Taking Submissions: Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read

Deadline: July 30th, 2018
Payment: $5.00

Jersey Pines Ink is pleased to announce our first anthology, Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read. It will be published as both a print and an e-book.

Stories must be fiction and totally of your own creation.

Stories should/could involve cemeteries or other forms of deceased placements including graveyards, mausoleums, cremations, mysterious disappearances, etc. Your imagination is the limit.

Please heed these guidelines:

Stories can be no longer than 3,000 words.  Flash is acceptable.

Minimal graphic violence… very little gore… prefers suggested blood and guts to detailed.  No detailed rape scenes, or abuse to children.

Standard manuscript format.

We do not accept multiple, simultaneous or unsolicited reprint submissions.

Submit doc, docx, and rtf only. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Name, title, and page numbers should be in the top header on following pages.

Manuscripts not following the guidelines will be deleted unread.

Payment: $5.00 (PayPal).

Submission window June 1 to July 30, 2018

Return time: Three months after the anthology closes, (October 31)

Submit to: [email protected]

This email address will become inactive July 31, 2018

Any changes or news will be listed at https://www.jerseypinesink.com

Via: Jersey Pines Ink.

Taking Submissions: Colp: Sky’s The Limit

Deadline: August 21st, 2018
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words

Colp is our ‘anything goes’ anthology collection.

Expect to see a little bit of this and a little bit of that within each issue, so feel free to submit stories from any genre.

Current theme: Sky’s The Limit

The sky’s the limit when it comes to Colp‘s sophomore collection. We are looking for stories that take the reader and their imagination up, up and away. An ill-fated plane trip? Inexplicable cloud formations? Star-crossed lovers enjoying a romantic sunset? Feel free to take us anywhere within the realm of Earth’s atmosphere, but please try to avoid ending up in outer space.

Colp is for everyone and therefore we are willing to read stories that fall into any genre. So, no matter whether your story is a horror, romance, sci-fi or historical fiction piece, please send it on through. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.

Please ensure that you read through the general guidelines below and if there are specific questions please contact us using the form on the home page or via the listed social media accounts.

To help make sure that your submission gets to the correct place, please include the following in the subject line of your email: ‘Colp –  Sky’s The Limit – *Story Title*‘.

  • Word count: 1000 – 5000 words (we’re willing to consider longer or shorter if the story is good)
  • DeadlineAugust 21 2018
  • Payment:  AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words

General guidelines:

  • Please no extreme erotica or stories that feature excessive violence or vulgarity (unless otherwise specified).
  • All stories should be formatted appropriately. Please see here for more details.
  • Ensure that your name, address, and email contact and word count are at the top of your manuscript.
  • Double check your spelling and grammar before sending your work through.
  • Please submit all stories in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • International submissions are accepted.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Multiple submissions are encouraged.
  • Where possible, we will provide feedback on request.
  • No reprints.
  • Please send all submissions to [email protected]

Via: Gypsum Sound Tales.

Taking Submissions: Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018
Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Yes, Clash Books is at it again, and this time they’re letting me take the wheel. If you needed more proof that these folks are crazy, look no further. In any case, hot on the heels of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, we’re celebrating The Notorious B.I.G. and his music. You know I’m looking for that good barrio noir, horror, bizarro, whatever goodness. Details below.

Gimme the Loot:

Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Listening to Biggie is listening to the streets. There is something gritty and powerful in his bars, something real and dripping the kind of authenticity that makes songs and stories stand out and claim a corner of your brain. Listening to Biggie is hearing how things are done in the streets, and anybody with at least a day of street experience knows that the man understood what he was talking about. From Brooklyn to San Juan, I’ve heard his impact in music, and none told is as clear as he did. Violent, real, and raw; those are the qualities of Biggie’s music that we’d like to capture in story form. That’s right, we’re talking crime, horror, and bizarro, but with a Biggie flavor. The cover is done, and it’s fantastic because it was done by the supernatural entity known as Matthew Revert.

