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Taking Submissions: Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: July 7th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
Note: This is listed on the site a day early, do not submit until the 1st.

Fantasy is a digital short fiction magazine edited by Christie Yant and Arley Sorg.

Instructions for submitting to Fantasy Magazine follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

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.

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 business days, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up to a few weeks. 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.
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Taking Submissions: Glitch (Rated R)

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: LitRPG genre. Playing Virtual Reality games is a favorite pastime, but getting trapped in them due to a glitch is another story. It’s a true fight for survival now and the only way out is to finish the game.

  • Deadline – May 31st, 2021
  • Publication – August 2021
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – LitRPG genre. Playing Virtual Reality games is a favorite pastime, but getting trapped in them due to a glitch is another story. It’s a true fight for survival now and the only way out is to finish the game.

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* 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.

Antho

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: Scare Street

Deadline: July 25th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling
Note: Reprints accepted

Scare Street is accepting submissions for short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales.

Short stories must be 3,000-7,000 words and will be included in a collection totaling 50,000 to 65,000 words.  These stories will be published in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats.

WHO ARE WE?
Scare Street is a horror publishing company dedicated in helping fellow horror lovers experience sleepless nights. We’ve been around since September 2015 and have published 180+ e-book and paperback titles along with 110+ audiobooks (and counting!).

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Get visibility from thousands of horror readers. We will promote your work on our email list (23,000+ active subscribers), Facebook Page (17,000+ followers), Facebook Group (7,000+ members), Pinterest (600k+ monthly views) and the rest of our social media channels.

Work with an experienced publisher. We’ve been publishing high quality manuscripts, non-stop for 4 years. We’ve worked out the kinks and know what it takes to bring stories to the masses, operationally. And marketing, too (see the point on visibility).

Distribution in e-book, print and audiobook formats. You’ll also receive a complimentary digital e-book and audiobook formats when they’re published. Note: These cannot be distributed without written permission.

Non-exclusive rights. Keep your rights and sell your work again! We’re looking to purchase non-exclusive license so you’re free to continually distribute your story and/or sell your stories to other publishers.

We accept reprints. Dust off your old horror stories. We’ll happily bring them back from the dead.

Jump to the top of our queue. Stories willing to be offered for a 6 month to a 1-year e-book exclusivity period will jump to the top of our submissions pile. These can be reprints as long as they’re not available anywhere else in digital format. Although payment will be the same $10 for every 1,000 words prorated, immediate preference and review is given to these stories.

Straightforward payment. We pay $10 for every 1,000 words prorated, $50 for every 5,000 words prorated, and so on. There’s no waiting for royalties to trickle in, or confusion over whether you’ll get paid and for what amount.

No queue – drastically increase your chances of being published! Despite 180+ published titles, this is actually the first time we’re opening up for submissions. That means we don’t have a submissions review queue at the moment, so do NOT hesitate on applying!

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Short stories with 3,000-7,000 words

  • All submissions must be in English

  • We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling
  • Stories with clever, but logical twists at the end
  • New ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché

  • Stories showing more of the action rather than just telling the reader what happens

  • Believable dialogues and minimal use of dialects/slang
  • Up to a 2 story submissions max per author per submission period. Additional stories will be left unread

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR

  • Shorts with a lot of spelling and grammar errors

  • Stories that are not horror, dark fantasy or some form of disturbing fiction

  • Fan fiction
  • Sex is fine, but total erotica and torture porn are not
  • Stories that include intolerance of a person or group’s race, religion, nationality, physical or mental ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation

  • ​Gratuitous gore and violence with no purpose – blood and guts are fine as long as there’s something deeper

  • ​Stories that glorify, minimize, or inaccurately represent child abuse, animal abuse, or sexual assault
  • Extreme use of foul language. Use of foul language must be minimal as it loses its punch if over-used

DEADLINE
Submissions will be accepted from June 24, 2020 through July 25, 2020, 11:59PM PST. Most submissions will receive a response within 30 days after the submission deadline, although it could take more time for consideration purposes. Feel free to send a query to [email protected] if you haven’t heard anything in 60 days.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

  • 12 pt. Courier New or Times New Roman font Double spaced

  • Include author’s name, title, and word count on the first page. Follow traditional Shunn format: www.shunn.net/format

  • ​Indicate the end of manuscript with three stars (***)
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)

SIMULTANEOUS / MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
Simultaneous submissions (submitting the same stories to other publishers at the same time) are allowed. If you have submitted an unpublished work AND are opting for exclusivity, please let us know as soon as possible if submission is accepted or published by another publisher. If we select your story AND you’ve opted for exclusivity, please remove the work from consideration elsewhere immediately.

RESPONSE TIME
Author will be notified once story has been accepted or rejected via email. If accepted, we’ll be in touch with contract and publication details. Most submissions will receive a response within 30 days after the submission deadline (July 25, 2020), although it could take more time for consideration purposes. Feel free to ask if you haven’t heard anything in 60 days at [email protected] with the subject line “Awaiting Response: [Your Submission Title]”

HOW TO APPLY
Please fill out the Google Form by clicking the button below:

DO NOT email us your submission. We will only consider submissions through the Google Form link above. Each author can only submit up to two stories within the submission period.

Via: Scare Street.

Taking Submissions: Infernal Clock: Dante’s Inferno

Deadline: August 15th, 2020
Payment: £10
Theme: Open to: LGBTQIA and POC
Note:

Payment: £10 and ebook

Theme: Dante’s Inferno

Closing Date: 15th August 2020

Open to: LGBTQIA and POC

Length: 3-5k

The Infernal Clock is the side-project of Stephanie Ellis and David Shakes. After a year’s break, they are bringing it back with the Inferno edition. Stories have been by invite but we are opening up 9 spaces to members of the LGBTQIA and POC communities only in order to be more representative.

