Deadline: March 19th, 2018
Payment: $1 for every 500 word (maximum stipulations listed below.)
The Strange Edge Presents THE MODERN MONARCHIST, a semi-regular and thoroughly modern zine for the postmodern zinester. This is a free ezine available in several modern DIGITAL® formats which can be transmitted via the emails or downloadified.
We are OPEN to unsolicited subs.
DEADLINE: Currently, we are expecting to release our first issue in April. To have a chance to get into that issue, send us your submission by March 19th. That’s 19th March for all you non-Americans.
SUBMISSION Guidelines: We are seeking only the finest FLASH FICTION, PROSE-POEMS, or ABSURD ARTICLES 1500 words or less. If we receive a submission that is over 1500 words, we will not only delete the submission unread, we will also delete the author from the spacetime continuum, forcing her or him to seek existence in an alternate Mandela. We are seeking a very specific brand of weird/bizarro literature that shares commonalities with the likes of Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Mark Leyner, Russel Edson, Daniil Kharms, Barry Yourgrau, William S. Burroughs, Eugène Ionesco, David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Quentin Dupieux, Yorgos Lanthimos, Guy Maddin, Remedios Varo, and Salvador Dali (I hope I don’t need a link to jog your memory about this guy). So whatever you send us is likely to get rejected, not because of quality but because of the very specific style we are seeking. Please don’t take any rejection personally. Also, the issues are short, quick-reads with only a few pieces selected for each. Reprints are fine, just let us know where the piece has been previously published, and make sure you have the electronic rights before submitting.
Multiple Subs: You may submit multiple pieces at the same time—up to 3, provided each piece is less than 1500 words. It is not likely that more than one piece will be featured in any given issue, however, we may accept multiple pieces and publish them in future issues.
Payment: You will be paid $1 American for every 500 words we accept, with a minimum payment of $1 (for anything 500 words or less) and a maximum of $10 for any given year. We ask for non-exclusive digital rights to your submissions, so you are free to publish them elsewhere as long as the other venues are cool-de-la. All payments will be made via PayPal, no exceptions.
Non-Fiction Articles: Please query if you have ideas for short non-fiction articles, interviews, or reviews you think may fit here.
Artwork: We are also interested in art, but please query before sending any work. We don’t want much art and we can’t pay you very much for it, so be forewarned. You are probably even more likely to be rejected than the writers. It sucks. It’s a young woman or man’s game and we are all old and dry and bitter at heart. But if you have art without a home, and it kinda fits with the aesthetic above, and you want to be part of a faceless collective of weirdos who seem stuck in the 20th Century, please do query posthaste and ad hoc.
Send all submissions to [email protected], with the header ZINESUBMISSION: Name of Your Work/Last Name. If you want to query, use the header QUERY. If you just wanna say “whaddup” use the header WHADDUP????? Please use five question marks. Please attach your submissions in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. (This shouldn’t need to be said, but include your name on at least the first page of the attachment, AND a byline that indicates what name you publish under in case this does not match the name that receives the money.) Include a short bio in the body of your email, so we get a sense of who you are and what you may (or may not) have published before.
Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology MONSTERS OF ANY KIND, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.
We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.
Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.
Submissions Close: July 10, 2018
Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, nor do we accept unsolicited reprints.
Submissions should follow standard manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman or Courier fonts, 1” margins all around, line spacing 1½ or 2 spaces). It must be in .doc or .docx format or it will not be considered. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Page numbers with author’s last name and/or partial story name on subsequent pages would be appreciated.
Cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, please add a short bio (up to 200 words).
Response time is currently within four weeks. After that, if you haven’t heard from us, please query. We will not be sending confirmations of receipt.
To submit a story, go to our story submission form below. To submit your story via email, put “SUBMISSION – MONSTERS OF ANY KIND” in the subject line and send to:[email protected]
Deadline: May 31st, 2018
Payment: 5¢ – 8¢ per word
On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we opened to our first anthology. Ten years later we plan to celebrate this long strange—and wonderful—trip, with our biggest anthology yet! Our “Best Of” will feature your favorite Blood Bound stories from the last decade upgraded in a limited edition, illustrated hardcover. The hardcover will also be loaded with brand new stories to lead us into the next decade of horror. That’s where you come in:
What we’re looking for:
Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark, we want it!
