Taking Submissions: Strangely Funny III

Submission Window: October 1-31, 2015
Payment: $5USD advance followed by 35% – split between the contributors

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Our annual collection of funny paranormal stories. Story must be funny and have supernatural/paranormal elements. Previous published stories include a farting contest with the Boogeyman, a Shriner who becomes a weregoat, and a hoarding intervention at the home of a wizard.

Story length should be 2000-6000 words. If you sub something longer than that, it’d better be really funny or you need to be Stephen King. Our submission window is October 1-31, 2015. Please do not sub sooner because there’s a 90% chance it won’t get read till October anyway and could get buried under other emails. Publication of SF3 should be in spring 2016 (note the use of ‘should’ here).

Go to our Submissions page to find out what’s open and what’s not. Please send all submissions (short stories or novels) to mysteryandhorrorllc@gmail.com . To avoid confusion on our part, please put the name of the anthology you are submitting to in the subject line, or “Novel submission: (Your Title)”.

Mystery and Horror is a market that welcomes LBGTQ, multiethnic, multinational, nontraditional, and unusual fiction. We are concerned with well-written stories involving well-developed characters.


We only accept e-submissions – nothing in print. Our formatting requests are below. Note that 5 and 6 are extra important.

1) Your submission should be an attachment to your email in RTF or DOC format, .JPG for artwork (black and white only, except for book covers).
2) Submission text should be black in color and only use one font and one size print – preferably 12-point Times New Roman.
3) The text should be single spaced.
4) An extra line should only be inserted between scenes – not individual paragraphs.
5) Indents should be a single tab – no hitting the spacebar. Spacing doesn’t work with our formatting process, and Sarah will send it back to YOU to fix if she likes the story.
6) Double quote marks (”  “) for speech, not single.

7) One space only between sentences.
8) Please, no headers or footers.

Rights We Ask For, and Their Implications (the small print):

For novels, we ask for exclusive first world print rights in English for three years and first world electronic publication rights in English for 5 years after the date of publication. All rights revert back to the author after that time.

For published pieces in anthologies, we ask for exclusive first world print and electronic publication rights in English, lasting for 12 months after the date of publication. All rights revert back to the author after that time.

Please note that most publications will not publish pieces that have already been published once in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. This will severely limit the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for a token payment, is really what you want to do.

Royalties and Discounts on Copies (aka the really small print):

Novels (when we open for those), group anthologies, and single-author collections: We offer our authors a 50% discount on print books they order from us. We do not pay royalties on books the authors order at discount. On the books sold through bookstores and online, we pay a royalty rate on net profits. Contributors to group anthologies (anthologies organized by a club or group, rather than Mystery and Horror, LLC) can purchase print books at the 50% discount, but all royalties go to the group.

Anthologies: Royalties for anthologies will be paid on a pro rata basis among its contributors. We pay an advance royalty of $5.00 USD to anthology authors for their trouble. We will not send another check until the advance is paid and the new royalties add up to $3.00 USD minimum.

Royalty rate for Anthologies:

35% – split between the contributors

Hard covers and trade paperbacks are considered two different books for accounting.

Via: Mystery and Horror LLC.

Taking Submissions: SNAFU: Unnatural Selection


Deadline: November 30th, 2015
Payment: AUD4c/word and contributor’s copy

Anacondas, piranha, giant crocodiles/alligators/lizards, mutated bears near nuclear power stations, prehistoric sharks. These are a few of my favourite things.
All of these featured heavily in books and films of the 70s and 80s, when bio-horror was at its modern peak. For this anthology of military-bio-horror stories, we are looking for you to take us back to those days.
Think Greg McLean’s Rogue, Lake Placid, Eight-legged Freaks, Anaconda, Meg, Prophecy, Deep Blue Sea, and other modern films/books where people (in this case soldiers) are fighting against mutated or ultra-dangerous animals.
Stories must include a strong military-combat aspect.

