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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I'm Editor-in-Chief!!

Did you hear the good news?

You can watch it here (1:04 of 2:00 minutes) or I can just tell you...

I am now Editor-in-Chief of The Midnight Diner!!

If you're interested in submitting, read Relief Fiction Editor, Chris Fisher's, series: What Happens in This Story, I Know What Happens, but Who Really Cares, and Is This the Best I Can Do? If you're going to be lazy and read just one, then let it be the last one.

After you read Chris' superb advice--Follow the guidelines:

Third Edition of The Midnight Diner Submissions are Open!

The Midnight Diner is a hardboiled genre anthology with a Christian slant. No ABA restrictions on God, no CBA restrictions on reality. Didactic preachy works are dismissed unceremoniously; we're looking for high quality works that are uncompromising in craft, content, and quality.

Submissions for the third edition of The Midnight Diner are now open at the Relief Writer's Network. Here's what we're looking for; please read carefully. Submissions that are completely out of gamut will be subject to ridicule and immediate rejection.

1. Unpublished Short Fiction up to 10,000 words.
Simultaneous submissions okay, but you need to pull your submission ASAP if it gets accepted elsewhere.

2. Submissions are only accepted via the Online Submission System at the Relief Writers Network. Absolutely NO email or snail mail read or even remotely considered unless your name is Stephen King and you wrote The Stand. Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, and F. Paul Wilson are also exceptions. Everybody else, get with the program. There's a big button at the top of this website that says Submit Your Writing. If you email me asking where the link is, expect severe sarcasm.

3. Categories for Submisisons are:
Category Examples (for clarification only)

Horror - Stephen King, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub

UFO/Aliens - X-Files, Fringe, Coast To Coast AM

Conspiracy Millennium - X-Files, Fringe, Coast To Coast AM

Hardboiled - Detective/Crime Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, F. Paul Wilson

That One That Happens in Diner - All categories - just has to happen in a diner

Jesus Vs. Cthulhu - No posers. If you're submitting in this category, you had better be familiar with Lovecraft or Derleth's work, and the piece should reflect it.

Paranormal/Archetypal Exploration Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton

Weird Western- Cowboys and Indians meet something weird

Weird War - In honor of all our soldiers in all branches of the armed forces

Monster Stories - Dracula, Frankenstein, Godzilla, Buffy - yes, you can submit your
Christian vampire story here

Adventure - Indiana Jones, Dan Brown

Shatner On A Plane - Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery

Note: Combinations of Genres are encouraged. For example, a hardboiled detective investigating a paranormal crime, or a monster story that has a Twilight Zone twist. You may and probably should select multiple categories when submitting your work.

4. Compensation: Three Editor's Choice awards will be selected. Prize money for Editor's Choice is a hundred bucks. All categories are eligible. Everybody else gets their names up on Amazon, a contributor's copy, bragging rights, and the possibility of being on the Diner staff for the next edition. Approximately 21 stories will be selected for publication.

5. No hardcore sci-fi. I don't want to read stories that I have to learn a new vocabulary or solar system for. I don't want to read about what happened after the fourth war for Alpha Centuari, Beta Centauri, or any other Centauri. Besides, you can't fit a starship into a Diner. Other places are more suited for these genres, i.e. the incredible site at for Sci-fi helmed by Diner-approved editor Johne Cook.

6. No sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Do you know what happens when you let ogres and trolls in Diners? You will be billed for any messes they make.

7. Know what we've published in the last edition. The Diner is available on,, and of course on the Relief store.

8. Spiritual warfare is allowed, but should have an original twist. Absolutely no shining swords - you can poke somebody's eye with one of those in a diner, and we don't have the insurance for that sort of thing.

9. The Diner is not for children, or the faint of heart. Jesus dressed up as Thor, a whore who moonlights as an exorcist, a bouncer at a strip club, and more offbeat characters were regulars in the first edition of the Diner. This is not Guideposts or your Sunday School quarterly. Pansy sanitized work will be unceremoniously dismissed. Do not send me work where gangbangers say things like, "Golly gee, Beav, what ever are we going to do with this swell crack?"

10. Submissions will tentatively close December 1, 2009
. Do not send queries. Submit your work.

11. Release Date for the third edition of Coach's Midnight Diner is April 2010. The Third Edition will be available in print, soft cover and perfect bound in a 7"ishx10"ish trim size at,, and several other venues. It will also be available in Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader format.

Sit down, order some coffee, and let's see what you've got. Give me your best shot.

Your Midnight Waitress,
Michelle Pendergrass
Editor-In-Chief | Coach's Midnight Diner

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Elaina M. Avalos said...

I'm excited for you, Mich!! Congrats again.

Jenny said...

Way to go, Michi! Congrats!

Monica @ Paper Bridges said...

congrats! that's so great and something tells me you're excited! :)

Ryan said...

After the "Submit Your Work" link there is no option to submit to Midnight Diner... will this be fixed any time soon? I'm hoping to get a story in. :)

~michelle pendergrass said...

Thanks Ema, Jenny and Monica!

Ryan--thanks for letting me know, I actually noticed this morning something similar (but not the same place you mentioned) and I send an email about it. Hopefully it gets fixed soon.

If you want to drop me a line with your email address, I can let you know when everything is working again. :) MLPendergrass at gmail dot com

Toni said...

No one is more deserving! What a great opportunity!