Taking Submissions: Tales of the Once and Future King

Deadline: July 16, 2016
Payment: Pro Rata depending on the number of stories accepted – an equal percentage of royalties will be split

  • Submission Period: May 16, 2016 – July 16, 2016
  • We will accept .doc and .docx submissions ONLY
  • Only standard manuscript format accepted
  • Payment: Pro Rata depending on the number of stories accepted – an equal percentage of royalties will be split
  • Word Count: Anywhere between 500-10,000 words
  • Poetry WILL be considered
  • Send stories to kingarthuranthology@aol.com
  • E-mail subject: SUBMISSIONS/Story Title

Calling all writers! As of today, I am opening up submissions to a new anthology: “Tales of the Once and Future King”. This will be an anthology of juvenile stories about King Arthur and all things Arthurian related. Juvenile is a broad term that can mean anything from a “Chronicles of Narnia” reading level to the later Harry Potter books.

The guidelines are very broad. Since it’s juvenile:

  • No sex
  • No unnecessary gore
  • No nihilism

HOWEVER – “juvenile” is not the same as “sanitized”. So:

  • There CAN be romance
  • There CAN be fighting
  • Things CAN get dark

We don’t want to see stories that talk down to children. Children are young, not morons.

No stories that insult the Arthurian tradition. This means nothing like “And King Arthur was really a BAD King and later scribes changed it!” or “Chivalry is sexist and horrible and the knights were all misogynist pigs”. This is one that’s more on our end than yours – if you think it might work, submit it, and we’ll see what we think.

Stories that insult Christianity probably won’t be accepted. I have no problem if you’re more interested in things like Druidic mysticism or Paganism than Christianity, it’s just flat-out insults I’m not really interested in. Once again, if you’re not sure, submit it and we’ll make the call.

“Arthurian” is a broad term. If any of the knights are mentioned, or the Holy Grail, or Merlin, we probably will count it. If you’re not sure, submit it and cross your fingers. The stories can be set literally anywhere or any time. If you want to submit a story where Arthur and his knights are fighting Lovecraftian Eldritch abominations, or Arthur is a pirate, or they’re all cave men, go to town.

The anthology will be edited by myself and my assistant editor, Mariel Marchetta. It will be released in September. Simultaneous submissions ARE permitted so long as you tell us IMMEDIATELY if you decide to go with another publisher.

Now go crazy! This should be fun.

Via: Superversive SF.

Taking Submissions: Alone With Your Fear

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Deadline: September 1, 2016
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy

Isolation… not just physical, but psychological, emotional; it plays with your mind, drags out your deepest fears, makes them larger than life and far more sinister.

For this call, we’re looking for stories that pit the main character against their own greatest fear. It seems deceptively simple, but be warned – it isn’t. We want the fear to be the overarching theme, so make sure your story contains a hefty dose – if we don’t feel it, the readers won’t either.

Perhaps the best place to write this tale is Alone with Your Fear…

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Word Count: 4,000 – 8,000 words

All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

Reading & Evaluation Period: Two to three months after close of the deadline

NO REPRINTS WILL BE CONSIDERED

Payment: Each story selected for inclusion will receive a one-time payment of $25US plus one print copy of the book.

As per our standard guidelines, there will be no stories containing pedophilia, bestiality, or graphic rape accepted.

Please read our full guidelines for submission on our website:www.SirensCallPublications.com

Via: Sirens Call Publications.

Taking Submissions: Automobilia

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Deadline: August 31st, 2016
Payment: 5 cents per word and 3 Contributor’s Copies

The purpose of the SpeKulative,tories Anthology Series is to publish provocative and powerful tales related to a single theme. Our debut anthology Is titled AUTOMOBILIA, and as the title suggests an automobile should be such an integral part of the story that if removed the story collapses.

We seek quality short stories (and poems) from every genre: fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, mystery, crime, romance, supernatural, horror, and mainstream; from drama to humor, but if you are submitting horror try to avoid slasher or gore.

We are open to all genres because the focus of AUTOMOBILIA is to celebrate the influence of the automobile on the hearts and minds people as seen through the eyes of fiction writers, whatever that form may take. We are writers too so we are writer friendly.

