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Deadline: December 31st 2013
Payment: Exposure Only
We welcome short story submissions from authors of adult horror and dark fiction.
What do we need?
We do not accept submissions by post or courier. You must submit to us by email and the address is:email@example.com
1. In the subject line of your email please put: MAGSUB/YOUR NAME/TITLE OF YOUR WORK
2. Attach your work as a .doc .docx or .rtfattachment ONLY. Emails with other kinds of attachment (eg. Zipped files) will be deleted. Sorry, but this is for internet security.
Manuscripts should be formatted in 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced with one inch margins. Please indent paragraphs do not TAB; no spaces between paragraphs – spaces should only be between scenes (yes, we know we can reformat them but it saves a lot of time). We are currently looking for short stories only – total word count 1,000 – 5,000.
3. In the body of the email tell us a bit about your background and your writing. Don’t fret over it – if your writing is good we won’t reject you on the basis of a lousy covering letter. We just want to know who you are and that you can follow basic instructions. Just be yourself. Oh, and give us links to your website or blog, Facebook, Twitter and so on if you have them (don’t go rushing off to sign up if you don’t – it isn’t make or break).
When will you hear from us?
At the moment we aim to reply within 60 days and often it is sooner. However, we reply to all submissions whether we are interested in taking them further or not; we think this is polite and it means you’re not left wondering.
Can you submit to other publishers/agents at the same time?
Of course. We think it’s unreasonable to demand exclusivity. All we ask is that you let us know if you are offered a contract in the meantime
What else do you need to know?
Please don’t send us more than one story at once. If you have more than one please wait for us to respond to the first before sending another.
Please only submit original work that belongs to you (no fan fiction) and has not been previously published. We do not accept unsolicited reprints.
Please only submit completed manuscripts – not works in progress.
We do not pay contributors at the moment, although it is our aim to do so in the future as we monetise the site and magazine. Gaining that all-important exposure for new writers is our main objective, and we will strive to make Massacre Magazine as widely available as possible. Contributors will each receive a PDF of the magazine, have a short expose within the magazine itself, and also a spotlight feature on the Massacre website.
For published pieces we take First Print and/or Electronic Publishing Rights. Ninety (90) days after publication story rights return to author. Please bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, 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 limits the number of markets that will accept it, and reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for no and/or a token payment, is what you want to do.
Deadline for inclusion in second edition - December 31st 2013
Submissions after this date will be considered for future editions.
If you need to ask us something?
In the first instance please send an email via the Contact Form and we will respond as soon as we can. If something isn’t clear, do not be afraid to ask.
Via: Massacre Publishing.
I’m back with some more words of wisdom, well that’s the plan. Today we will be discussing a little subject that many new writers feel as they begin their new writing journey. There is so much to consider when you decide to pursue this route, and the mind can sometimes feel overwhelmed by it all. Not only do you have to learn to perfect your craft, you also need to get to grips with the whole publishing issue. From knowing where to send your stories, to which editors’ advice to follow, it can all boggle the mind.
So why do I feel the need to discuss this, well Mr Self Doubt loves to latch onto this overwhelming effect and use it against you. You convince yourself that you are feeling this way because this isn’t the path for you, and that somehow because you find the process a little confusing it means you are not good enough to pursue this career. This is wrong we are all human after all and a lot of the time, this feeling of being overwhelmed is down to your fear more so than your lack of knowledge or ability.
So to help you face this feeling and tell Mr Self Doubt to get lost I have come up with a list of things you can do, they have helped me at times so hopefully they can help you get rid of this potential blockage.
- Take a step back: This doesn’t mean that you should stop trying to get published. What it means is that you shouldn’t make getting published your main goal. Instead, you need to focus on creating stories for the reader and there are many places you can self publish your stories. Not only will your story be read, you might also get some valuable feedback, and praise from a reader or another writer is just as good as from a publisher.
- Research: Sometimes you’ll find yourself feeling overwhelmed because you don’t know enough. This isn’t a dire situation, you can easily do some research on the internet for anything that you are not sure about. Google is the kind of friend that knows everything.
- The Reminder: It can help to remind yourself of why you are actually pursuing this dream. Often when faced with endless rejection it can be hard to remember why you are doing this. But think back to the way you feel when you’re writing, completed a story, or had it read, and if you’re lucky got it published that joy you felt is why you keep doing this so keep that in the front of your mind.
