Recent Places To Submit

Taking Submissions: Wee Tales

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: August 31st, 2014
Payment: 50$ per accepted submission

Tell us your creepy tales, show us your scary artwork, give us puzzling puzzlers to puzzle the mind. We want it all.

Please remember that Wee Tales is aimed at young readers, and tailor your submissions accordingly.

Even better, do you know a young artist or writer? We’d love to see their submissions too!

All submissions should be in doc or docx format, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt.

At the present time we are mostly seeking short submissions for Wee Tales and Refractions, and these must be age appropriate for the journal. If you have something more geared toward an adult market please still submit to be in early consideration for a future project. Wee Tales submissions should be between 600 and 2000 words.

We are always seeking new novel, novella, non-fiction, or serial projects.

Submit to GFPsubmissions@gmail.com Subject line: QUERY–Title–Last Name

Short form submissions are paid on publication. Poetry, Puzzles, and Artwork are paid 35$ per accepted submission. Short Stories and Essays are paid 50$ per accepted submission. Combined submissions (story and artwork) are paid 65$ per accepted submission.

Via: Golden Fleece Press.

Taking Submissions: ‘Robbed of Sleep’ Volume 2

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: October 15th, 2014
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

‘Robbed of Sleep’ will be publishing volume 2 in December of 2014. We are currently looking for a sampling of the strangely dark, the darkly humorous, the starkly beautiful, and the hauntingly deranged to feature in its pages. If you are interested in submitting, send your very best work to:

RobbedOfSleep@yahoo.com

Subject Line: ‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) – [TITLE OF PIECE], [WORD COUNT]‘

An example subject line is as follows:

‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) – THE DAY THE EARTH TURNED INTO A WOOLY SCREWDRIVER, 2,500′

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

Submissions close on October 15th, 2014.

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

Guidelines:

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.

Pieces must be submitted in proper manuscript formatting. I remember when a writing friend asked me where I found the format I was submitting pieces in. I responded: “I just tried to make it look nice.” That’s when I found about proper manuscript formatting. I don’t compose any other way now, and I definitely don’t submit in other ways. That was a big day for me! So if you don’t already use this formatting, I suggest you learn about it now: it’ll really make your work look professional.

The first installment of ‘Robbed of Sleep’ featured 18 stories. This one will probably clock in around there, as well. Keep in mind, at least eight of those eighteen were nice little flash pieces.

You can submit up to three flash pieces, 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 after their appearance in ‘Robbed of Sleep, Volume 2′ without any entanglement of rights.

Payment consists of one paperback contributor copy within one month of publication.

I look forward to your submissions! Please allow one to two 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!

Your Editor,
Troy Blackford

Via: Robbed of Sleep.

Taking Submissions: Blood Games: A Bloody Kisses Anthology Volume 2

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: September 12th 2014
Payment: All royalties from anthologies will be split evenly between all authors.

Bloody Kisses Volume 2 picks up where one leaves off, ruthless vampires taking what they want when they want it. Violence, sex, death, what real vampires are all about. No holds barred on this one, write it as it comes to you. Title is a work in progress may change it but for now we are going with this.

Blurb

Vampires, exotic creatures of the night, lurking in the shadows, waiting and watching their prey, striking hard and deep with a crimson kiss one will never forget. Ruthless, others heartless, all damned to walk eternity craving blood, lusting for sex, stealing not only your breath but also your soul. With their strength and power, they are ruled by the moonlight, some newborns, others centuries old waiting for their next victim to play the game.

Blood Games continues the thirst that Bloody Kisses left lingering and will give you another set of tales of these beautiful creatures that will not only captivate you but also have you craving another taste.

Guidelines

Short Stories and Poetry/Prose accepted

Min Word Count: 800 Words (if it is a bit short talk with me)

Max Word Count: 7,000 Words (if you go over talk with me)

Poetry does not have a word count

Submit to phoenixfirepublishing@gmail.com

Word doc

12-14pt.

Georgia or Times New Roman

Editing will be provided unless author prefers their own editor

Via: Phoenix Fire Publishing.

