Category: Contributor’s Copy

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Ongoing Submissions: Moran Press Seeks Dark Literary Fiction Short Stories

Payment: $25 and 2 hardcover copies
Theme: Dark fiction that is memorable. Fun. Shocking.

Moran Press seeks stand-alone short fiction – 2500 words up to 5000 words
to a book – can be one short story or multiple stories if they are on
the same theme and/or connected. Work can be previously published
if you control the rights, but please, no excerpts. 

These stories will be published in HAND SEWN
 (and softcover chapbook editions).

Terms will be simple – $25 +

Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries

Deadline: February 15th, 2022
Payment: $100 and a paperback copy
Theme: Collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Medical Mysteries
Description: A collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes stories that must somehow connect to the theme of “medical mystery”. This could include Holmes investigating a crime committed at Bart’s hospital, having a nurse as a client, or figuring out the cause of a strange illness killing off some of London’s wealthiest citizens. The topic is quite broad on purpose and we invite authors to be creative with their submissions.

Taking Submissions: Samhain Sorceries

Deadline: February 1st, 2022
Payment: One cent per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Sword-and-sorcery stories where Samhain/Halloween is relevant to the plot

On October 31, 2021, DMR Books will reopen for submissions once again for a themed anthology tentatively entitled Samhain Sorceries. The concept for this book will be sword-and-sorcery stories where Samhain/Halloween is relevant to the plot. For clarification, sword-and-sorcery is a genre that combines swashbuckling adventure with supernatural elements (usually of a horrific nature) in a pre-industrial setting. Unlike most S&S stories, which are set in an invented world like Hyperborea or Nehwon, the tales in Samhain Sorceries should take place in the British Isles. Any time period is suitable, as long as it’s pre-industrial. Admittedly, not many stories that fall in this category have been written, so I would suggest reading those few that exist to get a better idea of what I’m looking for. Those stories are “The Unlawful Hunter” and “The Haunting of Mara” by Keith Taylor (which can be found in Renegade Swords II) and “All Will Be Righted on Samhain” by Howie K. Bentley and David C. Smith (which appears in Swords of Steel Omnibus).

What we’re not looking for:


Taking Submissions: Unopened Doors

Deadline: February 15, 2022, 11:59 PM PST.
Payment: 1 Free print edition. Authors are entitled to purchase additional copies at 50% discount for resale.
Theme: Unopened Doors

Word count: 500-7,000 max

Sunbury Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology themed and titled, Unopened Doors, edited by Catherine Jordan. No need to query. Send completed, edited, previously unpublished stories in .doc/docx format. E-mail submissions with “Unopened Doors” and title in the subject line to: [email protected]

Stories must be horror or dark fiction. These stories will be published by Sunbury Press in e-book and print. No erotica; no stories with a lot of spelling and grammar errors; no stories that glorify, minimize, or inaccurately represent child abuse, animal abuse, or sexual assault; no stories with intolerance of race, religion, nationality, physical or mental ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

This anthology is open to a diversity of viewpoints, and we welcome a wider interpretation of the theme, including those perspectives faced by women, minorities, and marginalized persons from around the world. We want to feel your dread, grief, anxiety, and fear when faced by an unopened door. 


Taking Submissions: Nowhere Fast

Deadline: October 28th, 2022
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Coming of age with a horror twist

A Coming of Age Horror Anthology

open call for submissions!

Do you love the nostalgic feel of the Amblin movies of the 80s and 90s? Tales that may well have impacted on your own childhood. The Goonies, Stand by Me, ET, Jurassic Park etc.?

Nowhere Fast pays homage to the well-loved theme, Coming of Age, and then adds a horror element. Did you ever just wish you could have made The Goonies a little gorier? That ET was actually evil or that Hook was based on the Hookman urban legend rather than just a bumbling pirate? What if The Explorers was as violent as Aliens or The Craft had a Blair Witch vibe?

Now is your chance to make your twist on these classics a reality.

PLEASE NOTE – these movies and characters are IP and cannot be used without permission. Your story should be a tribute, not a sequel. Any work featuring actual characters from these movies will be rejected.


Taking Submissions: The Land of 10,000 Crimes

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $75 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Mystery and Crime stories to be set in Minnesota or Minnesota adjacent (Wisconsin, Iowa, Canada, the Dakotas).

We are pleased to announce there will be a short story anthology for Bouchercon 2022 – The Land of 10,000 Crimes. Our goal is to raise money for the Women’s Prison Book Project. All of the proceeds, after publishing costs, will  go to the WPBP, along with the proceeds from our live and silent auctions.




Taking Submissions: Best of British Science Fiction 2021

Deadline: January 15th, 2022
Payment: £50.00 plus a contributor’s copy
Theme: Reprints of science fiction published in 2021
Note: Must live in UK or be a British ex-pat
Note: Reprints only

Submissions for Best of British SF 2021 are now open!
Series editor Donna Scott is seeking the very best short stories written by British authors that were first published during 2021. For our purposes, ‘British’ means authors who are resident in the UK or British ex-pats who currently live elsewhere.


Taking Submissions: Tales of the Dark Fae

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Short stories from people of color, that embody the dark magic, creepy wonder and beautiful horror of the fairy world!

Tales of the Dark Fae

Open Submission Window:

October 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021


Colors in Darkness is seeking short stories from people of color, that embody the dark magic, creepy wonder and beautiful horror of the fairy world! Lend us your tales of urban goblins, beautiful but deadly sprites or unruly but cute magical creatures. I’m talking evil mushrooms that have appetites for bad children, a were-toad stepmother whose disguise can be seen by everyone except her husband or a faun prince who uses his charms to ruin lives, we want to see your most diverse and dark tales from the fairy/fae world!