Stories must be previously unpublished in any form
Deadline: April 15th, 2018
Note: While many of Circlet’s calls tend to fall into speculative fiction, we’re still in a gray area on anything that would be erotica. However, this one doesn’t have that push unline many of the publisher’s titles so we thought you might want to take a look at something a little different.
Possible Titles: The Romantic Ace; Acethetic
Edited by Victoria Pond
It seems like every romance movie, book, and song out there equates lust with love, and that means some of us are left out. Not everyone feels lust. Not everyone even wants romantic love.
Here’s your chance to talk about romance for the characters uninterested in sex. Give me your space pilots in serious relationships with their sentient ships. Think about how an incubus would patiently court a demi-sexual. Maybe you have a regency fantasy where only a virgin can wield the talisman, and thank goodness we’ve got an adult countess who can step up.
Let’s not define this by what it isn’t. Allosexuality dominates the rest of the media. Here’s a chance for ace pride to shine. Submit your stories from all over the spectra—from science fiction to fantasy, from sex-repulsed to demi-sexual, from romantic to platonic.
This romance anthology celebrates asexuality in all its forms, in all its levels. Maybe your characters will take things to their allosexual conclusions, but maybe they won’t. And, as it ought to be in reality, that’s up to you.
“Ace” puns highly encouraged. (You know: the dogfighting “flying ace” who has a closer-than-lovers arrangement with his mechanic.)
Email your submissions to [email protected]gmail.com. We do not publish poetry. Stories should generally be between 2500 and 8500 words (though we’re flexible for a great story). Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also pay $25 should it happen. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole. Submissions are open now, and close on April 15th.
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00
Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.
Starting January 2018, Apparition Lit will also hold monthly flash fiction contests. These stories will follow selected themes and be published online.
For more information on themes and submission guidelines, please see the flash fiction drop down below.
Our themes for 2018 will be:
Apparition (Now CLOSED to submissions, publishing January 2018)
Delusion (open for submissions February 15-28, 2018, publishing April 2018)
Vision (open for submissions May 15-31, 2018, publishing July 2018)
Diversion (open for submissions August 15-31, 2018, publishing October 2018)
Apparition is a token rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest, a flat rate of 5.00 dollars to the winning flash). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
We will only accept stories between 1000-5000words. If the story is complete with an extra hundred words, then it will still be considered. Any stories over 5,200 words will automatically be rejected.
Apparition is a token-rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.
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All acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.
If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query to: [email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.
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Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.
Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story.
Diversity is as important in fiction as it is in real life. We want a mosaic of stories, from authors of all identities and walks of life.
WHAT WE DON’T ACCEPT:
While we love dark stories with macabre elements, we will not accept stories with gratuitous and graphic violence or rape. We also will not consider stories that have extreme, purposeless violence toward animals.
We do not publish erotica or thinly-veiled fanfiction.
We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions. Please send only one submission per category during each reading period. Apparition Lit wants your best story that meets the current theme. At some point, if your story does not meet the theme, you’re just throwing spaghetti at the wall.
At this time, we do not accept reprints or resubmissions.
Deadline: May 1st, 2018
Payment: 2 cents per word up to 8K words
Note: Reprints Accepted
We are always looking for dark fiction so please feel free to submit to our projects! Below are all the projects that are in open submission periods. We are taking multiple submissions for each project. Please double check the guidelines before sending us your work. If you are looking for payment compensation, then make sure you are submitting to a project that offers payment. Each project is different and offers different compensation, so again please make sure you know what you’re submitting to. Below is an outline of our general guidelines.
Urban settings (not a must, but it catches our attention)
Speculative Fiction (dark dystopian themes)
What we aren’t looking for: If your story utilizes any of these tropes then we can’t publish it no matter how good it is! It’s not that we hate these themes, it’s just not what we’re looking to publish!
No Cthulhu Mythos
Midnight Hour Volume 1 & 2
Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…
Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.
Below is a little more about the project.
Word Count : 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.
Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.
Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.
Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.