Deadline: September 6th, 2019
Payment: Poetry: $50 per poem , Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.)
subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. (Note maximum number of submissions per issue in General Guidelines below.)
subTerrain welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors. We are happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities. Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc. in their cover letter if they so choose.
1984 Revisited (#84) — For our 84th issue we plan to pay homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984. A revisit and analysis of Orwell’s world as depicted in his seminal dystopian novel, along with other complementary dystopian works and reviews, will form the over-arching theme for our Winter 2019 issue. In a time of growing uncertainty about the future, readers have been turning to dystopian classics. As reported in the NY Times, January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.
Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the top reading lists recently are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue.” This issue will also offer us the opportunity to reflect on the state of American democracy and Canada’s own rise of alt-right Conservatism.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 6, 2019
Deadline: September 1st, 2019
Payment: $15.00 to $20.00 and 2 contributors copies
New century – New tech – New ways to defeat the monsters?
Give us your take on the intersection of elder gods, old monsters and new technology
Are the old monsters too far behind us?
In this era where almost everyone can instant share to the web, where almost everyone carries in their pockets a powerful computer that can take movies, and record events, in a time when we are a few years away from colonizing planets — are the Elder Gods defeated? Quaint? A joke?
Would you live tweet Dagon’s forces rising from the depth to put an end to your cruise ship special? Maybe vlog Shib-Nigurath tromping trough your city park?
Or would they use the new technology to conquer this blue marble, corrupt social apps databases to elect unfit to serve, orange hued puppets. Would they alter vaccines or launch nuclear warheads?
Darkness Wired, the anthology
Unless specified otherwise, we’re looking for stories that are:
2000-8,000 words long, original (No reprints) short story (if longer, ask first). Edited. Some minor grammatical errors will be accepted but if the submission requires major overhauls, it will be returned to you to edit before being accepted.
You must use the information provided in this link. Grab one of the events and go to town!
Each author receives $15.00 to $20.00. Payment is based on story length and quality.
Author copies: two paperback copies and a digital copy of the book. Register for details and upload link.
For this collection, we ask for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year and nonexclusive rights afterwards. For reprints, we will ask for nonexclusive reprinting rights.
First page should have:
Your name: Your name and pen name if you use your pen name.
Contact information: Email, phone
Anthology entry: Yes
Title of story: Title of your manuscript
8.5″ × 11″ layout
Times New Roman font.
Headers: 18 points font size
Body of text: 12-point font-size.
Submission Period: All submissions must be received between June 10, 2019 and September 1, 2019. Any story sent before or after will be deleted unread.
We welcome everyone and want to encourage diversity and originality, work by authors from marginalized groups. If you are a person of color, you are LGBTQ, or belong to some other group that is underrepresented in the genre, we want to hear from you.
Do not send us poetry, screenplays, stories that are being considered by another market (also known as simultaneous submissions), or manuscripts without any plot (may the Elder gods piss in your cereal if you do).
Deadline: September 01, 2019
Via: NPH Zone.
Deadline: August 31st, 2021
- Deadline – August 31st, 2021
- Publication – November 2021
- Word Count – 5,000-15,000
- Theme – Anything involving a twist on old fairy tales, whether it be the classics or lesser known ones.
- Note: As long as you keep to the theme, originality is fully appreciated. Cliff-hangers are more than welcome.
* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 words. Upon acceptance, this will be used within the anthology. Send a bio with every single anthology submission. We work with hundreds of authors and will not take time to retrieve yours from a previous anthology.
* Poetry submissions: All poetry needs to be contained within a single e-mail. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.
* All e-mails should be addressed to “Dear Editor.”
After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting.
All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s submission deadline. This ensures submission calls do not close early and gives everyone a chance to submit. You will know your submission has been received for consideration by receiving a generic response. Whether accepted or rejected, you will always receive a response.
View our blog articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.
Failure to submit following all of the guidelines will result in an immediate refusal. You are able to submit again before the submission call deadline.
Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating.
Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements.
E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]
NOTICE – Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.
Via: Dragon Soul Press.
Deadline: August 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributors Copy
Note: Reprints welcome
Since its beginnings in the early 1980s, the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium academic symposium has been a staple of the Utah and Intermountain West author and artist community. Many authors, artists, and editors found inspiration for their careers at the feet of scores of symposium guests. Influential professors and others have mentored those planning and running the symposium, but many of these mentors have passed on.
The symposium helps students of all ages by providing greatly discounted student memberships. Hemelein Publications—in conjunction with LTUE Press—created a series of memorial benefit/charity anthologies to help the symposium continue to help these aspiring creators learn about their crafts at a reasonable cost.
The third of these anthologies, Twilight Tales, is a light horror anthology, created in honor of Betty Pope. She was a librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University for many years. She established the science fiction and fantasy literature Special Collection section. She also hosted a reception at her home each year after LTUE for the guests and committee. This anthology will contain stories Betty would have loved.
