edited by Bill Adler Jr. and Sarah Doebereiner
How do you cure your Netflix (or Amazon, Google movie, or Hulu) addiction and return to your first love, reading books? You know you want to read more. You know you enjoy reading. You know you look forward to finishing a book because then you can start a new adventure.
But how? How do you get into reading when the siren call of streaming movies becomes more powerful every year? A three-hundred page novel is daunting in the face of Netflix and friends’ wonders. It’s too easy to put on pajamas, pour a glass of wine, and offer your eyes to a TV, tablet, or computer screen until sleep summons you.
Enter The Binge-Watching Cure: Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow Longer, edited by Bill Adler Jr. and Sarah Doebereiner The Binge-Watching Cure will be an anthology of short stories of increasing size. The first story will be 100 words—anyone can read that. The next, 200 words. Then 500, then longer, all the way to novella length. By the time you’ve finished reading The Binge-Watching Cure, you’ll be able to tackle Joyce and Pynchon. Or at the very least, you’ll enjoy novels you hear about from friends and family. The Binge-Watching Cure will reignite your love for reading; it will better your life.
Just as you enter a cold swimming pool one body part at a time, get used to drinking beer sip by foamy sip, or learn to enjoy spicy food in little, fiery nibbles, The Binge-Watching Cure gradually acclimates you to reading longer and longer stories, until a novel-length book goes down smoothly, tasting sweet, and making you want more.
We are excited to announce the table of contents for the first edition of The Binge Watching Cure.
Twitter – Halfway by Sarah Doebereiner
100 – The Power of Patience by Bill Adler Jr.
200 – The Gun by Hákon Gunnarsson
500 – Categorical Thinking by Nat Gertler
750 – The News by Kelsey Dean
1,000 – The Blind Man by Kurt Bachard
1,500 – Byproducts by Hanna Alkaf
2,000 – Little Pig by Anna Taborska
2,500 – Spy Night by Scott Merrow
3,500 – The Final Chapter of Marathon Mandy by Zach Shephard
4,000 – The Saint of Bright Red Things by Charity Tahmaseb
4,500 – First Day at An Khe by Monty Joynes
6,000 – Zump by Beth Patterson
7,000 – The Hourglass at Sea by Frances Park
8,000 – Through Fire and Flood by Kristy Baxter
9,000 – Dog Island by Melissa Yuan-Innes
10,000 – Ashes to Ashes by Shane Simmons
15,000 – The Maltese Chicken by Allen Appel
20,000 – Iron Manimal by Harry Seitz
25,000 – The World Beyond by Jennifer Porter
This multi-genre collection is full of the best: romance, horror, scifi, fantasy, etc. that we could find.
Authors: We want your writing.
We’re looking for stellar stories of various lengths for our next installment of The Binge-Watching Cure, the all horror edition.
We pay $200 for short stories that are under 5,000 words and $500 for stories that are 5,000 words or longer. We will be licensing the non-exclusive print and electronic book rights, including foreign-language rights (but not audio, film rights, or magazine rights). Your name and bio will be included along with your story. Contributors also receive a copy of The Binge-Watching Cure. Previously published stories are okay, as are simultaneous submissions. There will be a signed contract, of course. The Binge-Watching Cure will be published by Claren Books.
Questions? Visit our FAQ page. Our FAQ page has more detail about the kind of stories we’re looking for.
Ready to submit? Hop over to our submissions page.
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