GUIDELINES:
• All genres accepted. English language only. Stories from any country accepted. Previously published stories accepted. 7,500 words max for stories. Pays 5 cents per word for stories on acceptance. Negotiates higher rates for established authors. Poems also accepted. 50 lines max. Pay S1 a line. Buys first or reprint anthology rights.
• Unpublished writers welcome. We provide feedback when time allows. Send your best work.
• Submissions accepted as an e-mail attachment in Word, or by postal mail.
E-mail to: OmicronWorldEnt@yahoo.com. Write “Anthology” in the e-mail subject line. Include a cover letter in the body of the email noting a few prior publishing credits {if you have them) and a bio.
Postal Mail to: OmicronWorld, 800 Village Walk, Suite 281, Guilford, CT 06437-2762 USA. When submitting by postal mail please include your e-mail address (or a Self-Addressed, First Class Stamped Envelope) for our response. Manuscripts sent on paper will not be returned.
• Each contributor will receive three print copies, gratis.
• Absolute deadline for AUTOMOBILIA is August 31, 2016 or when the anthology is filled.
• Questions, E-mail us at OmicronWorldEnt@yahoo.com Anthology Series Editors: Jason 1. Marchi / Jeffrey L. Buford,. / Leila A.M. Mar tin
“” Subsequent themes will be announced in the near future

Via: Omicron World.

Taking Submissions: Krampusnacht Two

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Deadline: August 15, 2016
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Anthologist: Kate Wolford

Krampus, Santa’s dark companion, is in the spotlight these days. Thousands of people across the globe celebrate Krampusnacht on December 5th of each year. And the movie, Krampus, was a hit during the 2015 holiday season. Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, which I anthologized and World Weaver Press published, was a hit as well.

So, World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation are publishing another volume. For now, it’s just called Krampusnacht Two.

Remember, Krampus is the “corrective” to Saint Nick or Santa’s indulgence and generosity. He carries a switch and chains, and sometimes throws very rotten children in a basket he carries on his back. He has horns, hooves, and a creepy, long tongue. He’s horrible and fascinating at the same time. You can learn a lot about him from this site , and you should read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus as well, to see what we like. But we are interested in new, fresh stories, not retreads of what we have already published.

We’re looking for short stories that explore every possible Krampus angle. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.

Now for the fine print.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and paperback copy of the anthology. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains non-exclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

Open submission period: May 15 – Aug. 15, 2016. (Please do not send stories before May 15!)

Length: 1,000 to 10,000 words.

Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Krampus Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info (email), story’s title, and approximate word count. No need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. (Please make sure to check the email address you send the story from–it makes the editing process easier.) Thenpaste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Note from Kate Wolford: I have a strict, no feedback policy about submissions, including why they were rejected. I also do not provide mid-process feedback.

About the Anthologist: Kate Wolford is a writer, editor, and blogger living in the Midwest. Fairy tales are her specialty. Previous books include Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales to Fall in Love With, Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, and Frozen Fairy Tales, all published by World Weaver Press. She maintains a ‘zine, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, at fairytalemagazine.com.

Via: World Weaver Press

Taking Submissions: Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures

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Deadline: June 30th 2016
Payment: Aus 5 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment AUD$500) and 2 contributor’s copies.

Edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks

To be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2017

Human activity has forced the Earth into a new geological epoch.

By 2050 the world’s population is expected to rise from the current seven billion to around 9.5 billion. The worst impacts will be felt by the world’s poorest people, victims of the developed world’s excesses.

The Earth must brace itself for enormous changes in patterns of global temperature and rainfall, significant sea level rise, with huge effects on water and food security.

Engineers and industrialists are currently faced with the challenge of inventing new sustainable technologies and the means of implementing them: technologies that may well improve our lives in ways we cannot yet anticipate.

We are looking for optimistic stories envisioning the future of our world as we are impacted by and adapt to climate change. New narratives of radical transformation and sustainability.

Stories exploring the end of carbon-capitalism, combatting inertia in our political systems, interrogating the technical and organisational challenges of clean energy generation, storage and distribution.

Stories investigating nascent technologies and fossil fuel divestment, imagining pathways to the low-carbon world. Encouraging the belief that we will survive not only as a species, but as a civilisation by proposing alternatives to how we live.

Stories showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite looming uncertainty.

We are not looking for post-apocalyptic stories of dystopia and wretchedness, but of confidence in our ability to meet the challenges our future will bring us.

