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Taking Submissions: Midnight & Indigo Fiction And Horror Edition

Deadline: January 10th, 2021
Payment: $75 for Short Stories for the journal and $50 for Short Stories accepted for publication on the website
Theme: Speculative Fiction/Horror ONLY
Note: Black women writers only

We are looking for previously unpublished, character-driven, speculative short stories written by Black women writers

Speculative fiction is a broad genre encompassing fiction with certain elements that do not exist in the real world, often in the context of supernatural, futuristic, or other imaginative themes. This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, fairytale fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

  • Please submit your short story no later than January 10, 2021.
  • Stories must meet our minimum 1,400 word count requirement.  Please include the word count at the top of your submission.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis on or in our annual Speculative fiction special issue (online and/or print – October 2021).
  • We offer $75 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) and $50 for Short Stories accepted for publication on
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by February 23, 2021.

Optional Add ons
We DO NOT charge a fee for submissions, but do offer optional add-ons should you wish to participate. Again, these fees are optional – you are not required to pay to submit your work.

Standard Submission ($0)

  • You are not required to pay for submission. You will be notified of acceptance/decline by February 23, 2021.

Expedited Reading option ($20)

  • If you choose this option, we’ll put your work at the very top of our reading pile for review. Choosing this option will not influence whether your submission is accepted for publication. This only grants a quicker accept/decline response; guaranteed by January 26, 2021.

For extended feedback options, please contact us directly via your Submittable account for details.

Via: Midnight & Indigo’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Alternative War

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: 2 cents a word and Royalties
Theme: A critical look at War and what it does to us.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative War.  A critical look at War and what it does to us.  This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Debora Godfrey, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Apocalypse.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring, I refer you to War, written by  Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1969:

Oh no-there’s got to be a better way
Say it again
There’s got to be a better way-yeah
What is it good for?
War has caused unrest
Among the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die?

What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing

Does this mean we will not accept military Sci-Fi?  No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an understanding of the cost of war. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of war and conflict from origin, to back stage, to the field of conflict.  The setting is open anywhere in time and space.  As anyone who has read Churchill will know, war is much more than the fighting.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at


Payment.  We pay 2 cents a word and Royalties.  A writer share goes to the ACLU as well.  Shorter submissions can opt for a lump sum payment W/O royalties.


Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at [email protected].

Via: B Cubed Press’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Tell Me Who We Were Before Life Made Us

Deadline: November 8th, 2020
Payment: £60 plus royalties
Theme: Poetry anthology with the theme of who we were

Tell Me Who We Were Before Life Made Us

We’re currently seeking submissions for a poetry anthology entitled Tell Me Who We Were Before Life Made Us edited by Maz Hedgehog. This anthology will be published in June 2021.

This is an anthology about imagined histories. We want to read your takes on fairy tales, folklore and urban legends. Send us your creation myths, founding myths, Greek/Haitian/Indian/Mancunian myths. We want to see your counterfactuals, your apocryphals, your ‘What If’s? We want to know, who do you think we are/were/could be?


  • Submit up to 3 poems, of any length

  • The file name must be the title of the first poem in your submission and the number of poems in your submission (e.g. The_Wasteland_3)

  • submit in PDF/doc/plain text format.

  • Use a standard, easy to read font (such as calibri, times new roman or arial) unless your poem requires otherwise

  • In your email include your name and a short bio (no more than 75 words)

  • If your poetry is commissioned, you will be paid a fee of £60 plus royalties.

Please email Maz at [email protected] with your submissions by 8 November 2020.

Via: 3 of Cups.

Taking Submissions: Great Weather For Media

Deadline: January 15th, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Edgy, fearless, and experimental subject matter and styles

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry and prose for our annual print anthology.

Our reading period runs October 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021.

Our focus is on edgy, fearless, and experimental subject matter and styles. We highly recommend reading one of our previous collections to see the type of work we are interested in and the design of our books. Our latest anthology is Escape Wheel. Let us know in your cover letter how you found us and what you like about us. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from both national and international writers.


  • Surprise us with your fearless best! 
  • We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. This includes limited edition chapbooks and personal blogs.
  • If your work appears in our most recent anthology, please wait a year before submitting again in any genre.
  • Please submit only once in each genre (poetry / prose) and do not submit again until you have received a response.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine – just notify us with your good news immediately.  If you wish to withdraw individual pieces from consideration, click on the title of your submission, click on Active, and add a note listing the title(s) to be withdrawn. If you need to withdraw your entire submission, please use the Withdraw button.


