Story submissions sought for an anthology about potatoes

Potatoes, blue plateIt’s very nearly Christmas, and my mind is already on family, sparkle, gifts, and, um, roasties. Which may be why this call for submissions caught my eye.

Independent publisher Fringeworks say: “Firstly, this anthology is serious. It is what it says on the tin. As the title suggests, we are looking for stories, which feature, er . . . potatoes! Yes, you read this right. ‘Potatoes‘, said in perfect Keith Lemon voice.” How could you resist.

They suggest considering the history of the root vegetable, from Sir Walter Raleigh’s voyages, to its importance during the Irish Famine, and add: “Did you know that Queen Marie Antoinette wore a potato-based fancy dress costume at a fancy dress ball?” My imagination is boggling!

Any genre will be considered, including mash-ups and pot-boilers, but especially horror, SF and fantasy. “While we are looking for new and original twists on this theme with surprising elements, we expect no half-baked ideas, and nothing too fluffy. Be fun, be serious, but most of all be unique!”

Submissions should be sent to submissions@fringeworks.co.ukas word documents or rtf files, and should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long. The submission deadline is 8 March 2013.

They have quite a list of formatting specifications, so make sure you take a look at the Fringeworks website for full details.

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