Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters

Deadline: November 15th, 2021
Payment: $20
Theme: True ghost stories, unexplained occurrences, and weird encounters with the paranormal or supernatural.

Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters

Timber Ghost is proud to present, Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters. We are seeking true ghost stories, unexplained occurrences, and weird encounters with the paranormal or supernatural. If you have such a tale, please send it to us, and if it is creepy enough, it just might end up in this anthology (bonus if you have pictures that go along with the story).
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Taking Submissions: Asian Ghost Short Stories

Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence per word for reprints.
Theme: Asian Ghost Short Stories
Note: Looking for writers of Asian heritage
Note: Reprints Welcome

We’re delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! The theme is Asian Ghost Short Stories – a chance for writers of Asian heritage around the world to explore their culture of ghostly folklore and offer fresh stories. Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.

Gothic Fantasy Short Stories

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6 Ways to Touch the Feelings of Your Reader

Photo by Eliott Reyna on Unsplash 

6 Ways to Touch the Feelings of Your Reader

 

Even though many people see writing as something easy, actually touching your readers’ emotions with your text is pretty difficult. Yes, anyone can write. But not anyone can create powerful and compelling stories that have the power of immersing the reader into that story. When it comes to horror stories and books, doing this is extremely important. If you are not able to entice the feelings and emotions of your reader, the story will pass by unnoticed. 

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Taking Submissions: By the Seaside

Deadline: October 30th, 2021
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words
Theme: Horror, By the Seaside

Many times, we’ve been lucky enough to live near the seaside. There is something about falling asleep to the churn of waves that just can’t be beaten. But with the ocean comes issues… scares… especially down here in Australia, where anything may be lurking beneath the surface.

For this collection, we request your stories about life by the seaside. Tales of sand and surf and all the things that may come with it. Be inventive, and take us away on a horrific holiday.

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Taking Submissions: untitled horror-focused Urban Legends (Early)

Submission Window: June 22nd, 2021 – August 1st, 2021
Payment: $50 + royalties spilt and a contributor’s copy
Theme: original, unpublished horror stories dealing with urban legends, either an authentic one or your own creation.

We’re excited to be opening up to submissions for our as-of-yet untitled horror-focused Urban Legends Anthology, edited by Phil Breach, Sarah Walker, and Gordon B. White. (Sarah and Gordon previously collaborated on last year’s folk horror anthology “A Walk in A Darker Wood.”) We have a number of wonderful authors already participating, and we’re looking to fill in several more slots with an open call from June 22nd, 2021 – August 1st, 2021. We are looking for original, unpublished stories – no reprints at this time.

We’re aiming to publish both physical and electronic copies in late Fall 2021. Stories will be accompanied by illustrations. Depending on the number of outstanding stories we received, we may decide split this into two volumes.
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Taking Submissions: The Fuckening

Deadline: November 30th, 2021
Payment: $10
Theme: When your day is going too well and you don’t trust it and some shit finally goes down. Ah, there it is: The Fuckening.

Because we don’t have enough to do, the SFL team has decided to open submissions to a new stand-alone anthology—The Fuckening.

We’ve all seen the memes about “The Fuckening”—when your day is going too well and you don’t trust it and some shit finally goes down. Ah, there it is: The Fuckening.

We were inspired by this sentiment and thus have heeded the call to create an anthology that embodies The Fuckening.
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Blood Rites Horror Is Taking Novels, Novellas, And Collections

Deadline: August 31st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror novels, novellas, and short story collections

Novel and Collection Submissions

Looking for a publisher?

From now until August 31st, we’ll be considering novels, novellas and short story collections for publications. Please note that as a small press, we make use of services like KDP and IngramSpark to print our publications. For more information, get in touch at [email protected].

To submit your work, please email [email protected] with the subject heading “BOOK TITLE – AUTHOR NAME – SUBMISSION”. Include the following in your email:

– The first three chapters of your manuscript, attached as a Word document. Please follow the submission guidelines at the top of this page.

– A cover letter and synopsis in the body of your email. Up to 100 words for the cover letter, and up to 500 for the synopsis. If you’re submitting a collection, please include a general outline of the collection in place of a synopsis, and key details from some of the stories.

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Taking Submissions: Arthropoda

Deadline: August 7th, 2021
Payment: $20 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Speculative poetry and short fiction with monstrous, mythical, or mechanical arthropods

Do you have a story or poem featuring insects, crustaceans, arachnids, or myriapods? We want to publish it!

We are looking for speculative poetry and short fiction with monstrous, mythical, or mechanical arthropods for our upcoming Arthropoda anthology!

The call is open to original fiction and reprints, poetry and short fiction up to 45 lines and 7,500 words respectively.

Please submit no more than two short stories. Shunn manuscript format, simultaneous submissions permitted.

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