We STRONGLY suggest you read some of the earlier SNAFUs to see what it is we like.
SNAFU: Heroeshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MSVEY2Y
SNAFU: Wolves at the Doorhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RQ56AUG
SNAFU: Survival of the Fittesthttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y3X86OC

~ Edited by Geoff Brown and Amanda J Spedding
~ Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy in each format released
~ Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)
~ Submissions open September 1, 2015. Closing date is November 30th, 2015 (anything submitted before or after this time will be deleted without being read or replied to). No selections will be made until after the period closes.
Projected publication date: August 2016

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details on the first page of the manuscript top left, with word count top right.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, do not indent at all. That’s still cool.
7. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
8. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
9. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.docx/.rtf).
10. In the subject line of your email, please put Unnatural Selection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)


Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to this format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.
Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story gobbled up by giant spider/crocodile hybrids.

Via: Cohesion Press.

Taking Submissions: 2015 World Unknown Review Volume II

Deadline: October 31st, 2015
Payment: $15 USD and 3 contributor’s copies

Submissions for the 2015 World Unknown Review (Volume II!) are now OPEN! This is an exciting new literary review with a strong focus on independent authors, though anyone is welcome. If you are interested, please consider the following regulations before submitting. We look forward to seeing what wonderful, inspired pieces start flooding in for consideration!

Applicants selected to be featured in the Review will be awarded three (3)copies of the publication as well as $15 (USD) via check or PayPal or $30 (USD) for the novella competition. There is no entry fee, and applicants may submit as many stories as they would like. All we ask is that these simple rules be followed:

1. Entries must be submitted via email to ellis.engler@gmail.com. Please send entries with the subject “World Unknown Review Submission.” Please send submissions as an ATTACHMENT in .doc, .docx, or .rft formats. Please,no PDFs.
2. All entries must be submitted before the deadline, October 31st, 2015. Responses will follow a few weeks after the deadline.
3. For short stories and poetry, there is no limit on word limit, though moderately sized stories stand a better chance. Novella entries must be 17,5000 words or more, broken up into several chapters.
4. Final decisions are purely on the opinion of the editor of the collection, L.S. Engler.
5. Please include a small blurb about yourself for the eventual publication.
6. Spread the word! Okay, technically, this is not a rule, but please spread the news around that World Unknown Review is looking for submissions. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting.
7. Work that has been previously published in forums or on your own personal blogs or websites will be accepted, but, please, no work that has been previously published elsewhere in a professional manner.

We will also be accepting submissions for cover art, original drawings or photographs that might be chosen for the cover of the WUR’s first issue. Due to the important nature of a cover, the payment for the winning photograph or artwork will be $25 (USD).

Thank you, and the best of luck to our applicants!

Via: L.S. Engler.

Re-post: What HWA Has Done for Me by Annie Neugebauer


I saw this over at Horror Writer’s Association and thought anyone who might be thinking about joining should check it out. Enjoy!

annieneugebauer-225x300When I was starting out as a horror writer in 2008, I hadn’t yet heard about the Horror Writers Association (though I had heard of the Bram Stoker Awards, as the winners list provided much of my reading material). But after a couple of years of actively pursuing writing, seeking publication, and delving into the industry head-first, I learned that the HWA was something I wanted to be a part of. Resources, support, networking, education, mentorship, and most importantly for me at the time, a sense of community. Count me in! But when I went online to look up the membership requirements, I quickly realized two things:

      1) I wasn’t qualified to be an Active Member.


    2) I desperately wanted to be.

To my mind, Affiliate Membership was the equivalent of being a semi-professional writer and Active Membership equaled professional. Becoming an Affiliate required one short story publication with a token payment, while Active required three short story sales at professional rates (5 cents a word or higher). In October of 2011, I had three short stories published, two for “exposure only” (no money) and one for pro rates, so I applied and was accepted as an Affiliate Member.

I spent the next two years working toward getting two more professional short story sales. This changed my life as a writer.

