Second Round Anthology Finalists

From behind the zombie bunny cages of RC Murphy

We’ve been busy little bees in the ZSC Command Center the last few weeks—all thanks to you, our extremely talented brigadiers. After a lot of reading, we’re ready to announce the second round finalists for our second anthology contest (try saying that ten times fast…). BUT in order to see who moves on to the second round, you have to be a member (or login). Once you’ve created your account (or have logged in), check out the Second Round Anthology Finalists.


Zombie Survival Crew Anthology II – The Details

We gave you the heads up about the upcoming Zombie Survival Crew Anthology here and now we’re ready to announce dates and all the rest of the fun stuff. Last year we were proud to put out the first Zombie Survival Crew Anthology: Undead Is Not An Option (and if you haven’t read it you should… it’s awesome), and we know we have a talented crew and are asking them to share those talents with us again.

In addition to the submissions or short stories, articles, poetry, artwork, and all the rest of it, we are having a Contest to name this year’s anthology. Just send an email to command { at ] zombiesurvivalcrew (dot } com before February 20th with the word TITLE in the subject line. If we select your title, you will be credited with the title in the anthology.

Now on to the details for the rest of the anthology submissions. The contest is three-fold.

  1. A writing contest for short stories, poetry, and articles to include in our second Zombie Survival Crew Anthology.
  2. An artwork contest (high quality black & white only) for inclusion in the anthology
  3. A cover design contest to design the hottest cover for the Anthology.

How it works:

  • Between now and 2/20/12 write/draw/design something Zombie related and send to command { at ] zombiesurvivalcrew (dot } com
  • All submissions must have ZSC Anthology Contest in the subject line in addition to the submission type indicator as outlined below.
    • All written submissions must be between greater than 1,000 words, but no greater than 10,000 words of original material written by you (word requirements not applicable to poetry submissions).
    • All written article/short story submissions must be in word doc or RTF standard submission format.
    • Poetry must be in word doc or RTF format, but formatted as it should be displayed as a final product and must contain the word Poetry in the subject line. [Note: If you submitted a poem as part of our recent zombie poetry contest, your entry is automatically entered into the running for the anthology and you do not need to resubmit the same piece.]
    • Non-fiction articles about survival, weaponry, escape route planning, etc. should state Article in the subject line.
    • Short Stories should state Fiction in the subject line.
    • All written submissions must include a pitch statement (cover letter/summary) of up to 300 words and a brief author bio.
    • Artwork submissions must be an original work of art created by you and must be high quality black & white – no color artwork will be considered.
    • Black and white artwork submissions should state Art in the subject line.
    • Cover design submissions must be an original work of art created by you in full CMYK color.
    • Cover design submissions should state Cover in the subject line.

All entries will be reviewed by the brigade commanders and first round acceptance determinations will be made and communicated in our Members only area by 3/20/12. All entries which have made it into the second round will have the opportunity to make revisions based on feedback from the judges for resubmission. The revisions and resubmission for the second round must be completed within two weeks. The final determinations for inclusion in the anthology will be conducted at that time.

The prize is inclusion in the anthology and we request both first print and first e-rights for the work to be exclusive for a period of 90 days, but non-exclusive thereafter. The work will remain in print and ebook format for as long as the anthology is being made available to the public, but after 90 days, the work may be in print in other publications or displayed online or in ebook form.

There is no cash prize for this contest and all proceeds for the anthology’s sale will go to the Zombie Survival Crew.

Since you must be a member to participate in the contest, please ensure you have registered on this site as all entries will be validated against Zombie Survival Crew membership.

So start polishing those stories, break out the pencils and brushes, and get those creative juices flowing. — I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year. Last year the entries left our commander-in-chief sleepless from the spine-chilling tales submitted. Let’s see if we can do it again!!


Heads Up – Zombie Survival Crew Anthology II is Coming

It seems like such a short time ago that we were talking about the first Zombie Survival Crew Anthology: Undead Is Not An Option (and if you haven’t read it you should… it’s awesome), but it has been a year since we put out the call to our talented crew, asking them to share those talents with us. So, we thought we’d do it again… and another contest is coming up. What is the contest? It is three-fold.

