Taking Submissions: Catacombs: Martyrs on Earth and Elsewhere

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: $25 for original work, $12 for reprints
Note: Reprints welcome

Amara looked up to the sky; the moon showered her with pale light. The sign was clear. She lowered her gaze to the field before her, to the bodies laying there, contorted in death. With a heavy sigh, Amara walked forward to her fate . . .

What We Want

Catacombs: Martyrs on Earth and Elsewhere is an anthology of stories about fictional martyrs past, present, and future, on Earth or some fictional world. The title is tentative so keep in mind that the final product could have a different title.

 

This anthology has some specific rules. Please read carefully.

 

Stories must be historical or speculative fiction; a combination of the two would also be fantastic.

We are looking for stories about individuals who give up their lives for their faith or for some cause greater than themselves. Judeo-Christian history is replete with stories of individuals who died for their faith, who sacrificed their lives rather than renounce God. Many of these martyrs, such as Sts. Stephen, Sebastian, Agatha, and Lucy, for example, are well known, recognized by one Christian sect or another, and are listed as Saints. For this issue, please send us plausible stories of unknown martyrs from any historic period or some future period or alternate reality, so long as the martyrs are martyred for the faith as understood by traditional Judeo-Christianity.

 

Please be sure to invent your own martyr and not use an actual historical or legendary figure.

 

We are also open to stories of individuals who died for other causes dear to the heart of Western civilization. If your hero died for a freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights for instance, go ahead and try it. 

 

For this anthology, we are not interested in stories centered on individuals who died for the values of other great world religions such as Buddhism or Islam, or for pagan or neo-pagan religions such as Hinduism or Wicca respectively. Nor are we interested in heroes of communism, fascism, or for any other form of socialism. We will only accept stories of martyrs in the main theme of Judeo-Christian/Western Civilization. Please do not send a story that redefines or deconstructs the Judeo-Christian Tradition or Western Civilization or makes a martyr out of someone doing that.

 

Here are a few hints that might be helpful.

“They” say that there are no new plots or stories anywhere. “They” may be right, but you are the only you there is, so send us a story as only you can tell it, one that’s atmospheric, engaging, meaningful, and highly entertaining, has fascinating characters, one that takes place in a unique location or time period.

We originally envisioned this anthology as another issue of the Potter’s Field series, but it has gone away from that. We’re still looking for works that end up in graveyards in some way. However, it does not have to be a conventional graveyard. Here’s one example: back during the days of the Black Death, bodies were crammed—literally crammed—into mass graves underneath churches. Even today, in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, you can take a walking tour deep under the church and see walls of skeletons and dirt. Such a place would also qualify as a graveyard. Your hero could end up in buried in a church, a conventional graveyard, a potter’s field, or elsewhere.

Dying can be horrible, and many historical martyrs and heroes died horrifically, but we do not want stories that center on the gore, blood, splatter, or slice-and-dice. Sure, it might be good fun to make balloon animals out of someone’s intestines, or find out how long the heart will continue to beat after it has been ripped from the body with a spatula, but that’s not what we want. Your hero has to die and other characters may die as well. That’s fine. Just put a lid on the icky stuff. Your martyr might be burned to death, skinned alive, or drawn and quartered, but don’t make that the point of the story.

A word about sex and extreme language: We don’t mind it, necessarily, but the sex and/or colorful language must have a purpose. Keep in mind too that someone prepared to die for Christ is probably going to be following his commandments. Someone dying for free speech might be less particular.

Please know your historical period. If you don’t know anything about the time or setting and write it anyway, you must be banking on my not knowing it either. The editor was a history major in college, so don’t bet on it. Know your stuff or don’t write it.

Please know about Judeo-Christian Tradition and Western Civilization. If you don’t, please study it at length before submitting a story. We’ll probably notice that you’re uneducated on the topic and reject the story quickly. Study up on it or don’t write it.

If you choose to write a speculative fiction story, science fiction or fantasy, etc.—and we hope to get some in this vein—please note that the setting must be internally consistent and the hero’s sacrifice must still be based in the Judeo-Christian Tradition and the values of Western Civilization. That is, the future world, alien culture, alternate universe, what have you, must share those integral values in some plausible way.

Please don’t preach. Sermons don’t make good stories. Your character may preach, of course, but the whole story shouldn’t be a homily or a sermon. It should be a plot with conflict and action enacted by believable characters. That action may be violent or intellectual or legal or so on, but it must be there. Stories go places.

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Taking Submissions: The House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature

Deadline: July 15th, 2019.
Payment: 50 – 75 dollars per story (CND, based on word count)

We are seeking provocative works of speculative fiction and poetry for the inaugural edition of: The House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature.

