Taking Submissions: After Sundown

Deadline: November 3rd, 2019
Payment: 8 cents per word word and 6 cents for reprints

A New Collection of Horror Stories

Edited by Mark Morris (“…one of the finest horror writers at work today” – Clive Barker) After Sundown is an eclectic, vibrant collection of tales by contemporary writers, both established and new. Mark has approached an impressive range of authors (to be revealed at a later date…) but we’ve reserved space for four new stories from the online submissions. This is a prestigious anthology and will be published worldwide in hardcover, paperback, and later in a stunning, Flame Tree-style decorated edition. We’re looking for thrilling stories of suspense, delving into the dark spaces of the night, ideally 4000 words. Our standard rates apply.
Submissions will open 21st of October, and close 3rd of November – please send to [email protected].
We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.

Via: Flame Tree Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Thuggish Itch: Close The Gate

Deadline: December 20th, 2019
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words

Thuggish Itch is our horror and sci-fi anthology collection.

This is the place to submit your horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction stories. 

Current theme: CLOSE THE GATE

There’s something about a locked gate that just screams horror. The two ends of a thick metal chain linked by a strong and sturdy padlock. The signs warning passers by to keep out, stay clear, or that their presence is being watched by the nearby security camera. Is the gate locked to keep something in? Or to keep something even worse out?

For this collection, we would like you to send us stories in which a locked (or unlocked) gate is a major plot point. Are your characters trying to get in? Are they trying to get out? Are they the gate themselves or just those that control its usage?

Thuggish Itch is our horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction collection. Please make sure that your story falls within one of these genres. Be original. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.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 format your submission accordingly. If you have any 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: Thuggish Itch – Close the Gate – Story Title.

  • Word count: 1000 – 4500 words
  • DeadlineDecember 20 2019
  • Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2500 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2500 words

Via: Gypsum Sound Tales.

Taking Submissions: Twisted Love

Deadline: November 26th, 2019
Payment: $0.05 U.S. per word

Bronzeville is now open to submissions for an anthology called Twisted LoveTwisted Love will feature stories with unsettling and unconventional relationships. Give us stories of toxic relationships or lovers bound by crime or fetish. Think Soldier and Angel from Hap and Leonard, season 1:

Payment Policy

We pay $0.05 U.S. per word for first Worldwide English publication rights for stories up to 3,000 words in length. We have no minimum length requirements for submissions; however, we will not consider submissions that exceed 3,150 words.

Preferred Genres

Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Writers may submit one story to all open Bronzeville platforms. Those who submit a story to Twisted Love may also, for example, submit a story to Bronzeville Bee if it is open to submissions.

Writers may not submit more than one story to Twisted Love.

Writers may simultaneously submit to other venues. We ask that you notify us if the story is accepted elsewhere and withdraw the story from consideration.



Format your subject line as follows: Twisted Love Submission – Story Name – word count – genre

Example: Twisted Love Submission – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – 2725 words – horror

Your story should be sent as an attached Word Document. We will not read PDFs, shared Google Doc files, RTF documents or any other type of document. Submissions that do not include an attached .doc or .docx file will not be processed.

The text in your story should be black.

The font should be a standard font, such as Times New Roman.

The text should be 12 pt or 14 pt.

The first line of every paragraph should either be flush left, with a blank line between paragraphs, or it should be indented half an inch using the format settings feature, not space-space-space-space-space or tab.

Do not underline text in your story. If text is intended to be in italics, put it in italics.

Refer to the guidelines found here for the information to present at the top of your story document.

Submissions that do not include the word count will be deprioritized for review.

Take time to study submission guidelines. Many publications use comparable guidelines; there is nothing unusual about ours, but we receive many submissions that have sloppy formatting (with some paragraphs indented and others not) and other abnormalities. Presentation matters. We’re paying pro rates per Duotrope guidelines; we expect writers to strive for professional presentation.

The best submissions include:

  • the story title in the subject line with the word count and genre
  • the words Bee Fiction Submission in the subject line
  • no more than a short introductory line or paragraph citing the word count and genre of the story — NOTE: multiple paragraph queries for short fiction will not be read. You do not need to tell us about the inspiration for the story, which authors inspire you, what size shoes you wear, or anything else.
  • again, the word count of the story in the email and/or subject line
  • the author’s bio (approx. 100 words written in third person)

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors or anyone having sex with animals. 

We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.

“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan

Word Count Limit

3,150 words


Include your story as a .doc or .docx attachment, a bio written in third person that is 80 words or less, and a high resolution photograph you own the rights to that can be published with your work.


