Taking Submissions: More Alternative Truths

Deadline: July 15th, 2017
Payment: $0.03 cents per word plus royalties

More Alternative Truths, the follow-up to the best selling Alternative Truths, is announcing an open call for stories and maybe even (gasp) poetry.
We are looking for Fiction with a message about the impact of the election, the current policies in the country, and how people, HUMAN BEINGS, are affected. Payment is $0.03 cents per word plus royalties. To see what we are looking for, I advise you to read Alternative Truths, available on Amazon.
The stories must make us think, stimulate discussion, and show visions of the future. This can be done in many ways, with humor, with zombies, with horror, but above all, with feeling.
As with Alternative Truths, approximately 10% of the royalties will go to the ACLU of Washington. Stories in the first book ran an average of 2300 words with the shortest at 200 words and the longest at 7000 words. The reading period will be open from May 15 to July 15. Publication is anticipated in November. The book will be published by B Cubed Press and Edited by Bob Brown, Phyllis Irene Radford, and Rebecca McFarland Kyle. For more information see our Facebook Group, Alternative Truths. USE MANUSCRIPT FORMAT. Submit in Word or RTF to [email protected]

Taking Submissions: A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror

Deadline: December 31st, 2017
Payment: 5 cents a word, 2 cents a word if a reprint.
Note: Reprints Allowed

edited by Steve Berman

Avarice and a fealty to Mammon are elements of this forthcoming anthology slated for January of 2018. Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we’re celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life…they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend “Dirty American” by Lara Elena Donnelly or “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales. No vampire or zombie tales.

Stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Original fiction is more important to us, but we will make an offer on exceptional reprints. Payment for reprints is 2 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2018. We’ll be doing a lovely, off-set, hardback edition of this book, perhaps a trade paperback, digital and audiobook versions.

Deadline is January of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress @aol.com with the Subject line of Midas Clutch Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any).

Basic Submission Guidelines

If you would like to submit a manuscript to Lethe Press here are our guidelines:

  • We seek manuscripts that are a minimum of 45,000 words but no more than 135,000 words (and we are very, very selective on submissions more than 100,000 words).
  • We are primarily interested in queer speculative fiction. That is our specialty. We are willing to read and consider other genres (however, we have more resources to apply to such titles).
  • Currently we are only interested in reading poetry manuscripts for our Tincture imprint.
  • When submitting, please email to Steve Berman (at [email protected]) a synopsis of your ms. and the first three chapters as a RTF file or MS Word document. Please include a cover letter (you may list previous publications) and give us a sense why you have chosen to submit to Lethe Press.
  • Obviously we will not consider any title that has a negative perspective of LGBT individuals.
  • Please allow us 120 days to respond to your query; we do not consider simultaneous submissions.

Via: Lethe Press Books.

Taking Submissions: Red Room: Extreme Horror Magazine #1

Deadline: July 1st, 2017
Payment: 3 cents per word, ($120 max).

The first issue of Red Room Magazine will be published in late September/early October 2017 from Comet Press. The magazine will feature horror fiction and non-fiction; reviews, articles, interviews.

The magazine will tentatively be published 2 or 3 times per year in digital and print.

DEADLINE FOR ISSUE 1: JULY 1, 2017

FICTION & POETRY

We are looking for dark, disturbing, extreme horror and dark crime stories. We want stories that are well plotted, and not just gore for gores sake, although we think gore is a good thing (and encouraged, along with blasphemy, subversive subject matter, graphic violence and language, etc). Anything goes except kiddie porn, of course.

Length: Up to 4000 words.

Pay: 3 cents per word, ($120 max).

Word count is flexible, but our maximum payment is $120.00.

Reprints: At this time reprints are invite only.

Multiple submissions: Up to two, send them in a separate email.

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

NON FICTION: ARTICLES, BOOK REVIEWS, AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

We are looking for original, high quality and well-written horror related articles, author interviews, and book reviews, of up to 1000 words.

Book reviews should be between 400-600 words in length and follow standard book review format.

Reprints: No reprints.

Length: Up to 1000 words.

Pay: 3 cents a word ($30 max).