Steve Peek’s Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour…

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 Welcome to the Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour, by Steve Peek – The following places will be hosting Steve on his journey in the next few weeks, as he tours around blogs and shares information about his writing process and more.
Steve is talking about Longclaws today – here’s what he had to say….
Longclaws is a book that was written and rewritten more times than I remember over more than a twenty year period.  The story was born of thinking about another book that was completed in 1984.
My book Otherworld is a non-fiction work that provides evidence, via world mythologies, that not only did parallel worlds exist, but that ancient men often had to deal with things that passed between one world and the next.
After completing Otherworld, Longclaws was born of wondering: what if?
One of the things I wanted to accomplish was eliminate the readers’ need to suspend belief.  I wanted long claws to be a horror novel where no victim tripped over nothing while fleeing a vicious creature.  I wanted the science to be solid and easily and quickly explainable so readers would know that it is feasible.  I didn’t want any character to do anything stupid and I did not want to suspend any natural laws in order to bring the story together.
My reviewers, so far, confirm I succeeded.
Now, the big problem is making people aware this book exists in this universe or another one.
You can follow Steve as he blogs about his adventures writing this, Alien ‘science faction’ and more at Steve Peek’s Blog.
BlurbbTheir world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey. Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught. Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.Abab

Steve Peek grew up in a family of readers and writers.  In the second grade a neighbor gave him a toy printing press and, using rubber linotype, he wrote and printed a neighborhood paper.  His first short story won a competition in his third grade class.  Sometimes he dreamed of being a policeman, fireman, lawyer, minister, soldier, politician, but in every dream he was also a writer. Peek loves games.  He enjoyed a forty year career in the game industry which allowed him to travel the world where he was able to explore many of the ancient, mythical places he’d read about. Some legends associated with these enigmatic sites led him down a winding road to a junction where myth meets science and the hold of this magical place continues its grip. Over the decades Steve always wrote.  Sometimes just here and there.  Twice he managed to have books published. Now, with the precious time to write, Steve found the traditional publishing world in disarray and decided that it is more important for him to write than to sell books to the big publishing houses.  The venue of the e-book makes this possible.  So, for better or for worse, Steve sits at a kitchen table looking into the woods around his home in the Smokey Mountains and writes every day. Reviewers have declared his books Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed to be a new sub-genre, ‘science faction’.  Much of the books are based on history and science while the story falls under fiction. Steve’s books are based on things that interest him and he works hard to make them interesting for his readers. He would like to hear from you via jstephenpeek on facebook or send him a message via his contact form.

 

Follow Steve on social media!

Buy Longclaws or Alien Agenda here

Steve is on tour between 12th and 26th July – you can check in with tour central here, and please check back each day to read more fascinating thoughts by this eloquent and interesting author.

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Taking Submissions: Give – An Anthology Of Anatomical Entries

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: Sept. 30th, 2014
Payment: $10 and two contributor’s copies

GIVE is the first in a two-part anthology about organ donation. The stories in GIVE will focus on the donor. Publication date is set for February 14th, 2015 (National Donor Day).

General Info: We want you to think beyond the traditional organs that get donated. Consider those parts of the human that come in pairs but aren’t necessarily donated. Everything is shareable, transplantable and rejectable, if you are creative.

We will be including only one story per body part, so if you are going to write about a more common body part, the story had better be special. Stories should be darker in nature. Horror, sci-fi, and dark humor are all appreciated.

Reprints: Reprints will be considered, but previously unpublished workis preferred. Please inform us if you are submitting a reprint. You must hold reprint rights to the work.

Word Count: Submissions should be between 500-2,500 words (yes, we want these short and to the point).

Submission Instructions: Submissions should follow standard manuscript format, and be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files via email only. Please send to submissions@whenthedead.com with the subject: GIVE-(the body part you are writing about)-your name

Rights: One year exclusive worldwide online, ebook, and print rights. The Publisher assumes no rights to the Work beyond those essential to publishing and promoting the Website. All characters, intellectual properties and universes of the Work shall remain the property of their original Authors

Submission deadline: All stories must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30th, 2014.

Fee: There is no fee to submit to GIVE.

Payment: $10 and two free contributor copies of the anthology (GIVE one to a friend!). All other profit made will be channeled into marketing efforts for this and the second anthology. A portion of the profits from second anthology will be donated to the National Foundation for Transplants.

