Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: Guilty Crime Story Magazine 2021

Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Payment: $10
Theme: Crime Fiction.

Guilty publishes crime fiction. The term covers a wide range of potential topics and styles, so we are interested in seeing your take on the theme.

However, there are some things we will not consider:


Police procedurals.

Anything with a speculative element.

Anything that glories in violence for the sake of violence, particularly against women, children, minorities or animals. Violence can be an element of many types of crime stories, but it must be an integral part of the story.

Detective stories will be a hard sell, not because we don’t like them, but because they are not typically crime stories, per se, but have more in common with the police procedural rather than other types of crime story. 

Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #72: Doppelgängers II

Deadline: June 14th, 2021
Payment: 15GBP
Theme: Doppelgängers

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories! If accepted, we’ll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.

(Vol 72.) Doppelgängers II; deadline 14th June



If, this form isn’t working, then please email your submission to [email protected] as a last resort. But please let us know why as we’re hoping to use the form going forward.

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It is important that your story complies with our Submission Guidelines. Any stories found not to be in compliance will be immediately discarded. Click HERE for details

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!

‘Stitches and Sepsis’ Blog Tour: The Power of Research

Stitches and Sepsis – Guest Post

Liz Faraim

Many hours of research go into my writing. If someone looked at my internet search history without that context, they would probably be very concerned. Rest easy, all of those searches serve a purpose.

While writing Stitches and Sepsis I had to do a deep dive into the world of hospitals and wound care. I will try not to give too much away, but anything beyond this point might have some mild spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Okay, so in Stitches and Sepsis Vivian gets into yet another knock-down drag-out fight, and she sustains some series lacerations. Does she go to the hospital? Well, if you are familiar with how stubborn Vivian is, then you know she did not seek medical attention.

Sepsis soon follows. But what does that look like? Well, that is where my research started. I did extensive reading into how sepsis affects the entire body, as well as what septic shock looks like. Also, trust me, do not do an internet search for images of septic wounds (or do?).


Taking Submissions: The First Line – Fall 2021

Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with: “What should we do with the body?”

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first 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 first lines. And, just to be clear, we do not accept simultaneous submissions.

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.


Ongoing Submissions: Hyphen Punk

Payment: $25
Theme: Speculative fiction with some type of -Punk aesthetic. Cyber-, steam-, solar-, diesel-, ray-, bio-, street-, splatter-, arcano-, nano-, or whatever else your crazed imagination can come up with.


We want to publish your speculative fiction with some type of -Punk aesthetic. Cyber-, steam-, solar-, diesel-, ray-, bio-, street-, splatter-, arcano-, nano-, or whatever else your crazed imagination can come up with. If its -Punk then it fits.

We will accept short stories and graphic stories. We will also accept art which can be used for cover art.

Fiction should be between 1000 and 7500 words. We only accept previously unpublished stories in English. All stories should be original to the creator/submitter. No Fan Fiction.

Graphic stories should be no longer than 20 pages and contain only original work. (more…)

Taking Submissions: Taking Submissions: Allegory Volume 40/67

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: $15
Theme: Speculative fiction, primarily horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
Note: Reprints welcome

Formatting Guidelines

This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.


Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count


Taking Submissions: Queer Monsters

Deadline: May 15th, 2021
Payment: Contributors Copy
Theme: Stories dedicated to the queerness of monsters
Note: Contributors must be LGBTQIA2S+.

Editors David Ly (Mythical Man) and Daniel Zomparelli (Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person) are looking for submissions of poetry and short fiction for a new anthology dedicated to the queerness of monsters, to be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2022.

Monsters in pop culture have become LGBTQIA2S+ icons over time, and queer writers have long infused them into their work. The Babadook, Pennywise, Ursula, Freddy Krueger, King Kong, Medusa, witches, demons, and more have been queered to different degrees since their inception, and this anthology aims to showcase this and all things monsters.

Taking Submissions: The Dire Circle

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: $25
Theme: A horror anthology that takes a look at the real black zodiac.

Open submissions being accepted for “The Dire Circle.”

             Open 5/3/21 – Close 6/30/21

D&T Publishing proudly presents The Dire Circle. A horror anthology that takes a look at the real black zodiac. 

Most people know of the black zodiac as portrayed in the movie, Thirteen Ghosts. But, did you know that there is an actual black zodiac? The evil side of the zodiac circle we are so accustomed to. The evil side of the human creature. Within these pages, we will explore what evil lurks on the other side of the wheel, and what that could mean for those that tend to spend a little more time on the dark side. 

Specific information: