Taking Submissions: Unfading Daydream Issue #4: Retold

Deadline: February 28th, 2018
Payment: Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10 and a contributor’s copy

Submission Guidelines

Unfading Daydream is looking for unique and exceptional fiction to be showcased in our quarterly literary magazine. We strive to feature stories within the genres that have inspired us (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc) as well as stories that feature LGBTQ+ themes.

We will be seeking submissions for our 4th issue in February 2018. The theme is ‘retold.’ Think famous stories retold, like sci-fi Jane Eyre or Cinderella with werewolves.

Basic Details

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • Please no simultaneous submissions
  • Reading periods are MayAugustNovember, and February. 
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period (May, August, November, or February)
  • Please do not send submissions outside of our reading periods. Submissions received outside of reading periods will not be considered.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks
  • See full guidelines below

Payment

Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine. In time, we would like to pay contributors more!

Submissions

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

Full Guidelines

We want to see your unique sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. We prefer stories that are between 1000-7000 words, but if you feel that your 8000 word story or your 700 word story is brilliant, we’d love to see it.

The Submission Piece

  • One submission per author per reading period please. Contributors are allowed to include one story on their submission*. Please attach the stories individually to the submission email.
    *this is new as of the reading period for Issue 3*
  • Unless there is a theme stated for a particular reading period, there is no theme.
  • Previously unpublished works only.
  • No erotica please. Romance is fine and dandy though!
  • We would prefer the file format be MS Word or RTF. Please no PDFs or links to Google Docs! Please do not put the story in the body of the email.
  • Each story should be double spaced and in an easy to read font like Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Preferred font size is 12 as one of the editors has vision problems.
  • Your name, address, and email should be on the left side of the first page header and the approximate word count on the right side. Example:

  • The right side header on the pages following the first should include your last name, the story’s title, and the page number. Example:

  • The title of the piece and the name you would prefer to be published under should be on the first page of the story before the text of the story. Example:

  • If you have made an error during the submission process, please contact us rather than sending another submission email.

The Cover Letter

We say cover letter, but this is going to go in the body of the submission email.

  • We want to know more about you! Briefly tell us about you and your accomplishments.
  • Everyone has something unique about them. Between our editors, we have a third degree black belt, two cosplayers, and a computer programmer. And there’s only two of us. We want to know the interesting bits!
  • And as we said before: keep it brief.
  • In case you are chosen, please include a 3rd person, brief (less than 100 words) bio/byline

Ways to Get Banned

We’re pretty easy going people, but there are a few ways to get banned/blacklisted.

  • Depictions of rape or sexual assault.
  • Depictions of child molestation or brutalization of children.
  • Any sexual depictions of children. Anyone under 18 is considered a child.
  • Depictions of brutalization of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, or any other marginalized people for reasons of hate.
  • Depictions of animal abuse.

The Legal Bits

No one likes the legal bits, but we have to go through this.

We at Unfading Daydream reserve the right to the exclusive first run of your story as well as the rights to include your story in a non-exclusive yearly anthology. Rights to the story are claimed upon acceptance. After your story runs in Unfading Daydreams, you have the rights to publish it as you see fit.

Via: Unfading Daydream.

Taking Submissions: SNAFU – Resurrection

Deadline: April 30th, 2018
Payment: 4cents per word AUD and contributor’s copy

THEME – MILITARY HORROR.
WHAT WE WANT: MILITARY HORROR, AND LOTS OF IT. THINK DOOM, RESIDENT EVIL, TERMINATOR, DOG SOLDIERS, ALIENS (THE SECOND MOVIE, NOT THE FIRST)… ANYTHING THAT CAN BE CALLED A HIGH-ACTION MONSTER STORY. AND SOLDIERS!
THIS VOLUME IS LIKE THE PREVIOUS VOLUMES SQUARED.
WE WANT EXTREME ACTION, AND IT HAS TO BE MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY ACTION. CAN BE MERCS OR EX-SOLDIERS, THOUGH, SO LONG AS THEY ARE HARDCASES.
AND TO SAY IT AGAIN, FULL ACTION. NOTHING LESS.
HOO-RAH!

EDITED BY GEOFF BROWN, AMANDA J. SPEDDING, & MATTHEW SUMMERS
PAYMENT: AUD4C/WORD AND ONE CONTRIBUTOR COPY IN EACH FORMAT RELEASED
WORDCOUNT RANGE: 2,000 – 10,000 WORDS (QUERY FOR SHORTER OR LONGER)
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FEB 1 2018. CLOSING DATE IS APRIL 30TH 2018 (ANYTHING SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THIS PERIOD WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT BEING READ OR REPLIED TO).
NO SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE UNTIL AFTER THE PERIOD CLOSES.
PROJECTED PUBLICATION DATE: LATE 2018

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details and word count on the first page of the manuscript.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.
6. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
7. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
8. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at [email protected]cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)
9. In the subject line of your email, please put Resurrection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to Shunn’s format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.
Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story shredded by mutant zombie-like creatures.

