Recent Places To Submit

Taking Submissions: Artemis Rising: A Celebration of Women in Genre Fiction

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: December 20, 2014
Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints – See more at:
Note: Only Female Authors!

Special Announcement: Escape Artists presents ARTEMIS RISING: A Celebration of Women in Genre Fiction

Between now and December 20, 2014, Escape Pod is accepting submissions of woman-authored science fiction for ARTEMIS RISING, a month of audio fiction celebrating women in genre fiction, airing in February 2015.

Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction and pay professional rates.

Who can submit?

Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do. All non-binary folk are welcome.

Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish science fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

What can I submit?

Science fiction stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. You may submit up to 1 original story and 1 reprint for consideration in ARTEMIS RISING, although original stories are strongly preferred. If you already have a submission in regular Escape Pod slush, you may still submit to ARTEMIS RISING.

You can expect a response by mid-January 2015. Although we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all submissions will also be considered for Escape Pod proper.

How do I submit?

Email your submissions to submit AT escapepod DOT org, using the subject line ARTEMIS RISING SUBMISSION: Storyname (e.g. “ARTEMIS RISING SUBMISSION: Attack of the Killer Space-Whales”)

Please follow regular Escape Pod guidelines for the story’s formatting. In your cover letter, please include the story’s word count, and for reprints, the story’s publication history.

Via: Escape Pod.

Taking Submissions: Fresh Meat

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: December 15th,2014.
Payment: Selected submissions will be contracted for publication with royalties paid on paperback and eBook purchases. Selected submission writers will receive free contributor copies of publication in print form.
Note: That payment is a little vague so I’d make sure that you work that out before signing on the dotted line.

We are currently accepting short story submissions for our FRESH MEAT Chapbook. This is for new writers to the horror scene. Submissions are for unpublished or self published writers only.(Unpublished means no pro sales of your work by another publisher. Exclusions for magazine publication.)
Submission must not have been published in any form.
Any subject matter within the horror genre is acceptable.
Maximum word count is 20,000 words.
Submissions will close on or near December 15th,2014.
Selected submissions will be contracted for publication with royalties paid on paperback and eBook purchases. Selected submission writers will receive free contributor copies of publication in print form.
Submit in Word document sent to Sinister Grin Press at

Via: Sinister Grin Press.

Story Worms: How to Write Badly

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


As I’ve discussed (admitted, maybe) in previous posts, I am not a plotter. Why don’t I plot? Because I find it boring. I find that it stagnates my creativity and bleeds all of the excitement out of a story before I’ve even started it. I really enjoy bumbling around inside the story, letting the characters lead the way, letting them surprise me.

And it’s all well and good for writing short stories. But longer pieces? I believe this to be the reason that I haven’t finished a novel yet.

I’ve tried a million different ways to plot. I’ve read books, blog posts, and websites, watched YouTube videos, poured over all the plotting advice I can. But here’s the thing: there is not one magic formula that works for everyone. We all need to find what works for us. For years I’ve been kidding myself that my way works. But it really doesn’t.

Writing in this way causes problems – I abandon a lot of floundering stories, I drown in the middle, and I get stuck not knowing how to end. It’s hard to stick to a word limit, it’s hard to meet deadlines, and I often find editing results in an almost entire rewrite. While I have got much better, this made me a slow writer in the past; always waiting for my muse, going months without writing a word.

At the beginning of October I started writing a short story for a deadline on the 31st. I had a month, I knew I could do it. By the 15th, the story had tailed off. I was lost in it. I didn’t know where it was headed and I was writing nothing more than empty words without purpose. I thought I would have to give up on it all together.

Some time ago, I subscribed to The Self-Publishing Podcast; run by indie writers Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright. I’m still catching up with it, and their July episode, The Long-Awaited “Story Beats” Episode, came at exactly the right time for me. Whether you’ve already found your perfect plotting method, or if you’re still floundering like me, I suggest you give it a listen either way.

Plotting with Story Beats—basically bullet pointing the main events of the story—is not only a quick and simple plotting tool, cutting back on stagnation, but it also allows a lot of scope for discovery writing around the skeleton outline, allowing the characters to continue coming up with surprises. It seems perfect for me.

With just 10 days to the submission deadline, and a promise that this method allows for much faster first drafts, I sat down to beat out a whole new story. In a matter of minutes, I had my plot scrawled onto one sheet of paper. I was ready to go.

Along with writing a fast first draft, you have to allow yourself to write badly. You have to silence that inner editor. It’s not easy, it takes practice. Every cliché, every lazy phrase, every plot hole and lack of foreshadowing, my inner editor went nuts. But I just drank more coffee, looked back at my story beats, and pressed on. I wrote badly.

In less than a week, I had my first draft. And actually, when I read it back, it wasn’t half as bad as I expected it to be.

