Taking Submissions: Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns

Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: $50 CAD and a contributor’s copy

The ability for people to control (to some extent at least) fire has long been held as one of the major events that contributed to human evolution, but when fire eludes or escapes our control it is also one of the most destructive forces on earth. Associated with passion, power, transformation and purification, fire is a ferocious element with an unquenchable appetite.

We want to explore the many facets of this beautifully furious element and the creatures associated with it so Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns will be filled with stories about every kind of fiery creature you can imagine, not only those listed in the subtitle. We’re looking for phoenixes, ifrits, salamanders, lava monsters and fiery beasts no one has ever heard of before. And of course this anthology will not be complete without at least one demon, dragon and djinn!

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange 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 nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2017 – August 15, 2017

Length: Under 7,500 words

 

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

Via: Niteblade’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Year’s Best Transhuman SF

Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: .003 Cents per Word. $5 minimum and $25 maximum payments and contributor’s copy

GREETINGS FROM THE ETHER,

The second anthology of Gehenna & Hinnom will be published in late-November of 2017. It will feature only the most speculative, intriguing, and mind-enhancing science fiction stories readers have ever read.

The challenge is up to you, the authors. How in depth is your grasp of the rapidly evolving technological advances? How well could you portray the eventual cybernetic destiny of humanity? How engaging and mind-blowing can your depictions of Utopian and Dystopian worlds be?

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We are seeking stories for this anthology that properly portray the technological evolution of humans, be it cybernetics, immortality granted through means of science, transcendence of AI into consciousness, the AI singularity and its impact on humanity, the assimilation of human and machine, and anything else you could think of that would fall into Transhumanism.

For reference, think of films like, Elyisum (2013), Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Matrix (1999), Gattaca (1997), Ex Machina (2014), Avatar (2009), and Blade Runner (1982).

Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, space opera, slipstream, etc. All of these are acceptable as long as the piece does not deviate from the transhuman theme of the anthology.

Transhumanism as defined by Wikipedia,

TRANSHUMANISM (ABBREVIATED AS H+ OR H+) IS AN INTERNATIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL MOVEMENT THAT AIMS TO TRANSFORM THE HUMAN CONDITION BY DEVELOPING AND MAKING WIDELY AVAILABLE SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGIES TO GREATLY ENHANCE HUMAN INTELLECT AND PHYSIOLOGY.

Transhuman as defined by Wikipedia,

TRANSHUMAN OR TRANS-HUMAN IS THE CONCEPT OF AN INTERMEDIARY FORM BETWEEN HUMAN AND POSTHUMAN. IN OTHER WORDS, A TRANSHUMAN IS A BEING THAT RESEMBLES A HUMAN IN MOST RESPECTS BUT WHO HAS POWERS AND ABILITIES BEYOND THOSE OF STANDARD HUMANS. THESE ABILITIES MIGHT INCLUDE IMPROVED INTELLIGENCE, AWARENESS, STRENGTH, OR DURABILITY. TRANSHUMANS SOMETIMES APPEAR IN SCIENCE-FICTION AS CYBORGS OR GENETICALLY-ENHANCED HUMANS.

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 OR UNTIL STORY LIMIT IS REACHED 

PAYMENT:

.003 Cents per Word. $5 minimum and $25 maximum payments.

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 Word Count: 1000 Words

Maximum Word Count: 6000 Words

Short stories can be solicited and unsolicited.

NO NOVELLAS OR NOVELETTES

NO POETRY

ALL WORKS MUST BE ORIGINAL AND UNPUBLISHED. REPRINTS ONLY ALLOWED IF PUBLISHED IN 2016 AND IF RIGHTS HAVE REVERTED BACK TO THE AUTHOR

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.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A STORY THAT IS LESS THAN 1000 WORDS OR MORE THAN 6000 WORDS, AND YOU FEEL FERVENTLY THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT FIT FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY–NO DOUBT IN YOUR SOUL REGARDING THE MATTER–YOU CAN QUERY US AND SEND AN EMAIL. MAKE SURE TO FORMAT IT THE SAME WAY AS A REGULAR SUBMISSION.

What to send:

  • Title Your Email as: Submission — Transhuman — 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 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.

Via: Gehenna And Hinnom.

Taking Submissions: Her Dark Voice Volume Two

Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s copy and 5% net profit royalties with a £10 token payment
Note: Female authors only

Submission Call: Her Dark Voice Volume Two
Editor: Theresa Derwin
Deadline date: 15th Aug 2017
Publisher: Quantum Corsets
Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy
Attach as: Word doc or doc x
Release Date: Late 2017/Early 2018

Following on from the publication of Her Dark Voice edited by Theresa Derwin, a couple of years ago, Quantum Corsets is calling for genre stories written by women for a second volume of this anthology, which will raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.

This collection of short stories will continue raising awareness of female authors in SF, Fantasy & Horror, whilst raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Now. The book will feature 12 dark stories (the darker the better) written by female authors in the industry.
We will consider;
Horror, SF, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Bizzaro, and similar genres.
We will not consider;
Zombies, Steampunk or Erotica

The book release will be at a recognised convention with a limited hardback, paperback and eBook.
We can offer 5% net profit royalties with a £10 token payment and a copy of those three editions mentioned.

15% of profits will go to Breast Cancer research.

