The 2018 Competition

Regulus Press extends a tremendous Thank You to all who participated in last year's LITERARY TAXIDERMY SHORT STORY COMPETITION, stitching together a heterogeneity of stories, poems, and epistles. Writers came from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. They took the opening and closing lines from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker, and fashioned nearly a thousand original stories, spanning more than a dozen genres, including horror, mystery, science fiction, meta-fiction, erotica, poetry, and satire. They were serious, humorous, political, romantic, unnerving, and occasionally just plain strange.

All three competition anthologies are available now! Show your support for literary taxidermy and your desire for future competitions by purchasing one, two, or all three anthologies today. We're certain you'll enjoy these incredible writers, many of whom are published for the first time.


And if that's not enough literary taxidermy for you, check out The Gymnasium, the collection of stories by Mark Malamud that inspired this competition.


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