Flash Fiction Contest & Queer Saints

Greetings! I’m pleased to announce I will be guest editing The Cemetery Gates Society’s month of September flash fiction contest. The prompt, selected by me with the society’s permission is:

Cathedral in Flames: Stories inspired by Coil

Click above for the guidelines!

Not sure what we mean by Coil?

Coil (click the name for music) is one of my favorite bands. I’m currently writing on some themes from their decades-long body of work and especially leaning into the transgressive queer element for my story in the upcoming book, The Queer Book of Saints.

“Saints” is named ironically. The book hopes to embrace messy, difficult, and villainous queers in fiction as a response to the current trend toward whitewashed representation. I’m joining Eric Larocca, author of the best selling Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, and Hailey Piper, who’s mission to make horror “queer AF” can be experienced to the cosmic fullest in her most recent book, The Worm and His Kings. There’s an open submission call as well, if you happen to be an author. If you want to back the project, check out the kickstarter campaign here:

The Queer Book of Saints

I’m honored to be part of this project, and thrilled to try on the editor’s hat for the first time as judge for the September flash fiction contest. Send something weird and exciting and spooky! I look forward to reading what you come up with, and good luck!

Published by: Joe

Joe Koch writes literary horror and surrealist trash. A Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Joe is the author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands, The Couvade, and Convulsive. Their short fiction appears in publications such as Vastarien, Southwest Review, Pseudopod, and Children of the New Flesh. He’s been a flash fiction judge for Cemetery Gates Media as well as co-editing the art horror anthology Stories of the Eye from Weirdpunk Books. Find Joe (he/they) online at horrorsong.blog and on Twitter @horrorsong.

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