Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: manywor(l)ds June/July 2024 Window

Submission Window: June 1st – July 31st, 2024
Payment: $10
Theme: Stories of any genre by writers who identify with and as any of the following descriptors: trans, two-spirit, disabled, neurodivergent, Mad, queer, crip, nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex.

We welcome submissions by those who identify with and as any of the following descriptors: trans, two-spirit, disabled, neurodivergent, Mad, queer, crip, nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex. This is a space for the words, works, and worlds of and by those whose bodyminds defy social expectations and invite new ways of thinking and knowing.

We do not need to know the specifics of your identity/diagnosis/experience unless you want us to. We invite closeted and questioning people to share their work, as well as those whose experiences fall outside the confines of the language we used above.

We welcome submissions from creators of all ages. We particularly encourage unpublished/emerging/young creators to submit. If you know an incarcerated/institutionalized creator who would like to submit, email us for information as to where to mail the submission, or clearly indicate in your message that you are submitting on their behalf.

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Enter to Win one of 10 digital copies of Cretaceous Canyon!

ENTER TO WIN A DIGITAL COPY OF CRETACEOUS CANYON

The Horror Tree is giving away TEN ebook copies of Deborah Sheldon’s creature-feature novel, Cretaceous Canyon. This novel is currently shortlisted for both the Aurealis “Best Horror Novel” Award, and the Australian Shadows “Best Novel” Award!
Australia’s outback holds a mysterious canyon. Hidden deep within is a forest of pine tree that dates from the Cretaceous Period. A megacorporation sends in a team of experts to research this canyon for botanical riches.
The expedition enters a no-man’s land formed 100 million years ago when Australia was still attached to Antarctica, and dinosaurs ruled the super-continent. But the canyon has more prehistoric and dangerous species than anyone could have possibly imagined.
Trapped and terrified, unarmed and unable to communicate topside, the team’s extraction deadline is six long hours away.
The frantic race for survival is on.

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Is 2024 Going to Provide a Dracula Movie Worthy of the Book?

Is 2024 Going to Provide a Dracula Movie Worthy of the Book?

Since being published at the end of the 19th century, Dracula by Bram Stoker has proven to be one of the most influential horror books of all time. While it has inspired numerous movies over the last century, many of them have disappointed fans of the book. Will 2024 see the release of a new Dracula movie that captures the magic created by the author?

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Taking Submissions: Little Red Flags (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 1st – 16th, 2024
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Thriller + Suspense + Psychological Horror that deal with Little Red Flags about cults, cons, and control

The warning signs were there: those little red flags. But in the beginning, it all looked rose-colored. You thought you were getting community, belonging, and purpose. Maybe a lucrative new career. Maybe even salvation. Instead, you got control, fanaticism, greed, manipulation, and terror.

Bring us your fiction stories of fanaticism, fundamentalism, extremism, and control. We want to read about cons people pull off that make our jaws drop. The horrors hiding just beyond the edges of our better judgment.

We want the kind of monsters who hide in plain sight: charismatic cult leaders with a god-complex (think: NXIVM, Twin Flames Universe) and systems built to prey on the vulnerable (think: Lularoe). Give us MLM puppet masters, unhinged homeschooling movements, manipulative or extreme doomsday preppers, and weight-loss cults. We want characters who will give us a peek behind the veneer of a megachurch, an insider’s view of the pressure to recruit for a pyramid scheme, an up-close look at love-bombing in action, along with the emotional fallout.

NOTE: We’re not interested in stories that revolve around ideologies or theologies. Instead, we’re seeking stories that focus on the ways charismatic predators and extreme ideas lure vulnerable, well-meaning truth-seekers and turn ordinary people into monsters.

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Taking Submissions: Zombies in the New Normal

Deadline: August 1st, 2024
Payment: $100
Theme: Real World Based Zombie Horror

WORKING TITLE:

Zombies in the New Normal

STORY QUANTITY  – 12 TO 15

WORD COUNT – 3000 TO 12,000

PAY – $100/Story

GENRE – Real World Based Zombie Horror

SUBMISSION DEADLINE – 1/August/2024

RELEASE DATE 1/October/2024

FORMAT – Word document. Un-indented. Single space with double spaces between paragraphs.

Stories from editor’s prompts have the best chance of acceptance.

SUBMIT TO – [email protected]

The stories in this anthology will be by individual writers, but each story will share a common thread of parameters as background.

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Taking Submissions: The Quarterly Journal – W3IRD

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: Something a little… W3IRD

A Literary Journal with Some Art, Comics, and Analysis Thrown in for Good Measure

As Quarter Press continues to grow, we’re adding another coin to our pocketful of change. We want to offer a space for shorter works to mingle with art and other bits of nonsense, so we bring you The Quarter(ly): It just makes cents.

Issues are themed; however, we consider all interpretations.

2024’s Themes and Deadlines:

W3IRD (July 31) ~ W3IRD – July 31 – At this point, the “Weird” themes have become some of my favorite issues, so let’s keep it weird with a third installment!

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Taking Submissions: Arkham Institutions (tentative title)

Deadline: June 30th, 2024
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Cosmic Horror stories set in and around Arkham, Innsmouth, and other mythos related areas that take place in or are associated with Lovecraftian tales AND which feature a public or private institution of some sort

Dragon’s Roost Press is please to announce the open call for our next anthology. We have previously published collections of short stories which mix Lovecraftian Mythos with elements of Romance (Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft) and with Humor (LOLcraft: A Compendium of Eldritch Humor). This time instead of focusing on emotions, we want to look at setting. Specifically, we want to look at how different institutions have to deal with the eldritch abominations of Lovecraftian horror.

Arkham Institutions (tentative title) will feature 10 – 15 short stories focusing on the various aspects of government and business and their relationship with the oddness that creeps up in and around that most (in)famous New England Town.

What We Are Looking For

We want to see Cosmic Horror stories set in and around Arkham, Innsmouth, and other mythos related areas that take place in or are associated with Lovecraftian tales AND which feature a public or private institution of some sort. What does Arkham Elementary teach? What weird cases does law enforcement have to deal with? What kind of people are seen in the Emergency Room? The psych ward? The local library?

We are still looking for character driven stories, but make sure that these places are characters in their own rights. Draw us in and make us feel like we are there.

NOTE: We are not looking for stories set at Miskatonic University nor the Orne Library. There are plenty of stories with these settings. Give us something new.

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Taking Submissions: Taking Submissions: Allegory Volume 46

Deadline: June 30, 2024
Payment: $15
Theme: Speculative fiction, primarily horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
Note: Reprints welcome

Formatting Guidelines

This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we’re putting it up front. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to [email protected]. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.

EMAIL AND COVER LETTERS

Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) – (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story’s title
The story’s word count

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