As for the story’s success, I’m still waiting for a response, so I’ll have to let you know. But I think I may have found something that works for me, and that’s very good news. Sure, the jury’s still out right now; I can’t exactly claim one finished story as proof positive that this is the method for me. But I’m certainly going to give it a shot.

Winter Of Zombie Blog Tour 2014: Spotlight On Jay Wilburn

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Winter of Zombie 2014

me (1)Your name.
Jay Wilburn

Why zombies?
Zombies are the blank slate to tell and reflect whatever story you want to tell with characters, setting, action, etc. They are a unique horror vehicle for storytelling.

What is your latest zombie release?
zombie collection cover 2My story “Dead Song” appears in Zombies: More Recent Dead with Prime Books.

Quick description of it.
It is an anthology of some of the best zombie short stories of the last few years including work by Joe McKinney, Jonathan Mayberry, Joe Lansdale, Neil Gaiman and more. My story follows the development of music during the zombie apocalypse and a strange mystery that continues into the recovery.

Something unique about it.
The story follows a voice over for a documentary. The horror sneaks up on you.

Links for people to buy it.

Your promo links.

Your short Bio.
Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in the swamps of coastal South Carolina. His novels include Loose Ends and Time Eaters. He is currently working on a novelized version of “Dead Song.” Follow his many dark thoughts at, on his Facebook author page, or @AmongTheZombies on Twitter.

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The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily:!

Taking Submissions: From the Corner of Your Eye: A Cryptids Anthology

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: January 31st, 2015
Payment: $25 (U.S. dollars) + Contributor’s Copy



The Jersey Devil.

Creatures moving in the twilight between fantasy and reality. Beasts that delight, mystify, and terrify. Cryptids are everywhere, in the water, running on the land, or even soaring overhead, challenging our faith in what science knows. From mermaids taunting our ships and Mexican goat suckers who feast on livestock (if we’re lucky) to the Jersey Devil soaring overhead, belief is only a blink away.

Great Old Ones Publishing is looking for original stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.

We will only be accepting one story involving each type of cryptid, so be creative.
No Bigfoot/Yeti stories. That particular cryptid has already been filled for this anthology by invitation.

We are including cryptids list link. Please do your homework on the creature you select. CRYPTID LIST

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2015
WORD COUNT: 3,000-8,000 words (query for shorter/longer)
PAYMENT: $25 (U.S. dollars) + Contributor’s Copy
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Two with a maximum of one accepted (stories must involve different cryptids)
Your story should follow the SHUNN format
FORMAT: Attached DOC, DOCX, RTF, or ODT format. Do “not” put your story in the body of the e-mail.
FONT: 12 point Times New Roman or Courier New fonts.
PARAGRAPH INDENT: Auto-indent new paragraphs. Do “not” use spaces to indent your paragraphs.
SPACING: Double Space
SENTENCE SPACING: Single space between sentences.
PAGE NUMBERING / HEADERS: No page numbers, headers, or footers
CONTACT INFORMATION: Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address at the top-left of the first page
SUBMISSIONS: Send to “” Include name, title, cryptid, and word count (John Doe, Dancing With the Devil, Jersey Devil, 5,700 words).
QUESTIONS: Send to “”

Via: Great Old Ones Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Hockomock – Tales from the Bridgewater Triangle

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Payment: 1 cent per word

According to (, the Bridgewater Triangle is likely one of the world’s most concentrated areas of diverse paranormal reports, so the subject matter is wide open so long as it takes place within this 200-mile square area. WE ADVISE YOU TO DO YOUR RESEARCH. If the story does not reference the area, and it is apparent you are not familiar with the location, your story will be rejected.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2015
WORD COUNT: 1,000-7,000 words (query for longer/shorter submissions)
PAYMENT: One cent/word
FORMAT: Left-justify only
FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman
SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, single space after periods
TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word’s paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3″

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and word count. Send submissions as a word attachment to or Include HOCKOMOCK and submission title in the subject line.

Via: Grinning Skull Press.

Taking Submissions: Purple Passion ‘The Dead’

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: December 1, 2014.
Payment: $15 for any one accepted piece. If two pieces are accepted we pay $20 total. If three pieces are accepted we pay $25 total. The most any one author will receive is $25 for this anthology. Also 2 complimentary copies of the print anthology.

Purple Passion Press is seeking submissions for our first anthology on the theme of “the dead.” Submit poetry and literary flash fiction dealing with the dead that walk alongside us, the afterlife, ghosts, spirits, hauntings and the supernatural—the theme is open to interpretation.

We like vibrant language with stunning imagery and emotional impact. Send us work that surprises and resonates. We seek literary poetry and prose where imagination, beliefs, and humanity lead us to examine and explore the lives of the dead. Where have they gone? Or are they still here? Purple Passion Press seeks to include a variety of distinctive voices. Deadline December 1, 2014.

