Taking Submissions: Horror Collection – 2015


Deadline: August 1st, 2015
Payment: a percentage of the final product based on how many stories are in the collection.

he Project:  In October we’ll be releasing a collection of stories under the wide umbrella genre of ‘Horror.’ It will be released as one large volume, with a chance to also be included in our End of the Year Collection – 2015.

What genre are you looking for?: This isn’t for a specific sub genre, but more of a call for anything that fits under the larger umbrella of “Horror.” Stories about haunted houses, killer dolls, classic gore, or various other topics will fit right in.

How will this work? We’re looking for 13 stories and they will be released in one large collection in October, in place of our regular 1 story block at the beginning of the month. Your story might also get the chance to be in the End of the Year Collection – 2015 as well, but it won’t be true for every single story that is included in the collection.

What’s the length? Because it’s a collection stories from this category can range anywhere from 0-20,000 words. So, no minimum limit.

What we pay: Our standard collection rate is a percentage of the final product based on how many stories are in the collection.

What’s the deadline: Because the collection comes out in October, no stories will be considered if they come in after August 1st. We need time to read through stories and decide if we want to include them. This isn’t a moveable deadline. This is literally the final deadline that we will take submissions for the collection so please, be aware.

First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights: It must be stated that when your story is published for the first time that publisher has taken your stories First Print Rights. What this means is that every publication that publishes the story after that has to list where the stories were published. In this case we also take Electronic Publishing Rights. This means that someone else might feel uncomfortable ALSO publishing your story electronically. We don’t take your right to this story, but please bear in mind that lots of 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 could limit the number of markets that will accept it, and can decrease its value. It is similar to the idea of virginal purity. 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 a royalties based payment method is what you want to do. We understand if that isn’t something you’re interested in, but we wanted to alert you.

What rights do we get from you? Our contract states that this story that we are acquiring from you is yours, now and forever. We come from a background of both fiction and open source coding. Open source is cool. We do not require exclusivity. Your story is yours, we publish it for as long as you let us, and we stop publishing it if you find yourself somewhere where they do not let you have it in multiple places.

What about shorts or stories printed elsewhere? (known as a Reprint): If you own the rights and we like it, we will print it. First publishing rights, and Exclusive E-publishing Rights aren’t things we hold as being important criteria. Good writing, original ideas, these are important. Who has published what where is an outdated idea. I mean, look at Norton Anthologies of Fiction, they have tons of republished work, and that doesn’t devalue the writing, does it?

How to submit: Do not send an email asking where to send your story, just send it. Submissions should be emailed to (shorts)(at)(onyxneon.com). Please put “Horror Collection -‘your name’ – ‘story title’” in the subject line to help us make sure we see it. Submissions should be in something closely resembling standard manuscript format and be sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or plain-text attachments. Do not copy and paste submissions into the email. We will read every submission that comes in, so say hello, but the content of your story is what is important, not the content of your message.

Should I include a brief summary of the story? Yes, please.

Should I include an “about the author”? No, it is not required initially, we will get that from you if we select your story for use.

Do you accept multiple submissions? Yes, absolutely, but if you do send multiple stories please send them in separate emails with separate headings so that we make sure we don’t miss any of the submissions. We will read them in the order in which they come in, so please do not expect us to reply immediately with an emphatic “yes.”

Do you accept simultaneous submissions? We will absolutely take a story that you sent to someone else. We would, however, hate to fall in love with your story and not be able to publish it. Obviously we are an open platform, and it is your beautiful work, so it is your choice.

Have you read my story? We reply to everything when we have finished evaluating, and we will let you know if we are going to publish it or not. We hate waiting to hear back from people as much as the next person, so we do not wish that on anyone.

Why are you so slow? We read a lot of stories, and we leave the vault sometimes. We do this because we love it and we want to be able to offer an incredible service to both readers and writers. So with that in mind, we are busy and probably reading your story as you are thinking about writing us. The maximum we will make you wait is three months. Seriously, if you have not heard from us after three months please feel free to send us an angry email with lots of grumpy emoticons and pictures of cats.

Artwork? If you have artwork that relates to your story, and you own the rights to it, or can attain the rights please feel free to send that along with it. It will not sway our opinion if you do not, but if it is good artwork it certainly makes our lives easier. Unfortunately, at this point we cannot pay for artwork, because we have a graphic designer, and don’t need it, so it’s not currently in our budget, but we will cite it appropriately online and in the book itself.

