Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: CloisterFox #3

Deadline: January 31st, 2023
Payment: £30 plus a copy of the zine
Theme: Ruins
Note: British authors and authors of other nationalities living in Britain

Submissions are open until midnight GMT on the 31st of Jan 2023.

The theme of issue two is ruins. We want crumbling castle ramparts and wrecks haunting the sea bed. Give us derelict shopping centres and condemned flats. And don’t forget, people can be ruins too.

We’re looking for submissions from British authors and authors of other nationalities living in Britain. We are particularly keen to hear from under-represented groups, including BIPOC, LGBT, and disabled writers.

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Ongoing Submissions: IZ Digital

Payment: (EUR) 1.5¢ per word
Theme: science fiction and fantasy stories

IZ Digital is currently open to unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy stories up to a maximum of 5000 words.

We are looking for original, unpublished stories. Please do not query about reprints.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept multiple submissions.

If you receive a rejection from us, please wait three weeks before submitting again.

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Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope #48

Deadline: March 15th, 2023
Payment: US 4¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $4, maximum $25
Theme: Poetry involving fungi! Details below

Eye to the Telescope 48, Fungi, will be edited by Avra Margariti.

FUNGI: Mushrooms, molds, and other fungi are organisms that live all around us, yet for the longest time they have eluded classification. They can offer sustenance and ensure survival, or cause a slow, poisoned death. Their mycelium and spores spread–subterranean, airborne–beyond our perception. Within forest ecosystems, fungi are decomposers: feeding on dead matter, returning the nutrients to the soil in a perpetual cycle of destruction and rebirth.

I am particularly interested in cli-fi, body horror, and fabulism from marginalized voices. Make me feel the sublime ache of metamorphosis, the transcendental comfort of belonging in a colony. Send me poems about prehistoric Prototaxites populating the earth; mycologists using parasitic cordyceps to reanimate the dead; Amanita princesses, priests, and witches; the Fungal Folk evolving to survive in space, a starship built out of their own filaments and tendrils.

Embrace the beauty in decay, and let your imagination mushroom like foxfire gleaming bioluminescent through the forest dark.

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Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm #17

Deadline: February 21st, 2023
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Speculative Fiction, details below

NOW READING FOR ISSUE #17

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST


Planet Scumm accepts submissions from writers across the world. (Our HQ is a roving meteor-sized space station—Earth’s borders mean nothing to us. We want to hear from writers of every race, nationality, and gender identity.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

  • Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain

  • Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream

  • Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy, will be considered for entry to the interstellar archive aboard Scummy’s saucer

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Taking Submissions: The Midnight Zone (Early Listing)

Submission Window: February 1st – March 30th, 2023
Payment: Contributors copy and 3 cents per word
Theme: Never-before-seen monsters!

Open for submissions February 1 from Dragon’s Roost Press:
a dark, speculative new anthology series,
THE MIDNIGHT ZONE.

Join featured authors Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Jeffrey Thomas, and Gaby Triana, and the twisted editorial minds that brought you Stitched Lips, Appetites, Burnt Fur, and Harmony & Dissonance, to go to strange-and-dark new places, to plumb the depths of a Twilight Zone with sand in its teeth.

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Interview with Horror Anthology Editor Rayne Hall

When it comes to entering indie horror, quite a few of you have likely stumbled across the works of Rayne Hall. From writing in most forms of genre fiction and releasing a slew of non-fiction titled Writer’s Craft, whose purpose is to help other authors, it would be hard to have missed her contributions. On top of this, past her writing, she has also edited quite a few anthologies over the years, and it is likely that you’ve seen her work on that front and possibly even submitted to an anthology or two of hers yourself. Today, we’re thrilled to share a look at her editing side and how she (and likely other publishers) chooses their preferred stories. For the writers out there, here is another great example of how to get your work in front of the editors who are choosing what goes into their anthologies.

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Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal May 2023 Issue

Deadline: April 1st, 2023
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.

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Taking Submissions: A Coup Of Owls Summer 2023 Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st – 31st, 2023
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 ONLY PUBLISH CREATORS FROM UNDER REPRESENTED AND/OR MARGINALISED BACKGROUNDS AND/OR COMMUNITIES

We don’t ask for any proof, we take this on trust with the expectation that anyone not from a marginalised background or underrepresented community wouldn’t take up the space of someone who is. We ask you to consider this before submitting.

QUARTERLY ONLINE ANTHOLOGY: BRIEF

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.

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