What we accept:

  • Poetry: Up to 40 lines.

  • Poetry: Submit 1 – 3 poems.

  • Flash fiction: 750 words or less.

  • Flash fiction: Submit 1 – 2 pieces.

All submissions must be sent to us via Submittable. Please include a short, third person bio in the cover letter.
For this anthology we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We will do our best to inform you of our decision within 2 – 3 months. Previously published works will be considered. But please make sure you let us know where it was previously published in your submission, so that if it’s accepted, we can include it in the credits. Also make sure all the rights to the work have reverted back to you.

Purple Passion Press Pay Rate & Rights

Purple Passion Press editors will select their favorite poem and/or fiction for nomination for the Pushcart Prize and possibly other prizes.

Pay Rate

Purple Passion Press pays $15 for any one accepted piece. If two pieces are accepted we pay $20 total. If three pieces are accepted we pay $25 total. The most any one author will receive is $25 for this anthology.

Each author will receive 2 complimentary copies of the print anthology.

Each author will receive 1 complimentary download of the anthology ebook.

Each author will receive one Purple Passion Press T-shirt.


By sending us your work, you are stating that the work is your own and does not infringe on any copyright. For Previously published works make sure all the rights to the workhave reverted back to you.

If we accept your work, Purple Passion Press acquires First Serial Rights (or Reprint Rights for previously published pieces) to publish your work in print and print-on-demand and Nonexclusive Digital Rights to publish your work in the anthology in ebook format down the road. All rights revert to author at publication, but please credit us as the first publisher if your work is republished.

We also reserve the right to use your work in all promotional material for the anthology.


By submitting to Purple Passion Press you are consenting to the rights as listed above.

Via: Purple Passion Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Unsung Stories

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments


Payment: £25 per story

Short fiction

There’s a special buzz that comes from discovering a really excellent short story. Sometimes they achieve more than a book, sometimes they offer a glimpse into a cast world. When they’re done well they are really special.

A big part of what we want to do at Unsung Stories is find new authors and give their unique visions a home. So this is why we are publishing short stories on our site. We’re aiming to publish a new story every two weeks, which will go out by email as well as here on the site.


Good ones, first and foremost. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror sub-genres and anything in the fuzzy bits between. All of these things can be and are literary. Help us push the envelope. Our novel submission guidelines should give you a good idea.

In some respects short fiction liberates you from world building, the interaction of every scene with the complete story and the weight of all those words that make up a book. That doesn’t mean you can shirk on credibility of course. It means your believable characters, your engaging plot and that alchemical something work in different ways. It’s an art, after all.

Make us laugh, scare us, get our adrenaline pumping, make us fall in love all over again, remind us why you’re not meant to push that button, sing a song of cilia, a pocket full of lightspeed. Be original. Show the world the limits of genre fiction don’t exist. We won’t shy away from anything but always remember there’s a difference between shocking and gratuitous.


We will consider stories up to 3000 words (preferred length is under 2000 words though).


We pay £25 per story.  For this we get first electronic rights exclusive for three months, with non-exclusive archival rights. We’ll pay within 30 days of publication via PayPal.


Fill out our submission form below. Standard manuscript format for the files please. We only accept short story submissions online.

Via: Unsung Stories.

Taking Submissions: From the Dragon Lord’s Library

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: March 1st, 2015.
Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit

Down deep in ancient tunnels carved by dwarven hands, past the piles of treasure, the ancient magical artifacts from races long dead, there is a library. Shelves and shelves of books, scrolls, even a few stone tablets, a vast collection worthy of a Dragon Lord. Who knows what timeless knowledge hides there for his slitted pupils only? Well, his secretary has an idea or two. She’s pulled a few off the shelves for you, at his request.

We’re interested in fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy tales, parodies, Just So Stories, and, if your imagination can handle it, a techno-action thriller which has disposed of James Bond and replaced him with someone far more stylish and far more lizardy.

All we ask is that a dragon plays a major role. We do not care if there are a million dragons or one dragon, nor do we care if the dragons are heroes or villains (or simply too fabulous to take sides). We do not care if dragons are the protagonist or an influential side character. Your dragons may be adorable imps or horrible beasts. After all, what’s more terrifying than a dragon?

Curated by Nicole Petit.

Deadline is March 1st, 2015.

Seeking stories from 1 to 10,000 words long.

The full details can be found here

Via: 18th Wall.

Small Press News: Phrenic Press Acquired by Sirens Call Publications

| November 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sirens Call Publications is very pleased to announce we have acquired Phrenic Press.

Phrenic Press has operated as an invitation-only, short story publisher since mid 2013 specializing in inspired and eclectic stories. In becoming an imprint of Sirens Call Publications, it will continue to operate in the same manner.

All Phrenic Press titles are published on Amazon and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Check out the Phrenic Press website at:

The Phrenic Press blog can be found at: