Taking Submissions: Road Kill Vol. 2

Deadline: July 1st, 2017
Payment: $25-$200 depending on length and three free copies.
Note: Texas writers only

I attended a meetup today and got information on an open call for Texas-based writers (either born here or living here) for Road Kill: Texas Horror from Texas Writers, Vol. 2. They are eager to hear from authors who have been traditionally marginalized, excluded, or unrepresented because Texas has many voices and it’s important to include everyone.

Here are the details straight from the Editor’s hand.


Hello, E.R. Bills and Bret McCormick here. We are the editors of the upcoming horror title, Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, from Eakin Press. Due to the success of the anthology, we are accepting stories for Road Kill Vol. 2. We are looking for original horror stories, 1,500–10,000 words, give or take. If we receive a 14,00-word story that knocks our socks off, we will consider it. And the same for an 800-word yarn. We prefer not to receive stories that have already appeared elsewhere.

Submissions should be sent to ba.mccormick (at) yahoo.com.

The primary objective of Road Kill is to promote new, up-and-coming horror writers in Texas, but the collection will include some works from established wordsmiths. The stories must be written and submitted by Texas authors and they must take place in Texas—hence the title. No one will be making a fortune, but we will be paying one-time fees (based on word count) and if the anthology sells over 5,000 copies, royalty percentages—1% per writer—will kick in. Every writer will receive three free copies and every contributing writer will receive 50% discounted wholesale pricing on any copies of the book that he or she purchases to carry and sell on their own.

The scale for writer stipends will look something like this:

10,000 words – $200
7,500 words – $150
5,000 words – $100
2,500 words – $50.00
1,500 words – $25.00

All payments will be made upon official acceptance and when acceptance is communicated, each author will need to supply a short bio.

We will be requesting one-year non-exclusive rights. This means we will use your story in this anthology and we can print excerpts of it online and otherwise (for promotional purposes, etc.), but you can still sell it a year down the road to someone else, we simple request that you note in later publications that it appeared here first. Authors retain all TV and/or film rights—you own them outright—but, again, we request that the writer of any story that receives TV or film treatment note that the story appeared in Road Kill Vol. 2.

The deadline to turn in stories is July 1, 2017, and our intent is to have the book printed and available by October 1, 2017, in plenty of time for Halloween. eakin Press will be promoting Road Kill Vol. 2 and my co-editor, Bret McCormick, and I will be submitting it for review to local, state and national media outlets. We will also be setting up signings and appearances around the state for the authors themselves to promote the book.

If your work is chosen to appear in this collection of Texas horror, you will join a talented group of upcoming and accomplished authors and expand your reach in the competitive field we are all trying to excel in. Hope to see your work soon!

Respectfully,

Bills and McCormick.

P.S., Your submission does not have to be double-spaced. Thanks!

Via: Pulled It Outta My Ass.

Taking Submissions: The Misbehaving Dead

Deadline: June 13th, 2017
Payment: $15 and contributor’s copy

Theme: Death is permanent. This is the falsehood that we tell ourselves so that we can sleep at night. It’s the lie that we tell our children so they don’t carry their little kitten’s corpse to the old cemetery deep in the forest, in the grove where nothing living grows. It’s the myth that we wrap ourselves in so we can ignore the gut-wrenching terror of what really comes after all this rigmarole.

If the afterlife’s so great, why do the dead keep getting up?

The Misbehaving Dead is an anthology about rebels–the dead that won’t stay down. Maybe their business isn’t finished, or maybe Hell spat them back out, but no matter how strong the grave, they just refuse to stay in it. These are the misfits of biology, abominations that aren’t alive but don’t care. They’ll get shit done anyway. They’ll get what they want.

Simultaneous Submissions: Sure, but please let us know that it’s a simultaneous submission and tell us immediately if it was accepted somewhere else.

Multiple Submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes, but let us know where it has been previously printed and make sure you have the rights to have it reprinted.

Word Count: Up to 10k words.

Formatting: This is a very good guide if you have any questions. You can’t really go wrong with it. But, if you don’t feel like reading that, here’s the down and dirty of it.

  • Italicize italics. Do not underline
  • Don’t use spaces to lead paragraphs. Use tab or, even better, the formatting options to get the indent.
  • For scene breaks, use either “#” or “***”.
  • Use an easy to read font, like Arial or Times New Roman in a reasonable size (about 12 point).
  • Double space your work.

Submission

Please make sure to include a synopsis of the piece in your cover letter. If you’re not sure how to do that, here’s a good collection of articles to learn from. Yes, even it’s poetry or flash. Just a quick line or two helps us out a lot.

Aside from that, just be yourself. Tell us anything you think we should know about you or your work. What inspired you to write this? How did you find us? What’s your favorite part about this work? Who inspires you?

Once you’ve done all that, go ahead and click this button:

submit

Via: A Murder of Storytellers.

Taking Submissions: Year’s Best Body Horror

Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy and .003 cents per word (minimum of $5, see official website for details.)
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 VideodromeThe 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)

No novellas.

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
  • Author Name
  • 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 StandardSTORY 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.

Via: Gehenna and Hinnom.

Taking Submissions: Mrs Claus

Deadline: May 30, 2017
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish
Open for Submissions: April 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017
Expected Publication: Winter 2017
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Payment: $10 + contributor copy

For a long, long time Santa Claus has hogged the spotlight relegating his wife to the shadows, but no longer. Now it’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine!

