Friday, 4 January 2019



Regulus Press extends a tremendous Thank You to all who participated in the 2018 LITERARY TAXIDERMY SHORT STORY COMPETITION, stitching together a heterogeneity of stories, poems, and epistles. Writers came from around the globe — including the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. They took the opening and closing lines from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker, and fashioned nearly a thousand original stories, spanning more than a dozen genres, including horror, mystery, science fiction, meta-fiction, erotica, poetry, and satire.

Are you a Dorothy Parker fan? Check out TELEPHONE ME NOW to see what our finalists did with the opening line "Please, God, let him telephone me now." Or perhaps Lewis Carroll is more to your liking? Then pick up a copy of ONE THING WAS CERTAIN: every story in the Carroll anthology starts with "One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it: — it was the black kitten’s fault entirely." Of course maybe you're feeling a bit more hard-boiled these days, in which case the stories inspired by Dashiell Hammett may be more suitable — and every one with the same last line: "That may be, Nora said, but it’s all pretty unsatisfactory." You can read them all in AGAINST THE BAR.

If you missed this year's contest, don't despair. We'll be back again if there's sufficient interest. So please show your support for literary taxidermy and your desire for future competitions by purchasing one, two, or all three anthologies today. We're certain you'll enjoy these incredible writers, many of whom are published for the first time, and you'll be amazed by the unpredictable paths they take from first line to last.

Oh, and while you're waiting for your copies of the anthologies to arrive (you did order them, didn't you?), why not subscribe to our mailing list for the most up-to-the-minute news about the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition, including future contests and publications related to literary taxidermy. (And NO SPAM — we promise!)

We can't wait to see what future taxidermists stitch together


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