The HOZ Journal of Speculative Literature is a new literary magazine featuring quality works of speculative fiction and poetry. We are calling for new work in short story and poetry. We have two deadlines per year and produce two editions of the HOZ journal annually. Our first Deadline: July 15, 2019.

Fiction

HOZ are looking for literature that explores possibilities for the future. We want challenging short stories that are character driven, that reimagine the world and our place in it. We are looking for radical authors, feminist authors, LGBTQ2S authors, authors who experiment. Themes that thrill us: transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, new systems, resistance, activism, queer perspectives, feminist perspectives, nature.

We are not interested in stories that concern the reinvention of empire, rehashing of old narratives, or excessive violence. We entertain all genre based stories so long as they concern the future and especially if related to our favourite themes. That said, we are looking for the best speculative fiction stories, so if you think you have something we might want, please consider sending it.

We accept stories from 1,000 to 7,500 words with a preferred word count of between 3,500 – 5,000 words. We pay 50 – 75 dollars per story (CND, based on word count). Please send only one story at a time. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, just let us know if you are accepted for publication elsewhere.

To submit: Please send your short story attached as a word or rtf document to: [email protected] with the subject line HOZ Journal – Fiction. If possible, please include a short bio in the body of the email.

Poetry

HOZ are looking for works of speculative poetry that imagine the future of the world, the future of nature, technology, and/or the human being. Any form of poetry is welcomed. Like our call for fiction we are very interested in radical, feminist, LGBTQ2S, and/or experimental poetry. You may submit poems on any future related subject or theme but here are some of our favourite areas: transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, new systems, resistance, activism, queer perspectives, feminist perspectives, nature.

We pay $25 per poem (CND)

To submit: Please send 1 to 3 poems attached in a word or rtf document to: [email protected] with the subject line HOZ Journal – Poetry. If possible, please include a short bio in the body of the email. 

The HOZ journal is published as a print and ebook, and journals may be bound together into semi-annual collections.

We ask for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print.

We do consider previously published work, provided you have the rights, but we do not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.

Via: House Of Zolo.

Taking Submissions: Spooky Samhain 2019 Contest

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s copy with chances at a $25, $50, or $100 prize!

Do you have a scary story to share?  Fiction, fact, or otherwise, share your prose with us and you, too, can win up to $100* and get your story printed.  Enter your submission today!  Contest will be judged by a panel of impartial judges, all of whom have a vested interest in the unknown.  Scare us, terrify us, and thrill us!

 

Contest Rules:

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please only send us one story at a time and if your story is accepted elsewhere please email us and let us know ASAP.
  • We are seeking original fiction only.  In other words, NO REPRINTS.
  • Many will enter, few will win.
  • Entrants cannot be related, legally or otherwise, to OPQ staff
  • Entries must be submitted via our Green Submissions Manager (located here ) by July 31st, 2019 to qualify.
  • Entries must match one of the following themes: ‘True Tales of Terror,’  or ‘Fantastic Frights’
  • No entry fee necessary!
  • Note: entries will be judged based on quality, thematic appropriateness, and writing chops.
  • Though we want to be scared, there are some things that are off-limits.  As with our normal morality policy, OPQ will automatically reject stories that involve pedophilia, excessive gore, violence for violence’s sake, and non-consensual sex.  As always, we would prefer stories that use religion and/or spirituality as an uplifting theme or a bridge towards a larger, thematic discussion, rather than being derogatory towards one specific religion.  That being said, we enjoy looking forward to what your twisted imaginations come up with!

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Taking Submissions: Harbinger Press Flash Fiction

Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Payment: $25

Harbinger Press will be accepting submissions for fantasy, sci-fi and horror flash fiction between May 1st and July 1st of 2019. Please read the open call guidelines below, and submit your manuscript to:[email protected] with the subject line “Re: Fall 2019 Flash Fiction”. We will be selecting 20 stories to be released from August-November 2019 on Flash Fiction Fridays.

Flash Fiction guidelines:

  1. Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words maximum.
  2. All themes are welcome but we do not accept purely erotic content for this call (romance themes are accepted).
  3. Any variety or combination of fantasy sci-fi or horror is welcome.
  4. Fiction taking place in established series worlds is acceptable, and can serve as an excellent marketing tool for your series, but submissions should be complete stories.