In conclusion

Our ideal submission is between 0 and 20,000 words. It should be a story that fits under the umbrella genre of “horror.”
Please make it resemble submission formatting (google if you have not done this before). We have a specific thing in mind and we’ll know it when we see it. If it doesn’t fit into our Horror Collection scope, it will still be considered for Onyx Neon Shorts. Please send it to Shorts@onyxneon.com.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to reading your terrifying, beautiful, unique, and original shorts.

Via: Onyx Neon Shorts.

Taking Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies


Deadline: May 1, 2015
Payment: $20 per story accepted

Basic Guidelines:

-Deadline May 1, 2015

-5,000 – 10,000 words Maximum, if you need more space than this, please let me know and I’ll see if we can work it out.

-Stories must feature Anthropomorphic characters (AKA humanized animals).

-Ratings PG-R accepted

-Payment: $20 per story accepted

-Send all submissions in the form of an attachment to systmaticwzl@gmail.com

-Files Accepted: DOC, DOCX

-Times New Roman, 12pt Font

-Al submissions must be sent through Submittable


Weasel Press is releasing a new Furry anthology called Typewriter Emergencies and it is currently calling for intense psychological dramas in which characters have to overcome some harsh realities. I’m looking for dark and existential fiction focusing around the theme of “These Things Shall Pass/It’s a mad world out there.” There’s a wealth of things that fit but some examples of what I’m looking for in this anthology would be Bullying, Sexuality, domestic violence, drug abuse, poverty/homelessness, anxiety. We’re looking for situations that would cause intense psychological strife. We are looking for stories featuring anthropomorphic animal characters (aka humanized animals) following the theme. Fiction not containing any of the elements we are asking for will not be reviewed.

I suppose you could say there’s a love affair between Weasel Press and the Bukowski’s or Hubert Selby Jr.’s of the world, and that’s essentially what I would like to see in this submission call; furry versions of heavy existential fiction. If you need examples of things to read, feel free to shoot me an email.

Ratings PG-R are accepted. Adult and Sexual themes are allowed, however excessive gore and sex is not. Pretty much, if it’s related or crucial to your story then it is fine. If it has nothing to do with your story then it’s probably not going to be accepted.

Authors accepted into Typewriter Emergencies will be paid a flat rate of $20 for their story and will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is released. Payments will be made through paypal (Weasel Press will pay the fees for using paypal, if any). If another method is needed, it will need to be discussed through email. Multiple submissions are accepted, however it is asked that you keep it under 3 submissions. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but the author is required to inform us if it has been accepted elsewhere.

This is the first “furry” anthology I’m doing. If things go well I hope to do another with a different theme.

Via: Weasel Press.

Taking Submissions: The Science of Detection: Twelve Cases of Sherlock Holmes


Deadline: November 15th, 2015
Payment: 50% of the net profit will be paid through sales of the stand-alone ebook-exclusive novella; 4% of the net profit will be paid though sales of the omnibus anthology in both print and digital editions.

The Master Detective may have passed away, once, when he fell over the falls. The Master Detective may have passed away, twice, seemingly forever when his creator’s pen fell silent. But the Master Detective is an old familiar, all too willing to rematerialize at the merest provocation.

We ask you to summon up Sherlock Holmes once more. We ask you to take the canonical Holmes, just as Doyle left him, and work him into your style and into your fictional universe. We ask you to create the finest mysteries and adventures.

The Science of Detection is a twelve-part novella series; one will be released each month in 2016, climaxing with a Christmas 2016 release of The Science of Detection: Twelve Cases of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology containing all twelve of the stand-alone novellas as well as bonus features.

We eagerly await your stories…

What we want: We want the author’s voice and narrative style to shine through. Unless you choose to write in a flawless imitation of Doyle’s style, you are encouraged to write in your own words. If you have a series character you feel would be appropriate for a team-up or shared-universe story, you are all the more encouraged to utilize them.

We want your story to be focused (think of your novella as a long short story rather than a short novel), and we want every word to count.

We want the Master Detective to matter. He can’t be an unimportant side-subject; he must directly pertain to the story at hand. (However, it is entirely possible to write stories without a direct or indirect appearance of Holmes that still satisfy this requirement.)

And, while we’re devotees of the old vintage, we’re perfectly open to submissions which use alternate history, horror, mythos, science fiction, steampunk, and any sort of genre you can concoct (except erotica; please keep that for your private enjoyment). We only ask that such “weird” submissions cling tight to Sherlock Holmes and his world.

What we don’t want: Parody; winking, ironic deconstructions; anything that sullies the dignity of Sherlock Holmes or his world. If you’re going to take the time to write 20,000 words on something, you owe that topic to take it seriously.