- Relax: Sometimes it’s good to take a break whether that be a lie in or painting a picture, I like to bake when I can. This break allows you to get out of the writers hole you have put yourself in, and allows you to gain perspective. Also, you might find new story ideas coming to mind when you’re no longer stressing, I’ve experienced this myself.
- Just write: If you think too much, you’ll let Mr Self Doubt win, so all you can do is just keep writing. Sometimes you’ll succeed and sometimes you won’t all you can do is keep trying. So rather than worrying about where a story will fit, just write it and see how it goes. Go with the flow folks.
So there you have it 5 ways to help you when you have that overwhelming attack. So all that’s left to say is take that Mr Self Doubt and keep on writing everyone.
Deadline: February 1st, 2014
Payment: $25 and two contributor’s copies
Call For Submissions for:
Boroughs of the Dead II
– An Anthology of New York City Ghost Stories [working title]
We are looking for your best original short horror and ghost stories set in and around New York City. This anthology of urban horror will focus on telling tales of terror from the five boroughs. Any style of horror is welcome, from the weird tale to supernatural stories, and nothing is off limits. Stories can be historical fiction or pure imagination – the only parameter is that your tale must take place in one of the five boroughs or within a reasonable distance (e.g. Yonkers, or in a tunnel under the Hudson River). The city plays a huge part in this anthology, and it is critical that the setting contribute to the story in a significant way. Think of New York City as a character in your tale, and let the story tell us why it is so.
Word count is generally limited to 3,500 words but you may query longer stories up to 5,000 words if you feel they fit the parameters of this anthology. Flash fiction and poetry will be considered, but preference is given to short stories between 1,000 – 2,500 words. Contributors will receive payment of $25 and two contributor’s copies.
This anthology will be edited by Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Andrea Janes and published by Myth Ink Books.
Sub stories in body of an email to Myth Ink Books (Click here to open email) (no attachments, please). Please include a brief note with your submission telling us where in NYC your story is set, as well as a little bit about yourself. Don’t worry about formatting; if we love your story we’ll work on that later. Original stories only, no reprints.
Please only submit one story at a time.Deadline: Feb. 1st, 2014.
Via: Myth Ink Books.
Payment: We pay 5 cents per word, minimum $10. You’ll also receive two copies of the issue in which your story appears. Additional contributor copies available at the subscription rate. We purchase First Serial rights and electronic rights. 120 days after publication, most rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the magazine, the right to archive your story, and non-exclusive anthology rights.
Status: We are currently open to submissions. Read on, then send us your best!
Shimmer aspires to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ages, geography, and cultures, and therefore encourages submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to: people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities. We are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates or perpetuates stereotypes of the above groups; we are unlikely to be interested in rape stories, and encourage writers to find other dimensions to explore with their female characters.
We encourage authors of all backgrounds to write stories that include characters and settings as diverse and wondrous as the people and places of the world we live in. Every story sent to us should be well-researched, respectful, and conscientious.
What to send us:
Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd unclassifiable stories–though we prefer traditional storytelling mechanics to experimental approaches. We’re less likely to be interested in sword and sorcery, hard SF, space opera, paranormal romance, and slasher horror.
We will consider stories up to 7500 words (preferred length 4000 words). If your story is longer than 7500 words (and yes, 7501 words is longer than 7500 words) but you believe we would love it, please send us a query briefly describing the story along with the first page of the story.
Payment and Rights:
We pay 5 cents per word, minimum $10. You’ll also receive two copies of the issue in which your story appears. Additional contributor copies available at the subscription rate. We purchase First Serial rights and electronic rights. 120 days after publication, most rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the magazine, the right to archive your story, and non-exclusive anthology rights.
How to submit:
Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf only) in standard manuscript format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the subject line begins with Submission and has the title of your story. Example: “Submission: Attack of the Evil Robot Monkeys.” If you don’t use the correct subject line, your story may end up in our spam filter and not get read. Please ensure that our response to you won’t go in your spam folder.
We don’t have a firm policy on how often you may submit but because of our volume of submissions, we appreciate a few days between submissions.
We are usually able to reply to submissions within three weeks. If it has been longer than one month, feel free to query us at the submission e-mail. We comment on most submissions.
We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions. Please do not send unsolicited rewrites.
Shimmer welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.
We occasionally run non-fiction, audio pieces, cartoons, and other miscellanea; if you have something other than fiction that you think might tempt us, please query to the submissions e-mail. We do not accept poetry or reprints (including stories you’ve published on your blog or other public web sites).
Read our art guidelines for more information.
