Taking Submissions: Year’s Best Body Horror

Deadline: August 15th, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy and .003 cents per word (minimum of $5, see official website for details.)
Note: Reprints Accepted

The first anthology of Gehenna & Hinnom will be published in late-September of 2017. It will feature only the most disturbing and horrifying body horror tales readers have ever read.

The challenge is up to you, the authors. How strange is your narrative capable of being? How morose is your prose? How in touch are you with the macabre?

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

We are seeking stories for this anthology that are of a Cronenberg-style theme. If you don’t know who David Cronenberg is, we suggest watching clips or the entire length of films such as VideodromeThe Fly, and Scanners.

Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, all of these are acceptable as long as the stories don’t deviate from the body horror nature of the anthology.

As defined by Wikipedia,

BODY HORROR, BIOLOGICAL HORROR, ORGANIC HORROR OR VISCERAL HORROR IS HORROR FICTION IN WHICH THE HORROR IS PRINCIPALLY DERIVED FROM THE GRAPHIC DESTRUCTION OR DEGENERATION OF THE BODY. SUCH WORKS MAY DEAL WITH DECAY, DISEASE, PARASITISM, MUTATION, OR MUTILATION.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

Absolutely no erotica. This is non-negotiable. Nothing political, unless it is satire. Uses of rape, necrophilia, bestiality, etc., are allowed though be very careful with these themes. If it is not integral to the plot, or if it is clearly gratuitous, your story will be rejected. We want to provide a certain amount of quality for our readers. This is an adult-aged anthology, but please be professional and technical with your writing.

Stories that are not proofread and have mistakes that would be avoidable with a single read-through WILL be rejected.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 15TH, 2017

PAYMENT: UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO PAY OUR AUTHORS AT THIS TIME SINCE WE ARE A NEW, EVOLVING COMPANY. HOWEVER, A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE FINISHED WORK WILL BE YOURS, FOR FREE. PUBLICITY AND ARTICLES BASED ON EACH AUTHOR WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED FOR OUR READERS, HELPING YOU FURTHER DEVELOP YOUR PRESENCE AS A VOICE IN HORROR LITERATURE.

Minimum Words: 250 (Flash Fiction)

Maximum Words: 8000 (Short Fiction)

No novellas.

Short stories can be solicited AND unsolicited, though indie authors will be given higher priority as we hope to launch many unknown authors into the world.

Multiple Submissions: Accepted. Do not exceed 3 for each anthology.

Simultaneous Submissions: Generally, no. It depends on how good the story is. Please send a query concerning this if you plan on submitting to other publishers after or before you submit to us.

What to send:

  • Title Your Email as: Submission — Body Horror — Story Title
  • Author Name
  • Title of Work
  • A Short Description of the Work (2-3 Sentences)
  • A Short Author Bio
  • Attach the Entire Manuscript in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. DO NOT PUT STORY IN BODY OF EMAIL (This is for Editing Purposes)
  • Format the Manuscript in Standard Manuscript Format. Reference here: Shunn’s StandardSTORY WILL BE REJECTED IF IT DOESN’T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES.
  • Send All Submissions to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.

RESPONSE TIME: We will try to respond within 2-3 weeks (usually sooner) in regards to our decisions of the stories you submit. We understand that when a story is rejected, the normal immediate reaction is to submit elsewhere because time is very valuable. Because of this, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

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.

REPRINTS: We will accept reprints as long as you, the author, or agent, hold the rights to the work.

Via: Gehenna and Hinnom.

Taking Submissions: Garden Of Earthly Delights (Title TBD)

Deadline: January 31st, 2018
Payment: half cent a word with a $5.00 minimum

We are seeking new and original work inspired by the famed Bosch triptych, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Pieces can be accounts of scenes occurring within the painting; further adventures of the denizens of the painting; bizarre odes to the painting itself; some conglomerate of the above; or something entirely different. Push limits of plot, structure, and form. Those familiar with our catalogue know we prefer the surreal, absurd, gut-wrenching. Pieces dependent on comedy will be less likely to find a home here. Please, for our sanity, do not send any pieces about the bird king eating and shitting humans out.

