Taking Submissions: Red Leaf Hollow

Deadline: December 4th, 2016.
Payment: $5 usd



It’s fall in the small New England town known as Red Leaf Hollow. It’s not on any map but it’s been around as long as the sun and the moon. The first snow is coming, but for now, the town is getting ready for All Hallow’s Eve and preparing for the harvest festival – a huge celebration before winter’s grip. Red Leaf Hollow is known for its strange happenings, its odd occupants, and the things that slither and haunt and howl in the night.

The sleepy town of Red Leaf Hollow is divided into two sides by the large and bustling (and sometimes blood red) Crescent Moon Creek.

Crescent Moon Creek, named after the river that separates it from the other half, is the only place where one may view the moon clearly through the thick trees and forest. It holds the town Commons where the harvest festival occurs, large Victorian houses, and tiny witch shacks that line the cobblestone streets.

Shadow Crest is on the other side of the river, where trees and plants always die, along with its residents. It is also home to the Hollow’s cemetery, Morningside, where inhabitants know better than to linger, especially after dusk. Shadow Crest is also home to Harvest Hill, a dead lump of land that once held the lumber to build the Founders’ homes…and coffins.

Red Leaf Hollow is home to the annual Werewolves convention, where people who have died return from the grave, and where many of the Salem witches fled to escape persecution. This is where witches drive black cats in the sidecar of their motorcycles and zombies are usually holding another 5K Moanfest. You’re the odd one out if you DON’T have a ghost in your house. Pumpkins line the streets and the houses and even some of the inhabitants’ heads.

Bring us your creepy, ghostly, and ghoul-y from the past or present. Bring us the things only you can see. Show us things that hide just below the surface of reality or under the stairs. Bring us colorful leaves swirling at your feet and brisk autumn days and nights under bright glowing stars and dark looming trees. We want creepy graveyards, legends, secret gardens, severed heads, monsters, dancing skeletons, burial grounds, secrets, witches, magic, curses, hauntings, macabre romances, and unexplainable events.


1. Anyone is welcome to submit a story. All people, all countries, all ages, etc.

2. All genres welcome! This is open to adult stories, new adult stories, young adult, and middle grade stories in ALL genres and in any time period. After all, a town is made up of many different ages and people and has a rich history. We love diversity!

3. This will be an ebook release with the potential to be a physical book depending on the performance of the ebook. It will be published by Hocus Pocus & Co., Jolene’s small press.

4. Word count of your story should fall between 1,000 to 4,000 words (as a guideline). A little under or over is okay.

5. Submitting a story or a drawing does not guarantee you will be selected. There will only be 10-12 stories selected.

7. THIS IS A PAID ANTHOLOGY. If selected, you will receive $5 US dollars via Paypal. Stories should be new (previously unpublished elsewhere).

8. This is to be released October 3rd, 2017.

9. All edits will be done through Google docs.

10. You have all harvest to write! Deadline for submissions is December 4th, 2016.


1. Write your story following the guidelines above, using the shared locations Red Leaf Hollow and its creeptastic surroundings. Make sure the vibe and mood of your story fits.

2. Email it to redleafhollow at gmail dot com. Your subject should be: Red Leaf Hollow Submission. Please include your name, a little bit about you, your Twitter handle (if any), and any pertinent information.

3. Jessi and Jolene will review all submissions and get back to you. Please note that if your story is not accepted, it’s no reflection of you or your writing style.


Via: Jolene Haley.

Taking Submissions: Robbed Of Sleep Winter 2016

Deadline: October 31st, 2016
Payment: $5 for flash (up to 1,000 words) and $10 for a short

‘Robbed of Sleep’ publishes twice each year, in Summer and the early Winter months of the year. We are always looking for a sampling of the strangely dark, the darkly humorous, the starkly beautiful, and the hauntingly deranged to feature in its pages.