No erotica, or bald-faced attempts to insult whichever political party you dislike.

Furthermore, please keep the characters as close to their canonical counterparts as possible. Sherlock Holmes is not a werewolf; Watson did not murder his wife; Mycroft is not Moriarty’s lieutenant; Professor Moriarty is not a tulpa. This stance on canonicity extends through political opinions, sexuality, biography, and characterization. You can work outside these bounds, but do note that this may or may not be a harder sell to the editor.

Some stories will necessarily work far outside the canonical confines. That’s perfectly okay, and I look forward to reading them.

Payment: 50% of the net profit will be paid through sales of the stand-alone ebook-exclusive novella; 4% of the net profit will be paid though sales of the omnibus anthology in both print and digital editions. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals.

Rights: First World Digital and Print.

Due Date: November 15th, 2015

Word Count: 15,000-30,000 (we don’t mind if you’re a thousand or two short)

How to Submit your Story:

  • All stories should be sent, as an attachment, tosubmissions@18thwall.com.
  • The file must be formatted in .doc or .docx.
  • The interior of the document must be in double spaced Times New Roman (12 point font).
  • At the top of your document, please include William Shunn’s submission header.
  • Place the anthology you’re submitting to, word count, and story title, in the subject line of your email. For example, “The Science of Detection / The Adventure of the Red Headed League / 20,000.”

Via: 18th Wall.

Taking Submissions: Under a Dark Sign


Deadline: June 15th, 2015
Payment: $5 a story, plus a share of royalties.

With a hearty mwaa haaa haaa and a swagger….we’re looking for villains. Dress them in black or tie dye or frilly pink
tulle, but these villains need to be seriously bad.

We are looking for tales of truly badass dark lords and ladies. We’re not talking about the guys who stand around
monologueing to let the hero win. We’re talking smart dark lords who don’t keep incompetent minions around. Comedy is
completely acceptable, as long as it doesn’t detract from the villain’s ability to be a total badass.

Genres include:  Science fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Weird West, Romance, Alternate History
Reprints are acceptable
Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please wait until we have given a decision on the first story before you submit the
Simultaneous submission are okay. If you learn you are accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible.
Poetry and art are acceptable. Payment for these will be the same as for the stories.

Story length is up to 7,000 words

What we don’t want:
No fanfic. Characters must be of your own invention. Keep it PG-13. Swearing and violence are encouraged, but keep it
within limits that a teen could read.
No erotica.

Document Formatting:
Submissions should be formatted in standard manuscript formatting: double-spaced, 12 point Courier or Times New
Roman font, with indentations for paragraphs. Any improperly-formatted manuscripts will be rejected.

File Format:
We accept .rtf or .doc files only. Send to the publisher, WolfSinger Publications at editor@wolfsingerpubs.com .
Title your email:  DARK LORDS AND LADIES (Name of your Story)
If you ever send us a virus, we will never accept a submission from you again.

Submission Period:
March 15 to June 15, 2015. Submissions sent prior to this time will be returned. Nothing will be accepted after the
submission period is over.

Payment is $5 a story, plus a share of royalties.

Release Date:
October 31, 2015

Via: WolfSinger Publications.

Patrick Freivald “On Writing Action Scenes”


Have you ever read an action scene that makes you want to take a nap? Ever read one that blows your socks off?

Compared to the written word, action in movies is easy—tight and long shots, frenetic shaky-cam and long close-ups on agonized (or ecstatic) faces, manipulation of time through slow-mo or fast-mo…an action scene flashes from detail to detail in order to maximize the emotional impact of every….

Oh, wait, that’s not so different. In movies and in written stories you want to “show not tell” the action, and it doesn’t much matter whether the scene is on a screen or projected directly into the brain via the written word.

If you study the action sequences of thriller writers such as Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Dean Koontz, and Lee Child, you’ll find the same elements used in film. I had the great fortune of working with Joe McKinney on a graphic novella for Dark Discoveries Magazine, and he did me the unintentional but enormous favor of asking the same question over and over again: what’s the emotional impact? You don’t have to describe the impact, and during action it’s usually better if you don’t—but if it happens on the page, it has to matter to the characters in one way or another.

Action scenes have to matter. They have to flow, from one vignette to another, from long sentences to short, from jagged, repeated rhythms to drawn-out, languorous blood-spatter. Cut. Slice. Vary your sentence length. Make grammar and punctuation serve the effect you’re trying to achieve, and break the rules with enthusiasm if you need to.

Use short paragraphs.

