News from Competition HQ

We will post competition news throughout the summer right here on our website, but we encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list for more timely updates, including the announcement of this year's winners and runners-up, as well as news from Regulus Press concerning future events and publications related to literary taxidermy.

06 June 2018 — LATEST UPDATE

It's been a busy week at Literary Taxidermy HQ, as you can imagine, but we've finally got our heads above water. And WOW — what an incredible three months it's been!

For this year's competition, writers came from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Poland, 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 their own original stories (of up to 3000 words) in-between them. The stories spanned more than a dozen genres, including horror, science fiction, meta-fiction, poetry, satire, and romance. During the past week, submissions were coming in faster than we could process them. It is no exaggeration to say we are overwhelmed by the number and enthusiasm of this year's participants.

Of course just because the submission phase of the competition is over, it doesn't mean our work is done. In fact, now comes the fun part! We've counted, collated, organized, and filed every story; and over the next few days we will be distributing PDFs to our editorial team so they can read the thrilling heterogeneity of your 2018 stories, poems, and epistles. Once our editors have reviewed every story, we will be passing your best work to our illustrious judges. Winners and runners-up with be announced in September 2018.

04 June 2018

The submission period has closed for the 2018 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and participation — it's been a thrilling three months! We're still processing many of your submissions, so if you've sent us a story in the last few days, it may take a few more days before you receive confirmation. (If you haven't heard from us in a week, let us know.)

Oh, and if you haven't already, please consider paying the voluntary entry fee. You don't have to pay it — it is voluntary — but if you submitted a story and you're feeling generous, well-off, flush, sympathetic to artistic endeavors, unusually affluent, or just in a good mood, pop over to this page to help make sure we get to run this competition, or something like it, again.

Thank you again for all your support. We can't wait to read the stories you have stitched together!

...Stay tuned for competition updates throughout the summer....