The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was hunted to extinction some eighty years ago. Now, Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff at The Resurrection Lab have done the impossible: created a living, breathing litter from a preserved specimen. Yet Rosie can’t share this scientific breakthrough with the world. The cloned animals are more like monsters than thylacines. By chance, a small band of activists hears about the caged litter, and their decision to free the tigers will unleash a deadly havoc upon the campus of Fraser University.
Deborah Sheldon is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir. Her award-nominated titles include the novels Body Farm Z, Contrition and Devil Dragon; novella Thylacines; and collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. She won the Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work” Award for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, which was also long-listed for a Bram Stoker. As guest editor of Midnight Echo 14, she won the Australian Shadows “Best Edited Work” Award. Her short fiction has been nominated for various Australian Shadows and Aurealis Awards, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts and award-winning medical writing. Sign up for her monthly newsletter at: http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com
Deadline: November 2nd, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word for original work, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints
Theme: Horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy.
Note: Reprints welcome
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.
Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
For the submission period in 2020, we will consider one original and one reprint per author.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable WITH DISCLOSURE. Let us know that you are submitting this to multiple markets simultaneously. We’ll be transparent with you, and expect the same level of professionalism in return.
The only exception to this is simultaneous submission of a particular story to multiple Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, PodCastle, Cast of Wonders, and PseudoPod), which we ask that you avoid. When submitting to one Escape Artists podcast, please wait to hear back about it before submitting the same story to another.
What We Want
PseudoPod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.
Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered. (more…)
Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $15 fee
Theme: Haunted holidays
Submissions are currently open for one issue of The Periodical, Forlorn:
Volume I, Issue II
Theme: Haunted holidays.
For this issue, we don’t want tales of peace on earth and good will to men. We don’t want to hear about the warmth of family gatherings or how the Christmas spirit inspires a new outlook on life for those once thought irredeemable
We want to know how misfits and outcasts approach the holiday season. We want to know how ghouls and goblins and all manner of pagan creatures mark the season.
Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Guidelines for All Submissions:
Word Limit: 6,000 words
Compensation: flat $15 fee upon publication, plus a digital copy of the magazine (which you’re free to share).
Format: We will accept short-form fiction any way you want to write it. This can include poetry, flash fiction or short stories.
We’re particularly interested in the subversion of form. We don’t care about hard and fast rules, so don’t worry too much about formatting. If you feel its good, chances are that shines through in the writing. And we want to read it.
Genre: Anything that’s dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We’re open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But we’re also interested in anything that twists or subverts these genres in some unexpected way.
Simultaneous submissions: We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if this applies to you. If a story may be pulled away from us at the last minute, we want to know as this may affect our decision on acceptance.
Multiple Submissions: Please only send us one submission at a time. If your submission is rejected, we will then accept another submission. We try to respond to submissions within two weeks, which should allow ample time for you to submit again.
Reprints: We do not accept reprints. We will accept stories that have already been published if they’ve been dramatically altered in some way. If this is the case, please inform us.
Around the age of 14, my mom took me to a behavior therapist for the first time and that was when I was officially diagnosed with ADHD. After many fights and arguments over grades and studying, we finally had an answer as to why I couldn’t do things the same way as my older sister. It also explained my day dreaming.
Being a young teenage girl, daydreaming is a common occurrence and not something that would raise alarm. But my ability to be so completely lost in thought and in my own world happened far too often and during situations that got me into trouble. For instance, I was constantly lost while in school, as my brain believed my own world was more interesting.
While using my sketch book as my outlet, I started to describe to my parents the stories behind my terribly drawn people…but I wouldn’t stop. There were times when I would start telling a story and no matter what my parents did to change the subject or stop me, I had no control over my own voice.
That’s when a suggestion was made: Write your stories.
I don’t remember who suggested it. I just know that I was never motivated to finish anything until I started writing. It became the perfect outlet for the ideas that were always in the forefront of my mind, distracting me from everything else. That’s when my life began to change for the better. I was finally learning how to live a healthy and productive life with ADHD without medication.
With each new story, I was able to hyper focus on my writing. So, when the time came to go to school or work on homework, I was suddenly able to focus on the work at hand without getting easily distracted by everything else going on. Somehow, writing became the therapy I needed to be successful at everything in my life. Of course, I still struggle with some things, but not as much as I did before as a young teen or child.
Writing was my life saver.
To Reap the Spirit (Dead Dreamer #3)
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Genre: New Adult/ Urban Fantasy
Sanguis daretur. Ignis invocavit.
The third installment in the haunting Dead Dreamer series.
Somehow Brenna Whit has survived to her junior year at Nephesburg College. Despite all odds, she’s fought against the Gatekeepers and lived. But the battle for the Fade has only just begun.
New pieces have been added to the board.
The Fade opens to the Veil.
And a Shade from the past returns.
With Brenna’s secret out, everyone is after her: dead and living alike. Those from across the sea have come and they’re determined to regain control of their broken faction.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field as a Technical Writer while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series.
Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into English
Theme: Campbellian hard SF
There are plenty of amazing print and online journals out there for ‘character-driven’ fiction, and we encourage you to read them.
SPJ is not one of them, though.
Hence, we are not interested in stories predominantly about the sentiments and subjective experiences of fictional people. We want hard SF that zooms out of the personal and lifts off into the structural, the systemic, the epic. We yearn for carefully crafted philosophical speculation that puzzles over the questions of the future and alternate pasts. And we have a soft spot for stories created as ‘artefacts’ (fictional, ‘in-universe’ non-fiction).
So here are SPJ‘s quests:
– Campbellian hard SF. Reaching back to the roots of classic sci-fi, these rigorous tales take themselves seriously and push the boundaries of our scientific imagination, scaling from the nano to the meta. The cast, if any, is functional and disposable. It’s the sociological, technological and indeed cosmic developments that sweep the reader up in an expanding sense of wonder. (For a contemporary long-form example that received mainstream attention, see the latter two books of Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem trilogy.)
– Fictional non-fiction. The purest, most intimate form of world-building. A transcript of the last UN Security Council meeting before an extinction-level event. The dental bills of a cybernetic vampire. Interviews with eyewitnesses of a battle between Martians and archangels. Think ‘World War Z’, not ‘Walking Dead’.
– Speculative philosophy. Extrapolating abstract ideas to examine the implications if they were to manifest. (See for instance The End of History, the Beginning of Hers in Vol. V. Issue 1. for a theological example of just what we mean.)
(The first author to have a story published in each of the three categories gets to choose any one member of the extended editorial team and marry them. You’ve been warned.)
Length and formatting
Brevity tends to correlate positively with idea-density. Thus we are looking for stories no longer than 2000 words (but preferably shorter). Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot promise to read stories that are over the word limit.
.doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, .txt, anything is fine as long as it’s editable. No PDFs, TIFFs or coffee mug-stained scans, please. Preferably size 12, in easy-to-read font.
Please only submit one story at a time – don’t send in a second piece until you’ve heard from us. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but if you place your story elsewhere in the meantime, do kindly let us know.
In your email, please include a short bio to accompany your work (quirky or serious are both fine) and indicate the sub-genre your story falls into (this helps our internal workflow).
By submitting your story to us, you agree to grant SPJ exclusive first publishing rights in case of acceptance. We only take previously unpublished works of fiction, for obvious copyright reasons.
In addition to original fiction, we would like to unearth buried and forgotten treasures written in languages other than English. We are therefore open to receiving translations of short stories that fit within the sub-domains outlined above, provided they haven’t previously been translated into English, or you can give us a very good reason why they should be re-translated.
Where applicable, it is the responsibility of translators to secure permission from the author or copyright-holder. By submitting a translation to us, you imply that you have done so.
We would love to be able to read Sanskrit, Kalaallisut and Bidayuh. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten around to learning them yet. For that reason, translators are solely responsible for the accuracy of their work. We can only assess the literary qualities of the final English text, which will be judged by the same criteria that apply to original fiction.
For accepted works, at present we are able to offer the standard semi-pro rate of 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into English. At this point, we regret that we are unable to provide payment for non-fiction.
Payment is made through PayPal. For this to work, authors need a (free) PayPal account.
Deadline: December 30th, 2020
Payment: $30 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Survival in Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, or Contemporary
We are seeking morally ambiguous stories with the fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and contemporary fiction genres surrounding the theme of survival. Not many things in this world are straightforward. Many individuals have encountered moments of extreme moral compromise when faced with a choice that meant life or death, or the perception of such. From the outside, it may seem that some choices can be evaluated in the simple vein of right or wrong, ethical or not. Yet when placed in a situation that perpetuates a choice between survival and death, would we have the same opinion?
The theme of survival is meant to highlight situations that deserve another glance, that are not clean cut or easily defined within the realm of typical ethical boundaries. How far must a person go to survive? Or is death the choice we make instead of going against our morals? What will we do to survive?
If you have a short story that fits the morally gray theme of survival, check out our submission guidelines below.
Submission Period: October 1 to December 30, 2020
Word Limit: 12K words per piece, not including addition information below
Submission Cost: Free
Genres:Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Contemporary
Previously unpublished works
You may submit up to 2 pieces, but each work must be a separate submission
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere
Please don’t send us all pandemic stories – if we pick any, it will only be very few
What to Include with Your Submission *Please read carefully*:
A 3 – 5 sentence bio with social media links
A paragraph detailing how and why your story is keeping with Inked’s mission to publish morally gray stories. Submissions lacking this prerequisite will not be considered for the anthology.
Payment: $30 per accepted piece plus one contributor copy
Rights: First edition exclusive anthology rights for the first six months of publication
Deadline: November 2nd, 2020
Payment: 6 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome
We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020: The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T. Only one submission per person.
For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles. For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.
We beganThe Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.
You can read a copy of our standard contract here. It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.
We accept new work as well as reprints, prose and poetry, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers! If in doubt, edit it down further. And further. No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions. Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale online except as part of an anthology.