We will consider fiction, poetry, plays, and pretty much any other formats you can think of. (Creative non-fiction is encouraged but pitch your concept beforehand.) Word count has a soft cap of 7K: if your submission is longer (or is expected to be), pitch us the concept beforehand. Payment is half cent a word with a $5.00 minimum. No simultaneous submissions, but multiple submissions are allowed. If multiple pieces are accepted, payment will be based on total word count of all pieces.

Deadline is January 31st, 2018. We will try to be prompt with responses, but pieces that are potential acceptances may need to wait until after the deadline for final confirmation. We are seeking six month exclusivity from date of publication.

Submissions can be sent to carrionblue555 [at] gmail.com as .doc or .docx files. Include “GARDEN” and author name in the email title. Please format your file as you wish it to see print (italicize for italics, underline for underline, etc.)

May your efforts bear strange fruits.

Via: Carrion Blue 555.

Ongoing Submissions: SciFan

Payment: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words)

We are accepting Short Stories and Sample Previews in the Science Fantasy genre for our monthly digital magazine! Please read the submission rules and requirements below prior to submission.


Genre Requirements

All content must fall into one of the science fantasy sub-genres below. This includes short story, preview and related content.

Visit this post for detailed information about the following subgenres:

  • Alternate History
  • Dystopian
  • LitRPG
  • Myths & Legends
  • Paranormal
  • Portal Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • Steampunk
  • Superhero
  • Urban Fantasy

Content Categories:

  1. Short Stories
    1. Must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.
    2. Must be a complete short story with beginning, middle and end.
  2. Previews
    1. Must be 10% or less of the finished product or less than 15,000 words, whichever is less.
    2. Complete title must be available for pre-order or sale at the time of submission or submitter must specify when it will be available for pre-order (must be prior to publication of the issue).
  3. Related Content
    1. Must be greater than 300 words but less than 5,000 words.
    2. Must be related to science fantasy.
    3. Can fall into any of the following sub-categories:
      1. Book reviews (either print or audio)
      2. Movie reviews
      3. Television series reviews (not individual episodes – season review or greater)
      4. Video game reviews
      5. Author interviews

Submitter Bio

Submitter must submit a biography in third person that will be placed at the end of their submission if it is accepted for publication. It should include a brief introduction to the submitter and one or two links to where the submitter can be found on the Internet.

Please keep biographies under 300 words.


Submission Review Process

SciFan™ Magazine will review all submissions received. Please allow a 3-6 week reading period before inquiring.

SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to reject any and all content received and makes no guarantees whatsoever regarding automatic acceptance of content. However, below are general guidelines the editors at SciFan™ Magazine use:

For Short Stories and Sample Previews:

Each entry will be judged according to the following levels. Level 1 takes precedent over Level 2 and Level 3, but is not the only factor.

  1. Enlightened SciFan™: Magical or paranormal properties are fused with technology in order to manipulate and magnify the magic.
  2. Standard SciFan™: Magic is fused with technology, but not necessarily in a coherent sense.
  3. Soft SciFan™: Magic and Technology are merely present in the same realm.

In addition to the level of fusion of magic and technology, the editors of SciFan™ Magazine look for the following things:

  • Should jump right into the middle of a scene to grab reader attention
  • Should be fast-paced to keep reader attention.
  • No opening backstory. These are meant to be short stories.
  • Must be engaging. It needs to be able to engage readers.

Short Stories in The SciFan™ Universe

Each issue of the SciFan™ Magazine will also feature an exclusive Short Story from The SciFan™ Universe that will be included in our annual anthology. If interested in this exclusive opportunity, find out more details here.

For Related Content:

  • Reviews should be engaging and informative but without blatant spoilers.
  • Author interviews should be conducted in a professional manner.

Formatting & Editing

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Word-compatible document type. The content should be double spaced in 12 point or larger font of a serif (like Times New Roman) font type.

Submissions should be self-edited and generally error-free. The prose should be tight and the plot intriguing. SciFan™ Magazine reserves the right to perform edits of grammar and spelling upon acceptance but will not materially change the content of submissions.


Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are accepted however please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere


Exclusivity

Submitters of short stories certify their content is exclusive (never before published online or no longer available online). Once accepted, SciFan™ Magazine will publish the short story in an issue of SciFan™ Magazine within one year of the date of acceptance (see Publishing Rights below). Once the short story is published in SciFan™ Magazine, SciFan™ Magazine obtains six months exclusivity from date of publication on Amazon.com.


