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March Flim-Flam Game Winner

flim-flam game winner march 2014The garden gnomes are giddy and all beside themselves. In March, something magical happened. We started receiving more flashes in the pan to add to the Flim-Flam Bush weekly, and the quality of submissions went up too. That filled us so full of glee that we threw a party.

We were, for the first time since starting the games, able to publish a new story every Wednesday throughout the month. Not only that, but we’re booked up through April, as well. And we’ve started publishing stories for May.

All of this great participation is encouraging to us gnomes. We’re hopeful that someday we’ll be able to publish a new flash fiction story every day. Keep ’em coming!

Announcing The March 2014
Flim-Flam Game Winner

This month was spectacular. It was a very close race. Lydia Bengston came in with a late entry titled “The Shriveltongue Demon,” which managed to gain a lot of social media attention fast.

The week prior, Toni Stauffer, met with social notoriety of her own and even enticed one reader to leave a comment on her very creepy story “For Sale By Owner.”

This event left the garden gnomes regretting a missed opportunity. We decided to award points for comments. So every comment left on a story from here going forward will earn the author of the story additional points on the Flim-Flam Score Card. If you like a story, jump in with some praise!

While the garden gnomes were very happy with all of the stories submitted in March, these two – “The Shriveltongue Demon” and “For Sale By Owner” went neck and neck right to the finish line. In the end, it was “The Shriveltongue Demon” by a nose hair. Congratulations Lydia!

Interestingly, Lydia’s story was more popular on Facebook while “For Sale By Owner” was more popular on Google+. We’re not sure what that means, but we think both authors deserve some applause. You get a standing ovation from the gnomes.

The Final Week For
Sulfurings Submissions

When the gnomes started this publication we had in mind a new publishing model, one built for the third millennium. The idea was to give writers a graduated means of achieving publishing success. The first degree of that scale is the Flim-Flam Bush.

Our hope was, and still is, that authors published in the bush would go on to submit to our anthologies and be published there. Some have. Others started with our Garden of Eden anthology and then submitted to the bush. We’re okay with that too.

The next level of publishing opportunity will be our standalone novellas, the first of these opportunities being the Mythicals imprint (with more to come). And while we wait for that first submission to roll in, we’ve still got one week left for the Sulfurings anthology to fill up. Our biggest need is for short stories ranging from 1,501 to 10,000 words.

If apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic lit is your thing, we hope you’ll consider sending the gnomes something for Sulfurings.

And finally, we’ve introduced a new opportunity for non-fiction writers. Gaslight will focus on commentary on news of the weird. The gnomes can hardly wait to see what you come up with.

Garden Gnome Publications constantly strives to fill a niche in the speculative fiction and non-fiction markets, reaching ever new heights of weirdness for the glory of the gnomes. If you’re not too stoned, we’d welcome you to step foot in our garden and stay awhile.

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The Garden Gnomes Introduce New Imprints

The garden gnomes have been hard at work. We are proud to announce two new imprints to our growing collection of offerings.

Fire Up The Gaslight

First up, Gaslight.

gaslight and mythicals imprintGaslight isn’t so much an imprint as it is a new category of the Flim-Flam Bush. We’re looking for hard core nonfiction. But not just any old nonfiction. We’re looking for a specific kind of news nonfiction that you can’t find anywhere else.

News analysts, this is the opportunity for you.

If you fancy yourself a budding Rachel Maddow or Bill O’Reilly for the news of the weird, then you’ll love Gaslight. We’re looking for serious or funny commentary on the latest weird news. It can be obscure, absurd, odd, bizarre, or just downright off the wall. We want you to comment on it.

Gaslight is more than just a chance for you to rant. We’re not asking you to agree or disagree. We’re asking you to let your mind wander. How does that homemade cat castration in the heart of Smalltown U.S.A. make you feel? What do you think about when you read about the man who mows his lawn dressed as Jessica Rabbit and shares it on YouTube?

Feel free to go off on a tangent. Just make sure there is a clear connection.

