Taking Submissions: Zombie Punks Fuck Off

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)

No Reprints.

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.

Like the Weirdpunk Books Facebook page for more info and updates.

Via: Freak Tension.

Taking Submissions: QuickFic 5

Deadline: March 4th, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Reprints Only

QUICKFIC 5+: SHORTER-SHORT FICTION REPRINTS (To be posted on DigitalFictionPub.com – Horror/Fantasy/Science)

We are AGAIN looking for shorter speculative fiction, in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, for posting at DigitalFictionPub.com as web content, and to be published in eBook and print as a single collection. This listing will be open to Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Subject to extensions.)

We are looking for reprint flash/short fiction that has appeared in professional or semi-professional books, magazines, collections, or anthologies, and that are available to be immediately re-licensed by Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and published through and on our website (for free) at DigitalFictionPub.com and, eventually, on Amazon (print and eBook) as a collection of flash fiction in an anthology/collection.

We are not looking for and will not license original or self-published stories in any format/venue; the pro/semi-pro requirement is important. However, a semi to pro podcast appearance will be considered.

Important Note: Stories will be posted on our website, for free access, so all of our content rules apply and we’ll be turning up the filters for this as access will be available to all web wanderers, young and old. I don’t imagine we’ll take hard R or X rated stories of any kind, and if you’re depending on heavy gore for your horror it might be a tough sell. As always with Digital, sexual assault of any kind and torture are out of the question. Read our other guidelines, turn up the “won’t publish” to 11, and decide if it’s worth your time and ours to submit.

Also – because these will be published for free online, the chances of retaining much control over the content and its distribution is effectively nil. While Digital absolutely respects the copyright of the author, we’re not going to chase down those persons/pages/sites that don’t respect copyright. By submitting for online publication you are deemed to be accepting bad people do bad things they shouldn’t, and for all practical purposes they’ll likely get away with it. (Lawyers are expensive – trust me.)


Length: 200 (ish) to not more than 3499 words;
Status: Reprints (from pro, semi-pro, or magazine publications. Not self-published or original work.)
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. No particular sub-genres.

ONE STORY ONE THE READING LIST AT A TIME – PLEASE. You can send a second+ story after an acceptance or rejection, but not while a current submission is pending. One at a time!


One (1) US cent per word as published, payable within thirty (30) days of the post going live, via PayPal (author pays PayPal transaction fees, if any).

Enrollment in the DFPL Royalty Sharing program, payable first against advance.

Non-exclusive, non-restrictive, second world rights in English for posting to the website digitalfictionpub.com (or successor domain/site) and for one print/eBook/audio publication/title by the Publisher, in a collection or anthology of similar Quickfic works. (See Quickfic Anthology 1 and Quickfic Anthology 2 on Amazon for specifics of where your story will eventually land. Presently we are collecting for QF Anthologies 5 and up).

Author reserves all other rights of any kind and copyright to the work not expressly licensed by Digital.

A formal agreement will be provided for review prior to publication and payment.

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 acceptedPlease don’t submit anything that fits these categories as it’s a waste of your time and ours.

Thank you for considering 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.

Via: Digital Fiction Pub’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Killing It Softly 2

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 acceptedPlease 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.

Via: Digital Fiction Pub’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Arsenika April Issue

Deadline: March 15th, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word

Our reading periods are as follows:

  • February 1–March 15 for our Spring (April) issue;
  • May 1–June 15 for our Summer (July) issue;
  • August 1–September 15 for our Autumn (October) issue; and
  • November 1–December 15 for our Winter (January) issue.

For our first issue, Arsenika will have a special reading period of December 15–March 15.

Feel free to record your submissions at Duotrope and/or the Submissions Grinder.

Fiction and Poetry Guidelines

Arsenika is looking for previously unpublished original fiction and poetry up to 1,000 words long. Payment is 1¢ USD per word (including audio rights) with a $5 minimum.

