Author: Stuart Conover

Taking Submissions: The Modern Deity’s Guide To Surviving Humanity

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word+
Theme: Urban fantasy stories set in the modern-day world with some type of god or deity as the central focus of the story

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE anthology Kickstarter (back us at has hit its goal!  If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration.  I’ve posted the guidelines below.


Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.  Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format.  The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example:  DERELICT:  Ghost Ships Gone Wild!).  The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for.  Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish.  Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered.  Please use Times New Roman font.  The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name.  Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY is to feature urban fantasy stories set in the modern-day world with some type of god or deity as the central focus of the story.  Stories featuring more interesting gods and deities, especially those from less-used cultures, will receive more attention than those that use standard gods/deities.  In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with Zeus.  If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology.  Take note of which gods/deities the anchor authors intend to use (listed in the description of the Kickstarter at, since their stories are already guaranteed to be in the anthology. It’s unlikely we’ll select a second story using the same god/deity.  Be creative, choose something different, and have the god/deity established in the modern world in an unusual and unexpected way.  We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.


The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2020.  Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2021.  Please send submissions to [email protected].  You will receive a receipt email within a few days of us receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration.  Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2021.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2021.  Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2021.  These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules.  Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that.  Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year.  Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word.  The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers.  The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats.  Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter.  Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected].  Thank you.

Via: Zombies Need Brains LLC Patreon.

Taking Submissions: UnMasked: Stories of Risk and Revelation

Deadline: October 15th, 2020
Payment: 6 cents per word
Theme: Secret identities and beyond

UnMasked: Stories of Risk and Revelation


When the mask comes off, can you handle what’s underneath?

When your secret identity is revealed …

When the hero comes out to play …

When the monster is unleashed …

Masks have existed throughout history, from the tribal masks of gods, to the iconic masks of tragedy and comedy, to the iron masks of prisoners. Villains wear masks to commit crimes, heroes wear masks to protect those they love, others wear masks to block disease. Some masks confer power; others rein it in.

Does the true face hide beneath the mask, or is it the mask itself? What happens when the mask comes off? We want you to tell us.

Perhaps your character is a mask collector who buys a mask that is more than he bargained for, or a coroner wearing a protective mask to perform an alien autopsy. The plague mask she inherited from her great-uncle seduces her to evil whenever she puts it on.

We seek stories that explore the masks we wear, the mysteries they conceal, and the price we pay when they’re stripped away. Unmasking, whether literal or figurative, must be integral to the story. Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy, we expect the unexpected. Pull back the mask and reveal your insights, your character-driven tales, and stories that will make us think.

Genre: Original short stories of unmasking, to include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alien, magical, witchcraft, AI, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters. 

Length: up to 5000 words

Rate: 6¢/word on acceptance.

Rights: First Anthology Rights and audio rights; exclusive publication rights revert to author one month after publication; publisher retains non-exclusive right to include in the anthology as a whole.

Due: We are open to submissions from September 1 through October 15, 2020.

Submit: A Microsoft Word or RTF file in standard manuscript format to [email protected]   One submission per person, please. To review standard manuscript format, please see

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson with an editorial team provided by Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Publishing MA students. Anthology made possible by a generous contribution from Draft2Digital.

Via: Word Fire Western.

It Is Time For “More Tales From The Tree” As Volume 2 Has Been Released!

Folks, I’m thrilled to share with you that today ‘Trembling With Fear: More Tales From The Tree: Volume 2‘ is now available on Amazon! This one is joining last week’s release of ‘‘ and we have a pre-order for the digital copy of ‘Serial Killers Volume 1‘ which is due next week.

As for the current collection? ‘More Tales From The Tree Volume 2’ will contain all of the holiday releases, contest winners, and Unholy Trinities which we had released in 2019 on the site with our serialized stories due out in next week’s release.

This is the first of our two releases this year which has Catherine Kenwell helping out on editing duties.

