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 We are looking for previously unpublished works in English.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: Eclectically Heroic

Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment: $25 for fiction

From March 1 to April 30, Inklings Publishing will be looking for short stories for volume 5 of our Eclectic Writings Series of anthologies.  

Eclectically Heroic will be the title of our next installment.  Any and all conceptualizations of the concept of heroic will be considered.  We are looking for unique takes on this theme.  During the submission period, you will be able to buy the first four volumes of the series on Kindle for $1 each so that you can see the types of stories we are interested in.  Be aware you will not receive a response until after the submission period ends.

We pay $25 for fiction.  Stories should not exceed 7,000 words.  You may submit up to 3 stories.

We pay $3 per poem.  You may submit between 5 and 10 poems.

We pay $25 for nonfiction. Though we have yet to receive nonfiction essays that make it into out anthologies, we remain hopeful.  Essays should not exceed 7,000 words and must be properly cited with regard to references.  You may submit up to 3 essays.

If you submit across genres, please submit only 3 selections total for our consideration.  

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

Send your submission to [email protected] formatted as follows:

Your document should be a MS Word document. We do not accept PDF documents as we use track changes and comments during our internal review process.

The document should be double-spaced with paragraphs indented using word styles(not tabbed). All manuscripts must use Ariel font, have page numbers and use 12 pt font for your text. The header should contain the title of the work and page number in right hand corner.

The first page should be a cover page containing: your legal name; pen name, if applicable; address; email; phone number; and approximate word count.

The second page should be a summary of the work, which should not exceed that one page.

The subject of the email should read — RE: Manuscript Submission (Genre). In the body of the email, write a short paragraph indicating why you chose to submit to Inklings Publishing.

Any work submitted that does not follow this criteria will be automatically rejected.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Via: Inklings Publishing.

Taking Submissions: It Came From The Boiler Room

Deadline: May 5th, 2017
Payment: $10, contributor’s copy, and royalties

We’re going a little bit different for our summer anthology versus our winter one.

Think Evil Dead or Shaun of the Dead. Dark with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek, or ironic bent. We don’t need to be rolling on the floor laughing when we read your submission. Getting a chuckle or an eye roll out of us will do.

As usual, this is a non-themed dark fiction anthology.

WHAT WE WANT:

  • 100% original short stories. We are not accepting reprints. We are purchasing the exclusive world-wide first print and electronic rights to your work.
  • Minimum 1,000 words. Maximum 5,000 words. Anything above or under these guidelines will be discarded, unless you get a written exception from us.
  • Stories can be set in any time period you choose and any genre you choose, except romance, erotica, hard science fiction, historical fiction, extreme horror/splatterpunk.
  • Characters and plots that are three-dimensional. Neither are required to be likeable, but they are required to be believable. Immerse us in your characters’ lives and fictional world.
  • We want to see pieces from all background and experience level. Having diverse characters is a plus for us, too. We support diversity every chance we get. This anthology project is no different!
  • Manuscripts must be in .DOC or .DOCX file format and formatted in standard manuscript format. We will not accept RTF files. We will discard any story that doesn’t follow the standard manuscript format outlined here:  http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. No exceptions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we ask that you let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT:

  • No parts of novels or novellas. The story you submit must have a defined beginning and end.
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No trunk (unfinished) stories. We only want your best work. We are happy to work with the right story to a degree, but typos, grammatical errors, and/or an underdeveloped plot/characters will get your story tossed.
  • No explicit sex scenes or excessive violence/gore.
  • Absolutely no explicit descriptions of abuse toward children or animals, and no sexual abuse of any kind. Abuse in a character’s past is fine, but please include no more than subtle flashbacks as long as it’s integral to the plot.
  • “Trendy” subjects like vampires, werewolves, and zombies are fine, if you can find an original way to present these tropes. We don’t want your interpretation of Interview with the Vampire or An American Werewolf in Paris or The Walking Dead. Be original.

COMPENSATION:

The compensation is $10 (US) paid via PayPal, a printed contributor’s copy, and a 3% royalty bonus, after our costs are met. (Our last anthology achieved this within 5 days of release.)

We sincerely hope this compensation rate will increase with subsequent releases.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:

Send your work to [email protected] with the subject line: MQB Summer Anthology 2017 Submission.