Longer works might be considered but $30 is the max payment.

Multiple submissions: Up to two in each category, please send them in a separate email.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes, but please let us know in your email query, and let us know immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

ARTWORK

We offer $30 for reprint rights for preexisting cover or interior art. Please only send us a link to your online portfolio. Selected art must be available in high quality 300 dpi. We do not commission original work for the magazine, only preexisting art.

Artist may send links to their portfolio year-round to redroom [at] cometpress.us

WHAT TO SEND

In the body of an email:

  • Author name
  • Title of work
  • A short description of the work
  • A short bio
  • Attach the entire manuscript in rtf or doc format.

Send submissions to redroom [at] cometpress.us

DEADLINE FOR ISSUE 1: JULY 1, 2017

Artist may send links to their portfolio year round.

OTHER INFO

Unsolicited Rewrites: No unsolicited rewrites of stories that we’ve already rejected.

Response Time: Response times average 2-4 weeks, at which point we will either reject, accept, or ask permission to place on the short list.

Please note: Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are usually unable to give feedback on why your work was rejected. This allows us to respond to everyone in a more timely manner, so please don’t take it personally!

Rights Purchased: For original fiction and non-fiction we buy First Worldwide English-language rights in all countries throughout the world, and require exclusivity for a period of 6 months after the publication date

View full contract info at the links below:

Artist Contract

Non Fiction Contract

Original Fiction Contract

Via: Comet Press.

Taking Submissions: Corporate Cthulhu

Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.03 cents per word

WE NEED TEN TALES OF HIERARCHY HELL
AND BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE!

Of all bureaucracies, corporations are the most powerful, seeming to have a life and will of their own.  They’re privately held with a multi-national reach, seemingly bottomless resources, and armies of lawyers jealously guarding their trade secrets.  Anything and everything is justified by the bottom line.  Who needs a Cthulhu Cult when you’ve got Cthulhu, Inc.?

Into this insidious world are thrust our heroes—the curious, the puzzled, and the frustrated.  Defying authority, seeking answers they’d be better off not knowing, the secrets they discover threaten their sanity and their lives.  Will they become the next whistleblower media hero?  Or disappear, leaving nothing behind but an empty desk and whispered rumors in the break room?  Remember: it’s nothing personal—just business.
Corporate Cthulhu is a Lovecraftian horror anthology about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies.

This is an OPEN call for submissions—anyone and everyone is free to submit a short story to the slush pile.  Feel free to share this with other writers you think might be interested.

What We’re Looking For

•    Short stories up to 7000 words.

•    Original, previously unpublished fiction.

•    We’re particularly interested in submissions from writers traditionally underrepresented in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction.  This includes racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people living with disabilities.

•    Stories must include at least a passing connection to the Cthulhu Mythos and/or Lovecraft’s other work.  The stronger the connection, the more likely the story is to be accepted.

•    Stories that make skillful use of Lovecraftian horror themes: insanity, helplessness and hopelessness, inherited guilt, old isolated locations, books of forbidden knowledge, ancient extraterrestrial influences on humanity, the risks of runaway science, civilization vs. barbarism, humanity’s insignificance on the cosmic scale of space and time, unanswered questions about what lurks behind the curtain of reality, etc.

•    Although we’re expecting a lot of stories where management is a cult in disguise (and that’s fine!), we encourage writers to think outside the box.  Other elements of the business cycle include labor (a union strikes over a bizarre demand) and customers (how far will a struggling company go to meet their biggest customer’s increasingly strange requests?).

•    Although the primary focus is on corporate bureaucracies, ANY large private-sector bureaucracy is fair game. This could include (among others) charities, nonprofits, NGOs, private universities, for-profit hospitals, labor unions, large churches, fraternal organizations, youth groups, etc.

•    Stories set in any time period during the modern industrial capitalist era (roughly 1800 on up).  Query first for stories set in other time periods.

•    Comedies, parodies, and/or satires are acceptable.

What We’re NOT Looking For

•    Romances or erotica.

•    Stories under 2000 words or over 7000 words.

