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Literature and Latte Sponsored Scrivener Giveaway!

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Ladies and gentlemen! Horror authors of all walks of life! I have some great news for you today as Literature and Latte have happily agreed to sponsor a contest that will allow us to give away not 1, not 2, but 3 copies of their amazing writing studio Scrivener!

Scrivener is often thought of as the project management tool for authors and if you are looking to help keep track of everything in a novel, ongoing and related short stories, interlocking stories, or even multi-novel projects – this is the tool for you! Not only that but for 3 lucky winners you’ll have a chance to get a full copy for free!

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To enter to win your own copy, use the widget below to give some social liking and sharing out. I hope you enjoy!

For those that want to know more about the software here is the official rundown:

Grow your ideas in style
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

Your Complete Writing Studio
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Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is over. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

Write, structure, revise
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Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want—so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

With access to a powerful underlying text engine, you can add tables, bullet points, images and mark up your text with comments and footnotes. Format as you go using the format bar at the top of the page, or use any font you want for the writing and let Scrivener reformat your manuscript after you’re done—allowing you to concentrate on the words rather than their presentation.

Create Order From Chaos
Most word processors approach composing a long-form text the same as typing a letter or flyer—they expect you to start on page one and keep typing until you reach the end. Scrivener lets you work in any order you want and gives you tools for planning and restructuring your writing. In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. Plan out your work in Scrivener’s outliner and use the synopses you create as prompts while you write. Or just get everything down into a first draft and break it apart later for rearrangement on the outliner or corkboard. Create collections of documents to read and edit related text without affecting its place in the overall draft; label and track connected documents or mark what still needs to be done. Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later—or do a bit of both—Scrivener supports the way you work.

our research—always within reach
No more switching between multiple applications to refer to research files: keep all of your background material—images, PDF files, movies, web pages, sound files—right inside Scrivener. And unlike other programs that only let you view one document at a time, in Scrivener you can split the editor to view research in one pane while composing your text right alongside it in another. Transcribe an interview or conversation, make notes on an image or article, or just refer back to another chapter, all without leaving the document you’re working on.

Taking Submissions: Accessing the Future

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: November 30th, 2014
Payment: $0.06/word

Inspired by the cyberpunk and feminist science fiction of yesterday and the DIY, open access, and hacktivist culture of today, Accessing the Future will be an anthology that explores the future potentials of technology to augment and challenge the physical environment and the human form—in all of its wonderful and complex diversity. We are particularly interested in stories that address issues of disability (invisible and visible, physical and mental), and the intersectionality of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class—in both physical and virtual spaces.Accessing the Future will be a collection of speculative fiction that places emphasis on the social, political, and material realms of being.

We want stories from as many diverse people as possible, especially from people with disabilities (visible and invisible, physical and mental), chronic illness or mental illness, who are neuroatypical, or people who have an understanding of the institutional and social construction of disability. We welcome stories from marginalized groups within the speculative fiction community (e.g., QUILTBAG, people of colour, non-North American writers), and from anyone with sensitivity to intersectional politics.

Payment and Rights

We pay $0.06/word (six cents a word) for global English first publication rights in print and digital format. The authors retain copyright.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send your submissions to accessingfuture@gmail.com by midnight UTC on November 30th, 2014.
  • Length 2500-7500 words (with a preference for 4000-6000 words).
  • No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
  • Attach your story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount on the first page.
  • We do not require or request that submitting writers identify themselves as a person with a disability, but we respect anyone’s desire to self-identify.

What we want

We want stories that place emphasis on intersectional narratives (rejection of, undoing, and speaking against ableist, heteronormative, racist, cissexist, and classist constructions) and that are informed by an understanding of disability issues and politics at individual and institutional levels. We want to read stories from writers that think critically about how prosthetic technologies, new virtual and physical environments, and genetic modifications will impact human bodies, our communities, and planet. Here are some questions we want writers to think about

  • How will humanity modify the future world?
  • What kinds of new spaces will there be to explore and inhabit? Who will have access to these spaces and in what ways?
  • Given that we all already rely on (technological) tools to make our lives easier, what kinds of assistive and adaptive technologies will we use in the future?
  • How will augmentations (from the prosthetic to the genetic) erase or exacerbate existing differences in ability, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and race?
  • What does an accessible future look like?

