Deadline: July 31st, 2017
Payment: $5 usd
Note: Reprints Accepted
Are you a poet? An essayist? A short story writer? An artist? If you have a piece you’d like to submit for the next issue of The Violet Hour, we want to see it!
Send us an email to the address listed below and attach any written work in PDF or Word.doc format, and all artwork in jpeg format to submit it for consideration. With the exception of submissions for the open December anthology, don’t forget to use at least one of the themes chosen for each issue. (For details about issue themes, launch dates and more, see the above “News & Events” posts.)
The Violet Hour Magazine is published quarterly, with three themed issues (published at the end of April, August and October) and one annual open-themed anthology (published at the end of December). Submission periods for the issues are as follows:
1. December 15th to March 31st (for April issue)
2. April 15th to July 31st (for August/September issue)
3. September 7th to October 14th (for October issue – *IMPORTANT:
4. January 1st to November 14th (for December open-anthology issue)
*Please Note: Submissions made to any of the themed issues that are not selected for publication in their relevant issue will not be automatically considered for the December open-themed anthology. Contributors are asked not to re-submit work already previously submitted to The Violet Hour, unless invited to do so by one of our editorial staff.
*Also Note: At this time, The Violet Hour Magazine will consider previously published works, as long as it has been a minimum of 6 months since the work’s most recent publication. If your submission has previously been published elsewhere, please include the date and name of the publication in which it appeared, and a link to the publication’s website in the body of your submission email.
Fiction or Non-Fiction: Maximum of five thousand words, double-spaced; one piece per submission (for pieces of 1,000 words or less, you may include three such pieces per submission).
Poetry: Maximum of three pages per poem; up to five pieces per submission.
Art: Submissions may include any form of visual art; up to ten pieces per submission.
Each author or artist selected to appear in an issue of The Violet Hour will receive a royalty of $5 per selected piece, along with a complementary digital copy of the issue.
Deadline: May 30th, 2017
Payment: 6 cents per word.
Note: Only female authors.
Announcing an open call for submissions for Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books.
Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.
This anthology will be themed around the idea of knowledge (learning/science/education/training/etc). Stories may be funny or serious, set anywhere on or off the world, in any time period, but must feature female protagonists whose knowledge is integral to the plot/conflict.
Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
Payment: six cents per word.
Genres: Dark and speculative fiction encompasses horror, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, and we welcome all of these genres.
Publication history: Original stories only. Reprints may be submitted by invitation only.
Multiple submissions: No.
Simultaneous submissions: No.
Deadline: 30 May 2017. We plan to reply within one to two months from the deadline.
To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
(a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
(b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
(c) make sure you provide the following information: legal name (if different from the name you write under), mailing address, and word count. Put “WOMEN UP TO NO GOOD” in the subject line.
If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rightsholder that you are authorized to translate and submit it (both author and translator will receive full payment).
We encourage and welcome stories from voices underrepresented in speculative fiction, including (but not limited to) writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers in translation.
Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: Reprints Accepted
The first anthology of Gehenna & Hinnom will be published in late-September of 2017. It will feature only the most disturbing and horrifying body horror tales readers have ever read.
The challenge is up to you, the authors. How strange is your narrative capable of being? How morose is your prose? How in touch are you with the macabre?
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
We are seeking stories for this anthology that are of a Cronenberg-style theme. If you don’t know who David Cronenberg is, we suggest watching clips or the entire length of films such as Videodrome, The Fly, and Scanners.
Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, all of these are acceptable as long as the stories don’t deviate from the body horror nature of the anthology.
As defined by Wikipedia,
BODY HORROR, BIOLOGICAL HORROR, ORGANIC HORROR OR VISCERAL HORROR IS HORROR FICTION IN WHICH THE HORROR IS PRINCIPALLY DERIVED FROM THE GRAPHIC DESTRUCTION OR DEGENERATION OF THE BODY. SUCH WORKS MAY DEAL WITH DECAY, DISEASE, PARASITISM, MUTATION, OR MUTILATION.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:
Absolutely no erotica. This is non-negotiable. Nothing political, unless it is satire. Uses of rape, necrophilia, bestiality, etc., are allowed though be very careful with these themes. If it is not integral to the plot, or if it is clearly gratuitous, your story will be rejected. We want to provide a certain amount of quality for our readers. This is an adult-aged anthology, but please be professional and technical with your writing.
Stories that are not proofread and have mistakes that would be avoidable with a single read-through WILL be rejected.
DEADLINE:AUGUST 15TH, 2017
PAYMENT: UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO PAY OUR AUTHORS AT THIS TIME SINCE WE ARE A NEW, EVOLVING COMPANY. HOWEVER, A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE FINISHED WORK WILL BE YOURS, FOR FREE. PUBLICITY AND ARTICLES BASED ON EACH AUTHOR WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED FOR OUR READERS, HELPING YOU FURTHER DEVELOP YOUR PRESENCE AS A VOICE IN HORROR LITERATURE.
Minimum Words: 250 (Flash Fiction)
Maximum Words: 8000 (Short Fiction)
Short stories can be solicited AND unsolicited, though indie authors will be given higher priority as we hope to launch many unknown authors into the world.
Multiple Submissions: Accepted. Do not exceed 3 for each anthology.
Simultaneous Submissions: Generally, no. It depends on how good the story is. Please send a query concerning this if you plan on submitting to other publishers after or before you submit to us.
What to send:
Title Your Email as: Submission — Body Horror — Story Title
Title of Work
A Short Description of the Work (2-3 Sentences)
A Short Author Bio
Attach the Entire Manuscript in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. DO NOT PUT STORY IN BODY OF EMAIL (This is for Editing Purposes)
Format the Manuscript in Standard Manuscript Format. Reference here: Shunn’s Standard. STORY WILL BE REJECTED IF IT DOESN’T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES.
