Recent Places To Submit

Taking Submissions: Dreams from the Witch House

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: January 31st 2015
Payment: 5c per word up to 5k, then 3c per word over 5k
Note: Only Female Authors Are Accepted In This Anthology

I will be editing an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction written by women, to be published by Dark Regions Press in 2015.

We have already solicited a selection of established authors to contribute work to the collection. As of 1 October 2014, I am officially accepting unsolicited submissions for an open call period that ends 31 January 2015.

The only set requirement for the anthology is that all submissions must be written by women. Submissions from international, multi-cultural and LGBT/GSD perspectives are encouraged, as this collection will aim to present the diversity of voices within the field of Lovecraftian fiction. All stories must be submitted in English.

There is no restriction on setting, so don’t feel like you have to remain within the 1920’s/1930’s – far future stories, contemporary, steampunk, psychological, horror, fantasy/sf and, of course, historical settings are all welcome.

I am open to a wide interpretation of ‘Lovecraftian’, but I’m not looking for pastiche work. Nuanced weirdness welcome, as is the overtly strange.

Word count for submissions is set between 2000 and 10 000 words. If you would like to submit something shorter or longer, please query.

No simultaneous submissions or reprints. 

Payment for accepted stories will be 5c per word up to 5k, then 3c per word over 5k.

Email submissions in Word .doc or .rtf file, formatted to standard manuscript specifications to:

witchesdreams AT gmail DOT com

I look forward to reading your stories!

For more details about the anthology, contributors and Dark Regions Press, click HERE.

Via: Lynne Jamneck.

Taking Submissions: ‘Roar 6′

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: April 1st, 2015
Payment: 1/2 cent per word and one contributor’s copy
Note: As you read this is for Furry fiction, which the thought of that is kind of horrifying in itself if you ask me!

ROAR 6 is open for submissions!

We’re looking for excellent general audience furry stories on the theme “scoundrel.”  Submissions should be under 12,000 words, no lower limit.  If you have an excellent story, but you’re not sure it fits the theme, give it a try.  We can be flexible on “scoundrel,” but all stories have to be furry.  That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence.  We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks — as long as it’s excellent.

Please send submissions as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in standard manuscript format to ROARanthology(at)gmail.com.  We’re hoping to release ROAR 6 at AnthroCon, so the deadline is April 1st, 2015.  For multiple submissions, reprints, or other questions, please query.  We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

ROAR is a paying market.  Payment will be 1/2 cent per word and one contributor’s copy on publication.*

All submissions will be replied to by May 1st, possibly much earlier.

The ROAR anthologies are a FurPlanet production.  The editor for ROAR 6 is Mary E. Lowd.

*While mainstream sf/f/h markets may pay higher rates, 1/2 cent per word is currently standard in the furry genre.  Hopefully, it will be possible to increase the standard rate in the future.  For now, keep in mind that publishing in ROAR does use up a story’s first rights; subsequent publications of the story would only be reprints, which are not accepted by most markets and often receive lower pay rates when they are.

Via: Mary Lowd.

Taking Submissions: Another Dimension Issue #1

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: December 31st, 2014
Payment: 3 cents per word

Another Dimension Magazine is the evolution of Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Podcast. It has a more focused theme, that of classic-style Horror and Dark Fantasy, as seen on the television shows Night Gallery and The Twilight Zone, produced and often written by Rod Serling. We are doing blatant homage to these wonderful contributions to these genres. We’ll release issues quarterly in both text and audio formats.

What We’re Looking For

We’ve identified elements that we’re looking for in the stories we’ll buy:

  1. An interesting and well-thought-out lead character, first and foremost.
  2. Supernatural elements or alternate reality/history.
  3. The genres of either Horror or Dark Fantasy. The various subgenres of Horror are perfectly acceptable, such as SciFi Horror.
  4. A commentary on the world we live in (however metaphorically). Say something with your story.
  5. A surprising climax. Take us by surprise, if you can.
  6. Impressive imagination — show us a different culture or an alternate world.