We will not accept

  • Stories of “cure” (or where disability exists as a condition to be “fixed,” erased through genetic engineering, etc.)
  • Depictions of people with disabilities as “extra special,” “magical,” or “inspirational” because of their disability.
  • Stories that generally reproduce today’s dominant reductionist viewpoints of disability as a fixed identity and a problem to be solved.
  • Any story that addresses disability in a realistic and “positive” way but contains any element that is racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise insulting or harmful to other marginalized identities.

Via: Future Fire.

Taking Submissions: Blight Volume 2

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: December 16, 2014
Payment: 1 cent a word or $25 maximum upon publication

BLIGHT Digest is a dark fiction and horror magazine debuting October 7th, 2014 from One Eye Press, the publisher of Shotgun Honey (Crime) and The Big Adios (Western). Featuring 10 harrowing stories from emerging and established writers, BLIGHT Digest will be produced in both print and digital formats and available through Amazon.com and our website.

Current Submission Window:

September 16, 2014 – December 16, 2014

What we are looking for?

Well written stories that play out the human experience against unimaginable and terrifying odds. Dark fiction that defined more by the story than the splatter. We are open to supernatural, psychological and physical fear.

What we aren’t looking for?

Do not try to shock us with excessive gore, rape and brutality. We are not looking for any sexually explicit stories, be it with a human or a creature of fantasy. We are not looking for tame, but there has to be an actual story in the stories.

The Guidelines:

  • Word Count: Between 2000-5000 words.
  • Submissions: No multiple submissions, original stories preferred, but we will consider reprints for stories having been out of print for 18 months or longer.
  • Review Period: Please allow us 8 weeks to respond to your story before revoking or sending your story elsewhere. Our editors will make every effort to respond expediently.
  • Editing: Submit well edited work.
  • Formatting: Indented, double space, single paragraph returns, no special fonts or styling other than bold or italics. We recommend you follow this guide by William Shunn.
  • File Formats: Submit stories as .doc, .docx or .rtf files.
  • Payment: 1 cent a word or $25 maximum upon publication. Serials are considered multiple submissions and will be paid accordingly.

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Find your inner belief

| September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Hi all! I’m back with a side kick who’s going to help me beat that annoying Mr Self Doubt. Who is this side kick? Drum roll please. I would like to introduce Mr/Miss/Mrs Self Belief. For me, my pal is called Pinky Self-Belief, and she’s ready to tackle Mr Self Doubt.

During my writing journey, it has been difficult to find Pinky Self-Belief. She shouts to be heard, but Mr Self Doubt stomps through with a marching band, which can make listening to her a constant struggle. So what do you do? Well, Mr Self Doubt may be louder, but he is not stronger than Pinky Self-Belief. All s/he needs is for you to block out the negatives and focus on her/him. So how do you do this? Where can you find her/him? Well, today I will be helping you find your own Self Belief companion.

So let’s start with where you can find your Self Belief companion:

  • S/he is the voice that encourages you to submit, write, and edit.
  • S/he is the voice that praises you for any success. This includes anything from an impressive line in a sentence to being published.
  • S/he is the voice of reason after a rejection. The one that lets you know that you can do better, or that you might not have found the right place to submit your work to.
  • S/he is the determination to keep going.
  • S/he is the voice that says you can and you will.
  • S/he is the voice that allows you to understand the feedback you receive, especially the negative ones, and know how you can improve.

