Hey Space Cadets, how’re y’all doing today?  While I’m dealing with real life issues, I needed a hobby. So, as one does, I read my emails as one does. There was a lot of interested in an anthology concept I’d joked about for years. The idea centered around a picture of Santa as a knuckle dragging, door kicking, Grade-A Operator. You know, just joking around. One email friend egged me on – then another, and now here we are.  So, after talking to my admin staff (you know, the boss) we decided to go for it.  If this is up your alley, read below! We’ve got an open call for short stories for this anthology!

santa OperativeTitle: TBD

Cover Designer: Jamie Glover

Editor: Red Adept Editing

Audiobook Narrator: Veronica Giguere

Submission Due Date: May 31, 2022

Story Acceptance Date:  June 10, 2022

Anthology Editing Date: TBD

Projected Publication Date: Black Friday

Revision of Rights: 1 year after publication, then anthology will be pulled out of KU and non-exclusive rights return to author.

Payment: The royalties will be split equally after we’ve earned back the overhead (book cover, audiobook, etc), with 2% going to the publishing company.

Requirements: 6,000 – 10,000 words – an original, unpublished story. All stories must be in a final edited state.

Publisher: Bayonet Books Publishing

 Concept: A short story inspired by Santa as a military operative – science fiction or fantasy are fine, but we want plenty of action and adventure. Lots of probing questions about aliens are expected, with plenty of room for things to go belly up.

We will be accepting a limited number of submissions via open call. Please submit stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, with a single space after periods. Indicate a scene break with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: *** Nothing else! Preface your story with your name, the title, your email address, and the word count as well as a short blurb and short bio.

If your story is chosen, we will send you a contract that spells out all of these details. Once the rights revert to you, we’ll pull the eBook out of Kindle Unlimited, however, they’ll still be available in both eBook and paperback.

Please send all submissions to Bayonet Books Publishing at this email address:

The subject line should have Santa Operator story submission followed by your name: ex: Santa Operator story submission, Bill Author.

Again, please preface your story with your name, the title, your email address, and word count. All of this makes your story easier to read, then quickly format for publication. Also, a short blurb for your story.


Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!



->As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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