Story Worms: What Not to Edit

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One of my favourite things about being a writer, is that there is always something new to learn. Every day brings new challenges, new experiences, new lessons. We can always learn from the mistakes of others, from them sharing their newly-gained knowledge through blogs and podcasts, and that is one thing that the online writing community is fantastic at. But the best lessons, those are the ones we learn from our own mistakes.

I’m approaching the release of my debut novella, and, as you can imagine, I have learnt a lot of new things. But I just want to talk about one particular lesson right now.

I had an editor look at my first chapter. They were just starting out doing this professionally, and offered first chapter editing for free to boost the profile of their fledgling company. This was a brand new experience for me, and I was terrified about what the report might say.

I was wrong to be so scared. Yes, they tore it apart, but the report was nicely balanced between constructive criticism, suggestions for improvement, and affirmations. From this, I realised that I had a lot of work to do, changes to make that would impact the rest of the story.

I’d love to tell you that I got straight on it, that I improved my story within a few weeks, overflowing with pride at my achievement. But I can’t. That’s not what happened at all.

What happened was this: I panicked. I had a creative meltdown, plagued with insecurities and uncertainty. I walked away, unable to even open the file containing my story. I thought it was beyond help. Of course, it wasn’t. Right there in my editor’s report, I had all the answers I needed—the proof that my story could be salvaged, and the signposts for how to do it.

Maybe that time apart did me some good. Maybe that’s just my way of justifying it. But after a month, I managed to open that file again. And so, the edits began. But I was over-zealous, heavy-handed, and I edited my first chapter until it couldn’t breathe anymore. I killed the characters, suffocated the story, and smothered the most important element—my voice.

As I continued through the following chapters, my voice returned, along with the personality of the characters: their quirks, their own unique voices. I’m just glad I realised my mistake, returning to the beginning and carefully putting myself back in.

Edit out the rambling, the unnecessaries, anything that slows the story. Edit out the clichés and the plotholes. But leave in the personality. Don’t leave your story sterile, empty, and lifeless.

Ongoing Submissions: Serial Flashers: Stories in a Flash Every Week

Payment: $5 per piece of flash

Serial Flashers is all about telling stories, flash length (500 words or less), but in a series.

Every Monday at noon (central time), we will post part of a story.  It will be visible here at the website and through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serial-Flashers/617173358400192).

You can tell us a flash story in up to five parts.  No more than that, though, unless you can really, really convince us you need more.

There is no genre requirement; however, we do admit to being partial to SF/F/H, especially if it’s humorous.

We are a paying market, although not as much as we’d like to be.  Right now, we can only pay $5 per piece of flash.  That means that you can make up to $25 for a five part serial.  While we would prefer flash pieces at 500 words or less, if you need a few extra words to make it work, that’s okay, too.  The 500 isn’t a rule; it’s more of a guideline.  (Although if each piece is over 600 words, you’re really going to have to convince us that it’s really necessary…)

In addition to our online publication spots, we will also publish a yearly anthology each February.  The anthology will be e-book and print.  Authors with work appearing in the anthology will receive a copy of each format, as well as the chance to buy additional print copies at a reduced price.

Submissions should be sent to serialflashers at gmail.com

The subject line should be: Submission: [Title], [x] Parts.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 2 weeks.

* For published pieces, we take one-time print and/or electronic publishing rights. Yes, that means we take reprints!  Although if your piece already appeared somewhere, please let us know, and let us know when the rights reverted to you.

Via: Serial Flashers: Stories in a Flash Every Week

Taking Submissions: ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Hellacious Hybrids

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Deadline: September 15, 2015
Payment: 1/4 cent/word and contributor’s copy

We’ve all seen those God-awful SyFy movies. You know the ones we’re talking about. Sharktopus, Piranhaconda, Pteracuda. Ever think you could do better? Well, now’s your chance. Presenting ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Hellacious Hybrids! Let your imagination run wild, but make them believable

DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

WORD COUNT: 2,500-10,000 words (query for longer/short submissions)

PAYMENT: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy. Discount for additional copies.

REPRINTS: No

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No

FORMAT: Left-justify only

FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman. If text is meant to be italic, please use italic. Do not use underscore to indicate italic.

SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and single space after periods.

TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word’s paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3″

PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: None

First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one). Send submissions as a word attachment to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com. Include HELLACIOUS HYBRIDS, your last name, and submission title in the subject line.

Via: Grinning Skull Press.