At the time, I wasn’t thinking about anything other than the fact that I needed professionally-paying markets to reach my goal of stepping up to Active Membership. 2012 was a slow year full of lots of drafting, editing, and submitting. Many rejections. Because that’s the thing; I’d started submitting only to pro-paying markets. With editors regularly taking months to get back to me and more often than not coming back with a no, I couldn’t “afford” to “waste” any of my stories on semi-pro, token, or exposure-only markets. I didn’t necessarily have anything against them; I just knew that they would slow me down in my progress toward getting my next two pro sales.

So I continued to work hard. I wrote more and more stories until I had a stockpile of about a dozen. I edited them fiercely, improving each time. I submitted mercilessly to the most ambitious markets, rotating stories to different venues until every option was exhausted. I got so many “We liked this, but…” and “Please send along anything else you have…” emails that I knew I was on the verge. I pushed and pushed and pushed, knowing eventually something would give.

Finally, my second pro sale came in May 2013, and my third in December. I was in. I’d done it. In December of 2013, I became an Active Member of HWA. I could now call myself a professional horror writer without feeling like a sham.

So I wiped the sweat off my brow, celebrated for about sixty seconds, and realized I could start sending my stories out to markets that paid a little less now. But then a funny thing happened. I realized I didn’t want to.

Working so hard to achieve my goal had taught me something incredibly valuable: I was at a professional level of work now. I’d incidentally proven to myself that I was capable of that caliber. Would sending out my stores to semi-pro markets get them picked up faster? Probably. But did I need to? Well… no. To quote Will Rogers, “If you hit the bull’s eye every time, you’re standing too close to the target.”

I like the challenge of submitting to professional markets. It keeps me honest. If one of my stories isn’t getting picked up at any of them, I’m forced to step back and ask myself if it’s the story that’s the problem. And if it is, I revise the story – not the markets I’m sending it to. That’s just one way that I make sure I’m only putting out my best work.

(I feel I should note that I don’t think payment level is the only “measure” of a market, and I see no reason to be overly strict about this new rule of thumb. If a market’s quality, readership, or prestige is high enough to outweigh lower payment, that’s fine. Or if I know a story is publication-ready and just not the right fit for the available pro markets, that’s fine too. I still use my judgement on a case-by-case basis; it’s just based on a new set of ideals now.)

Since becoming an Active Member, I’ve had two more stories published and four more accepted for the near future. Am I perfectly satisfied with where I am as a writer yet? No, but I’m doing good work and I’m proud of my progress so far.

And I have to be honest. If it weren’t for the HWA setting their membership requirements this way, I don’t know that I would’ve believed I was there yet. I doubt I ever would’ve had the confidence to say, “You know what? Nothing but pro markets from now on.” It was only in pursuit of that goal that I realized what I was capable of. It was in this process that I realized my own value, the value of my work, and the importance of writers’ rights. So thank you, HWA, for pushing me to be the best I can be. I’m so grateful and proud to be a part of this great organization.

This was originally posted at: Horror Writer’s Association by: Annie Neugebauer.

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Self-Doubt or Gut Feeling


Hi, everyone! I’m back with some more self-doubt fighting words. So what do I have for you today? Well, today I will be discussing how to tell the difference between self-doubt and gut feeling. Throughout my writing journey, I have experienced both. However, while self-doubt is a pain and often gets in the way, gut feeling is something you shouldn’t ignore, and this is why today we will be looking at how to tell the difference between the two.

Before we can try to tell the difference between self-doubt and gut feeling, we need to know what each one is. What is self-doubt? Self-doubt is the lack of confidence and belief in yourself and your abilities. You fear that what you are doing is wrong, even when you don’t have a valid reason to believe so. What is gut feeling? Gut feeling is the feeling that something is wrong, but you can’t figure out what. However, you are sure that there is something wrong with your story or poem. It’s less about you as a writer and more about your individual project.