Download this submission call [.pdf]

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Michelle Kilmer is a writer, publisher, and web designer from Seattle, WA. Her works include When the Dead and The Spread. Two of her short stories have been published in the anthology Roms, Bombs & Zoms from Evil Girlfriend Media and the Crypticon De-Compositions 2014 anthology from Blysster Press. Upcoming works are varied and many.

T.J. Tranchell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in literature at Central Washington University. He has been published in Niteblade, Mad Scientist Journal and Despumation. His academic pursuits include works on Stephen King, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the cultural phenomena surrounding The Amityville Horror. A former journalist, Tranchell spends most of his free time with his wife and son.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about this anthology and/or submission specifics, please write to Michelle at michelle@whenthedead.com

ANSWERS

Will there be interior art or can I submit interior art?

No, this anthology will be text only

Can I make up a body part?

As long as there are two of it in the body, they have a specific function, and you write from the donor’s perspective, DO IT. We do want some nice healthy stories about the human body though. So let us not all make up bits and pieces. If you aren’t sure, please email and ask us!

Does my donor have to be human?

Absolutely not. Alien life forms fall into the sci-fi category and we’d love to read about them.

Does my donor have to survive?

Of course not! Giving away pieces of ourselves can go horribly wrong. Blood loss, infection, evil doers…this wouldn’t be a horror anthology if everyone lived!

RESOURCES

Please use the links below for information on organ donation. A little reading could provide inspiration!

Organ donation information from Medline Plus About organ donation from OrganDonor.gov
Myths about organ donation Organ donation on Wikipedia
Transplant Glossary of Terms

‘Dying Days 4 Blog Tour’ – Guest Post: Writing? Who Has The Time For It?

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Writing? Who Has The Time For It?

 

Armand Rosamilia

 

I’m going to share a little secret about myself: I’m not very focused all the time. As much as I dole out advice about hitting my 2,000 word a day writing goal, sometimes things get in the way. Sometimes it’s life (kids want to bother me about food) or I have to actually leave the house for something ridiculous (like buying food for the kids).

The goal of any writer, especially a full-time writer, is to write every day and advance their career, right? Except… sometimes I get in the way of my own career.

Today is a typical day. I’ll roll out of bed at the bright and early time of 9:42 am. Immediately go to Facebook to see who sent me a message or posted something interesting since midnight, when I went to bed. About 10:30 I start to realize I forgot to turn the coffee on again, and do that. I’ll check my sales from yesterday, begin the task of sorting through 500+ e-mails (most of it simply deleted), and then realize it’s already noon, my coffee is cold, and my stomach is making weird noises.

I go to the kitchen, make something delicious to eat (i.e. fast, I’m not much of a cook) and while eating my tuna on a cinnamon raisin bagel (don’t knock it til you try it), I work on my Twitter accounts, answering questions and adding people who are real who followed me, deleting those who haven’t followed me back after awhile, and seeing if anyone is retweeting my posts.

Now it’s almost 2 pm and I glance at the huge dry erase board on my wall, crammed with my barely legible tiny writing. Today I have 45 open projects listed. Some of them short stories for upcoming anthologies or projects I haven’t begun yet. Some are on an actual deadline with publishers and due very soon. Some, like Dying Days 5, were added to the list the day Dying Days 4 came out (yep, I’m sneaking a plug in). I swear it won’t take me another year to finish the next installment, even though I’ve been swearing since Dying Days came out.

I need to focus and work. I need to hit my daily goal. Isn’t that what’s paying the bills? Isn’t my writing the reason I don’t have a real job? Isn’t the daily goal supposed to get me in gear each day?

Only today it might as well be a billion words, because it is beyond me. I’ll never catch up. I’ll never get anything done. Today is about promoting the latest book (shameless plug #2: my Dying Days 4 zombie novel). I have three interviews I’ve been meaning to answer, so I dive into it. I write in my hilarious answers and actually LOL until it hurts. I send them off to the interviewer with an author photo and cover art and links and bio and anything else their hearts desire. I am here for them, because they are here to promote me.

Satisfied I’ve done something constructive today, I look at the time and realize it is nearing 4 pm. In about 90 minutes Special Gal will arrive from a long day at an actual job and ask me how my day was, which really means how many words did you write instead of playing your Facebook baseball game? I’m currently hooked on MLB Ballpark Empire, so if you’re also playing feel free to add me as a friend and send me laser scanner. Yeah. Don’t judge me.

Now I do the mad dash to get something (anything) written. At least make some progress and not lose another day to promoting and wasting time. But where to start? There are always 3-5 projects open I’m working on. Special Gal made me a cool spreadsheet so I can keep track of the priority stories with deadlines, both from publishers and self-imposed. The dry erase board is the reminder in my face each and every moment I don’t write.

Which I’m not doing because I’m staring at the dry erase board and then at the really cool giant Marvel Comics prints I have on my wall. I bought them from…

Stop! Write something. Anything.

I’m working on a horror novel that an actual agent might be interested in reading. I’ve never really worked with an agent and I’m not sure if having one is worth anything in this day and age, but I might as well give it a shot. I never put all my eggs in one basket.

Now I want eggs. Maybe an omelet for lunch tomorrow.

I jump right into the horror novel, picking it up where I left off. Beta readers and editors have told me I write a pretty clean first draft, but it’s taken years to get to this point. Once I begin writing I am super-focused and know where the story is going and how to get there.

“How’s it going?”

I look up and Special Gal (gorgeous as always) is in the doorway to my office with a smile and a raised eyebrow.

I panic. I lost track of time.

“It’s going… great,” I mumble and frantically hit the word count button.

2,005 words. Luckily, she had to stop for gas and food on the way home. The extra 20 minutes allowed me to hit my goal.

Imagine how much I could write if I started with the actual writing (after remembering to turn on the coffee) and didn’t worry about messages and Facebook posts and… remember, send me a laser scanner for the game…

 

10516633_10204171118138283_4296768031839309486_nArmand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music… and because of him they won the 2013 World Series, so he’s pretty good at watching!

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series

he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud Active member of HWA as well. 

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: 

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The doomed quest for perfection

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Hi everyone! I’m back again, here to share some words of wisdom, or so I hope. Today, I have a topic for you that I’m sure many of you have struggled to deal with many times before. As you can see from the title, I’m going to be discussing the risk of looking for perfection.

 

When faced with the prospect of rejection, we can often find ourselves desperate to avoid any chances of this happening by aiming to create the perfect manuscript. We do this by painstakingly checking our grammar, spelling, format, style, plot etc. in the hopes to create something flawless. However, by aiming for such an unattainable goal not only can you waste too much time, you can also lose faith in your abilities. Now when you are already dealing with self-doubt the last thing any of us need is something else to make us doubt ourselves further.

 

So to help you understand why fighting for perfection is a doomed quest, I’ve listed five points for you to consider:

 

  • Stops you submitting: So many times I’ve missed story submission deadline because the story wasn’t perfect enough to submit, and every time I do this I beat myself up over the missed opportunity. Sure, there might have been a misplaced comma, but who knows the editors might have liked it enough to overlook this. Sometimes you just have to go for it, take the risk, and see what happens.
  • Makes you focus solely on the negative: To perfect your manuscript you must hunt for any mistakes or flaws, now while this isn’t a bad thing (this is why we do the editing process after all), constantly concentrating on the flaws can make you blind when it comes to the positives, and it’s the positives that matter the most.
  • You over edit: I’ve often found that my stories have been so over edited that it no longer holds the sparkle that it once had. It resembles a show home, lacking in personality rather than something that might be rough around the edges but still grabs your full attention. Edit as much as you need to, not as much as you want to.
  • Lose confidence: This links with point two, if you only see the negatives you will lose faith in your skills as a writer, and self-belief is important if you’re on this journey.
  • End up hating your story: This is another one I’ve experienced, this point links everything together, you convince yourself so much that your work needs to be perfect, so when it isn’t you will feel nothing but disappointment rather than the pride you should feel for making the time to sit and write the story.