Taking Submissions: SpeckLit: A World Of Wonder In 100 Words 3rd Quarter 2015

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Deadline: May 31st, 2015
Payment: 5¢ a word

Before submitting to SpeckLit, please read the submission details below carefully, then fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to let us know a bit about yourself. Do not send us your submissions directly. We want to get to you know you first. Include your pen name, website, Twitter, and a link to your most recently published work (if you have one) in your initial contact.

Fiction:  We are suckers for plot. If it ain’t got plot, it ain’t a story. We want each piece to have the feeling of a beginning, a middle, and an end (or inciting incident, attempt(s) to fix it, and climax). All fiction must be original. There are lots of places for fanfic – this isn’t one of them. And finally, of course, it also has to be speculative – fantasy, science fiction, myth fairy tale, dark fantasy, etc… – but no erotica and no gore. A well-placed swear word, the recognition that we are sexual beings, and off-camera violence are all okay, but within limits, eh? Besides, with the focus on plot, there’s no time to get all graphic.

Titles do not count as part of the 100 words, and after your drabble, add a bit of an explanation of how you got there from the topic (but remember to keep it short!).

Non-fiction: We also publish drabble-length reviews of spec-fic containing media – books, movies, video games, comics, TV shows (or even specific outstanding episodes of TV shows), etc… Make sure your reviews are non-nasty (negative reviews are fine, but be nice!), and of course, spoiler free. Again, you don’t have much space, so get to the point. Your hundred words do not need to include the title, author, director, stars, etc… Provide as much of that as you wish before the review itself.

As with fiction submissions, include your pen name, website, Twitter, and a link to your most recently published work (if you have one).

Payments: We believe that art is a business, and that content creators should be compensated, however, so fiction submissions are paid for at a professional rate (5¢ a word). Non-fiction submissions, however, do not receive compensation.

Mulitple submissions: Given the brevity of the drabble form, we will accept up to 10 submissions at a time.

Publishing schedule: SpeckLit currently publishes approximately 150 stories a year (about one drabble every two days).

Submission periods: Decisions are made 4 times a year. The deadlines for each quarter are as follows:

  • 1st Quarter (Jan-Mar): November 30
  • 2nd Quarter (Apr-Jun): February 28
  • 3rd Quarter (July-Sep): May 31
  • 4th Quarter (Oct-Dec): August 31

Via: SpeckLit.

Taking Submissions: TALES. Fae Visions of the Mediterranean

Deadline: June 30th, 2015
Payment: €10 plus royalties and Micro-stories will be paid €5 plus royalties

Quivering mirages, ghost ships, glossy scales slipping away beneath the waves; we are seeking progressive and inclusive short stories about wonders, terrors, omens, sea-monsters, apparitions and other folk creatures and horrors from throughout the Mediterranean region. You might find inspiration in medieval bestiaries and the margins of maps and manuscripts; stories whispered by pirates in the long nights at sail; horrible and marvellous visions shaken travellers barely dare to recall; names of creatures known by everyone in the streets around the harbour; particularly troubled nightmares you had or someone shared with you.

This anthology, subtitled Fae Visions of the Mediterranean, could be seen as a postcolonial, Borgesian travelogue by a many-gendered, multiracial, polyglot and polymath sailor (i.e. stories may feature any nature of protagonist[s]) recounting their fantastic adventures on naval journeys between Taranto, via Algiers, Latakia and Eluària, to Split (your TALES need not take place at any of these sites).

The more fantastic, abyssal, weird, wonderful, paradoxical, unsettling and tempestuous stories the better. Horrors and beasts in the stories may be based on Mediterranean folklore, or may be invented for the purpose (and any position in between), but a connection to one of the Mediterranean countries, languages or cultures is a must, as we expect the reader to follow the route with their finger on an antique atlas. The stories should taste like salt and wonder.

The rules:
We are looking for uncanny stories up to 5 000 words, fiendish illustrations/comics up to 12 pages, and briny poems up to 40 lines.
We’re also interested in micro-stories up to 500 words written in all languages of the Mediterranean (i.e. other than English). Please send a cover letter in English, Italian, French, Arabic or Spanish (so we can read it!) alongside any such stories.
Stories may be horror/fantasy, magical realist, surreal, absurdist, pirate stories, ghost stories, folk tales or fairy tales, but they must all be set on the Mediterranean Sea or in a country with a Mediterranean coastline.
We welcome ghoulish fiction by authors from the Mediterranean region, particularly including North Africa and the Near East, as well as other under-represented groups (such as women, queer/trans/nonbinary, non-anglophones, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.).
Submissions should be sent as a .doc, .docx or .rtf attachment to faevisions.med@gmail.com by Monday June 30, 2015.
Reprints and multiple submissions are welcome, but please do not submit stories that are simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. We shall attempt to get back to you with a decision about your story as quickly as possible. We are NOT interested in fan-fiction.
We shall pay €10 plus royalties for first world print (or reprint) and e-book publication rights for stories, comics and poems. Micro-stories will be paid €5 plus royalties.*
The anthology will be edited by Valeria Vitale and Djibril al-Ayad, and published in print and e-book by Futurefire.net Publishing in late 2015.

