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.)

Requirements:

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!

TERMS

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: Occult Detective Quarterly #2

Deadline: February 28th, 2017.
Payment: 1 cent per word and $25 for reprints
NOTE: There is a PDF linked to down below with a lot of details you should really read before submitting.

Welcome to Occult Detective Quarterly (or ODQ, as the hip kids call it), where the doomed meddlers lurk. This page and other entries will keep you up to speed on what’s happening with ODQ – submission openings, new writers joining us, progress on each issue and what’s going on in general.

Occult Detective Quarterly is a quarterly magazine with fiction, articles, reviews and art. Print is our first priority, but e-formats will be available as we go along.

THE CONCEPT

Don’t be fooled. This is no ordinary foray into the world of occult detectives. We are looking for great stories of psychic investigators, worn-out private eyes, supernatural sleuths and doomed meddlers of every kind in every setting. We want protagonists and antagonists who challenge us, who set old standards on their heads as well.

We still offer a home for the amateur sleuth in his tweeds, creeping through the cursed house, but next to him we want his counterparts:

  • the cynical socialite in thirties Berlin with a luger in her bag;
  • the gay French police detective daring to enter the catacombs of Paris in the sixties;
  • the black investigator learning the true history of her brother and the Chicago slaughterhouses;
  • the Hindu priest facing weirdness amongst the remains of British forts in India;
  • the South American bruja who finds that Montevideo has a heart of darkness.

We welcome weird explorations of what it might mean to face the unnatural, including what many call ‘literary’ horror. At the same time we have room for classic adventure, folk-horror and out-and-out ghosts. Anything, in fact, which has an occult investigation in some form at its core!

SUBMISSIONS

The latest submission guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf here:

ODQ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2.1

Via: Grey Dog Tales.

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.

Cheers.

Ben

Via: Turn To Ash.

Taking Submissions: Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3: 2017

Deadline: December 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent a word

VOLUME 3: STORIES PUBLISHED IN 2017

Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 3, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.

Editors: Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax.

Requirements: The story was (or will be) published in a 2017 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self-published anthologies and collections are acceptable as well.

Deadline: December 31, 2017.

Length: Short stories/novelettes.

Payment: 1 cent a word.

What to Send

Authors:

In the body of an email:

  • Author name
  • Story title
  • Name of anthology or magazine or online magazine it was published in:
    • If the book is available on Amazon and your story credit appears somewhere on the page, send us the link. If not, send a link to the best source with that information (publisher’s page, etc).
    • If the story was in a magazine, send us a web link to the issue TOC where your story appears, or if that’s not available send us a scan of the table of contents (print magazines, etc.).
  • A bio
  • A short synopsis.
  • Attach the entire manuscript in rtf, doc, or pdf format. Note: please make sure this is the final version of your story, exactly as it appears in the published version.

Important Note: Make sure your contract allows you to publish the story in a “best of” anthology. If you’re not sure, check with your publisher. If necessary, ask them for a waiver.

Publishers

In an email include the following:

  • Author name and story title(s) for consideration
  • Name of publication and publisher, date published and format (print, ebook, magazine, etc)
  • A pdf or text document of the publication.

Include in the Email subject line: HARDCORE ANNUAL – Your Story Title

We’ll send a notification within 48 hours that we received your submission. If you don’t get this, please inquire. We may not have received it.

Email to randyman [at] cometpress [dot] us .

Via: Comet Press.

Taking Submissions: Shelter from the Storm

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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: The Centropic Oracle

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Payment: 0.01 per word, CAD
Note: Non-released in audio reprints allowed

The Centropic Oracle is looking for science fiction and fantasy stories that make you feel and think. In our opinion good fiction – particularly SF and Fantasy – should challenge us to examine our own lives and beliefs. It should force us to reflect on how we fit into the world and what it takes to make the world a better place by our being in it. We aren’t looking for things that will give us answers to those questions, but that doesn’t mean your story shouldn’t have a resolution (good, bad, or indifferent!) to its conflict.

What we do not accept:

    • – erotica of any description;
    • – gratuitous graphic violence;
    • – profanity – we need to maintain our non-explicite rating on iTunes, so keep it PG
    • – anything to do with zombies;
    • – pieces that are nothing but proselytization of a religious or political perspective;
    • – racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or misandrist works;
    • – fan fiction – it must be an original story that you own all the rights to.

 
What’s a tough, tough sell and makes us shudder at the thought of having to read it yet again:

  • – vampires;
  • – werewolves;
  • – any supernatural being in a romance with a human.

 

Basics

The prose must be readable and easily spoken aloud. This means that it must flow naturally and not distract the reader from the story. Lyricism is fine (we quite enjoy it) but pointless repetition is distracting. This is flash and short fiction so every word counts. Make those verbs active and incorporate your adjectives well to set mood! A single well-placed word in a sentence can change it entirely. Word usage frequency is something we notice. Take a break from your piece and read it again. Do you notice one word that pops up again and again? If you notice it, it’s guaranteed we will – it’s a pet peeve. Rhythm and cadence matter too, we don’t want to read pieces that sound like they were written by a robot who is only capable of crafting sentences five words long.

