Deadline: December 24th, 2018
Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story, Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
What is the Story Seed Vault?
The Vault is an online periodical that adheres to the limitation of Twitter publishing. We consider all types of fiction with one condition – your story must be based on science.
We’re looking for stories that act as story seeds – prompts for spin off plots and weird tangents. We want to think in new ways about how our world works and the possibilities for future worlds, expanding tangentially from what we know now.
Who can submit to the Vault?
The Vault will takes submissions from all sorts of writers, from established writers to new, science communicator, or people who have a personal passion for science. As long as you adhere to our guidelines, we will publish your work!
In accordance with the ethics and values of our editorial team, the Vault is also a diversity-oriented publication. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, particularly those from marginalized and under-represented groups. Science communication is done by all sorts of people – and we want writers who reflect that diversity.
Where can I find science to be inspired by?
We suggest taking a look at science news websites and science magazines, such as the below:
Ars Technica Technology news, provides breakdowns on the latest scientific advancements. Main focus is IT and ‘gadgets’.
Science Daily Scientific research news. Does not report on general science news.
Science Mag Reports on research and general science news. Almost always evidence-based reporting.
Science Alert and Live Science Pop science news. An easily accessible form of science news that doesn’t use academic language. Prone to clickbait titles.
If you’re still stuck on what to write, take a look at our submission archives for inspiration and an indication of what we’ve accepted in the past.
Disclaimer: Story Seed Vault is not partnered with nor sponsored by any of the sites listed above and our authors should research as widely as they can. Have a favourite news site? Let us know! Shoot us an email or @ us on Twitter.
When does the Vault open for submissions?
Submissions are open from the 10th to the 24th of every month. We recommend submitting your story the month it is written, in order to publish it as close as possible to the release of the inspiration of your work.
Thinking of writing a story based on a specific event? Email us and let us know – we can work together to schedule it as close to the event as possible!
A number of writers have been asking how we would handle the new 280 character limit on Twitter. When we asked what people loved about the Vault, the most valuable components were: 1) the conciseness of our stories and 2) the science editorial.
Writers enjoyed the challenge of the shorter format. So, we have decided to provide you with more room to write but give a higher fee to writers who write shorter stories. See our payment terms below.
Length of Submission
The Vault now accepts two types of submissions – short and long fiction.
Short Fiction – Up to 150 characters.
Long Fiction – Between 150 characters and 200 characters.
Number of Submissions
Each writer can submit up to three stories per submissions period.
Despite limited resources, we strongly believe in paying our writers! We pay the following rates for fiction:
Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story
Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story
Once we’ve accepted your story, we’ll get in touch about the best payment method for you. If you plan to submit more stories in the future, we can hold payments until the amount is larger.
You can also donate your commission to Story Seed Vault (we appreciate it!) to help us pay for future stories. If so, we’ll be sure to send you a complimentary copy of any e-book or zine if it spontaneously creates itself.
How do I submit?
Email your story to us at [email protected]. The following must be in your submission:
- Add ‘Story Seed Vault Submission’ in the subject line of your email
- Your story, with a link to the science you were inspired by.*
A brief explanation of your inspiration is optional but strongly suggested.
- Include a short bio, up to 140 characters. Link to any portfolios or social media accounts you would like to promote.
*We might require additional evidence of a claim to publish.
How long do I need to wait for your response?
We do our very best to respond within 14-21 days. If you don’t hear back, shoot us an email at [email protected].
You’re paying me – so what rights do I have?
You own your story and can do with it whatever you wish after publication. We retain the right to keep the story in our archive and to include it in future electronic or print anthologies. By submitting, you agree to give Story Seed Vault these rights if published. Story Seed Vault takes no responsibility for other parties taking inspiration from these concepts or ideas.
When will my story go up?
We publish a new story approximately ever three days, around 1PM AEST. Currently, the Vault gets approximately 10 submissions a month, which we then schedule up to a month in advance. Your story will go up between 2-4 weeks after it is accepted.
Via: Story Seed Vault.
Deadline: December 23rd, 2018
Please make sure to read ALL the instructions on this page (especially the sections on ‘Copyright’ and ‘Compensation’ before submitting a piece of writing or artwork.
We take a submission to With Painted Words as your permission for us to publish your work and do not send out other formal contracts.
Piece of Writing
We accept works of fiction – and poetry – of up to one thousand (1000) words, at most, in length. This is the maximum amount – if you can tell a compelling story in as little as fifty words, for example, then you are more than welcome to do so.
