Spider anthology for our 8th Anniversary

Caution, contains spiders.
August 2020 (eighth month) is Arachne Press’s eighth anniversary. We are preparing an eight-legged arachnid inspired anthology.
Stories and Poems featuring spiders.
I’m going to make it difficult for you – NO spiders to be killed (except possibly whilst heroically defending…) This is not a venue for spiderhaters to vent their angst.
very pretty spider in web

Meet Mildred, currently resident in the garden of Arachne Towers

Think Charlotte’s Web or Leese Webster for adults, Spider as hero, not spider as villan.
Length:
Stories: shorter the better, but for something exceptional we’d push the boat out. ABSOLUTE max @3-4000 words.
Poems: whatever works for you. Eight lines? Sixty four lines? Concrete poems? Invent a new arachnid form!
Experimental:
Yes, if you want to play around with the eight idea, we’re open to playing along, especially in poems.
Genres: Spider fantasy, spider whodunnit, spider romance, spiders in space (why not?) Open to most things with the exception of the following: Avoid twee, please. NO EROTICA. NO HORROR. NO GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE NO SEXISM, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA… you know the drill. We mean it, so just don’t do it. We’ll put you on a list if you do, and send the spiders to get you.
Reprints: We much prefer original work, but will consider magazine reprints. If it’s in a book, then no, unless it’s out of print and you retain the copyright. So check first, and make it clear it is a reprint and where it was before, and when.
CLOSING DATE 23:59 8th January 2020.

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