This is a call for submissions for the 2013 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.
All paid and current members are invited to submit 4 manuscripts or poems up to 1500 words each in length OR up to 4 submissions with a total word count of all being 6000 words (i.e., you can have some short ones and long ones, but the total of all 4 must not exceed 6000 words). The conference haiku hike submissions do not count as one of your 4, though you are limited to one (Chaos-sized) page (about 7-8 3-line haikus without titles). If the Chaos-in-progress becomes too large, some submissions may need to be skipped. If you wish to have your submissions included in this year’s Chaos, your dues must be current. If you renewed your dues with the last conference or paid/joined us since then, you are good for this year’s Chaos. If you wish to check on the status of your dues, please contact our treasurer, Anne VanLoon (moc.l1368911286iamto1368911286h@28113689112861nave1368911286nna1368911286) for more information.
Please be certain that your name appears on each submission, including all attachments (including email ones), shown as you would like to have it in the publication. Send your submissions to Marian Frueh (ude.s1368911286axetu1368911286.sa.o1368911286rtsa@1368911286heurf1368911286) or to Marian Frueh, 42665 State Highway 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734. Electronic submissions are preferred (Word, RTF, text, whatever you’ve got), but I’ll take it however you do it (as long as I can read it). I have a Windows PC, not a Mac, so it needs to be some generic format. I can read Open Office/Star Office format and PDF as well as those listed above. Handwritten is okay if it is not too long (no more than 2-3 pages). If you send me revised versions, please make sure it says so, date it, and make sure your name is on the piece, not just the email or envelope. Please note that any photographs you send will not be printed with your works.
Please also give me a snail mail and/or email address in case I encounter any problems. Some editing may be done to improve grammar, spelling or clarity. Printed submissions should be in at least an 11 point font (12 point preferred), and should be an easily readable font, such as Courier, Arial or New Times Roman. The scanner has great difficulty with small or unusual fonts.
Please note that suitability to our publication, ease of editing (readability) and the number of other submissions will determine what actually gets printed. The better your editing of any piece, the more likely you’ll find it in the Chaos. Any email submission should get back a confirmation of receipt. If you don’t get a confirmation, I didn’t get it! If you would like a list of submissions to date, please email me.
Please get your submissions in by February 28. Our conference is scheduled for April 12-14. Sooner is better.
Here’s a list of the 2012/2013 writing opportunities if you’d like to submit one that you didn’t turn in at the meeting. Attendance at the meetings is not required for submission, just membership. Remember, submissions need not be just these idea starters. If your submission is one of these writing opportunities, please say which one.
April 2012 N/A
May 2012 “What If” & “What Is,” Make Mine a Double, Summer Expectations
September 2012 N/A
October 2012 The Knothole in the Fence, The Magic Summer, Yet Looking Back
November 2012 A Turkey Defense, Love in the Fall, Hot Time in the Old Town
December 2012 Up on the Rooftop (Comedy), Footprints in the Snow (Mystery), Faded Mistletoe (Romance)
January 2013 Elm Street (Mystery), Big Iron (Western), Doll Face (Horror)
February 2013 The Young & Restless (Romance), The Secret Storm (Mystery), The Edge of Night (Sci-Fi)