Taking Submissions: “Deep Underground” Novellas

Collection : This will be a collection of single author publications


Title : Author’s Own

Theme : Horror and underground locations.

Ideas: Something sinisters dwells in the sewers. What lives in the subway and comes out at night? You live in the tunnels to escape the zombies/aliens/etc. Secret society that works in underground labs. Virus in the flowerbeds. The graves aren’t quiet. An ancient/alien/mythical being/mechanism is unearthed in the mines/caves.

This could be a prequel to a current or forthcoming novel, but no cliffhangers please. Must be able to stand alone.

Word count : Roughly 20,000 to 40,000 words

Author eligibility : Open to all authors

Reprints : Not allowed

Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed

Multiple Submissions : No

Publication : During 2020, dates to be confirmed with successful authors

Author compensation : Royalty split. One author per publication.

How to submit :

See our submission guidelines for formatting.

Send your manuscript as an attachment in Word doc/docx format to [email protected]. Make sure your document name includes your author name and story title. We will not accept formats other than doc/docx. We will not click links to download documents. Ensure the end of your manuscript has the word END in a new paragraph.

Please include a synopsis, an author bio, and your social media links.

Your email title should be Collection Name – Your Story Name – Author Name.
For example; “UNDERGROUND – My Story – A N Author”

Please allow 6 weeks for a response before querying.

Via: Black Hare Press.

Contest: Tales From The Moonlit Path: Halloween Special Edition

Deadline: October 2nd, 2019

Prize: $50


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Every horror lover adores Halloween. The love is multi-layered. It’s not just the dressing up and exposing your nerdy or slutty alter ego to the world, it’s also the Autumnal trance, that feel of a bitter winter coming, scary movies everywhere (and you don’t have to feel guilty about watching them in succession) and a general feeling of delicious fright and fear.

What would make our Special Halloween Edition even more frightful and appealing? One story dedicated to Halloween in a way that makes us and our readers shudder with delight.

We’re not talking about fake Vampire teeth or apples at the bottom of the bag… we’re talking about stories that keep us up at night. Where we want to stop reading to check behind us, and every word is an unexpected giant Snickers bar that satisfies…


 You could earn $50 for the endeavor if your story is chosen King (or Queen) of Halloween. Rules and guidelines listed below:


  • Keep stories to under 2,000 words and please include word count in email.
  • Must be themed around Halloween.
  • Submit your story to [email protected].
  • Submission must be in the body of the email, no attachments please.
  • Clearly label your submission “HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EDITION CHALLENGE: Last Name: Story Title”.
  • You are welcome to submit a story for both the challenge and regular magazine content but please, just one challenge submission.
  • Your challenge entry must not be submitted elsewhere.
  • Challenge submission deadline  is October 2, 2019 for possible inclusion in October 15, 2019 issue. Special Edition Issue will run to November 15, 2019, at which time the Holiday Issue will be published.
  • Honorable mentions will be published. Any challenge submission is your pre-approval of publication in our October 15, 2019 Special Halloween Issue without additional notification to you.
  • Best Halloween story (according to editors) will receive $50.

Via: Tales From the Moonlit Path.

Taking Submissions: Resistance Art Attack

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: Royalties

At Not a Pipe Publishing, we believe we must fight fascism with our voices while we still can. We can’t wait around to speak out against the horrors of the Trump administration after more lives have been lost. We need to be screaming right now!

After some brainstorming with writer Isaac Dye and our publisher, author Benjamin Gorman, and reflecting on the success of our anthology of stories by women writers, Strongly Worded Women, and our success raising money for The Alzheimer’s Association through our Writing Against the Darkness project as part of their The Longest Day fundraiser, we’ve decided to curate a collection of short stories around the theme of resistance to the disastrous and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump. As writers know, a novel can often take years, even decades, to craft and polish. While a short story is no less a product of careful skill and craft, we hope this anthology can be amalgamated on a much shorter timeframe and give writers an opportunity to use their gifts to speak truth to power through fiction (not “alternative facts” or “fake news” but the deeper truth that only fiction can provide). If you are a fiction writer, we would love to include your story.

