Category: Events

Taking Submissions: Humans are the Problem: A Monster’s Anthology

Deadline: May 15th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Monsters adapting to the 31st century

Weird Little Worlds Press is looking for contributors to its inaugural Kickstarter science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthology. Bring your weird and help us tell the best monster stories you’ve ever imagined.


Taking Submissions: Dose of Dread April 2021

Deadline: April 15th, 2021
Payment: $10
Theme: Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Submissions OPEN (Monthly, 1st – 15th). Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm.

Author Compensation: $10, paid via PayPal.

Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread).

Reading Periods: Monthly, 1st to 15th. Any stories submitted outside of each reading period will not be read. Two (2) stories will be selected out of each reading period for publication the following month.

Rights: First World Electronic Rights. Non-exclusive rights thereafter. No reprint restrictions after publication.

Original stories ONLY. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but NO multiple submissions. You may submit again the next month if rejected. If your story is accepted, please sit out one reading period before submitting again.

Please, for everyone’s sake, no rough drafts. Successful pieces will require little to no proofreading edits.

Email your submission as a Word document attachment to [email protected] with “DOSE – [Story Title] – [Author Name]” in the subject line.

Please see the General Submission Guidelines below for additional formatting information.

General Submission Guidelines

Rejections for Dose of Dread submissions will be sent by the end of the month submitted. If you have not received a reply by then, feel free to follow-up. All rejections will be form rejections. It’s not personal, promise. Which also means please don’t respond to rejections. It’s unnecessary.

For Dose of Dread submissions, please send your work by email to [email protected] with the subject line format: “DOSE – [Story title] – [Author name]”.

Address your email to “Editor” or “Alex”.

Please provide a brief cover letter in the body of the email (title, word count, relevant info, etc). Do not stress over or overthink this.

Please include an author bio of 100 words or less, written in third person, plus any links (e.g. to a website / Twitter) if you wish to include them.

Please submit your work as an email attachment in .doc/.docx format. Any other attachment type or stories copy/pasted into the body of the email will not be read.

Ensure your document contains your story title, your name (or pen name), and an approximate word count.

Please include a header on each page of your document with your surname, title and page number.

Your document should be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt., with double line spacing and indented paragraphs.

All payments will be made via PayPal.

Query [email protected] for any questions or concerns.

Via: Dreadstone Press.

Taking Submissions: The Needle Drops

Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: Poetry: £15 per poem upfront payment upon publication + 0.5% revenue share scheme., Flash Fiction: £50 upfront payment upon publication + 1% revenue share scheme., Short Fiction: £100 upfront payment upon publication + 2% revenue share scheme.
Theme: Elevate us, and share thrilling stories of horror and romance, betrayal and bloodlust. Wherever you go regarding genre or form, we yearn to read what great works have yet to be read.

Currently, we’re in the process of establishing our first publication – The Needle Drops… Whilst we welcome all submissions, currently we are only moving forward with those within the horror genre, to be featured in Volume One releasing in the Summer / Fall of 2021. The preliminary end date for submissions is the 1st of May 2021. However, we especially encourage submissions at any time from BIPOC and those from LGBTQI+ community, as it is important to prioritise underrepresented voices and experiences, especially within the publishing industry – something which has been dominated by the white cis experience.


The Needle Drops… features an illustrated comic strip, original soundtrack, curated design by our in-house team and more. Dive into our blog for more information. One contributor will have the opportunity to work with our composer on an original soundtrack piece that will feature in the OST, available physically in the Limited Edition of The Needle Drops… as well as digitally via our Urhi Supporter scheme.


Taking Submissions: J is for Jack-o’-Lantern

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: £10
Theme: J is for Jack-o’-Lantern

J is for Jack-o’-Lantern – Submissions open April 1st. Deadline May 31st. 

Halloween in theme for these stories but the Jack-o’-Lantern must play a key role.

We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies – The A-Z of Horror. The series will be based on a variety of themes and will consist of twenty-six books in total. We are looking for short horror stories, between 4000 and 8000 words, on each of the themes listed below. You may submit to more than one book, but we will only include a maximum of one story from each author, in each book. Being accepted into one book does not guarantee acceptance into one of the others. (more…)

Taking Submissions: Wight Christmas (Relist)

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: CAD 1/2 CENT per word for originals; 50% for reprints (i.e. CAD 1/4 CENT per word)
Theme: Christmas horror with a dark and subversive theme that doesn’t include Krampus
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: Relisted due to deadline extension

Wight Christmas is an anthology of holiday horror, and in particular stories that subvert Christmas tropes and seasonal clichés. We are seeking dark reinterpretations of seasonal traditions, and stories that reimagine holiday characters as ghosts, demons, spirits, supernatural entities, or other paranormal phenomena.

Fantasy and science fiction genres are both okay, but in all cases, submissions are more likely to be successful if they are dark and subversive.

No Krampus.

Taking Submissions: Frost Zone Zine Issue 4 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: April 5th-18th 2021
Payment: 6.00 CAD for 1000-2500 words and 8.00 CAD for 2500-3500 words
Theme: short horror fiction with elements of supernatural, quiet, gothic, eerie, paranormal, strange, folklore, magic

POETRY submissions will be closed for this issue.
Newly added: drabble 100-word fiction

Frost Zone Zine is a quarterly zine that is published in digital and print formats. The print issue is a digest-magazine-size paperback book that averages 80-100 pages.

(Print will be changing after this year; see this post for more information.)


What we do want:

Supernatural. Quiet. Gothic. Paranormal. Eerie.

Strange. Folklore. Magic.




Original, unpublished, never-broadcast short stories 1000-3500 words. Submit 1 or 2 stories for consideration.
(Longer pieces may be considered if writing is concise, not to exceed 5000 words. Keep in mind only 1 or 2 stories over 3500 words can be included, if any.)

Taking Submissions: Tales From The Cyber Salon Event #2 – The High Street

Deadline: May 2nd, 2021
Payment: £50 payment
Theme: “One thing is certain. The high street landscape has now irrevocably changed and there is no point clinging on to a sentimental vision of the past.”

Tales From The Cyber Salon Event #2 – The High Street

Throughout 2021, Cybersalon will host ‘Tales of the Cybersalon’, a series of interdisciplinary technology and policy investigations through science-fiction storytelling. We want your stories and we want you. Help us imagine the future of our digital revolution in industry and society, and to identify and explore its emerging cultures.

Each event will feature new speculative short stories purpose written for the exploration of Healthcare, The High Street, Social Communities and Political Representation. Each short story will interrogate where we are and where we might be going. The series kicks off on March 30th with the first event, New Normals in Health. And we’d like your submissions for the second of the four events. An open call for events three and four will follow. (more…)

Taking Submissions: Under Her Skin, a Black Spot Books Women in Horror Poetry Showcase

Deadline: May 31st: 2021
Payment: $5 and a contributors copy
Theme: Poetry about body horror
Note: Open to all poets who are women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Black Spot Books will be publishing its inaugural Women in Horror Poetry Collection in April 2022: UNDER HER SKIN. This collection is open to all poets who are women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes. Submissions open March 2021 and will close May 30, 2021, with decisions made on a rolling basis. Poems to be included in the collection will be chosen by Black Spot Book’s editorial staff and guest judges.

The theme of the inaugural collection is body horror. This is a broad spectrum and poets are welcome to interpret the prompt in their own vision–so long as it’s darkunsettling, an on-theme. (more…)