Please email your submissions to [email protected]. Submit no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems at a time. Send each piece as a separate email unless the pieces are meant to be read together (e.g. a triptych of poems). Make sure to put Submission: Titlein the subject line.

All work should be in Standard Manuscript Format (fiction format | poetry format). Format poetry exactly as you would like to see it online—use italics for italics, underlines for underlines, boldface for boldface, etc. Send only RTF, DOC, and DOCX files.

Please include a cover letter that contains the title of the piece, its length, a short third-person biography (at most 100 words), and any information relevant to the submission. For example, if your poem is about disability, and you yourself are disabled, you may mention that in your cover letter. Please do not summarize your story in your cover letter.

Please do not send simultaneous submissions (pieces that are submitted to Arsenika and another market at the same time). Multiple submissions are accepted, but please have no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems in the submissions queue at a time.

We try to respond to all submissions within 14 days. If you haven’t heard from us in 30 days, please send us a query at [email protected].

Remember: Don’t self-reject.


Arsenika does not accept unsolicited reprints. Payment is $5 upon acceptance.

Via: Arsenika.

Taking Submissions: Passing Through

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.

Submit: https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/68208/passing-through

Via: Weasel Press.

Taking Submissions: Turn To Ash Volume 3

Deadline: March 7th, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Reprints welcome

Turn to Ash is once again open to submissions. This submissions window will be open from now until March 7th, 2017. Vol. 3 be a general horror fiction issue with no theme. Vol. 3 will be released in Spring 2017. Original fiction is preferred, but reprints will be considered, particularly if they are out of print and hard to find. No minimum word count. A flexible 7.5K word max.  Pay is 1 cent a word, with no payment less than $35 USD. We are seeking 6 months print and digital exclusive rights, with non-exclusive rights after that. Please no simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. If you have a story rejected within the submission window, you may submit another if you’d like. I’ve already bought two stories for this issue, and I’m only looking to get 6-8 more.

Submissions should be sent to turntoashsubmissions AT gmail.com – pardon the weird formatting there, I’m trying to keep the robots at bay. If you’re unfamiliar, just replace the “AT” with an [email protected] and you’re good to go. Please put “VOL3” and the title of your story in the subject. I’m not too picky, but I prefer something close to the Shunn Manuscript Format, and I’d prefer to get .doc or .rtf files. They are the easiest for me to load up and read on the go. All submissions can be addressed to “Ben”, “Benjamin”, “Editor”, or “hey, you”. You will get an e-mail confirmation that your story was received with 48 hours or so of your submission. Feel free to query on the third day if you haven’t gotten that confirmation e-mail. I will try to accept or reject within three weeks of submission, but depending on the volume of submissions, that may become impossible. At the latest, I’ll have made all those decisions by March 14th, 2017.

So what are we looking for? Horror fiction. What kind? I’ll quote a snippet of the call for submissions for the first volume…

“I cast a pretty wide net on what I consider horror. Two of the most horrifying books I’ve ever read are Every Man Dies Alone and Knockemstiff. My favorite stories that are firmly in the genre tend to be quiet horror and capital “W” Weird, but I also enjoy splatterpunk and lots of stuff in between.”

Vague enough for ya? If you’d like a better idea of what we do, the first two volumes of Turn to Ash are available through our store and through Amazon.

I’ve got a good stable of folks writing non-fiction for the zine, but if you’ve got an article or an interview you’d like to pitch, I’m all ears. No visual artwork submissions, please, I’m going to invite an artist or three that I’ve already made contact with for the art for this issue.

As always, and I wish this could go without saying, but current events tell me otherwise – I want to hear from and promote voices from all walks of life from all over the world. Diversity is important to me. Furthermore, while I consider no topic or kind of character in a story to be off-limits, if you cross over into the territory where you are clearly preaching some kind of racist/misogynistic/homophobic/transphobic/hateful garbage, kindly fuck off. I’ve got no time or patience for that shit. Sorry for the harsh language. Incidentally, harsh language is totally acceptable in your submission.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or reach out to me at the e-mail address above.



Via: Turn To Ash.

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