All submissions must be inspired by the current section (Topic: The Beacon.)
Key to fiction types:
Flash Fiction 501-1000 words
Micro Fiction up to 501 words
Please make sure to include your full name/s, e-mail address, and bio (including a link to your personal site/blog) with your submission and, if you so choose, the thought process behind your story.
Please send your submissions by the deadline stated in the current section . Pieces received after the deadline cannot be considered for publication.
‘With Painted Words’ reserve the right to reject any submission without explanation.
Deadline:- This will usually be the 25th of the month, each and every month – any exceptions will be clearly notified.
Piece of Artwork
‘With Painted Words’ is always open to artwork submissions – they are the heart and soul of the site and inspire the stories! We prefer .jpeg files for artwork submissions. Please don’t upload files larger than 1mb – if your image is larger than this then use the email submission method instead.
Please make sure to include your full name/s, e-mail address, and bio (including a link to your personal site/blog) with your submission and, if you so choose, the thought process behind your artwork.
There is no deadline for artwork but if submitting a seasonal/themed piece of art please allow up to 60 days advance notice.
‘With Painted Words’ reserve the right to reject any submission without explanation.
The author maintains complete rights to their work.
‘With Painted Words’ requests Exclusive World Electronic rights for 90 days and non-exclusive anthology and archival rights. At this time we do not require any rights to your immortal soul but that is always subject to change.
All stories and artwork ‘With Painted Words’ publish will be archived on the site – authors/artists may, of course, link to their stories/artwork.
We believe in the importance of being compensated for your work, even if it’s only a token amount. At this time, we are able to offer three dollars ($3) for each published story/artwork, to be paid via PayPal. This will take place one calendar month afterpublication.
However if you are so inclined you can waive/donate this compensation back to ‘With Painted Words’ to help us pay for the running costs – ‘With Painted Words’ is a labor of love and all resources are ‘home grown’ so your donation would be truly appreciated.
If you are donating your compensation back to With Painted Words please choose the ‘no’ option for User Compensation when submitting (and thank you!!!)
Occasionally compensation may also take the form of a special, limited edition (there will be only 2, at most!) print of the artwork that inspired the story – this will be notified in advance (the artist also gets a copy).
Queries & Email submissions
For any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]
If querying a submitted piece of writing please allow up to 30 days from the date that you submitted the piece
If you are unable to use the online submission section please feel free to email your artwork/writing to the following address: [email protected]
Please make sure to include your full name and e-mail address at the top of the email.
In the subject area please use the following format:
Submission – Title – Full Name
Paste your work into the body of an e-mail (emails with attachments will not be accepted at this time). Do not worry about prescribed formatting as all pieces will be reformatted prior to publication.
Ready to submit
Please use the following links to submit either a piece of writing or a piece of artwork – the relevant pages may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.
Submit a piece of writing Submit a piece of art
Via: With Painted Words.
Deadline: May 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Battle Goddess Productions is a big fan of Fantasy in all shapes and forms. We enjoy hack-n-slash adventures, the inner workings of Dark Fantasy, to a bucket load of paranormal, occult or mythology, to even the funny awkward reads.
Demonic Anthologies Volume III
First Ticket’s Free
Is There A Deadline? MAY 1st 2019 at Midnight EST
When Will This Be Published?
We are aiming to Publish this Anthology in August/September 2019
What Carnival Items/Rides/Games Are Taken?
We are looking for dark & funny stories featuring rides, attractions, or even stands found at a carnival. From the ticket booth to the Merry-go-round to even the Freak show. We want them all! The story should span Horror and Comedy genres in some form. The darker the piece, the further to the back of the book you will be placed. Lighthearted creepy reads often start our readers off in the front of the book. Be sure to email us to claim your topic!
Suggestions: Guess Your Weight, Shoot out booth, Fun House, Tilt-a-whirl, Bumper cars, Petting Zoo, Candy Apple stand, Pie Contest, Clowns, Dunk Tank, Ring o Fire, Pirate Ship, Ticket booth, arcade, Fried Everything stand, Cotton Candy Stand, Cattle show, Swine show, Rodeo, Bumper Boats, Himalaya, Pendulum Ride, Ferris Wheel, Drop Tower, Gravity Ride, Roller Coaster, Enterprise, Simulator Ride, Swing Ride, Caterpillar, Devil’s Wheel, Evolution, Fireball, Fun slide, Log flume, Mechanical Bull, Slingshot bungee, spinning Tea cups, Top Spin, Tunnel of Love, Zipper, Ball and Bucket toss, Duck Pond, Darts, Shooting Gallery, Plate Break, Whac-a-mole, Water Gun, Ring Toss, Basketball, and so much more!