  • Please don’t send revisions. You can always add a note to your submissions if there is something you need to let us know about.
  • Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. International writers receive one copy.
  • We aim to respond in 1-4 months. If you have not heard from us after five months, please email [email protected]
  • Copyright: great weather for MEDIA holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online. We ask that great weather for MEDIA be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.

Via: Great Weather For Media’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Fantasy Magazine (Early Listing)

Deadline: November 7th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

Submission Periods: Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods.

Anonymous Submissions: Fantasy only accepts anonymous submissions. Do not include your name, address, phone number, or other similar identifiers on the manuscript. All original short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry submissions will be read anonymously on first read: moving out of slush depends on the merits of the story alone. Please make sure the title is on the manuscript.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Please do not submit more than one set of poems at a time, more than one piece of flash fiction at a time, or more than one story at a time. You may, however, submit a single entry in each category at the same time: you can submit one batch of poems, one flash fiction piece, and one short story all at the same (or overlapping) time, and each category will be considered a separate submission. If we are already considering work in any given category, please wait until you have received an acceptance or rejection before submitting again in that same category.

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions. If one of the Submission Type options is grayed out, that means we are currently closed to that Submission Type.

Questions/Problems: Email [email protected] for all submission-related inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system. Please do not email your submissions to this address. All submissions must be submitted via our Moksha online submission system.

Rejections/Response Times: Be aware that we expect to receive several hundred submissions during our submissions periods. As such, we cannot offer personalized feedback on each story. If we say “send more” it means we really do hope to see something else from you. Most rejections will be sent out within a few weeks to a month, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up a month or more. Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to say “Thanks for the quick turnaround” etc. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary and will just clutter up our editorial inbox.

Cover Letters: Your cover letter may include your name and other identifying elements. It should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a fantasy story about the Byzantine empire and your doctoral dissertation was on Byzantine empire politics, mention that). If you don’t have credentials to cite, don’t worry! We care about your story, not your resume. If you’re not sure what should go in your cover letter, this article on cover letters might help.

Diversity Statement: We encourage people of color, Black people, Indigenous people, Native people, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBTQIA+, and anyone from typically marginalized or underrepresented communities to submit their work.



Fantasy is seeking original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. If you’re not sure whether your story is fantasy (vs. horror or science fiction) go ahead and submit and let the editors decide. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Do not submit more than one short story at a time.

Format: Please submit your manuscript in double-spaced Times New Roman or Courier font. Please remember to NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript apart from the story title. Your manuscript must be in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format.

Word Counts: We are open to short fiction up to 7500 words. When you make your fiction submission, you can submit in one of the two categories described below.

  • Short Story: 1500-7500 words. (Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.)
  • Flash Fiction: Up to 1500 words.

Work previously rejected by Lightspeed or NightmareWe welcome submissions that were previously rejected by our sister-publications.

Pay Rate: Fantasy pays 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please review our contract template for original fiction/poetry.



Fantasy is seeking original fantasy and dark fantasy poems. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. If you’re not sure whether your poem is fantasy (vs. horror or science fiction) go ahead and submit and let the editors decide.

We prefer shorter form poems with literary sensibilities which are evocative, emotionally resonant, and/or visually vibrant—in other words, poems which are viscerally impactful, and/or meaningful in some way. At the same time, we will not limit submissions to these parameters.

Please ensure that the title of the poems are in the manuscript.

Submission Quantity: You may submit up to six poems in the same document. (Our submission system will not allow multiple attachments.) We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Do not submit more than one batch of six poems at a time.

Pay Rate: Fantasy pays $40 per poem.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please review our contract template for original fiction/poetry.



Essays in Fantasy are primarily by invite only, and all feature interviews are assigned in-house. If you wish to pitch an essay idea, email [email protected] with the subject line Essay Pitch. Essay pitches should be no more than a few lines, and should connect in some way to the theme of Fantasy, even if tenuously. Thought pieces which bring an interesting or unique perspective will be considered.

Pay Rate: Fantasy pays $75 per essay.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please view our contract template for nonfiction.



Fantasy is edited by Christie Yant & Arley Sorg and published by John Joseph Adams via Adamant Press. You can learn more about our team on our Staff page.

We welcome the submission of translations of stories from other languages. Stories that have never before been published in the English language would be considered “original.”

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Fantasy is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to submit your story and let our editors decide.

Fantasy is not a market for media-based fiction (e.g., stories set in the A Game of Thrones or Buffy the Vampire Slayer universes, etc.), or any kind of fan fiction. (Note: We don’t have a problem with people reading or writing fan fiction or media-based fiction, we’re just not legally allowed to consider publishing it.)