 

To help you find ways to avoid the hunt for perfection, I’ve listed another five points for you to consider:

 

  • Focus on what’s important: As long as a story has an exciting plot and strong characters that readers care about it doesn’t matter if you put one comma in the wrong place. By producing a strong story you can be forgiven for any minor flaws.
  • Remind yourself that perfection doesn’t exist: It’s true, it doesn’t, and we spend so much time in our lives aiming to be perfect whether that is the way we look, our careers, roles in the family. However, there is no such thing, nothings perfect, if you look closely enough, you’ll see that everything has something wrong with it.
  • Remember, you’re human, you will make mistakes: You will make a mistake, it happens, it doesn’t make you a rubbish writer. So instead of beating yourself up over a typo (as long as you don’t have too many), accept that all you can do is your best, and as time goes by you will get better.
  • Set a limit on how many times you edit: If you are like me, you can edit too much, which causes the issue that I mentioned above, so to defeat that you can set a limit on the amount of times you edit your story. Once you hit that limit, then you better leave the story alone and submit, and only after a certain amount of rejections, or if you get some constructive criticism, should you do another edit.
  • Get some feedback: Sometimes you can get so blinded by your quest for perfection that you can’t see the true beauty of your story, and this is where getting someone to read your story for you helps. If your chosen reader comes back saying they were gripped by your story, enjoyed it and yearned for more, then leave that delete button alone and submit that story. However, if they notice nothing but mistakes, then you need to do another edit.

 

That’s all I have for you today. Let us all forget about being perfect, instead focus on being the greatest writer you can be, and join me as we take another step closer to beating Mr Self Doubt.

 

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

 

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ― (Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)

Taking Submissions: Word Branch Sci-Fi Anthology 2015

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: September 1st 2014
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: This is clearly a market that is looking for science fiction but if you have some with a horror twist…

WANTED SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS – short stories

We’re looking for previously unpublished, original, science fiction short stories for WBP’s 2015 Science Fiction Anthology.

Those chosen to be in the anthology will receive a copy of the anthology.
All proceeds will be donated to a literacy charity that will be chosen in the fall.

Requirements:

· Story must be classified as science fiction. Word count under 12,000 words

· Subject line MUST have ‘The Word Branch 2015 Sci-Fi Anthology’
and sent to sfcontest@wordbranch.com

· Please provide your name e-mail address, mailing address (contract must be signed if your story is chosen.) and phone number on the first page of your story. Entries need to be in .rtf format. Entries not in this format will be excluded.

· In addition, please attach a short bio (no more than 300 words) and a jpg photo (at least 300dpi) of yourself or an avatar.

Deadline for submissions is September 1st 2014.

A Note From the Publisher
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Last year, author Stacy Bender came to me with an idea. She proposed that Word Branch Publishing sponsor a writing contest for aspiring science fiction writers to be published in an anthology that spotlights their talents. I agreed, as long as she took a leadership position and all of the profits went to a literacy cause. Although the experience had a learning curve, it was a successful venture in the end. We showcased a number of new and emerging SF writers as well as earned money for The North Carolina Literacy Association.

After our initial experiment, we have decided to continue the anthology as an annual contest. As was the case last year, we are working with an all-volunteer group of editors, proofers, and formatters as well as artist Julian Norwood once again donating his time and talents. A big thank you goes to all of them, especially Stacy, for your hard work and time.

With that being said, thank all of you–the writers–for your contributions and efforts. Here’s to another great anthology for 2015!

Sincerely,

Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh
Owner: Word Branch Publishing

Via: World Branch Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Betwixt 4th Quarter

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: August 31st 2014
Payment: $0.02 per word up to $150

Genres and Content: Betwixt publishes speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/etc.punk, you name it. We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches. Experiments in form and style are welcomed enthusiastically—but a straightforward narrative with tight, crisp language is just as beautiful. When it comes down to it, we want stories that will amaze us, astound us, provoke our thoughts, and boggle our minds.

Betwixt supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Please don’t send multiple or simultaneous submissions, stories that have been published (including self-published) previously, or poetry. We are not seeking unsolicited nonfiction at this time.

Length: Stories of 4,000 to 7,000 words are ideal, but we will consider a range from 1,000 to 30,000 words.

