"While helping a friend clear out her parents' effects, recently, I stumbled on a tatty old pre-war tome called The Monster Book for Girls. It was adorned with pictures of jolly school lasses wielding hockey sticks and was full of 'thrilling adventure stories for girls'. I loved the title so much I’ve stolen it for a new Exaggerated Press anthology.
First it is not a book for teenagers or children. What I’m looking for are stories inspired by the title, whatever (within the realms of decency, the title does, I’m afraid lend itself to a bit of nudge-nudge, wink-wink- sordidness) springs to mind and kick-starts the creative engine.
It doesn’t even have to be of the horror/fantastical genre. What is a monster anyway? Slipstream, thriller, romance, a mixture of genres would be interesting, whatever floats your (and my, of course) boat. Be warned; I don’t want (or like) teenage vampires, vampire angst or zombies or any other over-their-sell-by-date beasts. High-ish fantasy might be okay as long as it is original and features no grumpy dwarves or ethereal elves. Please don’t hurt children or gratuitously torture women (or men come to that).
Length: 3,500 words max, but I will negotiate if absolutely necessary. Submission deadline: 27th February 2011. Submit as an RTF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org."