Taking Submissions: Hidden Animals: A Collection of Cryptids

Deadline: August 31st, 2017
Payment: 0.03/word and a contributor’s copy

CRYPTOZOOLOGY:  the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence

CRYTPID: an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated; any animal of interest to a cryptozoologist

We’ve explored loneliness, isolation, and solitude in our first anthology. We Put the Love Back in Lovecraft in our second anthology. Now we are looking for stories involving the creatures which hide in the shadows — the monsters of cryptozoology.

Bigfoot, Nessie, el Chupacabra, The Jersey Devil — cryptids so well known that they have become part of the cultural zeitgeist.

For our new anthology, tentatively entitled Hidden Animals: A Collection of Cryptids, we are looking for lesser known cryptids, creatures of the dark corners of cryptozoology. They can be the antagonist, the protagonist, the creeping dread which drives the story, but they must be present.

What We Want:

Finely crafted works of Dark Speculative fiction which feature one (or more) of the lesser known, but established cryptids. Authors are encouraged to put their own spin on the classic creature. Make them terrifying. Make them sympathetic. Make them humorous. Above all, make them feel real.

What We Don’t Want:

Non-fiction. We want fictional stories with a plot and a well defined story arc. While we are interested in hearing about your own personal experience, or that of your friend or family member, this is not the book for that.

New Monsters. While we appreciate your creativity, we are looking for stories which feature creatures that readers will have at least a passing knowledge of. Give us your giant cats, dogboys, and lake creatures, but please do not create your own creature.

[Note: There are plenty of website which describe various cryptids. A brief list appears here.]

Stories where nothing happens. Keep the creatures in the shadows if you like, but give us something. There’s a reason that we don’t watch that show where they look for but never actually find Bigfoot.

Retreads of established stories. This is going to be a little tougher. We dowant stories based on “actual encounters.” Feel free to incorporate material from real life sightings. Sprinkle the history of the creature in your prose. Do not simply give us a fictionalized version of a story that you read in another book or saw on the big or little screen.

We don’t like being sued.

Aliens. Yes, there is some overlap between the study of some cryptids (e.g., el chupacabra) and extraterrestrial beings, we are not looking for stories that exclusively feature visitors from other worlds. Maybe in a future anthology, but not this one.

Important Note: We are going for cryptozoological diversity. Towards this end, we will only accept ONE story featuring each cryptid. Authors may consider focusing on a lesser known cryptid, or getting their submissions in early.

The Specifics: We are looking for short fiction up to 6,000 words. While we prefer original material, we will consider reprints. Please query before submitting reprints. Naturally, we will only consider stories which you retain the rights to. Please provide original publication information for all reprints. Fan Fiction, Slash Fiction, and any other material containing characters or setting which you did not create, are not acceptable (so no returning to Boggy Creek). Submissions should follow standard format. For an example of what we are looking for in terms of formatting, please visit Shunn’s website. The only addendum to this is that the editor prefers Times New Roman.

Please edit your material carefully. Common spelling errors (they’re/their/there, your/you’re) may be acceptable in social media posts, but not in works submitted for publication.

Word (.doc/.docx) format is preferred, but we will also accept submissions in Open Office (.odt), and Pages (pages). Send your stories to [email protected]. In the subject line of your e-mail list “Hidden Animals,” the title of your story, and your last name. For example:

Hidden Animals / Really Awesome Story / I. M. Ayeti

E-mails which do not follow this format will be deleted unread.

Provide a short (500 words or less) biography in the body of your e-mail. Also, feel free to provide a brief description of the cryptozoological being which appears in your story along with links and/or citations.

We are looking for North American Print and Digital Rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication. Submissions accepted until 31 Aug 2017 or until filled. Our previous anthologies have each closed to submissions a month or more before the deadline. For this book, we are only looking for 13 – 15 stories (instead of the 21 – 30 stories of our previous anthologies) Don’t delay, start writing today!

Please wait four weeks before querying.

Direct queries to [email protected]

Multiple submissions are OK, but please wait until you have received a response on your first piece before submitting your second. Simultaneous submissions: no.

Estimated publication date Winter 2017 via Create Space and Smashwords.

At this time payment is three cents per word ($0.03/word) plus one contributor’s copy and one digital version in the format of the author’s choosing. We will be running a crowd sourcing campaign with the goal of providing higher monetary recompense to our authors. As with our previous anthologies, this is a charity anthology to raise money for the canine rescue organization Last Day Dog Rescue.

Note to New Authors: Most publications seek First North American Rights. While you may be able to sell your story again as a reprint, publication in this anthology may limit your story’s future marketability and may affect the amount of money you will be able to receive from other markets. Please take this into consideration before submitting.

Via: The Dragon’s Roose.

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.

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.

Ongoing Submissions: Blue Monday Review

Payment: .02/word with a $20 minimum for previously unpublished work. Reprints $10 per piece.
Note: Reprints Allowed

Blue Monday Review is a quarterly publication that draws inspiration from the works of Kurt Vonnegut. He was a man who knew how to craft great stories that celebrated truth and beauty while maintaining a sardonic wit that makes our hearts swell with bitterness and joy.     If your work can stir up even a sliver of that feeling, we want to see it.

* Please note, we tend away from political satire and any work that is misogynistic, racist, homophobic, etc.

We like get-up-and-go in our prose. We want a complete story, not a premise; rounded characters, not caricatures. Past that, what trips our trigger is the peculiar and off-center. We love anything that’s absurd, experimental, quirky, satirical or surreal while still retaining its humanity. We want to lose track of ourselves in the beauty or horror or wildness of your story.

