Category: Flash

Flash Fiction

Taking Submissions: Gamut – Science Fiction and Fantasy – 1 DAY ONLY!

Deadline: Opens and likely closes May 1st, get in on midnight folks!
Payment: 10 cents per word for original fiction, 2 cents per word for reprints
Theme: Science Fiction and Fantasy

A magazine, publishing house, and academy for writers & readers of dark speculative fiction. Gamut was made to showcase and celebrate readers, writers, and artists who love dark speculative fiction. We have three guiding principles:

  • Enrapture your senses and ensnare your minds via our magazine and our published works.
  • Support writers through all stages of their careers. With courses crafted to inspire, educate, and elevate.
  • Embrace our foundational principles of equity and diversity and uplift and amplify those readers, writers, and artists who’ve been marginalized in the past.

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Taking Submissions: Circe

Deadline: June 23rd, 2024
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
Theme: Enchantress, goddess, witch, predatory seductress. That isn’t all Circe is, it is time to expand on her story. More details below
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories.

Flame Tree are bringing you a brand new gorgeous hardcover series brimming with myths and short stories.

Discover the mythology of humankind through its heroes, characters, gods and immortal figures. Myths, Gods & Immortals brings together the new and the ancient, familiar stories with a fresh and imaginative twist. Each book brings back to life a classic mythological or folkloric figure, with completely new stories alongside the original tales. New and emerging writers from open submissions reveal hidden themes, casting fresh perspectives on well-known stories, alongside specially commissioned text on the origins and the cultural background of the mythology. We’ve already closed submissions for the first two books in the series, Medusa and Odin, where stories are still under consideration. We’re now opening up submissions for the next two books, Circe and Anansi.

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Taking Submissions: Electric Spec August Issue 2024

Deadline: July 15th, 2024
Payment: $20 per story or artwork
Theme: Electric Spec prefers science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.

submissions at electricspec (dot) com
Please don’t query us about your story submission. We don’t have the manpower to answer such queries. An editor will email you back as soon as possible with the decision about your story. This can take a few days, or, up to three months. We make every effort to get back to authors in a timely manner but we get a lot of submissions so sometimes it’s not possible.

A note on our editorial policy: before publication we may work with the author to edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story and the author has final approval.

Issues are published at the end of February, May, August, and November. We reserve the right to shift publication date slightly, as necessary.

We have reading periods for each issue, though we never close to submissions.

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Flame Tree Press Is Re-Opening Submissions For ‘Anansi’

Deadline: June 23rd, 2024
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
Theme: Stories featuring Anasi: a creator god, a trickster folk hero, a wily spider and a heroic symbol of resistance. More details below
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are very excited to re-open our call for submissions for this title! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories.

 Flame Tree are bringing you a brand new gorgeous hardcover series brimming with myths and short stories. 

Discover the mythology of humankind through its heroes, characters, gods and immortal figures. Myths, Gods & Immortals brings together the new and the ancient, familiar stories with a fresh and imaginative twist. Each book brings back to life a classic mythological or folkloric figure, with completely new stories alongside the original tales. New and emerging writers from open submissions reveal hidden themes, casting fresh perspectives on well-known stories, alongside specially commissioned text on the origins and the cultural background of the mythology. We’ve already closed submissions for the first two books in the series, Medusa and Odin, where stories are still under consideration. We’re now opening up submissions for the next two books, Circe and Anansi.

All previous submissions for Anansi are still under consideration and authors will be contacted in due course, within 4 months of the new deadline.

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Taking Submissions: Little Guts

Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Payment: 12c/word + contributors copy.
Theme: Gross and goopy horror

Edited by Lor Gislason, author of Inside Out, ⅓ of the Goop Troop and editor of Bound In Flesh: An Anthology of Trans Body Horror and Spectrum: An Autistic Horror Anthology.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF:
This is an OPEN CALL. There are no invited authors. It’s a free for all!

SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 1st to May 31st, 2024. Edits June-August.
Expected release date October.

PAY: 12c/word + contributors copy.

We will be taking PITCHES, and if accepted, your story should be 2-5k words.
Please send only 1 to 2 pitches MAX.

SEND PITCHES TO: [email protected]

THE GUTS:

Hey all! Lor here. Some of you might know me for my love of GROSS, GOOPY HORROR—which is exactly what this anthology aims to be! I’ll be looking for pitches that evoke FUN and DISGUST, like Peter Jackson’s Braindead, and the films of Frank Henelotter. Shows like Freaky Stories and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Like a pig in mud, we revel in the nasty and go, “hey, check this out! Made me want to barf!” Give me fluids! Guts and gore! Slime, ooze and GOOP!

Your story can feature dark themes and heavy topics, but have FUN with it. There are no restrictions. Content warnings will be made available when the book is published. All writers of any skill level or background are encouraged to submit!

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Taking Submissions: GabaGhoul – A Mafia Horror Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror-themed Mafia stories

October Nights Press will be seeking submissions for “GabaGhoul: A Mafia Horror Anthology”. This anthology will merge the thrills and chills of horror with the dark underworld and dealings of the mafia. A hitman haunted by past contracts? A boss who dabbles in the dark arts? A ghastly horror lurking in the shadows that chills the most hardened capo to the bone? There are so many themes to explore and organized crime groups from around the world.

We are accepting stories from all horror sub-genres. Slow burn, splatter, erotica, extreme, etc are all welcomed so long as they marry horror with the mafia.

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Taking Submissions: Tumbleweed

Deadline: August 31st, 2024
Payment: ~2,000 to 5,000 words – $20 USD, ~5,001 to 10,000 words – $25 USD
Theme: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video

Do you have a tale to tell that will send shivers down our spines? Are you ready to explore the sinister depths of a mysterious phenomenon lurking in the desolate landscapes of Utah, or any other real or fictional setting of your choosing?

Black Hare Press is thrilled to announce an open call for submissions to our upcoming anthology: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video, we invite you to unravel the secrets hidden within the relentless advance of thousands of tumbleweeds.

What if tumbleweed isn’t just tumbleweed? Where does it originate? What dark forces propel its relentless advance? What horrors does it bring with it? Does it herald the onset of an apocalyptic upheaval, a world consumed by its sinister presence?

If your story is post-apocalyptic, delve into the shadows and unleash your imagination upon a world gripped by the Tumbleweed Apocalypse.

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Taking Submissions: Hootenanny Horrorshow

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Hillbillies and Horror

2024 is upon us, and with it comes From the Ashes From the Ashes first official open call from the newly minted press. We’re trying things a bit different with this in that this is only an announcement for the upcoming open call. The reason for this is to give authors who are interested in submitting a story extra time to hone in on the tale they want to tell, without the added pressure of rushing to get it completed.
So, without further ado…
HOOTENANNY HORRORSHOW
We’re going to the mountains with this one, folks.
The theme – HIllbillies, Rednecks, Mountain Folk, and all the lore and traditions surrounding these majestic creatures. Think outside the box with these tropes and archetypes. Or, if you go with the old cliches, put a fresh spin on them and make them your own, new tales.
OPEN CALL SUBMISSIONS
The actual submission period for stories will be the entire month of April, and only in April. Any submissions received before or after April 1st – April 30th will not be considered for publication.

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