Treachery Antho CoverOkay, had to put the @ symbol in the title because of Twitter.  As yours truly is one of the editors of said anthology it would seem out of place to NOT mention it here on THIS blog.  Therefore, below please find the details on what is a wonderful project and a great opportunity for many writers.

I am pleased to announce that the anthology, Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence is now open to submissions. 

Power struggles, politics, posturing: whether it’s parliament, the royal family, a coven, or your homeowner’s association, power breeds distrust, intrigue, and violence.  At it’s core, this anthology about relationships…and power. It is about people more than institutions. All group interactions, whether they are governmental, corporate, professional, academic, religious, or social are influenced by power dynamics. The origin of the state is found in the art of interpersonal conflict.

Trust & Treachery is a great fit for a wide breadth of genre submissions including Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror.  In short, we want your awesomest stories!  Some examples of stories and poetry that we’d love to see include:

  • Political Sabotage
  • Mutinies in Space
  • Faery Intrigues
  • Conspiracies against the Crown
  • Werewolf Clan Infighting
  • Planetary Power Struggles
  • Corporate Espionage
  • Assassination by Sorcery

We are interested in the dark corners in the halls of authority, the intimate exchange of secrets and the all too human (and sometimes inhuman) emotions that drive us – greed, love, hate, fear and above all the hunger for power.

The editors are looking for works representing the entire range of experience—including all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, abilities and views on life. We believe excellence in writing is the best criterion for choosing works to include in our publication.

We are looking for stories that are 1000-5000 words in length. We will pay $20 per story, to be paid on January 1, 2012 or on acceptance, whichever comes later.  Although the emphasis is on short stories, we will also accept select pieces of poetry for this anthology with payment at $5 per poem.

Submissions will be open from June 15, 2011 through December 15th, 2011. We will announce some acceptances as we go, but will hold a majority of slots open until the end. We also hope to respond to submissions within 6-8 weeks, but will hang on to some stories longer if they are being considered.

As mentioned earlier, we are very open as to genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, etc. But please no romance, YA or erotica (though relevant sexual content is fine).

You can find out more at our site: or click on Submission Guidelines for more details.  We can also be found on Twitter as @TreacheryAntho and respond to email questions at 

Looking forward to reading your stories!

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.