Characterization is integral. If you don’t know your character, your reader won’t either. It’s distracting when a character behaves in ways that don’t make sense, or outbursts feel like they came out of nowhere.

Continuity errors are a sure way to get a rejection. If your antagonist changes hair colour part way through the story, you will get a rejection. Continuity is one of the key basics in editing and is an indicator that you haven’t proofread your piece, let alone given your best effort to it.

Grammar matters. Know the difference between your, you’re, and yore, and between to, too, and two. Know when to use a comma. The occasional typo is one thing (even those of us who are proficient in grammar can miss a single typo despite reviewing a manuscript a dozen times) but poor grammar won’t get you past the first read, and if it’s bad enough we won’t even finish the read.

If we have rejected your story, do not resubmit it. We do not ask for rewrites. Ever. If it’s almost there, we will accept the piece contingent on specific edits. If you refuse the suggested edits and we feel strongly enough about the necessity of those edits, we will release your piece unpublished and without payment.

If we accept your story we will require a bio and a photo from you for promotional purposes on our website. In addition, be prepared to be called to interview with the reader and/or a small panel for a group discussion of your story. Talking points will be sent out prior to the voice-only interview so that you can have anecdotes or comments prepared. If you do not wish to have your photo posted, or appear on the show, do not submit.

Word Count

Flash fiction submissions should be between 200 and 1500 words. We accept vignettes in the flash fiction category as long as they make us feel and think. We aren’t of the belief that they don’t have value and we actually enjoy them when the prose is beautiful.

Short story submissions should be between 1500 and 6500 words. The upper limit is absolute and longer stories will be rejected without being read. This is an audio podcast, and we aim to keep our ‘casts to a maximum of 40 minutes.

Query us about serial works (not novels, serials in the fashion of the original Sherlock Holmes stories). It’s a tough sell, but we may go there for the right worlds and characters. Our criteria for those are more extensive and our automated system does not handle our process.

Multiple Submissions

We do not accept multiple submissions. We do our best to keep our response times as short as possible, which means keeping the pending list as short as possible. Once you have received a response to your submitted story you are welcome to submit again.

Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We try hard not to keep you waiting long for a response.

Reprints

We do not accept pieces that already have audio recordings published but we do not consider your story a reprint if it has appeared elsewhere in print (hardcopy or electronic) only. Be sure to tell us when submitting if it has been published in print and we will promote it before the ‘cast so our audience may read along if they wish.

Payment

Currently we pay CAD$0.01 per word, but that will increase as we grow. If we publish your story we do ask that you help us promote it on your social media platforms. The faster we grow our audience, the faster we can increase our word rate. Payment will be made within 30 days of publication.

As part of the compensation you will be actively promoted on our website, so please keep us updated with any new credits you accumulate. We will provide an affiliate link to anything you have listed under your byline on Amazon – or any other online retailer – and a direct link to any electronic free-to-read publication. You will receive periodic email requests from us to review your Contributor page and provide us with any relevant updates. Your Contributor page will appear on our Featured Author page in rotation and we will give you notice of when you will be featured so that you can share it on your social media platforms.

Paypal support payments made directly on your page will be forwarded to you less Paypal’s fees and a 10% commission. Payments made from the story’s feature page will be split 50/50 between the author and the actor less Paypal’s and our fees.

In the future, we may ask to include your piece in an audio anthology compensated a on pro-rata royalty basis with 33% to the author and 33% to the actor.

Rights

We require a one year exclusive and five years non-exclusive to audio rights from the date of publication. If you make a print (hardcopy or electronic) or video performance sale, let us know – we want to promote that!

Formatting

Please submit in the Shunn format. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can see it here. Submissions that do not follow this format will be rejected unread.

File Format

Please submit rtf files only as our readers use a variety of devices.

How to Submit

We accept submissions through our electronic submissions manager only. Emailed submissions, or submissions sent via the contact form, will be deleted unread. We do not accept hardcopy submissions.

Our Process

Once you have created an account in our Submission Manager and have submitted your story you will be redirected to a page that shows your Submission ID number and a confirmation email will be sent out. If you don’t get a submission ID, please contact our site support ([email protected]) to report the error. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam folder before contacting us. You can check back often to see your submission progress through the various reading stages. We take pride in our writer friendly submission manager, and hope that it helps your stress level to know where exactly your piece is at in the process, and how long you should expect it to get through that step. Please do not send us an email query unless your submission disappears from the manager (open or closed) and you have not received an email. We do not keep copies of rejected stories, only the submission activity.

Via: The Centropic Oracle.

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