By all means, experiment with form and genre, but first make sure your story engages. If your story wanders off into the corner to mumble to itself, be damned sure you’ve made us want to follow and listen in.

All of the above applies to nonfiction, too. Your work should extend past personal experience to seek a deeper truth. Finally, keep it literary in tone. Right now, we don’t do book reviews, academic essays, travelogues, etc.

Your poetry should send our minds reeling, but make sure you give us substance to sink our teeth into. Make us want to climb into your poem and live there for a while. Your poetry should highlight the peculiar and the off-center and pull us in.

We love prose poetry but are open to all styles. We will freely admit to a bias against purely pastoral/nature poetry and poetry that rhymes. That said, we also like being proven wrong. Please send no more than 3 poems in a single document.

ETC.

FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION

POETRY

Got something that’s not really poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or artwork? We want to see it! We’re talking one-acts, comics, screenplays, photo essays, fake advertisements, whatever. Just keep it literary in tone and make sure it fits in with our general style guidelines.
3500 words max, please query if longer.

WORDS

  • Keep it under 3500 words. Above that, query us.

  • No more than 3 poems or 3 flashes (1500 words apiece). Submit these as a single document. For Express Lane submissions, each individual piece must be submitted separately.

  • Edit your stuff! We hate to see typos and sloppiness. Also, ensure your fancy stuff (accent marks, special formatting) makes it through on your final document.

  • Use Times New Roman, 12 point font. Double space your prose and single space your poetry. We prefer .doc or .docx.

  • Leave your name and other personal info off your work. That information belongs in your cover letter. Your submission may be immediately rejected if you fail to follow this.

VISUAL ART

  • No more than 5 pieces, please. Submit them in a .zip folder.

  • Put your last name in the file title.

  • The higher the resolution, the better. 300 dpi and 1500 pixels on the shortest edge is an optimal minimum.

  • Cover art should be colorful, with a peculiarity that captures attention and stirs the imagination.

  • Interior art should be in black and white. We like pen & ink, brush & ink, B&W photos, stuff like that. We especially like work in a series, so send us multiple samples, especially if you do cartoon art.

  • No fucking clowns.

  • From our Art Director: “The tragicomic human condition is what moves us, rather than opinion, polemic, or social commentary. We gravitate towards artwork that is edgy. Nature-centric art and pictures of your cat rarely fulfill this deep internal need of ours.”

One submission at a time, people! If we decline you, go ahead and re-submit whenever; we just really hate seeing 15 pieces in a row by the same person. We try our best to get back to you within 3 months or less, but feel free to contact us if we’re running behind on your submission.

Feel free to send your work to other publications, but please let us know if your submission becomes unavailable to us for any reason. To withdraw only one piece of several or if you want to change your status from “unpublished” to “previously published,” just leave a note in the Submittable system or shoot us an email.

One last thing: Please don’t plagiarize or violate someone else’s copyright. We won’t print your fanfiction or anything that utilizes characters/universes you didn’t create. We also don’t dig work that features public personalities because we hate getting sued.

Failure to strictly adhere to our stated guidelines may result in a submission being immediately declined. If you have any questions about this, please query us first.

COMPENSATION

We believe in paying contributors for their work. It is work, after all. Contributors whose work is selected will receive the following compensation along with one free contributor’s print copy.

We reserve one-time and anthology rights, all other rights revert back to the author upon publication.

  • Fiction, creative nonfiction, and ETC. work is compensated at a rate of .02/word with a $20 minimum for previously unpublished work.

    • For reprints, we pay a flat amount of $10 per piece.

  • Poetry is compensated at $10 for previously unpublished work, $5 for reprints.

  • Art is compensated at a flat rate of $20 per accepted piece.

Anything we forgot to mention? Feel free to contact us.

Check out the Senior Editorial Staff’s take on reaching our consideration table.

QUESTIONS?

Via: Blue Monday Review.

Ongoing Submissions: Kasma SF Magazine

Payment: 2 Cents CA per word

What I’m looking for:

I prefer short science fiction between 1000 and 5000 words in length, though I’ll consider stories that are longer, and in very rare cases, shorter.

The type of stories I enjoy the most usually come as a surprise (I think I know what is happening, but the underlying reality is revealed to me as I read on). That said, I’ve accepted many stories that don’t fit this model. Sometimes I’m introduced to a new story structure– a style of writing I’ve not seen before (this is great too!). Sometimes the story I like reminds me of another story, but it introduces a slightly different spin on it. Other times, the story introduces such interesting and original ideas that structure and style don’t seem to matter as much.

Payment:

Kasma Magazine now offers payment of the semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word. Payments are made via Paypal only, and in Canadian Dollars.

Rights:

Upon having your work accepted by Kasma, you are able to and are automatically giving me non-exclusive electronic publishing rights, or reprint rights if applicable, to publish your story on Kasma’s website. I do not own your story. You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere, as long as whatever publication you sell it to understands that the rights you are giving them are non-exclusive. After a period of one year, all rights revert back to you and you may, if you wish, ask me to remove your story from the site. I hope that you won’t however, as I would like to include your story in Kasma’s archive of great, short science fiction.

 

Submit to:

Send me your short story by pasting it within the body of an email. No fancy fonts or formatting please, though feel free to underscore italics (e.g. _this is italicized_). To email me, click the “Submit Here” link to the lower right.Submit Here!

Via: Kasma Magazine.

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