Tuesday, January 19, 2016



The bayou country is rich in history, beauty, music and culture. Swamps and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, catfish and the blues, Cajuns and pirate treasure and jazz and voodoo, plantations and the dark history of slavery and racism; with Bouchercon finally coming to New Orleans, what better theme for the Bouchercon 2016 anthology than BLOOD ON THE BAYOU?

We are looking for stories either set in, or inspired by, the Bayou Country. (Remember, Louisiana is not the only state with bayous!) We want diverse voices and characters, tales of darkness and violence, whether they are noir, cozy, hard-boiled or suspense. Push the boundaries of your creativity and the theme! NOTE: The stories don’t have to actually be set in the Bayou Country, but can be ‘inspired’ by it—so a character can be from here, it can built around a piece of music; etc. If you have any questions as to whether your idea fits the theme, do not be afraid to ask!

Specifics: The maximum word count is 5,000 words; the minimum is 2,000. The stories should be crime-oriented; whether it’s the commission, planning or solving of one. It can also be about the after-effects of one. Murder, mayhem, blackmail, embezzlement, robbery—get as creative as you can!

Submissions: All submissions will go through a blind-reading process for inclusion. So, do not include your name anywhere on the file; there should simply be a title on the first page. Pages should also be numbered, and in the header, the title of the story as well. Please use Microsoft Word; double spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font. The name of your file should also be the title of the story, i.e. The Lottery.docx. Please include your name, address, and contact information in the face of your email. All submissions should be emailed to bloodonthebayouanthology@gmail.com no later than March 15, 2016.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Payment: The anthology is a charity benefit for the New Orleans Public Library, so the only payments will be an ebook and a print copy of the book.

Any questions can be sent to Greg Herren at bloodonthebayouanthology@gmail.com

We look forward to your submissions!

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