Via: Cohesion Press.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Gothic Short Story Anthology

Deadline: March 11th, 2018
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy

FunDead Publications is now seeking traditional literary gothic stories with a non-traditional spin. We are looking to re-awaken a sleeping genre by putting a new spin on an old style. This anthology, (title TBA), is slated for release in late spring/early summer of 2018. Please read the guidelines and requests below for the best results, they are here to help YOU! Yes, there’s a lot of info there, but we want you to succeed, so utilize the guidelines and content requests.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Submit by midnight, March 11, 2018 

Word Count: 6,000-15,000 words (Yes, that’s a lot for us, so use them wisely!)

Payment: Accepted submissions will be awarded payment in the way of $25 upon printing, paid via PayPal, along with a print copy of the anthology. Previous calls have been limited to $10 per story, so this is the highest payment we have been able to offer thus far! Accepted authors will also be promoted via social media and beyond (we post daily, often, and spotlight our writers regularly).

Format: Format should be in standard manuscript format and submitted as .doc or .docx. We expect the proper information to be stated at the top of the first page (name, title, word count, author’s info, etc.). Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints at this time. Please include a brief cover letter introducing yourself along with your submission, this may be pasted into the e-mail, or attached as its own file. Please let us know if this is a simultaneous submission.

Response Time: Please be aware that it may be AFTER THE CLOSE of the submissions call (in March) before you receive a response from FunDead Publications, we often wait until after the close date to send acceptance e-mails to ensure we select the best content for our readers. Our submission load is often fluctuating, but we read and respond as quickly as we can. If you are impatient, you might consider waiting until the close date to submit your piece so the wait for a response is shorter!

Diversity Statement: We at FunDead Publications believe diversity is what makes fiction wonderful and unique and we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, non-gender, and sexual orientation.

REGARDING CONTENT:

What is traditional gothic? Some excellent

reading material for research would include:

Anything by Edgar Allen Poe, Ann Radcliffe, or Daphne du Maurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, etc. Some more modern pieces would include Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle or The Haunting of Hill House, anything by Phyllis A. Whitney or Victoria Holt.
Traditional elements we’d like to see might include: ghost stories, spiritualism, big old houses, cemeteries, dark forests, horror elements that may be solved or have a scientific explanation, psychological horrors, horror meets elegance. Stories do not need to include all of the above. Southern Gothic styles are also welcome, as long as the story still includes traditional gothic elements.What is the non-traditional spin? The main thing we’d like to see is non-traditional main characters. For example: A lesbian couple buys a large Victorian home and moves in to discover there is a mystery revolving around the death of the previous owner, who died in the parlor of the house. Again, doesn’t need to be this angle, we’re really just looking for a traditional style of gothic with characters you wouldn’t normally see in the main character roles. People of color, people with disabilities, people coming from different backgrounds or nationalities, and/or LGBTQ+ characters in the main roles are highly encouraged. It is up to you how to make them non-traditional to gothic stories. In traditional gothic tales, the main characters are usually straight, white young cis women or straight, white brooding cis men. You can still use these character elements, but special consideration will be given to characters that fall outside ‘the usual’ for what we see in older gothic tales/novels/etc.

What we ARE looking for:

  • Large houses (both old and new) with dark history
  • Brooding main characters, brooding love interests, brooding in general (but ONLY if it works in your story. We only need the brooding if it’s written well!)
  • Well-researched, literary stories with a traditional OR pulp gothic feel. Think everything from the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley, and Ann Radcliffe to Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson to Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney. We are looking for stories representative of the traditional gothic genres, as well as the more contemporary gothics of the 1960’s and beyond. Think My Cousin RachelMistress of Mellyn, and yes, even Crimson Peak!
  • Dark themes with especially creepy undertones that border on horror: ghost stories, spiritualism, legends, cemeteries, dark corridors…you get the idea. Don’t be afraid to try and scare our readers!
  • A little romance within the story is acceptable and even encouraged, but does not necessarily need to be the main focus of the plot. Traditional gothic stories often revolve around, or include a love story, though it is not required for this anthology.
  • Beautiful descriptions of houses, clothing, and period accuracy thereof.
  • Historical and contemporary stories are welcome, but stories with historical leanings will be given special consideration, even those set mid-twentieth-century. Please do your research! If you DO choose to go contemporary, there MUST be historical elements in the story, like a big old house/building/setting, or an old mystery to solve, cursed antiques, etc. If you go historical, please research for period accuracy! If you include a newspaper clipping about the War of 1812, make it have accurate information. If you mention real historical figures, make sure the reference makes sense for the time-period. If you mention a real song, book, newspaper, etc., please ensure it is a pop-culture reference that makes sense for the era in which you’ve set your piece.
  • Both male and female main characters are welcome, and we encourage non-traditional ideas within the story that might not have been previously seen or explored in gothic books. For example: homosexual characters, trans characters, people of color and unique backgrounds, unmarried or widowed women who do not intend to marry. We DO NOT want caricatures; if you use these themes for personality traits, make them human and make them real.