For the many writers who valued our feedback on their stories: 1. We have brought back a modified version of the feedback system which will not be time intensive for the editors: — Writers who would like feedback on their stories should request it at the end of their submissions comments. — You will receive feedback only if you request it. — Writers requesting feedback must understand that this is Unedited Feedback Not Intended as Diplomatic Critique; it is the honest and considered opinions of our first readers and assistant editors, designed to help the editors in their assessment of stories. — There may be repetition and contradictory opinions. — Readers can opt in or out of having their feedback passed on, so there may be few or no opinions to send you. — Comments will be passed on without reader names. 2. We have started an Open Mic section, which will include: — The Critiqued Story Place for writers who’d like to see and ask questions about extended critiques from our staff on a story they submitted. When submitting a story please state you’d be interested in this, and we will occasionally choose one of these stories for the Open Mic Critique. This section is only for interested writers. The stories critiqued there are not published, they are for writers’ benefit only, not available to general readers. Sign-in to read and write required. — The Meeting Place, where readers, writers, and staff can meet, ask questions, and make suggestions.
We are looking for: well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space. If you use real existing science, please get it right. You can also read the About Us page for more information.
Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.
We don’t accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.
We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or that might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.
Artwork and Other Imagery
We’re looking for storytelling through images. We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.
We are not presently commissioning any work. We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories. We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online. If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.
*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it. Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome. An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.
Please Read Before Submitting:
In the submissions comments, tell us: — your name, — story title, — genre — word count — whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the preceding twelve months and must not be currently available to read for free or for sale as an individual story. — Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.
We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revision is not a guarantee of acceptance.
No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.
We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman and images as a jpg or through a link. If you write a document in .doc and then just add an x to the end of the file extension, the document may not open for us.
Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.
For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.
On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.
A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register. Adding donotreply at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem. If it doesn’t, you can email submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and we will manually input you into the system.
Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com/portal — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com — for questions about submissions.
editor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com Casey Honebrink
eldritcheditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com Aaron Gudmunson
We get a large number of submissions, so please be patient. Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks. If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.
Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements. We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth! 🙂
When creating passwords for the submissions manager we suggest 12 characters or more with a combination of numbers and both upper case and lower case letters. Please avoid using the ampersand &, percent sign %, plus sign +, quotation marks “, less than <, or greater than > After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here:
For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers. Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.
Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!
For people interested in becoming readers for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process here:
Deadline: June 1st, 2021
Payment: Flat rates $5-$30 depending on length and type (listed below.)
Theme: Genre, literary, poetry, and beyond! Sadly, not spelled out directly below but they do have an area for genre fiction.
NOTE: Due to the current pandemic and its attendant stresses, we will strive to keep things light until further notice. Please hold your darker submissions until the current crisis passes.
Page & Spine is a paying site (paid via PayPal or company check in USD only). Because of the large number of submissions, we will no longer accept work that does not comply with our requirements. Emails containing attachments will be deleted unopened and without notice.
Please research our site for appropriate style and content of submissions. Our readers like what we publish.
Page & Spine considers only unpublished work conforming to the requirements listed below.“Published” is defined as any piece that has been on public view anytime, anywhere. Members only critique sites where work is viewed only by paying members is not a publication venue. Reprints will not be considered.
Because we have bulging pending files in our short story and poems categories, submissions will be accepted only between October 1 and June 1 in these categories and may take 8 months to be vetted. Simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Please plan your submissions accordingly. If you haven’t heard from us after eight months, please check back with us. Sometimes the volume of submissions causes further delays, but be assured we’re not ignoring you.
Author generated photography will not be paid, but may be published at the editor’s discretion with the understanding that Page & Spine can neither control dissemination nor protect copyrights and will not be held responsible for theft or misuse. Do not send photos to which you do not hold the copyright.(If you did not snap the shutter or purchase or inherit the copyright–not permission to use, but the actual copyright–don’t send it.)
For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissions in the body of an e-mail to [email protected]. Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” and add the page (“Story”, “Poems”, etc.) your work is intended to appear on, as appropriate.
Requirements and rates:
Short Storiesup to 3,000 words. Flash Fiction to 1,000 words. Format: Single space. Indent paragraphs. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only. All prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum
microflash (up to 150 words) = $5
flash (up to 500 words) = $10 Longer work will be considered. Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30. Poemsof not more than a total of three typewritten pages. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only. 1 poem = $7
Outta This Worldis for sci fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror. Prose or poetry, paying on the same scale as Short Stories and Poems and with the same formatting requirements
Crumbsshort, witty Poetry, Quips and thought-provoking Flash Fiction (to 150 words).
Quips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each
microflash (up to 150 words) = $5
flash (up to 500 words) = $10
Kid Stuffstories, poems, artwork of all kinds that tell a story reserved for our under-18 contributors. A parent, guardian, or teacher must give written permission for publication and payment. Kid Stuff submissions will be paid on a sliding scale from $5 to $20 depending upon the maturity of the work.
End Notesessays, poems, book reviews on any subject, topical essays, non-fiction
For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissionsin the body of an e-mailto[email protected]. Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” and add the page (“Story”, “Poems”, etc.) as appropriate. To avoid spreading viruses, attachments will not be opened and attachment-bearing e-mails will be deleted unopened.