Taking Submissions: Corporate Cthulhu

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•    Original, previously unpublished fiction.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.

Payment

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.

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.

Submitting

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.

Via: Pickman Press.

Taking Submissions: This Twisted Earth (vols. 2 & 3)

Deadline: July 24th, 2017
Payment: % royalties per story published in e-book and paperback form and a contributor’s copy

Deadline for both volumes: Monday 24th July 2017
Payment: 4% royalties per story published in e-book and paperback form. You will also receive a physical copy of whichever volume your story appears in.
‘As this is laying the groundwork for an ongoing story in a way that few anthologies do, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. When Volume 2 comes out, you know we’ll be on board.’ Starburst Magazine
This Twisted Earth vol. 2: Twisted Histories – due for release at EdgeLit 2018
Dig deeper into how This Twisted Earth began: explore ‘known’ events such as the reign of the Tyrant, reveal secret histories and cultural insights through Twisted Earth creation myths, or shed light on some familiar characters through their early adventures. We can also begin to investigate what really happened to shatter Time in such a cataclysmic manner.
This Twisted Earth vol. 3: Twisted Tomorrows – due for release at FantasyCon 2018
Peer into the future to show us what might yet be: chart the rise of powers such as Rome Resurgent, probe the ever-changing landscape of cultural evolution; of the progress made or dangers unleashed by the reweaving of Time’s threads. Bring forth new tales of familiar characters, hunt down the truths behind the Cataclysm, and show us what it means to choose our destiny.

‘…an anthology that breaks the format of what we consider an anthology to be demands more attention, and asks that the reader be comfortable with feeling out of their comfort zone. But it’s this quality, I think, that allows This Twisted Earth to shine.’ Renegade Revolution

Prospective writers from all countries and cultural backgrounds are invited to join our ‘This Twisted Earth’ Facebook Group in order to interact with the editor and the other writers on the project. There, you will also find the ‘world bible’ – a vital collection of Twisted Earth lore which has recently been updated by the editor, Dion Winton-Polak, to include details from the first volume of This Twisted Earth.
Send your completed story to [email protected] as either a .doc or .rtf file. The subject of your email should have your Surname, the word ‘Histories’ or ‘Tomorrows’ to indicate which volume you feel your story belongs in, and your word-count.
To avoid disappointment please ensure your submission reflects the brief and sticks to the following format:

  • 4000 to 9000 words long, in Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Typed in Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Include your full contact details (name/address/social media profile/email address) at the top of your document.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Via: Six Minutes To Midnight.

Taking Submissions: Southern Fried Autopsies

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

The goal of this anthology is to shout loud and proud that The South holds some of the best horror writers and authors. What’s unique about this project is that it will not only include a collection of shorts but also hold hand-picked dark poetry! We simply cannot limit an anthology of this nature to just short stories, though those are the main material that will be included.
 
Submissions for short stories need to be between 3,000-7,000 words in length.  Some considerations will be made for stories just over or just under, but those works will be chosen best on quality, blow our minds and attempt to scare us to death with your vivid imagery through words. We are wanting quality stories over word count.
 
This anthology’s target audience is an adult audience that is 18 years and above, so no children’s horror stories, please.
We also will not accept extreme erotica horror (mild adult scenes are fine as long as it pertains to the story’s forward projection or to display character traits), rape, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, or domestic violence.
 
This anthology is strictly for horror authors and writers that live in The South. It is not restricted to those that have moved to The South, imports are fine! 😉 This book is restricted for southern writers and authors at this time as the aim is to have southern authors and writers submit, but not limited to strictly to readers. If this has enough interest we can add a couple of future anthologies with other regional authors and writers in mind. I.E. an anthology featuring northern writers or just the east coast, for examples.
 
Submissions are currently open and must be sent to:
 
Please title the email: Southern Fried Autopsies Submission
Within the submission, in the document holding the writing, please include title, author’s name/pen name, also phone numbers, email address, and word count. Some of this information will be used to be able to contact you if accepted.
This anthology will be published by Burning Willow Press, LLC and will be edited, formatted, etc by the staff of Burning Willow Press. It’s a project funded by Burning Willow Press with a one-year holding of all works included before being open to publications elsewhere by the author, but Burning Willow Press will continue to republish this work as a whole anthology for the following 4 years afterward.
 
