Category: Anthology

Anthologies

Taking Submissions: Tumbled Tales 1: Stories that Upend Genre Conventions

Deadline: December 1st, 2022
Payment: $25
Theme: Cross-Genre stories

We’re looking for genre authors who cross boundaries. Authors whose stories twist the tropes to showcase in a cross-genre anthology of stories that entertain, but read fresh and new. Send us the story that you can’t classify: a story that can’t be pigeon-holed into a single subgenre, or that pushes against your genre’s boundaries. We want to showcase authors who write uncommon fiction. For example:

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Taking Submissions: Not a Pipe Publishing Untitled LGBTQIA+ Anthology

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: Contributors Copy and royalties
Theme: Speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other works with a speculative element
Note: Authors must be LGBTQIA+ writers

We are so proud of our anthologies Strongly Worded Women, Shout, Denial Kills, and our forthcoming Stories (Within) (available on August 5th of 2022). We want to do it again! When we look at our country and our industry, we’re very concerned about attacks on LGBTQIA+ folks in the USA and around the world. We worry about how those attacks are silencing the voices of LGBTQIA+ authors, poets, and artists. We want to do what we can, so, just as Strongly Worded Women included only female-identifying writers, our next anthology will only feature the work of LGBTQIA+ authors, poets and artists.

Our panel of editors evaluating and selecting submissions is entirely LGBTQIA+ and includes incredible writers like Christine Sandquist, Lydia Valentine, and Claudine Griggs, and our co-publisher Viveca Shearin.

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Taking Submissions: TBD Gothic Romance

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $0.08 a word
Theme: Gothic romances that are equal parts horror and romance.

Submissions Open: August 1st through September 30th 

Title: TBD Gothic Romance 


Type:
Anthology of short stories

Editors: Heather & S.D. Vassallo

Theme: We’re looking for gothic romances that are equal parts horror and romance.
The short stories should be mysterious, atmospheric, and include a HEA (or happy for
now). This is an open call with no slots reserved for invitation pieces. Women
(including transgender and people otherwise marginalized because of their gender
identity) and non-binary authors only.

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Taking Submissions: Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $0.10 (ten cents) per word
Theme: Original short stories up to 6,000 words that explore this idea of great terror growing from the LGBTQIA community’s great strides forward.
Note: Stories must have a strong, central gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer focus/slant/theme

Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising
Edited by: Vince A. Liaguno

When the pendulum of civil rights and social change initiatives swings toward progress, the LGBTQIA community often holds its collective breath in anticipation of the inevitable backlash when the pendulum swings back. Even with these gains, we are constantly looking over our shoulder—waiting for the next shoe to drop, for the next attack on our personhood. The community’s enemies see progress as a perceived danger to their own heteronormative bubbles—and any advancement threatens to burst those fragile bubbles. Even as we hoist the rainbow flag in celebration, a dark rainbow rises on the horizon…

For this third volume of the award-winning Unspeakable Horror series, we are seeking original short stories up to 6,000 words that explore this idea of great terror growing from the LGBTQIA community’s great strides forward. We want your terrifying interpretations and extensions of this theme—not a literal reading.

Questions to explore:

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Taking Submissions: There’s No Place

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

IN SHORT

What: A pro-rate anthology of short fiction pieces on the theme of “home” (500-3500 words) on the theme of HOME

Who: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

When: Submissions are open from July 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022. Publication is scheduled for fall of 2023.

Where: While we will prioritize Canadian submissions, submissions are open to writers throughout the world.

How: Scroll below to see our guidelines!

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Taking Submissions: Our Ocean’d Earth

Deadline: October 30th, 2022
Payment: €200
Theme: Defending nature and empowering communities

In partnership with OceanCare, Stormbird Press’ opens a call for Our Ocean’d Earth contributions. This call is for nonfiction or fiction writing that conveys one clear and unified message: that our oceans are worth fighting for.

To help restore a culture of inspiration and reverence towards Earth’s oceans we are looking for masterfully woven stories from a range of perspectives—from marine life researchers to conservationists, free divers to writers with a deep connection to the sea, and more—who can reveal secrets of the oceans and their inhabitants, or have in some way formed a unique bond with an ocean or its marine life.

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Taking Submissions: Troopers (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 15th – 31st, 2022
Payment: .01 per word and .005 per word for reprints
Theme: Flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Troopers is a magazine of flash fiction featuring military and law enforcement science fiction. All stories in Troopers must feature a fictional military, paramilitary, or law enforcement entity in some meaningful way. Your main character doesn’t need to be a soldier, pilot, or future cop necessarily, but there must be elements of military or law enforcement present in the story. Your character doesn’t need to be human either, sentient space ships, robots, aliens, and the like are more than welcome. Paramilitary characters or groups are also welcome, such as mercenaries, space pirates, cartels, organized corporations with private militaries and/or guards, and other similar entities. We like stories with cool tech and that pack an emotional punch. We have a preference for stories that have a dark and gritty atmosphere and tone as well. We’re looking to push the boundaries of military sci-fi in the flash category and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Taking Submissions: The Science Fiction Tarot

Deadline: October 4th, 2022
Payment: 3 USD cents/word, reprints will pay 1 USD cent/word.
Theme: SF Stories in for each of the cards of the major arcana
Note: Reprints Welcome

The Science Fiction Tarot will contain 22 stories, one tale standing in for each of the cards of the major arcana and placing the anthologies word count at approximately 90-110K words. Stories of up to 7,500 words will be considered, but please be advised that submissions of 5,000 words and under will have the best chance to be selected.

Each author will be expected to submit a 1-3 word science fiction concept for a card, along with a story that exhibits that idea through character, plot or theme. Please have a clear archetype, setting, or SF subgenre and center your submission around the concept: the focus of the tale should be the idea conveyed, not tarot cards themselves.

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