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Taking Submissions: TBD Gothic Romance

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $0.08 a word
Theme: Gothic romances that are equal parts horror and romance.

Submissions Open: August 1st through September 30th 

Title: TBD Gothic Romance 


Type:
Anthology of short stories

Editors: Heather & S.D. Vassallo

Theme: We’re looking for gothic romances that are equal parts horror and romance.
The short stories should be mysterious, atmospheric, and include a HEA (or happy for
now). This is an open call with no slots reserved for invitation pieces. Women
(including transgender and people otherwise marginalized because of their gender
identity) and non-binary authors only.

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Brandon Butler from T.Spec talks Tarot Cards

 

Brandon Butler from T.Spec talks Tarot Cards 

By Angelique Fawns

 

Does the idea of writing about a Science Fiction Tarot card intrigue you? TDOTSPEC and Brandon Butler are looking for 22 stories; one tale for each of the major arcana cards. The submission call is open until October 4, 2022, and pays at a rate of 3 cents a word. I sat down with Butler to learn more about his concept and journey into the publishing world.

 

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Taking Submissions: Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $0.10 (ten cents) per word
Theme: Original short stories up to 6,000 words that explore this idea of great terror growing from the LGBTQIA community’s great strides forward.
Note: Stories must have a strong, central gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer focus/slant/theme

Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising
Edited by: Vince A. Liaguno

When the pendulum of civil rights and social change initiatives swings toward progress, the LGBTQIA community often holds its collective breath in anticipation of the inevitable backlash when the pendulum swings back. Even with these gains, we are constantly looking over our shoulder—waiting for the next shoe to drop, for the next attack on our personhood. The community’s enemies see progress as a perceived danger to their own heteronormative bubbles—and any advancement threatens to burst those fragile bubbles. Even as we hoist the rainbow flag in celebration, a dark rainbow rises on the horizon…

For this third volume of the award-winning Unspeakable Horror series, we are seeking original short stories up to 6,000 words that explore this idea of great terror growing from the LGBTQIA community’s great strides forward. We want your terrifying interpretations and extensions of this theme—not a literal reading.

Questions to explore:

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Taking Submissions: There’s No Place

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

IN SHORT

What: A pro-rate anthology of short fiction pieces on the theme of “home” (500-3500 words) on the theme of HOME

Who: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

When: Submissions are open from July 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022. Publication is scheduled for fall of 2023.

Where: While we will prioritize Canadian submissions, submissions are open to writers throughout the world.

How: Scroll below to see our guidelines!

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Taking Submissions: Our Ocean’d Earth

Deadline: October 30th, 2022
Payment: €200
Theme: Defending nature and empowering communities

In partnership with OceanCare, Stormbird Press’ opens a call for Our Ocean’d Earth contributions. This call is for nonfiction or fiction writing that conveys one clear and unified message: that our oceans are worth fighting for.

To help restore a culture of inspiration and reverence towards Earth’s oceans we are looking for masterfully woven stories from a range of perspectives—from marine life researchers to conservationists, free divers to writers with a deep connection to the sea, and more—who can reveal secrets of the oceans and their inhabitants, or have in some way formed a unique bond with an ocean or its marine life.

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Taking Submissions: PseudoPod August 2022 (Limited Window)

Submission Window: August 12th – 21st, 2022
Payment: $.08/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints
Theme: General
Note: Reprints accepted

PseudoPod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably. When we’re open, you can send it to us through our Moksha portal. Check to see if we’re open by reviewing our schedule.

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Taking Submissions: Troopers (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 15th – 31st, 2022
Payment: .01 per word and .005 per word for reprints
Theme: Flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Troopers is a magazine of flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction. All stories in Troopers must feature a fictional military, paramilitary, or law enforcement entity in some meaningful way. Your main character doesn’t need to be a soldier, pilot, or future cop necessarily, but there must be elements of military or law enforcement present in the story. Your character doesn’t need to be human either, sentient space ships, robots, aliens, and the like are more than welcome. Paramilitary characters or groups are also welcome, such as mercenaries, space pirates, cartels, organized corporations with private militaries and/or guards, and other similar entities. We like stories with cool tech and that pack an emotional punch. We have a preference for stories that have a dark and gritty atmosphere and tone as well. We’re looking to push the boundaries of military sci-fi in the flash category and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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