Submission Requirements

Submissions need to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • IMPORTANT:
      • Name your file so that it makes sense. An impressive filename for a fiction submission is: (lastname)-(word from title).RTF [like this: mccoy-darkness.rtf]
  • Word count: 1000 – 3000 (Firm. Do not query).
  • Use standard manuscript formatting. (more info)
  • Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are okay.
  • Do not submit more than once to the same issue. You may submit only one story to each issue.
  • Gore, sex, and adult language okay, but make sure it improves the story.
  • Use good grammar, double-check your punctuation, and run a spell-check. We prefer Chicago Manual of Style rules, and we will reject it if it’s a mess, even if it’s an amazing story. If you’re bad at grammar and spelling, then hire an editor or bribe a friend with cookies to help you before you submit it. Otherwise, you don’t look like the kind of serious writer we expect.
  • We may request revisions, so if you’re not open to them, then let us know in your cover letter. It will save us all some time if you communicate that up-front.
  • We will accept reprints. Make double sure that the rights have reverted to you. By submitting it to us, you affirm that it has been freed from all other commitments that conflict with the rights you give us. You do not need to let us know in the cover letter that it is a reprint, but we willask you to affirm its ownership and copyright status in the contract if we choose your story. You’re responsible for knowing if it’s available.
  • We reserve the right to change these guidelines without notice.

Response Time: We will respond within six months of the appropriate issue’s deadline.

Pay: We pay 3 cents per word. We pay via Paypal or check.

Rights: With this payment, we’re buying the non-exclusive right to publish the story in audio, digital print, and print versions. We’re also buying the non-exclusive right to publish it in ebook, print, and audiobook in a “Best of…” anthology, if the story is chosen for one.

Your story will automatically be a candidate for a “Tales from Another Dimension” anthology at a later date.

Submit

Submit to Another Dimension Magazine via our online submission form.

Submission Periods:

  • ISSUE 1: October 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

 

Via: Another Dimension Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: Dirge Magazine

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Payment: Rates for fiction vary from .01-.05/word.

Dirge is looking for speculative fiction with a dark angle. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history and related genres are welcome.

While dark fantasy and horror are the safest bets, we’re interested in any narrative which contains elements of the surreal, or disturbing. We like to feel unsettled after reading your story, whatever it’s about.

What we’re interested in: Creep (Writing fiction that makes people uncomfortable? We want to see it.). Fresh takes on old tales. Non-Lovecraftian cosmic horror (think Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy). Dark fantasy, and experimental horror. Kick us in the feels.

What we’re less interested in: Zombie apocalypse (Zzzz.). Supernatural romance, probably supernatural anything unless it’s genuinely unsettling. Fanfic. We don’t have anything against gore, but your story should have a lot more going for it than that. We don’t have a problem with sex, either, but we aren’t an erotica market.

Length: 500-4,000 words is ideal. Longer is acceptable for the right story, but the longer it gets, the less interested we’ll be. Flash fiction welcome.

Pay: Rates for fiction vary from .01-.05/word.

Simultaneous Submissions: For now, we accept them. Just do us a favor and let us know, and be sure to let us know if something gets picked up before we get back to you. We’ll be really sad if you don’t.

Limit to one submission per author. Please resubmit only if requested.

Reprints:  We do not currently pay for reprints, but we will accept them as submissions.  Please indicate using the checkbox if this submission is a reprint, and include in your cover letter where and when it was originally published.

Format: Please use standard short story format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html). We forgive typos. We do not forgive bad writing.

Rights: Exclusive First World English Rights for print and First Electronic Rights for one year from date of print publication. Rights are then no longer exclusive and revert back to the author.

Via:Dirge Magazine’s Submittable.

Author Interview – Christian Saunders

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Out of Time - CM SaundersHorror Tree (HT): Christian, first could you share a little bit about yourself with our readers?
Christian Saunders (CS): Sure thing! I’m a reptilian in human form from alpha centauri, and I’m here to drink your bodily fluids. Only kidding. I’m a writer from South Wales, though I live in London now. I write about sport and men’s lifestyle for money, and I write dark fiction for fun.

HT: Spoiler Free, tell us a little about your latest novella, ‘Out of Time’
CS: It’s about a struggling writer who goes to extreme lengths to overcome his writer’s block, only to find his past coming back to haunt him. The lesson is, the universe takes no prisoners, and every action has a reaction. It’s a very fast-moving story, mixing elements of horror, mystery, thriller and sci-fi, so there should be something in it for everybody. It’s picking up some great reviews early on, which is encouraging.

HT: What inspired you to bring ‘Out of Time’ to life?
CS: I had been thinking about some of the key concepts for some time. Revenge, time travel, karma, destiny. When the the time came to write the story, it was quite effortless. It was an easy birth!

HT: What kind of research did you have to do for the novella?
CS: It involves several different time periods, so there were a lot of details I had to get right. Everything from what clothes were fashionable, what music was popular, and what big sporting events were happening at the time.

HT: When naming your characters, do you have a set system you use or what helps you come up with their names?
CS: No, not at all. The names of characters are important, as different names come with different connotations. For example, how many tough detectives and private eye’s are called things like Dan Stalker or Brad Steel? My lead character is called Joe Dawson. Not such an unusual name, I don’t think. I wanted him be an average guy with an unremarkable name, and lull the reader into a false sense of security before hitting them with a huge right hook about half way through.

