Taking Submissions: Corporate Cthulhu

Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.03 cents per word

WE NEED TEN TALES OF HIERARCHY HELL
AND BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE!

Of all bureaucracies, corporations are the most powerful, seeming to have a life and will of their own.  They’re privately held with a multi-national reach, seemingly bottomless resources, and armies of lawyers jealously guarding their trade secrets.  Anything and everything is justified by the bottom line.  Who needs a Cthulhu Cult when you’ve got Cthulhu, Inc.?

Into this insidious world are thrust our heroes—the curious, the puzzled, and the frustrated.  Defying authority, seeking answers they’d be better off not knowing, the secrets they discover threaten their sanity and their lives.  Will they become the next whistleblower media hero?  Or disappear, leaving nothing behind but an empty desk and whispered rumors in the break room?  Remember: it’s nothing personal—just business.
Corporate Cthulhu is a Lovecraftian horror anthology about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies.

This is an OPEN call for submissions—anyone and everyone is free to submit a short story to the slush pile.  Feel free to share this with other writers you think might be interested.

What We’re Looking For

•    Short stories up to 7000 words.

•    Original, previously unpublished fiction.

•    We’re particularly interested in submissions from writers traditionally underrepresented in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction.  This includes racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people living with disabilities.

•    Stories must include at least a passing connection to the Cthulhu Mythos and/or Lovecraft’s other work.  The stronger the connection, the more likely the story is to be accepted.

•    Stories that make skillful use of Lovecraftian horror themes: insanity, helplessness and hopelessness, inherited guilt, old isolated locations, books of forbidden knowledge, ancient extraterrestrial influences on humanity, the risks of runaway science, civilization vs. barbarism, humanity’s insignificance on the cosmic scale of space and time, unanswered questions about what lurks behind the curtain of reality, etc.

•    Although we’re expecting a lot of stories where management is a cult in disguise (and that’s fine!), we encourage writers to think outside the box.  Other elements of the business cycle include labor (a union strikes over a bizarre demand) and customers (how far will a struggling company go to meet their biggest customer’s increasingly strange requests?).

•    Although the primary focus is on corporate bureaucracies, ANY large private-sector bureaucracy is fair game. This could include (among others) charities, nonprofits, NGOs, private universities, for-profit hospitals, labor unions, large churches, fraternal organizations, youth groups, etc.

•    Stories set in any time period during the modern industrial capitalist era (roughly 1800 on up).  Query first for stories set in other time periods.

•    Comedies, parodies, and/or satires are acceptable.

What We’re NOT Looking For

•    Romances or erotica.

•    Stories under 2000 words or over 7000 words.

•    Stories taking place in governmental or other public-sector bureaucracies.  As much fun as it may be to have Cthulhu running the IRS, save those ideas for a later Political Cthulhu anthology.

Payment

If selected, authors will receive $0.03 cents per word for original, previously unpublished fiction.  Original fiction strongly preferred; query first for reprints.  In the unlikely event that we do accept a reprint, payment will be $0.01 cent per word.  Publication is dependent on a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.  There will be no kill fees.

Rights

Exclusive global English first print and digital rights for one year, and nonexclusive print and digital rights for term of copyright.  All other rights are reserved to the author.

Submitting

Stories should follow the format laid out in the submission guidelines; if not, it may be automatically rejected.  Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] with the story included as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, and must be received no later than midnight, Central Standard Time, June 1st, 2017.  The email subject should read [Submissions: Story Title by Author Name].  If accepted, minor edits and revisions may be requested.  The Kickstarter campaign will begin after the stories have been selected.

Via: Pickman Press.

