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Sci-Fi, Dystopian

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On Christmas Eve 2051, a nineteen-year-old college student honors the final wishes of her best friend in a world devastated by biological warfare.


It was December 24th, 2051, the end of the year when the Dangerously Stupid People killed off most human and animal life through biowarfare. At the beginning of December, there were approximately 1200 survivors who had congregated at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Twelve days ago, the dozen survivors that remained were looking forward to decorating the campus as a symbol of faith and hope for the future; now only one of the CU Twelve remained. 

Today’s to-do list for nineteen-year-old Saraswati Alfarsi included burying her best friend and decorating the foliage near the University Theatre building on the Norlin Quadrangle. Sara, who was trying to decide between a career in the sciences or medicine, had recorded most of the deaths in her ledger with clinical detachment. Now she couldn’t stop the tears from flowing as she noted the details of the most recent decedent.

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None yet. I am submitting this story for potential inclusion in the Magick and Mistletoe anthology from Dragon Soul Press.

There is still time to submit to the Magick and Mistletoe anthology, but you'll have to hurry. The deadline is August 31.

The next Dragon Soul Press anthology seeking submissions is Realm of Fire. This is an anthology of dragon stories. 

Submission due September 30, 2022

Word Count – 3,000-15,000

For more information on forthcoming Dragon Soul Press anthologies, please visit the link below. I am not affiliated with Dragon Soul Press, I just want to pass on the information to my fellow authors.

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Hello, Hoppers. I'm featuring a snippet from Merry Mittens, the story I'm submitting for potential publication in the Magick and Mistletoe anthology from Dragon Soul Press. Following the snippet, I am including the info for this and forthcoming Dragon Soul Press anthologies into early 2024. 

This is a family-friendly holiday story.

The Snippet

My family and I were serving Christmas Eve dinner at the Father William Kroger Community Center in Crouch End, as we did every year. I was carving my third chicken of the night and thinking that I should have elected to dish up the puddings rather than trying to show off how grown-up I was by carving the roast chickens. Still, it made me proud that my father trusted me with grown-up work, and I did my level best to make sure I broke the birds down into perfect portions to make the servers’ jobs easier.

I was being careful not to cut myself, but carving is a repetitive task, and my mind wandered. I have been told, sometimes jokingly and sometimes seriously, that I think too much. It’s funny, but I’ve also been told that I tend not to think things through before acting.

Story Notes

My protagonist is twelve-year-old Guinevere Ali. Her family and friends call her Gwen or Gwenny. I think I've managed to offer a nice snapshot of Gwenny's personality in the above snippet.

And now, as promised, here is the link for Dragon Soul Press anthology submission calls through January 2024. You can also find the submission guidelines on the Dragon Soul Press website.


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