Submission Schedule



June, 2015 – Volume III
December, 2015 – Volume IV
June, 2016 – Volume V
December, 2016 – Volume VI

If you are interested in submitting, send your very best work to:

[email protected]

Subject Line: ‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol. X.) – [TITLE OF PIECE], [WORD COUNT]’

An example subject line is as follows:


Failure to follow subject line guidelines is an instant poor first impression.

You are strongly encouraged to track your submission with our DuoTrope listing.


We are looking for stories anywhere from 100-1,000 word flash pieces, up through 2,000-4,000 word larger pieces. Something falling in between 1,000-2,000 words will be considered, especially if it’s great.

I am willing to look at pieces above 4,000, but not very. This means that if you are sending me something super long, it better be twice as good as it is long to even stand a chance at inclusion. You are much more likely to get something within the guidelines accepted.

Please submit pieces in .docx or .doc format. I’ll accept .rtf, but I’ll frown a little when I get it.

Pieces must be submitted in proper manuscript formatting. If you don’t already use this formatting, I suggest you learn about it now: it’ll really make your work look professional. Here is a link outlining the details of the format.

The first installment of ‘Robbed of Sleep’ featured 18 stories. The second, twenty one. Each volume will probably clock in around there. Keep in mind, a substantial percentage of the featured stories are flash pieces.

You can submit up to three such flash pieces in one e-mail, but please only submit one longer piece at a time. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. I’ll rapidly withdraw any stories that you e-mail me to withdraw. I’ve been there before, I understand. Please wait two weeks after rejection or withdrawal to submit another piece.

We’re not looking for reprints. You will retain full rights to your stories, however, and you can publish them immediately after their appearance in ‘Robbed of Sleep’ without any entanglement of rights.

Starting with Volume 5 (that is, stories submitted from February 2016 onward), payment will consist of $10.00 (US) for a story over 1,000 words, and $5.00 for a flash piece, payable via PayPal, along with a code good for buying paperback copies at cost of materials. If you don’t have PayPal, we will make other arrangements.

I look forward to your submissions! Please allow one to three months for a response. I’m not sure how much feedback I’ll be able to give on rejections, but I’ll try not to be a robot. Thanks again, and happy writing!

Via: Robbed of Sleep.

Taking Submissions: In Our Bodies


Deadline: October 15th, 2016
Payment: $10 usd

In Our Bodies (Body Horror):
Submissions open 08/13/16-10/15/2016
What we are looking for:
Body Horror. Specifically, stories to make our readers skin crawl. Mutations, disease, or  mutilation- we want it all!
Pay $10 per story
Word Count 2000-5000 words
Anticipated Release Date 02/2017

Additional Stipulations:
No reprints. No simultaneous submissions. We will hold all rights to reprints for one year from the date of publication.Must be able to return the signed contract (if accepted) within 15 days of receipt.) Payment for accepted submissions will be made within 15 days of receipt of signed contract. If you have an amazing story over 5k words that you believe will fit, we can consider  it for publication. However, if the story is accepted pay will not be increased for word count.  As with all of our work we do not accept erotica.

Via: Disquieted Dreams.

Taking Submissions: Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures


Deadline: October 14, 2016
Payment: Royalty split and 1 contributor’s copy

Mocha Memoirs Press is pleased to announce that they will be publishing another Sherlock Holmes anthology with editor A.C. Thompson! So sharpen those pencils and get ready to write.

“The game is afoot!”


Welcome back to Baker Street! Holmes and Watson are there to greet you once more with amazing tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery with a supernatural twist. This time the great detective and his stalwart companion will venture into alternate universes, histories, and futures to solve puzzling cases of the paranormal beyond the bounds of imagination.


In Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures, I am looking for stories that diverge from the original canon setting of Victorian England. The adventures should be paranormal in nature, but the universe is completely open. In fact, stories set in the traditional Victorian will not be considered. Some examples of alternate settings might be: steampunk, weird west, distant future, space, ancient world (ok, so I’d just really like to see if someone could do it…), dystopian, American noir, or even modern times (BE CAREFUL WITH THIS. I CAN’T PUBLISH SHERLOCK BBC FANFICTION!).


