Category: Anthology

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

Taking Submissions: Fairy Tales from the Rock

Deadline: October 31st 2022
Payment: $0.01 CAD per word
Theme: Fairy tale short fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Over the last six years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and is a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting. Since 2018, each entry in the series has become a Canadian bestseller based on pre-orders alone!

We are currently accepting submissions for the tenth entry in this series: Fairy Tales from the Rock, to be available in Winter of 2023.

Editors Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance are scheduled to return to helm the project.

Many authors have expressed interest, but anyone can submit to be a part of this collection! Deadline is October 31 2022, but get your stories in as quick as you can, as it gives our wonderful editors more time to work with you and make sure it is as good as it can possibly be!

We’re looking for both fairy tales inspired by Newfoundland & Labrador culture, as well as new takes on popular fairy tales from the world over!


Taking Submissions: Rituals & Grimoires: Gothic Tales of Dark Magic & Wizardry

Deadline: October 1st, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45
Theme: Dark fiction that invoke the nefarious spirit of the dark wizard

Quill & Crow Publishing House is pleased to open submissions for another surprise anthology for 2022, Rituals & Grimoires: Gothic Tales of Dark Magic & Wizardry.

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) of dark fiction that invoke the nefarious spirit of the dark wizard. We’d love to see diverse characters, male witches, and stories that turn tired tropes right on their heads. Give us haunted corridors, wayward spellcasters, and secret societies. Give us tales that explore the mortal grays in witchcraft.

Also, we are well aware of a certain YA book series that this theme may bring to mind. As a proudly inclusive publishing house that fully supports the trans community, we understand if this anthology brings to mind the betrayal many of us experienced with a childhood favorite. Part of our mission is to preserve the quality of independent literature/storytelling, but it’s also to take back things often ruined by bigotries and act as a voice for those who have been oppressed. We’d be honored if you’d help us take back these themes and make them into something better. 

Notes: We will be open to explorations of dark academia, but this is an adult fiction anthology. If you do choose to write a dark fiction story with dark academia vibes, please keep the prose and themes mature. 

Things we are looking for: 

  • dark fiction

  • dark magical fantasy

  • magical horror

  • historical horror

  • dark themes

  • Gothic elements

  • literary horror

  • fantasy/horror blends

  • dark academia (see above)

Things we ARE NOT looking for:

  • young adult stories

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica 

  • rape/child abuse

  • sci-fi 

  • overtly modern stories

Submission Requirements 

Please note: Submissions that do not follow requirements will not be considered. 

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission. 

2. Submissions period is from June 8th – October 1st, 2022. Please submit all stories to [email protected] with the subject line: Rituals & Grimoires / Your Title / Genre. Emails sent to other email addresses will not be considered.

2. All submissions must be in English and follow standard MLA formatting (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Work must be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page. In the body of the email, please include a short sentence or two about your story, and a BRIEF author bio along with your socials. 

3. Story length is 5,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions below 5,000 words and above 8,000 words will not be considered.

4. Accepted authors will receive compensation per contract agreement (US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy).

5. We do accept reprints if author has maintained their rights to do so; we do not accept multiple submissions.

6. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employee on their social media accounts with submissions questions. 

Via: Quill and Crow Publishing House.

Taking Submissions: Mighty (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 15th, 2022 – November 14th, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD
Theme: Disabled characters being empowered and living full lives while still being disabled
Note: Stories by people at the intersection of disability and other identities that have been traditionally excluded from publishing.

All too often in popular media, disability is used as shorthand to say a character is helpless or weak. A victim. And if that character is a superpowered person, their disability becomes something for them to overcome or cure in order for them to become a hero.

We want to challenge those tropes and celebrate characters who are disabled and still save the day, whose abilities and disabilities are equally important aspects of their lives and identities.


Taking Submissions: Project Briar Rose

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 1c/word for accepted fiction. Half this for reprints, $100 (negotiable) for the cover illustration
Theme: A sci-fi retelling of the first half of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), as it was told by the Grimm Bros. (Specific details below)

Submissions are now open for Project Briar Rose (working title) from Manawaker Studio, edited by CB Droege.

Project Briar Rose is an anthology focused on sci-fi stories about specific character traits. This volume will contain short stories only, though we will also accept submissions for cover art.

Some details

The book will be a sci-fi retelling of the first half of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), as it was told by the Grimm Bros.

In Galilean Space, a Spincity administrator is bringing a new Android online. It is his plan that this android, codenamed Briar Rose and in a mechanical body resembling a young woman, will succeed him one day in running the city. He invites the most accomplished AI experts from 12 of the spincity’s 13 districts to a dinner party in celebration of Briar Rose; leaving out the expert from the 13th district because she is an unpleasant person. At the dinner, the experts, all women, each approach the android in turn, and program her with a personality trait that she will need to be a good person, and eventually also a good administrator of the city. As they do this, they each tell a story about a person who succeeded, thrived, or overcame adversity due to possessing this trait. When they are finished, the 13th expert shows up uninvited, imbues the android with one unpleasant trait, and tells a story in which such a trait would be needed. There will be a bit more, but that’s the context you’ll need to submit.


Taking Submissions: Merciless Mermaids: Tails from the Deep (Early Listing)

Submission Window: August 31st, 2022 – October 7th, 2022
Payment: 6¢/word
Theme: Original “dark mermaid” short stories and poetry


Old sailors tried to warn us. You can find their stories in water-stained journals and letters throughout histories and cultures. People of the land laughed at them, calling their stories mere legends and fairy tales. Now it’s your turn to tell the real stories behind these tails found in the deep, the dangers in dark waters.



Taking Submissions: THE VAMPIRICON: Imaginings & Images of the Vampire (Early Listing)

Deadline: September 1st – October 31st, 2022
Payment: 1/2 cent per word for new, $10 for reprints, $10 for accepted new, not-previously-published poetry of 14 to 50 lines; One Dime/$.10 per line thereafter with a maximum of $15.00., $10-$15 for accepted new OR REPRINTED interior illustration, $25.00 for the Illustration/Art
Theme: Stories containing vampires

Our current Call for Submissions is for THE VAMPIRICON: Imaginings & Images of the Vampire. SUBMISSIONS OPEN FROM 1 SEPTEMBER THROUGH 31 OCTOBER (HALLOWEEN) 2022.


Ongoing Submissions: Cosmic Crime Stories

Payment: Original stories: $25.00, Reprinted stories: $10.00, Original illustrations: $6.00 per illustration.
Theme: Tales of future crimes and future detectives

An anthology of tales of future crimes and detectives

Writers and Artists Guidelines

Hiraeth Publishing is looking for stories and illustrations for Cosmic Crime Stories , a triannual print anthology of tales of future crimes and future detectives. This anthology is published in trade paperback format with a color cover, and black and white interior illustrations. The editor is Tyree Campbell.

Please note that crime fiction written in the third person stands the best chance for acceptance.


Taking Submissions: Women and the Sea


Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $50 CAD and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Women and the Sea

Deep, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous… women and the sea have a lot in common and have been tied together in myth and story from the beginning of time. Stories of women being drawn to the sea or being left on the shore, waiting for their men’s return, have been passed down through the ages. This anthology of stories about women and the sea will be filled with beautiful, atmospheric stories. I’m not primarily looking for fantastical creatures but rather setting, mood.

The mythic.

The gothic.