As you can see, it is quite easy to get the two mixed up, so how do you tell the difference? Well, I have come up with five tips to help you:

What to do:

  • Allow other people to read your story. However, you need to make sure that you don’t tell your readers that you feel something is wrong with your story; you don’t want to lead them.
  • Put a story away for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes. Is the issue still there? Sometimes you just need time away from a story because if you stare at something long enough, it’s easy to see mistakes, even when they are not there.
  • See if the doubt is about you as a writer or a particular story or poem. Do you feel this way about all of your stories or is it just the one. Submission Phobia will also convince you that your story isn’t ready to submit. If the doubt is about you as a writer, then you’re dealing with self-doubt. However, if it’s about the story (e.g. the ending doesn’t feel right), then you might need to do another edit. I would suggest a break from the story before doing this. From my experience, you can see mistakes better after a break.
  • Try to figure out what is wrong. This isn’t easy, but for you to be sure that there is an issue with your story you need to know what it is. So to figure out what’s wrong, you can ask questions. The questions to ask are why (e.g. why does the ghost haunt the main character?), what (e.g. what’s the theme or message behind the story?), how (e.g. how did the killer get into the house?), who (e.g. who is the main character? And not just the name but who are they as a person.), and when (e.g. when did the main character discover the killer?)
  • Start believing in yourself. This isn’t easy (trust me, I know), but you need to believe that you can write, and instead of putting yourself down focus on ways to improve yourself and your work. Once you do this, then you’ll soon be able to differentiate between self-doubt and gut feeling.

So there you have it, five ways to tell the difference between self-doubt and gut feeling. I hope they help. It is difficult, and sometimes self-doubt can disguise itself as ‘gut feeling’, but all you can do is keep writing and not allow fear to stop you from succeeding.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ― Suzy Kassem


Taking Submissions: No shit, there I was


Deadline: January 6th, 2016
Payment: We intend to fund this project via Kickstarter. Authors are encouraged to provide backer rewards for the campaign, but that is definitely not required. The initial funding goal will provide for a flat $0.06/per word (US) for all stories. Read full post for details if the Kickstarter fails.
Note: They aren’t looking for straight horror but if you read through the prompt clearly you can get away with suspense if done right.

What: No Shit, There I Was, an anthology of short speculative fiction sharing one common thread: each story begins with that immortal line. Where they end will be up to the writer.

Why: The world is full of unbelievable, hilarious, and sometimes tragic no shit, there I was stories. Can speculative fiction writers rise to the challenge of creating something even more fantastical than the everyday product?

Who We Are: Alliteration Ink is run by Steven Saus (member SFWA/HWA), focusing on anthologies and single-author collections, with over a dozen titles across two imprints.
Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. In addition to her steampunk novella series, she’s had short stories in Strange Horizons, Waylines, Daily Science Fiction, Penumbra, and more. She’s an active member of SFWA, the Northern Colorado Writer’s Workshop, and Codex.

Who: This will be an open call. All who read and follow the submission guidelines are welcome in the slush pile.

When: Rachael wants stories no later than 6 Jan 2016. No exceptions will be made. The Kickstarter will occur after the table of contents has been set.

What We Want From You:

Stories 2,000-7,500 words long. Query for anything shorter or longer.

All stories must begin with the line, No shit, there I was. It can be dialog or part of the regular prose.

Stories must contain a discernible speculative element, either fantasy or science fiction, and the speculative element must be integral to the plot. Dependent upon submission quality, the intention is for a 50/50 split of fantasy and science fiction.

The intention is to cover a wide range of subgenres to show the versatility of a single opening linecomedies, tragedies, and everything in between are welcome in the slush pile. That said, Rachael is not terribly interested in horror, and erotica is right out. Salty language is okay, gratuitous violence, gore, or sex is not. Feel free to query if you have questions.

We are particularly interested in seeing stories from underrepresented populations (eg: people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people).

Original fiction strongly preferred; query first for reprints.

Submitted stories must be in standard manuscript format and submitted in rtf, doc, or docx file format. Please make sure your name, email address, word count, and title of your story are on the first page of your manuscript.

Stories that do not follow these guidelines may face summary rejection.