Mythicals: Pray To Your Own Gods

hand of God touching Adam'sThe garden gnomes have been working on our first novella imprint for weeks. We’re finally ready to announce Mythicals, our imprint for the creation of new myths and re-telling of old ones.

If you have a thing for myths, then this will be for you. We want 20,000-40,000 word manuscripts that create new gods and demons or rework familiar stories from the past and present. Feel free to imagine and re-imagine the stories that have shaped our lives. Or, if you have the gumption, take a gander at shaping the future with the creation of new stories to behold.

Myths are powerful events of the heart. Share yours through Mythicals.

Free: Garden of Eden Anthology

Garden of Eden anthologyIf you’ve been teetering on the verge of buying a copy of the Garden of Eden Anthology, now is your chance to get it for free. Story Cartel is offering three $10 gift certificates for reviewers. I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d download the book and review it on Amazon and/or Story Cartel for me. Do it fast because this offer won’t last long.

Final Week For Sulfurings

On a final note, we’re entering the final week for receiving Sulfurings submissions. We’d love to get a few more short stories. Get ’em in, people. Get ’em in.

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Re-Poll: Mythmaking Made Difficult

We ran this poll for a little while but came up with no definitive and overwhelming leader. You can check the results of the first run here.

As you can see, “Mythicals” is the winner with an impressive 4 votes. But “None of the Above – Keep Trying!” has a very close 3 votes. That doesn’t give me much of a comfort level. So the garden gnomes are demanding a re-vote. Unless our previous polls, this one has a deadline. Voting ends at midnight on March 31, 2014.

To keep the process streamlined, we’re keeping the two front runners of the previous election and adding two more candidates. As you can see, I’m a bit of a Lord Dunsany fan. So your other two options are “Lord Dunsany’s Castle” and “Gods of Pegāna.”

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s a little explanation of these two references:

Lord Dunsany is a bit of a forerunner of the modern fantasy genre. Since he was a bit of a nobleman in Ireland during his lifetime, he lived in a castle. But not just any castle. The castle itself has a reputation that is as historic and noteworthy as the family who resided in it. Which makes it a fitting title for an imprint focused on mythmaking, I think.

Going deeper into the Dunsanian canon, “Gods of Pegāna” is the first book published by the great Edward Plunkett, which was a great influence upon the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, and others.

Now that you have a little backstory, which do you think would make a better title for an imprint that explores mythmaking in an all new light?

For Retelling Old Myths and Creating New Ones, GGP Should Name Its New Imprint

  • Mythicals (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Gods of Pegāna (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Lord Dunsany's Castle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of the Above (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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What Should We Call Our ‘Mythmaking’ Imprint?

According to three different polls, including this one, fans of Garden Gnome Publications want to see an imprint that publishes novella-length re-tellings of old myths and creations of new ones. I’m really glad that’s the most popular idea we have for publishing novellas because I really like myths – especially the really weird ones.

The garden gnomes are using the term myth not in the popular sense of “this isn’t true” but in the sense of “this is a genre of storytelling that conveys a powerful message through the use of archetypes and easily identifiable icons.”

In other words, we just think myths are cool stories, man. We hope you agree.

If so, we’d be honored if you’d help us name this imprint. While we’re working out the details on the submission process, will you take the time to give us your feedback on what we should call this imprint? We’d greatly appreciate it. All you have to do is choose your favorite imprint title or tell us to blow smoke through our pie holes. Can you do that without being rude?

What Should Be The Name Of Our Imprint Exploring The Retelling Of Old Myths And The Creation Of New Ones?

  • Mythicals (40%, 4 Votes)
  • None of the Above - Keep Trying! (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Myths & Legends (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Mythocracy (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Myth Lab (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mt. St. Olympus (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gods & Myths (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mythellaneous (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dismythed (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Imprints: Take Our Poll

As Garden Gnome Publications prepares to unleash its inaugural anthology in the Biblical Legends Anthology Series, aptly titled Garden of Eden, we invite you to take the following poll and let us know which of these imprint ideas you think has the greatest potential. Which ones do you think would offer the most entertainment and/or educational value?

Which imprints would you like to see published by Garden Gnome Publications?

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