Rights: Betwixt purchases first worldwide English-language serial, electronic, and print rights. Stories will be published on betwixtmagazine.com, in electronic and print-on-demand quarterly issues, and in electronic and print-on-demand yearly anthologies. We may also excerpt stories for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

We do not publish unsolicited reprints, and we ask that stories we publish not appear anywhere else for three months after publication. For example, if a story is published in the January issue, we ask that it not appear elsewhere until April—although we would be delighted to make exceptions for extraordinary circumstances!

We are open to publishing stories in translation, provided that they have not yet been published in English.

If you have questions about specific rights or contract terms, please feel free to contact us at contracts@betwixtmagazine.com. (Please don’t send submissions to this address.)

Payment: We pay $0.02 per word up to $150, payable upon receipt of completed contract and author questionnaire.

On the rare occasions that we publish reprints, we pay $0.01 per word up to $75. Please note that we do not consider unsolicited reprints.

Reading PeriodsBetwixt is open to submissions during the following reading periods:

  • October 1–November 30
  • January 1–February 28
  • April 1–May 31
  • July 1–August 31

Submissions received at any other time will not be considered.

How to Submit: Please email submissions in .doc or .docx format to our submissions email address: submissions@betwixtmagazine.com. Please do not send submissions to any other address. We do not accept paper submissions.

In the body of your email, please include a brief cover letter that mentions your name (and pseudonym, if applicable), the title of your story, and the story’s approximate word count. We aren’t sticklers when it comes to manuscript format, but please use some common sense regarding fonts, spacing, formatting, and the like. Readable is good. Fancy, quirky, and kickin’ rad are not. Please do not paste your story into the body of your email, and please do double check that your document is attached before sending.

After submitting a story, you should receive an automated email confirming receipt of your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours, please email again.

Our response time is currently two weeks. If two weeks pass and you have not heard from us, please feel free to query regarding the status of your submission. However, please do not query if it has been less than two weeks. If your story is not accepted, please wait a week before submitting another.

ART

We are unable to commission original art at this time, but we do license existing art for covers. If interested in licensing your speculative art, please email a link to your portfolio tosubmissions@betwixtmagazine.com.

 

Via: Betwixt Magazine.

An Aberrant Mind Blog Tour – Horror Can Be Fun

| July 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

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Horror Can Be Fun!

Ken MacGregor

 

The question was posed to me recently, “why do you write this stuff?”

The ‘stuff’ he referred to is horror. I write other ‘stuff’ too, but that’s the genre I find myself writing in most frequently.

So, why horror?

Well, I’ll tell you: it’s fun. That’s it, really. It’s fun to take perfectly normal people who are probably just hoping to be left alone and do terrible, awful things to them.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like hurting people, and I’m really quite nice in the real world. But, in fiction, I get to do whatever I want. I’ll give you an example:

 

Mr. Bradley Thompson wakes up one morning, as he always does after hitting the snooze button three times at nine minute intervals. He sets the alarm 27 minutes earlier than he needs to get up because he likes to think he’s getting extra sleep if he hits ‘snooze’. He yawns and scratches the fine hairs growing on his belly. What he affectionately calls his spare tire is gradually evolving into something more fitting for a tractor.

Mr. Thompson, Brad to his friends, glances over at his wife, still asleep. A faint whistle emanates from her left nostril. Her sinuses have been plaguing her all May. Glory complains about the damn pollen all over the damn place so often it has become her mantra. Om, whistle, sniff. Om, whistle, sniff. Mr. Thompson heaps sympathetic smiles upon his wife, but sometimes he would very much like to punch Glory in her constantly whistling, snot-factory nose.

“I could never hurt you, my dear,” Mr. Thompson says to his inert wife. “No matter how loathsome you become.”

Glory’s eyes snap open. The pupils so huge they almost eclipse the blue iris. She lunges at Mr. Thompson, teeth snapping shut on her husband’s gut, the closest part of him. Skin, blood and yellow fat come away and splatter Glory’s face.

Digging the fingers of both hands into him, Glory’s loses three of her nails. She swings her naked body around, trying to get another bite. Glory’s legs flail uselessly behind her. Nipping at her husband, she gets only a tiny bite this time. Glory pauses, her jaws working, and her expression changes from berserk to thoughtful.