 

Now, if you listen to Ten Crack Commandments, you know there are some rules to everything, and this anthology is no different. Listen up and keep these things in mind:

  1. We love Tupac, Nas, and Rakim. We dig Big Pun, Snoop, and have already published an anthology celebrating the world of Wu-Tang Clan. This time? This time it’s all about Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls. We don’t want fan-fiction or songs turned into stories. We want the themes in Biggie’s music filtered through your own words and experiences. We want the swagger and the success and the hustle of his life to inspire you to create your own thing. We want to feel your love for the man and his legacy in your story. This is a tribute to him, so celebrate him in a way only you can. I wants stories from barrio streets and the mountains and the small towns and from everywhere. Yeah, that’s what we want.
  2. If you want to claim a song, do it quickly. The best known hits will surely go fast, but don’t fret; we’re willing to read (and publish) more than one tale inspired by the same song.
  3. I’m a brown man who’s constantly writing pieces about Otherness in publishing. This means that those editors who say diversity is not their responsibility can go fuck themselves. I will definitely publish superb stories by white dudes (hell, I already talked to two of my favorite crime writers, and they fit that bill), but I want stories by minorities. I want black folks and women and brown folks and my LGBTQ brothers and sisters to send me stuff. Especially you, women. Bring it.
  4. Anything goes, but inside the realm of fiction. We love nonfiction and poetry and publish both, but this is not the place for them. Biggie in space? Sure. Gritty crime? Yeah. Horror? Of course. Bizarro? In the words of street poet Isaac Kirkman, if you haven’t seen weird shit in the streets, you haven’t been in the streets long enough. Let Biggie take you places, and then return the favor. Remember: Life After Deathcame out after Biggie was murdered, so feel free to explore whichever metaphysical angle you like or to delve into conspiracy theories.

Story length: 2500-6000 words. If a story is great, it can be a little under or a little over, but please try your best to stay within this range.

Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018

Submit to e-mail: [email protected]

Get to writing, mufuckas. Gimme the loot!

“Huh, word to mother, I’m dangerous
Crazier than a bag of fucking angel dust
When I bust my gat, mothafuckas take dirt naps
I’m all that, and a dime sack, where the paper at?”

– The Notorious B.I.G.

Via: Yes, Clash Books.

Taking Submissions – Millhaven Horror/Dark Fantasy Edition 2018

Deadline: August 1st, 2018
Payment: Royalty Split

Stories:

  1. You keep copyright and all rights associated with the story.  You give Millhaven Press first North American print rights, and permission to use the story in any anthology stemming from the original printing (such as a “best of” type anthology).

  2. Stories should be between 2,000-8,000 words (we may accept something shorter than 2,000 words or something longer than 8,000 but it has to be phenomenal).

  3. Do not submit a story for reprint.  We are only interested in previously unpublished material (a story published on a personal blog is ok).

  4. No simultaneous submissions.  Please do not submit the story to another outlet while waiting for a response from us.

  5. Multiple submissions are ok, but we will only print one story per author, per issue.  If you aren’t sure which is your best, send more than one and we’ll decide.

  6. Use an easily readable font, double-space as .doc or .docx.  Send as an e-mail attachment to [email protected]

  7. Send a cover letter with contact information.  Use story title, genre and approximate word count in the subject header of the e-mail.

  8. This is a quarterly print publication and the deadlines for the genre themes are as follows.

  • Spring: Science Fiction/Fantasy (Submission Deadline 2/1/19)

  • Summer: Mystery/Crime/Espionage (Submission Deadline 5/1/19)

  • Autumn: Horror/Dark Fantasy (Submission Deadline 8/1/18)

  • Winter: Action/Adventure/Western (Submission Deadline 11/1/18)

            We realize a lot of stories cross genres (the best usually do).

            Submit your story with all possible genres in the subject and we’ll sort it out.

    Not all submitted stories will be published.  Stories are chosen solely by the publishers.  We will read all submissions and respond with an acceptance or rejection letter via e-mail (Generally, within 2 weeks).  If accepted, a standard royalty contract will be sent shortly after the closing submission deadline for that issue.

