Category: Call Type

Ongoing Submissions: Moran Press Seeks Dark Literary Fiction Short Stories

Payment: $25 and 2 hardcover copies
Theme: Dark fiction that is memorable. Fun. Shocking.

Moran Press seeks stand-alone short fiction – 2500 words up to 5000 words
to a book – can be one short story or multiple stories if they are on
the same theme and/or connected. Work can be previously published
if you control the rights, but please, no excerpts. 

These stories will be published in HAND SEWN
HARDCOVER BOOKS
 (and softcover chapbook editions).

Terms will be simple – $25 +
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Taking Submissions: Queer Weird West Tales

Deadline: Febraury 28th, 2022
Payment: a flat fee of between $30 and $50 USD will be offered.
Theme: Speculative fiction that takes place in the wild west that has at least one main character belongs to the LGBTQ+ spectrum

I’ve written a Queer Weird West novel, titled Writ in Blood – and frankly I just haven’t had enough yet! Hence this call for submissions to a new anthology titled Queer Weird West Tales.

This hybrid subgenre requires three elements:

  • Queer: At least one main character belongs to the LGBTQ+ spectrum, defined in whatever way seems natural to them.
  • Weird: The story contains a speculative fiction element, drawing on fantasy, horror, or science fiction.
  • West: The setting is the Old West – or the time and place of any other frontier.

If that strikes a creative chord with you, here are the details:
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Taking Submissions: The Theatre Phantasmagoria Fresh Starts (Early Listing)

Submission Window: December 1st-31st
Payment: £10
Theme: Fresh starts and new beginnings

Each month, a new theme will be announced, and we will be accepting flash fiction submissions based around the specific theme for the entirety of that month. From these submissions, four winners will be chosen to be published each Friday of the subsequent month, and at the end of the year, these forty-eight flash fiction pieces will appear in a similarly titled anthology.

We will be looking for original and unpublished fictional stories that run the gamut of the horror genre and all its assorted sub-genres—we’re open to it all, so long as it has a strong horror twist flowing through its veins. Since The Theatre Phantasmagoria series is aiming to offer varied slices of horror, you can really go wild as far as characters, settings, and storylines go. As always, if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We also encourage submissions from femaleBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re striving to offer a range of experiences and perspectives in this series.
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Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries

Deadline: February 15th, 2022
Payment: $100 and a paperback copy
Theme: Collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries
Description: A collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”. This could include Holmes investigating a crime committed at Bart’s hospital, having a nurse as a client, or figuring out the cause of a strange illness killing off some of London’s wealthiest citizens. The topic is quite broad on purpose and we invite authors to be creative with their submissions.
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Taking Submissions: Toilet Zone 3: The Royal Flush

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Stories that are the perfect length for between sitting down and having a ‘royal flush’

THE TOILET ZONE: THE ROYAL FLUSH
SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO 31 DECEMBER 2021
HellBound’s third outing to the smallest room…
And no, don’t panic, we’re still not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror – although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we’d be more than delighted to read it!
The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water….

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Taking Submissions: The Grey Rooms – Season 5

Deadline: April 17th, 2022
Payment: $25
Theme: Any genre, Rated R, your story’s main character must be killed at the end of the story

The Grey Rooms – Season 5 Story Submission Guidelines

We are excited to bring you another season of our horror anthology series. But we can’t do it without *you.*

Please read the following submission guidelines below, as we’ve shaken them up a great deal for this season! Thanks for joining us in… the Grey Rooms!

Submissions Begin: October 1st, 2021

Submissions Close: April 17th, 2022:  Midnight ET 

Content Requirements
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Taking Submissions: Wayward & Upward

Deadline: January 30th, 2022
Payment: Short stories: $100 CAD upon publication, Poetry: $50 CAD upon publication
Theme: A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit.
Note: Look at the submission page at the very bottom to verify the song you want to tackle is still open.

A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.

This anthology will include one short story and three poems for each track on this album.

Short stories and poems must use the same title as the relevant track.

Draw inspiration from the title, but be sure to also listen to the track. Imagine that the track is the main theme or opening music in a movie that is your story or poem.

All genres welcome. Open to anyone in the world.

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Taking Submissions: Fall Into The Abyss

Deadline: December 5th, 2021
Payment: Royalties or $5, whichever is greater
Theme: Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror
Note: Reprints Welcome

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We consider stories for two types of publications:

  1. Website
  2. Anthologies (approximately 20 stories per anthology)

Response Time: We will try our best to respond in four to eight weeks after the submission period ends. The first wave of rejections is usually quick (two weeks after the submission period ends)

 

Word Count: 4,000–15,000 for website and anthologies; 500–2000 for flash fiction anthologies

Submission Fee: None

Rights: the copyright to the story remains yours. All we ask for are nonexclusive rights to publish your story

Payment:

  • Website:

Currently, there is no payment for website publications because the blog is not yet monetized and we are in the beta phase (which may last for eight to twelve months). Once we get the numbers, we will come up with a model (probably token advance) that will allow us to pay our writers as well as fund the growth of TGVB (YouTube channel, audiobooks, story podcast, etc). It is an important goal for us to reach the stage when we can pay a decent sum to our authors. However, it will take time as these are some hard times for small presses. But we are sure we will get there if we keep working diligently. While monetary payment is not possible at the moment, we still want to offer some perks!