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just submit it and let our editors decide.

Fantasy pays professional rates as defined by HWA and SFWA.

Via: Fantasy Magazine’s Moksha.

Friday Update: Pandemic Book Launches, Events and Supporting Creatives

Pandemic Author Support, Book Launches and Events  23/10/20

Click on the book covers for more information.

Got a book to launch, an event to promote or seeking extra work/support as a result of being hit economically by Covid? Get in touch and we’ll promote you here. The post is prepared each Thursday for publication on Friday. Contact us via Horror Tree’s contact address or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

Support Your Indie Authors and Reviewers

This is a feature which I hope will help bring extra work to those who’ve been hit economically by Covid. If you’ve lost your day job, had hours cut, are struggling and have services to offer, a new venture, a patreon page to promote etc, let us know and we’ll plug them here.

Ben Eads, writer and editor, is in real need of editing work. If you require an editing service, check out his work, rates, and testimonials here.

Varian Ross is a disabled person who’s trying to find work during the pandemic and has started a Patreon for hiswriting:  Prose is posted every Friday, and poetry every Monday. He is legally blind and can’t drive, which really impacts his job search.  He is looking for an at home job in the area of data entry work, or technical writing. Contact him via his patreon or find him on twitter here

Janine Pipe – Published author, with blogging, YouTube and podcasting experience. Beta and proof-reading credentials. Fiction and non-fiction experience – have been published on various blogs, websites, in magazines and newspapers in different genres. Reviewer for UKs biggest horror mag – Scream and regular contributor to Nightworms. If anyone knows of anything at all, no job too small, please let me know. Contact me [email protected]

Bella Farris – writer and filmmaker. Read her stories for free here, connect with her on @_itsjustbella_. Pick up a copy of her horror collection, Monsters Under the Bed, here.



HWA Horror University Online – has the following workshops online, open to both members and non-members:

26th October – Poetry Forms Workshop for all Writers with Linda D. Addison (I’ve signed up to this one! – Steph)
2nd November – The History of Ghosts with Lisa Morton
9th November – Done to Death with Tim Waggoner.
Go here for further information

30th October – Flame Tree Press Live & Spooky – readings, discussions, Q&As. For more information go here.

Please send us details of any online panels, conventions, festivals and workshops and we’ll list them here.

Latest Book Launches


Charity Anthologies


2nd Oct End Nov 



Horror Tree Sponsor* Releases!

13th Oct SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire by [Nicole Givens Kurtz, Craig Gidney, Michele Tracey Berger, Alicia McCalla, Steven Van Patten, Jessica Cage, Sheree Renne Thomas, Milton Davis, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Nicole Givens Kurtrz] 16th Oct

*All Horror Tree sponsors are able to claim a spot at the top of our listing during the donation of their sponsorship. Please use our contact form for more advertising pricing.


Some We Missed Earlier!

30th Sept Women of the Woods by [Fabled Collective, Mary Rajotte, Marshall Moore, A.R. Cook, Arwen Spicer, Caitlin E. Jones, Victoria Audley, Katie Brittle, Whitney Zahar, M. Regan, H. Parsons, Ashley Weaver, Katie Coughran, Jennifer Cizl, Vanessa K. Eccles]

October 2020

5th 6th Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems by [Alessandro Manzetti]6th Alice by [Alledria Hurt] 6th Of Cottages and Cauldrons: An Autumn Anthology by [Tiffany Putenis, Patti Lee, Erin Quill, DM Divanti, Tamarah Corwin, Julia Goldhirsh, Alexandra Rose, Helen Whistberry, Villimey Sigurbjorns, Alana Turner]

8th 9th Image11th 12th

 13th   13th 15th Keep It Inside: and Other Weird Tales by [Mark Anthony Smith] 15th Inheritance: The Martiniere Legacy Book One by [Joyce Reynolds-Ward]

15th 18th A Seed in a Soil of Sorrow by [Keith Anthony Baird]20thDownwind, Alice 22nd

22nd Foul Womb of Night (Midnight Bites Book 1) by [Elizabeth Donald, Gustavo Bondoni, Adam Stemple] 23rd The Haunting of Hacket House by [Astrid Addams] 26th Forest of Fear 2: An Anthology of Halloween Horror Microfiction (Fright Night Fiction) by [Zoey Xolton, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, J.E. Feldman, Kevin J. Kennedy, Majanka Verstraete, Cindar Harrell, Stuart Conover, Beth W. Patterson, David Green, Valerie Lioudis] 27th