  1. A writing contest for short stories, poetry, and articles to include in our second Zombie Survival Crew Anthology.
  2. An artwork contest (high quality black & white only) for inclusion in the anthology
  3. A cover design contest to design the hottest cover for the Anthology.

All entries will be reviewed by the brigade commanders and first round acceptance determinations will be made and communicated in our Members only area. All entries which have made it into the second round will have the opportunity to make revisions based on feedback from the judges for resubmission. The final determinations for inclusion in the anthology will be conducted at that time.

The prize is inclusion in the anthology and we request both first print and first e-rights for the work to be exclusive for a period of 90 days, but non-exclusive thereafter. The work will remain in print and ebook format for as long as the anthology is being made available to the public, but after 90 days, the work may be in print in other publications or displayed online or in ebook form.

There is no cash prize for this contest and all proceeds for the anthology’s sale will go to the Zombie Survival Crew.

Since you must be a member to participate in the contest, please ensure you have registered on this site as all entries will be validated against Zombie Survival Crew membership.

So keep a close watch on this site as we will release the final details and dates on how YOU can contribute. In the meantime, start dreaming up stories, break out the pencils and brushes, and get those creative juices flowing. — I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year. Last year the entries left our commander-in-chief sleepless from the spine-chilling tales submitted. Let’s see if we can do it again!!


Zombie Poetry Contest Winners

You all did not make it easy on us, jeeze! After a lot of reading, a lot of praising the talent within our crew, and a ton of debating… we finally managed to agree on the winners. Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who entered. Below are the winning poems for you to enjoy.

Third place winner: Deepdarkred

Staring

by Deepdarkred

I sit and stare, surrounded by nothing but filthy air…

There goes the planet, Janet,

But I no longer care.

I wonder somewhere in the back of my mind

If there is something I could find,

To bring back who I used to be,

But there’s nothing there, nothing left of plain old me.

I see the living, pointing guns, screaming and slinging

They still think they can beat this,

Illusion and dreaming.

This cacophony of sound, choreography of misery

All spinning around the origin of our creation’s mystery.

We’re not God’s wrath, or Hell’s mistake,

We are not victims of drug intake.

This is it. Our evolution,

Strange enough, it’s also

A bit of a final solution,

A response to our own filth and pollution,

When they get hit, when they get bit…

They will all know what I meant by it.

And then like me they’ll spin in place

With more than a creepy smile upon their half devoured face.

 

Second place winner: Kaolin Imago Fire

Brain Cookies

by Kaolin Imago Fire

Prithee tell—what makes a cookie

sumptuous as the mildewed air,

and spongy as a forgotten mattress

used by lovers now long past

their bed-by date

(for all but a daring few)

Know it well? A crazed confection,

dusted lightly with crumbled cranium;

a zombie treat, they come for BRAIINZZZZ

and stay for the obvious pains

taken in the elegant preparation—

down to the very mode of serving:

in severed torso

(half-shell if you will)

Now the hard sell: you’ve caught us

in flagrante delecto—these cadaverous cookies

elevate themselves above the pale

rotting, misbegotten and forgotten dead;

of course, any chef worth their trade samples

their goods, so you must pick your fate:

sample of your own free will or

we’ll hook you some other way

(perhaps some zombie pate?)

 

And the Grand Prize winner is… Robin Sellman!

“Migration”

by Robin Sellman

Onward travels the shambling hordes

o’er the streets and gravel roads.

With a taste for living flesh

jerking, lurking brainless mess.

The plague swoops down in a swarm

a mass of dead scratch at the door.

Undead crawlers in the night

wand’ring souls lost to a bite.

People scattered across this land

revenent herds are in their plans.

Now we’re living off the grid

clean headshot to kill the dead.

Onward drifts a soulless walker

brains and flesh to quell it’s hunger.

Life that was it never will be

now our world is filled with zombies.

Congratulations again to our winners! And don’t forget to enter our Spreading Holiday Cheer with A. Zombie contest.