Call for Submissions & Author Guidelines

#NormalDeviation Anthology is now seeking ‘Third Option’ submissions

We wanted weird and we got it. The picture poll shut June 1st 2017 with the photo "Suitcase" winning by a landslide. Coming is at second place was "Cones" proving that our voters really wanted to make this anthology weird. We've decided that predicting what writers will respond to is like herding cats because neither of us predicted "Suitcase" as the winner.

What is Third Option writing? A way to avoid writing tropes and clich├ęs because the first two options that come to mind when responding to a prompt are normally those that will occur to everyone else. We want the weird and the wonderful.

Submissions should be inspired by the following image:

The mission for submission, should you choose to accept it, is to think of three possible stories inspired by this image, discard the first two and write the third (in this way, we can subtract normal and get deviation).

Deadline for submissions is August 31st 2017.

Author Guidelines:

The maximum length for submissions is 6000 words with no minimum length. No more than one submission per author. Please list your first two ideas on the top of your manuscript after your byline so that we can track the deviations, and include a short introduction to your piece.

Files should be .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Use Standard Manuscript Formatting for the manuscript.

Stories should be submitted at

Author Payment:

At the moment, payment is £10.00/story + contributor e-copy. Once we have all our authors chosen, we will run a Kickstarter campaign to raise this to a minimum of £0.01/word + contributor e- and print-copy. Stay tuned!

Email any questions to For more information on this project, our email list, and our blog, follow us on #NormalDeviation.

May the muse be with you!


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