Draw out important details with rolling sentences almost out of place in the visceral action. But don’t obsess so much on one little detail at the expense of moving things along; the slo-mo shots in The Matrix worked, but those utterly forgettable action movies that show the same kung-fu move from five different angles and three different speeds are, well, they’re downright forgettable.

Watch your pacing, especially when it comes to dialogue in the middle of an action sequence.

“Bob, what are you doing?”

“Oh, you know. Just smothering the action in its sleep by sidetracking into this monologue, which I really shouldn’t have time for what with all the shooting going on. But you know, sometimes you just have to get a message out to the reader, or show some characterization, and if the opportunity presents itself, then—” BLAM. Flop.

Sorry, Bob. We’ve got good stuff to read.


Patrick_Author_PhotoBy day, Patrick Freivald is an author, high school teacher (physics, robotics, American Sign Language), and beekeeper. He lives in Western New York with his beautiful wife, two birds, three dogs, too many cats, and several million stinging insects. A member of the HWA and ITW, he’s always had a soft spot for slavering monsters of all kinds.

He is the three-time Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of Twice Shy, Special Dead, Blood List (with his twin brother Phil), Jade Sky, and Black Tide, as well as the novella Love Bites, a growing legion of short stories, and the Jade Sky graphic novella (with Joe McKinney) for Dark Discoveries magazine. There will be more.

Taking Submissions: A Thousand Tiny Knives


Deadline: June 30th, 2015
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: Charity Anthology

A Tiny Thousand Knives, due for release 2016, featuring a fantastic cover by Luke Spooner and edited by Pauline E Dungate, will be an anthology aimed at raising funds for and awareness of the terrible condition Endometriosis, which affects millions of women worldwide. We are looking for short stories (horror/body horror), diaries, memories, poetry, all about the experience of pain, preferably feminine pain, the emotions related to this condition and the female experience as a whole. Use your imagination but so long as there is the attempt to raise awareness about the Endometriosis experience it will fit the guidelines.


  • Word count for stories should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words, with an ideal length: 4,000-5,000 words.< For all other formats, maximum word length is 5,000 words./li>
  • Please follow standard manuscript format and under no circumstances use the Tab key or the Space Bar to indent your paragraphs. Either do not indent at all or use MS Word’s built in features to do so.
  • Submissions should be .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, typed in Courier or Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Include your full name, address, email address and telephone number at the beginning of the manuscript.
  • Send to knightwatchpress@gmail.com with the subject line “SURNAME/TINY/WORDCOUNT”.
  • Authors will retain copyright.
  • Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
  • We will write to you within approximately four to eight weeks of the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.


A contributors copy of the book.

Via: Knightwatch Press.

Taking Submissions: Gothic Blue Book Vol 5


Deadline: August 15th, 2015
Payment: $25.00 (USD) and 2 Contributor Copies

Gothic Blue Books were short fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century. They were descendants of the chap book trade and are now a thing of the past. Burial Day Books is now open for submissions for Gothic Blue Book Vol. 5 to be available this October 31st 2015.

What was a Gothic Blue Book?
Gothic Blue Books were abridgements of full-length Gothic novels. The subjects of these books fell into one of two categories; the first being set in a monastery or convent and the second being set in a castle.

In terms of the physicality of the book, they were three and a half to four inches in width and six to seven inches in height, with a page count of thirty-six to seventy-two pages.

These little pieces of terror were popular at the time because they were affordable, a sixpence or a shilling each. Their cost affordability led them to be nicknamed Shilling Shockers or Sixpenny Shockers.

What are we looking for?
Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added new location recommendations – hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast. The haunted hotel has a long, complex history in the field of horror and we look forward to your entries.

Please submit a short story or poem no longer than 3,500 words that follows one of the following:

A single mention or setting in one of the original Gothic Blue Book settings:
a) Monastery
b) Convent
c) Castle

A single mention or setting in one of the modern Gothic Blue Book settings:
a) Cemetery
b) Funeral home or morgue
c) Haunted house

2015 Addition:
a) A story or poem taking place in a haunted hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast.

In addition to the above, the story or poem must instill fear using a supernatural element – ghosts, ghouls, monsters, myth, folklore or legend. Extreme violence, sexuality, gore, and profanity will not be considered.

For inspiration look to Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Emily Brontë, or Neil Gaiman.

The collection will be published October 31st 2015 in eBook and traditional book format.



If accepted you are giving Burial Day Books:

A. The exclusive first right to publish your story.

B. The right to republish the story in or in connection with Burial Day, including electronic or hard copy form, including in promotional material or compilations – provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.

