Author: Stuart Conover

Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: Guilty Crime Story Magazine #6

Deadline: October 14th, 2022
Payment: $10
Theme: Crime Fiction

Submissions for the print magazine OPEN September 1st at 1am EST.

Submissions of under 1k words for the flash series also OPEN. See the flash guidelines for details.

Please read the entirety of the guidelines before submitting as guidelines have changed.

​Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will deleted unread, without response to the submitter.

Guilty publishes crime fiction. It is strongly suggested that you read an issue of the magazine to get a solid feel for what we are looking for.

Crime fiction covers a wide range of potential topics, and we are interested in your take on it, but please note, we are looking for stories of criminals, from their perspective.

There are still many ways that can be interpreted, but there are some things we will not consider:

Epeolatry Book Review: Screams From the Dark, edited by Ellen Datlow


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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Publisher: Tor Nightfire
Genre: Horror
Release Date:7th, June, 2022

Synopsis: A bone-chilling anthology from legendary horror editor, Ellen Datlow, Screams from the Dark contains twenty-nine all-original tales about monsters.

From werewolves and vampires, to demons and aliens, the monster is one of the most recognizable figures in horror. But what makes something, or someone, monstrous?

Award-winning and up-and-coming authors like Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Indrapramit Das, Priya Sharma, and more attempt to answer this question. These all-new stories range from traditional to modern, from mainstream to literary, from familiar monsters to the unknown … and unimaginable.

This chilling collection has something to please―and terrify―everyone, so lock your doors, hide under your covers, and try not to scream.

Contributors include: Ian Rogers, Fran Wilde, Gemma Files, Daryl Gregory, Priya Sharma, Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Indrapramit Das, Siobhan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Glen Hirshberg, A. C. Wise, Stephen Graham Jones, Kaaron Warren, Livia Llewellyn, Carole Johnstone, Margo Lanagan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Evenson, Nathan Ballingrud, Cassandra Khaw, Laird Barron, Kristi DeMeester, Jeffrey Ford, and John Langan.


Taking Submissions: Fable: An Anthology of Horror, Suspense & the Supernatural

Deadline: November 30th, 2022
Payment: Original Fiction: $0.08/word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after. Reprints: $0.01/word
Theme: Horror, mystery, crime, thriller, and/or suspense.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Aurelia Leo presents FABLE: An Anthology of Horror, Suspense & the Supernatural open to all authors. Submissions must fall into one of the following categories: horror, mystery, crime, thriller, and/or suspense. Supernatural elements are encouraged. However, they are not necessary.


Mirror World Publishing Is Open To Novels And Novellas (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st to November 30th, 2022
Payment: Royalties (50% of net profits)
Theme: All forms of speculative fiction and more!

If you would like to submit to us, please follow the submission guidelines below carefully. Submissions that do not contain adequate information or that are received outside of our submissions window will not be reviewed. 

We’re looking for Escapism Fiction…

Our goal is to provide readers with the ability to escape the mundane through wildly creative fiction. We’re looking for books that act as gateways to other worlds, times, or versions of reality. We prefer strong story telling, engaging openings, and compelling character development as well as imaginative settings, vivid world building, and interesting themes. If your manuscript transports a reader somewhere else, tells an engaging story and then brings them back feeling like they have experienced something unique, then we want to publish your book!​


Taking Submissions: midnight & indigo Fall 2022 Window

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: General Fiction” $0.07 per word. Speculative Fiction: $200 for stories accepted in annual Speculative issue, $100 for stories printed on website. Essays: $100
Theme: Any genre. Character-driven stories that leave the readers something to think about.
Note: Black women writers

Deadline: October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm ET
(short fiction – all genres and narrative essays)


Taking Submissions: Short Story Substack October 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st-31st, 2022
Payment: $100 for the chosen story + 50% of subscription revenue
Theme: Any genre, short story

Changing the world, one story at a time


Taking Submissions: Alien Dimensions #23

Submission Window: October 1st and October 31st of 2022
Payment: $20
Theme: Short stories set in deep space and/or on alien planets from now on. Far, far from Earth!

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

Announcement Jan 2022!

Since 2017, Alien Dimensions has been working hard to find its feet in the semiprozine world, while still covering costs. I’ve offered a token payment of $10 per story for stories accepted since then as, being a non-profit with no grants, that’s basically all Alien Dimensions can afford. Also, I volunteer my time to edit it. I’ve previously said that if sales increase, I’ll review that token payment. So, whether it was the double issue, covid, reduced number of issues being released, an increase in interest in space fiction worldwide, changing the release time limit from 1 year to 2 years, better advertising, a new algorithm from Amazon, more people interested in aliens, or more people reading via Kindle Unlimited, or, most likely, Issue #21-#22 being just so good, Alien Dimensions has not only been successful in 2021 it has started recovering losses for previous years.

As a result, with huge thanks to all the readers and writers, from 2022, payments for accepted stories will rise to USD$20 each. I know that is still far away from professional payments but, I plan to review that every year and increase it when possible. There’s been some contract adjustments for this to happen, too. Future issues will remain available indefinitely, from issue #23, and from February 2022, the minimum story length for submission is now 5000 words. Also, Alien Dimensions issues will be 200+ pages rather than 100. Yes, lots of changes for 2022!

So, do you have a space fiction story ready to submit?


The Dwarf Stars Award 2022 Winners Have Been Announced!

Every year, for over two decades, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has voted on their thoughts of the best speculative poetry that has been released in the previous year. In 2022, 106 members of the organization read and voted from over 1,300 entrees for the winners to be decided. Not only was I thrilled that we’ve featured a few of these poets in the past, but I now have the names of quite a few whose work I will be wanting to check out in the future!

Co-Chairs Adele Gardner & Greer Woodward sent in the details on who won, and I’m thrilled to share the results with all of you! For long-term fans of the site who have been with us since we transitioned to covering all forms of speculative fiction, there is an extra treat on the winner’s list. Roughly a quarter of the included poems focused on horror themes!

You can find the full details of the awards and collected work below. (more…)