Do you have a Funny Story?
Summit Studios plans to break new ground in 2013. We are hard at work gathering material for several new anthologies in a number of different categories. If you have a funny story that is also TRUE, we would love to hear from you.
Category One: Funny Stories from Cottage Country
There is no question Canada has been blessed with more lakes and trees - not to mention moose and canoes and outhouses - than it knows what to do with. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we've also been blessed with a superabundance of cottages. During the summer months, it has become a ritual for Canadians to pack their cars to the roof rack and head to the cottage. Any cottage. Of course, when they are there, it provides one of the most fertile backdrops for funny stories that one could ever imagine. And your job, dear writer, is to tell us your funny story.
Category Two: Funny Animal Stories
One of the reasons people have such an affinity for animals are the wonderful, silly and often unique personality traits they exude. Like the cat on that YouTube video that got its giggles from flushing its master's toilet. Repeatedly. Every day. It took the owner many months of investigating for leaky pipes and doing water audits, trying to figure out why the heck his water bill was always so high. Then, one day while he was home from work, he finally discovered the truth. So if you have a laugh-out-loud story about your pet (or somebody else's pet), write it up and send it to us. We also welcome funny stories about animals that are not pets.
Category Three: Funny Stories about Children
One way to guarantee some laughs is to gather a group of parents in one room and get them talking about their children. Perhaps this is because of the unique, innocent and refreshing perspectives that children bring to our collective lives (this is how parents describe the shenanigans of their kids on a good day). Or maybe it's because the little %$*&@ are so good at getting themselves into anything and everything that they shouldn't (see: Calvin, best friend of Hobbes). Whatever the case, the phrase "Kids can say (and do) the darndest things" is a pretty good starting point for considering stories that might fit into this category.
Category Four: Funny Stories from Western Canada
I am personally linked to each of Canada's three western provinces. I grew up in Saskatchewan, where I spent my youth running wild and free across the Canadian prairies; I came of age in the mountains of Banff National Park and spent thirteen years living in the Calgary-Banff corridor, where I also started this publishing business; and, more recently, my wife and I spent six of the most blissful years of our lives exploring BC's West Coast, hiking and sea kayaking whenever we had the chance.
One of my near-term goals at Summit Studios is to publish a series of "regional" humour anthologies that captures the essence of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The story selection criteria for these will be broader-based than previous anthologies, as the only stipulations will be that the stories have to be funny, they have to be TRUE, and they have to capture the essence of what it means to live in one of these provinces. Stories can be about specific events, they can be about quirky personalities, or writers can make use of the essay technique to paint a picture of some funny aspect of living in one of these western provinces.
May I suggest this short list of possible themes to consider:
Funny stories about Outdoor and Rural Living
Western Canadian road trips gone wrong
Confessions of Alberta/BC/Saskatchewan Sports Fanatics
Short profiles of colourful personalities
Funny stories about growing up in one of these provinces
Quirky lifestyles from the North
For detailed submission guidelines in PDF format, click here.
Please submit stories or story outlines by e-mail or snail mail to:
80 Cardinal Cres.
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 5Y4
We look forward to hearing from you!
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