Submissions for the horror collection THE EDGE: INFINITE DARKNESS, the second book in The Edge series, are now open. Submissions should be sent to [email protected]m.
Send your story as a message, not an attachment, and include a short bio about yourself above the story so we can get to know you.
Format your submission title as: “Darkness Submission – Title – Author Name”. Please edit your story before sending it because if I can’t read it, I won’t. (NO REPRINTS – NO REPRINTS – NO REPRINTS)
Pay: 1 cent a word (7,000 words = $70 = 0.01 x 7,000)
Requirements: 500-7,000 words a story – multiple submissions are allowed within reason, spam is not allowed. My only rule vs multiple submissions is more of a warning than a rule. If I don’t like the first submission, then I can’t promise I will read the following submissions.
Timeline: Submissions will be viewed until either May 1st or the book reaches its goal length, whichever comes first. That is, unless the stories received are unsatisfactory and I’m forced to leave submissions open longer, but let’s hope that’s not the case.
This collection is the embodiment of Darkness. There is no direct theme in terms of “ghost”, or “monsters”, or anything like that. What darkness can you bring forth that is hidden from the world? A darkness that perhaps exists in the woods, or your basement, or in the back of someone’s mind. Take the reader by the throat and drag their struggling body into the confines of this darkness and make them beg for their own sanity that you let them go.
Dark. Twisted. Sick. Perhaps psychological. Write something that would make the school psychologist call you in for questioning. Write something that would make a little kid afraid to close their door at night and their parents even more so. Write something that sends the readers mind into a spiral straight down into the darkness.
Deadline: April 1st, 2017
Payment: $0.01 / word, $50 max
Submissions are open until 12:01 AM, April 1, 2017.
I recently started reading lots of short fiction. As I’ve picked up a few different magazine titles, I’ve noticed that there’s not really a lot getting published of the stuff I like to read best, which is pulpy action/adventure. A couple of genre-specific titles have come and gone, with one or two still having a go at it, but I’d like to see a place that specializes in action/adventure across genres. So that is what StoryHack Action & Adventure is intended to be.
My end goal is to launch a professional-rates-paying magazine. Lofty indeed, I know. To this end, I’m going to fund an “Issue 0,” paying less-than-professional rates, as I’m not made of money. I’ll do a magazine-sized print layout, and I’ll also commission a cover and a bit of interior artwork. And then I’ll use the produced Issue 0 as a part of a crowdfunding campaign, to prove I have the skills to bring it all together. If the crowdfunding thing works, then I’ll see if I can get the magazine to be self sustaining. If it doesn’t crowdfund, then it will still- I’m just kidding, It’s going to work. I’m going to crowdfund the crap out of it.
What I’m looking for
To steal a joke, StoryHack Magazine will publish both kinds of fiction – action and adventure.
I’m open to any genre, as long as there’s at least one good meaty action scene in there. Bonus points for extra adventure. And I’m serious when I say any genre. Sword & sorcery, lost world, occult detective, alien fighter pilot, western horror, you’re limited only by your imagination. Think Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dashiell Hammett, Doc E. E. Smith. Think fun and energetic.
You should know, however, that I’m not going to select erotica or extreme gore.
I’ll consider any short story/novelette length 1,000 to 14,000 words, but I do have to cap the payments. Sorry.
What I’ll pay
$0.01 / word, $50 max for worldwide 1st print and ebook rights with 3 months exclusivity. I’ll make a sample contract available if you want.
Stories simultaneously submitted elsewhere are fine. Multiple stories submitted at once, no.
How to Submit
Just send your submission, formatted appropriately, in a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf file to submissions at storyhack.com, with the subject line of “StoryHack Magazine Submission”. Make sure in your email you include your name, the name of your story, and your pen name (if different). Also please include a one or two sentence synopsis/teaser.
I’m going to give submissions about a month. They will close on 12:01 AM, April 1, 2017.
Once I’ve selected stories, It’s time to send out contracts, pay authors, commission art and do the layout. I think that’s about 3 weeks worth of stuff, but I may be a tad optimistic.
Once everything is all set, then I’ll upload the magazine to all the stores and get on the process of making the electronic version free everywhere. That should happen relatively fast.
We will be creating an anthology titled Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures. It will be a collection of fictional stories about haunted houses and other weird places. For this anthology, our pay will be 2¢/word.
We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.
Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has encountered this strange location. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:
❏ 1st person
❏ 500-8000 words in length
❏ Focuses on a strange building or place
❏ Not a reprint
Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.
Haunted houses, obviously.