Genre fiction is our brand, so if you want to try your hand at dystopian sci-fi and imagine a world where the horrors of a Trump presidency are allowed to metastasise, go for it! If you write fantasy and want to write an allegory for Trump in a world of monsters and magic, cast that spell. If you write paranormal and want to populate Trump’s America with ghosts and vampires and werewolves, we’d love it. For this anthology, we’ll accept stories that are more explicitly horror than we normally look for because, hell, horror is very appropriate for this theme. We will also make an exception and include poetry, so send that in, too. And if you write in some other genre, give us the western or romance or historical short story that fits the theme. We want to see what you can do. Please don’t send memoires, opinion pieces, or other non-fic; we love those, but they won’t fit in this anthology.

Writers will be compensated based on sales. Our plan is to divide the proceeds of the anthology into equal parts for the authors with a share going to Raices, the Immigrant Defense Fund, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and other groups doing valiant work to push back against the abuses of this administration. It’s another way for us to do good work by doing good work. But rest assured; compensating authors for their time and effort is always a priority to Not a Pipe Publishing.

Lastly, we would love to include visual art in the anthology. If you are an artist who wants to contribute a black-and-white image for the interior or a color image for the cover, we would love to include it and will compensate you with a share of the proceeds just like the authors. Artists should be paid!

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When you have a short story or a piece of artwork you’re ready to submit, please send it to [email protected] and include Resist Trump Anthology in the subject line. SImultaneous submissions are allowed, and we will reprint previously printed works as long as you have the full rights, but we would require exclusive rights for three years if your piece is selected for publication. Wordcounts can range from micro-flash fiction to a maximum of 4000 words. We will accept stories and artwork until September 30th, with the intention of having an edited anthology available for purchase in time for the Iowa caucus in February of 2020. Yes, it’s a fast turn-around time, but the time is now. Please share this announcement with other writers and visual artists to make sure we get a broad representation of writers from different walks of life and around the world.

Let’s fight fascism with our voices while we still can!

Via: Not A Pipe Publishing.

Taking Submissions: LampLight Magazine

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Payment: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max, 1¢ per word for reprints
Note: Reprints accepted

We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.


We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.

We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.

We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.

If you have already been in LampLight, we ask you wait until the next volume to submit again.


We accept originals and reprints up to 7,000 words (firm). Payment in USD.

  • Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
  • Reprints: 1¢ per word

Please note: works published to a Patreon or similar site are considered reprints

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not allowed, and will result in all submissions being rejected.

Submission Times

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

  • 15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues
  • 15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

Where to Submit

Submittable is our preferred method of submission. We accept most file types as well. Please use standard manuscript format for your story (although headers and footers are not needed). Please add REPRINT to the subject line, if your story is a reprint!

If you need to edit your submission

If you uploaded the wrong file, have a newer version, anything, please do not withdraw your story. Instead send us an email and we can release it back to you for editing.

Please note:

We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month. But, when the limit is reached on the last month, time is up!


Please remember, Submittable is a third party site. Please read the Terms of Service before you sign up.

If you need a reminder about formatting, here is a good link to read:


For queries, you can email: [email protected] – Submissions sent to this email address will not be read.

Via: LampLight Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Trouble Among The Stars #4

Deadline: October 6th, 2019
Payment: CAD $0.01/word (i.e. CAD $50 for a 5000 word story), with a minimum payment of CAD $5 for accepted work.

Submissions for Issue #4 are currently OPEN. The deadline for this submission period is October 6th, 2019.

Thinking of submitting to Trouble Among The Stars? Please read these guidelines first:

We publish speculative short fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on science fiction and works related to science.  We do not publish novel excerpts, non-fiction or serialized anything. For fiction, we will review anything between 300-6000 words, and for poetry we will review anything under 600 words. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but you must notify us immediately if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work.

We do our best to be very welcoming towards new writers – if you have little or no previous publishing credentials, please feel comfortable submitting to us regardless. We are meant to be by the weirdos and for the weirdos, and we would love to read your newest and strangest work.

We pay CAD $0.01/word (i.e. CAD $50 for a 5000 word story), with a minimum payment of CAD $5 for accepted work. Payments are made via paypal upon publication. We ask for one-time non-exclusive rights to publish your work.

To submit, please send an email to [email protected] with your work as an attached document. Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email. Please send a total of one (1) short story or up to two (2) poems (exceptions will sometimes be made for suites of poems). Size 12 Times New Roman font is preferred for submissions, with fiction submissions being double-spaced. Please submit only once per reading period.

Please allow us up to three weeks to respond to your submission (though in most cases it should be quicker). If four weeks have gone by and you haven’t heard from us, please feel free to send an email query. We look forward to reading your work, and we wish you the best!

Via: Trouble Among The Stars.

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