HT: Did you draw upon any of your real life experiences for your novella?
CS: Yes, absolutely. They say to write about what you know, and boy, do I know about being a struggling writer! I’ve been lucky and found some success in the past few years, but it was a long, hard road. I’ve paid my dues, and then some.

HT: How has working with DeadPixel Publications on the publishing for this novella?
CS: DeadPixel is a collective of indie writers who work together and co-promote each other. The idea is that if we pool our resources, have a central website, and each put out books under the DP banner, it will draw some attention to the other writers in the group, all of whom are there on merit. It was the brainchild of a very talented American indie writer called Robert Brumm. We put out an anthology called Flying Toasters last year. Check it out!

HT: When writing do you tend to just let the words come as they may or do you prefer to outline, and why?
CS: I prefer to let things flow. I think if you plan too much it can be restrictive, so I just start with a rough idea in my head and see where the story takes me. I sometimes write key scenes, then stitch them together to form a narrative and fill in the blanks. That’s usually the extent of my planning.

X A Collection of Horror_ by CM Saunders.jpgHT: Do you have a specific setting or activity such as listening to music that helps get you in the zone?
CS: Not as such. I do listen to music a lot, especially when I’m editing or doing a later draft. I listen to a lot of punk and hard rock. My day job is writing for a sport and lifestyle magazine. An office environment is quite different, its busy and often quite noisy with lots of phones ringing and other distractions. So when I write at home, I try to achieve the opposite of that.

HT: If you’ve ever had writer’s block what have you done to overcome it?
CS: Writer’s block is one of the central themes in Out of Time. There are times when you come to a crossroads in a story and you have to take some time away from it to get some perspective. But generally speaking, when you write for a living, writer’s block is a luxury you can’t afford. You just have to push through it.

HT: If you had a chance to co-write a story with another author, which author would it be and why?
CS: I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that question before. Interesting. I suppose I’d have to choose the master, Stephen King. He’s like the John Lennon of horror.

HT: Do you have any advice that you would like to share for authors that are just starting out?
CS: Writer’s write. So believe in yourself and do your thing. Don’t get into writing for the riches or fame, because there isn’t any. Do it because you love it. Remember the more you write, the better you will become at it.

HT: Is there anything else you would like to share with the authors that frequent our site?
CS: Thanks for reading! And if you have time, drop by my site, there’s always something going on: http://cmsaunders.wordpress.com/
Or follow me on Twitter, just in case I say something interesting: @CMSaunders01

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s that time of year again. The time where writers across the world join together and promise that they will complete 50,000 words, yes 50,000 words, in November. Now the promise is mostly to themselves, don’t worry, you won’t get detention if you miss the target.  The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a great way to motivate you to either start your novel or finish it, and this year will be my first attempt.

Now, as great as this challenge is, it can also be nerve-racking, and guess who will come along to add to your stress. Yes, you have it, Mr Self-Doubt. He will sit slouched in his chair, drinking a cocktail (wine, or beer. I’m a cocktail girl), and laughing at you for even thinking of accepting the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Well, I’m here to tell all of your Mr Self-Doubts, to get lost because I know that all of you out there can take on this challenge, and yes, you may not reach 50,000 words, but as long as you have written something, you are a WINNER.

So today, I have taken some of the fears you may have, and will be tackling them.

Here you have it, 5 fears, and many solutions:

  • You will fail the challenge: I’ve decided to start with the most common fear. 50,000 words in a month. How could you possibly do it? What if you can’t do it? You have commitments after all. Well folks, I must inform you all that even if you haven’t reached 50,000 words by the end of November, by having anything from 1 to 49,999 words you are still closer to a completed novel, so don’t focus on what you haven’t done, focus on what you have.
  • Your novel will be rubbish: You’ve reached 50,000 words. You have part of a novel before you (or finished if you have used the NaNoWriMo to finish your novel), but on reading you notice a lot of it is gibberish. It doesn’t make sense, and thousands could be cut. Don’t panic! For many of us this is just called a first draft. Having something written is better than nothing at all, and you have this thing called the editing process. Editing can be tedious at times, but it allows you to have a rubbish first draft, and from there you can finally create the novel you desire.
  • You’re not ready to start, you’ve not planned enough: I myself constantly feel that I haven’t planned enough (I’m a planner in every aspect of my life lol), but after writing my first novel (yeah, that’s still in the box), I realized that it doesn’t matter if you’ve not figured it all out. Allowing the characters to guide you through is part of the magic. I was amazed myself by how new scenes and events popped into my head. So don’t worry if your wall isn’t filled with notes, allow yourself to go with the flow.
  • You don’t think you’ll have the time: The only thing I have to say here is, MAKE TIME. Instead of spending hours watching television, switch off and write. Get up earlier than normal. Cut down on your outings. I’m not talking about staying in all the time, but if you go out drinking every night, you could reduce it to twice a week instead. You can use your journey times; carry a notebook, tablet, phone, back of your hand. OK, that last one isn’t realistic, but you get my point.
  • You get writer’s block: Oh, the dreaded writer’s block. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with that when you have a deadline. How do you overcome it? Well, I’m sure each of you has your own little tricks, but I have some for you. You could go out for a walk. Do a different activity, something relaxing. Have a nap; dreams are wonderful things. Rather than write your daily word target in one sitting, write several times a day. Breaking it down will make it less daunting.