As stated before, it’s not that easy to focus on finding Miss/Mr Self Belief. So, here are some ways to focus on your Self Belief companion:

  • The days you don’t feel like writing, grab a pen and write down why. Share your emotions with the paper. Let them ooze out of you, and free the mind from the negatives.
  • When you receive a rejection, before you tear yourself and your story apart, study the feedback, if you receive any, and go through the story again. Chances are you will see what the issue is and then the voice of reason will kick in.
  • Remind yourself why you write. Sometimes in your quest to be published, you forget the reason you write, which is simply for the love of it.
  • Read your most successful stories. These can be stories that you love the most, or ones that are published. This will allow that voice to say, “See, you’re not crap after all.”
  • Take a break and enjoy the great outdoors, or simply go for a walk to your nearest store. At times your mind needs a rest from having to churn out stories, and Mr Self Doubt thrives on a tired mind, so get out and breath some fresh air (as fresh as you can get). Enjoy being outside, and when you return you’ll find that your Self Belief friend is sitting waiting for you.

With everything in life, if you want to get anyway, you need to believe in yourself because a person who says I can’t will not succeed. You need to believe that you can be better, you can do better, and that one day if you continue to fight you will reach that goal. All you need is that Self Belief friend standing by your side, there to catch you when you fall and to push you when you think you can no longer go on. So find your pal, find them and hold them tight because without them success is unreachable.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Ongoing Submissions: ‘Silver Screen is B Movies from the 50’s and onward’ Novelettes

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline:
Payment: 7,500-8,000 words: $20.00 – 8,001-10,000 words: $25.00 – Contributor’s Copy

Silver Screen is looking to publish 2-4 novelettes each month, in kindle and paperback. The theme of Silver Screen is B Movies from the 50’s and onward. We are looking for zany, fun adventures in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Action-Adventure. Think dime store pulp mixed with B Movie plots.

Silver Screen Imprint will be paying the following for submissions:

· 7,500-8,000 words: $20.00
· 8,001-10,000 words: $25.00

Plus

· 1 Electronic Copy Kindle or PDF
· 1 Paperback Copy

· Contract for 2 more Novelettes to be published within the year.

Payments will be paid via PayPal USD, or USD Amazon Gift Card.

Manuscript Requirements:

· 12 pt Roman, Georgian, Arial or Book Antigua (Nothing else will be read)
· Double Spaced
· No headers, footers or page number needed
· Proper paragraph formatting
· Included your Name, Mailing Address, Email, and other contact info in the upper left hand corner of the 1st page.
· Do not include artwork with your submission unless you own the copyright
QUERY or Email your Submission to: author.rogarcher@gmail.com
Please TITLE your SILVER SCREEN SUB or SILVER SCREEN QUERY.

Submissions will only be accepted in the following formats:
DOC
DOCX
RTF

Any other formats will be not be read, and deleted.

Via: Silver Screen Books.

Guest Post: Killer Plot Elements Needed to Write Good Psychological Thrillers and Dark Fantasy

| September 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Scary, mean, dark, compelling, transformational potential, and hope but not too much hope for the future. If there is too much hope then we run the risk of selling our soul out to an angel. Selling out to an angel is a terrible possibility because that trivializes the human condition, takes what is complex and looks only at the surface and ready-made answers that seem to provide immediate relief from suffering.

Scary and mean and dark and compelling set the stage for dark forces infringing on human hope and potential with no guarantees. We have to remain on the edge our seat, waiting to see what’s going to happen. Claire, in The Unholy, is a young woman haunted and intimated by a life-threatening figure, a man robed in black. He haunts her dreams, comes in nightmares, terrifying remembrances of things past. This deep fear from childhood trauma so laces The Unholy with compelling imagery and emotion that the reader is flung forward into the narrative desperate to find out not only what will happen but how it will happen, how a young woman could possible handle the power of a misogynistic religious male patriarchy.

Archbishop William Anarch hates women and Claire Sanchez, curandera, is a young and vulnerable women. When a man carries the sanction of society, particularly of a huge religious organization, and mixes it with his own sordid inclinations so as to empower himself then we’ve got one of the building blocks of good set against evil.

Innocence is the other building block, Claire Sanchez, and when she confronts face to face the worst thing in her life…we’ve got action and thrills.

Scary, mean, dark, compelling with the potential for hope and transformation are the building blocks for good psychological thrillers and dark fantasy!

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“A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.”