Payment for accepted fiction is $25. If accepted, Harbinger Press will hold the exclusive rights to the story for one (1) year from acceptance, after which you may publish or submit your story elsewhere with the understanding that it will remain published on the Harbinger Press website and in Harbinger Press flash fiction anthologies published during the exclusivity period indefinitely. Harbinger Press will proofread all accepted manuscripts, but stories should be thoroughly developed prior to submission for the greatest chances of acceptance.
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Taking Submissions: Once Upon A Hallowed Eve: An Anthology of Romantic Ghost Stories

Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways

Word count: 7K-15K
Submission Window: June 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways
Anthology Release Date: 10.27.2020. 
Prompt and Theme: The end of October marks the final shift into darkness, also known as the liminal time of Samhain. During this period of time, the veil between our physical world and the spiritual world comes down, allowing more communication with the citizens of the Otherworld than at any other time of the year.

Originally, Samhain marked the beginning of Winter in Gaelic Ireland. It was believed that the Lord of the Underworld walked the earth during Samhain, along with all his cohorts: ghosts, spirits, fairies, and many other creatures. How can you use this pagan holiday in your character’s lives? How can you bring a phantom into your story? Will the phantom be the lover come back from the dead? A new lover? Will your hero and heroine battle wraiths in the night? Will your characters face a seance? There’s a wide berth here. Have fun. Again, setting and tone are highly important. Samhain or one of its variants must be involved.

For more information on Samhain and its respective variations, check out this article.

Things to note:

    • We love diversity in all its forms. 
    • We love strong women with agency.
    • We enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales. 
    • We appreciate lyrical prose and elevated storytelling, along with high-concept themes.
    • We most definitely want a good romance, which means a Happily Ever After or a Happy for Now ending.
      • We are NOT looking for erotica or horror. 
    • Editors may request revisions.
  • If you’re wondering what kinds of stories we’re looking for, we advise you to take a look at 2018’s anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, which released on the winter solstice, 12.21.18. 

Guidelines:

    • The work submitted must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before. We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions.
    • We do not accept fanfic.
    • All submissions must be in English.
    • Follow industry standard format, minus identifying information. We prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced. Use italics for emphasis, smart/curly quotes, and em dashes, not double hyphens.
  • Your story should be in DOC or DOCX format.
  • Your work will be instantly rejected if it does not meet our word-count length, does not contain a thread of romance, or does not meet the above guidelines.
Response: Final decisions for our longlist will be made by February 1, 2020.
Remove any identifying information from your submission/header, please, but do include a cover letter.
Thanks and Good Luck!
Once Upon Anthologies Admin

Title: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS. Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories

Word count: 7K-15K
Submission Window: February 5 – May 15
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways
Anthology Release Date: 9.24.2019. 
**You can also submit to us at [email protected] until midnight CST, 5/15/19.
Prompt and Theme: The autumnal equinox marks the shift into darkness which completes on Samhain. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. This is a time of Thanksgiving and kinship. However, in our stories, we also want to consider the theme of The Enchanted Forest. How can you place romance, sorcery, witchcraft, an enchanted wood, cottage, village, or castle into this theme? How can you play up the impending knowledge that everything is changing from light to dark? How can you take your characters from a time of celebration into a world of romance, magical intrigue, and sorcery?

What would lurk in your enchanted forest?

The autumnal equinox, magical/witchcraft elements, and romance must be included in some manner, but remember that you have a ton of material to pull from. From the Celtic Connection: Druids call this time of year Mabon, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest. Various other names for this Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega, Italian), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, or Winter’s Night, known as the Norse New Year. (“Information Categories.” What Is Wicca?, wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm.)

For modern stories, the autumnal equinox is still celebrated across the world. Every culture recognizes or has recognized this turning of the season, so do a little research. So many ideas await! 
Things to note: 
    • We love diversity in all its forms. 
    • We love strong women with agency.
    • We enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales. 
    • We most definitely want a good romance, which means a Happily Ever After or a Happy for Now ending.
      • We are not looking for erotica or horror. 
    • Editors may request revisions.
  • If you’re wondering what kinds of stories we’re looking for, we advise you to take a look at 2018’s anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, which released on the winter solstice, 12.21.18. 
Formatting and Other Guidelines:
    • The work submitted must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before. We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions.
    • We do not accept fanfic.
    • All submissions must be in English.
    • Follow industry standard format, minus identifying information. We prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced. Use italics for emphasis, smart/curly quotes, and em dashes, not double hyphens.
  • Your story should be in DOC or DOCX format.
Response: Final decisions for our longlist will be made by June 1st. Final author list by June 19, 2019.
Remove any identifying information from your submission/header, please.
Thanks and Good Luck!

Via: Once Upon Anthologies.

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