If you want to claim one, I will start to build a public list of taken items/rides to help other authors aiming to do something in particular or different from what’s been claimed. Everything will be locked in on JUNE 30 2019 at MIDNIGHT EST. If you talked to me, you know who has the extension and be sure to email me here:
Rights, Usage, Compensation?
You retain rights to the work. I am simply approving it to be added with your permission to publish it in my collection for both eBook and Paperback. We are perfectly fine if its been published before, online some place, or even if you are submitting it to others. It’s your Story and a piece you feel deserves to live in a tome on a reader’s shelf. Unfortunately, I do not have the financial means to compensate you for your work, though I hope in the future I never have to say this again. In the meantime, all authors get to purchase books at cost and keep 100% of the profit made when selling the paperbacks in person. We also send all authors a contributors copy on us.
We will be exclusively on Amazon.com in the first 90 days in order to take advantage of marketing opportunities. Paperbacks will be created and details of how Authors can get copies at-cost will be disclosed within the final group when word count and page count are finalized and pricing is known. We also promise some awesome chapter header designs for each author as a way to express our gratitude along with access to some stellar memes, banners, and marketing files for you to be able to push the book.
What am I wanting the money for? I wish to take Battle Goddess Productions to the next step by becoming a full blown Independent Publisher who can start taking on Authors like you and help you blossom. In order to do that, I have to build the funds in advance and my current day job cannot support that load in the way I want to represent fellow Authors. I am hoping that hosting an annual anthology showcasing my skills and talents, while supporting other authors will provide a way to build my reputation and ability to make this dream come true.
Word Count: 1,200 to 3,500 (MAX Story Acceptance set for 25)
Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, Double Line-Spaced, no double spaces between sentences
File Types: DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, PDF
1″ Margins all around
Headers on page 2 and beyond with “TITLE / LAST NAME / PAGE#” aligned on Right
First page Left Corner: YOUR NAME, EMAIL
First page Right Corner: “Word Count: #”
First Page Center: TITLE
And if that’s too complicated I have included here an uploadable WORD DOC for your convenience: CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD FILE!
Where Do I Submit?
So you’ve read as far as here huh? Before you scroll further, make sure you’ve edited and polished your work the best you can! Be sure that you read the word count range and formatted your work to reflect my requests! Why? Because this will be my first means of declining submissions and I don’t want to have to do that to anyone’s work. I expect some grammar and quirky editing spoofs, but if I can’t comfortably read through the story, then I have to also decline said work. SO, PLEASE! Take a moment and give it one last look before you submit! THANK YOU! Now that we’ve gotten the disclaimer out of the way, here’s where and how to submit:
Subject Line: “BGP QUERY: TITLE HERE by YOUR NAME”
Write me an email! Say hello, introduce yourself, and add a short one liner (or two) blurb of what your story is about!
Attach File: Once more, DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, and PDF File Formats are all I will accept. Anything else will be declined. Forgot to attach your file? Resend it! No need to panic!
Via: Valerie Willis.
Deadline: January 13th, 2019
Grumpy Old Gods: Seeking
We’re looking for stories about mythical Gods who are waning, reborn, retired, or otherwise AWOL from their assigned post.
We invite you to re-imagine old myths, mine your local retirement home for things that tickle your fancy, and invite your Muse to go wild. The only requirement is that the god or goddess in question (or whole pantheon if you so choose) must be retired, retiring, waning in power, or ignoring their responsibilities. Bonus points for good humor.
Genre: Speculative Fiction.
What is Speculative Fiction? Well, Wikipedia says… “It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.”
Deadline for Submissions: January 13th, 2019
Submission Format: Word Doc or PDF (No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)
Publication: March 2019
What rights are we asking for? We’re asking for the right to print the stories in the anthology, but the writers will retain everything else.
Payment: All authors who participate in the collection will receive an equal portion of the profit, paid quarterly via paypal. None of the startup costs for the book (book cover, formatting, etc…) will be deducted from the proceeds.
Submit to: [email protected]
Editors: Vanessa Wells and Juneta Key.
Who we are:
Juneta Key: You know her as the woman who puts together the Storytime Blog posts. The social media skills are strong with this one.
