Wednesday 20 October 2010

Call for Submissions: The Monster Book for Girls

Terry Grimwood is circulating the following announcement:
Dear All

While helping a friend clear out her parents' effects, recently, I stumbled on a tatty old pre-war tome called "The Monster Book for Girls". It was adorned with pictures of jolly school lasses wielding hockey sticks and was full of “thrilling adventure stories for girls”. I loved the title so much I’ve stolen it for a new Exaggerated Press anthology.

First it is not a book for teenagers or children.

What I’m looking for are stories inspired by the title, whatever (within the realms of decency, the title does, I’m afraid lend itself to a bit of nudge-nudge, wink-wink- sordidness) springs to mind and kick-starts the creative engine.

It doesn’t even have to be of the horror/fantastical genre. What is a monster anyway? Slipstream, thriller, romance, a mixture of genres would be interesting, whatever floats your (and my, of course) boat

Be warned; I don’t want (or like) teenage vampires, vampire angst or zombies or any other over-their-sell-by-date beasts. High-ish fantasy might be okay as long as it is original and features no grumpy dwarves or ethereal elves. Please don’t hurt children or gratuitously torture women (or men come to that).

Length: 5000 words max, but I will negotiate if absolutely necessary. Pays: Royalties only. Once publisher's initial expenses are covered, 100% of takings will be divided between the contributors. Submission deadline: 27th February 2011.

Submit as an RTF attachment to

Terry Grimwood


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really fun anthology! Have you decided on payment terms yet?

Unknown said...

I have a poem written while I was an undergrad that is very much about being a female and a sexual monster. Is poetry out of the submission scope?

pauljessup said...

Sounds interesting- but before I do anything, I too was wondering about payment terms. Per word? Royalties? etc? Pro bono? Copies?

Sumayyah said...

This sounds very interesting. But, as I am in the States, I need to ask: what is an RTF attachment?

Djibril said...

@Sumayyah: RTF is "Rich Text Format", it's one of the formats that MS Word and most other wordprocessors can output and read. (Tends to be slightly smaller than .doc as well.)

Djibril said...

I'll pass all your comments on to Terry, and hopefully have a reply as soon as possible. (In the meantime, I'm sure you can query him by email at the address given above.)

Djibril said...

@NP: Terry tells me poems are welcome, and we be considered as seriously as short stories.

@stephanieburgis @pauljessup: Pay information has now been added to the post above; namely, "Royalties only. Once publisher's initial expenses are covered, 100% of takings will be divided between the contributors."

Djibril said...

The CFS for The Monster Book for Girls is now officially online at