Taking Submissions: This Twisted Earth (vols. 2 & 3)

Deadline: July 24th, 2017
Payment: % royalties per story published in e-book and paperback form and a contributor’s copy

Deadline for both volumes: Monday 24th July 2017
Payment: 4% royalties per story published in e-book and paperback form. You will also receive a physical copy of whichever volume your story appears in.
‘As this is laying the groundwork for an ongoing story in a way that few anthologies do, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. When Volume 2 comes out, you know we’ll be on board.’ Starburst Magazine
This Twisted Earth vol. 2: Twisted Histories – due for release at EdgeLit 2018
Dig deeper into how This Twisted Earth began: explore ‘known’ events such as the reign of the Tyrant, reveal secret histories and cultural insights through Twisted Earth creation myths, or shed light on some familiar characters through their early adventures. We can also begin to investigate what really happened to shatter Time in such a cataclysmic manner.
This Twisted Earth vol. 3: Twisted Tomorrows – due for release at FantasyCon 2018
Peer into the future to show us what might yet be: chart the rise of powers such as Rome Resurgent, probe the ever-changing landscape of cultural evolution; of the progress made or dangers unleashed by the reweaving of Time’s threads. Bring forth new tales of familiar characters, hunt down the truths behind the Cataclysm, and show us what it means to choose our destiny.

‘…an anthology that breaks the format of what we consider an anthology to be demands more attention, and asks that the reader be comfortable with feeling out of their comfort zone. But it’s this quality, I think, that allows This Twisted Earth to shine.’ Renegade Revolution

Prospective writers from all countries and cultural backgrounds are invited to join our ‘This Twisted Earth’ Facebook Group in order to interact with the editor and the other writers on the project. There, you will also find the ‘world bible’ – a vital collection of Twisted Earth lore which has recently been updated by the editor, Dion Winton-Polak, to include details from the first volume of This Twisted Earth.
Send your completed story to [email protected] as either a .doc or .rtf file. The subject of your email should have your Surname, the word ‘Histories’ or ‘Tomorrows’ to indicate which volume you feel your story belongs in, and your word-count.
To avoid disappointment please ensure your submission reflects the brief and sticks to the following format:

  • 4000 to 9000 words long, in Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Typed in Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Include your full contact details (name/address/social media profile/email address) at the top of your document.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Via: Six Minutes To Midnight.

Taking Submissions: Southern Fried Autopsies

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

The goal of this anthology is to shout loud and proud that The South holds some of the best horror writers and authors. What’s unique about this project is that it will not only include a collection of shorts but also hold hand-picked dark poetry! We simply cannot limit an anthology of this nature to just short stories, though those are the main material that will be included.
 
Submissions for short stories need to be between 3,000-7,000 words in length.  Some considerations will be made for stories just over or just under, but those works will be chosen best on quality, blow our minds and attempt to scare us to death with your vivid imagery through words. We are wanting quality stories over word count.
 
This anthology’s target audience is an adult audience that is 18 years and above, so no children’s horror stories, please.
We also will not accept extreme erotica horror (mild adult scenes are fine as long as it pertains to the story’s forward projection or to display character traits), rape, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, or domestic violence.
 
This anthology is strictly for horror authors and writers that live in The South. It is not restricted to those that have moved to The South, imports are fine! 😉 This book is restricted for southern writers and authors at this time as the aim is to have southern authors and writers submit, but not limited to strictly to readers. If this has enough interest we can add a couple of future anthologies with other regional authors and writers in mind. I.E. an anthology featuring northern writers or just the east coast, for examples.
 
Submissions are currently open and must be sent to:
 
Please title the email: Southern Fried Autopsies Submission
Within the submission, in the document holding the writing, please include title, author’s name/pen name, also phone numbers, email address, and word count. Some of this information will be used to be able to contact you if accepted.
This anthology will be published by Burning Willow Press, LLC and will be edited, formatted, etc by the staff of Burning Willow Press. It’s a project funded by Burning Willow Press with a one-year holding of all works included before being open to publications elsewhere by the author, but Burning Willow Press will continue to republish this work as a whole anthology for the following 4 years afterward.
 
This project will be published out Halloween 31st, 2018, from this publication date forward, is when the stories will be locked, midnight Halloween 31st, 2019 the stories will be open for the authors to take their works elsewhere and do what they want, but Burning Willow Press will continue republishing it for the foreseeable 4 years.
 
This anthology is for exposure, contributor copy (whether it’s a physical copy or digital will be up to the contributor), and not a royalty share or advances. This is a partnership between L. Bachman, Jay Michael Wright II, and Burning Willow Press, LLC.
 
Submissions close Halloween 31st, 2017 at midnight.