Email Sandra Ruttan: [email protected]

Deadline: November 26, 2019


An auto-reply will be sent to every email received at the appropriate email account. Receiving the auto-reply is confirmation that your submission has been delivered.

Please read the auto-reply and double-check your submission to ensure that you included your attachment and all the requested material.


We are not currently considering reprints for Twisted Love.

Please note: Submissions with multiple stories or sent to the wrong address or that exceed the word count will not be processed. Writers will not be notified.

Via: Bronzeville Books.

Taking Submissions: A Dysfunctional Family Christmas

Deadline: November 8th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy and $5

Your story should be between 1,000 and 3,500 words and edited to the best of your ability.

Stories must be about a dysfunctional family Christmas (or seasonal holiday)

Submissions are open now until 11:59 p.m. November 8, 2019 EST.

We will accept only one submission per author.

Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted.  Previously published submissions will not be accepted.  Submissions should not be available for viewing online during the submission/publication process or for 6 months after publication.

Submissions should only have mild, non-graphic violence, no explicitly sexual/erotic scenes, and “bad” language should not be used excessively but may be used in limited capacity.

All submitting authors will be notified of our decision within 2 weeks of closing date.  If your submission is chosen, you will receive a full publishing contract outlining the details of our agreement.  Upon signing, Stormy Island Publishing retains exclusive rights until six months after publication.

As payment, each author will receive a paperback copy of the anthology after publication.  Each author will also receive a $5 payment via Paypal only.

For details on how to submit, visit our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Via: Stormy Island Publishing.

Unholy Trinity: Nobody’s Baby by Robert Allen Lupton

Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.

Nobody’s Baby

Tara was bored. The fawning sycophants who pretended to be suitors were annoying. Duke Pennington was the worst. He preened endlessly, but he danced like his feet were on fire.

It was her parent’s fiftieth anniversary and her mother insisted she dance with everyone. She resolved to endure the evening in silence. 

Suddenly, a man leapt from the cake and began turning into a wolf. Pennington spun her into a corner and said, “Baby, stay there. I’ll protect you.”

Tara shoved him aside and grabbed a long cake knife. “Don’t call me baby and nobody puts me in a corner.” 

Food Critic

Duke Pennington hated the Royal parties. The best thing about the ball was dancing with Princess Tara. She rarely danced. She was more interested in fencing and hunting than in a waltz or a foxtrot. He’d once fenced with her, but she’d disarmed him in seconds.

During a minuet, a creature exploded from the cake. The Duke tried to protect Tara, but she refused his help.

“Pennington, help or get out of the way.” 

The creature was a werewolf. Beet soup splattered Pennington when smashed the beast with an ornate silver tureen. Pennington licked his fingers. “It needs salt.”

Only Buy the Best

Earl James Lupine was invited to the Royal Wedding Anniversary. He’d loved the queen, but King William had stolen her away. He’d sent dinner service for twelve to their wedding.

Lupine sought forgetfulness with other women. Years ago, a peasant girl’s bite gave him the werewolf’s curse.

He never forgave the queen and king. He’d finally have revenge.

He began transformation with frosting still in his hair. A silver platter smashed his face. He realized when Tara ran a sterling silver knife into his heart that being cheap doesn’t pay. He should’ve purchased a golden table service, not sterling silver.

Robert Allen Lupton

Robert Allen Lupton is retired and lives in New Mexico where he is a commercial hot air balloon pilot. Robert runs and writes every day, but not necessarily in that order. He has been published in several anthologies and his short stories are online at www.horrortree.com and www.crimsonstreets.com. His novel, Foxborn, was published in April. His collection of running themed horror, science fiction, and adventures stories, Running Into Trouble, was published in October, Dragonborn, the Foxborn sequel will be released in April, 2018.




Taking Submissions: The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Payment: $5 per thousand words for fiction and $.35 a line with a $5 minimum for poetry.

Now that the eighth issue of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out, we are opening submissions for issue #9. We are looking for quality works of poetry and short fiction.
Poetry should be Weird or darkly fantastical with strong imagery. We pay $.35 a line with a $5 minimum, payable upon publication.
For short fiction our tastes are broad and we will consider anything with Weird, horrific or fantastical elements. We will consider any length work but will be much less likely to publish stories over 5,000 words. Our rate is $5 per thousand words, payable upon publication. First time publication only, no reprints please.
To submit please send your work as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file to [email protected] and be sure to include a header with your name and email address. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or reprints and ask that you wait for our response before submitting elsewhere. The submission deadline is November 15th, please do not inquire about your submission before that deadline and understand that it may take some time to follow up on all submissions after the deadline has passed.
I very much look forward to reading everyone’s work!

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