Weren't Another Other Way To Be

Posted May 10, 2022 by steeldust

In this volume, like Waylon did with country music in those bygone days, we’re looking to rock the boat.

Outlaw Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Waylon Jennings
Edited by Alec Cizak

Regarding the crass commercialization of country music, Waylon Jennings once sang, “Where do we take it from here?” He answered that question by heading home to Texas and, with Shotgun Willie Nelson, reinvigorating the genre.

Today we ask the same question regarding crime fiction. It’s being cut off from its roots, sanitized, made “safe.” But in the same way that country music is more than western costumes and pop music formulae, crime fiction is more than the superficial trappings of the genre.

In this volume, like Waylon did with country music in those bygone days, we’re looking to rock the boat. Don’t give us stories contorted to conform to commercial, or political, agendas. We want outlaw fiction. The real deal. No apologies. No limits.


*Submissions will be open until August 31, 2022.

*We are seeking stories between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

*Use a Waylon Jennings song title as the title of your story, then follow wherever the inspiration leads. A complete list of Waylon Jennings' recorded songs is available here.

*Do not quote the lyrics of the song whose title you have chosen. Take the story in your own direction.

*Avoid cliches. Do not set your story in a bar.

*Seek to capture the spirit and attitude of the artist. Waylon was a hard partier with a big heart and little patience for bullshit.

*Each song title will be used once. Claimed titles will be posted on this page.

Send submissions to [email protected]

By submitting your work, you attest that you can grant full publication rights. If your story is accepted for publication, you agree not to publish it elsewhere for one year after this anthology is published.

About The Editor: Alec Cizak is a writer and filmmaker from Indianapolis. His fiction has appeared in several journals and anthologies.
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Last Updated May 10, 2022