Word of warning:  Sherlock is a beloved character with a very distinct voice and manner.  We want to be sure that we keep and/ or expand on those attributes that have made him a literary icon. However, I am very interested in seeing diverse characters in starring roles (gender, ethnicity, etc.). The entire original canon is available on Kindle for FREE.  Take advantage.


This time, I’m a little more flexible with genre. I am looking for stories that will fall into the speculative fiction genre and all its subspecies (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, magical realism, gothic horror, etc.). I’m even being adventurous this time and allowing for a romantic element as long as you stay true to the character, but NO EROTICA (it’s not that kind of book). The important thing is— it has to have a paranormal thread. These are CURIOUS INCIDENTS, not everyday occurrences.


Let your imaginations run wild and give me something I haven’t seen before!


Publication of CURIOUS INCIDENTS: MORE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES will again be handled through Mocha Memoirs Press and therefore, all submissions are subject to their general guidelines which include, but are not limited to:  no bestiality, glorified rape, necrophilia, hate language, etc.  We are not seeking erotic stories for this anthology.




Minimum word count:  4,000 not to exceed 8,000


Payment:  split royalties + 1 contributor copy.


General Mocha Memoirs Press Submission Guidelines:


  • Submit your work to [email protected] with “CURIOUS INCIDENTS” Sub: [Your Story Title]; [Your Name] in the subject line. Attach your story as a DOC or DOCX file. Submissions sent in the body of the email will not be read.  Stories should be in 12pt, Times New Roman font.  Please double space. Don’t forget to include a title page that includes all contact information.  


  • Include a brief cover letter in the body of your email stating your name, pen name (if using one), story title with word count, a brief (1 paragraph) synopsis, and bio.  


  • No simultaneous submissions, please. We ask that you do not submit a story to us and to another market at the same time.


  • Multiple submissions—sending more than one story for consideration—are okay. If sending more than one story, please send them in separate emails.

Via: Mocha Memoirs Press.

Killer Reads Is Open For Novel Submissions


Note: This is a crime fiction market but if you’ve got a mix of crime fiction and horror it ‘might’ be worth checking out. No payment details are included though as a HarperFiction imprint chances are it will be pro-rates.

Specifications for submissions for Open Submission at KillerReads

KillerReads is an e-first imprint of HarperFiction at HarperCollins.

Mission statement for KillerReads:

We are on the lookout for commercial crime and thrillers ranging from police procedurals, to psychological thrillers, to high-concept thrillers and beyond.

We are looking for fantastic writing that hooks us, making us want to turn the page and find out what happens next; and characters that stay with us long after we finish reading. We want to feel moved, compelled, shocked, and intrigued.

We want to give a voice to exciting emerging talent in the genre that may otherwise go unheard.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to read your novel!

Email address for submissions: [email protected]

Entry rules:

  1. KillerReads is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF
  2. All submissions must be sent by email to the designated Open Submission email address: [email protected]
  3. Submissions that have been sent by post or means other than email to the correct email address will not be accepted.
  4. Each submission must contain:
    • Full length novel with sequential page numbering included, with the first page being the title page;
    • Synopsis of whole book, including the complete plot and the story’s end (maximum 500 words); a one paragraph summary of the book; a short list of the main characters; and
    • Author biography, to include any blogs and/or social media information, any creative writing courses attended, short stories published, prizes won, literary or media mentors and contacts, etc (maximum 1 page).
  5. The submission must be in Word format throughout all documents; all documents must be submitted at the same time, attached to a single email (the attachments each to be clearly individually marked as ‘manuscript’, ‘synopsis’, and ‘author biography’); the chapters of the manuscript are to be in one document, NOT sent as separate documents. In addition, each of the three documents should be marked IN THE FILE NAME with the author’s name and the title of the novel and this information should also be marked on every page of each document [using the Header tool].
  6. In the ‘Subject’ area at the top of an entrant’s submission email, entrants should put the title and their (pen) name.
  7. In the body of the email, authors must provide their full name, address, and phone number.
  8. Submissions that do not meet requirements of points 4-7 inclusive shall not be read.
  9. Any submission containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected.
  10. Any submission made on behalf of or for another person, or multiple submissions, will not be read.
  11. Novels submitted must be within the crime thriller genre
  12. All novels must be in prose.
  13. All novels must be written in English.
  14. Submissions must never have been self-published.
  15. Submissions must never have been posted on publishing websites, forums or access platforms such as (but not limited to) Wattpad, Smashwords, Lulu, FanFiction, CompletelyNovel.
  16. All novels must never have had an ISBN.
  17. Authors must be prepared to undertake editorial work on their novel.
  18. Authors must be prepared to undertake publicity and promotional responsibilities.
  19. No correspondence between KillerReads, HarperCollins or the hopeful authors can be entered into, unless at KillerReads’s request, and we will not respond to unsolicited communications.
  20. KillerReads shall endeavour to read the submissions as quickly as possible.
  21. There is no obligation on KillerReads to publish any of the entrants to the Open Submission, in print or in ebook, or to offer any sort of editorial advice.
  22. KillerReads’s decision is final; we cannot guarantee that unsuccessful authors will be notified.
  23. You will retain all copyright in your submission and by submitting your novel you grant HarperCollins a licence to copy your submission and share it with its affiliates solely for the purpose of reviewing it.
  24. Neither HarperCollins nor KillerReads will be able to return any submissions, so make sure you have a copy stored safely before you submit.
  25. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for reviewing your submission and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. HarperCollins’ privacy policy can be found at: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/legal/Pages/privacy-policy.aspx
  26. HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this open submission and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the open submission at any stage.

– See more at: http://www.killerreads.com/open-submissions/#sthash.207MVZ94.dpuf

Taking Submissions: 2016 World Unknown Review Volume III

Deadline: October 31st, 2016
Payment: 3 contributor’s copies and $15 USD

Submissions for the 2016 World Unknown Review (Volume III) are now OPEN! This is an exciting new literary review with a strong focus on independent authors, though anyone is welcome. If you are interested, please consider the following regulations before submitting. We look forward to seeing what wonderful, inspired pieces start flooding in for consideration!

Applicants selected to be featured in the Review will be awarded three (3) contributor copies of the publication as well as $15 (USD) via check or PayPal or $30 (USD) for the novella competition. Any international writers (outside the US) will be paid via PayPal only. There is no entry fee, and applicants may submit as many stories as they would like. All we ask is that these simple rules be followed:

1. Entries must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please send entries with the subject “World Unknown Review Submission.” Send submissions as an ATTACHMENT in .doc, .docx, or .rft formats. Please, no PDFs.
2. All entries must be submitted before the deadline, October 31st, 2016.Responses will follow a few weeks after the deadline, usually November 15th.
3. For short stories and poetry, there is no limit on word count, though moderately sized stories stand a better chance. Novella entries must be 17,5000 words or more, broken up into several chapters.
4. Final decisions are purely on the opinion of the editor of the collection, L.S. Engler. We strive for variety above all else and welcome all genres.
5. Please include a small blurb about yourself for the eventual publication.
6. Spread the word! Okay, technically, this is not a rule, but please spread the news around that World Unknown Review is looking for submissions. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting.
7. Work that has been previously published in forums or on your own personal blogs or websites will be accepted, but, please, no work that has been previously published elsewhere in a professional manner.

We will also be accepting submissions for cover art, original drawings or photographs that might be chosen for the cover of the WUR’s first issue. Due to the important nature of a cover, the payment for the winning photograph or artwork will be $25 (USD).

If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the type of stories we publish (which is never a bad idea), please consider purchasing one of the previous volumes, which you can find here:

Volume I (2014) 99 cent ebook, $8.18 paperback
Volume II (2015) 99 cent ebook, $9.25 paperback

Thank you, and the best of luck to our applicants!