After your story appears on Burial Day and in the Gothic Blue Book you are free to republish your piece elsewhere as long as you communicate to potential buyers that they are buying your story as a non-exclusive piece.

Payment details:
$25.00 (USD)
Two (2) Contributor copies of the anthology

Click here to submit you story: Gothic Blue Book Submission

Via: Burial Day.

Ongoing Submissions: Weirdbook Magazine

Payment: $5 per thousand words up to a maximum of $30 and a printed contributor’s copy


We are looking for original (no reprints) well-written weird stories. Our tastes are broad and we are looking for any of the following: fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd.


In the subject line of your email, please put Weirdbook/Story title/ Your last name

Please include your name, address, email address, the title of your story and its word count in your covering email. Preferably attach your story as a doc, docx or rtf file. Please send it in a standard format; if in doubt check here for guidance:http://www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/

Current payment is $5 per thousand words up to a maximum of $30 and a printed contributor’s copy.

Stories longer than six thousand words will still be considered but fewer of these will be accepted.

Please send your submissions to: weirdaether(AT)t-online.de

Via: Weirdbook Magazine

Taking Submissions: Sick City Syndrome

Deadline: June 1st, 2015
Payment: 5p/word
Note: Not your usual anthology submission so may be of extra interest

What if it was accepted that there really were ghosts? That mediums could actually talk to the dead. That your dearly departed continued to exist on a spiritual plane adjacent to ours and that at certain places, or in certain people they could manifest?
What if those that disbelieved, that advanced a scientific explanation, are the kooks, freaks and loonies?
What if neither model of reality were actually true and there was a third group, of conspiracy theorists, that were right?
But which conspiracy? Is it aliens? Are the government spiking the water supply with experimental drugs? Are the military testing new subsonic weapons?
Someone, somewhere knows the truth.
This is the set up for Sick City Syndrome -my second novel & if you’re a writer I want your help. So I’m asking for submissions.

Lauren Beukes got her writer friends to write blog posts, news articles and the like for one of her books to help with the worldbuilding and that’s what I’m looking for.

I’d like news reports, blog posts, twitter conversations, other social networking, TV, radio, internet, academic article abstracts etc The novel will be set in the modern day, in “the City” (which will be closely modelled on Bristol of course) but there’s no reason the articles need to be set in the modern day.

I’d like a mix from all three viewpoints, choose one and give me a maximum of 750 words.

If I use your piece (in any way – Some will be published on this website – http://petewsutton.com/sick-city-syndrome/, some will go in the book itself) you will be credited and I’ll pay you 5p/word (upon publication)

Send your pieces to BRSBKBLOG (at) Gmail.com by the 1st of June 2015.


Taking Submissions: Frozen Fairy Tales


Deadline: May 15th, 2015
Payment: $20 and Contributor’s Copy

In the bleak midwinter, the call of fairy tales can be especially irresistible. After all, fairy tales both take us out of our humdrum world and into the possibilities of what can be–or maybe even is. A fairy tale read in winter can help us dream through the the cold days and nights.

Yet, surprisingly few fairy tales are specifically set in winter. With Frozen Fairy Tales, we’re hoping to remedy that.

In a joint venture between World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, we’re opening up to submissions for a fairy tale collection set in winter. Details are below.

1) You must be 18 or older to submit.

2) Submissions must be in English, but submissions from all over the world are most welcome.

3) No stories connected to the movie Frozen will be considered. It’s a great movie, but this anthology is not at all about that film.

4) Stories centered on winter holidays are most welcome, but stories do not need to be holiday focused. Krampus-themed stories will be considered, but please do not resubmit stories that were previously submitted for the Krampusnatch collection.

5) A sense of winter and its perils and possibilities must be part your story.

6) This is a fairy tale collection, which means the sensibility of the stories should evoke classic fairy tales. You do not need to retell famous fairy tales reset in winter, but you may. Nonetheless, the classics have been retold a lot lately, so fresher takes with more originality stand a better chance of being selected, as do retellings of obscure fairy tales. But think winter!

7) Please, no erotica, children’s stories, hard-core horror, or sci-fi. This anthology is aimed at an audience age 15 or older.

8) Open submission period: March 6 – May 15, 2015.

9) Length: Under 10,000 words.

10) Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Frozen Fairy Tales Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info, story’s title, and approximate word count; no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments. Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

11) Rights and compensation: Payment: $20. All contributors will receive a paperback copy of the anthology. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive rights to publish in print and electronic format for twelve months after publication date after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for a term. No reprints will be considered. That means only previously unpublished works will be considered.

Via: World Weaver Press.

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