Taking Submissions: ‘The Heart of a Devil: Horror and Dark Fantasy Villains Anthology’

Deadline: August 10th, 2017
Payment: Payment will be one half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum of $15.00. Reprints are the same but with a max of $10.
Note: Reprints Allowed

Estimated to come out in time for Halloween.
 
Word Count:    500-10,500
Theme:    For this anthology, we want glimpses into the world of those we love to hate. Monsters, demons, murderers, etc. Are they as evil as they seem? What made them do those horrible things? What was their breaking point? Were they good once or has their heart always been black? A broader take on the fairy tale villains anthology.
Any time period and sub-genre are accepted, however there must be a villain/bad guy as the focus of your story.  Villains may be taken from fairy tales, mythology, folklore, monster legends, history, or entirely original.
ALWAYS READ THE FULL THEMES AND GUIDELINES WHEN SUBMITTING.
Due to a large number of submissions for the new anthology that fail to meet the theme and/or guidelines, we have decided to give some extra clarification for what we are looking for.
This is NOT just a horror anthology about villains/evil people.
Get us into the heart of the villains. Make us question if they are really that bad. Help us understand why they do what they do. Show us that underneath their actions, there is something there that could make us empathize with their plight. Go beyond the darkness and evil and help us wonder what’s under the surface of those we love to hate.
PIECES THAT FAIL TO MEET THE GUIDELINES/THEME WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED.
 
Response Time:  Please allow up to one month. After that, if you don’t hear from us then feel free to give us a little nudge.
 
Payment: Payment will be one half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum of $15.00. Payments will be made by PayPal in USD. Payments will go out no later than four months after the publication date.
Editing: Yes, your story will be edited if we decide to accept it. After we go through and edit your story, it will then be sent back to you for final approval. In some cases, we may ask for revisions to be made. 
Reprints, Multiple & Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Payment for reprints is a maximum of $10.
SEND A SEPARATE EMAIL FOR EACH SUBMISSION. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS SENT IN ONE EMAIL MAY BE DISCARDED WITHOUT BEING READ.
Guidelines for Submissions:
 
  • All submissions are to be sent [email protected]
  • In the subject line please type HORROR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION: [Your Story Title Here].
  • In the body of your email, please include your name and word count. If the story is under 2,000 words, please paste the text in the body of the email, otherwise please attach it. 
We will list all published authors on our site. Once you have a story accepted for publication, we will post a little author bio up on our site with a list of all published pieces (published by FDM).

Via: Fantasia Divinity Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Literary Erotica Anthology: Apocalypse

Deadline: September 5th, 2017.
Payment: 1 cent per word.
Note: Yes, it is erotica but it is also the apocalypse and as I know many of you write both…

We are in search of erotic stories centered around the theme of apocalypse. How you execute this theme is up to you—a multitude of interpretations are possible, from both the figurative to the literal end of civilization.

Apocalypse. The complete final destruction of the world (definition 1). An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale (definition 2).

We are interested in stories that explore either definition. Stories can be set before, during, or after the eponymous apocalypse. Show us passion, annihilation, rebirth, despair, and/or hope. How would you fuck if the world were ending?

The sex needs to be raw, passionate, hot, and at the story’s centre. Four-letter words are neither required nor discouraged, although we have a preference for graphic lust conveyed through beautiful prose.

No hard requirements in terms of secondary genres. This theme, however, lends itself well to dystopian fiction.

Please read our general submission guidelines prior to submitting. We prefer the erotic to the pornographic and have an extreme prejudice for stories with a literary style—however, hot, passionate sex must be at each story’s core. It may help to familiarize yourself with some of our other titles prior to submitting—particularly our short story anthologies and stand-alone shorts.

1,000-5,000 words, although we’ll consider pieces that fall outside those parameters on a case-by-case basis. Multiple and simultaneous submissions ok. No reprints.

If accepted, pay is 1 cent per word. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2017.

 

Submit here.

Via: Mug Wump Press.

Taking Submissions: Stairs In The Woods

Deadline: August 31, 2017
Payment: 50% of royalties go to the story contributors, prorated to each author by word count.

Via: Silver Empire.