Via: L.S. Engler.

Brain Babies: How are We Supposed to Compete?


Okay, so this is HorrorTree, right? So, I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume that the majority of the people reading this are, in fact, horror writers. Or at least writers who dabble in horror. Dabbling in horror sounds ridiculous. Like “dabbling in murder.” Which I may have to use somewhere, ’cause I like the sound of it.

Anyway, I, at least, write horror. I write other stuff, too: fantasy, (light) SF, and even kids’ stuff. All under my own name. I catch flak for this once in a while. People are all like, “You write erotic horror (I do) and children’s books under the same name?!? What if someone reads your kids’ books and decides to see what else you write?”

Um, great! As long as they don’t show my erotic horror to their kids, I don’t see a problem. And, even if they do, that is not on me. That’s shitty parenting. Not my fault. I sure as fuck don’t show the nasty stuff to my own kids. Hell, I don’t even show the creepy, unsettling stuff to my kids. When they’re older, sure, if they want to read it. But, no way am I going to scar my children for life as they read graphic depictions of torture and dismemberment (along with a joke or two, usually). They can read that stuff when they’re teens, I guess. But, not the erotic stuff. They aren’t reading that until they’re, I don’t know, thirty? Maybe when I’m dead. I don’t want them to have to look at me afterward, to know the kind of sick, evil shit that goes on in my mind.

My six-year-old, after I said “Hi” to about four total strangers in a row (she and I were walking home from the park), asked me why I did that.

“I’m being friendly,” I said. “I like to be friendly. I think the world would be a better place if more people took the time to say ‘hello’.”

She said, “Okay, yeah, but why are you friendly? You write horror.”

I explained that I write horror to get rid of the ugly, unpleasant things in my mind. To give an outlet to the more disturbing, awful thoughts we all have. And, in a way, this makes it easier for me to be friendly. I’m generally in a pretty good mood most days. I don’t think it’s all because I get the icky stuff out in fiction. I have a lot to be happy about, too. But, you know, I think it helps. Maybe a lot. Most of the horror writers I have met are really nice people. Some of the sickest fuckers on the page are some of the kindest and most supportive friends you could ever want.

Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

Which brings us back to my original topic for this particular Brain Baby: how are we supposed to compete? What do I mean? I mean the real world, folks. The real, sick, twisted, violent world.

I’m trying to wrap my head around everything that’s going on around me right now, and to tell you the truth, I’m having a hell of a hard time.

Cops are killing people because of the color of their skin. Snipers are shooting cops. Terrorists are blowing up buildings, trains, buses, themselves. The presumptive Republican President of the United States is a bombastic, hate-spewing bigoted Oompa Loompa with a dead mongoose on his head. His opponent damn near went to jail.The potential leaders of the free world, folks!  Kids – fucking high school kids – are walking into schools and shooting their classmates. And, most of this is happening right here in America. In the good ol’ U.S. of A. My home. My backyard.

What the unholy fuck, world?

In the face of this, I wonder why I even bother. How do I compete with such utter appalling atrocities? And, why should I? I’ve had people tell me, “I don’t read horror. The real world is bad enough.”

They’re right. The real world is bad enough.

But, here’s the thing. I’m gonna keep on writing it. You know why? Because, as I told my daughter, I do this to get the icky stuff out of my system, to make it easier for me to be a happy person, to be friendly.

And, maybe, just maybe, something I write will resonate with a reader. Maybe one of my stories will speak to someone who is on the edge of doing something ugly, something in the real world, something permanent.

I know it’s a long shot. I know my stuff may never do anything more than entertain (I hope it entertains. Or makes your skin crawl. That’s entertaining. For me.) But, what if it works? What if someone reads one of my horror stories and thinks, “I get this! I have all this horrible shit in my head, too! I need to write it down, maybe get someone to read it. Maybe get it published.”