Via: L. Bachman.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Rice Paper Press Horror Anthology

Deadline: May 31st, 2017
Payment: Up to $100 and a contributor’s copy

We are currently requesting submissions for a new horror anthology of short stories we plan to publish this year. We’re paying up to $100 per published story based on word count, AND a free printed version of the anthology.

 We are looking for edited, well-written, horror stories from 5K to 10K words in length.  Scare us so we can’t sleep at night!

 Your stories need to be previously unpublished – exceptions to this will be handled on a limited basis as long as you still retain all rights to the work.  We are looking for original content. If you have previously published your story to a blog or social media account, we will not be interested.

Please email your story to the address below and in the subject line and enter the words “Horror Anthology.” Then, copy and paste your story in the body of the email, do not attach files. If accepted, we will notify you and ask you to submit an MS Word document.

 Payment amount to be determined based on word count. We will discuss terms upon acceptance for publication.

Submissions will close midnight, May 31, 2017.

Other submissions are closed at this time.

Please send your submissions to:

Via: Rice Paper Press.

Taking Submissions: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

Deadline: March 31, 2107
Payment: $100usd

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is OPEN to submissions through March 31, 2107.

 

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is open to FICTION submissions four months per year. The months you can submit are:

March

June

September

December

If you submit fiction in any other month, you will receive an auto-response and your tale will not be reviewed.

We remain open for POETRY submissions at all times, however, so keep those coming! If you get an auto-response, don’t worry — as long as you mention poetry in the subject line your work will be reviewed.

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As its name suggests, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly ezine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry. We are unrepentant in our goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place. We pay $100 for stories and $25 for poems, upon publication.  (Scroll down for info on art submissions.) We purchase first world English language electronic rights, electronic rights for 90 days, archival rights for twelve months, and excerpt rights.

As of 7-31-2013, we will publish in August, November, February, and May. Each issue will include up to three stories and two poems. Our fiction word limit is 10,000 words, although we are willing to serialize at a maximum of 50,000 words over four issues. You may submit up to three poems, with a cumulative maximum of 30 pages.  Tolkienesque (as in really long) poetry epics/sagas/vedas will most likely be treated — and paid — like fiction. Similarly, prose pieces of fewer than 1,000 words will be paid at poetry’s standard rate of $25.

Art: HFQ is looking for quality banner art to accompany each new issue. Please review art from the past two issues to see the style we prefer. Image dimensions should be approximately 850 x 250 pixels. We’re not interested in non-banner art at this time. We’ll pay you, but rates are negotiable. If you’d like us to consider your work please email a link to the website where your art is displayed. DO NOT SEND US AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ART ATTACHED; WE WILL DELETE IT, AND YOU’LL NEVER KNOW IF WE EVEN GAVE YOU A LOOK! Follow our submission instructions below, but insert ART instead of fiction or poetry in the subject line of your email. We look forward to seeing what you’ve got!

Submission Method:

We accept submissions by email only.

Make sure the subject line of your email follows this formula:
Submission – [fiction or poetry] – [title] – [your last name].
For example: Submission – Fiction – Red Nails – Howard

IMPORTANT: do not send attachments unless we ask for them. Paste the first 10 pages of your story or poems into the body of your email — but don’t kill yourself trying to perfect the formatting. For queries, we can live without paragraph indentations and double-spaced lines. We do need to have a line between paragraphs, though. If your sample pages look like a huge block of text in your email program follow these steps:

  • Open a new blank document in your word processing program.
  • Copy and paste the first 10 pages of your story into the new document.
  • Open the “Find and Replace” function [ctl+h].
  • In the “Find What” box put  ^p
  • In the “Replace With” box put ^p^p
  • Click on the “Replace All” button.
  • The program will tell you how many replacements it made.  Click “OK”
  • Close the “Find and Replace” function box.
  • Copy and paste the new document’s text into your email program.

Feel free to include a paragraph introducing yourself and detailing your publishing history, and anything you think we need to know about your story. Or not. All we really care about is the quality of your yarn.

You have about five paragraphs to hook us and 10 pages to impress us — use them wisely.

Our email address is: editors [at] heroicfantasyquarterly.com
More Detail About Our Editorial Process

If you haven’t heard from us by the time a new issue publishes, don’t worry — you’re in the loop for the next issue.

