C.T. Callahan & Three Little Books Co. Present: the Little Voices Diverse Book Box

What is it?

The Little Books Diverse Book Box basically consists of two separate parts: a diverse book box and a diverse short story anthology. Each month, we’ll release a box featuring a diverse novel, a previously unpublished diverse short story, and some bookish goodies. At the end of the year, we’ll compile all of our short story publications as well as a few others into a diverse anthology.

 

How does it work?

Each month, we’ll have a new, diverse novel as the central point of our book boxes. Inspired by these novels, we’ll release themes to help guide authors toward diverse short stories. We’ll accept previously unpublished short stories from around the world, promote them beside already published diverse novels, and eventually compile them all for our anthology. Submissions are paid, and we’ll accept any work so long as it hasn’t been officially published before (blogs don’t count!) so feel free to send us whatever you’ve been working on. While we’ll be giving special priority to stories that fit our monthly theme, we’ll accept any diverse story each month, and even if your story doesn’t win, you’ll still be in the running to be included in the final anthology.

 

Who will we publish?

Anyone! We welcome experienced writers and amateurs alike. Every piece we receive will be answered with a formal acceptance/rejection, and any piece received prior to the 10th of the month will receive feedback and a chance to resubmit.

 

You said paid?

Indeed we did! All winners will be awarded:

  • Publication as a standalone story and in the final anthology
  • A copy of your standalone story
  • Monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

Anyone chosen for the final anthology will receive monetary compensation at $.01 USD/word.

 

Where can I submit?

Email us at INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO with subject line: LITTLE VOICES [CURRENT MONTH] SUBMISSIONS. Ex. “LITTLE VOICES DECEMBER SUBMISSIONS”. Please compile your story into a word document and include a short personal bio. If your story is own voices, please include that too!

 

Is there any way I can help out?

Spread the word! Follow us on social media! Donate here! Anything you can contribute will help us a ton and is greatly appreciated!

 

I’m still a little confused…?

Send any questions to INQUIRY@THREELITTLEBOOKS.CO and we’ll be happy to answer!

Kidnap the Sun (A Short Story)

This story was written in response to homophobic comments made by a certain writer. The story features characters with names featured in the famous work by said writer, but the characters are unrelated (unless you’d like to headcanon them that way, in which case, my control dies here). Enjoy.

 

 

He’d always had one of those smiles—so bright it was as if he’d kidnapped the sun. Carla used to joke that it was all those tic tacs, tiny cut outs of a burning star that fed his ever-present joy. I just nodded along because the year was 1969, and boys like me, boys who liked other boys, were just as new as those sun-bright breath mints Johnny seemed to live off of.

That didn’t stop me from getting close, attempting to bask in just enough heat so as not to get burned. I lent Johnny my books because he loved to read and my notebook because he was too busy reading to take notes. I walked home from school with him, our sneakers scuffing up gravel and our backpacks thumping our shoulder blades in a syncopated rhythm. He’d whistle and I’d hum along, our heartbeats the metronome to keep the tempo consistent.

And then his mother would be waiting at the door, a sharp glint in her eye like a violent meteor with its course set to tear a hole between us. She always kept her hair tidily in a bun, her lipstick soft and pink, the color women were supposed to wear to please their husbands, boys like Johnny who would never like boys like me.

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