* Note that unless this anthology sells unusually well, this is likely to remain a relatively token pay rate, so you need to decide whether you want to sell first print rights for such a low rate; you will only be able to sell a story again as a reprint after it has appeared in this anthology.

Via: The Future Fire.

Taking Submissions: Sword & Sorceress #30

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Deadline: May 15, 2015.
Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

We are happy to announce that the reading period for Sword & Sorceress 30 will start in April 2015 (see exact dates below).

If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.

Guidelines

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword & Sorceress 22, Sword & Sorceress 23, Sword & Sorceress 24, Sword & Sorceress 25, Sword & Sorceress 26, Sword & Sorceress 27, and Sword & Sorceress 28 (or S&S 1-20) for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we won’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read “What is a Short Story?” and “Why Did my Story Get Rejected?” before submitting to us.

Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail (cover letter). If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story.

Reading period: Saturday, April 18 to Friday, May 15, 2015. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.
Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.

Deadline: May 15, 2015.

Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.

Formatting and Submission:

Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.
Please do not use a header or footer.

Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.
Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not going to be as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.

The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.
If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.
Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.

Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.

Save your document as an .rtf file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to . The subject line should be “SS30, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS30, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter.

Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.

Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales

Via: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears

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Hi everyone! I hope you have all been battling with Mr. Self-Doubt, and winning, while I’ve been missing from Horror Tree action. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, especially since I have now started working on my novel.

My novel, this brings us to what I want to talk to you about today. While working on my novel, I’ve been dealing with fear. Now this isn’t fear of writing the novel, no, this is fear of the next stage: the editing and submitting stage. You put more of yourself into a novel: time and hope, so if a failure comes, unlike a short story, rejection may feel worse. Well, that’s what I fear.

You spend more time writing and editing a novel than you would a short story, so what if you commit all of that time and end up with a novel that never sees the light of day. You also allow yourself to feel hope. You hope that one day the book you’re working on will be in the hands of a reader. However, with hope comes doubt. You start to wonder if your idea was good enough to be novel length. You read your first draft and cringe at all of the mistakes you have made, or the parts that don’t make sense. You ask yourself, “Should I waste my time on this? Is all of this worth it?” Mr. Self-Doubt will say no and laugh at you, but if you have made the effort to write the novel in the first place then the only way you should move is forward.

So today, I will share some of my ideas on how you can keep up the motivation for when you are editing your novel and preparing to publish or submit.

  • Remember why you wrote the novel in the first place. You know that tingling excitement that you got at first when you came up with the idea or started to write the first words (mine started when I wrote Chapter One on the page). Yeah, remember that feeling. That felt good. Having a submission ready or publishable novel will feel better.
  • Have breaks in between drafts. Working on the same piece over and over again can be draining at times, so try leaving the novel aside for a few weeks and work on something else, and then come back to the novel. However, you don’t want to put your novel on hold for too long.
  • Remember that your first draft isn’t going to be perfect. There are going to be issues with it. This is why you need to do the second stage, so don’t be disheartened by your first draft. Instead, you should feel proud that you finished it in the first place. I have a post for you if you need help with beating the first draft blues. http://horrortree.com/setting-self-doubt-on-fire-first-draft-blues/
  • Don’t be tempted to hide behind the editing. I’ve done this with short stories, kept them on the editing pile because I was too scared to submit them. Even now, I find myself doing the same thing. So edit your work thoroughly, yes, but don’t keep on editing. Plan to do a certain amount of drafts and then let your beta reader(s) have a read and see what they think, and then if you need to, edit again.
  • Read and research. There’s lots of information out there which can help you with the editing and submitting process. You can find articles online. I find the ones by published authors useful because they often share the mistakes they have made. You can also buy books, which can help you with the publishing process and finding agents, etc.

