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• Original, previously unpublished fiction.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.
Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com. Read on to find out more about what we’re looking for. We aim to respond within 30 days.
We’re seeking lyrical, character-driven myths, born out of the wood. We accept most genres, although we’re biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart’s tears, your midnight reveries. We’ll take good care of them.
2,500 words or less
original and unpublished
no simultaneous or multiple submissions
subject line: Fiction Sub “<Your Story Title>”
your name and contact information
the title of your piece and word count
a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
your storyin the body of the email; no attachments