest.

Contact Information

Alison McBain
Lead Editor
[email protected]



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