Grabbing it by the base, Mr. Thompson lifts the cast iron floor lamp over his head. He cringes at the agony this sets off in his wounds. Glory’s head snaps up and she roars, bloody spittle hanging from her chin.

Mr. Thompson brings down the forty pound lamp on his wife’s head. He does it again. And again, until she is still. Gray brains and skull fragments litter the pool of blood on the floor. Mr. Thompson takes several calming breaths and drops the lamp with a clunk that shatters the dead calm.

“I guess I was wrong,” he says.

 

Didn’t see that coming? Neither did I, actually. But, hey. Fun, right?

 

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An Excerpt from An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor…

 

…from ‘First Person Shooter

 

Cain stands motionless, surveying the damage. He absently rubs the mark on his cheek; it has been there a long, long time, but he’s not likely to forget the day he got it. Cain inhales through his nose; he has come to appreciate, even enjoy the sharp coppery smell of fresh blood. He lifts a foot, shakes some of it off the toe of his Italian loafer and steps back across the threshold. A job well done, he thinks, and drops the heavy cleaver on the floor. The blade thunks into the wood. As his footsteps fade, the flies begin to gather for the feast.

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THIS IS INTOLERABLE.

“I know,” Adam says. “But what can we do? No one can touch him; you made sure of that.” He is careful to keep his tone respectful; he is stating a fact, not admonishing. One does not admonish Him.

THERE IS A LOOPHOLE.

“Really?” Adam arches a perfect eyebrow. “You never mentioned this before.”

I DO NOT ENTIRELY TRUST YOU, YOU KNOW.

“Yes,” Adam sighs. “I know. You hold a grudge better and longer than anyone.”

I DO EVERYTHING BETTER AND LONGER THAN ANYONE.

Adam’s eyebrow shoots up.

GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER.

Adam laughs, then gets serious.

“What loophole?”

THE MARK WILL ONLY AFFECT THOSE BORN AFTER CAIN. ANYONE OLDER THAN CAIN MAY DO HIM HARM WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE.

“Okay,” Adam says. “But, there are only two people older than Cain.”

Adam stares at his Creator for a long moment.

“You want me to kill my own son?”

ALL OF HUMANKIND ARE YOUR CHILDREN, ADAM.

“Technically, sure,” Adam said, “but I wasn’t their father. Not really. Not in a hands-on, kissing boo-boos, singing to sleep, teaching about the world way. Not in any way that counts.”

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DO THIS.

“What about Eve?”

DO NOT SPEAK OF HER IN MY PRESENCE.

“I always forget how much you hate her.”

I DO NOT HATE. I AM LOVE. STILL, YOU WILL REFRAIN FROM SAYING HER NAME. IT ANNOYS ME.

“Of course,” Adam says. “Whatever you say. Since I seem to be the only choice, what would you have me do, exactly?”

YOU NEED TO PUT AN END TO IT. YOU NEED TO DO IT NOW.

Adam sighs. It’s no use arguing with God. You never win.

 


An Aberrant Mind

Ken MacGregor

 

ABERRANT is defined as unusual, abnormal or different. The stories in this book not only differ from most of what you read, but also wildly from each other. A retired school teacher takes on an elder god and his minion; a werewolf picks fights with sea creatures; a neighbor’s lawn may be eating people. Twenty-two stories: scary, funny, weird and different.

 

In these pages, you will find darkness and fear, revulsion and terror. Mixed with it, however is quite a bit of humor. Sometimes both happen at the same time. So, open it up, join Jim as he fights off zombies with a potato cannon; witness the bloodbath reunion of the first man and his homicidal son; enjoy the monsters, the demons and the deranged.

 

A word of warning, though: you may never eat a bagel with lox again.

 

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KenMacGregorABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ken MacGregor’s work has appeared in over fifty anthologies, magazines and podcasts. Ken is a member of The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers and an Affiliate member of HWA. You can find Ken on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and at ken-macgregor.com. Ken’s the kind of guy that, if he found himself stranded somewhere with you, would probably eat you to survive. Ken hopes you enjoyed the stories in this collection and that you sleep just a little less well because of them. Ken lives in Michigan with his family and two unstable cats.

 

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