- Light horror stories (think Twilight Zone or Goosebumps) any length up to 17,500 words
- Unpublished or reprint stories
- Up to two submissions per author
- This is a benefit/charity anthology, so stories are donated and author receives no monetary compensation
- Authors receive a print copy of the anthology and an electronic copy
- Meet the content guidelines described on the Submission Guidelines page
- Stories are due by August 15, 2019
Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: £20 per 1,000 words for prose, £20 per 15 lines for poetry, and £20 per image for visual art
Where Blood Bath’s first two issues interrogated the corporeal, then the infernal, Blood Bath’s third issue looks to the metaphysical for explorations on terror, dread and the unknown. Submissions are now open for Blood Bath issue 3: HAUNTINGS
Hauntings are some of the most versatile and interesting stories in the horror lexicon. Haunted houses, poltergeists, haunted objects, personal hauntings; all are welcomed, the only criteria for written submissions being that there must be a ghost (or a character’s belief in a ghost) that is linked to an object, place or person. We very much encourage you to get creative on the definitions and implications of these criteria.
For visual art, the same criteria apply, but the restrictions are a little more flexible. Not every submission has to include the image of a ghost or haunted house, though we still want pieces that adhere to and complement the theme. If you’re not sure your art fits the brief, send it anyway.
Ghosts and hauntings have traditionally been used to exorcise our cultural and societal fears, and the ones that have the most lasting impacts are ones that address and challenge those in a deliberate way. Social issues like race, class, gender and mental health all have a place in horror and we want to read stories about them.
As always, we love a generous dose of weird with our horror, so if you can bring us to Hausu levels of madness, it will definitely be appreciated. We try to publish horror that pushes the margins of genre, so any genre defying/genre blending concoctions will also go down well.
There are plenty of excellent traditional Gothic ghost stories, so if you’re set on telling one, make something about it new or unexpected.
The quickest and best way to find out what we love is to buy a copy of our zine. Print and EPUB copies of both issues are available in our shop. Supporting small publishers helps them to continue existing, and we are forever grateful for your support.
As always, we are particularly interested in experimental and subversive forms, as well as contribution from women, people of colour, people living with disabilities and chronic illnesses, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people living at the intersection of these identities.
Horror has always been political, and BB is always searching for socially aware genre stories.
Speaking of genre, we are open to any and all; science fiction, fantasy, erotica…but it also must contain an element of horror.
For a more visual representation of what we love, check out our Instagram page @bloodbathzine.
WE DON’T LOVE:
Exploitative or otherwise offensive portrayals of harmful stereotypes or tropes.
Sexual violence just for the sake of it, or to create shock value. There are way more inventive ways to shock us.
Fan fiction; we don’t hate it, it’s just not for us. Any kind of copyrighted material is also not desirable.
If you are a white cis man thinking of submitting a story in which female characters suffer violence, rape or general mistreatment at the hands of male characters, portrayed in a leering or sexualized manner… perhaps consider not doing so. This does not mean you cannot submit if you’re a cis white man.
The issue will be produced in EPUB and print format, so please send high quality A5 sized image files for visual art submissions. JPEG preferred, but please get in touch if you have any questions. Please contribute four image files per submission.
We accept short fiction from 50 to 2,500 words, flash fiction shorter than this as well as poetry (maximum 30 lines) are also encouraged and welcome. Please send a maximum of four poems and two prose pieces at a time. Please also submit all pieces you intend to submit at one time. You are welcome to submit visual art alongside written work.
Submissions must be submitted in .doc or .docx format, size 12 and double spaced via email along with a 50 word bio to Katy at [email protected] We do not accept previously published pieces.
Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We will not consider submissions that do not follow our guidelines.
The deadline is midnight, GMT on August 1st, 2019. We will not under any circumstances accept any late submissions. Please consider time zone differences.
If we publish your work, we buy first print rights. They are returned to you 6 months after publication.
Contributors will be paid at a rate of £20 per 1,000 words for prose, £20 per 15 lines for poetry, and £20 per image for visual art.
Via: Blood Bath Literary Zine.
September 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
A Collection of tales of how he got his man.
Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short stories about the old west and how the U.S. Marshall played a part in establishing the law of the land.
Let your imagination roam and put our readers in the middle of the action. We want complete stories from the POV of the U.S. Marshall. We want to see his struggles to capture the outlaw. How does he do it? Who helps him? Why did he become a lawman? Is there a case that haunts him? Make him a complete character, flaws and all.
- Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
- Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
- No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
- Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.
Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,000 and the maximum word count is 20,000.
This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019, with a targeted release date of mid-November 2019.
Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.
- Any work under 4,000 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
- The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
- All submissions must be in English.
- Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
- Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.
All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover. Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019.
Via: Zimebel House Publishing’s Submittable.