Name: Paul DeBlassie III

Book Title: The Unholy

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Publisher: Sunstone Press

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Book Excerpt

Father Gall had taught Archbishop Anarch about the dark side of spiritual powers, to be used only for the highest purposes, a foul magic ignited when hatred burned from the core of the soul. Then and only then would the sordid wizardry accomplish the nefarious deed required for the most godly purpose.

 

Archbishop Anarch took the lock of the child’s hair and curled it around the top of the crook. Stroking the head of the serpent, he repeatedly whispered, “Curl and coil, tease and frighten, strike and bite till her blood begins to boil.” The crook became white hot, aglow with his hate. The viper writhed in his hand, its eyes fixated on him. Soon the crook was no longer a crook, and the snake slithered away.

 

About The Author

PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

 

Taking Submissions: Monster Hunter Wasteland

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: March 1st, 2015
Payment: $25.00 and electronic copy of the book upon publication.

The wars are over. The monsters have won.

There is nowhere monsters don’t stalk anymore; not the burnt out cities or desolate countryside. The monster’s endless search for the last of humanity grows intense as the number of people dwindle and the legions of hungry creatures swell.

The battle between life and death is constant. No place is safe.

But, the people who have survived are the fastest, the strongest and the most resourceful. Amongthem are the last monster hunters: individuals that have visited the depths of nightmare and survived. Individuals that have become the things that haunt those nightmares…

They will never submit, no matter how large or small the gain. Their purpose is clear… Hunt the monsters. Reclaim the WASTELAND.

Edited by: Miles Boothe
Submission Period: 8/1/14 through 3/1/15
Reading Period: 3/2/15 through 4/4/15
Acceptances will be announced 4/5/14
Tentative Publication Date: Fall 2015
Payment: $25.00 and electronic copy of the book upon publication.
Word Limits: 2000 to 8000 words. Please query if longer.
Format: Submissions should be .doc (.docx is fine) or .rtf formats. The entire text will be reformatted, so no need to worry about margins, spacing, etc. Please use a standard font.
Genres Accepted: Dark Fiction, Horror and sci-fi.
Reprints Accepted: Yes. Please include a history of publication with your submission.
Simultaneous Subs: (submitting to Emby and another press at the same time) can be avoided by requesting an early response.
Multiple Subs: Each author may submit up to 2 stories. Only one story per author will be accepted.
Exclusive Rights: The contract will stipulate 1 year exclusive worldwide print and electronic rights. However, the contract does also state that under certain circumstances, Emby Press will consider granting permission to the author to place the story with additional publications.

Via: Emby Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Uncanny

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Payment: Varies depending on submissions type, all details are below

Uncanny is open for submissions.

Editors-in-Chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Uncanny is seeking passionate SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncannybelieves there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Fiction Guidelines

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-7500 words. Payment is $.08 per word. We will reject any story that doesn’t follow these guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected story.

Submission procedures:

1- Please email your submission to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure to put Fiction Submission: Short Story Title in the subject line.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We try to respond to all submissions in 15 days. Please feel free to queryuncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 30 days.

Poetry Guidelines

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative poetry of any length. Payment is $30 per poem. We will reject any story that doesn’t follow these guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected poem.

1- Please email your submissions to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure to put Poetry Submission: Poem Title in the subject line.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate emails attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4-  We try to respond to all submissions in 15 days. Please feel free to queryuncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 30 days.

Nonfiction Submissions

Uncanny doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions. Payment is $50 per essay on acceptance. Please see the sample contract (coming soon) for an explanation of the rightsUncanny is seeking.

Fiction Reprints

Uncanny doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions. Payment is $.01 per word on acceptance. Please see the sample contract (coming soon) for an explanation of the rightsUncanny is seeking.

Art Submissions

Uncanny pays $60 for reprint art. Please feel free to email art queries to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com with a link to your portfolio.

Via: Uncanny Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Monster Hunter Revolver

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: February 1st, 2015
Payment: $25.00 and electronic copy of the book upon publication.

Monster hunting is a life no one asks for. The endless nights of stalking, the endless days of darkened motel rooms and forever eating out of bags is grim by any standard.