  • Anthologies:

Payment is 40% net profit divided equally among the contributors of that anthology. Net profit accounts for discounts, returns, and printing cost; we do not subtract any cover art, editing, formatting, or promotion costs. In other words, we pay 40% of the money vendors (such as Amazon) pay us. If the anthology doesn’t perform well, we will pay a one-time payment of 5 USD to each author (if future royalty share exceeds this amount, the remainder will also be paid). We understand that this amount is quite low. TGVB is currently operating under loss. Payment will increase as we grow.

We believe in transparency. Our goal is to become a press our authors are super proud and happy to be associated with. Unfortunately, TGVB was founded not long before the pandemic of 2020. This is a difficult time for many industries. Small presses may not heal for a long time. Therefore, the profit earned from anthologies is quite small; the reason why we heavily invested in the website model. The one thing we can promise is that we will do everything we can to create absolutely gorgeous paperbacks and make them available widely. Print is a slow game. Eventually, the website traffic will help our books gain even more visibility, so we expect that the profit for anthologies will also rise. At that time, we will shift to the token payment model (along with royalties).

(Note: these payment terms are applicable to all previous TGVB anthologies as well)

Format:

(We have tried our best to keep our formatting guidelines standard. If you feel any guideline is extraneous or frustrating, please contact us and we will consider changing it.)

  • File type: .docx only (our system does not support any other format currently. But if there’s no way you can convert the file, send an email to thegreatvoidsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com. However, while every story will be read, stories submitted using the TGVB Submissions Manager will receive responses faster.)
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12-point
  • Don’t include any details inside the document; start directly (we read submissions blind)
  • Use indents of 0.5 inches for paragraphs; don’t use tabs or spaces
  • Single space after periods. No unnecessary blank lines between paragraphs
  • Use *** (three asterisks) for scene breaks
  • Check your punctuation marks (em-dash should be em-dash, not a hyphen or two consecutive hyphens; ellipsis should be an ellipsis, not three consecutive periods; and please use curly marks for quotes, commas, and apostrophes)
  • No spacing around em-dashes and ellipses
  • No double spacing after periods. Use italics instead of underlines.

How to submit:

You’ll find the TGVB Submissions Manager at the right bottom corner of the page. Go there and TGVB’s virtual assistant Voidly will guide you with the procedure.

Please note that stories submitted without a summary will not be considered. We have only one editor. We cannot read all stories completely. We read the first three pages and the summary to determine the first cut. This sounds a little harsh, but please understand that this is the only way we can keep up with the schedule. This is a good thing for writers too because we can be quick in sending out the first wave of rejections.

A good summary should tell what the story is about. It should describe the main characters, the conflict, and the main plot points. If you’re following a standard plot structure, also mention that. All in 2000 characters (300-450 words). Think of it like a super-condensed outline.

The following submissions will not be considered:

  • Poems (single-author poetry collections will be considered in the future)
  • Screenplays
  • Stories with word count outside the word count range (100-200 words here and there is fine)
  • Stories sent before or after the submission period
  • Stories that do not belong to the genre or the theme of the anthology
  • Stories that may be hurtful to members of the LGBTQIA+ community or POC or any race. Stories that include these elements but treat them seriously and sensitively will be considered.
  • Stories that rely too much on shock value. Sometimes, such stories will be considered for certain subgenres of horror (but even then we prefer stories with substance)
  • Stories that were submitted in a previous submission period but were declined. Please know that we consider all possibilities before rejecting a story. So, submitting it again will not change our opinion. We will consider such a story only if it has been significantly edited; in this case, please describe the changes in the summary section.
  • Stories cannot be submitted without a summary. No blurbs in place of summary, please.

We have no problem with simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions (three max), and reprints. In fact, since we cannot pay much at the moment, we encourage you to submit reprints so that you can continue trying for well-paying publications for your unpublished stories and we can give your old darlings a new life. We love all good stories equally.

Before you submit, please read our understanding of a good story (and it’s not just ours—good storytelling is universal). The following passages are small because we don’t want to waste your time, but our editor has included all the main points. Upon reading them, if you think your story needs another round of editing, please consider doing that first before submitting; otherwise, your story may not get very far in the selection process. We read submissions several times a year, so you can even skip the current submission period if you need more time—the doors will be open before long.

That’s all! Thank you so much for considering TGVB. We really hope you will give us a chance. We are looking forward to reading your amazing stories!

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