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Modern Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Splatter-porn, Erotica or any overtly pornographic material (sex scenes are okay, as long as they add something to the story), Trashy-Romance, or Cozy Mystery.
  • Experimental works or character studies that do not have a clear beginning, middle or end. We want a structured story that has a clear plot and finale. We WILL NOT consider portions of larger or unfinished works. We want complete stories ONLY.
  • Vampires, Werewolves—okay… if you must use vampires and werewolves, they must be done with subtlety. We are not looking for Anne Rice this time around, and we are DEFINTELY NOT looking for Twilight. While those styles have their place on the bookshelf, it is not what we are seeking specifically for this anthology. If you were to use supernatural creatures in your story for THIS anthology, we’d hope they lean more toward themes like The Hound of the Baskervilles or perhaps a mystery that seems to imply vampires, but the mystery is eventually solved to prove a scientific explanation. For example, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a gothic story with sci-fi themes. While the story does have the fantastical element of bringing a man back to life, it is done in such a way that is believable in our world. If you’re bringing people back to life, there should be a way to explain it that isn’t “magic.”

Instructions: Send your submission to [email protected] for consideration with “Gothic Fiction Submission” as the subject line. You may include your cover letter as the body of the e-mail, or attach it as a separate file from the submission.

Via: Fun Dead Publications.

Taking Submissions: Nefariam: The Element of Crime

Deadline: February 28th, 2018
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy

The basics

  • Payment is $25 + 1 contributor copy, additional copies at discount.

  • Genre is crime. But there’s more to it.

  • Word count is 2000-5000 words.

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Reprints and multiple submissions are not.

  • Submissions close end of day February 28, 2018.

  • Diverse is good.

  • Submit it.

Pay rate

Well, we aren’t the majors, so we offer a flat pay rate of $25 and one contributor copy of the published anthology.

Payment will be sent within 30 days of publication.

You will also be able to purchase additional copies at a discounted rate.

Genre

This time around, it’s crime. Now having said that, we want to put our twist on it.

First off, if you don’t write crime, that’s great — it goes toward our tagline of “Try something different.” So, we are actually encouraging non-crime writers to give it a shot. Need some guidance? Check out the articles here and here.

Now, for those of you that actually do write crime, we’re still going to ask you to try something different as well. Break the conventions. Shake up the tropes.

Want some examples? Well, hey, have you tried layering a different genre on top of it? Science fiction? Horror? Western? Mystery? War? Historical? Diverse stories and characters are always something that we look for.

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t play it safe. Surprise us. Surprise yourself.

Word count

The sweet spot is between 2000 and 5000 words. Got something that’s outside that range? Fair enough. We’ll still take a look at it, but bear in mind, if you’re going to bend the rules, you have to ensure it’s a mind-blowing read.

Reprint/Multiple/Simultaneous submissions

Let’s take these one at a time, shall we?

  • Reprints: No. We want to ensure that we can market the anthology as all-new stories. Sorry.

  • Multiple: Again, no. Send us one story. If you have more than one, we’re looking for the one that’s the most different, the most rule and genre-bending.

  • Simultaneous: Sure. We get it. There’s lots of competition out there, so the first one to say yes probably wins, right? All we ask is, if someone else says yes first, let us know. If you want to pull it from consideration at that time, no problem. If you’d prefer to go with us, we can do a quick determination and get back to you asap.

Timeframe

Submissions are open from when you got your invite until 11:59 pm, February 28, 2018. And we’re going to be very firm on that. Anything received from 12:00:01 am March 1, 2018 will be declined. Politely, but yeah. Clock’s ticking, people!

Specifics

Diversity is a good thing. Your characters don’t all need to be white and straight. But, like in any good story, don’t just throw diverse characters in to mix it up like Grandma’s Cajun Gumbo. They really should have a place there. Work them in, don’t toss them in.

Some sex is also completely okay. But unless it’s serving an extremely important plot point, it probably doesn’t need to be in there.

Gratuitous violence? We know this is crime fiction however, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, or is over the top, we don’t want it.

Rape, incest, and anything involving the sexualization of children has no place at ID Press, thank you very much.

Formatting guidelines (Don’t follow the guidelines, we won’t consider your story.)

