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Dog Doors

Explanation stolen from the editor Amy M. Vaughn’s page.

Dog Doors to Outer Space is going to be the coolest, the strangest, the most imaginative collection of writing prompts ever.

Writing prompts are short passages, usually around 1 to 3 sentences, that spark the creative process. For example:

Some writers use prompts between projects to keep the wheels turning. Some use them when they have writer’s block, to get the wheels turning again. Prompts are used as warm-ups or assignments in creative writing classes and as ice breakers in writing groups.

There are already several books and websites devoted to writing prompts, so why put together another collection? Because none of them are bizarro, and bizarro is uniquely suited to sparking creativity. No other genre pushes at the boundaries of the imagination, expands metaphors, or flips our perspective the way bizarro does. If a writer wants to break free of their ordinary mindset and see the world with fresh eyes, a collection of bizarro writing prompts is exactly what they need!

What we are asking for with this call for submissions is your best attempt to help other writers escape the everyday world and get weird. Some of the most well respected names in bizarro fiction are already confirmed contributors, including Madeleine SwannBradley Sands, Betty Rocksteady, David W. Barbee, Garrett Cook, Cody Goodfellow, and Danger Slater.

To submit, send 6 – 8 prompts and a brief bio to smackytomato (at) gmail (dot) com, subject line: Dog Doors / (name). Please keep the combined word count, including bio, under 500.

The end result will be one of those super slick zines from Filthy Loot. If your prompts are selected, compensation will be the standard Filthy Loot deal of either a $5 token payment and a copy of the zine or 5 copies of the zine. Submission window ends 10 November 2019.


A few authors have asked for clarity on what we’re looking for in a writing prompt for Dog Doors to Outer Space, so I put together the following. I hope it’s helpful.