And, if that happens, ladies and gents (and others), maybe the world will have another horror writer, maybe a damn good one. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have one less horrible statistic. One less young life lost. One less hate crime.

I don’t know if what we do makes a whole lot of difference, but I hope so. If we, as writers, can make even a little difference, make the world a little less terrible, then it’s worth every rejection. It’s worth all the research, the editing, the self-doubt.

‘Cause, unless something changes, this world is fucking doomed.

Thanks for listening.

Ongoing Submissions: Nefarious Thoughts

Payment: $25

General. Nefarious Thoughts (NT) publishes four times a year (Oct 1, Jan 1, Apr 1, July 1). NT accepts submissions year around, unless otherwise noted here.

We’re searching for strong fiction with solid characters and a plot that makes readers think, squirm in their seats, and be utterly entertained. Foremost, we want to feel for your characters, whether we love them or hate them. We also want a story that is riveting, making us wait in hopeful or horrified suspense for the climax. We welcome a wide variety of dark tales with a realistic edge, including subtle horror, psychological, supernatural, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, cross-genre, and experimental. Tales are not restricted to a serious nature. Stories featuring vampires, werewolves, serial killers, and the like, must have an original fresh twist and be particularly terrifying, interesting, and/or unusual to catch our attention and hold it. Rummage in the darkest recesses of your mind and find out what frightens you most — even if it’s funny. Give “horror” your own definition and make us believe it. Have a good time writing the story from the edge of your seat and we’ll have fun reading it from the edge of ours.

NT is also looking for dark art reflective of our content (can be abstract), inspirational, how-to, industry news, and opinion articles / essays with a dark slant, fresh views, and personal touches, book reviews, and interviews. If you have something not listed here, but you feel it fits, give it a whirl. We’re open minded.

Study the current issue before submitting to ensure your contribution is on target!

Let it be duly noted NT WILL NOT accept formulaic stories or horror stories that includes gore for gore’s sake, chainsaw-hack-’em-up pulp, or pornographic material of any kind or in any form or under any circumstances!


  1. Observe guidelines carefully! Anything outside the guidelines will be deleted unread!
  2. Proofread! The editor doesn’t mind small incidental corrections (we all overlook things), but if a rewrite or massive corrections are necessary, the mss will be deleted. You may, if you wish, submit your work for proofing and correction notes. If you’re interested in this service, send an email to the Editor. There is a charge for this service, details of which will be included in the email and are calculated on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Always Include: a) real name and mailing address, b) a short bio for publication (you may include a photo if you wish), c) your email address, and d) subject line of email — Genre (fiction, poetry, etc.): Title of submission.  If any of these is missing, the submission will be deleted unread.
  4. Turn around time on submission runs between 2-3 weeks.

Contact:  Connie L. Sherwood, Publisher, Editor, Writer, and Webmaster

Format and Submission: This category applies to all submissions. Nefarious Thoughts accepts electronic submissions only! Use the form provided at the end of these Guidelines to submit. The ezine retains one time electronic rights for three (3) months upon publication and a one time printing rights for the anthology, after which time all rights revert back to the author/artist. NT archives its publication indefinitely in PDF format — a copy of the story as it appeared will be placed there. Free PDF ebook issues will be available to contributors for download. Due to size, the PDF will not be emailed. Please note the instructions for free PDF editions below. Stories will not be reprinted without the author’s express written permission. Should a submission be rejected, the electronic file will be destroyed; no stories will be returned.

Contributors download the PDF edition. Use the form at the bottom of the Contributor Copies page. Within 24 hours you will receive the free key.

Please observe the following when submitting:

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUMBISSIONS PLEASE! Authors who break this pledge will be noted and any future submissions will be unsummarily and automatically rejected. However, the editor will consider previously published stories (reprints), if a) proper prior credit is given, and b) at least one (1) year has passed since prior publication (please query first).

