Category: Closed Markets

Taking Submissions: Ruth Anna Evans Novella Submissions

***A Novella has been accepted and this call is now closed***

Payment: $100 and royalties
Theme: Horror with a clear voice and a fantastic premise

In search of one stunning novella. 17,500-40,000 words. This call will remain open until the story is found, but will not close before April 30. $100 advance with additional payments based on sales. The story should be horror but not focus on heavy gore, and on-page sexual violence is a no. I like shorter works with a clear voice and a fantastic premise. I’m looking for a one-sitting read that you can’t put down because it’s just that good. Publication planned for Winter 2024. For more information visit


Twelve House Books Is Open To Collections And Novellas

Payment: 50% Royalties
Theme: Ghost Stories, New Weird or Fabulism, Quirk, Narrative Poems, the Sublime, the Numinous, and, dissonantly, stories set in Los Angeles. Your work doesn’t seem to fit that vision? Send it along anyway, because it could be just crazy enough to work.

TWELVE HOUSE BOOKS is a publisher of Literary Fiction & Poetry with a distinct focus on the dark and unruly.

Year-round call for manuscripts of at least 30K words! Your chances are much better with story collections, poetry collections, and narrative poems than with novels, though the latter and novellas are considered.


NEW DETAILS – Twelve House Books Is Open To Collections And Novellas

We’ve reposted this open call with a huge update, these are the old details. Be sure to check for the newer ones!

Payment: 50% Royalties
Theme: The Weird, the Odd, the Quirky, the Peculiar, the Macabre, the Uncanny

Twelve House Books is a publisher of New Weird and Fabulist Fiction. We also publish Ghost Stories, and, dissonantly, stories set in Hollywood and/or Los Angeles.

Launched in 2018 beneath the aegis of the legacy publishing enterprise Darc Colours (est. 1986), TWELVE HOUSE BOOKS has most recently published the story collections Children & Their Cages by Evan James Sheldon, The Coffin with the Eleven-Year-Old Myself by Stefani Christova, and Between the Walls of Opposing Houses by David Kart.

TWELVE HOUSE BOOKS waits with bated breath to see the works of the few-and-far-between writers of the strange and spiritually unruly who prove themselves masters of turn-of-phrase and evocation of the bizarre.


CLOSED MARKET: Memento Vitae

This market has closed, they may reopen down the line and will keep us in the loop if so.

Payment: $20 (NZD)
Theme: Attaching memories to physical items

An exploration through pictures & prose of how we attach memories to physical items…

Throughout our lives we collect and keep physical things that are important to us in ways others might never understand. These items — also known as “emotional tokens” — are often completely worthless in monetary terms, but absolutely priceless to us.


NO LONGER ONGOING: Tales From Between

This market is no longer open year-round, we will attempt to list it as it opens.

Payment: $20
Theme: Horror flash fiction


Tales From Between is a new spooky story and art journal.


Horror flash fiction. It can be scary. Or weird. Gory. Literary. Whatever you like.

Closed : Night Terrors Pod

This market has closed from too many submissions and will re-open at a later date.

Payment: $15 and 50% ad revenue on your episode for one year
Theme: Horror, Creepy, Paranormal, Suspenseful, or Thriller Stories

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to be produced for Night Terrors Podcast. We are a horror/creepy narration podcast looking to create episodes showcasing a new writer each episode. Our episodes run between 20 and 40 minutes, so we’re looking for 2000 to 4000 word submissions. Since this new series is based around showcasing authors, we strongly encourage multiple stories that add up to around the word count, but if you believe you have a single story that is compelling enough, please do not hesitate to send it along. All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the Subject reading NTP Submission.

What we’re looking for:

CLOSED MARKET: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Sinister Smile Press still appears to be open at the time of this update, though this particular market appears to be closed.

Payment: $40.00 and a contributors copy
Theme: Slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre

Do you want your story to appear in our newest series, Let the Bodies Hit the Floor?

A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads: Volume 1 & 2

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Submission Guidelines
Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS – The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in August of 2021

  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)

  • Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5″

  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1″ margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions must fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.).

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume

  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such

  • Submissions will remain open until further notice and selected stories will appear in the first two volumes, or subsequent volumes as published. There is no submission deadline.

  • Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received

  • Authors will be notified as soon as possible if their story was selected or not


You worked hard on your story, so don’t take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn’t meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don’t let this happen to you.

Submit Your Story

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology

  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story

  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher’s cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology

Via: Sinister Smile Press.

CLOSED: Land Beyond the World Magazine

March 2022 is the final issue of this magazine.

Payment: $0.01/word up to a maximum of $30/story plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine.
Theme: Speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

Submission Guidelines
Dear authors – we want to a maintain a place that would be welcoming to authors and as friction-free to deal with as possible. Here are some decisions that go toward that:
  • We welcome both simultaneous and multiple submissions
  • We think that authors deserve to be paid – while we can’t afford much, we hope that as our subscriber base grows, we can match the industry-standard professional rates.
  • No fees will be charged to authors … ever
  • We pay within 30 days of acceptance / contract signing
  • A free three months subscription to the magazine will be offered upon story publication – just like a free issue for print magazines
Here are the gory details:
Our magazine is a market for speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. We accept stories between 1,500-3,000 words in length and pay $0.01/word up to a maximum of $30/story plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine. Payment is within 30 days of acceptance/contract signing and is made via PayPal or check. The free subscription is offered once your story is published.
We buy first, worldwide, English, electronic serial rights with exclusivity for three months. What that means is that we will publish your story via our magazine’s newsletter and website, and you promise not to publish it elsewhere during the initial three months. After that, we ask for limited electronic rights so we can keep a copy of the story within the magazine’s web archive. While most of our stories are available to paying subscribers only, we may – at our sole discretion – choose to make a particular story available to non-subscribers as well via our website and/or newsletter. All other rights are retained by the author.
To submit a story, please format it as a standard manuscript (see William Shunn’s site for details), and email it to “[email protected]“. The subject should have the name of the story, genre and word count. We accept Word (.DOC/.DOCX), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.ODT), plain text and RTF formats. We try to reply with a decision within ninety days (90) but times may fluctuate. Due to limited time, we are unable to provide individual feedback when rejecting stories. If you haven’t heard back after 90 days, please query us at [email protected].
Simultaneous submissions are allowed – we do ask that you let us know when submitting your story and as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed as well, but please limit these to three (3) at most.
Things we do not accept:
  • Reprints, whether professionally or self-published
  • Horror, sexual schemes or graphic violence
  • Stories requiring a tremendous amount of editing (we are all volunteers)

Via: Land Beyond the World.