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Your stories need to be previously unpublished – exceptions to this will be handled on a limited basis as long as you still retain all rights to the work.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.
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:
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!
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).
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
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
Dark Helix Press is wondering – where will Canada be in the future?
Will the next 100 years be peaceful with lots of technological advances or will Canada become a colony on a spaceship after Earth blows up? Robot beavers, poutine currency, there’s no limit to what can happen!
Canada in the future must be a well defined landscape in the stories submitted, so it’s essential that the world built by the author resonates well with the readers. Bonus points for those who can sneak in Canadian cultural references and diverse characters is a must.
We are aiming to release this book before July 1, 2017.
We are looking for poems, flash fiction and short stories. Ratio of each will depend upon quality of submissions received.
Since this is a project celebrating Canada, preference will be given to Canadian writers. However, if you are an international writer who sends in a fantastic story and understands our country, we are open to this as possibility as well.
For guidelines, compensation and formatting details, visit our submissions page.
Submitting is a two step process:
1) Fill in and submit this Google form to ensure your name is listed in our database for review
2) Email in your submission to “darkhelixpress at gmail.com” with subject headline: “Canada- (author name) – (title)”
Any questions can be sent to “darkhelixpress at gmail.com”.
What We Are Looking For
Each anthology may feature flash fiction, short stories, essays, and poetry. Ratio of each depends on submission quality received.
Specific guidelines are:
Flash Fiction – 500-1,500 words. We want stories which address the theme of the anthology and captivate readers.
Short Stories – 1,501-3,500 words. Longer stories which explore more possibilities of the theme and contain deeper character developments.
Non-Fiction Essays – 1,501-3,500 words. Based on a true story, presentation of some revelations or lessons learned from the experience.
Poems– 10-100 lines. Narrative poems that address the theme. Freestyle accepted, please make sure the words make sense somewhat. If you feel over 100 lines makes your poem stronger, please note this in your correspondence and we may ask for more when we accept your submission.
For fiction submissions, we prefer complete stories – with a beginning, middle and end. No excerpts will be accepted.
Note that we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence or pointless foul language; any edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.
What We’re Buying
Dark Helix Press wants first worldwide publication rights, electronic rights, reprint rights, and digital archival rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication and author retains all other rights. Any story submitted must be your own unpublished original creation. If you have already published it on a blog or website accessible to the general public, it is considered published, please do not submit.
Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
You may have up to three submissions in each submission. Note that we are short staffed and it may take up to 12-18 weeks before you may receive a response. If you wish to withdraw, please send us an email and we will discard your submission.
Submissions follow a 2 step process at the moment: Step 1 is filling in a Google Form and Step 2 is emailing in the submission.
Submit all manuscripts in Word format – if submitted in the body of the email, it will not be read
Top right hand corner, first few lines should contain your real name, pen name if any in brackets, address, telephone, email address for contact/Paypal payment, type of writing (flash fiction, short story or poem) and word count
Title should be in Times New Roman, 16-point, bold
Manuscript should be single spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font
In between paragraphs, double space
Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars (***), then two spaces afterwards include a bio of 100 words which may include a maximum of 2 links to website, blog or social media profiles, etc.
We believe it is important to be paid for your work, although our rates are token amounts. Projects are created for the love of writing and stretching our imagination.
The compensation amounts will be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to offset production and marketing costs of the books. The playing field is a tough one these days with lots of free writing available to readers…
For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story;
For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story;
For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.
In addition, each contributor will receive a digital copy of the anthology
By publishing through Dark Helix Press, we will be listing your author bio along with your website/social media links on the anthology page.
During marketing campaigns for the book, we may post your name and story/poem title in advertisements to attract readers. Feel free to contribute by letting readers know about the book or your story/poem via social media (we will re-tweet/share your posts if you let us know about them) or guide us to potential reviewers that may help elevate book success.
The more well known the anthology is, the brighter the spotlight will shine on your writing! We believe collaboration is the key in all projects.
During the submission process, we collect some personal information, including your email address and physical or snail mail address; we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we publish or distribute that information to any third party. This information is kept on file for tax purposes only.
Deadline: June 11th, 2017
Payment: $10 and contributor’s copy
We are seeking short stories for a new anthology
slated for fall of 2017 (roughly early September for release, official title TBA). This will be a sister
anthology to our first release, Shadows in Salem, that came out in September of 2016. We want this collection to share the theme of Salem, MA ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT through the years. Set your story in 1955, set your story in 1999, that is up to you, but it must be dark, gothic, or horror related! We will post years that are submitted as they arrive in our e-mail so you can keep track and so we don’t have twenty stories set on Halloween night in 1626. We are from Salem, so we know the area well, as do our local readers, so please take that into consideration in your research! Some witches are okay, but please remember that there is so much more to this city than the witch history! We are hoping to select one story per decade for variety, but we do not expect to fill *every* decade between the founding of Salem (1626) and today. Our anthologies generally end up at around twenty stories, so keep in mind, you don’t have to limit yourself to the last 100 years.