Taking Submissions: Cosmic Caravans

Deadline: October 7th, 2017
Payment: $.02 a word and royalties

B Cubed Press is proud to Open Cosmic Caravans for submissions. Cosmic Caravans is a science fiction anthology that will focus on Pre-Teen readers. The work will be illustrated.
We are looking for stories or poems that re-enforce strength of character and scientific principles in a way children can relate to. We want to entertain and challenge curious readers to learn more about the universe, life, and the science that makes it all possible.
See our Facebook Group, Cosmic Caravan
Your sci-fi story or poem can be funny, scary, somber, mystery, wibbly-wobbly, thriller, or a fantastical romp through time and space. Whatever it is, you should be sure to explain the science behind it. Leave the reader learning something.
Cosmic Caravans, from B Cubed Press: we’re putting the science back in fiction.
Guidelines + Other Info
● Submissions can range from 300-3,000 words. We’re looking for quality over quantity.
● Stories must be presented in age appropriate ways. Anything over a “PG-13” rating will be automatically rejected. If Star Trek wouldn’t air it, it’s too risky.
● Fanfiction is not allowed. Sorry/not sorry.
● Payment is $.02 a word, plus a royalties share. Poetry pays $0.25 per-line (up to $25).
● Submissions are open from July 1-October 7. Please allow 2-3 weeks for our editors to review your stories.
● Manuscript format is required. Unsure what that means? Feel free to ask!
● Reprints are accepted.
● Multiple submissions are accepted, however we ask that you notify the publisher if your story is bought elsewhere.
● Cosmic Caravan will be edited by Bob Brown, Cheyenne Brown Ockerman, and Nathan Ockerman
● Submissions can be sent to [email protected], with the subject line “Cosmic Caravan Submission; [story title].”

Via: Cosmic Caravan’s Facebook Group.

Taking Submissions: The Last Line 2017

Deadline: October 1st, 2017
Payment: $20.00 – $40.00 and a contributor’s copy

Fiction: All stories must end with the last line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile).

Also, we understand that writers may add our last line to a story that they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our last line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our last lines.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thelastlinejournal (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send .pdf versions of your story. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The Last Line‘s post office box (PO Box 250382, Plano, TX, 75025-0382). No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the last line for 2017:

Benjamin was a man of his word.
Due date: October 1, 2017

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within two to three weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $20.00 – $40.00 for fiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

(Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue [PDF] instead of a hard copy, author payment will not be changed.)

Via: The Last Line.

Taking Submissions: Body Parts Magazine Issue #9: Nothing but Witches, Bitches!

Deadline: August 1st, 2017
Payment: $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories

Issue #9: Nothing but Witches, Bitches! (Fall/Winter 2017)
All witches, all the time! Permutations of witchery, magick, crones, warlocks and familiars from fairy tale baddies to black or white magic, witch doctors, and the merely misunderstood. Personal power, communion with spirits and the dead, spells, trickery, solitude and a visionary third eye with a window on the fates. Submission deadline: 8/01/17

We are not afraid.”

Body Parts Magazine is an online literary magazine of horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays and art. Each themed issue honors Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of libido and mortido—life and death. We celebrate the vast and various expressions of dreams and darkness, our primitive desires and urges, and seek to encounter—and embrace—those shadowy monsters who dwell in the dimly lit corners of human experience. 

Upcoming Themes
Submissions for each issue are accepted through the last day of each reading period (if specified). You are welcome to submit material for any issuesimply indicate which issue you would like your work to be considered for.

Be advised: we generally begin reading submissions for a particular issue after the close of its submission deadline, so don’t panic if you haven’t heard back before then.

Fiction
Body Parts accepts well-written, thoughtfully structured horror, erotic horror, speculative fiction, dark fantasy (including fairy tales and mythology), exceptional stories about ghosts, ghouls, monsters and wretched creatures, Gothic fiction, and all combinations of the above. Our boundaries are few and far between.

Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or fewer.
Short Stories: up to 8,000 words.
Serialized or Longer Fiction: query us with total word count.

Art/Photography
We accept your original artwork and photography reflective of an issue’s theme. Email a query with a link to your art online (web, Dropbox, Google album, etc.) Payment varies.

Essays & Interviews
We accept short essays and interviews (up to 1200 words) about topics that fit within our themes, people integral to the type of work published in Body Parts (writers, artists, photographers, etc.). Query first. We do not accept book/game/music reviews. Payment varies.

Payment
Body Parts is a paying market. We offer an honorarium of $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors, and $5 to $20 for artwork and photography published in our journal.

Rights
We request exclusive rights as long as the issue in which your work appears is current. Once the subsequent issue has been published, you’re free to pursue reprint publication with other journals, anthologies, etc.

How to Submit
Cut and paste your text and submit it within the body an email. Emails with attachments will be deleted unread.
In the subject line, include the word Submission, the issue number you’re submitting to, and the title of your piece.
Please include a publication-ready bio and your website/social media sites. If your piece is selected for publication, we’ll send you a “Congratulations” email and request your PayPal email address and an author photo. Response times can be lengthy so simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please email us to withdraw your work from consideration if it’s placed in another publication.

Email submissions to: bodypartsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com.

Via: Body Parts Magazine.

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