This year, our “Trembling With Fear” series has continued to expand and our Specials have grown once more. From holiday-themed stories to contests and Unholy Trinities, we have more tales from authors you’ll love to sink your teeth into!

This release collects all of the holiday-themed stories, contests, and Unholy Trinities which we’ve released in 2019 on Horror Tree.

Available on Amazon!

Taking Submissions: Far From Home

Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $0.01/word + a print copy of the anthology
Theme: Adventure horror

Off Limits Press is now accepting short fiction submissions for Far From Home, an anthology of adventure horror. Please carefully read the submission guidelines below before submitting.

Submission Guidelines:

Far From Home is an anthology of adventure horror. We are seeking original, unpublished short horror stories which strongly incorporate adventure. Adventure is intended to be interpreted broadly and may include, but is certainly not limited to, tales involving mountaineering, cave diving, the open sea, parkour, rafting, treasure hunting, arctic expedition, and caving. We are interested in and welcome most horror sub-genres, so long as the theme is strongly incorporated. Stories may include horror steeped in realism and/or the supernatural.

Word Count: 2,000 – 8,000 words

Deadline: The submission deadline is November 1st, 2020.

Notification Deadline: All submissions will receive a decision by December 1st, 2020.

Payment: $0.01/word + a print copy of the anthology

Formatting: Please send submissions in standard manuscript format as a MS Word or PDF attachment. Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email, including title, author name, and word count. Please put the title of the submission and the author name in the subject line.

Please send submissions to: [email protected]

Please note: Cover art is subject to change. Submissions will not be accepted outside of the posted deadline.

Via: Off Limits Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Constraint 280

Payment: $2.80
Theme: Narrative fiction in 280 characters or less

Constraint 280 is a venue for narrative speculative work up to 280 characters long. This usually means microfiction and poetry, but things like Twitter bots that generate tweets are also welcome. Experimental and interactive forms are very much welcome. Code may exceed 280 characters if the printed output is 280 characters or under.


  • Multiple submissions OK
  • Simultaneous submissions OK
  • Reprints OK
  • Translations OK with documented permission of original author
  • Untranslated submissions in Spanish and Chinese OK. If accepted, S. Qiouyi Lu will provide an English translation for your piece.
    • Se puede enviarnos obras en español. Si publicamos su obra, S. Qiouyi Lu la traducirá al inglés.
    • 我們歡迎繁體和簡體中文的作品。如果我們出版您的作品,陸秋逸會替您翻譯成英文版。
    • 我们欢迎繁体和简体中文的作品。如果我们出版您的作品,陆秋逸会替您翻译成英文版。

How to Submit

Please send your work to [email protected] with the subject line “[Octavos] TITLE OF WORK by AUTHOR NAME” or “[Constraint 280] AUTHOR NAME” as appropriate. Please paste your work into the body of your email—no attachments! If you need to withdraw your piece for whatever reason, just reply to your original email and let us know.

We aim to reply to all submissions within 14 days. Please query if you haven’t heard back from us in 35 days.


Payment for work accepted for Constraint 280 is a flat 2.80 USD/piece.

Sample Contract

If your piece is accepted, you will receive a contract like the sample one below outlining the rights you will be licensing to microverses. Basically, you will be granting us the non-exclusive right to display your work on our site. We’re happy to answer any questions and make changes to the contract as well.

This Agreement made between microverses, and its successors and assigns, hereinafter referred to as the Publisher, and [author name], hereinafter referred to as the Author.

The parties agree as follows:

(1) The Work. This Agreement pertains solely to the Author’s textual work titled “[Story Title].”

(2) Limitations On Scope Of Grant.  

(i) This Agreement is not a transfer of the copyright to the Work.

(ii) All rights not expressly granted by the Author reside exclusively with the Author.  Any rights that may be developed in the future shall reside with the Author.

(3) Electronic Rights. The Author grants non-exclusive electronic rights to the Publisher to include the Work in the Magazine, for publication in the English language [and Spanish or Chinese if applicable] on or before [the date by which first publication must occur.]

