Give us INTENSITY with high EMOTION in your writing and bring AWE to readers.
Give us something unexpected and well written. Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish. Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters. Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others.
If you want us to take your work seriously, please edit and proofread carefully prior to submission. Manuscripts with significant typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors—where we feel compelled to grab a red pen after reading the first couple of pages—will likely be declined without being read further.
Our editorial policies respect the artistic license of our authors. However, there are occasions when changes are needed that go beyond basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections. In any case, the author will always be given final approval, prior to publication, over substantial edits made by our staff. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in this regard.
Format and Deadlines
All submissions should…
Have 1 inch margins, single spaced lines, with extra space between paragraphs (and no indents)
Do not use fancy headers or footers, text effects, background colors or images.
Use a standard font (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, Courier) in 10, 11 or 12 point size.
PDF files are not allowed owing to the difficulties in reviewing and suggesting edits for them. Be assured that all work submitted to LI is protected and no changes are made without consulting with the author.
Include your first and last name, and your email address on the first page of your submission.
Liquid Imagination comes out once a quarter, in the last week of the months below:
Submissions for upcoming issues cut off roughly a month before the publication date. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, please wait until after four months to inquire on status ([email protected]) if you have not received a response from us.
Rights and Royalties
Liquid Imagination pays a flat fee of $8 for short stories and poems. A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal (which shall be the assumed payment method unless you specifically state otherwise). Note: Only authors in the United States have the option of receiving a mailed echeck. Everyone else MUST use PayPal or forfeit payment.
In exchange, we require:
For previously unpublished WORK
The AUTHOR grants First World Rights to the PUBLISHER.
The AUTHOR grants Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.
The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER
For previously published WORK (only for poems and flash – we no longer accept reprints of stories)
The AUTHOR grants World Reprint Rights to the PUBLISHER.
The AUTHOR grants Non-exclusive Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.
The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER
Assurance that submitted work is not currently published elsewhere (including freely accessibly “public” Internet sites);
Authors must warrant that they are the sole author of the work, that the work is original, and that no other entity has reserved the rights required by Silver Pen for publication;
Authors must warrant that the work does not contain libelous material or material copyrighted by another party.
Other important Points
Pieces posted for critique on a controlled-access website (user ID and password required to access) are not considered “published.”
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Deadline: July 28th, 2017
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
“Life asked Death: ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.’”
The above quote will appear on the first page of the book. Let the title and quote take your imagination and your story, wherever it wants to go.
GENRES: Open to Speculative Fiction (works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements); Mystery/Thriller; Horror; Western; Fantasy; or Science Fiction. Some Literary Fiction (only involving social commentary or reflection on the human condition) is acceptable.
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
Payment: $100 advance on a 20% royalty on individual issue sales
Storyteller is looking for a modern evolution of literary fiction. We want stories that hook right from the first sentence and don’t let go until the impactful climax a few thousand words later. Stories should be titled to attract a reader’s interest; not to describe the story. The hook should pull the reader straight into the action. The climax should have emotional relevance. We want goose-bump triggering impact.
Upon acceptance, contributors are required to collaborate with editors and other contributors to revise their submission, as well as promote the issue to which their work is accepted.
Compensation: $100 advance on a 20% royalty on individual issue sales.
Rights: One month exclusivity & first publishing rights. Previously published work not accepted.
Circulation: Thousands of readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ReadStoryteller.com.
Average reading time: Less than thirty days. Stories selected by a team of curators.
Word count: 5,000 to 7,500 words considered for fiction. No exceptions.
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
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