A few dos and don’ts to remember when submitting:

   Do NOT paste manuscripts, poems, articles, or artwork into an email; these will be deleted unread.
PLEASE: Use the form provided at the bottom of this page for all submissions. Attachment should be in MS Word (365 backwards). Absolutely no Word Pad, .rtf, ASCII, or PDF documents will be accepted; submission in these formats will be deleted unread.
   Do NOT use hard returns at the end of lines in manuscripts or articles (okay for poetry)*
Do NOT space between paragraphs.
   Do NOT use headers or footers:  for captions, doc info, or page numbering (whether software tagged or manually typed) Use a cover page with author information and addition page for author bio information.
   Do NOT use HTML tags or special or hidden word processing tags (such as macros, tab/ruler bars, paragraphing (MS Word), or comments, etc.).
   Do USE double spacing.
   Do USE 12 pt New Times Roman font ONLY!
Bullet pin   Do USE tabbed paragraph indents (but not more than 5 spaces), but do not add the spaces manually with the space bar.
Bullet pin   Do USE a cover page with story title, pen name (if any), real name, address, email, word count, PayPal account (required for payment), and a short bio.
Bullet pin   Do USE italics and bold face (or other internal formatting) in the body of your manuscript.

*Except for headings, lists, etc.

Fiction. NT is looking for original, unpublished fiction up to 7,000 words (anything longer, please query). We accept 4 manuscripts per issue. .

Poetry. NT is looking for original, unpublished dark poetry up to 100 lines (anything longer, please query). NT accepts 4 poems per issue.  Pleases do not send more than five poems for any one submission.

Art. NT is looking for original, unpublished dark art to compliment its content. No size limit. NT will size to fit. NT accepts varying quantities of artwork in either gif or jpg formats.

Nonfiction. NT is looking for original, unpublished nonfiction articles / essays up to 3,000 words with a slant toward the darker side of writing (anything longer, please query). NT also accepts other writing-related articles so long as they relate to horror in some manner and compliment our concept. If you have an idea for a series or column, please query first. Example ideas might be ghost hunting, hauntings, dreams, nightmares, fiction, poetry, or writing / creative writing fundamentals. Interviews and book reviews are welcome with a limit of 1,500 words (anything longer, please query). NT accepts two (2) articles, essays, reviews, or interviews per issue. Please take a look at the various pages for our layout and content requirements (for example, on the book review page generally use an article title, your name, the book title, author, publisher, places where the book is available, number of pages, the year the book was published, a jpg or gif of the front cover of the book, and any relevant urls).

Payment Policy

NT does not currently pay market rates.

Fiction: $25
Nonfiction: $10
Poetry: $5
Art: $10

Halloween Short Story Contests:   Each year NT will hold a Halloween contest with a monetary prizes. Notification that a contest is coming up can be found on the cover page under “NEWS.” NT accepts submissions for the contest all year around. The cut off date each year is Sept. 15th. A link to contest guidelines will be posted. You can also view the contest page from the menu at any time.

Special Note to Existing or Potential Package Sponsors, Advertisers, and Non-Anonymous Sponsors: If interested in advertising or sponsoring Nefarious Thoughts, please download Media Kit from the menu. PDF editions of Nefarious Thoughts can be downloaded from the Archives (for sale $4.95) and the Contributor’s Copies pages (free for content contributors). Advertisers and Sponsors receive free keys. Advertisers receive a key for their running issue(s) and Sponsors receive free keys for each year of sponsoring.

To submit goto: Nefarious Thoughts.

Taking Submissions: Revolutions 2

Deadline: December 31st, 2016
Payment: £15 Sterling

Following the success of REVOLUTIONS, the speculative fiction anthology produced by the Manchester Speculative Fiction Group, we have decided to produce a sequel, titled (you guessed it) REVOLUTIONS 2!

We want your sci-fi, horor and fantasy stories! Payment rates have also gone up, so see the guidelines below and get submitting!

The theme will be the same as for the first anthology, which is that all stories must be speculative fiction and be linked to Manchester, England in some way.