Still have questions? Get in touch.
Via: Shimmer Magazine
Deadline: January 15th, 2014
Payment: 2c/word or a percentage of net sales
Note: The publisher doesn’t list ‘horror’ as a theme so I’d keep this in the light horror or suspenseful to most likely have a shot. Just a thought and not advice you need to listen to.
This is your opportunity to add a little magic to the past. Tell me the tale of a real place, in a real time, but with a fantastical science element.
The story must feature a real geographic place, a building, a street. It doesn’t have to exist now, but it has to have really existed. A lake? A saloon? An alley?
Stories we will be including in this anthology should include:
1 part Magic
Your choice of wizards, artifacts, monsters or the like.
1 part Science
The magic component above is fueled by Science!
1 part Local History
Set your story in a real place that you know well. The location is not just window dressing. The location should be integral to your story. Culture and geography and real world history have conspired to create events that could have occurred no where else.
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Subject ATTN: LOCAL MAGIC
Word count: short stories of 3,000 to 5,000 words, novelettes of 7,500-10,000 words.
Pay: 2c/word or a percentage of net sales. This is going to be a digital-only publication.
Your story should arrive in Microsoft Word and be formatted in the industry standard (or come so close that no one will notice: i.e. Times New Roman or Courier, double-spaced).
Antimatter Press welcomes submissions from all people, regardless of age, color, religion, gender identity or writing experience.
Deadline is January 15, 2014.
Via: Antimatter Press.
Deadline: February 1st 2014
Payment: 5 cents per word
Of all the greats, who’s easier to recognize than Asimov? We want to see stories that are written in the style of this master, that are in homage to him, or that include Asismov as a character. Also, please include a brief paragraph at the beginning of your story, letting the reader know what Asimov story inspired you to write this one.
CALL BEGINS DECEMBER 1, 2013
CALL ENDS FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Penumbra is looking for original, unpublished stories of 3500 words or less. We prefer that writers use Standard Manuscript Format for submissions. (You can read this article by Chuck Rothman on the SFWA site on preparing a manuscript for submission if you are unfamiliar with SMF.)
Please send your stories as file attachments in .rtf or .doc formats only. Please include a cover letter in the body of your email, with the manuscript title, you pen name if applicable, the exact word count of the story not including title and byline, and a publication history if applicable.
Penumbra is a professional rates paying publisher, paying 5 cents per word.
We will evaluate poetry submissions for each issue. We will also consider previously published stories with rights reverted to the author.
Penumbra has multiple issue calls open at the same time, therefore it is imperative that you include the issue theme in the subject line of your email. Submissions that do not include this information risk getting lost in our queue and not read before the deadline.
Penumbra uses Musa Publishing’s house style guide, which relies upon the Chicago Manual of Style. All accepted stories will be edited to reflect Musa house style.
If you have never been published before, please tell us. Penumbra likes publishing new authors as much as we like publishing experienced authors. Every month, we select one of the best stories from an author with little or no publishing experience and feature that story and author as our Rising Talent recipient for the month. The Rising Talent author’s story, biography, and a non-fiction essay will be featured on our website for a full year, as well as spotlighted in the Penumbra issue for that month.
We absolutely do not accept fan fiction.
Penumbra accepts both agented and unagented submissions. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org..
[via: Penumbra Magazine.]
If you’ve thought about publishing a book, chances are that you’ve heard a few things about promotions. Whether you choose to self-publish your novel or you opt to go with a publisher, you’ll need to take on the responsibility of marketing your book to readers. While your book might be an amazing story – maybe even the best ever written – readers won’t be able to enjoy it if they’ve never even heard of the book. That’s where marketing comes in. When it comes to getting the word about your book out, there are literally an unlimited number of ways that you can promote your story.
- Encourage readers to leave book reviews on Amazon
- Ask bloggers to conduct product reviews
- Offer interviews or guest posts on blogs
- Hire a promotion company to market their book
- Hand out flyers at local bookstores or coffee shops
- Offer to autograph books at a nearby bookstore
- Pay for ad space on book blogs or websites
- Post on Facebook or Twitter
- Share pictures of their book cover on Pinterest
- Post about their books in writing communities, such as message boards or Facebook groups
No matter how you choose to promote your book, the key is to be consistent and to be patient. While you might not notice a huge increase in sales immediately, you need to continue to market your book on a regular basis. Sometimes readers need to see your book and to hear about it a few times before they decide to buy it. While you’re waiting for your book to take off, you can also view this as the perfect time to start working on your next novel. After all, you’ll want to have something ready when your fan base starts to grow!