Space stations poised at the edge of an anomaly.
Towns missing people for no clear reason.
Espresso stands that travel through time.
Malls that function as dimensional crossroads.
A cursed painting in an otherwise empty field.
Unusual sculptures that seem to come from out of this world.
Structures or ruins left behind by indigenous peoples. (But please don’t stoop to “Indian burial ground” or similar tropes. Seriously, don’t be that person.)
Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment:1 cent per word
Punk is dead, or so we keep hearing. And zombies are overdone, right?
Well fuck it, now punk is undead.
Zombie Punks Fuck Off will be a collection of zombie punk short stories. We’re looking for short stories where zombies and punks collide. More than just that, though, is the inclusion of the wide variety of punk subcultures and authenticity. Anyone can write a story about cartoonish, neon haired assholes fighting zombies; we want people writing about punks who know something about punks. We want punk pluralism, all subgenres and varieties encouraged. We want crusties and straight-edge hardcore kids, deathrockers and riot grrls, queer punks and nihilistic 70’s punks, vegan peace punks and LA glitter punks, proto-punks and post-punks, and everything else, too. Take us to different time periods and all the corners of the world where punk finds a foothold.
We want our zombies weird. Like punk did to rock and roll, let’s fucking do that to zombies. Rip it apart and reassemble it. Give ‘em teeth again. Strip it down and fuck it up. Make it weird, make it unique, and make it new. Slow, fast, mutated, hybridized with other things, not of this world, from the grave, government experiments, the chilling work of mad scientists, ancient religions – whatever it is, mix it up and make that putrid rot smell fresh again.
Zombie Punks Fuck Off will be edited by Sam Richard (co-editor of both Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits and Blood For You: A Literary Tribute to GG Allin) and published by Weirdpunk Books (publisher of both aforementioned anthologies).
Follow standard manuscript format. We will reject your story if you don’t. Why should we care about your story if you don’t care enough about it to spend a minute formatting it correctly? (Information on standard manuscript format)
Multiple Submissions welcome.
Will be published Fall of 2017.
2000-5000 words, with 3000 being the sweet spot.
It pays 1 cent a word.
Submissions due date: 4/30/2017
Send submissions as attached .doc, .docx or .rtf to weirdpunkbooks at yahoo dot com.
Deadline: March 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Female Authors Only!
‘Killing it Softly 2‘ — The 2017 follow-up to the terrifying Killing It Softly, with Managing Editor Suzie Lockhart returning to put together a second volume of Women in Horror. Officially opening February 1, 2017 in celebration of Women in Horror Month 2017.
Publication target: October 2017. Submissions close: March 31, 2017 (subject to extensions as may be required). Answers on submissions can be anticipated at any time up to September 2017, and may be delayed until after the submission period closes in March due to short-listing.
Welcome to Digital Horror Fiction. We are excited to announce a new open call for reprint short stories in the horror fiction genre – dedicated to stories by female* authors. These stories will be published as part of an anthology (Killing it Softly 2) of short stories under the Digital Horror Fiction imprint, by the publisher, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. This open call is for horror reprint short stories of 3,000 to 7500 words in length only.)
Submissions will be reviewed for inclusion upon receipt. Please submit only ONE story for consideration at a time; multiple entries will be rejected. Once your story is accepted or rejected you may submit another story for consideration – but just one at a time, please.
We are looking for reprint short stories that have appeared in professional or semi-professional books, magazines, collections, or anthologies, and that are available to be re-licensed by Digital Horror Fiction and published through Amazon and elsewhere in an anthology of stories.
We are not looking for (and will not license) self published stories (in any format/venue), stories that have been published and are available to download on-line (free or paid) as stand-alone stories (in collections and anthologies is fine), or stories that are available free on-line in any form (magazine, archive, blog etc, but podcasts that have not been made available in print are fine). Basically, if we search for your story on-line and find it, in writing, by title or content, and it’s free in any format we won’t license it – no exceptions.
Reprint short stories must have a length of between 3,000 and 7,500 words to be considered.
The following is a general, non-binding, statement of the terms under which Digital Horror Fiction publishes submissions but is superseded by the Publishing Agreement and DFP League terms and conditions that will be provided for review and agreement prior to publication and payment.
Authors are paid one (1) cent per word in United States dollars ($0.01 USD) based on final proofread word count. Accepted submissions are paid 100% within 10 business days of first publication date. Payment is via PayPal. There are no fees, charges, or expenses of any kind charged to the author by the publisher; however, transaction, exchange rate, or banking fees charged by PayPal or third party banks are the responsibility of the author.