REVOLUTIONS 2 will be available in e-book and print formats later this year.

Submissions are open to anyone who is aged over 18 from anywhere in the world.

The last date we will accept submissions is: 31st December 2016

Please read ALL of the guidelines BEFORE you submit.



What We Want

Stories must contain speculative fiction elements. This includes: science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, urban/contemporary fantasy, and dark fantasy.

Stories must be between 1,500 and 6,000 words in length.

All stories must be associated with Manchester or the Greater Manchester area in some meaningful way. For example, a story set aboard an orbiting space station that just happens to be called Manchester in the Alpha Proximae star system will probably be rejected. Having said that, we are flexible on this. The editors all have different tastes in fiction. If in doubt, submit!

Be creative. We want stories that are fresh, smart, entertaining, and emotionally satisfying. We want stories that surprise us, horrify us or offer us a glimpse of something we never imagined. You can be ultra-realistic or far removed from reality. The only thing is that your story must be set in Manchester or its suburbs.

You can find out about Manchester right here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester

Stories should be attached to an email and sent to [email protected]

In the subject line of your email write: “Submission [STORY TITLE] – [YOUR NAME]”

Stories should be in Times New Roman or Courier font, 12 point, double spaced. The following file formats are acceptable: rtf, .doc, .docx

Submissions must be in English.

What We Don’t Want

We do NOT want novels, pictures books, illustrations, non-fiction articles or photographs. We only publish short fiction.

We will NOT publish anything that depicts child abuse or bestiality.

NO multiple submissions. This means you can submit only one story until you receive a decision from us. You may then submit another story and so on.

For a taste of the kind of things we like, it would certainly be an advantage to read the first REVOLUTIONS anthology, available here: http://amzn.to/2aPakpq

Feel free to ask any questions to our self-aware Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/revolutionsanthology

Did we mention it has to have some connection to Manchester?

What We Give You:

REVOLUTIONS 2 is a paying market.

We pay each author that we publish a single payment of £15 Sterling.

What We Ask For:

First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, exclusive for 12 months. After that you are free to publish your material elsewhere.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBooks, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you to decide if publishing your work in print and eBook formats and on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for the above token payment, is really what you want to do.

We also reserve the right to place short (1 page or less) excerpts of stories online indefinitely for advertising purposes.

 That’s it!

Tentative publication date early 2017.

We look forward to reading your work!

Via: Manchester Speculative Fiction.

Taking Submissions: Humans Wanted


Deadline: December 31, 2016
Payment: $250/story

Word limit: 3000-6000 words.

Pay rate: $250/story

Genre: Science Fiction only (no Fantasy, Steampunk or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story).

Language: English (translations are welcome).

Submissions open: August 1, 2016

Submissions close: December 31, 2016

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here.

When going somewhere dangerous, take a human. Humans are tough. Humans can last days without food. Humans heal so quickly, they pierce holes in themselves or inject ink under their epidermis for fun. Humans will walk for days on broken bones in order to make it to safety. Humans will literally cut off bits of themselves if trapped by a disaster.

You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for. 

That’s the other thing. Humans pack-bond, and they spill their pack-bonding instincts everywhere. Sure it’s weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic. It’s even a little weird that just existing in the same place as them for long enough seems to make them care about you. 

But if you’re hurt, if you’re trapped, if you need someone to fetch help? You really want a human. 

(Thanks to Tumblr user iztarshi for the idea and the above copy. Used with permission)

I am looking for stories that show diverse humanity in a positive light, as useful contributors to the universe. I want humans who build relationships and forge new paths, not humans that destroy or devastate those they meet. Submit stories with strong characters in positive stories that portray humans as useful and generally helpful to the universe. Diversity is encouraged.

Any type of science fiction is acceptable (whether it be “hard” or “soft,” “space opera” or “near-future” etc.). Keep your story PG-13 so many readers can enjoy the anthology.

Writers of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to humanswanted at gmail dot com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count.

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