Send All Submissions to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
RESPONSE TIME: We will try to respond within 2-3 weeks (usually sooner) in regards to our decisions of the stories you submit. We understand that when a story is rejected, the normal immediate reaction is to submit elsewhere because time is very valuable. Because of this, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
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.
REPRINTS: We will accept reprints as long as you, the author, or agent, hold the rights to the work.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed as long as you let me know.
Publication date is October
I’m looking for original (no reprints) well-written (duuh, I guess that that’s fairly obvious) weird stories. My tastes are broad and I’m looking for any of the following: fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd.
But don’t forget, this is for our 2017 Annual and the theme is WITCHES!
One Story Submission at a time please!
In the subject line of your email, please put Weirdbook WITCHES/Story title/ Your last name
Please include your name, address, email address, the title of your story and its word count in your email. Preferably attach your story as a doc, docx or rtf file. Please send it in a standard format; if in doubt check here for guidance: http://www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/
Current payment is $5 per thousand words and two printed contributor copies. Only one copy for poetry.
(That’s $0.005 per word)
Please send your submissions to: weirdaether(AT)t-online.de
And lastly, if you want to impress me then you need to ENTERTAIN ME!!
Deadline: May 27th, 2017
Payment: Up to 10¢ per word
Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Puppets & Dolls. Around the world, puppets and dolls serve many purposes—children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship? Respectful works exploring manipulation/toxic relationships: great. Exploitative, explicit, or abusive works: nope. Also encouraged: works about totally non-metaphorical dolls and magnificent puppetry performances.
CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Our readers are smart and curious; submissions are invited but not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.
Especially welcome: works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, genderqueer folks, and other marginalized peoples. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.
Fav writers, YA and otherwise: Sarah McCarry, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, David Levithan, Daniel Jose Older, Debbie Urbanski, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ntozake Shange, Anne Carson, Jacqueline Woodson, ZZ Packer, Angela Nissel, Sofia Samatar, Richard Siken, Malory Ortberg, Saeed Jones, Octavia Butler, Andrea Gibson,
Submissions open to LVP and HWA members: February 21 Submissions open to public: April 1 Submissions close: July 31, 11:59pm tentatively (*see notes below) Word count: 4,000 to 6,000 Payment: $50 per story, a digital copy of the anthology and a discount code for print copies from Lycan Valley Press
Details: Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.
What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Take them from irrational to rational. Pick a phobia from the list below and take that fear to the next level. Make it come to life and give us a reason to be scared. Your characters don’t have to overcome their fears, but if they do, show us how. If they don’t, why not?
We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed phobias necessarily. Focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself as much as possible. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality.
There must be a strong pulp element to the story as well, keeping in mind that pulp doesn’t mean poorly written. If you’re unfamiliar with the original pulp magazines and stories, please do some research before submitting. Check out Black Mask Magazine http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/ and here’s a pulp archive to get you started (warning: reading on this website may be addictive).
http://www.pulpmags.org/ and also here https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive.
Although you are free to write in your own style and that which best suits the story, Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot is here for reference should you wish to use it. http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html Here, James Scott Bell talks about writing pulp fiction: http://www.rachellegardner.com/why-i-write-pulp-fiction/
Titles: Please do not use the name of the phobia itself in your titles.
Formatting: Please follow Shunn Short Story Manuscript formatting which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. Or use the downloadable template for Word found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author for two different phobias will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for greater variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested.
Subject: Include only P-first letter of the phobia, author’s last name, LVP or HWA (if applicable), Story title.
Example: [P-A/Last Name/LVPorHWA/Story Title]
Attach stories in .doc, .docx or .rtf files only.
Cover letters are not necessary but if you feel it necessary to include one, please keep it short and relevant.
If you have any questions, please use “PHB Question” in the subject line.
*In the event that a large number of submissions are received for a specific phobia, that topic will be flagged. Flagged topics will close for submissions the following week. If necessary, topics will be flagged on Fridays only and closed the following Sunday at 11:59pm PST, leaving a 10 day window open.
Phobias List A to Z:
* Topic closing for submissions in one week
** Topic is temporarily unavailable and will either be open for submissions or closed
*** Topic closed for submissions
***Agateophobia – fear of insanity — CLOSED Botanophobia – fear of plants
Chaetophobia – fear of hair Dextrophobia – fear of objects on right side of body Eosophobia – fear of dawn or daylight Febriphobia – fear of fever or any rise in body temperature
***Gephysrophobia – fear of crossing bridges – CLOSED
***Hedonophobia – fear of feeling pleasure — CLOSED Haphephobia — fear of being touched OR Helminthophobia — fear of being infested with worms (your choice!) Ithyphallophobia – fear of seeing, having, thinking about an erect penis ORIatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors (your choice!) Jangelaphobia – fear of gelatin Kosmikophobia – Fear of cosmic phenomenon Lockiophobia – fear of childbirth ***Mnemophobia – fear of memories — CLOSED ***Necrophobia – fear of death or dead things – CLOSED ***Optophobia – fear of opening one’s eyes — CLOSED ***Pedophobia – fear of children – CLOSED ***Quintaphobia – fear of numbers — CLOSED Rhabdophobia – fear of being beaten with a rod or magic wand Sociophobia – fear of society and people Toxophobia – fear of poison or being poisoned Utopicphobia – fear of utopian societies ***Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women – CLOSED Warptimaphobia – fear of creating or being caught in a time warp Xyrophobia – fear of razors Yogaphobia – fear of yoga or yoga positions Zelophobia – fear of jealousy
(These are real names of phobias or have been used to describe real phobias, with the exception Warptimaphobia and Yogaphobia which were created for this anthology… and possibly Jangelaphobia.)