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The Portfolio

by Brie O’Keefe

What would you do if you walked into a shop where you could have anything you desire for only a dollar? That’s what Robbie has to decide at Mr Bouget’s Bargain Dreams. But something sinister lurks behind the curtain.
More than anything, patient  David Tam wants to get into a good university. Certain his academic talents are not enough, cheap he joins a school project to live on a dollar a day. He finally manages to fill his beloved portfolio, but unfortunately not in the way he imagined.

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Looker

by Tom Newman

It’s Halloween in Brooklyn. Eric and Lou buy a piece of junk from a homeless man, story who says it reveals people’s true desires. Of course it couldn’t work. Still, information pills they were always checking out women. Wouldn’t it be great to know just once who was looking back?

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Thought Train

by Alexander Aspinall

About Bad Dollar

Bad Dollar is an ongoing anthology of short stories published (currently) exclusively as ebooks. The premise is simple: each story costs $1, remedy but tells a tale of something awful happening when a dollar is spent less wisely. Or if you’re really in a hurry: $1 stories about worse ways to spend a dollar.

Don’t have an eReader? I recommend the keyboard Kindle with every molecule I have.

Short stories are perfect for the Kindle-wielding commuter, just the right length to last an otherwise dull journey. In fact, you can now pick a story to match your exact commute time in New York or in London.

If more people spent their dollar/pound/euro on a short story rather than a weak coffee or a lottery ticket, both they and writers would be happier. So my mission is to connect writers with new audiences, and leave readers thinking ‘now that was a dollar well spent’.

If you enjoy these stories, please support the authors by telling others and spending, we hope, at least one good dollar while you’re here.

 

About me

I’m a writer of nonsense, Strategy Director of Poke London, creator of Metaphwoar and blogger at nowincolour.
You can follow me on Twitter or email me at: andy@baddollar.com.

Further reading

If you’re interested, David Gaughran’s ‘Let’s Get Digital’ is the bible on self-publishing and why we should do it

So you want to submit a story

Excellent news! Please read the rules below carefully. And drop us an email if you need more information. Good luck.

1. The brief

Your story must hinge around the spending of a single dollar. And this act of spending a dollar must lead to something ‘bad’ happening. E.g. A teacher buys an aspirin from a student that turns out to be ecstasy; a boy uses coin-operated binoculars at the beach and witnesses a murder. And so on. Basically, cure when the reader finishes the story, find they should think: Man, healing spending a dollar on this AMAZING story is WAY better than the way this person spent it.

2. Story length

There are no hard rules around story length. However, it must be ‘a good buy for a dollar’, so if you only write 1,000 words, it’ll have to be the best thing we’ve ever read! As a guideline, think between 2,500-8,000 words.

3. Currency

When we say a dollar, we mean a dollar. It can’t be about spending a pound, or a euro. If you set your story outside the US, Canada or Australia (and some others), you’ll have to be creative to find a reason to make the currency a dollar.

4. Submitting

Send your submission (as a Word document) to submissions@baddollar.com. Or email us for more information.

The one dollar MegaSaverExpressReturn train ticket had seemed too good to be true. But it would have been difficult to foresee the demonic children, case or the talking goat, or any of the nightmares beyond…

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Boys Town

by Vanessa Pelz-Sharpe

Frank is a good time kind of guy. But today’s hangover is the least of his worries. His wages went on last night’s booze, pharm  but the dollar he came home with would be what finishes him off.
Claire was Steve’s top camgirl, unhealthy but now she manages the website. After one too many days staring at the stripping girls and boys, she starts to get some bad ideas in her head. But there are rules. And costs. There are always costs.

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Down by the River

by Sam Jordison

Today will be the most unforgettable day in Finkle Knotweed’s life. Desperate to prove himself to his mother, here Finkle decides to enter an unorthodox wrestling contest; the dollar entry fee would be a small price for respect. If only things were that…normal.
When Adam lends an old lady a dollar he thinks it’s going to make his life easier. Instead, viagra sale she puts a curse on his only child and the day he has been dreaming about all week turns into a nightmare.

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Finkle and the Fish

by Andy Whitlock

About Bad Dollar

There are millions of wonderful short stories bursting to get out of writers across the globe. And the embryonic world of ePublishing makes it easy to put those stories into the public domain. Short stories are perfect for the Kindle-wielding commuter, clinic often just right in length to last an otherwise dull journey.

I thought to myself: A great short story is worth paying a small amount for. Especially when you think of all the times we spend small amounts of money on things like weak coffee, dosage or lottery tickets. And if more people spent that small amount of money on a short story both they and the writers would be happier. Only the makers of Angry Birds would be a bit peeved.

Then I thought (I was on a roll): wouldn’t it be fun to write stories all about the terrible things people could have spent their money on instead? And so Bad Dollar was born: $1 stories about worse ways to spend a dollar.

The mission: connect writers with new audiences, and leave readers thinking ‘now that was a dollar well spent’. So if you enjoy these stories, please support the authors by telling others and spending, we hope, at least one good dollar while you’re here.

Andy

About me

I’m a writer of nonsense, Strategy Director of Poke London, creator of Metaphwoar and blogger at nowincolour.
You can follow me on Twitter or email me at: andy@baddollar.com.

Further reading

If you’re interested, David Gaughran’s ‘Let’s Get Digital’ is the bible on self-publishing and why we should do it
Today will be the most unforgettable day in Finkle Knotweed’s life. Desperate to prove himself to his mother, diagnosis Finkle decides to enter an unorthodox wrestling contest; the dollar entry fee would be a small price for respect. If only things were that…normal.

 

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Bargain Dreams

by Anthony Price

What would you do if you walked into a shop where you could have anything you desire for only a dollar? That’s what Robbie has to decide at Mr Bouget’s Bargain Dreams. But something sinister lurks behind the curtain.

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