Thursday, June 1, 2017

Call for Submissions: Whispers of the Apoc

Tannhauser Press is looking for the short stories for the WHISPERS of the APOC anthology.

Here is a set of common items all the submissions must include:

  • The stories will be set after the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred. It could be the day it hit or a year later. The stories are from various locations around the country.
  • No one knows why or how it happened. None of the stories will solve that mystery.
  • Anyone that dies for any reason will become a zombie. The dead will turn Two to Ten minutes after they die, even if they were not bit.
  • Zombies can only be killed with the destruction of the brain.
  • The zombies dry out and mummify the older they get.
  • Zombies hear and see and smell to find prey. It’s all they do. 
  • They will eat any mammal they can catch. Cats, dogs, rats, cows, horses, deer.
  • Zombies get slower the older they get. Fresh ones can run and fight hard. Old zombies are shamblers.
  • Zombie bites will not kill you outright. You die in 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include sweating, extreme thirst, eventually fear of water (like rabies: Hydrophobia).
  • These stories should be character driven and about survival. 
  • Stories will take place in a variety of places: Urban, suburban and rural. Even desolate places. The focus is on survival.
  • Stories should be 5,000 to 20,000 words. 
  • Authors will be paid between $25 and $100 per story if accepted, with signed agreement.
  • All submissions are to be delivered in MSWord format. Basic Italics and Bold are the only additional formatting used. Garamond 12 will be used. Scene changes will be separated by “ *** ”.
  • WHISPERS of the APOC will be Rated R.
  • The target soft deadline for this is sometime in September 2017.
  • The amount of interest has already ensured they will be a Volume 2! So screw the deadline. Keep them coming!

UPDATE: We are doing a Volume 2! Keep Submitting!

--Please direct any questions to Martin Wilsey,


  1. I love your comment "screw the deadline". What a refreshing change from normal calls for submissions :)

  2. Yes. Please! With documented clear rights.

  3. Have submissions closed?

  4. We are planning a volume 2! Submit away!

  5. Does that mean I should hold out that my sub might be used?

  6. It might! Email me the title of your submission and I will touch base with the review team.

  7. Are you still accepting submissions for volume 2? Thanks.

  8. Yes. I should have another post up soon. Please submit.

    1. Great - my submission should be ready by early next week if that's ok?

  9. I came across this rather late, so I'm glad to hear you're putting together a second volume. I hope to send my story by mid-Feb.


  11. Do you know yet when accepted authors will be notified?

  12. Selections are being made the week of March 1st.

  13. Is that for first, second, or both books?