Vanessa Wells: Self-professed short story junkie and editor of two previous anthologies Spirit and Trick or Treat.
Via: June Takey.
Deadline: December 31st, 2018
To submit to Mirror World Publishing, please send the following:
- A query letter (stating the genre, word count, and target audience of your manuscript)
- A one-page synopsis of the plot, including the ending
- The first three chapters or equivalent sample, attached as a .doc or .docx file
All submissions should be sent to:
Expect us to take up to six to eight weeks to respond. We try our best to provide some feedback regardless of acceptance and we respond to all queries we receive.
Our submissions period annually is typically from November 1st until the end of the year. Outside of this period, we accept submissions by personal invitation only.
In the meantime, we encourage you to improve your submission by watching the videos below, reading our guidelines, or keeping up with our blog for helpful tips and tricks of the trade.
We’re a small independent Canadian press and we are passionate about success. We partner with our authors to make the books we produce the best they can be and we aim to market them together for maximum exposure. We’re proud to be able to offer full paperback and e-book services, higher royalties than the industry standard (50% of net profits), author copies at better than wholesale rates, and worldwide distribution. We respond to all queries we receive within six to eight weeks with a personal response including suggestions on how to improve your manuscript even if it is not the right fit for us, so there is no need to send a follow-up inquiry.
We’re looking for Escapism Fiction…
Our goal is to provide our readers with the ability to escape the mundane through wildly creative fiction. We’re looking for books that act as gateways to other worlds, times, or versions of reality. We prefer strong story telling and strong character development as well as imaginative settings and interesting themes. If your manuscript transports a reader somewhere else, tells an engaging story, and then brings them back feeling like they learned or experienced something new or unique, then we want to publish your book!
*If you are not Canadian or do not currently reside in Canada, we are still willing to review your submission, however due to government regulations regarding grants, we are regretfully only able to publish a small number of international titles each year.
As for genres, we consider primarily:
- Speculative Fiction
- Romance, incl. LGBT
- Portal Fiction
- A blend of any two or more of the above genres
- Cross-genre, mixed genre, or things that don’t fit genre norms
- Outside the box thinking, imaginative and creative fiction
- Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s
As for types of manuscripts, we consider primarily:
- Novels (130,000 words maximum)
- Novellas (25,000 words minimum)
- Collections of poetry or short stories with a cohesive theme or a continuous story arc*
- Graphic Novels (art included)
- Children’s books (art included)
- Colouring books (art included)
- Roleplaying System Guidebooks (art included)
We don’t like to limit ourselves, so if you have something you think would fit with our current list of published works, please send it. We’d rather take a chance outside our comfort zones than miss something great.
That being said, here’s a list of things we’re NOT interested in:
- Memoirs or autobiographies
- Literary fiction
- Self-help or inspirational fiction
- Hard Sci-Fi or Military Sci-Fi
- Thriller/suspense/true crime
- Christian or other religious fiction
- Contemporary fiction
- Contemporary romance
- Poetry anthologies or short stories
Via: Mirror World Publishing.x
Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Payment: Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20. Poetry: $5 per piece.
Note: NZ and Australian authors only
We publish SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction from NZ and Australian authors.
We publish bimonthly and open for submissions for the month prior to release. Our submission periods for 2018 are as follows:
Issue #08: August (to publish in September)
Issue #09: October (to publish in November)
Issue #10: December (to publish in January 2019)
In the Zine
All work must be original and previously unpublished. We pay for first worldwide publication rights for six months and nonexclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author or artist. We simply ask for you to credit Breach as the site of first publication if your work is then subsequently reprinted elsewhere (after the six month exclusive period).
Stories between 500 and 2000 words, in doc format.
Poetry of a page length, doc format.
Cover art in A4, 600dpi, RGB.
Short stories: 1 cent a word, to a maximum of $20.
Poetry: $5 per piece.
Cover art: $20 per piece.
From August, 2018 we’ll also accept submissions of longer works of novella (17,000 to 40,000 words) and novelette (7,500 to 17,000 words) length. Our short stories lean toward horror and the darker side of science fiction and we’d like to carry that over to longer works. If you’re interested in publishing with us, please send the first chapter and a single-page synopsis as a Word doc using the form below. All work must be original and previously unpublished.
Breach pays 50% of royalties from all print and ebook sales – we don’t offer advances. We pay for exclusive worldwide publication rights for one year and non-exclusive reprint rights. Copyright belongs to the author.