This project will be published out Halloween 31st, 2018, from this publication date forward, is when the stories will be locked, midnight Halloween 31st, 2019 the stories will be open for the authors to take their works elsewhere and do what they want, but Burning Willow Press will continue republishing it for the foreseeable 4 years.
 
This anthology is for exposure, contributor copy (whether it’s a physical copy or digital will be up to the contributor), and not a royalty share or advances. This is a partnership between L. Bachman, Jay Michael Wright II, and Burning Willow Press, LLC.
 
Submissions close Halloween 31st, 2017 at midnight.

Via: L. Bachman.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Rice Paper Press Horror Anthology

Deadline: May 31st, 2017
Payment: Up to $100 and a contributor’s copy

We are currently requesting submissions for a new horror anthology of short stories we plan to publish this year. We’re paying up to $100 per published story based on word count, AND a free printed version of the anthology.

 We are looking for edited, well-written, horror stories from 5K to 10K words in length.  Scare us so we can’t sleep at night!

 Your stories need to be previously unpublished – exceptions to this will be handled on a limited basis as long as you still retain all rights to the work.  We are looking for original content. If you have previously published your story to a blog or social media account, we will not be interested.

Please email your story to the address below and in the subject line and enter the words “Horror Anthology.” Then, copy and paste your story in the body of the email, do not attach files. If accepted, we will notify you and ask you to submit an MS Word document.

 Payment amount to be determined based on word count. We will discuss terms upon acceptance for publication.

Submissions will close midnight, May 31, 2017.

Other submissions are closed at this time.

Please send your submissions to:

Via: Rice Paper Press.

Taking Submissions: Futuristic Canada

Deadline: April 30th, 2017
Payment: For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story; For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story; For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.

This anthology is a 150 Alliance project, created to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017!

Dark Helix Press is wondering – where will Canada be in  the future?

Will the next 100 years be peaceful with lots of technological advances or will Canada become a colony on a spaceship after Earth blows up? Robot beavers, poutine currency, there’s no limit to what can happen!

Canada in the future must be a well defined landscape in the stories submitted, so it’s essential that the world built by the author resonates well with the readers. Bonus points for those who can sneak in Canadian cultural references and diverse characters is a must.

We are aiming to release this book before July 1, 2017.

 

 Submission Details

We are looking for poems, flash fiction and short stories. Ratio of each will depend upon quality of submissions received.

Since this is a project celebrating Canada, preference will be given to Canadian writers. However, if you are an international writer who sends in a fantastic story and understands our country, we are open to this as possibility as well.

For guidelines, compensation and formatting details, visit our submissions page.

Submitting is a two step process:

1) Fill in and submit this Google form to ensure your name is listed in our database for review
2) Email in your submission to  “darkhelixpress at gmail.com” with subject headline: “Canada- (author name) – (title)”

Any questions can be sent to “darkhelixpress at gmail.com”.

What We Are Looking For
Each anthology may feature flash fiction, short stories, essays, and poetry. Ratio of each depends on submission quality received.

Specific guidelines are:

Flash Fiction – 500-1,500 words. We want stories which address the theme of the anthology and captivate readers.

Short Stories – 1,501-3,500 words. Longer stories which explore more possibilities of the theme and contain deeper character developments.

Non-Fiction Essays – 1,501-3,500 words. Based on a true story, presentation of some revelations or lessons learned from the experience.

Poems – 10-100 lines. Narrative poems that address the theme. Freestyle accepted, please make sure the words make sense somewhat. If you feel over 100 lines makes your poem stronger, please note this in your correspondence and we may ask for more when we accept your submission.

For fiction submissions, we prefer complete stories – with a beginning, middle and end. No excerpts will be accepted.

Note that we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence or pointless foul language; any edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.

What We’re Buying
Dark Helix Press wants first worldwide publication rights, electronic rights, reprint rights, and digital archival rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication and author retains all other rights. Any story submitted must be your own unpublished original creation. If you have already published it on a blog or website accessible to the general public, it is considered published, please do not submit.

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
You may have up to three submissions in each submission. Note that we are short staffed and it may take up to 12-18 weeks before you may receive a response. If you wish to withdraw, please send us an email and we will discard your submission.