Guest post by: Beth Jones
Beth Jones is a full time writer and blogs at The Hungry Freelancer. The Hungry Freelancer was started in 2011 as a way to help writers find new online jobs, as well as to connect indie writers with new readers. Since its creation it has grown in leaps and bounds and now receives nearly 10,000 visitors each month. You can also follow the site on Facebook.
I’m back again, and this week I got a topic that I hope will make you think, and even better offer you some solutions for you, while you travel along this guideless road. So what do I have for you this week? Well I will be talking about when you reach that crossroad in your writing journey, and this is something I have reached myself.
There comes a time in your writing journey where you need to ask yourself. What am I doing this for? Where do I want to go? For most, it will be to be able to write full time and have your work loved by readers (this isn’t necessarily global success). I know for me a liveable income and the ability to write stories full time would be the greatest thing ever; I often daydream of my book in Waterstones. But to be able to reach this goal there comes a point where you need to take a risk, jump out that plane and hope your writing dream is there to catch you.
When you start out on this adventure at first the odd hour or two is enough, but as your confidence grows, success follows and the thought of a bigger project comes to mind, it becomes clear that those few hours are no longer enough. This writing journey takes time, not only is it writing that first draft, you have to edit and hunt for publishers, plus develop your skills. So when you have work and other commitments it is hard to fit everything in and this is when you have to ask yourself. “How much am I willing to commit to this?”
I read on a career-changing website about a girl taking a huge gamble, quit her job and worked on her novel (she saved up some money and did the odd job here and there). She finished the novel and got it published; she is now working on her second novel, and has an advance that allows her to work full time. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this story before, but it makes you think what if I took the risk. However, for those suffering with self-doubt taking that risk is even scarier, so many questions and fears jump in front of you and push out that idea. So what do you do because you can’t stay in limbo forever, well for those of you (like me) who has Mr Self Doubt leaning on you I’ve come up with some solutions that may involve small risk taking rather than big.
As always, I have come up with 5 solutions.
- Reduce work hours: If you have no responsibilities (or even a supporting partner for those who have kids or married etc) then you could possibly see if you could reduce your working hours from full time to part time. This enables you to still earn but it will free up a lot of time. This option is mostly best for the ones who have no real responsibilities because the rent and mortgage won’t pay itself.
- Change job: This is similar to point one however, this is moving from a demanding job (that requires lots of over time) to one that will stick to the basic hours.
- Save up: One of the fears of taking a gamble is money, so what could help is saving up as much money as possible, enough that will allow you to have some time off to write. This again is more for the ones with no responsibilities. However, if you can take an unpaid sabbatical and save up enough to cover those months then that’s something you can do.
- Make the most of your time: I made this point in the learning to juggle post, but it is important that you use your time better. Get up an hour earlier, write while travelling to work, switch off the TV and get some work done. I found that I waste a lot of time in the morning when I could actually start work earlier and then have time to write.
- Work from home: This isn’t always possible, but if you have a career that you could possibly go freelance with, or if you don’t mind working remotely then this will save you plenty of time. You won’t have to get up so early to travel to work, so at the end of your workday you won’t feel so tired, and will be willing to spend that hour or two on your writing.
So there you have it, 5 possible solutions, they might not help and you might find yourself again at that same crossroads, but for now it’s a solution that I plan on trying, and hopefully it will help me get that novel finished (I should actually say started).
On a final note for those who have attempted the NaNoWriMo hopefully you have reached your 50,000 if not you are still a lot closer to that finished novel.
All that’s left for me to say is, go follow that yellow brick road and hopefully you’ll meet your goal at the end.
Payment: $30 per story
1. DO NOT submit to HORROR GARAGE (or any similar venue) without being completely familiar with it. Take some time to browse through the site to get a sense of what we might be looking for. While you’re at it, why not buy a back issue of the print version? Click HERE.
2. We pay up to $30 per story for First English Language Rights, and want stories of 1200 words or less in length.
3. Please submit ONLY ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED WORK.
4. Please submit by EMAIL ONLY (and in RTF…also known as Rich Text Format) to email@example.com with the word FICTION in the subject header. Snail mail submissions or email submissions sent to any other address WILL NOT EVEN BE READ!
5. Please submit only one story per author per six month period. We are looking for your best work. So, y’have five stories that you think are appropriate for HORROR GARAGE? PICK THE BEST ONE!
