Thursday, June 01, 2023

Market Call: The Perp Wore Pumpkin: A Humorous Thanksgiving Crime Anthology Benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank

Jay Hartman recently posted the below to the SMFS list. He subsequently asked that folks share his news off the list in its entirety. So, as Jay asked, here is his submission call.


Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving anthology is a new form!


Title: The Perp Wore Pumpkin

Subtitle: A Humorous Thanksgiving Crime Anthology Benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank


Everyone knows The Killer Wore Cranberry as the hilarious crime anthology centered around Thanksgiving foods. Not to be outdone, meet TKWC's younger brother, The Perp Wore Pumpkin, the new charity version of this hit series.


Want to be a part? Here's everything you need to know:


1. There are currently 11 open spots for the anthology. I invited several people to write for it but didn't hear back from a few, got one turn-down and only one confirmed. More room for others!


2. Stories must be humorous crime and must revolve around a dish typically served with Thanksgiving. No poetry or flash fiction, please. Humor is the most important element. Short stories are good, a little bit longer shorts will be considered.


3. No royalties will be paid on this anthology. However, each contributor will receive a one-time $25 payment for full use of their story. This will make you eligible for all those amazing awards out there. I do ask for as much help publicizing the anthology everywhere as possible. A free ebook copy will be given to each contributor, with paperbacks available at deep discounts.


4. This is a non-profit anthology. I'll be doing my best to find people who are willing to donate the cover art and proofreading involved. 100% of the net revenue of sales of this title (after expenses) will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Royalties will be evenly split between the Second Harvest Food Bank for each contributor's city. If a contributor doesn't have one in their area, the closest one to them will be chosen to receive the funds.


5. The anthology will be available in paperback and ebook from all retailers around the world. The title will be published under TJHA, also known as The Jay Hartman Agency. PLEASE NOTE: TJHA is not a new publishing house. It's merely the entity producing and releasing this particular title for this particular purpose.


6. Sandra Murphy will be one of the contributors. Lisa Wagner will return with an all-new set of recipes to accompany the stories as she's done in the past.


7. I'm asking for a six-month exclusive right to the stories used. After that, contributors are free to use their stories elsewhere.


Please submit any questions and/or your stories to . Deadline for submissions is July 31st.



Jay Hartman

The Jay Hartman Agency

Additional Information:

In response to various members who asked about word count, Jay posted: 

“Word count isn't a set thing. Just tell a great story. I'd say standard short story length would apply.”

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