Submissions follow a 2 step process at the moment: Step 1 is filling in a Google Form and Step 2 is emailing in the submission.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Submit all manuscripts in Word format – if submitted in the body of the email, it will not be read
  • Top right hand corner, first few lines should contain your real name, pen name if any in brackets, address, telephone, email address for contact/Paypal payment, type of writing (flash fiction, short story or poem) and word count
  • Title should be in Times New Roman, 16-point, bold
  • Manuscript should be single spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • In between paragraphs, double space
  • Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars (***), then two spaces afterwards include a bio of 100 words which may include a maximum of 2 links to website, blog or social media profiles, etc.

Compensation
We believe it is important to be paid for your work, although our rates are token amounts. Projects are created for the love of writing and stretching our imagination.

The compensation amounts will be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to offset production and marketing costs of the books. The playing field is a tough one these days with lots of free writing available to readers…

For flash fiction, the pay is $5 USD per story;
For short stories, pay is $10 USD per story;
For poems, pay is $2 USD per poem.
In addition, each contributor will receive a digital copy of the anthology

By publishing through Dark Helix Press, we will be listing your author bio along with your website/social media links on the anthology page.

During marketing campaigns for the book, we may post your name and story/poem title in advertisements to attract readers. Feel free to contribute by letting readers know about the book or your story/poem via social media (we will re-tweet/share your posts if you let us know about them) or guide us to potential reviewers that may help elevate book success.

The more well known the anthology is, the brighter the spotlight will shine on your writing! We believe collaboration is the key in all projects.

Privacy Policy
During the submission process, we collect some personal information, including your email address and physical or snail mail address; we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we publish or distribute that information to any third party. This information is kept on file for tax purposes only.

Via: Dark Helix Press.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Salem Halloween Anthology

Deadline: June 11th, 2017
Payment: $10 and contributor’s copy

We are seeking short stories for a new anthology
slated for fall of 2017 (roughly early September for release, official title TBA). This will be a sister
anthology to our first release, Shadows in Salem, that came out in September of 2016. We want this collection to share the theme of Salem, MA ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT through the years. Set your story in 1955, set your story in 1999, that is up to you, but it must be dark, gothic, or horror related! We will post years that are submitted as they arrive in our e-mail so you can keep track and so we don’t have twenty stories set on Halloween night in 1626. We are from Salem, so we know the area well, as do our local readers, so please take that into consideration in your research! Some witches are okay, but please remember that there is so much more to this city than the witch history! We are hoping to select one story per decade for variety, but we do not expect to fill *every* decade between the founding of Salem (1626) and today. Our anthologies generally end up at around twenty stories, so keep in mind, you don’t have to limit yourself to the last 100 years.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit by: June 11th, 2017  Word Count: 1,000-6,000
  • Content Requirements: Your story must 14523174_1193628297361158_5059588828413983419_ntake place in Salem, MA on Halloween (10/31). The time-period and content is your choice, but DO be unique and DO make it SPOOKY! We will continue posting a running list of the years/decades that have already been submitted to ensure you have a chance to pick a year that has not been submitted already. Of course, we are looking for the best, so if there are many submissions set in 1977, we’ll try to choose the best of them. Yes, Salem is ‘The Witch City’, so you can utilize this in your writing, but please be unique if you choose this subject matter!
  • List of Years we’ve already received submissions for: NONE! (Because we just opened the call for submissions!)
  • Payment: Accepted submissions will be awarded payment in the way of $10 upon printing, paid via PayPal. Writers may also choose to accept their payment in the form of extra copies of the anthology. It may not be much, but we are a small and humble press just getting our start and it’s all we can offer at this time, besides our excellent social media promotion and beyond (we post daily, often, and spotlight our writers regularly). If your submission is accepted, you will also receive a printed copy of the anthology!
  • Format: Format should be in standard manuscript format and submitted as .doc,
    .docx. Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints at this time. Please include a brief cover letter introducing yourself along with your submission.
  • Response Time: Please be aware that it may be six to eight weeks (or more) before you receive a response from FunDead Publications, we often wait until after the close date to send acceptance e-mails to ensure we select the best content for our readers. Our submission load is often fluctuating, but we read and respond as quickly as we can. If it is a simultaneous submission, please let us know.
  • Diversity Statement: We at FunDead Publications believe diversity is what makes fiction wonderful and unique and we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Via: Fun Dead Publications.

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