This is the call for submissions to the third anthology to benefit the Whittier Birthplace. Deadline for submissions is May 15 2018.
This year's book will be nonspecific as
to genre - mystery, horror, SF - as long meets criteria below.
The story must also contain
some degree of humor. We already have a whimsical ghost story in
which Whittier deals with a blasphemous gardener, and a dreadful shaggy
dog story set in Whittier, CA that leads up to a groan-worthy pun. In
other words, the concept of "humorous story" is flexible. Aim
for PG-13. Language, sex, and violence aren't really associated with
Whittier - R rated is okay, but it's likely to affect final decisions.
Standard formatting rules apply. All rights revert to author upon publicatiom.
Submit stories to
email@example.com with "Wittier" in the subject
Accepted Stories to date (12/7/17)
See below for a tickler file. Feel free to borrow, steal, or at least use to get a feel for the direction the book's theme as currently imagined.
|Previous volumes available through the Gift Shop at the Whittier Birthplace or through Amazon.|
Snowbound with Zombies
Short supernatural stories inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier.
Although primarily remembered for his poems celebrating rural life, Whittier also relished a good ghost story – his poetry includes tales of witchcraft, clairvoyance, deviltry, premonitions, and ghosts. His first book was not of poetry, but a study of local superstitions, The Legends of New England, which includes retelling such tales as a schoolmarm whose murdered child briefly appears and drives her to confess, a demon fiddler who forces a party to dance until their legs wear down to bloody stumps, and various references to the Robert Burns poem "Tam o' Shanter" with its witches sabbath in a haunted church.
Murder Among Friends
Short mysteries inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892) worked, among other occupations, as a newspaper reporter and editor before his poetry propelled him into the American consciousness. But once a journalist, always a journalist. He applauded a well-reported crime as only a former editor could do. His works promoting abolitionism appealed to humanity and treated specific cases as criminal proceedings. And scattered in his prose and poetry celebrating religion and rural life are works derived from famous crimes. After all, what’s a little murder among friends?
Dave's Tickler File:
Whittier's nephew wants to build a radio tower at the Amesbury Home. To do so, he needs to cut down his late uncle's beloved fruit trees. The townsfolk are aghast at such desecration at their literary shrine, The only ones more opposed to the plan are the trees, and they have a plan...
A thief steals a portrait of the poet. It's creepy the way the eyes follow him around the room. It's even creepier when they start following around town.
Whittier's ghost has grown weary of his "dour Quaker" image. So he coerces a local comic to create a stand-up routine where the Poet is a comedic figure. Problems arise when it turns out the comic wasn't funny to start with, and adding a 200-year old poet as a gag writer isn't helping.
A literary editor declares Whittier as passé. Unfortunately, he now appears trapped in a series of situations modeled after Whittier poems. Which may explain why he currently snowbound at the Birthplace - in August.
On a whim to celebrated his 86th birthday, Rev. Hans Peter Bertelsen posed for a photograph dressed as the "Barefoot Boy," a poem he inspired as a child. The media ran the picture nationally, and now the elderly pastor is dealing with Whittier fans and irate octogenarians who thought they were the inspiration of the poem.