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

Taking Submissions: This World Belongs to Us

Deadline: November 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.05 per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Horror stories about bugs

From Beyond Press is launching with a bang—or a squirm, or the sound of too many legs skittering in the dark. This World Belongs to Us is an anthology of horror stories about bugs, writ large—we’re not scientists, so spiders and slugs and scorpions (oh my!) are OK too. Watch the book trailer here!

This anthology will feature stories by Bram Stoker Award winner Kealan Patrick Burke, multiple Bram Stoker Award nominees Cynthia Pelayo and V. Castro, plus Paula D. AsheDonnie GoodmanFelix I.D. Dimaro, and Laurel Hightower, as well as a major rediscovery—John B.L. Goodwin‘s 1946 story The Cocoon, one of the creepiest stories ever written but out of print for more than 40 years. The eerie cover is by Jacob Blanchet.

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Phantom Wine Ghost Story Contest

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Prizes: Grand Prize: $5,000, writing credits on a video of the story.
Theme: Original Ghost Stories
Note: Must be 21 to enter.

Bogle Vineyards’ Phantom Wine Ghost Story Contest is gearing up for another year of original ghost stories with the winner being produced into a short film with a cash payout!

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Taking Submissions: The Mike Resnick Memorial Award 2023

Deadline: April 1st, 2023
Award: First Place Prize: A trophy, $250.00 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge. Second place winner $100 and the third place a prize of $50.
Theme: New science fiction short story by a new author

This is an annual award sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge magazine (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con that celebrates new authors. As well as publishing hundreds of books as author and editor, Mike Resnick was known for his “Writer Children”—paying it forward by helping new writers start their careers. This award was created to honor his memory and continue on his legacy by spotlighting the wonderful new voices in the writing world.

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, Submissions Guidelines can be found on this page underneath the winner announcement for the 2022 award!

WINNER OF THE 2022 AWARD

Galaxy’s Edge magazine and Dragon Con have the pleasure of announcing the 2022 winner for THE MIKE RESNICK MEMORIAL AWARD for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author:

WINNER

“What Would You Pay for a Second Chance?” by Chris Kulp

FIRST RUNNER-UP

“Seedpod” by Ellen Parent

SECOND RUNNER-UP

“On the Left” by Sandra Sigienski

Congratulations to our winner and finalists, and thank you to all the talented authors who submitted entries for award consideration! Mike Resnick would have so loved to have been here to witness this achievement!

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2023!

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Taking Submissions: Dragonesque

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word and royalties
Theme: Fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view

Since Grendel and McCaffrey’s Pern, readers have been enthralled with the magic and mystique of dragons. But it’s rare that we get to see the world through the dragon’s perspective. In DRAGONESQUE, you’ll experience an anthology of fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view. High fantasy, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, magical realism, and of course science fiction…DRAGONESQUE will feature a wealth of genres that even a dragon would be tempted to horde.

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Taking Submissions: Empire of Beasts

Deadline: December 1st, 2022
Payment: $40
Theme: Stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures

The prompt: Lost Boys is looking for 8-10 stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures.

This is your time to be utterly creative! What do you think, say, a society of cats would look like if they could walk and talk as humans do? What would their religion be? What would their world look like? What societal standards would they have? What would their homes be made of? Their favorite foods? You don’t have to use cats, you are free to use any creature you wish!

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Taking Submissions: Escape Pod 22-23 Window

Deadline: May 31st, 2023
Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction.
Theme: Science Fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Escape Pod is a science fiction market. We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (superheroes! steampunk! space opera! time travel!) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things impact individuals and society.

Escape Pod leans in the direction of escapism, hopepunk and optimism rather than grimdark and gloom. We love to see funny stories, which can include dark humor that doesn’t punch down, and satire that isn’t painfully bleak. Remember that the failure mode of irony is sincerity, so if you’re mocking something, be sure you’re hitting the right target.

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Taking Artwork: Split Skull Media Horror & Dark Art Calendar 2023!

Deadline: October 13th, 2022
Payment: “Contributors Copy” (Copy of the calendar + a t-shirt)
Theme: Photographs must depict horror in any type of twisted, macabre, and evil images of dark artwork, soaked in whatever vile media you choose to delve into

Greetings Cadavers!

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Horror & Dark Art Calendar is underway! Last year’s 2022 calendar was a killer success, and we were able to help float a couple of names out into the horror ether. For 2023, we are looking for much more bloodlust! Once again we are seeking photo submissions from all you independent horror artists to showcase your vile creations! There are some guidelines below that must be followed, and yes, a photograph release (a necessary document to keep everyone honest), has to be submitted. Other than that, if you have captured art in some evil form and you want to showcase it in our calendar (it’s free by the way, no entry fee!), take a photograph (digital) and send it to us for consideration. We will wade through the rivers of blood to choose just the right ones. But there is more. If your photograph is chosen for a monthly wall, you will be awarded:

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Taking Submissions: Propertius Press 2022-2023 Anthology

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: Contributors Copy and Royalties
Theme: The Natural World

NOTE: PLEASE ENSURE YOUR SUBMISSION IS INTENDED FOR THE SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY. DO NOT SUBMIT IN THIS CATEGORY UNLESS YOUR SUBMISSION IS A SHORT STORY. Submissions in erroneous categories will be rejected, and those with repeated infractions may be blocked from further submissions.

The theme for our Fourth Annual Short Story Anthology is The Natural World. Stories should take place predominantly outdoors or in some natural context, with nature a defining aspect of the work. Man-made environments and situations should take a backseat in the characteristics of landscape, plot, and other elements of your submission.  Merriam-Webster defines “the natural world” as “all of the animals, plants, and other things existing in nature and not made or caused by people.” We would love to see stories that explore how interactions with nature cause tension, excitement, wonder, and/or increase the knowledge of the reader and characters in the story. Reconnecting with the natural world is vital in these times of pandemic, resulting in working from home, avoiding crowds, being cooped up in enclosed spaces, away from each other. How can we maintain our humanity without nature?  How often should we try to be outside, in nature? What can happen because of it? Without it?

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