Instructions: Send your submission to [email protected] for consideration with “Halloween Salem Submission“ AND THE YEAR YOUR STORY IS SET as the subject line, for example, “Halloween Salem Submission: 1922“, but please read our guidelines below!
Submit by: June 11th, 2017 Word Count: 1,000-6,000
Content Requirements: Your story must take place in Salem, MA on Halloween (10/31). The time-period and content is your choice, but DO be unique and DO make it SPOOKY! We will continue posting a running list of the years/decades that have already been submitted to ensure you have a chance to pick a year that has not been submitted already. Of course, we are looking for the best, so if there are many submissions set in 1977, we’ll try to choose the best of them. Yes, Salem is ‘The Witch City’, so you can utilize this in your writing, but please be unique if you choose this subject matter!
List of Years we’ve already received submissions for: NONE! (Because we just opened the call for submissions!)
Payment: Accepted submissions will be awarded payment in the way of $10 upon printing, paid via PayPal. Writers may also choose to accept their payment in the form of extra copies of the anthology. It may not be much, but we are a small and humble press just getting our start and it’s all we can offer at this time, besides our excellent social media promotion and beyond (we post daily, often, and spotlight our writers regularly). If your submission is accepted, you will also receive a printed copy of the anthology!
Format: Format should be in standard manuscript format and submitted as .doc,
.docx. Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints at this time. Please include a brief cover letter introducing yourself along with your submission.
Response Time: Please be aware that it may be six to eight weeks (or more) before you receive a response from FunDead Publications, we often wait until after the close date to send acceptance e-mails to ensure we select the best content for our readers. Our submission load is often fluctuating, but we read and respond as quickly as we can. If it is a simultaneous submission, please let us know.
Diversity Statement: We at FunDead Publications believe diversity is what makes fiction wonderful and unique and we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.
Deadline: May 1st, 2017
Payment: $75 plus two contributor’s copies
For the vampire erotica anthology Blood in the Rain 3, available October 2017, we seek short stories of 2000–7000 words with both a vampire and an erotic element—anything from a sexy tease to hardcore porn (we lean toward porn!). We encourage stories nonstereotypically including people of color, people who are LGBTQIA, and people over 18.
Most of all, we want compelling characters having hot sex, with a story that draws us in. And a vampire. Make us horny!
We pay within 30 days of publication: $75 plus two contributor’s copies.
About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?
Reveal the visions of Abdul Al-Hazred to us. Explain why the Al-Azif had to be written and why its translation, the Necronomicon, has circulated in secret societies ever since. Expose the secrets Al-Hazred uncovered in his ten years alone in the Roba El Kaliyeh, the Empty Space of the Ancients. Tell us what you know about the occult dealings he witnessed that drove him to spend those last years in Damascus as a hermit dedicated only to finishing his cursed volume.
We recognize that horror requires a certain amount of leeway on some things, but be warned. We look down on overuse of specific issues. These include:
• Sexual content not inherent to the storyline. No pornography. Keep your tentacles to yourself.
• Explicit description of torture or sacrifice, human or otherwise. As a plot device, there is a way to present this without resorting to splatter.
• Violence or abuse against a minor, infant to teenager.
• Overuse of profane language. People curse. But not every sentence.
• Hate language against a race, creed, or gender. Against monstrous races and gods, that’s okay.
• Quoting previously published material not in the public domain. This is a legal issue and will not be tolerated at all.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please be advised, any stories that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted unread. If you can’t follow these simple instructions, we think you might want to find somewhere else to send your work.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
• 3,000 to 10,000 words, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font.
• First page of manuscript must contain name, mailing address, and word count.
• Email subject line to read “Story submission – [title]” and must contain a short biography (no more than 200 words), previous publications if any, word count and contact information.
• No reprints, simultaneous or multiple submissions.
• No poetry.
• Email submissions in RTF or DOC format only. Absolutely no DOCX files.
Email all submissions to [email protected] with manuscript as an attachment.
Do not include the story in the body of the email.
Closing date for submissions is 30 June 2017.
Payment will be $25.00 per story, regardless of word count and will be made via PayPal whenever possible. If not, please advise upon receipt of contract as to preferred method. Direct any questions to [email protected] Looking forward to seeing your work!