If we like the cut of your story’s jib, we’ll contact you via email to ask for the rest of your work, which we’ll want as an RTF or Word attachment. At this point your odds of being published with us go way up (+3 modifier!). From that stack we buy and/or make rewrite requests. We try to offer constructive criticism on everything that is rejected from this second tier.

Other Submission-Related Stuff

Our response time is about 60 days.

If you’re curious as to what level of violence, sex and/or nudity is too much, just follow what you’d expect to see in movie ratings. We think an “R” rating is a suitable upper limit.

We consider reprints by invitation only. Our invitation — not yours!  Unless of course your name is Gene Wolfe or Michael Moorcock.

Things we shouldn’t even have to say, but just to cover the bases:

No fan fiction.  No thinly-veiled fan fiction.  No thinly-veiled real-life revenge fantasies (especially against your esteemed editors).

Bonus Modifiers
Three Words:  Heroic Fantasy Fiction
We are a Half-Orc positive venue
Action is an art, not a diversion
One word:  Visceral
Know your horses
Dwarves who don’t always win
Barbarians with feelings

Negative Modifiers
Barbarians with feeeeeeeeelings
Three words: Heroic Fantasy Parodies
Really exacting blow-by-blow combat scenes
Frequent or lengthy inner dialogue
Two words: Overly Descriptive
Stuff you obviously lifted from your D&D/White Wolf/Legend of Five Rings/Tunnels and Trolls (OMG!  Did anybody actually play T&T?) games
Any mention at all about playing Tunnels and Trolls
Your second tier submission is not in proper manuscript format
You let the “R” rating go to your head — violence and sex should augment the story, not be the story

July 1, 2010, addendum

After a year we’ve noticed some things that we feel we should call to your attention.  There are certain trends we have encountered, and certain truisms that we feel would make everyone’s life easier if we all knew them.   To wit:

Witty banter usually isn’t.

Stories that start in an inn are usually out.

Ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn.

Ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn and being hired to do a job by a mysterious individual who is clearly a sorcerer (or vampire, or sorcerer/vampire).

Double ditto for stories that start with a group of strangers meeting at an inn and being hired to do a job by a mysterious man who is clearly a sorcerer (or vampire, or sorcerer/vampire) who then turns on the very adventurers he/she/it hired only to be thwarted by the one dwarf in the party.  In fact, toss us a dwarf curveball.  So far we’ve never seen a story with a dwarf character where that character doesn’t kick ass from beginning to end.

We are not all that interested in stories with vampires.  We feel much the same re: zombies.

Neither are we terribly keen on pirates; just remove that word and your odds go up.

Keep the backstory under control and reasonable.  That really is one of the main differences between what we reject outright, what we ask for completes on, and what we end up accepting:  how the backstory is handled.

When taking your novel and making a short story out of part of it, try to make it look like it wasn’t clearly cut out of a novel. Your tale must stand on its own.

Along those lines, HFQ publishes short stories, not novels, so if you do hook us with a short from a novel we’ll only bend over backward so far to accommodate unnecessary exposition or backstory in the short story that relates to the novel.

In the past we’ve preferred secondary world settings, however after a year we are now more open to historical fantasy.

Thanks for considering these guidelines and pitfalls. We look forward to reading your work

Via: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

Ongoing Submissions: Conduit

Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Conduit is looking for previously unpublished poetry and prose that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity. Please send 3-5 poems or 1 prose piece (up to 3500 words). Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. All manuscripts will be recycled unless appropriate postage is included for return. Reporting time is 9 weeks to 9 months. Payment in copies.

These titles are primarily for our own amusement. Submissions are evaluated at the nexus of their merit and our taste, rather than whether or not they match any theme. If you haven’t seen or read Conduit before, we recommend you sample our mad concoction before submitting.

If another journal has seduced you with promises of fame and glory, please notify us immediately to withdraw your submission, including the date the piece was submitted.

PLEASE NOTE

We do not accept online submissions.
All electronic submissions will be destroyed pronto. All correspondence is subject to publication, in whole or in part. Send submissions to:

CONDUIT    |    788 OSCEOLA AVENUE    |    SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55105

Via: Conduit.

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