The 2019 Competition

Regulus Press extends a tremendous Thank You! to all who participated in the most-recent Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition, stitching together a heterogeneity of stories, poems, and epistles. Once again, writers came from around the globe — including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Ireland. But also India, China, France, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Israel, Panama, Peru, and many others. They took the opening and closing lines from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and fashioned hundreds of original stories, spanning more than a dozen genres, including mystery, suspense, horror, crypto-mythology, science fiction, poetry, teen strife, erotica, and humor. They were serious, funny, political, romantic, unnerving, and occasionally just plain strange.

The 2018 judges included Catherine Barnett, Kelley Eskridge, Christine S. O'Brien, Brian Parks, Michael Pronko, Becky Selengut, Nisi Shawl, and Melora Wolff. They had a challenging job, selecting just twenety-one stories from hundreds of submissions.

The 2019 anthology is available now! Show your support for literary taxidermy and your desire for future competitions by purchasing your copy today. We're certain you'll enjoy these incredible writers!

 


The 2018 Competition

Thank You! to all who participated in the 2018 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition, sponsored by Regulus Press. 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 many genres, including horror, mystery, science fiction, meta-fiction, erotica, poetry, and satire. They were serious, humorous, political, romantic, and sometimes quite unnerving.

The 2018 judges included Catherine Barnett, Kelley Eskridge, Stephen Graham Jones, Holly Kowitt, Brian Parks, Michael Pronko, Becky Selengut, and Nisi Shawl. They had a challenging job, selecting winning stories from hundreds of submissions in each competition.

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.

 


The Gymnasium

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.

Discover a Hellenistic god who can't escape his past, a rock band whose music is so bad it paralyzes from the waist down, and a black-market vegetable genetically-modified for self-abuse — these are just a few of the stories of melancholy and wonder from the author of Float the Pooch. By "re-stuffing" what goes in-between the opening and closing lines of classic works by Milan Kundera, Philip K. Dick, Thomas Wolfe, Ian Fleming, and others, here are nineteen wholly-original fictions.

 


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