Submissions should be sent to noshit@alliterationink.com

Payment: We intend to fund this project via Kickstarter. Authors are encouraged to provide backer rewards for the campaign, but that is definitely not required. The initial funding goal will provide for a flat $0.06/per word (US) for all stories. In the unlikely event a reprint is accepted, payment will be $0.03/per word (US). There will be no kill fees. Higher per word payment will be one of the stretch goals for the project.

While the table of contents will be mostly set prior to the Kickstarter for advertising purposes, contracts will not be sent out until the Kickstarter is completed. Should the project fail to fund, it will continue, though with a different payment structure to be determined. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Rights: Exclusive English world first print and digital rights for one year. Nonexclusive print, digital, and anthology rights for term of copyright. All other rights are reserved to the author.

Contact Information: Editorial decisions are to be handled by Rachael Acks and questions regarding them should be directed to her atnoshit@alliterationink.com. Contract, money, publicity, and business decisions will be handled by Alliteration Ink, and should be directed tosteven@alliterationink.com (or any other e-mail address you have for him – they all go to the same place).

Via: Alliteration Ink.

Taking Submissions: Mythos for the Modern Age

Deadline: June 15, 2016
Payment: Authors recieve 40% royalties on short stories and novels. Anthologies pay a share of the royalties based on number of authors.

Myths exist to expain the world to people. But the world has changed since the old myths were created. We know where rainbows come from now, and science has replaced mythology on many fronts. So now, we need new myths to explain new ideas. Examples would include Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Ananzi Boys or Harlan Ellison’s Deathbird stories. Whether new stories with old gods or entirely new ones, give us your interpretation of deity in the modern age.

Pairing: None required (Non-erotic, though romance is fine).
Happy Ending For Now required.

Submission Guidelines
Standard Manuscript Format
–.5 indentation
— Double Spaced
— One Space after each period.
— Times New Roman, 12pt, in English.
— .doc format
A Sample of Standard Manuscript Format may be found Here.

Name, Mailing Address, E-mail Address, Phone Number, and Word Count should be included on the front page.

If your work is a reprint, please include the information indicating that the rights have reverted to you.

Manuscript should be sent to inkstainedsubmissions@gmail.com

Note: No hardcopies, .pdf, .rtf, or .docx submissions.

We take fiction in the following genres:

​+ Horror, including erotic Horror
+ Science Fiction, including SF Romance
+ Fantasy (High, Low, Urban, and Dark)
+ All the -punks (Steampunk, Bronzepunk, Clockpunk, Dieselpunk, Atompunk, CyberPunk, and post-Cyberpunk)
+ Erotica, any combination including menage. QUILTBAG stories encouraged. BDSM and multiple-partner stories also encouraged.
+ Non-fiction on a case-by-case basis. Craft books, cookbooks, and game source books welcomed.

+ Christian Inspirational
+ Young Adult
+ Cross-Generational Incest as titillation. It may be a formative plot point for the characters, but may not be explicitly shown.
+ Underage characters in sexual situations.
+ Necrophilia. This is defined as sex with the dead who cannot consent. Vampires or other forms of undead are considered capable of consent.
+ Explicit Bestiality. Werewolves and other shifters are considered capable of consent, even in shifted forms.
+ Gratuitous Violence
+ Feces or Vomit play
+ Snuff. Killing a partner during sex is deeply discouraged outside the erotic horror category.
+Rape. While rape is an act of power and violence, fictional lines of consent can be much blurrier. Non-con and dub-con, where consent is given every way but verbally, are acceptable. Eroticized rape is not. Rape scenes should express the violation and awfulness of the act.

Anthology Stories: 5000-10,000 words, published in print and e-book

Via: Ink Stained Succubus.

Sanitarium Press Is Open To Novella Submissions!


Payment: $25 and a Contributor’s Copy as well as 40% Royalties payable every quarter

Sanitarium Press are looking for the best new horror writers out there, in all sub-genres. Sure we all want to be the next Stephen King or James Herbert. Hey and guess what, shorts are where everyone starts, now its your turn. First off the rules of submissions:

What we are looking for at Sanitarium Press:

  • The best horror you can write in 10,000 – 30,000
  • The imagination is the key – remember that, if it sticks in your head or gets under your skin as you try to sleep at night – we want to read it.
  • We are after stories that capture the reader. Any time, place or theme
  • We aim to respond back within 3 weeks. 