Publishing Rights

By submitting to SciFan™ Magazine, submitters grant permission for their short story to be, if accepted, included in an upcoming issue of SciFan™ Magazine up to one year after date of acceptance. SciFan™ Magazine also retains the right to include the submitter’s short story in future anthologies or collections of SciFan™ Magazine issues into a larger compilation.

Submitters retain all legal rights to their content. SciFan™ Magazine does not take ownership of publishing rights by accepting submissions.


Payouts

SciFan™ Magazine is pleased to offer payment for accepted Short Stories. The payment schedule is as follows: $2.00 per 1,000 words, up to a maximum of $20.00 per short story (10,000 or more words). Payment is made through PayPal at the time a submission is accepted.

*Disclaimer: Sample Previews and Related Content will not receive any payouts, but will receive exclusive exposure.


Via: SciFan.

Taking Submissions: Shelter from the Storm

Deadline: July 31st, 2017
Payment: Original Fiction (3,500 to 7,000 words) 0.01 pounds (GBP) per word, capped at 50 pounds Reprints (3,500 to 7,000 words) 10 pounds (GBP) per piece
Reprints welcome but I suspect unlikely to be chosen

We will be accepting six short stories of the highest quality for this anthology, which is designed to be read in one stormy sitting. The story must begin with an individual, couple, or group seeking shelter from a storm of some kind. Atmosphere, suspense, and a gripping plot are essential elements.

Submissions open: January 1st, 2017 to July 31st, 2017
Acceptances: September 30th, 2017
Publication: Early 2018

What We Want:
Well-written and thoroughly edited tales in the following genres:
– Mystery (especially, a brilliant locked-room mystery)
– Suspense
– Psychological Horror
– Historical (but you need to know your facts, because we do)
– Strange and quirky stories
– More of this: Shop

It’s also worth noting that we greatly prefer British English.

What We Don’t Want:
– Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, or Modern Fairy Tales
– Science Fiction
– Supernatural Horror (but we will consider stories with an ambiguous ending)

Payment:
Contributors will be paid via PayPal upon publication. Contributors will also receive an ebook copy of the issue and will be able to order up to ten print copies at near cost price.

Original Fiction (3,500 to 7,000 words) 0.01 pounds (GBP) per word, capped at 50 pounds
Reprints (3,500 to 7,000 words) 10 pounds (GBP) per piece

Guidelines:
General submissions guidelines can be found on our submissions page.

Via: Black Beacon Books.

Ongoing Submissions: Perihelion

Payment: one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story.

WE ARE LOOKING for well-written, original science fiction, that is, science fiction with a solid plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end (but not necessarily in that order). Nofantasy. No horror. No fan fiction. No poetry. Alternate history, not entirely taboo, is a difficult sale. Stories do not necessarily have to restrict themselves to robots, rocket ships, and extraterrestrials. However, the science and/or technology must be integral to the story; if you remove the science, the story falls apart, or disappears altogether. If the plot can be easily reconstituted as a western, a swashbuckler, or a bodice-ripper, it is probably not for us, either. We aren’t fixated on political correctness. We don’t object to explicit language, violence, or sexual situations, as long as it is necessary to the plot. We like humor and satire. We really don’t care if you are a minority, transgendered, or purple; the story is the focus and not the author. Stories should run from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words. We also accept Shorter Stories. We consider Shorter Stories to be from 800 words to 2,000 words. Less than 800 words is probably an anecdote, not a story, not for us. Currently we are paying one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story. We pay a minimum rate of $12 per story. Payment is usually within 30 days prior to publication. Our rates will undoubtedly grow as we do. These specifications are firm. Please do not send us your latest novel. We don’t publish installments, so please do not send us Part 1 as a story.

Articles

We want carefully researched articles discussing or explaining new and interesting discoveries in science with which most people are probably not already familiar. The writing must also be entertaining. We do not want to see your term papers. This is not an assignment. It helps if the author has some kind of credentials in the subject being written about, but that is not a requirement. For example, absolutely do not research widely available information about photosynthesis and send us a Wikipedia-like article on how photosynthesis works. On the other hand, if you have information about or are involved in photosynthesis being used to create a new breed of human, we may be interested in that. Keep in mind that we want articles, not news. This is not a newspaper. Payment is one cent per word up to a maximum of $75 per article, within 30 days prior to publication. Articles should be anywhere from 2,500 words to around 7,000 words in length.