For the avoidance of doubt, the rights granted to the Publisher under this paragraph are rights only to the publication or dissemination of an electronic replica of the Work as it is incorporated in the Magazine website, and not to any other publication, dissemination or use of the Work.

The Author may terminate the grant of non-exclusive electronic rights and ask the Publisher to remove the Work from the magazine’s website, archives, electronic back issues, bundles, or any other electronic format, and the Publisher agrees that it will comply within 30 days of such request. 

(4) (a) For the rights granted to the Publisher in this Agreement, the Publisher shall pay the Author the sum of [payment amount], no later than 60 days after receipt by the Publisher of this agreement executed by the Author.  If payment is not received as required by this paragraph, all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author.

(b) Payment shall be made by PayPal or by another means agreed to by the Author.

Any fees, charges, or commissions required because of use of electronic means of payment shall be paid by the Publisher.

(5) If the Publisher fails to publish the Work by [the date by which first publication must be made], all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author. In such event, the Author shall retain any payments made under this Agreement prior to such reversion.

(6) Arising under and terminating with the grant of rights to the Work in this Agreement, the Author grants Publisher the right to use the Author’s name and biographical material for all advertising, promotion and other use of the Work. Upon request, the Author shall provide the Publisher with appropriate biographical material for such use. The Publisher shall use only the Author’s name and biographical material provided and approved by the Author.

(7) The Author warrants that, as of the date of executing this agreement, the Author is the sole author of the Work; that the Author is the owner of all the rights granted to the Publisher hereunder and has full power to enter into this agreement and to make the grants herein contained; that the Work is original and any prior publication of the Work in whole or in part has been fully disclosed to the Publisher; and that to the best of the Author’s knowledge the Work does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other proprietary or personal right of any person, firm, or corporation.

(8) The Publisher will make no alterations to the Work’s text or title without the Author’s written approval in email or hardcopy. The Author will be provided with the Publisher’s proposed version of the work prior to publication and given sufficient time to review text. The Publisher reserves the right to make minor copyediting changes to conform the style of the text to its customary form and usage.

(9) The Publisher agrees to list a proper copyright notice for the Work in the name of the Author at the end of the Web-published story.

(10) The Author will be credited at the beginning of the story as [author’s byline].

(11) The Publisher shall not make the Work available to any distributor, catalogue, service, or computer program which alters the text of the work or the display of the work, beyond typographic or formatting changes that do not affect the meaning of the work, or facilitate such changes—including but not limited to removing or changing profanity—without written permission of the Author.

(12) Regardless of its place of execution, this agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of the State of California.

(13) Successors and Assigns. Publisher may not assign or in any way transfer this contract or the rights granted by it to another person or entity without the written permission of Author.

(14) Amendment. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties, and supersedes all prior writings or oral agreements. This Agreement may be amended, only by a written agreement clearly setting forth the amendments and signed by both parties.

(15) Void Provision. If any term or condition of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unlawful or otherwise unenforceable, the parties agree that such term or condition shall be reformed as nearly as may be possible to carry forth the intentions of the parties and that such illegality, unlawfulness, or unenforceability shall not act to void any other term or condition of this Agreement nor to void the Agreement as a whole.

(16) The parties acknowledge that each party has read and understood this contract before execution.

In witness whereof the parties have executed this contract in duplication originals on this DD day of [full name of month], YYYY.

[Author’s signature] [Date]
[Publisher’s signature] [Date]

Via: Microverses.

Taking Submissions: AGNI Online

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150 and 2 contributors copies
Theme: This has to be literature. They don’t print genre work but you can borrow from genre work for your story.

Essentials to remember

September 1st
– May 31st
Two to four
Electronic and
No hard-and-fast
length limit

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting

  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.

Some requests

  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please use page numbers and, if you are submitting prose, double-space your document.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Via: Agni Online.