What we are not looking for at Sanitarium Magazine:

  • No child molestation or alluding to
  • No rape or torture stories or necrophilia
  • No erotica, sex is ok but not on every page.
  • No fan fiction or anything that is not your own creation
  • It must have a beginning, middle and end – no excerpts from longer pieces.

Fiction Guidelines:

  • 10,000 – 30,000 words (I know its been said a few time but some people…)
  • Formatting and proofreading is a must, we will not do your work for you. If you are selection some formatting may take place but overall it is up to you. If you need help on formatting we can offer this service for a fee.
  • We will only take submissions through the correct means, register, log in and follow the form.
  • DOC / DOCX or RTF only, this will speed up the reading process
  • Sorry but English language only, if you need to put Latin in for the sake of the story make footnotes!
  • Only one submission at a time, if you have multiple stories then follow the procedure for each submission.
  • Please tell us if a submission has been picked up by someone else, if you have sent to other publishers.
  • In some cases some small editing will take place, but if there is anything major that we feel is needed we will contact you before hand.
  • Have fun writing

Payment Guidelines:

  • Although we cannot pay per word, you will received a printed contributors copy as well as a digital copy and $25 for first worldwide publishing rights.
  • 40% Royalties payable every quarter

By agreeing to the above, any work submitted and published by Sanitarium Press. Will be subject to First Worldwide Electronic Rights and First Serial Rights. Please be aware that if your work is accepted and you wish to submit it at a later date to another publication, this may be seen as a reprint and may shorten your odds of getting it published. By submitting your work to us, shows you understand this.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guidelines and we look forward to reading your work.



The Sanitarium Team. 

Via: Sanitarium Press.

Taking Submissions: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE

Deadline: October 31th, 2015
Payment: 6 cents per word (and possibly more). Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly between the authors

The ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- anthology kickstarter has made its goal! This means that we can now open up submissions for the remaining slots in the anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below. Please note that the pay rate INCREASES as we reach higher stretch goals in the kickstarter, so please (http://tiny.cc/bfah1x) spread the word about the kickstarter so that we can not only add in additional authors to the anthology, but pay those authors as much as possible. Also, a special thanks to everyone who has already backed the project and gotten us funded! Without you, we wouldn’t be funded with over three weeks left in the kickstarter to reach those stretch goals! And now, the submission guidelines:

ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its two science fiction and fantasy anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future. I want to stress this: the story must feature an alien artifact (not an alien). Aliens can appear in the story, but the genesis of the story must be some kind of alien artifact. Stories featuring more interesting alien artifacts, and twists on how they are discovered or how they affect our society/humanity, while being set in the future, will receive more attention than those set in the present or past. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with an archeological dig discovering a long buried alien artifact. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. I want to stress this: the story must feature a were-creature! Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a were-cat. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is October 31th, 2015. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of December 2015. Please send submissions to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of January 2016.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of January 2016. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of February 2016. These dates may change due to the editor’s work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $5000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.


Taking Submissions: Don’t Open Till Doomsday


Deadline: December 15, 2015.
Payment: $15 and a contributor’s copy

1. Don’t Open Till Doomsday  will be a collection of Science Fiction short stories totalling 10 – 15 pieces.

2. Submissions are open until December 15, 2015.

3. You may submit only one story of 2,000 to 10,000 words. Your story must be completely original and must not be set in someone else’s world. We are interested in fresh voices and new points of view. Use today’s science to create the “what if” stories of tomorrow.

4. We seek first print rights. Story may not have been published online, or in print, in any form, although we will consider it for publication if portions of it have been posted on the writer’s personal blog.

5. Compensation: one contributor copy and a one-time payment of $15.

6. We are open to all styles and voices.

7. Please wait 90 days before inquiring about your submission.

8. For answers to any questions, please use the form on the Contact Page.

Via: Punks Write Poems.

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