Publishing for the People
Spontaneous Combustion (a.k.a. SpoCo) is more like an exercise than it is a book. It gives reason for Twin Cities' area writing talent to flex its muscles. This daring book-in-a-day project seeks to re-imagine the economy of publishing and crush the obstacles many independent authors face today. In a time when language is changing, when doorbells are text messages and laughter is lol, it is important to remember which words resonate deeply with the human spirit. Linguistics can (and will) transform to match society and technology; its rules are transitive and subject to change. But the reason to swap our words will never change: to communicate thoughts and ideas with narrative. Sic Semper Serpent is dedicated to preserving the art of the Story in our contemporary society. We make folklore for the spirit of today. Better yet, we make mythology of the modern age.
If this sounds like the home for you, then join up and speak out! There's no need to go it alone. "Of the people, by the people. Know thy publisher." That's our motto at Sic Semper Serpent. Unlike more conventional publishers, we don't fear the changing state of language. We embrace it; we are bound to it.
how to join
At the kickoff of Writers' Night, authors are given three prompts that must be incorporated into all soon-to-be written stories. All participants have exactly 24 hours to write, polish, and submit one original short story for review to be published in a bound volume immortalizing the bimonthly event. 15 Finalists gather together one week later to slam their stories and fight for the title of "Champion," an honor bestowed by a crowd of their peers during the public showcase. The top stories from the evening will appear in the print volume.
- A line of dialogue(i.e. "Can you smell what Bob Ross is cooking?")
- A character (i.e. a corrupt politician, New York cabbie, Leonardo di Vinci)
- A setting (i.e. Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal, New Jersey)
Keep your eye on this (or our Facebook) page for announcements on upcoming Writers' and Public Nights. In the meantime, find out what kinds of stories get published in SpoCo by getting your own copy from us today.