28th F is for Fear (A to Z of Horror Book 6) by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Renee Miller, David Green, Lee Franklin, Mark Anthony Smith, Donna Cuttress, C.M. Rosens, Ariel Dodson, Bryan Miller, Damir Salkovic] 28th Memento Mori: A horror collection (Shattered bulbs Book 1) by [Sabrann Curach]31st The Ancient Ones (The Ancient Ones Trilogy Book 1) by [Cassandra L. Thompson] 31st Ascendant: The Martiniere Legacy Book Two by [Joyce Reynolds-Ward]

31st Full Moon Digest: Stories to read by moonlight by [G.A. Miller] 31st 31st Frankenstein's Mistress: Tales of Love & Monsters by [Michael McCarty, C.L.  Sherwood, Holly Zaldivar, Terrie Leigh Relf, R.L. Fox, Cindy McCarty, Sherry Decker, C. Dean Andersson]

November 2020

14th Bleak Midwinter and Other Christmas Horror Stories by [Charlotte O'Farrell]15th The Worm and His Kings by [Hailey Piper]15th Realization: The Martiniere Legacy Book Three by [Joyce Reynolds-Ward]17th The Lupin Project: Allan Leverone: 9780998416144: Books

Happy reading.


 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team


Taking Submissions: 50 Shades of Dead

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: $10 for short stories (3000-8000 words)
Theme: Horror romance/erotic horror

Working Title: 50 Shades of Dark

Deadline: Dec 31 2020 or When Full


Horror romance/erotic horror. This is not for pure erotica or romance (no standard PNR), and not for horror that lacks any romantic elements. The components of romance, sensuality, and horror should be well woven together. Happily ever afters not required. Sex not required, but if included should be well done. The best submissions will be equal parts titillating and nightmare fuel.

Looking for stories at a hard R to NR rating, but all levels of sensuality and horror will be considered. If you have ever wanted to push boundaries, this is the call to do it in!

Preference will be given to #OwnVoices, female authors, LGBTQA stories, but all are welcome to submit!

Length Accepted:

Flash, and Shorts.

Eligibility: Open to all. No Reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

Multiple Submissions: See guidelines and story lengths for the number of submissions per pen name.

Publication: Feb 2021


Via: Wicked Taxidermy Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Curiouser Magazine

Payment: $25 per poem, and from $50-125 for short prose
Theme: Horror, magic realism, speculative fiction, science fiction and streams of consciousness are welcome – but they must be somewhat grounded in real life.
Deadline: December 31st, 2020

Yes, yes, yes. We are open for business and are now accepting submissions to our fledgling publication. Exciting times, indeed!

So, send us your stories! We want to read your elegant and ugly. We want to pore over your terrifying, your elegiac. We want to ponder over your profound and your silly.

Yes, send us your words. We accept poetry and short fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Double-spaced with a serif font such as Garamond, Times New Roman or Georgia is a requirement. Send all submissions in a Word document (.doc or .docx) by email to [email protected]. Previously unpublished work only.

One short story per author OR up to three poems OR up to two pieces of flash fiction (750 words or less). The subject of the email should read “<Name of Author> – <Title of Piece> – <Word Count>”, i.e., “John Citizen – This Story I Wrote – 2,500 words” (If you’re submitting poetry or flash, just your name and either “Flash” or “Poetry” will suffice).

Please include a short cover letter in the body of the email, as well as a short (50-75 words) author bio.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

As stated, we’re looking for stories that excite, that break the boundary between real and unreal. Experimentation and surreal ways of looking at the world we live in will be looked upon fondly. Horror, magic realism, speculative fiction, science fiction and streams of consciousness are welcome – but they must be somewhat grounded in real life.

We have no issue with sex, violence or profanity – this is, after all, a journal made by and for adults – but as with most things, excess isn’t quite becoming.

Submissions that don’t follow the instructed formatting, that are full of typos and grammatical mistakes, or that will require extensive editing will not be considered. We know that sounds harsh, but that’s the way things are!

Curiouser Magazine believes that telling stories is part and parcel of a functioning society, so we strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous peoples, women, LGBT+, people of colour and refugees. Your stories are important.

And – and! – we believe in paying writers. Successful submissions will pay poets $25 per poem, and from $50-125 (Australian) for short prose. And a book, too! Successful submitters will be contacted no more than four weeks after submissions close.

We look forward to seeing your words. Surprise us!

Via: Curiouser Magazine.