Taking Submissions: Triskaidekaphilia Volume 4: Haunted

Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Payment: $20 USD and a contributor’s copy

Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned

Give me your scorned women–jilted brides, protective mothers, vengeful servants. As long as the ghost doing the haunting is female, it’s fair game. She can be trying to keep her husband from finding love again, she could be protecting her children, she could be out to ruin someone’s life in retaliation for a long-standing done-her-wrong. Why is she doomed to remain among the living? What’s her unfinished business? That ghost has a story and I want to know what it is and what she’s doing about it.

But wait, there’s more. It’s gotta be a romance. Are the ghost-hunters trying to suppress a burning attraction? Is a grieving husband falling for someone new? All I ask is that there’s no banging corpses or ghosts. (What fun would either of those be?)

The details:

  • Stories 4,000 words or more
  • Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.
  • Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners
  • Contemporary setting preferred, but not required.
  • Simultaneous & multiple submissions = No

Payment: $20 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.

Open Submission Period: September 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018

To submit: Please submit a .doc or .rtf in something approximating standard manuscript format to [email protected]

Please note: It may be several days between submitting and receiving a confirmation email because the editor is sending them manually rather than automating the process.

About the Editor: Trysh Thompson has written just about every form of non-fiction you can think of–everything from news, movie reviews, magazine columns, marketing hype, software manualls, and was even an editorial assistant on a gardening book no one has ever read (The 7-Minute Organic Garden–see, you never heard of it, have you?). To keep from being slowly and torturously bored to death by her day job, she turned to fiction as a means of escape–reading it, writing it, and editing it. She also edited the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds.

About the Series: Triskaidekaphilia is the love of the number thirteen. It’s also the name of our anthology series which explores the more shadowy corners of romance and erotica. There will be 13 volumes in total, each of which will be released on a Friday the 13th.

Via: Pen And Kink Publications.

Taking Submissions: Enchanted Gardens Anthology

Deadline: November 1st, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Enchanted Gardens Anthology
Editor in Charge: Fanni Suto
Submission Period: September 1 – November 1
[Title to be announced]
Questions and Emails: [email protected]
Word Count:    500-10,500 (If over this, please ask before submitting).
Theme:    Gardens are known to be both beautiful and peaceful. Here, we are wanting a twist, enchanted gardens. The garden must be prominently featured and be enchanted/magical/cursed in some way. Are the flowers made of crystals and jewels? Does whoever enters never want to leave? Do the flowers bloom right before your eyes? We want to know what you think!

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Taking Submissions: The Splatter Club: Fresh Meat 2018

Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Payment: $5 plus 1 contributor copy

FRESH MEAT: Your first time is always memorable. Why not pop your cherry with the Splatter Club!

Beyond the requirement that you are an *unpublished author, there are no limits on what you may submit to Fresh Meat. Obviously, we want to publish the kind of stories that Splatter Club members enjoy reading and something that will proudly highlight our unique genre of literature to the world.

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Length: 500 words up to 7K
  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Multiple Submissions: Up to 2 stories (attached to same email)
  • Simultaneous Submissions: No
  • Payment: $5 plus 1 contributor copy
  • *Unpublished: Your work has not been published in a PRINT anthology, novel or novella.

Via: Splatter Club.

Taking Submissions: The Daily Grind

Deadline: November 14th, 2018
Payment: $0.0075/word + one copy of the anthology.
Note: I’d likely usually pass on posting a payment this low but it isn’t every day you get a coffee themed anthology.

Title: The Daily Grind
Imprint: Goal Publications (The Goal Publications imprint is only accepting work applicable for a general audience. Any work that would be marked 18+ will not be accepted by this imprint.)
Timeline for Receiving Submissions: July 1st, 2018 – November 14th, 2018
Release: The plan is to release at Fur the More on March 15th, 2019
Lead Editor: Amy Fontaine
Co-Editor: Madison Keller
Payment Rate: $0.0075/word + one copy of the anthology. Contributors/editors may buy additional copies at a 40% discount
Rights: We are asking for first rights on all stories for six months following the publication date. Reprints will be considered, but priority will be given to original works.

Introduction:
Coffee is synonymous with writers and readers, and is a staple for households all over the world. While your story may have a central theme that does not directly involve coffee, coffee must share the spotlight. Some ideas for stories:
–   A romance featuring a coffee shop employee and a patron
–   An action story about a war between coffee-lovers and tea-lovers
–   A slice-of-life about someone who truly can’t begin their day without a cup or seven of coffee
–   A comedy in space where someone in a shuttle only dreams of returning home to their one true love: coffee (because they only have crap coffee on board the ship and that just feels like cheating)
–   A fantasy where you’re transported away to a far-away land, and the only common ground you can find are…grounds. You know, coffee? Get the joke?
As with all stories published by Goal Publications and Fanged Fiction, stories must utilize the anthropomorphism of their furry characters to a full extent. Despite the coffee theme, we are not looking for the “Fox in Starbucks” trope. For example, what are some of the health safety methods in the coffee shop to prevent fur from flying into food and drinks? How is armor modified to work with anthro characters? Do certain species have a stronger need for caffeine than others? How do a furred character and a scaled character find similarities stuck in a space ship with only bad coffee? Do these far-away inhabitants have different physical characteristics that let them grow special coffee in way-different environments? These are just some of the examples you can use.
Human characters are allowed, and can even be main characters. However, the above must shine through.

