Ghosts Revenge Takes on “Little Willie”; Bubba Claus Bought by Museum Anthology

On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM, James Ward Kirk wrote:  “Thank you for the poem, James.  I loved it.  I even chuckled aloud, something I can’t recall doing over a poem in a long time.  I’ll be sending out the first batch of acceptances on Saturday.”  I thought it best to follow the publisher’s schedule on announcing the acceptance, which actually came latish Sunday evening along with a contract to print out and return today.

The poem in question is called “Tit for Tat,” one of a type sometimes known as “Little Willies,” about a naughty boy who either causes or comes to grief, resulting in the poet reacting with either glee, grindifference, or sometimes drawing from it a tragically inappropriate moral.  For more on Little Willies one can see below, February 6 2012.  And what it was for is an anthology on vengeful spirits called GHOSTS REVENGE which, should Little Willie become a ghost, might be just the thing he’d try to get.

To be published by JWK Publications, GHOSTS REVENGE is still accepting submissions, both poetry and fiction to 4000 words (it will also have a section for flash up to 1000 words), but will be closing as soon as it’s filled, so speed may be called for.  Guidelines can be found here.

And as for Little Willie, Publisher Kirk sent a follow-up email:  “Even though I chuckled, I admire the work.  It’s perfect.”

Then even later Sunday night I got an acceptance from Joanne Merriam of UPPER RUBBER BOOT BOOKS for another fiction and poetry anthology to be published in 2016, again for a comedy piece although this time a story.  As I introduced it in my cover letter last October, “I hope you don’t mind a humorous, possibly crude in a few places, would-be swashbuckling SF submission for THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM — and with a chainsaw roar instead of a boom because the shotgun had the wrong shells — the attached ‘Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians.’  It was originally published in HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT BUBBAS (Yard Dog Press, 2007) and also, one might note, offers a sideways tip of the hat to the holiday classic and perennial ‘10 all-time worst movies’ listee SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.  Also zombies.”

So here’s the reply:  “Hi, James.  Thanks so much for your submission.  I’m accepting Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians for THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM, which will be published in 2016.  I won’t announce the table of contents until I’ve received back all of the contracts, but you may feel free to announce your inclusion in the meantime.

“I’ll send along a contract in the next several days.”

This one, however, closed early last month.


  1. Great news, Jim! I get the “willies” thinking of it!

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