•    Stories taking place in governmental or other public-sector bureaucracies.  As much fun as it may be to have Cthulhu running the IRS, save those ideas for a later Political Cthulhu anthology.

Payment

If selected, authors will receive $0.03 cents per word for original, previously unpublished fiction.  Original fiction strongly preferred; query first for reprints.  In the unlikely event that we do accept a reprint, payment will be $0.01 cent per word.  Publication is dependent on a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.  There will be no kill fees.

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.

Submitting

Stories should follow the format laid out in the submission guidelines; if not, it may be automatically rejected.  Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] with the story included as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, and must be received no later than midnight, Central Standard Time, June 1st, 2017.  The email subject should read [Submissions: Story Title by Author Name].  If accepted, minor edits and revisions may be requested.  The Kickstarter campaign will begin after the stories have been selected.

Via: Pickman Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Shoreline of Infinity

Payment: £10/1000 word

What we are looking for

First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.

We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.

But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.

Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”

Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.

We told you, we’re looking for a good story.

If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.

 Length

From Issue 8 onwards we will be publishing one story of up to 10,000 words, otherwise it’s a maximum of 5,000 words.

What we Offer and Rights

We offer £10/1000 word at the moment.

We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).

We buy first digital and print world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity.

What to Submit

We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.

Submit only one story.

Response Time

We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).

submit

Via: Shoreline Of Infinity.

Taking Submissions: Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner

Deadline: July 31st, 2017
Payment: .03CAD per word and two contributor’s copies

“The nethermost caverns … are not for the fathoming of eyes that see; for their marvels are strange and terrific … out of corruption horrid life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. Great holes secretly are digged where earth’s pores ought to suffice, and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Festival

We’re excited to open submissions to our sixth anthology…

Pelucidar. The Hollow Earth. DEROS, and the Shaver Mysteries. Blue-litten K’n-yan, red Yoth, and black, lightless N’kai. The Amigara Fault. Derinkuyu. Agartha. The world (and worlds) below. Inner earth, a near infinite space of vast, echoing potential … our (possible?) birthplace, and the place where we all return, either as corpses, or something other? … the churning, chaotic underworld, and true home of all that is weird, unconscious, and forbidden. Descend with us in this anthology of weird fiction; descend to the realms CHTHONIC.

We are looking for weird fiction that explores the mystique and terror of caverns, abyssal spaces, and subterranean worlds. As with previous MMP anthologies, we will be including a seed story from H. P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre (in this case, The Rats in the Walls, though many of his stories went underground). We want to see bizarre civilizations, mind-boggling physical and biological phenomena, horrific rituals, mad science and madder sorcery. We want to feel the tunnel floors beneath our feet shake with the passage of beasts, machines, and gods that have never seen the light of the sun; sentient oils, intelligent muck, living rock, molemen, formless spawn and Efts of the Prime, worms, Dholes, and ghastlier things. But CHTHONIC won’t be just a serving of pop culture “surface” material, if you’ll pardon the pun. We like to see stories with depth (oh god, another one, sorry!); emotional and psychological explorations of the internal spaces of the human mind and soul, as well as the ground below. Write us stories that induce crushing claustrophobia or open us wide to new dimensions of thought and being. If your story can do both, so much the better.

Final story count for the anthology will be determined based on quality and number of submissions. CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth will be released as a softcover paperback and as an electronic book in multiple formats.

Submission period closes JULY 31, 2017. The anthology will be released in early December of 2017.

SUBMITTING

Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.

We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.

To submit a story to CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: [email protected], with subject line: CHTHONIC, title of your story, and your name.

LENGTH

For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 7,000 words.

FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

NO POETRY.

PAYMENT

All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as two contributor copies (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to electronic copies of three additional Martian Migraine Press titles of their choosing.

REPLIES AND QUERIES

We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on July 31, 2017 and we should be responding to all submissions, yes or no, throughout the submission period and no later than August 2017. We do our best to ensure that all submissions are contacted and kept up-to-date, but sometimes items fall through cracks, so, if you haven’t heard from us by September 15 2017, please query.

FOR FULL DETAILS, PLEASE CONSULT THE SUBMISSIONS PAGE

Via: Martian Migraine Press.

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