You shouldn’t allow fear to stop you from following your dreams. Success happens to those who don’t give up and are willing to learn and improve, and you can’t do any of that if you allow self-doubt to hold you back. Editing a novel may cause you to scream at the computer, bang your head on the desk, and wonder why you are doing this, but no matter what, you need to keep fighting until you reach the end. Let’s fight, writers. Keep writing and keep the dream alive.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

 

 

Ongoing Submissions: Space Squid

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Payment: $5 and Contributor’s Copy
Note: Space Squid prefers shorter stories

Note: Space Squid will no longer read humor stories about aliens abducting and raping people. Seriously, every third submission we get is like that and we believe that, although profound for abductees, these just have nothing left to say to the rest of us.

Submission Guidelines for Space Squid

Space Squid is a scifi/humor ‘zine that’s oriented to people who are bored easily. If your story is boring, then we can’t take it. We reject lots of stuff. There needs to be totally rocking shit blasting out of that story of yours.

What isn’t boring? Subversion isn’t boring. Literary skill isn’t boring. Memorable imagery isn’t boring. Funny isn’t boring. Funny and sad goes a long way. We want to laugh so hard that snot comes out of our noses while crying and beating our breasts. Try digressing from the standard style.

We like funny but it isn’t always appropriate. That’s why there’s a slash when we describe ourselves as a sci-fi/humor ‘zine. To be honest, we’re not even tied to the sci-fi. We’re technically a speculative fiction/humor ‘zine, but we like to slum it in the genre ghetto.

We often publish the story you have that nobody else understands. You know, the one you wrote that’s pure genius, but it’s so far outside the accepted norm of professional fiction that JJ Adams didn’t even bother to scrawl his initials on your form reject. Space Squid appreciates you and we appreciate your vision. And we promise not to give your name to the FBI after we find out what goes on in that freakish head of yours.

Most of the stories we buy are under 1000 words. We’ll usually run one long story per issue, but your best bet is to send us something short that we’re not going to forget. We strongly encourage submissions by women writers who help dilute the nasty testosterone scent in the Squid offices. Try sending us something experimental or something beautiful or something profane. But please, no sloppy wandering grade-school humor stories.

We publish reprints if they rock.

Comics

Did I say that flash is your best bet of getting in Space Squid? Hell, no. We are so damn desperate for comics, and it doesn’t matter what kind: gag, strip, or full-page adventure. Shoot, even meandering experimental comics with stupid non sequiturs are cool with us.

We’re looking for grayscale images, and if you want to draw to our page, then that would be 8″ tall and 6.5″ wide at 300dpi, but if you’ve got something you’ve already made that you would like to see published, we can probably find a way to make it fit.

Payment

No matter what you do, all you’re going to get out of us is a flat payment of $5 USD and a contributors copy (that you have to take whether you want to or not). If you are so unfortunate that we accept two of your products in a single issue, then you’re still only going to get that measly five bucks and a copy.

How to submit

Send your story or graphic as an attachment (either RTF or JPG, preferably) via the form at the bottom of this page. This works for most people, but if you have trouble with it you can email us directly at:

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We do suspect that spamfiltering might be causing some submissions to be lost. This is the sucky spam-littered world we live in, and is not an intentional squid conspiracy. You can email us if you don’t hear back in a month, but only if you’ve checked your own spam folder for our emails. Neurotic writers who berate us only to find they ignored our responses will be docked a full month’s pay. Ha ha.

Standard manuscript format is preferable. Putting your personal information at the top of the file is going to mitigate mistakes we will possibly or probably make later.

Return Time

This tends to be either shockingly short or shockingly long. Keep in mind that this is an Austin-based zine, so we’re spending most of our time drinking Mexican martinis and eating egg-chorizo kolaches. We shoot for less than a month return time, but if you make it past the first round of reading, you’re looking at around three months, longer if the editorial staff is feeling crabby.

Feel free to send us a query about the status of your submission at any time. It might not speed things up, but it’s sure to make you feel better and it will alert us to any spamfilter misbehavior. Again, only if you’ve already checked your own spam folder for our responses. Hell hath no wrath like the editor ignored.

Miscellany

Feel free to submit to other markets when you submit to us, but if you think anyplace else would be interested in your story, you probably are making a mistake somewhere along the line. Multiple subs are okay, but we’re likely to get confused if we have more than one of your stories on the table at a time (seriously, it could stretch the return time out by months). Read the stuff we consider to be funny scifi.

Of course, if you’ve never actually owned a copy, you will be at a disadvantage. Luckily you can find a PDF for free online!

Via: Space Squid.

Ongoing Submissions: Ideomancer

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Payment: 3 cents a word USD up to $40 dollars
Note: Due pay attention as to when you can submit, while it is an ongoing magazine they open and close when they take submissions

Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.