We buy exclusive second world rights to a short story for one anthology, in the English language and any electronic, audio, and print format, with a six (6) month no new use clause. (You must agree not to reuse or republish the selected Work for a period of 6 months from first payment; but existing publications are fine.) Rights apply only to one anthology (Killing it Softly 2), not general use of a work.
The work is initially published for Amazon e-books and subsequently in a print collection of stories as a digital and print anthology via Amazon Create Space. We provide copy editing and formatting at our cost. Copy editing will be performed on your work prior to publication to bring it in line with Digital’s style guidelines and for technical errors. You may be provided with a copy of the editing changes prior to publication, but your consent is not required. However, no substantive content changes will be made without the consent of the Author.
Authors must warrant, state, represent, and agree that the author has full and unrestricted right to re-license the work to Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. for publication in accordance with the Publishing Agreement, and that the author is the owner of the copyright to the work, without material encumbrance. Author shall be required to fully indemnify and save harmless the publisher for any failure to abide by these requirements. (Please do not license us something you don’t own or can’t license as intended. Digital Horror Fiction is relying on, exclusively, the representations of the author in this regard.)
Additionally, if your story otherwise qualifies and is selected for publication, we require that no self-published or other versions of the stand-alone story remain or be made available on-line (any country any written format) for a period of six months from the date of first payment. That is, if your otherwise qualifying story was ever published by you or a third party on-line as a stand-alone story for free, then you must agree to remove or have removed the story from on-line publication for a period of six (6) months from the date of payment. If you don’t have control over your on-line content we will not license your work – sorry.
Digital Horror Fiction is a horror fiction imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and we want horror stories. We will not consider science fiction stories, fantasy. or general fiction for publication by Digital Horror Fiction. Please consider one of our other imprints for these stories.
We want stories for a young adult to adult (not children) audience. Content should be PG to R rated. No erotica, pornography, or gratuitously offensive content will be accepted. Please don’t submit anything that fits these categories as it’s a waste of your time and ours, thank you. Because this is our Horror Imprint, we expect and will tolerate a considerably higher level of gore and general violence where the same is for the sake of a great story — not for the sake of gore and violence. That is, avoid sending us gratuitous anything – violence, sex, profanity, etc. If it is not integral to the story and it’s not advancing the plot or character development; we don’t want to see blood, gore, or sex just for shock value’s sake (this goes for language too).
According to Wikipedia, the source of all that is correct in the Universe (really?): “The identifying traits of horror include:
Horror fiction is a genre of literature, which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle their readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as “a piece of fiction in prose of variable length… which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing”. It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_fiction)
We don’t get too hung up on sub-genres or specific requirements (except we do NOT want bloodbath and gore horror or torture/rape). If you think you have a horror short story, then there’s a good chance we will too. Just be careful to avoid trying us out with science fiction and clearly fantasy stories — we have other imprints for terrific stories from those genres.
Thank you for considering Digital Horror Fiction and Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please consider white-listing @dfpcorp.com and @submittable.com to ensure receipt of submission related emails.
Please do not submit your story and tie up our Readers if your stand-alone story has been published and is available to download on-line (free or paid), or your story is available free on-line in any written form (magazine, archive, blog etc), and you can’t immediately take it down or have it taken down. We will not license it if it’s on-line for free.
* Female: Fully inclusive and intended in the broadest sense of the term.
Deadline: Deadline: May 1, 2017
Payment: ½ cent per word.
Hitchhiking is the art of traveling through getting free rides from folks. You stick out your thumb and gamble on if you’ll make it to the next stop or if you’re walking further than you had planned. Passing Through is seeking short stories with anthropomorphic characters on the road. Cash, Grass, or Ass, give us your best hitchhiking tales! Stories must contain anthropomorphic animals (humanized animals). This is a furry anthology, keep this in mind when submitting.
We are not accepting reprints for this anthology.
Rights: Non-exclusive printing and publishing rights while the anthology is active. Rights will revert back to the author upon publication. We will ask that if your story is accepted elsewhere after Passing Through has been published that you inform the new publication of your story’s original appearance. This anthology will have a limited print run (unlike our past anthologies that are always active).
Payment: ½ cent per word.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Rating: PG – R
You may submit up to 3 stories through our submittable. We will not accept any submissions through email, unless you are having serious technical issues. Stories must be either a DOC or DOCX. We ask that you refrain from submitting any other file types.
Word count: up to 10, 000 words.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. It is YOUR responsibility to inform us if your story has been accepted elsewhere.