Taking Submissions: Terrifying Ghosts

Deadline: September 20th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
Theme: Ghastly castles, haunted mansions, shadowy forests and long, dark corridors
Note: Reprints allowed

Gothic Fantasy Short Stories

Terrifying Ghosts Anthology

Ghastly castles, haunted mansions, shadowy forests and long, dark corridors… This new addition to the Gothic Fantasy series will be packed with tales of terror, bringing together the new and the familiar, the unusual and the unexpected. Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories will deliver a satisfying read for anyone fascinated by glimpses of the beyond: master storytellers featured include A.C. Benson, E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Marjorie Bowen, Francis Marion Crawford, Charles Dickens, Sheridan Le Fanu, William Hope Hodgson, Henry James, M.R. James, Bram Stoker and Edith Wharton.

Formal Call for Submissions (2020)

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.

Submit stories by email to [email protected]com

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
  • We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
  • You can submit more than one story.
  • Final submission date is 20th of September.

A Word about the SFWA

To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!

Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination!

Via: Flame Tree Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Lost Contact

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: $0.05 per word
Theme: To lost contact (not being specific in the call, just what that means to you, ideas for themes below!)

Hi! If you are a writer, this post will be of great interest to you. But, before we get to our big announcement, I do want to point out we’ve recently uploaded several new titles on our homepage. Please check it out and order (or, in some instances, pre-order) a couple books. If you love indie horror, the best way to show that is to support publishers directly, and you can do that by ordering books through our webstore. (We will be issuing out other posts at a later date going into more detail on the new titles uploaded, such as Jessica Leonard’s debut novel, Antioch, which is gonna blow y’all’s minds; seriously, you might as well just go ahead and pre-order it right now before reading anything else in this newsletter–it’ll be the wisest decision you’ve ever made.)

Now, on to our announcement…

Long-time fans of Perpetual Motion Machine know we have released two critically acclaimed anthologies titled Lost Signals and Lost FilmsThese anthologies have featured fiction from folks like Josh Malerman, Brian Evenson, Kristi DeMeester, Gemma Files, Damien Angelica Walters, and so on…

One thing we’ve been asked about the most, probably, is when are we going to complete the trilogy of these…LOST anthologies. And…well, it’s pretty obvious by now, but we intend on completing the trilogy in 2021. But we need help.

Which is why, beginning right now, we are officially open for story submissions for a brand-new anthology called…LOST CONTACT. 

Now, what does LOST CONTACT mean? I guess that depends on what the word CONTACT means to you. To lose contact…does that bring to mind something physical, something intangible? Does it give you a sense of isolation? Does it bring to mind…aliens, maybe? Being stranded? LOST? I think, in the times we live in right now, the phrase “LOST CONTACT” might mean a whole heck of a lot to all of us, and we want to see what you make of it. We’re keeping the theme vague here. We’re excited to see how writers interpret it. There are so many ways you can explore “LOST CONTACT”. Go wild with it.

And, since this is the final entry of our LOST trilogy — Lost Signals and Lost Films being the previous two entries — it would be to your benefit to include TECHNOLOGY of some kind in the submission you write, whatever that might mean to you. The stories need to be deeply rooted in the horror genre, but if it also contains flavors of weird science fiction, that would be pretty fuckin’ radical. (We highly recommend checking out the previous two volumes to get a sense of what we’re looking to publish.)

Interested? Great! Here are the rest of the guidelines:

Lost Contact
an anthology edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle

Deadline: December 31, 2020
Word count: 1,000 – 7,000
Payment: $0.05 per word
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Multiple submissions: No
Reprints: No

Email all submissions to [email protected] with “STORY TITLE_LAST NAME_WORD COUNT” in the subject line.

Oh, and please–for the love of god–spare us your terrible contact lens puns. You are not clever. Your mother lied to you. Don’t do it.

Thanks! That’s it. Now go write some groovy horror fiction!

Via: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

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