We’re looking for stories that let Mrs. Claus (or is it Ms. Claus?) take centre stage. Whether she more closely resembles Michelle Obama, Betty White, Shohreh Aghdashlooor or Maggie Smith, Mrs. Claus must be a developed, independent character and not simply an extension of her husband. She can help and support him—of course she can—but there needs to be more to her than only that.

What’s her role on Christmas Eve? What about the other days of the year? Is she into sleek red snowmobiles or is she more of an old-fashioned magic sleigh kinda gal? Does she prefer baking cookies or kickboxing? Betting on the Reindeer Games or Avon parties with the elves?

And what is her first name, anyway?

Stories are encouraged to re-imagine the North Pole in new and interesting ways (steampunk? alien? magically relocated to the equator?) and to explore a variety of other settings as well. They can also take place in time frames both real and imagined—Christmas in 1940 Poland, Mars in 2050 or a rediscovered Atlantis in 2017 would all be welcome in this anthology.

Note: This anthology is intended for an adult audience, please don’t submit children’s stories.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: April 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017

Length: Under 10,000 words

Submission method: Upload story as .doc or .rtf to niteblade.submittable.com/submit

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

Expected Publication Date: Winter 2017

About the Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Equus and D is for Dinosaur. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com

Via: World Weaver Press.

Taking Submissions: When You’re Strange

Deadline: May 31st, 2017
Payment: $15 and a contributor’s copy if in the US

There are things that define us. Things that separate us from the whole. Everyone’s a stranger in some way or another. Whether by coming to a new land, practicing different traditions, estrangement from your own people, or becoming a refugee forced from your home only to find yourself at the mercy of a tyrant… whatever the circumstances, strangers are compelling protagonists and so the theme of our anthology.

The Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers Group’s third anthology will be a collection of short stories about strangers. We want to see stories about estrangement, oddballs, and those who simply do not follow rules. We want to see outsiders and those deemed unworthy by society. Outcasts are welcome.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  1. Submit your work in standard manuscript format to [email protected] with a subject line beginning with “Anthology Submission:” and ending with the title of your submission.
  2. Maximum word length is 7500 words.
  3. Payment is 15$ and a contributor’s copy. (Only writers within the U.S. will receive a physical contributor’s copy. Writers outside the U.S. will receive an e-book contributor’s copy.)
  4. Please only send speculative fiction. That’s science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between. We are looking for compelling storylines and, more importantly, compelling characters.
  5. Please no erotica or gratuitous violence.
  6. Please no multi-submissions or reprints.
  7. We will respond within thirty days of submission. Please do not query about submission status until thirty days have lapsed from when your story was submitted. If querying, please email with a subject beginning with “Query:” and ending with the title of your submission.
  8. The deadline is May 31, 2017.

Via: Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers Group.

Taking Submissions: Unidentified Funny Objects 6

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Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment: 10 cents per word and a contributor’s copy

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your story!


Unidentified Funny Objects
is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

For UFO6 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: April 1 – April 30, 2017

LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

 

PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request
a check.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).

SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link.

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form or e-mail us: ufopublishing at gmail dot com.

 

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward. Preview sample contract.

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. Do not send any stories we already considered for a previous UFO volume or any other anthology edited by Alex Shvartsman. You may query after 30 days. Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.

 


WHAT WE WANT:

We’re looking for speculative stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams.  We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny.

Puns and stories that are little more than vehicles for delivering a punch line at the end aren’t likely to win us over.  The best way to learn what we like in general is to read a previous volume. You can buy it here and also read the online stories for free.

 

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

These are the tropes we see entirely too much of in the slush pile. You will improve your odds if you steer clear of these:

* Zombies
* Vampires
* Deals with the Devil / Djinn in a bottle variants
* Stereotypical aliens probing people, abducting cattle, and doing other stereotypical alien things.

 

ABOUT US:

See the UFO Publishing About Us page

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I have two 6100-word horror stories that were previously printed and are now on submission at several magazines. Can I send them to you, simultaneously?

Please don’t. We have carefully considered what we’re looking for and expressed it above. If you strongly feel the need to break one of the guidelines, query first and provide a good reason.

My story was previously published in an obscure college anthology in 1996, which sold 16 copies. Can I submit it?

Sorry, but we won’t consider previously published stories, no matter how obscure. Stories posted on your personal blog, Facebook page, or Patreon page are considered published.

I may have accidentally begun my manuscript three double spaces below the byline instead of two. Am I getting auto-rejected?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. We’ll reformat your submission to fit our needs. You’re even welcome to send your story handwritten in pink crayon on glitter-sprinkled construction paper, but we will take that into consideration when deciding whether to purchase it, and whether to file for a restraining order.

I plan on winning multiple awards for my UFO story. Will your exclusivity rights prevent me from being included in the Nebula Showcase?

Congratulations on all your future success. We will gladly make exceptions for “Best Of” anthologies.

An anthology of humor SF/F is the greatest idea since sliced bread. What can I do to help?

Spread the word. Support our Kickstarter campaign. Pick up copies of previous UFO volumes. If you want to invite our authors/editors to a con you’re organizing, sell paperback copies of UFO at your store, bake us cookies, or help in any other way, we’d love to hear from you.

Via: Alex Shvartsman.

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