6. All submitted manuscripts are automatically considered disposable.
7. Be sure to include your contact info and a brief bio ON THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR SUBMISSION. There’s been a handful of writers that we weren’t able to contact due to this important step being overlooked. In addition, unless you specify otherwise, your email address will be added to the HORROR GARAGE mailing list for monthly updates.
8. Writers will receive an EMAIL CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF YOUR SUBMISSION within a month of sending it. If you DON’T receive a confirmation within this time, we haven’t received your story. After receiving your confirmation of submissions receipt, please do not inquire as to your submission’s status.
9. If we’re interested in publishing your story, you’ll get an ACCEPTANCE LETTER within 90 days of your CONFIRMATION RECEIPT. We DON’T send out REJECTION LETTERS (sorry!), so if you don’t hear from us within 90 days, assume we’ve passed on your story.
10. HORROR GARAGE is a hot skillet, but the original dark fiction found therein is the bloody steak. Truth is, you probably KNOW deep down that your vampire story sucks, and your two friends that read it are just too embarrassed to tell you something you already know. DON’T send THAT one! In general, we don’t find zombies, getting lost in the woods, or freakazoid sex very scary, either.
Horror exists in too many forms to fit into any one category. Find it. Expose it.
Via: Horror Garage.
Payment: All authors receive a complimentary print and pdf copy of the issue their story appears in. Our payment is 6 euro per 1000 words (i.e. 0.6 cents per word), up to 8000 words
We are always looking for thoughtful, well written fiction. Our definition of what constitutes science fiction, horror and fantasy is extremely broad and we love to see material which pushes at the boundaries or crosses between genres.
All authors receive a complimentary print and pdf copy of the issue their story appears in. Our payment is 6 euro per 1000 words (i.e. 0.6 cents per word), up to 8000 words. We hope to improve our rates gradually in the future, and purchasing the magazine is the way to help us achieve that!
Our preferred length is between 2,500 and 8,000 words. We have published stories above that limit, but only because we thought that they were of exceptional quality. Please also note that we cannot (regretfully) pay for additional words beyond 8000.
Our response time is variable – but we aim to respond between two to four months after submission date.
We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions, nor do we accept previously published stories, the exception being stories that have been published previously in languages other than English (i.e. you may submit stories that have not yet been published in English, but the stories must be translated to English for submission).
We do not count stories that have been posted online in fiction workshops for critique and improvement as having been previously published (i.e. these may also be submitted, but must be removed from the workshop if accepted for publication).
All stories submitted will be considered for publication in either Albedo One magazine, OR in the online Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase series, which aims to publish and showcase online the very best fiction that the Albedo One team can lay their hands on.
For postal submissions: All stories should be typewritten, on A4 paper or US equivalent, double line or 1.5 line spaced, using one side of the paper and leaving at least 1″ margins all round. Electronic version should be available on request.
We do NOT return manuscripts, so disposable manuscripts ONLY please!
Our postal submissions address:
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All submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail address, our preferred method of response, or a SAE with Irish stamps. NO English stamps, NO American stamps please – the Irish Post Office does NOT accept these. International Reply Coupons (IRCs) are unfortunately also not accepted by the Irish Post Office.
For email submissions: Mail your e-mail submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email submissions may be pasted into the body of your email, or may be submitted as an attachment in .rtf format (no .docx please).
Please enter subject line as follows: Fiction Submission: Name of Story
We strongly suggest that potential contributors be familiar with the style and content of Albedo One before submitting, and we advise ordering a copy or minimally reading a low-cost pdf copy before submitting stories.
Story rights: Upon acceptance of a story for publication in Albedo One magazine or the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase, we claim First World English Rights for Online and Print mediums. This lets us be the ones to publish your story first, worldwide in the English language, either in the pages of Albedo One, or online on the Albedo 2.0 Fiction Showcase. As soon as we have published your story, be it in Albedo One magazine or Albedo 2.0, rights revert to the authors. Albedo One NEVER claims any permanent rights to your work.
You might also wish to consider entering our respected horror, fantasy and science fiction writing competition, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, with a grand prize of €1000 euro (yes, that’s right, €1000!) and publication in Albedo One.
We are also looking for interviews with high profile authors, media personalities and for book reviews.
Albedo One – Guidelines to Artists
Please submit a sample of your work. We currently require cover artwork only. Artwork may be commissioned on the basis of your initial sample submission. We pay €20 for artwork, on publication.
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