Deadline: August 31, 2017
Payment: 50% of royalties go to the story contributors, prorated to each author by word count.
There are stairs in the woods – as if you cut and pasted stairs from a house.
The stairs are usually in good shape – strong and sturdy and not rotted. Sometimes they are in immaculate condition, as if somebody is maintaining them.
They’re locations don’t follow any understood pattern.
You might or might not be able to find the same stairs twice (up to the individual author).
Approaching and/or climbing the stairs gives a sense of foreboding and weirdness.
Sometimes really bad things happen if you approach or climb the stairs.
The authorities (notably the park service) is keeping quiet about the stairs. Officially, they don’t exist. The authorities do not talk about them – even among themselves.
You can explain the stairs or leave them unexplained – up to you.
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are most likely – but your story can be in any genre. One author I contacted told me I wasn’t likely to get many Romantic Comedies – but if you’ve got a good one, submit it!
You can submit as many stories as you like, but we’ll only publish one story per author in this anthology.
Submissions should be in the 3000-20,000 word range.
Submissions should be never before published, and we’re asking for exclusive rights on this one.
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format (doc or docx) and should be in a legible font and size.
EMail Submissions to [email protected] and must include contact information (name, e-mail, etc). Submissions are due by August 31, 2017.
Payment will be the Silver Empire anthology standard: 50% of royalties go to the story contributors, prorated to each author by word count.
Deadline: October 7th, 2017
Payment: $.02 a word and royalties
B Cubed Press is proud to Open Cosmic Caravans for submissions. Cosmic Caravans is a science fiction anthology that will focus on Pre-Teen readers. The work will be illustrated.
We are looking for stories or poems that re-enforce strength of character and scientific principles in a way children can relate to. We want to entertain and challenge curious readers to learn more about the universe, life, and the science that makes it all possible.
See our Facebook Group, Cosmic Caravan
Your sci-fi story or poem can be funny, scary, somber, mystery, wibbly-wobbly, thriller, or a fantastical romp through time and space. Whatever it is, you should be sure to explain the science behind it. Leave the reader learning something.
Cosmic Caravans, from B Cubed Press: we’re putting the science back in fiction.
Guidelines + Other Info
● Submissions can range from 300-3,000 words. We’re looking for quality over quantity.
● Stories must be presented in age appropriate ways. Anything over a “PG-13” rating will be automatically rejected. If Star Trek wouldn’t air it, it’s too risky.
● Fanfiction is not allowed. Sorry/not sorry.
● Payment is $.02 a word, plus a royalties share. Poetry pays $0.25 per-line (up to $25).
● Submissions are open from July 1-October 7. Please allow 2-3 weeks for our editors to review your stories.
● Manuscript format is required. Unsure what that means? Feel free to ask!
● Reprints are accepted.
● Multiple submissions are accepted, however we ask that you notify the publisher if your story is bought elsewhere.
● Cosmic Caravan will be edited by Bob Brown, Cheyenne Brown Ockerman, and Nathan Ockerman
● Submissions can be sent to [email protected], with the subject line “Cosmic Caravan Submission; [story title].”
Deadline: October 1st, 2017
Payment: $20.00 – $40.00 and a contributor’s copy
Fiction: All stories must end with the last line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile).
Also, we understand that writers may add our last line to a story that they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our last line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our last lines.
All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.
Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.
Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thelastlinejournal (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send .pdf versions of your story. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The Last Line‘s post office box (PO Box 250382, Plano, TX, 75025-0382). No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the last line for 2017:
Benjamin was a man of his word. Due date: October 1, 2017
Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within two to three weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.
Payment: We pay on publication: $20.00 – $40.00 for fiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.
(Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue [PDF] instead of a hard copy, author payment will not be changed.)
Deadline: July 28th, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Ghosts of the Battlefield: Tales of the supernatural that pertain to any conflict that has happened in history. From anywhere in the world or out of this world.
Looking for stories 3000 to 6000 word count. In Times New Roman 12pt. Saved as a .doc file. Double spaced.
Please no stories containing rape, unsavory sex acts, acts of unspeakable violence, you get the picture. I’m just looking for stories that leave the unsettling feeling of dread in the back of your mind. That when you hear that bump in the night coming from under your bed or your closet that causes you cry out for your mommy.
Looking for single submissions, so please no more one per author. Stories that are unpublished, please. everyone that is accepted will be sent a contributor copy and feeling of accomplishment. This anthology is for all authors published and unpublished.
Please send to [email protected]
Your name, Name of submission, and word count. In Subject please write GOTB Anthology. And please attach your file to the email. The deadline is Friday July 28th for submissions. Working on having it published by Halloween.
Deadline: August 1st, 2017
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its third furry anthology, Infurno: The Nine Circles of Hell.
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable
The Nine Circles of Hell has been a much-loved conception of the inferno, popularized by Italian poet Dante. Look here for the basic elements of the circles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferno_(Dante)#Overview. This collection will be divided respectively into the nine parts. We expect stories to be framed to focus on people who will end up in a specific circle. Most of a story should focus on what they did back on Earth in life. Showing how they died is not required. We need to see their sin that brought them there, and you can definitely have them in hell (always fun to describe; in general, try to keep infernal descriptions consistent with Dante’s). We want to see anthro-animal characters at their darkest and weakest moments: at the whorehouse, at the chopping block, in the morgue, in the dining room with the candlestick. It is perfectly fine but not required if submissions are NSFW. We are honestly expecting a fair amount of horror and erotica. However, again, adult stories are by no means required for acceptance. All story submissions must be “furry” in nature.
We will NOT accept:
Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.
Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.
Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light
Bestiality presented in a positive light
If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected]. (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)
You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).
Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.
We will not accept simultaneous submissions.
Payment: Authors will receive a free copy of the print book.
Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to [email protected].
Title your email with the circle in all caps, e.g. “FIRST.” If you are sending more than one submission, send multiple emails instead of putting them all in one.
We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.
Book will likely be released December in plenty of time for a hellish Christmas.
Submissions per theme so far (do research to find more info on each of the circles; below we’ve listed a general quality frequently attributed to each circle, but they are often more complex than this):
First (Limbo): 0
Second (Lust): 0
Third (Gluttony): 0
Fourth (Greed): 0
Fifth (Wrath): 0
Sixth (Heresy): 0
Seventh (Violence): 0
Eighth (Fraud): 0
Ninth (Treachery): 0
Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Payment: 6 cents per word
She moves with deliberate grace.
Mami Wata, Momu Watu, La Sirene, Sedna, Coventina, Suijin, Mother of Waters
She is the water between us, the water within us, the water that slakes thirst, from which we were born. Water is the natural and the sacred, the functional and the necessary. All over the world, in cultures young and old, water is life and from this force, great adventures, quests, and legacies begin. And whether it is still, moves, rises, or falls, water fills us. Imagine what stories and strange tales can be told from the depths of its depths.
TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome. We are seeking original stories in English (2500 – 7000 words; pays 6 cents per word) from writers of all walks of life from this beautiful planet and will accept some select reprints (pays 2 cents per word). Deadline: November 1, 2017. Projected publication: November 2018, Rosarium Publishing, www.rosariumpublishing.com. Please send submissions as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in standard mss formatting with your name, title, and word count to: [email protected]
Please note that we are unable to accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.