We’re looking for fashionable fiction that will never go out of style.

Dress You Up:
A Capsule Collection of Fashionable Fiction for the Stylish Reader

Edited by Brian Centrone

New Lit Salon Press is pleased to announce an open call for our most stylish anthology yet. Dress You Up: A Capsule Collection of Fashionable Fiction for the Stylish Reader seeks short stories where fashion is the focus. We are looking for works of fiction that directly address the significance of clothes and accessories in our lives and where the object — be it a dress, a skirt or trousers, a coat, a pair of shoes or a handbag, or even a piece of jewelry — is at the core of the story.

We’re not just looking for stories that have well-dressed characters. Rather, your story must feature a fashion object (a piece of clothing, an accessory, or even an entire ensemble) that somehow plays an active role in the fiction. Your object is not merely present, it’s actually critical to the plot, character, setting, or other elements.

Examples of what we’re looking for include stories like Guy Maupassant’s “The Necklace” which showcases how one coveted piece of jewelry can alter a person’s life, or Susan Glaspell’s “An Impossible American,” where a rich man’s shopping spree for his wife reveals a dark truth about our hidden lives. Entire novels have been written around this idea too, like William Norwich’s My Mrs. Brown whose protagonist travels to New York City to find an Oscar de la Renta dress that isn’t just a dress, and the novella that inspired it, Paul Gallico’s Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, which finds a humble London charwoman venturing to Paris to buy a desired Dior dress. In all these stories, the fashion object is at the core, but what that object tells us about class, society, desire, and who we are or who we want to be is at the heart of Dress You Up.

Cover letters are optional. Only include one if you have some extra information to share or have a pithy joke to tell. Making us laugh doesn’t mean we’ll accept your story, but we do appreciate some well-placed humor.

Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. If you’re not familiar with manuscript formats, consult William Shunn’s excellent guide.

If you wish to submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, please provide us with complete publication details which must include medium, date, title, and availability (if known) of publication. We will consider reprints on a case by case basis.

We welcome simultaneous submissions. However, please let us know in your cover letter and notify us in a jiffy if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We will let you know if your work is accepted or declined. If you haven’t heard from us after a couple of months, feel free to send a query.

All work submitted remains the property of the author.

As a small indie press, we can currently offer payment in the form of one complimentary copy of the e-book and print edition, and a contributor’s discount for the print edition. But we’ll also send lots of love your way with links to your website and promotion on our social media. Best of all, you’ll be part of the NLSP family!

All submissions must be made through our submissions manager by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.