Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: Bloodless

Deadline: July 31st, 2022
Payment: $30 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore

Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore, for its latest horror fiction anthology, BLOODLESS, edited by Ben Walker.

Terrify us with your best story or poem where no blood is mentioned, nor any associated gore, grue & guts.

(more…)

Haunt Publishing Is Open To Novels

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: £200 and 15% royalty rate on print sales, 50% on audiobook and ebook sales.
Theme: Gothic, horror, and dark fiction genres (read below for more details.)

Closing date: Friday 1st July @ noon BST

The below guidance is in place for transparency about our submissions process.

Information About the Publishing Process.

We are a book publisher and welcome submissions from both agented authors and those without agents. Please see these guidelines for an idea of what we are looking for.

Our aim

Haunt is a small press dedicated to Gothic, horror and dark fiction. Our aim is to shine a flickering candle on Gothic and horror in new areas. Think Frankenstein in Baghdad and the film Under the Shadow. We also love traditional Gothic!

If this sounds like it fits with your writing, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about us here.

Genres we publish in

(more…)

Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal Summer Window 2022

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: One cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum)
Theme: Fantastic Fiction You really NEED to read the description below.

The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined. Therefore, we’re interested in stories by writers who write about what they don’t know, take us places we couldn’t possibly go, and don’t try to make us care about the characters. We would also suggest you take a look at the current issue, archives, and theory (especially the essay, “What is irrealism?”) pages on this web site.

(more…)

How to Take Inspiration from Reality & Turn It into Fiction

How to Take Inspiration from Reality & Turn It into Fiction

The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, Monster, Borderlands, Child’s Play, Scream, Open Water: what do all these films have in common besides at least one foot in the horror genre

They, along with countless other films and books across all genres, were inspired by elements of reality. 

Fiction writers frequently struggle to come up with fresh material for new stories. They look to create new and original characters and situations that move readers to keep turning the page or watching the screen to find out what happens next. 
(more…)

Taking Submissions: Alien Dimensions #23 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st and July 31st of 2022
Payment: $20
Theme: Stories set in deep space and/or on alien planets, far far from Earth

September 2022 Issue 23

To have your story considered for Issue 23 due out in September 2022, please submit it between June 1st and July 31st of 2022. I’ll read and reply in August 2022.

(more…)

Taking Submissions: Old Moon Quarterly May 2022 Window

Deadline: May 20th, 2022
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: character-focused, weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature, set in a secondary or historical-paranormal world

What We Are Looking For:
Old Moon publishes character-focused, weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature, set in a secondary or historical-paranormal (“our” reality, but with a twist, if you will) world, with a focus on rounded characters undergoing some sort of conflict, resolved (though not always successfully!) by the might of their main or mind.

We love stories that combine that sense of action and adventure with well-rounded characters who make us question our own realities and perceptions. We love to see the gothic, the baroque, the eldritch, and we love to see it hit with an axe.
(more…)

Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Fall Issue 2022 (Early)

Submission Window: July 1st – August 1st, 2022
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted.

The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century.

This season’s theme is Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted. This issue is dedicated to my dear friend Paul, who died of cirrhosis in ’00s. We worked the graveyard shift together at a Texas gas station in the 90s. The stories he shared with me of growing up gay in the South, with a deeply religious emotionally scarred mother broke my heart. The 80s Satanic Panic led to a religious fervor that cast a long shadow over society and personal freedoms.

(more…)

Taking Submissions: A Coup Of Owls October 2022 Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st – 30th, 2022
Payment: Drabbles and Flash – £5. Short Stories 1001 to 4000 words – £10, Short Stories 4001 to 8000 words – £15
Theme: Stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something. Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.
Note: Only publishes creators from under represented and/or marginalized communities.

We’re looking for stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.

Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.

We want it all. 

All genres, styles and themes will be considered and we especially love stories that are outside the box in their telling. Ambiguous endings? Non-linear storytelling? Antagonist’s point-of-view? A story told in just one scene?

We love it all.

SUBMISSIONS:

February 1 – 28 (for June issue)

April 1 – 30 (for August issue)

June 1 – 30 (for October issue)

August 1 – 31 (for December issue)

October 1 – 31 (for February issue)

December 1 – 31 (for April issue)

we do not have set issue themes but feel free to be inspired by the season, seasonal occasions and events

(more…)