Category: Anthology

Taking Submissions: Made in L.A. Vol. 6

Deadline: August 31st, 2024
Payment: 1 cent per word
Theme: Stories that evoke nuanced feelings and leave a lasting impression that take place in LA
Note: Authors/writers who are based in Los Angeles, lived here, or have a strong tie to the area.

Note: We are open for submissions for Made in L.A. Vol. 6, starting April 20 through August 31, 2024. See below for our submission guidelines and to sign up to our newsletter for updates about open submissions periods.

The Made in L.A. indie author co-op is a Los Angeles-based group of writers dedicated to the support and appreciation of independent authors.

We publish work by new, emerging, and established writers, including those who have been underrepresented or historically misrepresented, with a preference for writers who currently live in and around Los Angeles. Previously published and unpublished fiction will both be considered. Submissions are free.


Taking Submissions: Face the Storm

Deadline: August 1st, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Space Coasties

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Theme: A collection of stories dealing with Space Coasties!

Concept: We’re looking for a story that shows a modern Coast Guard in a speculative fiction setting. These can be set in any speculative fiction setting that you want, so long as the story covers a Coastie in action. Generally speaking, we want action stories, but we want your creativity to be the only limiting factor!

Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000 (standard word count)

Edited by: JR Handley & Bayonet Books

Opening Essay by: TBD

Anchor Author: TBD

Due Date: August 1, 2024

Email Submissions to: [email protected] with “Space Coasties!” in the subject line

Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors.


Taking Submissions: Starspawn: A Miskatonic Mystery Anthology

Deadline: September 15th, 2024
Payment: 2 cents per word, lore from these stories will also be featured in the upcoming Starspawn videogame which is cool for bragging rights but you won’t be paid extra for it which is an honest sticking point for many
Theme: Stories set in a variation of the Lovecraft universe which is listed below
Note: Be sure to read the legal at the bottom, it is very straightforward as this is for a videogame, but might be news to some

Ancient horrors… secret countermeasures… a cosmic cold war, turning hot…

This is the world of Starspawn: A Miskatonic Mystery, an indie video game in development by our team of two. We will be doing a Kickstarter later this year, and we would like to offer an original short story anthology as a reward; portions of the stories will also be included in the game, with the full text available as bonus achievements. These stories will flesh out the lore of the game’s universe, and should be based on the prompts listed below. We are offering $0.02 per word (to a maximum of $100), and looking for stories in the 2,500 – 7,500 word range. Submissions are open now, and close on September 15, 2024. We will evaluate all submissions after the closing date.


Taking Submissions: Planet Black Joy

Deadline: January 1st, 2025
Payment: 8 cents per word for original work, 2 cents per word for reprints
Theme: Stories that express black joy written by women and non-binary folk who identify as Black, African, or of Afro-descendent heritage
Note: Reprints welcome

You are cordially invited to contribute to an anthology of speculative fiction that’s being published through Rosarium Publishing titled Planet Black Joy in Fall 2025. The collection will feature about 20 to 25 short stories by women and non-binary folk who identify as Black, African, or of Afro-descendent heritage exploring and celebrating Black joy and pleasure.

What are we looking for?


Taking Submissions: What If… Skunk Wurks Edition

Deadline: January 1st, 2025
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Top secret government projects

Who doesn’t know the black projects that rolled out of the Skunk Works like the famous SR-71, U-2, or F-117 stealth fighter? What do you think they aren’t telling us about? This anthology dives into the concept of other black projects, their uses, and outcomes. Maybe the crazies are right. What If… the UFO’s are actually ours… Anything from discovery and design to use in application of the Aircraft, Heavy Weapons, Power Armor, Sea Vessels, and more are welcome.

We’re looking for new, previously unpublished stories that take us on an adventure and leave us wanting more.

  • Genre: Speculative Fiction
  • Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000
  • Opening Essay by: TBD
  • Edited by: William Joseph Roberts
  • Anchor Author: TBD
  • Due Date: January 1, 2025

Email submissions to: threeravenspublishing @ gmail dot com with “Skunk Wurks” in the subject line

Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors.


Taking Submissions: Tales of Winter Shadows

Submission Window: July 4 – September 6th, 2024
Payment: $20.00 for original fiction, $10.00 for poems , $5.00 for reprints
Theme: As cold and silence envelopes the earth, and all things lie dormant, we all move inward and lean toward hibernation, shadow work and self-reflection.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Opens for Submissions July 4

The next edition to our popular YULE anthology will be opening this summer for submissions.

Submissions open July 4 – September 6

Send manuscripts to [email protected]


Word Count: 2,000 to 7,000 for stories

Up to 4 pages for poetry

$20.00 for original fiction

$10.00 for poems

$5.00 for reprints


Taking Submissions: Twisted Laughs An Anthology of Dark Humor

Deadline: July 15th, 2024
Payment: $15 and a contributors copy
Theme: Dark Humor


We’re summoning the darkest, most devilishly witty scribes for our upcoming anthology of dark humor. Unleash your ink and submit your darkest chuckles. We’re searching for tales that tickle the funny bone while sending shivers down the spine. Dare to delve into the abyss of laughter with us? Submit your morbidly hilarious masterpieces today!


Taking Submissions: Madness by Firelight

Deadline: July 31, 2024
Payment: Royalties and Digital Copy
Theme: Scary Campfire Stories

You’re sitting around the campfire; it’s dark, the moon is high in the sky, the wind is whistling through the trees, and the sense of isolation is pervasive. You hear a twig snap in the darkness, everyone is tense. What’s the story you tell your friends to terrify them? What’s in the dark, stalking the camp: an axe murderer, a werewolf, or something so far beyond our mortal understanding that just the sight of it will drive each of us insane? Tell me a ghost story, I want to be afraid and I want everyone reading to be afraid of what they’ll read yet feel brave enough to turn the page.