Reviews

We are no longer accepting unsolicited reviews of books, movies, and video games. However, there is still a large assortment of science fiction media that would interest us: TV shows, comics, theater, even operas if they exist. The reviews must be analytic. Simply reiterating the plot and saying you liked or disliked the work is not a proper review. You must explain why you liked or disliked the work. Reviews must be timely—if the TV series has recently been released on DVD, it should be reviewed as a DVD. And whereas Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” if you have just read it, may be new to you, it is not. Reviews should be up to 1,200 words. Payment is a minimum $12 per review, within 30 days prior to publication. Query first.

Artwork

Currently we are looking for full-color cover art and comic strips only, either illustration or photography. The cover art does not correspond to any story or article, so it has to stand by itself. In fact, we prefer that the cover tells its own little story. A spaceship in orbit around a planet is a nice image, albeit trite. If the message “Elect Zerbek For President” is seen on the side of the spaceship, however, that is intriguing, even funny, and we’d probably buy it. We prefer that artwork be optimized for the Web, submitted in either GIF or JPEG or PNG format, in as small a file size as you can render without compromising the quality of the image. Our cover specs are 520 pixels wide by 1000 pixels high. R-rated images are okay, but no erotica or raw nudity. Payment is $60 per image, within 30 days prior to publication. Please query in advance before submitting comic strips.

How to Submit Material

Email us the manuscript in RTF or DOC format. Please conform to proper manuscript format as best as you can. If we have trouble opening your manuscript we will reject it out of hand. RTF is preferred because it is universally accessible by all kinds of software on all kinds of platforms. Attach the manuscript in RTF or DOC format or artwork in JPEG or PNG format, to an email sent to editor-at-perihelionsf-dot-com, with “Perihelion Submission,” or words to that effect, in the subject line, along with a brief cover letter telling us something about yourself. It is not necessary to tell us about the story or article or artwork because we will see it ourselves. Every effort will be made to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a day or two. Please wait at least 48 hours before contacting us if you did not hear back. Generally, it then takes from one to three months to decide whether or not to accept the submission. Do not simultaneously submit anything to Perihelion Science Fiction. While it is in our possession, your manuscript should be exclusively for consideration only by us. Perihelion buys Exclusive First World Rights for a period of six months. After that, the copyright reverts to the original author.

All this aside, there are always exceptions to every rule, but it is best not to test us. Good luck!

Via: Perihelion.

Ongoing Submissions: The Martian Wave

Payment: ½ cent per word

The Martian Wave publishes science fiction works that center around the exploration and colonization of outer space, with an emphasis on our solar system. We prefer stories set around that theme, but we will also accept stories that are set in that timeframe.  If it doesn’t fit that description, then it’s not right for TMW.

RESPONSE TIMES

All submissions will receive a response within three months of being submitted. It’s usually a lot quicker, but as we’ve all learned recently, things sometimes happen that are beyond our control…so we will endeavor to respond quicker than two months, but we won’t guarantee it. Time permitting, we may comment on rejected manuscripts.

FICTION

Fiction must revolve around the zine’s theme, no exceptions. Stories set in our solar system will be our priority, but we will certainly accept stories set outside of our solar system…but please stick to the zines’ theme.

We’re looking for stories up to 7,500 words. We will still not read simultaneous submissions, nor will we be reading reprints for the new print zine. Payment for first rights will be ½ cent per word for First Rights.
To get a feel for what we publish, please pick up a copy of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tmw.htm

POETRY

For poetry, it’s the same thing. Poems must revolve around the idea of the colonization and exploration of space. Payment will be $5 per poem, on publication for first rights. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
The 2016 issue is now full for poetry.

ART

At this time we are not looking for art submissions.

FORMATS

All submissions must use standard manuscript formatting.  Please send all submissions as attachments in rtf. We are no longer reading Word submissions. I will read poetry submissions that are sent pasted into messages, but I’d prefer attachments. Please also include a brief third person authors’ bio.

FINAL NOTES

Don’t send work that is based in other people’s universes. All works must be original with no threat of copyright infringement. All submissions should be sent to themartianwave at yahoo dot com. The Matian Wave DOES NOT accept snail-mail submissions. We’re not including the e-mail address as a hyperlink because of spammers, but we’re confident you can figure out what to do with that address…

Via: Nomadic Delirium Press.

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