Bandersnatch Submission Guidelines For Weird Western

Posted: December 7, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Dead West: 13 Tales of Murder and Mayhem is the working title for a new fiction anthology being published by Bandersnatch Books. Set in the Old West and its environs, I’m looking for tales of horror and suspense that uses the Western genre and gives it a dark twist.

Rather than tell you what I’m looking for, it might be easier to say what I don’t want.

Zombies. Not going to happen. I don’t care if you think it’s the best zombie story ever written, zombies hold little interest for us.

Vampires, werewolves, etc. While I won’t dismiss those out of hand, they’re going to be a very hard sell. If you feel the urge to write one, please make it unique and different.

Clichéd characters. No whores with a heart of gold, strangers with no name, troubled lawmen or drunk cooks need apply. It may be the old west, but it’s not necessary to bring the old stand by’s with it.

Extreme violence is okay, so long as it’s germane to the plot. Violence for the sake of shocking a reader is a fast way to a rejection. The same goes for gratuitous sex. We’re not prudes at Bandersnatch, but story will always come first (you should pardon the pun).

Okay, I will say, I’d like to see ghost stories, maybe something with a Lovecraft feel and maybe a mummy or two. Some Native American folklore would also be a great way to get accepted.

Setting and realism is every bit as important as story. Keep the dialogue in context with the time. For that matter, keep anything you describe in context. Not sure if something was around? Google it! For the purposes of this anthology, any technology in existence after 1850 is fair game.

Stories should be anywhere between 1000-5000 words firm. Payment will be a flat rate fee of 75.00 regardless of length and one copy of the book. Arrangements can be made to buy additional copies at cost if you want to bring some to a convention or signing. Payment will be made between a signed contract and publication of the anthology (with a tentative publication date of Halloween 2010).

IMPORTANT: Submissions will start being accepted on January 1st 2010 and will remain open until all 13 slots are filled. Anything sent before then, including queries, will be deleted automatically. Once submissions are open, you will receive an acknowledgement that we have your work within 24-48 hours.

Submissions should be sent as a .doc or .rtf attachment only, in standard ms format and sent to

  1. Robert Fox says:


    I have a story I would like to submit to Dead West, but I have a couple of questions:

    Who retains copyright?
    I know you said 5000 words firm, but my story is 5,208. Will you will slide on that one? Or would you consider sliding once you read the story?


    • raingods says:


      You retain the copyright, though in the contract there’d be a six month period where it’s exclusive to Bandersnatch, and please by all means send the story in, I’ll be glad to take a look at it. Send your story and any questions you have to

  2. Robert Fox says:


    I sent my submission in a week or so ago. The site says there are two responses to my original questions, but there is only the one – where you answered. I just need to know if you received the story or not. It was sent in doc format. Thanks.


  3. Robert,

    I received your story on the 18th, and sent you a confirmation email on the 19th. Sorry if there were problems in receiving it.

  4. Robert Fox says:

    Glad to hear the story was received. Thanks, Scott.


  5. Jason Shayer says:

    Hey there,

    Just wondering if you were still accepting submissions. Thanks…

    • raingods says:

      Hi Jason,

      Submissions for Dead West closed on Jan. 31st. however, keep an eye out later this year for another submission period for a second collection.

  6. Jason Shayer says:

    Thanks for the heads up. Looking forward to seeing for Dead West has to offer.