Guidelines

  • Stories should be between 2000-10,000 words.
  • Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions.
  • Stories should be emailed to ecopunk@ticonderogapublications.com in .doc or .rtf format.
  • The submissions period for unsolicited submissions is 15 May to 30 June 2016.
  • Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, Times New Roman font, Australian English spelling.
  • Payment: 2 copies of print anthology and Aus 5 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment AUD$500) on publication.
Useful links:

So, for example…

  • a story set on a seaweed/algae farm. The farmers are being bothered by pirates raiding their algae diesel supplies but the pirates end up giving up life on the high seas and joining the community, or coexisting with them. Or thinking about it at least.
  • a story set on a science vessel whose 5 year mission is to suck toxic plastic out of the Pacific
  • a story set on a part of the great pacific garbage patch that has hardened into land and become a brave new secret country…

some ideas in here: http://solarpunks.tumblr.com/

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/10/how-to-survive-a-global-disaster-handy-guide?CMP=share_btn_fb (maybe a story about somebody building a home-made internet for their community)

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/09/bushfire-proof-houses-black-saturday-innovations?CMP=share_btn_fb (a story set in a fire-resistant village, biologist investigates quick flowering edible crop that thrives in the wake of fire)

We’re looking for the normal kinds of human conflict which feature in any story, only set against a backdrop/environment in which humankind is actively attempting to make a better world or fix the old one rather than just sitting back and letting the apocalypse roll on over the top, with everybody sinking into cannibalism and another dark age.

Or you can even mess with the form & do comedy:

  • a bunch of prepper/survivalist bankers holed up in a wall street penthouse attempting to keep the old world going while watching the new one begin to bloom on the water-filled streets below.

– See more at: http://ticonderogapublications.com/web/index.php/our-books/195-ecopunk/392-ecopunk-speculative-tales-of-radical-futures#sthash.h02t6cmE.dpuf

Via: Ticonderoga Publications.

Taking Submissions: Nightmare Magazine

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Submissions Period: June 1 – June 15, 2016.
Payment: 6 cents per word for original fiction, or 1 cent per word for reprints.
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: We don’t usually list submissions early but with the limited window and I know that many enjoy submitting here I felt that I would get this prepped early for you.

Current Submission Period: Nightmare will be open to submissions June 1 – June 15, 2016.

Instructions for submitting to Nightmare follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system, located at nightmare-magazine.com/submissions. Please do not email your submissions. If one of the Submission Type options is grayed out, that means we are currently closed to that Submission Type.

Guidelines: Nightmare is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. All types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one horror and one dark fantasy story once every seven days.

Format: Submissions should generally follow standard manuscript format, though we prefer single-spaced instead of double-spaced. Your manuscript may be submitted in either .RTF or .DOC format.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 1500-7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.

Pay Rate: Nightmare pays 6 cents per word for original fiction, or 1 cent per word for reprints. 

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please view our contract template for original fiction or our contract template for reprinted fiction.

Cover Letters: Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a hard sf story about black hole clusters and your doctoral dissertation was on black hole clusters, mention that). If you’re not sure what should go in your cover letter, this article on cover letters might help.

Questions/Problems: Email submissions@nightmare-magazine.com for all fiction-related inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system. Please do not email your submissions to this address. All submissions must be submitted via our Moksha online submission system.

Rejections/Response Times: Be aware that we receive several hundred submissions every month during our submissions periods. As such, we cannot offer personalized feedback on each story. If we say, “send more,” however, it does mean that we hope to see something else from you. Most rejections will be sent out within two business days, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up to two weeks. Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to say “Thanks for the quick turnaround” etc. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary and will just clutter up our editorial inbox.

Diversity Statement: We believe that the horror genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

OTHER SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Nonfiction: All of our nonfiction is currently assigned in-house. We are not open to submissions or queries in this area.

Art: If you wish to have your art considered for Nightmare Magazine (either horror or dark fantasy), please send an inquiry, along with a link to an online gallery (if possible), toart@nightmare-magazine.com. Please note that we only use 12 covers per year, and we only purchase pre-existing pieces of art; we do not commission original art for covers. We do occasionally commission original art for some of the fiction we publish, but that original artwork is all assigned in-house.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Nightmare is edited and published by John Joseph Adams. You can see the rest of our staff on our Staff Page.

We welcome the submission of translations of stories from other languages. Stories that have never before been published in the English language would be considered “original.”

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Nightmare is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to send your story in and let our editors decide.