We are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page. We are also especially interested in diverse work and the work of diverse authors, and actively welcome submissions from writers of all racial or religious backgrounds, gender identities, national affiliations, and sexual orientations; from neuroatypical writers and writers with disabilities.

We are open to submissions during December-January, March-April, June-July, September-October. Any stories or poems submitted to us during the months of November, February, May, and August will be deleted unread.

Ideomancer does not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.

Submissions will be replied to inside 30 days. If you haven’t heard from us in 30 days, please send a query with the subject line “Query: Your Story Title“.

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Stories should be e-mailed to us at fiction @ ideomancer.com with “Submission:Your Story Title” in the subject line.

All submissions should use Standard Manuscript Format and be attached to your e-mail as an .rtf file. Please include a short cover letter in your email with your name, story title, genre, and word count.

Fiction submissions should be no longer than 7000 words.

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Ideomancer also publishes poetry. All poetry must have a speculative element, whether fantasy, mythic, horror or science fiction. Please send only one poem at a time. There is no line limit on poetry, but make sure to send writing that is conducive to webzine publication (no book-length projects, please). We only publish four poems per quarter, sixteen poems per year, so send us your very best.

All poems submitted MUST be sent as an RTF attachment to poetry @ ideomancer.com; query first before submitting visual poetry or poetry that otherwise requires the use of an alternate file format. Please put “Poetry Submission: Your poem title” in the header of your email.

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Ideomancer accepts only those reprints we have solicited; no unsolicited reprints will be considered.

As well, all non-fiction pieces and art are generated in-house. We do not solicit articles from the public, nor do we accept art submissions.

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To have your book or project considered for review, contact us at reviews @ ideomancer.com.

r i g h t s a n d p a y m e n t

Ideomancer pays 3 cents a word USD (our word processor count — Microsoft Word) up to a maximum of US$40. Poetry payment is a flat US$6 per poem. Payment is upon publication.

We buy First Worldwide Electronic Rights, with exclusive rights required for three months. The story will be archived unless requested otherwise by the author. All rights revert to the author if the story has not been published within two years of acceptance.

Via: Ideomancer.

Taking Submissions: Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror Summer 2015 Issue

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Deadline: June 1st, 2015
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Formerly known as Ghostlight, Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror is open for submissions in 2015 during the specified periods! Please click on the link below to see our updated guidelines.

Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror is a magazine devoted to horror fiction, non-fiction, art, and poetry. It is published twice a year (Spring and Winter) by Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. Unlike Erie Tales, Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror is open to all writers of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and dark humor – especially dark humor.

It is edited by our very own Nicole Castle.

If you have any questions not covered in the guidelines, please feel free to contact Nicole GhostlightEditor@glahw.com

READING PERIODS

March 1 – June 1 (Summer Issue)
(Publishing target: August)

We at the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW) are looking for stories that are well written and character driven, preferably with a Michigan or Great Lakes connection, but any well written story with a dark side has a chance with us. All stories need to be Horror, Dark Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy, or Dark Humor, especially Dark Humor. If you can make us laugh and creep us out at the same time, you have a good chance of acceptance.

Please don’t send us sword & sorcery or space opera stories. Tolkien and Lucas have their place, but not here. Also, we don’t and can’t accept “fan fiction” which includes anything based on a video game, book, movie or any other creator’s work or conception unless you have written permission from the creator. If you don’t own the copyright to the characters in your story, we cannot publish your work. By submitting to GLAHW you, as the author of the work, accept responsibility for any possible copyright infringement.

Please don’t send us “Slash”, “Fem-Slash” or anything graphic sexual descriptions. Sex is okay as long as it’s integral to the story, but don’t overdo it. Please don’t use gore for gore’s sake.

Again, gore is okay as long as it’s integral to the story. After all, we are horror writers.

Though we cringe at the thought of violence toward children or pets, we understand that this type of violence does occur in real life, but please make sure it’s integral to your story. Any story that insinuates an act of sexual violence between an adult and a child will be automatically rejected.

Please use spell check and proof your work before sending to us. As writers, we should be doing this already, but it surprises us how often this is not done. Multiple submissions are okay but please send them under a separate email. Also, only three submissions per author per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are also okay as long as you let us know if you sell your story elsewhere.

RIGHTS
We are asking for non-exclusive First North American Print and Digital Rights.

REPRINTS
We do accept reprint for inclusion in our magazine. Please tell us at the time of the submission when and where your work first appeared.

Read the full guidelines for further details such as how to submit as well as formatting as trying to copy a PDF into a WordPress site is driving me batty but that shouldn’t deny you the option to have the details for this magazine!

Via: Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

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