  • 12 pt font –  Times New Roman

  • Double-spaced

  • 1″ (2.5 cm) margins on all sides

  • Scene breaks broken with a single asterisk – “*”

  • Name, contact information (mailing address, phone number, email), word count, title, pseudonym (if applicable) on first page

  • No indents (or tab in) on paragraphs (set formatting to auto-indent)

  • No headers or footers

  • DOC, DOCX, or RTF file types only

Submitting (or, how the heck do I get it to you?)

Send your submission to us here. In the subject line, please enter

Story submission – TITLE – AUTHOR NAME

Attach your DOC, DOCX, or RTF file and hit send!

We will respond no later than March 30, 2018.

Via: ID Press.

Taking Submissions: She’s Lost Control

Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Payment: $0.005 (that’s half a cent) per word at publication as well as residual NET royalties based on a percentage of overall content (meaning if your story is 5% of the book, you get 5% of the allotted royalty) and a contributor’s copy. $5 per poem
Note: Female Authors Only

Our current call is for original short fiction (up to 10,000 words) written by those who identify as a woman.  Poetry as well.

We are NOT accepting novels at this point.

We’re not stickler for submission guidelines as long as you use common sense.

A few things will get you rejected without being read:

– using the space bar to indent paragraphs
– placing a hard return at the end of each line of text

– sending your manuscript in a format other than docx or doc.

Our style manual of preference is the Chicago Manual of Style (if that helps you).
Sorry, no fan fiction.
Contact Information should include:
  • Real/Legal Name – for publishing contract
  • Email address
  • Street address – for delivery of contributor copy/royaltie

 

“I walked up on the edge of no escape and laughed, I’ve lost control.” – Joy Division, ‘She Lost Control’

Are we ever really in control?

This is what our first all-female anthology, SHE’S LOST CONTROL, will try to answer. We want your thrills, your kills, the dark thoughts going through your head at the brink. Will you step back from the edge? Will you jump?

If you identify as a woman, submit your short stories (up to 10,000 words) or poems about losing control. If you DON’T identify as a woman, GTFO. New and emerging authors are encouraged to submit.

Accepted authors of short fiction will receive $0.005 (that’s half a cent) per word at publication as well as residual NET royalties based on a percentage of overall content (meaning if your story is 5% of the book, you get 5% of the allotted royalty), after expenses are met, as well as an eBook AND trade paperback contributor’s copy for their stories.  We request first international electronic, audio, and print rights, which revert back to the author immediately upon release of the anthology.  The residual royalty period expires 3 years from publication. Residual royalties are paid yearly or upon your story’s accumulation of $25, whichever comes first. Poets will be paid $5 per poem.

This anthology will be published mid-2018 and will be edited by PMP’s Elizabeth Jenike. There will likely be a crowdfunding page as well, with a small goal to accelerate covering expenses.

A portion of the proceeds of this anthology will the donated to local and national charities that provide mental health services to women without the financial resources required to get help. 

Post Mortem Press is a Midwest-based independent publisher of dark fiction. We’ve published the dark stylings of authors like Jessica McHugh, Emma Ennis, Billie Sue Mossiman, Lucy A. Snyder, Cynthia Pelayo, and DeLani L. Bartlette. The singular goal of Post Mortem Press is to answer opportunity’s call by providing an outlet for both new and established writers of speculative fiction.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

Source: Post Mortem Press.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Horror Short Story Anthology

Deadline: March 1st, 2018
Payment: $50 and a contributor’s copy

Calling all authors—we’ve got a new collection of short horror in the works, and we want you! See below for details.

Deadline: March 1, 2018
Length: 5,000 to 8,000 words
Payment: $50 plus contributor’s copy

Submission Criteria
We are interested in short horror fiction about people who sneak into abandoned, forgotten, shunned, or cursed communities and survive to tell the tale. For example: Centralia, Pennsylvania—the mining town abandoned because of an uncontrollable underground coal fire; Love Canal—the New York neighborhood declared off-limits due to extreme environmental pollution; and Pripyat—the Ukrainian city evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster. The emphasis is on communities—a haunted house or other such localized place is not large enough to qualify.

The place in your story must not ever have existed in the real world (i.e., no stories about the vanished Roanoke Colony), but must be described as a place that could plausibly exist. For instance: Stephen King’s fictional town of Derry.

Your story must be set in the present, told in first person after the fact, from the point of view of someone who visited that place and returned to tell the tale. Supernatural elements are permitted, but not required.

Your story’s title must be the name of the place that is the subject of your story and the larger region in which it is located; for instance, “Derry, Maine.”

The horror of your story should lie in the characters discovering the long-lost reasons why that community was abandoned in the first place.

Via: Dark Water Syndicate.

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