    Each contributor will receive one free reader copy delivered to the address listed in the contact information.

    Compensation:

    This is a royalty based publication (split among contributors after cost).

    80% Split evenly among the fiction writers.

    10% For cover artist (plus a $50 fee paid upon delivery of accepted design).

    Payment:

    Payment will be made via PayPal (no exceptions).  Royalty payments will be made at the end of each of initial three sales months and then quarterly thereafter.

Via: Books of the Broken.

Taking Submissions: Crash Code

Deadline: October 1st 2018
Payment: 3 cents per word

The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely.

That’s what you’ll answer. In Crash Code, we want to see the pinnacle of our technology meeting the depths of our depravity. Let’s talk voluntary amputations so we can wear cybernetic limbs as fashion statements. Tell us how commercial interplanetary flight changes human tracking. Show the world what the criminal underworld can do in an age of quantum computers. This anthology is going to focus on just how far human kind is willing to fall in pursuit of the next innovation, whether it’s paying for bionic sex in bitcoins, five-year-olds browsing the Dark Web, bar code tattoos, mainstream holographic snuff films, or corrupted neural implants driving their users mad.

Think Neuromancer with even more drugs and crime. Imagine Blade Runner meets Saw. Picture Wrath James White’s version of Brave New World. Imagine a test-tube baby made from George Orwell and Jack Ketchum. If your story makes people think American Mary merged with Altered Carbon, we want it.

These are just some ideas. Pick one if you like, or come up with your own sick, twisted future. Just make sure it answers one question:

In a world where everything demands a dollar sign and subscription fees, is humanity something we can afford to lose?

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email:  [email protected]

Length: 1,500 words up to 7K

Deadline: October 1st 2018

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 3 cents/word

Editor: Kevin Holton

Publisher: Blood Bound Books

Via: Blood Bound Books.

Taking Submissions: WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Deadline: June 30th, 2018
Payment: $25 and 2 contributor’s copies.

We were so pleased with how our 2018 WhimsyCon Anthology (Wit & Whimsy) came out, we want to do it again! Do you want to submit your work to be included? See the details below!

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Submission Guidelines

Shiny Garden is seeking short fiction for its 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology. Steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction preferred.

Submissions should be:

  • Written in English.
  • Written for a PG-13 audience (no explicit sex or violence).
  • Between 5,000 – 15,000 words.
  • Typed and double-spaced.
  • Include the author’s name, address, phone number, and
    approximate word count at the top of the first page.
  • Print ready (already edited for grammar, continuity, etc.).
  • Saved as a .doc or .docx file.

Note: Paragraph indentations must be created using document formatting features, not tabs.

If your submission is selected for the anthology, you will receive:

  • $25 in payment.
  • Two (2) complimentary copies of the printed anthology.
  • Option to purchase additional copies at 50% of the cover price.

Submission Process

Submissions should be sent by email (as an attachment) to
[email protected]

  • Submissions will be accepted May1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.
  • Authors will be notified that their submissions were received within seven (7) business days of receipt.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance status by July 31, 2018.

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology
Guest Editor

We are pleased to announce Andy Burns will be our guest editor for the 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology!

A.M. Burns has been writing since high school but got serious about things while working in corporate America in his thirties. Since that time, he has authored over 150 works of various lengths and helped numerous authors with their editing. As a member, and previous president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, he’s worked with authors of all skill levels aiding them in improving their work and getting things ready for the readers who are eagerly waiting for them.

In recent years he’s been the editor for the Colorado Hawking Club newsletter. He’s also worked on three anthologies with Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, and even more with Out in Colorado Fiction, helping authors polish their work before publication. Beyond writing, A.M. enjoys assisting writers achieve their personal goals with their words and is looking forward to the new challenges working on the WhimsyCon anthology will bring.

When he’s not writing, editing, or marketing, A.M. enjoys hiking or driving in the mountains around his home in central Colorado with his husband and their huge black dog. He’s also an avid photographer and gamer.

Via: WhimsyCon.

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