Nightmare is not a market for media-based fiction (i.e., stories set in the Hellraiser or Buffy the Vampire Slayer universes, etc.), or any kind of fan fiction. (Note: We don’t have a problem with people reading or writing fan fiction or media-based fiction, we’re just not legally allowed to consider publishing it.)

Nightmare is not a market for poetry.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just go ahead and submit it and let our editors decide.

If editor John Joseph Adams has previously rejected your story, please do not submit it toNightmare, unless it was rejected as being unsuitable for the market (due to theme, etc.) or unless it has been significantly revised to the extent that it is no longer the same story.

Nightmare is a qualifying market for membership in both HWA and SFWA.

Via: Nightmare Magazine.

Taking Submissions: The Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies

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Deadline: July 31, 2016
Payment: $25 and contributor’s copy

SUBMISSION OPEN CALL!
Anthology
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Publishing date: October 30, 2016
Pay: $25 upon acceptance, plus one contributor copy
Word Count: min| 3500, max| 5,000
Title: The Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies

Are you tired of the same old zombie stories? Have you had your fill of man vs. zombie? Stiched Smile Publications wants you to unleash your imagination and mash it up. We are looking for uncommon stories featuring a monster (dracula, big foot, frankenstein, etc) fighting the undead. Unleash your imagination and take us on a ride that we’ve never been on.

Thank you Mark Deloy for the idea. It’s why you’re a part of SSP!

How to submit:

  • Please send your submission to submissions@stitchedsmilepublications.com
  • You must have your full name, pen name if applicable and mailing address include.
  • Entries without all information will be disqualified.

Via: Stitched Smile Publications.

Brain Babies: Up the Motherfucking Stakes, Man!

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First of all, I call everybody “man” or “dude” or some such. I don’t assign gender to anything except genitals. And, even then, only to my own. Yours are none of my business.

With that out of the way, I’d like to talk about how to beat the shit out of your characters and why.

Okay. First of all, let’s clear the air about one thing: I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you are horror (or at least dark speculative fiction) writers. We are not talking about romance, or YA or light fantasy where everyone lives happily ever after. Those stories are fine. Some people like them. So I hear.

Me? I like to hurt my fictional playthings. A lot.

Let’s start with why, shall we? Okay. This should be obvious, but I’ll say it anyway, just in case you’re one of those writers who feels guilty about hurting people.

Make your characters suffer!

Because (we’re doing “why” remember?), if they are not suffering, they are boring.

Nobody wants to read about Tommy Twiddlefuck having a nice day, sipping a latte and having pleasant discourse with his boyfriend, Benjamin Twatwaffle. Not because they’re gay either. That part, at least is mildly interesting. But, it’s only interesting if it draws a rabid, slavering homophobe into the story who wants to kill them both and mount their dicks on the hood of his car.

Otherwise, people having a nice time is boring as hell. Nobody cares. You need to heap abuse on your characters. Especially the protagonist. Make that motherfucker bleed. Copiously.

Break his bones. Ruin her life. Turn everyone they love against them. Beat that fucker down.

Sorry. I get excited about this.

Okay. Moving on the “how” of things. I know I just touched on it in general terms, but I’d like to get a little more specific.

Of course, we know that we need to hook the reader with the first couple lines, right? Especially in today’s world where your average person has a four-second attention span.

Still with me? Good.

So, hook ‘em. Get ‘em interested enough to keep reading. Then, you start small.

Let’s say Tommy of the unfortunate surname is heading out to meet his heart’s desire at the cafe. Benjamin had texted him saying, coffee, bitch usual place now. But, when Tommy steps to the curb, wearing his fly as hell chinos, Bam! A car hits a mud puddle, splashing it up to his thighs.

Tommy’s pissed, but whatever, they’re just pants, right? So, he walks on. The man needs his coffee.

He’s almost to the cafe, when a couple dudes see the rainbow lettered “PRIDE” on Tommy’s T-shirt. One hits the other’s arm. He mouths “fag” and points at Tommy with his chin.

Tommy sighs. He rolls his eyes.

“Look, fellas. I don’t want any trouble. I’m just heading out for some coffee. I’ve already been splashed with mud. Give a guy a break, huh?”

One of the dudes grins, gives an exaggerated shrug and slaps Tommy on the face, open palm.

“Fuckin’ degenerate,” he says. He and his friend laugh. They jostle Tommy as they pass him, nearly knocking him on the sidewalk.

