Lit Select’s What Went Wrong? (Legendary Stories #1)
15 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Tales
I wrote “To Serve and Protect” a few years back, but could not find a magazine or an anthology that would accept it. It wasn’t a reflection on my writing, rather a reflection on the story’s length. The word count on “To Serve and Protect” is short of being a true short story, so all my publishing queries came back as does not meet the publisher’s requirement.
Last month I was searching open submission calls for shorts, when I came upon Lit Select’s call for an upcoming anthology entitled What Went Wrong? (Legendary Stories #1) As I read the submission word minimum, I once again saw I was short on the word count. However, I felt strongly that it was the perfect place for “To Serve and Protect,” so I sent Lit Select a query. I was very happy to receive a reply that they wanted to read the piece, and elated when the email came to say it had been selected to be included in the upcoming anthology.
Thank you Lit Select for including me in What Went Wrong? (Legendary Stories #1).
“To Serve and Protect”: A sole survivor travels by car across country in hopes of finding someone else alive, but his blatant disregard for the laws of man proves to have disastrous consequences.
Everyone’s had THAT day—the one where a spell went south, a glitch ate some code in the doomsday device, and aliens are on the move eat your brains. Okay, maybe we haven’t all had that day. In What Went Wrong?, fifteen authors give us stories of the best laid plans gone awry.
* An unlucky cult that just can’t catch a break in their efforts to please the Elder Gods.
* A new hire trying to survive an office where the HR is full of headhunters, literally.
* A super villain who gets unwanted attention from a love-struck hero.”
* An irritated Lord of Hell whose hundred-year absence has left him a little behind the times.
* A college student who finds his fear of the dark may be warranted.
* A post-apocalyptic cautionary tale of what can go wrong if you don’t follow the rules. by TS Alan.
From humorous to horrific and everything in between, this selection of tales is certain to make any day look a little bit better.
What Went Wrong? (Legendary Stories #1) edited by Cher A. Starr
Jan Flynn – “Itself”
Bryan Nickelberry – “Misfire”
Holly Riordan – “2008”
Matthew Harrison – “A Caring Company”
N.O.A. Rawle – “Balancing Act”
Dan Szczesny – “Olympus Knows I’ve Failed”
Ben Howels – “Earth on Hell”
Gregory Norris – “The Goldfish”
Larry Lefkowitz – “Sanctuary”
Jonathan Shipley – “Lab Rat”
Ed Ahern – “Lights Out”
Eric J. Guignard – “The Genie, Daniel Webster”
Charles Gramlich – “Electric Love ‘N Blue”
TS Alan – “To Serve and Protect”
T.R. North – “Descends Olympus”
EDITED by Cher A. Starr
PUBLISHED by Lit Select
COVER ART by Teresa Conner
Released: May 17, 2016