I hope you would be interested in producing a story for this cause.
I am looking for stories from 4,000 to 6,000 words.
Please follow the submission guidelines on our website.
Follow the link below for further guidance

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Email submissions to [email protected] as a Word doc only.
Name your doc as follows; HDV2/Name/Story title
Email subject as follows; Name/HDV2/Word count

Via: Terror Tree.

Taking Submissions: A Sharp Stick in the Eye (and Other Funny Stories)

Deadline: September 30th, 2017
Payment: $50 and a contributor’s copy

Books & Boos Press is now accepting short story submissions for an upcoming anthology of darkly funny stories, edited by award-winning writer and editor Rob Smales, tentatively titled A Sharp Stick in the Eye (and Other Funny Stories).

What we’re looking for: Original stories that are both entertaining and fall firmly in the horror genre. Think Jeff Strand, Joe Lansdale, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland. Make us die laughing.

Books & Boos Press is committed to publishing well-written horror. We are less concerned with how well known or established you are, and more concerned with the quality of the writing submitted. Write your story, polish it up, and see if you can make us laugh.

Please note: submissions will be read blind, meaning all author information will be stripped from the story before the editor receives it. To maintain objectivity, we request that when submitting, you refrain from posting your story title on social media.

Submission guidelines:

● Length: 4,000–8,000 words.

● Format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double line spacing. Use indents, NOT tabs. Only one space after each period. Use italics, not underlines. Please include your name, contact information, and word count at the top of the title page. No headers or footers.

● Submit your manuscript as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf attachment to [email protected] The body of the email should be a brief (one page max) cover letter giving a summary of the story, who you are, and any recent publications. Manuscripts submitted in the body of the email instead of as an attachment will be automatically rejected.

● No simultaneous or multiple submissions allowed. We will reject as we go, so writers will have an opportunity to submit another story if the first one doesn’t pan out.

● No reprints.

Payment: We’re offering a flat fee of $50.00 per story and one contributor copy.

Turnaround Time: If you haven’t received a response from us within ninety days after the submission period closes, please email [email protected]

Submission period ends Sept. 30 at midnight EST.

Via: Books And Boos Press.

Taking Submissions: Transformed

Deadline: August 31st, 2017
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Release the monster within.

Nothing is quite so deliciously freeing as caving to your instincts. For centuries, shapeshifters have personified our impulse to bow to our animalistic nature. From lycans to skin-walkers and everything in between, shapeshifters give us a chance to connect with our inner-selves and celebrate our intriguing differences, our passions, and ultimately our humanity through their necessity of striking a balance between their human selves and supernatural selves.

We are seeking romantic and heated stories that delve into the different challenges all shifters face while navigating the mysterious paths of love and forbidden attraction.

Transformed will be an exploration of our dark side through characters that challenge the human experience by simply being different. We would love to follow the tale of a misunderstood lycan just trying to find his true place beside the woman he loves. We want to experience the angst of a pair of shapeshifting lovers who must fight against their curse to shift into predator and prey every lunar cycle. We would love for you to explore the endless undercurrents of romance, intrigue, and passion that bubble under the surface of not only human and shapeshifter relationships but also those of star-crossed shapeshifting partners. Give us your misunderstood werewolves and gentle fawn-folk. Build us a world where anything goes and the term “humanity” is a loose distinction. We would love for you to write with passion and energy, but please keep violence to a respectful and tasteful level. All heat levels accepted, but strong emphasis on plot is a must if you wish to succeed.

The details:

  • Stories between 1,000 – 15,000 words long (query for longer)
  • Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.
  • Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners
  • Simultaneous & multiple submissions = No

Payment: $10 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.

Open Submission Period: June 1st, 2017—August 31st 2017. (Submission email address will be provided closer to the opening of the submission period)

To submit: Please submit a .doc or .rtf in something approximating standard manuscript format to charlie.watson.editing@gmail.com

About the Editor: Charlie Watson is a freelance editor ready to make her mark on the Edmonton writing community. Through her work with various writing and editing groups around YEG who deal exclusively with first time authors, Charlie is devoted to ensuring that fledgling authors have a wonderful experience publishing for the first time.

About the Series: Triskaidekaphilia is the love of the number thirteen. It’s also the name of our anthology series which explores the more shadowy corners of romance and erotica. There will be 13 volumes in total, each of which will be released on a Friday the 13th.

Pen and Kink Publishing and our anthology editors welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds (including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, gender/gender expression, age, disability, and national origin), and are always looking for submissions with diverse characters.

Via: Pen And Kink Pub.

Ongoing Submissions: Dreams & Nightmares

Payment: Payment in US is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies, outside of US is 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies.

I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn’t sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.

The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 200. Most-recent issue is #85. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.

Poetry & Fiction

Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five manuscripts with SASE from the US. From other countries use an IRC or US stamps. Submissions lacking sufficient return postage or equivalent will be discarded. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!

I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample copy for $5.

 

Artwork

Artwork should be line drawings; no half-tones. Good photocopies OK, but I prefer to receive JPEG’s as e-mail attachments. Art should be no larger than 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, but I can reduce it. Payment $12 on acceptance plus 2 copies. I always need covers, and small filler illustrations. Filler illos that are the right size and shape to fill up the bottom of a page are particularly useful. Payment for covers includes an extra copy of the issue.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

If you must send snail-mail submissions:

Dreams & Nightmares, 1300 Kicker Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Please address all other correspondence to the e-mail address given above. I will respond promptly to e-mail messages.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

Via: Dreams & Nightmares.

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