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CLOSING UPDATE: This open submission will close at the end of the day, January 26th, 2020.


This is a fantastical romance adventure sequel to RBE's fantastical romance adventure SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! A continuation of our classical fairy-talish homage to THE PRINCESS BRIDE (book and movie by William Goldman). The theme to SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE! was that of diabolical machinations defeated by ‘Last Boy Scout’ good-guy/gal-ism! The theme to MOSTLY DEAD! is that of diabolical tortures defeated by ‘Last Boy Scout’ good-guy/gal-ism!

Write all the mostly ‘good parts’ of fun heroic family entertainment. Include authorial asides, rhyming, inconceivable conceits, memorable characters, unique creations, and most importantly, true love and loyalty. Honestly—just have fun writing good old fun stories to share with all the members of your family. Remember the emotions you experienced reading or watching this story and write to put a smile on the readers face!

In the true spirit of homage and theme, RBE is looking for a word count multiplier of Prince Humperdinck's spiteful desire to make Westley suffer greatly in his Pit of Despair. That’s right, only 50,000 total words -- ten times the number the evil prince pushes the lever all the way up to. This is the target total word count for the anthology, so write your stories accordingly, as submissions will be closed no matter story count once this total has been achieved. Please Note: This does not mean flash. We are not interested in stories less than 3,000 words.

Submissions will remain open until we find the stories we want. Response time on your first 500 words is typically less than a week, though response could be longer on this open call as we search for those stories with lively wit, seemly levity, and clear heroic values that fit best together within the target word count. The more we like your story, the longer we will hold it as we piece our puzzle together. There are always exceptions, but we will strive to keep all timely informed.

Payment of $42 flat per story shall be rendered after publication. Authors will also receive electronic copies and discounts on additional/future print purchases. Publication of this title will be slightly unusual: MOSTLY DEAD! (just like SOMEBODY KILL THE PRINCE!) will not see publication as a standalone title. Both titles will be published together in an omnibus titled AS YOU WISH!

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