The SmartApocalypse: Intelligent Stories of a Real End Time
OPENS JULY 1, 2017
Issue 5 - The SmartApocalypse - will be an online-only issue. Submissions will open April 1st and remain open until the end of September. Stories must be family-friendly, but that doesn't mean they should be child-soft. Be as realistic and grim as you need to be but do remember your audience. (Clean humor and hope is very much welcome as well.) Also, excessive violence will be frowned upon if we deem it gratuitous; instead, paint pictures as urgent as those we see in popular shows like The Walking Dead, Revolution, Falling Skies & Survivors - a few favorites; in books, consider The Road. Please address any or all of these elements: geographical, cultural, biological, relational, etc. The thing that makes the aforementioned shows/book compelling is the relationships as shown primarily through dialog. Talk about your bunker or special hideaway, your rations, your medical concerns, your personal doomsday checklist, your weapons, the sky, the state of the roads, whatever you can dream up about an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenario. Religious references welcome (because we believe people will be searching for something during that time), but no preaching, please, and no Bible-banging. Zombies? If you can make them believable. Flash prose up to 1000 words, or longer pieces up to 10,000 words. No line limit on poetry. Check out the wikiHow link. Or this primer at Deviant Art for suggestions. For the time being, we're setting a limit of online pieces for this issue to a combined total of 10: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and we'll be looking for the best, most polished, engaging, and realistic pieces that come in. We would also love to receive an appropriate cover painting or drawing to use online. Pay is a good credit in EIR, and one $50 Editor's Choice award.