There you have it, so take that Mr Self-Doubt. This time next week, we writers will be taking on this NaNoWriMo challenge, and at the end we will all be winners.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

 

Taking Submissions: Sunny With A Chance Of Zombies

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: December 10th, 2014
Payment: 4% royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form. You will also receive a contributor’s ebook copy.

Knightwatch Press are putting together a brand new zombie anthology, and we need your brains.

Sunny with a Chance Of Zombies is set for release in Summer 2015, and we’re looking to fill it with a collection of strangely uplifting stories to go with the lighter season.

Have you got what it takes to bring something new to the walking dead?

We want original ideas that defy the expectations of our readers. Surprise us with your settings, bring us some new or skewed perspectives, horrify us by all means, but above all make us smile.

Send your story to knightwatchpress@gmail.com as either a .doc or .rtf file. The subject of your email should have your Surname, the word Sunny and your word-count in it.

To avoid disappointment please ensure your submission reflects the brief and sticks to the following format:

Between 2000-6000 words long, in Standard Manuscript Format

Typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12

Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address) at the top of your document

Failure to comply will result in… being dumped in a brutal zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world. With no wifi.

Previously published stories will not be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright.

Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.

We will write to you between four and eight weeks after the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

We will pay 4% royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form. You will also receive a contributor’s ebook copy.

Via: Knightwatch Press

Taking Submissions: Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: November 21st, 2014
Payment: $250 and a published copy

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2014. Previously unpublished short stories and fiction are welcome from established and emerging writers for an anthology to be published in Fall 2016. Email submissions to: info@kegedonce.com.

Submissions must be word-processed and sent as an attachment with subject line: HORROR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION. Send one fiction piece to a max. of 5000 words, and include a brief bio and cover letter. Only selected works will appear in the anthology, and accepted contributors will receive payment of $250 and a published copy. Kegedonce Press claims North American rights to the anthology only, and copyright remains with individual authors/artists.

Via: Kegedonce press.

Ongoing Submissions: Escape Pod Podcast

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints
Note: Obviously your horror here will require a large science fiction slant

Escape Pod publishes in both text and audio; you are offering both of those one-time and archival rights to us when you send us your story. Escape Pod is a science fiction market. Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.

Diversity: Escape Pod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish science fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

Wordcount: 2000-6000 words (firm)
We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We are not interested in flash fiction, poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts. As with other genres, we support their existence, but they’re not what we do.

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

Format: Paste your story in plaintext into the body of an e-mail and send it to us with the subject line “Fiction Submission: [TITLE].” (This will help avoid overzealous spamcatchers.) Include a short note with your name, an address where you can be contacted/paid, the story’s title and wordcount, and (if it is a reprint) any venues where it has previously appeared.

Where to Send: submit AT escapepod DOT org
See you there!

Via: Escape Pod.

Need A Break From Your Writing? How About Checking Out A Horror Block?

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Everyone needs a quick writing break now and again but you should at least take one that involves the genre you are writing about. How about a quick one that involves some horror toys once a month? I’ve recently been contacted to review the October release of Horror Block (which are the cool buys behind Nerd Block but with a focus on terror!) It’s a box that can contain toys, shirts, and more that are shipped out once a month (the 25th to be exact.)

With it being October and Halloween we’re getting a a special treat and it sounds like next month we might be able to have a surprise for one of our lucky readers that involves one of these troves of awesomeness. Did I mention that this month’s block is going to include some awesome reading material? What type you ask? Well…

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Who doesn’t love Fangoria? (Actually don’t answer that there are people who hate everything.) Still, an issue of one of the longest run horror mags sounds good. What else could be found in the box? Well we can’t give away specifics as they are supposed to be a surprise of what you get every month but this might give you a couple of hints…

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Want to know more? Check out the video below and head over to Horror Block today!