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Taking Submissions: That is SO Wrong!

Deadline: March 30th, 2022
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Different horror stories – from nastysplattergore to comedy.

​We’re looking for original and different horror stories – from nastysplattergore to comedy. Your tale will feature alongside award winners like Keith Gray
(Smarties Prize. Angus Book Prize)Anita Sullivan (BBC Radio Drama. Writers’ Guild. Race in the Media), Geneve Flynn (Bram Stoker Award. Shirley Jackson Award)
and Jan-Andrew Henderson (Royal Mail Award. Doncaster Book Prize).

Ongoing Submissions: Radon Journal

Payment: 1 cent per word for original work, half a cent per word for reprints.
Theme: Elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction.
Note: Reprints accepted though at an extremely low rate.

Radon welcomes short story and poetry submissions containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction.

We publish every January, May, and September.

Submissions are accepted year-round.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Reprints accepted provided artist has the rights.

Please click below to submit your work:

Label your submission file “LastName_Title”

Contest: 50-Word Stories February 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: February 1st-15th, 2022
Payment: 1 winner each month will win $10 Canadian
Theme: A story at exactly 50-words

If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely.

Submissions System
Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month.

Taking Submissions: Urban Fantasy Digest 2022: The Wizard Must Be Stopped!

Deadline: May 15th, 2022
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Novelettes with the theme “The Wizard Must Be Stopped!”

Edited by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Stories Rule Press (SRP) is now seeking submissions for Urban Fantasy Digest 2022: The Wizard Must Be Stopped!, the third anthology in this series.  The anthology will be published on July 28, 2022.

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Length: 7,500 to 10,000 words

Payment: Revenue share


This is an anthology of urban fantasy novelettes.


The theme is “The Wizard Must Be Stopped!” – which can be interpreted by the author in any way that provides a story featuring a wizard in some shape or form.  The wizard does not have to be the antagonist, nor does she have to be strictly human. Stretch the theme as far as your imagination allows.  We’re looking for twelve unique takes on the idea of what a wizard might be up to that requires halting them.


Ongoing Submissions: Proton Reader

Payment: $0.08/word for the first 2,000 words, and $0.02/word after that.
Theme: Speculative fiction with a bent toward science over fantasy, details below!


We are open for submissions of original speculative science fiction.

If you’re already familiar with our submission guidelines, head to our Moksha submission portal.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

We accept stories ranging from 250 to 15,000 words. We will accept stories longer than this, but they will be harder to sell.

For us, speculative fiction involves speculating in some form or another (directly, indirectly, metaphorically, etc) about the human condition in the immediate or distant future. This can be done in many genres under the umbrella of speculative fiction, including, but certainly not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, and *punk.

Taking Submissions: The Sacrament

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints.
Theme: Religious Horror
Note: Reprints Welcome

From the editors that brought you, Welcome to the Funhouse via Blood Rites Horror, Kelly Brocklehurst and Jamie Stewart, comes a new collection of religious horror stories that will chill you to your core.




Taking Submissions: Carnival Macabre

Deadline: March 13th, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy
Theme: Short horror stories that explore the “dark carnival” concept.

Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our second anthology for 2022, Carnival Macabre: An Anthology of Gothic Horror, due to be released in May.

For this collection, we are looking for short horror stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) that explore the “dark carnival” concept. Think H.H. Holmes during Chicago’s World Fair (Columbian Exposition), horror at a 1920s Boardwalk, or even an eerie Victorian tale.  This anthology will be more open to horror themes, but we’re looking for substance over gore. As always, keep those Gothic undertones.

Things we are looking for:


Taking Submissions: Valravn Anthology 2022 Spring Window

Deadline: March 31st, 2022
Payment: $0.10 USD per word
Theme: Fantasy
Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction


  • We love fiction from diverse, under-represented perspectives and cultures, well-researched and written by fresh and exciting voices.
  • Speculative fiction in the following genres 
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Espionage/Thriller
    • Science Fiction
  • Up to 80,000 words, minimum of 15,000 words (novellas)
  • Submitted to our submission email (submissions AT ravencanticlepress DOT com)
  • Only one submission per quarter, no simultaneous submissions, no submissions of previously rejected material without prior approval. Please wait until the next quarter (January 1st, April 1st,  July 1st, October 1st) before submitting anything again.
  • Please only send RTF, DOC or DOCX files, and must adhere best practices in manuscript formats:
  • We’re open to previously published fiction in short story collections or other formats. Please provide a detailed list of previous publication (if necessary).



  • An advance based on the size of the work, as well as other factors.
  • Ongoing royalties (author friendly) for single author works: 
    • 15% net on retail sales, with increases based on copies sold up to 25%.
      • In this case, net means the cost of printing is counted against the profits, but nothing else is (such as editing, layout, etc. which is all carried by Raven Canticle Press.)
    • 50% net price of all ebook and electronic formats. Generally net price is less any payment processing fees or platform fees. Whatever we get here, you get half of.
  • Anthologies or products with multiple authors have different terms (generally a lesser commitment in terms of publishing rights and a one-time fee).