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Shark Week: An Anthro Ocean Anthology

Rainbow Dog Books is announcing their first anthology call! The theme is the ocean. This is a general audiences anthology. Stories are due by the end of April, but if you need longer you are welcome to email me.

We’re looking for excellent general audience furry stories that involve the ocean, an ocean dwelling creature, or ocean life in some way. All stories should be PG-13 at most and between 1,200 and 12,000 words. Pay is 5 cents a word and 2 contributor copies.

All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks — as long as it’s excellent. Though, the editor does have a preference for stories where the animal nature of the characters matters — if the reader can’t even remember the species of the characters by the end of the story, then that’s not a good sign.

Some examples of this theme in popular media would be Spongebob Squarepants, Finding Nemo, the “Fish Out of Water” episode of Bojack Horseman, Mary E Lowd’s story “An Otter’s Mermaid” from Furry Trash, or Frances Pauli’s “Seed of Doubt” from Passing Through. Other takes on the theme could be an octopus band mistakenly booking a gig on dry land, a cross-species romance between an octopus and a dog, or a literal loan shark trying to collect on a loan.

More details can be found here: https://madisonkeller.net/shark-week-ocean-animals-submission-call/

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I’ve also been posting story prompts and ideas to this thread on twitter, if you need inspiration: https://twitter.com/maddiekellerr/status/1345957989660835840