But there is worse. Much worse.

Sometimes the hunter underestimates the monster. Sometimes the monster turns the tables. Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted. Nights are then spent running, food is just an afterthought and motel rooms become deathtraps.

Behold MONSTER HUNTER: REVOLVER. These are the stories where monsters hunt the hunters. How many times will the tables be turned?

There are only two things for certain: anything bad enough to hunt a monster hunter is worthy of awe and that it’s coming for you right now. In the time it took you to read this, it could already be behind you…

Edited by: Miles Boothe
Submission Period: 8/1/14 through 2/1/15
Reading Period: 2/2/15 through 3/7/15
Acceptances will be announced 3/8/15
Tentative Publication Date: Summer 2015
Payment: $25.00 and electronic copy of the book upon publication.
Word Limits: 2000 to 8000 words. Please query if longer.
Format: Submissions should be .doc (.docx is fine) or .rtf formats. The entire text will be reformatted, so no need to worry about margins, spacing, etc. Please use a standard font.
Genres Accepted: Dark Fiction, Horror, sci-fi.
Reprints Accepted: Yes. Please include a history of publication with your submission.
Simultaneous Subs: (submitting to Emby and another press at the same time) can be avoided by requesting an early response.
Multiple Subs: Each author may submit up to 2 stories. Only one story per author will be accepted.
Exclusive Rights: The contract will stipulate 1 year exclusive worldwide print and electronic rights. However, the contract does also state that under certain circumstances, Emby Press will consider granting permission to the author to place the story with additional publications.

Via: Emby Press.

Taking Submissions: Autumn Cthulhu

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: October 31st, 2014
Payment: $150

Autumn Cthulhu is an upcoming book of original short stories by various authors.  It will be published byThe Lovecraft eZine.

I sent some private submission invitations out a while back, so I have some great stories lined up already.  Now, though, I’d like to temporarily open submissions to everyone.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

Well, the wordsAutumn Cthulhu sum it up somewhat.  But, though pastiche can be done well, I don’t want it here.  In other words, less “Mythos” and more “Lovecraftian”.  I’m talking about the themes of Lovecraft: cosmic horror, deep time, man’s irrelevant place in the universe, horrific truths about reality, etc…

So the story should be Lovecraftian, set in the fall.  You could include Halloween, and in fact I very much hope some of you do, but it’s not a necessity.  There’s a mood and a magic and a mystery to autumn; think colorful falling leaves, crisp days, rainy afternoons and evenings.  A cold drizzle.

Quiet horror.

I’m going to point out some stories that show the kind of mood I’m looking for.  (This is very important.)  But as I do, please bear in mind that I’m not asking you to write like that author.  And I’m not talking about the plots, either.  It’s the mood.  Quiet horror, mixed with Lovecraftian themes and Autumn.

Here are those stories:

  • The Sea of Ash, by Scott Thomas.
  • The Nocturnes collection, by John Connolly.  Specifically the following stories: Mr. Pettinger’s Daemon, The Erkling, The Shifting of the Sands, Deep Dark Green.
  • The Crevasse, by Nathan Ballingrud and Dale Bailey.  (Set in winter, but I love this “quiet horror” story.)

As I say, the plot is up to you.  But I hope this gives you some idea about the mood and the setting.

This will be the first print anthology of original stories published by Lovecraft eZine… so I have very high standards.  You need to really hit this out of the park; not just with the writing, but also with your story matching the theme of this book.

If you have questions, please email me at lovecraftezine@gmail.com (submissions go to lovecraftezinesubmissions@gmail.com).

PAYMENT: I’m paying on a flat-fee basis.  If I accept your story, I will pay you $150.

PUBLISH DATE: My goal is to publish Autumn Cthulhu in late July to early August, 2015.

WORD COUNT: Between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2014.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: lovecraftezinesubmissions@gmail.com

NO REPRINTS.  Stories must be original, never published anywhere before.

Please, no simultaneous submissions.  Only one story at a time will be considered.  Submission does not guarantee acceptance.

This book will be published in print and for Kindle.

Via: Lovecraft Zine.