The theme is Dante’s Inferno and each story will be set in one of the circles or the passages to/between circles. 

Whilst there are nine circles, there are a number of rings – or pouches – within each circle so there is a lot of scope. How you interpret your chosen circle/ring is up to you, eg it could be set below in the Inferno itself, it could focus on a particular sin, or you could recreate this hell actually on earth. 

We are particularly interested in stories set in the Second and Eighth Circles as we do not have any of these yet, although you are welcome to write in the other circles as well.

Stories need to be dark (but with the usual boundaries against extremes and gratuity) and 3-5k with flexibility, although we would prefer 4k.

Stories must be submitted in standard manuscript format as .doc or .docx to [email protected].

No multiple or simultaneous submissions.

No reprints.

Payment will be by paypal on publication.

If you have any queries please contact us at the above email address.

Taking Submissions: Murder & Mayhem (Rated R)

Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: A murder needs to be solved by these main characters as the stakes rise higher. Any branch of investigators can be included, even vigilantes.

Murder & Mayhem (Rated R)

  • Deadline – April 30th, 2021
  • Publication – July 2021
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – A murder needs to be solved by these main characters as the stakes rise higher. Any branch of investigators can be included, even vigilantes.

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* 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.

Antho

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: DreamForge (Early Listing)

Deadline: July 15th, 2020
Payment: Between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on variables below
Theme: SF and Fantasy genres, but no horror please. More details below
Note: Reprints welcome

DreamForge is Opening for Submissions

DreamForge is opening for submissions on July 1, 2020.  We’ll be open until Wednesday, July 15th at 12 Midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

Submissions will be through our online Submissions Portal, which will not be available before midnight on June 30th.

What are we looking for?

If your story fits within the general guidelines below, please send it our way. That said, here are some things we’d like to see.

  • More flash fiction between 500 and 1500 words. I’d like to feature more authors, especially talented beginners.
  • Our theme will be the “Hope of the Big Idea.” Which means we’d like to see stories that call upon powerful new visions of how life could be shaped for the better either through technological or social change, or both.
  • Stories can be serious, lighthearted, or funny. They can include themes of rebuilding or starting fresh.

We’ll be reading for Issue # 7, which has a target date of November 15th, toward the end of a long and trying year. Who even knows what we’ll have to face between now and then, so let’s look to a hopeful future!

Our General Guidelines

Positive stories demonstrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of hope and humane values in overcoming the most daunting challenges.

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Taking Submissions: “Worldbuilding” Fantasy Anthology

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: $100 for a short story, or $200 for a novella.
Theme: “Politics as Story Conflict.”

Lagrange Books is soliciting short stories and novellas by new and established authors in the fantasy genre, between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length for short stories and between 9,000 and 15,000 words for novellas. (Shorter or longer works will be considered in cases of exceptional merit.) The goal is to select at least ten entries for publication* in a short-story anthology.

Theme: “Politics as Story Conflict.”

Your story must include as a significant plot element a political conflict that makes up a key piece of the worldbuilding. (For guidance on how to do this, you can refer to Beyond Kings and Princesses: Governments for Worldbuilders, from Lagrange Books.)

Accepted authors will receive $100 for a short story, or $200 for a novella.

Submission Rules

How to submit: Email your manuscript (acceptable document formats: Word, PDF, Pages, TXT, RTF) to the following address: editor at lagrangebooks dot com. Begin the subject line with “[Worldbuilding Submission]”, and make sure to list your contact information in the email itself. (Also, please mention how you heard of this anthology!)

Submission deadline: December 1, 2020.

Genre: Fantasy, broadly defined. This includes traditional high fantasy, urban fantasy, or any other flavor that includes a magical or fantastical element. (If you are interested in other genres, please suggest them for our next project!)

Details

Entries must be your own work, must be previously unpublished, and may not be plagiarized. You must own all copyright to work submitted. No exceptions!
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Taking Submissions: Fix the World

Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Payment: Based on word count: 5,000-8,000 – $75, 8,000-12,000 – $100, 12,000-15000: $125
Theme: How to fix our broken world

The world is broken. Fires, hurricanes, famine and disease haunt the and. We all need a little hope.

For this anthology, we’re looking for stories that depict a (near) future Earth that’s somehow better than this one, Show us a world post-climate change, where we made peace with the planet. Or a world where we moved past racism and into a broader understanding of the connectedness of all the races of humanity. How about one where gender no longer matters? Or where borders are no more.

We’re not looking for preachy. We want realistic depictions of the Earth that could be, even it it’s not perfect.

Whatever fix you choose does not have to be the main plot – in fact, it’s probably better if it isn’t. But it should be very clear in the story – how we got from here to there.

The Details:

Length: Minimum 5,000, Maximum 15,000 words

Payment: Flat Fee:

  • 5,000-8,000 – $75
  • 8,000-12,000 – $100
  • 12,000-15000: $125

Rights: 12 months exclusive print rights; additional 24 months non-exclusive. Sunsets at 36 months and all rights revert to author.

Due Date: Closes September 30th, 2020

Publication Date: Winter 2020-21

Format:

Please use standard manuscript formatting:

  • 1 Inch Margins
  • Font: Times New Roman 12 Point
  • Double spaced
  • Half inch indent at start of each paragraph (please do not use tabs for this)

Otherwise we’re not all that picky. No cover letter is needed. Please include a short one paragraph summary of what your “fix” is.

Please, no simultaneous submissions.

Send your submissions to [email protected] with the subject line:

Submission: Fix the World

If you have any questions, email us at the link above.

Via: Other Worlds Ink.

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