Category: Events

Taking Submissions: Shadowed Realms: The 2022 Indie Dark Fiction Anthology

Deadline: May 31st, 2023
Payment: 1 cent per word
Theme: The best 1,000-9,000 word dark fiction published in semipro and token paying markets in 2022.

Horror Tree is pleased to announce the first Shadowed Realms: The 2022 Indie Dark Fiction Anthology

Here at Horror Tree, we believe there is excellent fiction being published at semipro and token-paying publications, and we’d like to celebrate and highlight these authors and their stories. This anthology will be a collection of reprints, featuring the best dark fiction published in semipro and token-paying markets in 2022.


Taking Submissions: Steel True, Blade Straight

Deadline: June 30, 2023
Payment: Contributors Copy
Theme: Stories, poems, and scholarship inspired by and about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.

Steel True, Blade Straight
The Belanger Books Journal of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Inspired Stories, Poems, and Scholarship
2023 Annual
Description: This anthology will have stories, poems, and scholarship inspired by and about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. While the anthology will contain new Sherlock Holmes stories, the intent would be for at least 25% of the material to be stories and poems inspired by the life and non-Sherlockian writing of Sir Arthur. Another 25% of material would be scholarship on Holmes and Doyle.
All proceeds from the Anthology will be donated to The Beacon Society, a 501c(3) nonprofit scion society of The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI), that serves as a link to other scion societies, providing teachers, librarians, children museums, and children theaters with local resources to bring the magic of Sherlock Holmes to life.
Stories – 3,000 – 10,000 word submissions that connect to the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These can be Sherlock Holmes stories, or stories connected to Sir Arthur’s additional writings (far too many to list here).


Taking Submissions: Graveyard Boots

Submission Window: April 2nd to August 31st
Payment: Half cent per word
Theme: Speculative Fiction taking place in the Wild West

Graveyard Boots: The Old West. Lawless. Filthy. Challenges were numerous. Justice was haphazard. One could die from a gunshot, a snakebite, a disease, or any number of reasons. It was not a place for the weak of heart. And that was just the wild west all by itself. For “Graveyard Boots,” we seek stories that add creatures, gunslingers, ghouls, ill omens, bad luck, evil minds, monsters and more to the already desolate landscape and ghost towns. Yet there was still humor back in those days of yore, and with “Graveyard Boots,” stories with humor will give you a leg up.


Taking Submissions: Haven Speculative 2023 General Submissions Call #2 (Early)

Submission Window: April 1st – 30th, 2023
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction, $5 for poetry, 1 cent per word for non-fiction, $35 for cover art
Theme: Speculative fiction

It’s our goal to publish diverse voices from around the world, and to do that, we are actively seeking stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces by authors from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the science fiction and fantasy canon. Our submission cycle is therefore split into two categories, where every other month is explicitly reserved for submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. The interposing six months remain open to everyone.


Taking Submissions: Eidolotry Digital #7

Deadline: May 15th, 2023
Payment: $10 plus a contributor copy
Theme: The best LGBTQ etc voices out there in the world of horror. No limits, no theme, just your very best stories.

Come out, Come out, whoever you are. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I wanted to open up the submission call as soon as possible for our June issue. We here at PTP are all about good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.


Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #32

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: ¢ per word for prose, $10 for poetry, $25 for artwork
Theme: Epic Fail

NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of “epic fail.” We’re not talking about everyday failures, like you didn’t pay the electric bill, so your lights are turned off. We’re talking about the cascades of calamity that end in death, destruction, disaster. Series of unfortunate choices that lead to plague, famine, and war. A train wreck that, once it’s been set in motion, you can neither stop nor look away from. There but for the grace of some spectacularly poor planning, bad decisions, and gross incompetence, go all of us. Let’s hear it all.


Taking Submissions: Mirrors Reflecting Shadows

Deadline: April 15th, 2023
Payment: $40
Theme: A charity anthology to donate to The Trevor Project open to most genres to help on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth

Mirrors Reflecting Shadows: A Trevor Project Charity Anthology

Considering the increasing marginilazation LGBTQ+ individuals and the attack on gender affirming care through legislation Outcast Press, Anxiety Press, and Roi Fainéant Press have teamed up to curate a charity anthology with proceeds going towards The Trevor Project. For over 20 years, The Trevor Project has worked tirelessly on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth, who are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020).

We are open to most genres, including, but not limited to, literary, transgressive, horror, crime, noir, and speculative fiction. The pieces can be about most anything, so don’t feel you need to write about LGBTQ+ issues. We want a smorgasbord of short stories and flash fiction. Of course you can touch on these topics, and are encouraged to do so, but the point is to gather excellent short fiction in service of a great cause.

(We aim to publish approximately 30 pieces)

Taking Submissions: Passageway

Deadline: March 27th, 2023
Payment: €150
Theme: Stories inspired by a passageway that explores new areas or territory
Note: Apologies for the late notice, I only found this one today

From Feb 21st to March 27th*, we are open for short story submissions for our new collection, Passageway! We are looking for stories of all genres that respond to our title and/or cover art, and selected writers will receive a flat rate of €150 for accepted submissions.

Home is behind, the world ahead
(Tolkien, 1954)

The paths of perception are thrown open, and new realities loom beyond –
all that is left to do is to cross the passageway.