With a handprint clearly visible on his cheek, and wet, muddy pants, Tommy enters the cafe with wide eyes, verging on tears. That slap hurt!

(So, here’s the moment where you give your protagonist a tiny reprieve. You let them think everything’s going to be okay after all. It’s not.)

When Benjamin sees Tommy, and the state he’s in, he rushes over.

“Are you okay?”

“I’ll live. Rough morning. And, I could really use that latte.”

They order, and sit silently for a bit. Benjamin is waiting patiently to speak. Tommy senses it.

“What’s up? You look like you’re about to burst.”

“Oh, Tommy. I’ve met someone else. I’m sorry.”

Tommy is stunned.

“You asked me out to coffee to break up with me? Jesus, Ben.” He shakes his head, blows on the coffee and takes a sip. “Who is he? Anyone I know?”

“She.”

“I was so horrible, you’re leaving not just me, but our whole gender?

“You’re not horrible, Tommy. What a thing to say.”

“Then why are you leaving me?”

Benjamin won’t meet his eyes.

“You’re … boring.”

 

There. You have (I guess it was me, but go on, take some credit; I don’t mind.) successfully beat this guy down. You made him miserable. You upped the motherfucking stakes!

If anyone wants to get pissy about gay-bashing here, I’d like to point out that I regularly beat the shit out of straight characters, too. I don’t discriminate. If you’re in my story, fuck you! You’re going down, baby.

That’s the other thing about being horrible to your characters: not only should you do it, because it makes a better read … it’s fun!

Sure, people say it’s cathartic. Gets all the venom out of your system so you’re a nicer person. And, yeah, there’s probably some truth to that. But really? It’s fun. I enjoy it.

Thanks.

Ongoing Submissions: Red Sun Magazine

Payment: $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations.

Red Sun publishes science-fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction between 3-5k words, up to 17k words; 3-5k is preferred, but we will consider works up to 17k. We also will consider serializing longer works up to 80k.

In addition to fiction, we want interviews, articles, and reviews up to 5k words that are relevant to the genres we publish, to include role-playing games, board games, movies,television, etc.

We also accept artwork & comics; no poetry. Art should fit the genres we publish.

What we pay (in U.S. dollars): $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations. For art and comics we will pay $20 per piece; $50 for a cover. We cannot pay for non-fiction at this time. All contributors will receive an as yet to-be-determined amount of contributors copies.

The magazine will begin by publishing three issues a year, MAR, JUL, and NOV. Issues will be available through a marketplace here and through venues such as Amazon in e-pub and print. Submissions received between JAN-APR will be considered for the JUL issue, between MAY-AUG will be considered for the NOV issue, and between SEP-DEC will be considered for the MAR issue. Notifications will be sent out at the end of each quarter.

What we are buying: First World English Rights, First Electronic Rights, and Anthology Rights (a “best of” to be negotiated with the authors). We ask for exclusive rights to the author’s work for six months (the duration of a single issue’s run, plus two months), as well as exclusive anthology rights for a year, both to begin at the time of publication.

What we want: quality entertainment. The stories can be dark. They can be violent. They can be gory. They can be humorous. They can be weird. They can be political. They can be speculative. They can be populated with any culture, any religion. With men, women, LGBT, black, white, or brown. We are particularly interested in war-themed science fiction, especially war-themed science fiction written by war veterans.

Email your work to: redsunmagazine@gmail.com.

No multiple or simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Fiction and non-fiction should be submitted as an .rtf document.

Include your name or pen name, as well as the name of your work, when you name the document.

In the subject of your email include your name, name of your work, and what type of work you are submitting for consideration, e.g. short story, article, review, serial, etc.

You can tell us something about yourself in the email or in a cover letter if you like, but it isn’t required.

All stories and articles should be submitted in standard manuscript format. Serials should be submitted in this format. We will delete unread any written work that is not submitted in standard manuscript format.

Artists email us several samples of your work as attached .jpg, with your name and the words “Art Samples” in the subject line, and if we like your portfolio, we will work with you and assign you one or more stories for illustration. The exception is comics–you can email those at anytime as attached .jpg with your name and “Comic Submission” in the subject line.

For queries, questions about advertising, etc. please use the email address listed above and mention whatever it is you are inquiring about in the subject of the email.

Good luck and thank you for considering Red Sun Magazine! We look forward to seeing what you create!

Via: Red Sun Magazine.

