Now Seeking Short Story Submissions: Quiet Desert, Lonely War – Short Stories of the Afghanistan Conflict

The always insightful Brian Castner has illustrated an issue with American war literature: a general lack of fiction pertaining to the Afghanistan War.

As an Afghanistan war veteran myself (and a published fiction writer in that regard), I consider this a call to arms. Muzzleland Press does not have the reach or influence of an established big press. But if the big companies won’t take on this mission, then we’ll step up to the plate.

While we tend to focus on genre fiction, we’re going to do something a little different for the anthology after High Strange Horror (releasing in April of 2015). My goal is to produce and publish a veteran-driven and edited short fiction collection about the Afghanistan conflict. Anyone with a connection to the war is welcome to submit, veteran or otherwise. See the requirements and description below, and pass the word.

Quiet Desert, Lonely WarShort Stories of the Afghanistan Conflict


Veterans, translators, civilian contractors, military family members and friends – they all have a story to tell. If the first casualty in war is the truth, the truest way to tell a war story is through fiction. Stories of combat, homecoming, goodbyes, tragedy, comedy—anything related to the U.S.-Afghanistan conflict is welcome in this anthology.

All stories must have a setting, theme, or characters that relate to the Afghanistan War. Authors should have some relationship and connection to the war. Military veterans are especially encouraged to submit.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length, and can be in any genre (including literary fiction, horror, fantasy, or science fiction).

Deadline: until filled.

Payment: $15 or five contributor’s copies; author’s preference.

Tentative Release: Late 2015

Send an email to: with the subject line “Submission: Quiet Desert, Lonely War”. Please follow our standard submission guidelines.

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