What is Devil's Gulch?
Devil's Gulch is a collaborative horror novel that is broken down into a prologue and nine individual stories. The stories all tie to each other as well as the events of the prologue. Each of the stories will be written by a different author.
How to Write and Submit Your Sample Story
 
Please read carefully. Sample story submissions that don't meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.
  • Download the book's Prologue and sample story prompt by clicking the download button below

  • After you read the prologue and story prompt, write the beginning of a sample story, following the direction of the prompt while tying the story into the events of the prologue

  • Sample story submissions must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words and should not be a complete story--only the start of one

  • The sample stories will not be used in the final manuscript

  • The title "Devil's Gulch Sample Story", submitter's name, pen name (if different), word count and email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

  • Submissions must be in .Docx format with 1" margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must be written in third person

  • Upload the sample story using the form below

  • We will close this call for submissions as soon as all nine slots are filled, but no later than June 20th, 2020. Don't wait to submit your entry

  • Authors that are selected to join this project will be notified on or before June 30th, 2020

If You Are Chosen as a Contributing Author
Please read carefully. If you are selected, you will be required to do the following:
  • You will be assigned a story name (subject to change) and character outline and will be given a partial back story on your character(s)

  • You will write a story that ties into the prologue of Devil's Gulch

  • Your story must follow the character outline

  • Your story must be between 7,000 and 10,000 words

  • Story title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), word count and email address must be centered at the top of your story

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

  • Submissions must be in .Docx format with 1" margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must be written in third person

  • The deadline for final story submission is sixty days after you are chosen and you sign the Memorandum of Agreement or August 25th, 2020, whichever is earliest

Authors That Are Selected For Contribution Will:
  • Have their story published as part of Devil's Gulch

  • Receive a one-time payment of $50.00 (USD)

  • Receive a free softcover copy of the book within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of softcover and hardcover editions at publisher's cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for their story to be used in the book

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