Ongoing Submissions: ECM Network

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Payment: 1 cent per word

ECM is seeking original horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction. Make us feel uneasy and scare us. Make our blood run cold. Create worlds never explored before; take us to places unknown. We’re fans of the weird and unexplained. Take chances with your fiction and non-fiction, and don’t be afraid to experiment. 3,000 words: Max. Follow all the guidelines or you will not be considered for publication.

Start with a hook and reel your reader in. Start with action, something interesting happening. Do not start with backstory, “explaining things,” “retelling events,” a character waking up, or flashbacks. If you have to say, “You’ve gotta read more to get to the good parts,” you need to revise. If you can’t hook your reader in the first few lines, they won’t get to the “good parts.” Imagine you’re walking through the bookstore and only have time to read the first paragraph of a book that you picked up. Would you buy it? We want stories that grab you from the first line and don’t let go.

Acceptable word count for stories: 100 – 3,000 words

We accept Simultaneous Submissions for stories and poems. We do not accept Multiple Submissions.

For Art work or Photographs, we accept both Simultaneous Submissions and Multiple Submissions. Attach no more than 5 pieces of art in a single e-mail.

POEMS

We are seeking dark, uncanny poetry. Give us something to think about. Keep it dark, delicious, and don’t be afraid to experiment. 250 words Max.

ART

Send us black / white photographs or art, drawings, paintings, etc. We accept color art for our website and magazine ebooks. Stay creepy, stay unnatural. We want twisted realities, new perspectives that make you think and wonder. We’re looking for something edgy, something that bleeds in all the right places. Think more Giger than Gogh. Surprise us. We love surprises. Attach Art as a .PNG or .JPG – in 300 DPI, please. If it’s not the appropriate quality, we can’t accept or publish it. 

RIGHTS

We claim first world electronic rights, first print rights, and non-exclusive audio rights.

PAYMENT

Featured Stories, Poems, and Art

ECM will choose one author, poet, and artist to Feature for each Quarterly Publication. Featured Authors and Poets receive the pro-rate .05 cents per word + Publication, a dedicated page–including a 100 word bio, author photos, personal promotions or banners, and further relevant material they’d like on their page in the magazine. The Featured Author and Poet will also be promoted on the front page of ECM’s personal entertainment news blog during the month in which they are featured. Featured Authors and Poets get free premium spot-light advertising the month their story is published.

Featured Artists receive a flat $25 + Publication + everything mentioned above for the Featured Author and Poet.

Accepted Stories, Poems, and Art

Authors and Poets receive the semi-pro rate .01 cent per word + Publication, a 50 word bio, an author photo, and will get free promotion throughout ECM’s entertainment news blog during the month in which they are published.

Artists receive a flat $5 + Publication + everything mentioned above for the Accepted Authors and Poets.

Payment will be made securely through PayPal.

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FORMAT

Submissions should generally follow standard manuscript format, though we prefer single-spaced with a space in between paragraphs. Your manuscript (story, poem, or article) may be submitted in either .RTF, .DOC, .DOCX, or .ODT format. Attach Art as a .PNG or .JPG – in 300 DPI, No exceptions.

SUBJECT of your e-mail should be in this format:

STORY: “Story, Poem, Art: Title of Work: Author Name: Word Count”

Example: “Story – New Story – John Doe – 2500 words” / “Poem – The Great Poem – Jane Doe – 200 words”

Submit all stories, artwork, and poetry to submissions@ecm-network.com

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INTERVIEWS

We do interviews in our magazine and on our blog for artists, authors, film makers, musicians, photographers to name a few among many. Use the form below if you’d like an interview with ECMNetwork. The Subject line needs to be “INTERVIEW.”

RESPONSE TIMES

Give us 60 days before inquiring. If you have not heard anything by then, send us a message. Use the form below. DO NOT copy / paste submissions in the contact form. The Subject in the contact form should be “INQUIRY.”

ADVERTISE

We do advertising in our magazine, our blog and almost anywhere. Let us know if you’d like to rent space in the magazine or on our website. We havespecials starting at only $5 and can go into the 100s; you won’t get a better asking-price anywhere else. Let us know in the contact form. The Subject of the e-mail should be “ADVERTISE.”

24/7 MEMBER SUPPORT

Let us know if we can do anything for you. Ask us questions, state concerns, complaints or suggestions. If you have an idea, let us know. We love feedback. The Subject in the contact form should be “SUPPORT.”

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