Note: Inquiries and questions should be directed to [email protected].

Include your submission as an attachment in one of the two formats listed above.

Put the following in the body of your email:

  • Your name and pen name (if applicable)
  • A short description of what you are submitting
  • The word count of your piece (this should also be on your manuscript)

Any emails received after the May 5th deadline will be discarded.

Good luck!

Via: Mighty Quill Books.

Taking Submissions: Crescendo of Darkness

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: $10usd

Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

There’s a funny thing that can soothe the soul after a rough day at work, can put you in the mood to take on any challenge, or can transport you back twenty years in time. It’s the most widely enjoyed mode of entertainment and the most used form of mood alteration. Music.

Your story must involve music in some way. This could take the form of a specific genre or song, but also the creation of music, an instrument, or even the lack of music. What would you do if you didn’t have your favorite music to calm your mind or to motivate you? What horrible deeds are prevented on a daily basis because someone listened to their favorite song? How many people are alive because someone heard the right song at the right time? What is the power of music?

Note: This is a HorrorAddicts.net anthology. Your story must be a Horror story and contain something emotionally, physically, or mentally horrifying.

Manuscript Format:
Font: either Courier or Times New Roman.
Double spaced, font 12 point.
Your manuscript must be in either DOC or RTF format.
1st page header to state: author name, mailing address, email address, and word count.
Following pages header to state: author name, story name, and page number.

In the body of the email:
100 words or less bio about you.
One sentence explaining the story attached. Your elevator pitch.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ids
Your website or blog

Subject of the email state:
CRESCENDO OF DARKNESS/Author Name/Story Title
Send to: [email protected]

No previously printed work and no simultaneous submissions.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017, 11:59pm PST
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $10.00 USD + digital contributor copy
Return time: Final decisions will not be made until AFTER the submission close date (10/31/17). You should expect a return within 3 months of the submission close date.

If you do not receive an email stating your manuscript was received within two weeks of submission, please send a polite query to: [email protected]

For any other questions, please send an email to: [email protected]

Via: Horror Addicts.

Ongoing Submissions: Uprising Review

Payment: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short stories

Thank you for choosing Uprising Review for your piece! All of our story and formatting guidelines can be found below. Submissions that don’t adhere to word length and formatting guidelines will be rejected, unread, from our queue. Keep that in mind while submitting. Above all, we never want you to be afraid to push the envelope with your writing!

We accept flash fiction and short stories of any genre. This included fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, literary, steampunk, political, and anything else under the sun. We do accept pieces that include profanity, sex, and violence when it is used with purpose and care. Often times these elements are used for shock value. While this is a valid use of those elements, there must be a reason beyond shock.

 

  • – flash fiction under 1,500 words of any genre will be considered
  • – short stories under 3,000 words will also be considered

 

We do not accept erotica. There are many markets for erotic stories but we are not one of them. We will not accept serials or chapters of novels or novellas. We want to provide our audience with full, complete stories with each read.

While we have limited resources, we think it’s important that authors are paid for their work. We pay writers $5 for flash fiction pieces and $10 for short stories. We do accept stories under 500 words, however we will only pay for flash fiction that is over 500 words. After we approve a story, we ask for exclusive rights for 6 months after the date of publication and anthology rights for one year. The writer maintains full ownership of their work and is free to publish their story elsewhere at the end of the 6 months.

Uprising Review focuses on blind submissions. This means we read your work before we read your cover letter. Your gender, race, and sexuality do not determine your strengths as a writer. Please remove any indication of your name, or pen name, from the file (title and document) before sending it to us. If your name or pen name are included, your work will be rejected unread.

Please send us only one story at a time and wait four weeks before sending us another, after a rejection or acceptance letter.

We welcome you to submit your story to other markets. If you chose to do this and your story is accepted elsewhere, please alert us as soon as possible.

Formatting for submissions:

 

  • – 12pt Times New Roman (or comparable) font
  • – double spaced
  • – include a page and word count in the header
  • – accepted file formats: .rtf .doc .docx .od

We will try to respond to your submissions as quickly as we can but we are all very busy people. If you have not received a rejection or acceptance letter from us within four weeks, please email us at [email protected] with the subject header “Submission Query.” We will do our best to respond from there.

Email Submissions To:

Via: Uprising Review.

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