Submission Guidelines:
–   3,000-12,000 words (we can talk about shorter, but longer is very unlikely)
–   Story must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, and the document name must include both your name (pen name is fine) and the story title
–   Font must be basic and readable (TNR, Garamond, Ariel, or something similar), single-spaced, 12pt font
–   In your story document, preferably in the upper-righthand corner, should be your name, address, and email
–   Submit all stories as an attachment to GPA002[at]goalpublications[dot]com
–   Your subject line must read: “Submission – *STORY TITLE*”
–   In the body of the email, you must include:
o   Your legal name (and pen name if different, as this is what will show on the contract)
o   A brief two or three-line synopsis about the story that gives us the main idea of the story
o   One line each about how your story includes coffee, and an example of how your story utilizes the animal traits of your anthro characters
o   If your story has been published elsewhere before (posting online does count). Please include specific publication names and dates if this story has been published before.

Responses: You will receive a response email letting you know that we have received your story. Please note: if you use a Hotmail, Outlook, or SBCGlobal email, our email server refuses to recognize these as valid. We can receive emails from those, but cannot send. If you do not have another email option, please include another method of contact (such as Telegram, Twitter, FWG Forum username, or something along those lines). While we will be talking about your stories and making comments as they are submitting, we will be making all final judgments on stories after the submission deadline has closed.

Submission Restrictions: We will only accept one story per author, but you may feel free to submit up to two. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

I look forward to seeing what you brew for this! :D

Via: Anthro Aquatic.

Taking Submissions: Influence of the Moon

Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Payment: $5 and a contributor’s copy

Content:
An original, unpublished, story that includes a moon. Can include, but is not limited to, vampires, werewolves, lunar settlements, or lunar influences to people/events.

Accepted Styles:
Short stories, flash fiction, poetry.

Accepted Genres:
Anything that isn’t erotica.

Simultaneous Submissions:
These are allowed, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted by another publisher.

Reprints:
No. Stories posted on the internet, including but not limited to, FB, personal websites, blogs, etc., are considered published.

Number of Submissions per Author:
1 short story, 3 pieces of flash fiction, or 5 pieces of poetry.

Length:
A short story should be less than 5,000 words. Each flash fiction piece should be less than 1,500 words. Each piece of poetry should be less than 150 lines.

Payment:
Free physical copy of the book and $5 per author, regardless of number of accepted submissions.

Requested Rights:
First rights to digital, audio, and print formats in English. Exclusive for one year from publication. After that year all rights revert back to the author.

Deadline:
December 31st, 2018

Formatting:
Stories must be submitted electronically as a .docx attachment in an email to [email protected] Submission should be 12point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced. The document name should include the name of your submission. Please include the title and page numbers in the header of the attachment.

In the body of your email please include your name, author name/website, address, short story title, and word count of submission.

IF IN DOUBT PLEASE SUBMIT!

Via: Pub 518.

Taking Submissions: Still On Patrol

Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Payment: $25 plus one contributor’s copy, $10 for a reprint
Note: 1-2 reprints allowed

The Concept – Still On Patrol

There is a tradition in the United States Navy that no submarine is ever truly lost at sea. Those boats and the crews who don’t return to port are considered “still on patrol” in perpetuity. Active duty sailors would never dream of leaving their still on patrol shipmates behind, so every year, usually at the Christmas holiday, sailors manning communications hubs ashore and at sea send out a message. They send holiday wishes for health and happiness to those they know will receive it, and the same wishes to those listed as still on patrol.
What if those submariners who never returned are still out there? What if it’s the energy of the yearly good wishes that keeps them going on their eternal patrol? And what if their eternal patrol protects the living against threats more otherworldly than mundane wars between nation states?
What about other military men and women, disappeared or lost at sea, in the air, or on land? Is there a Roman Legion still manning Hadrian’s Wall? Are there ghostly flight crews who herd hapless aircraft away from the Bermuda Triangle? Tell us stories about military men and women who continue to protect humanity long after they’ve taken their last breath. Tell us what happens when they take the oath to protect their people not just from threats foreign and domestic, but supernatural as well.

What we don’t want to see:

  • Disrespect for the military – our intention with this anthology is to honor the best in the military forces, the ones dedicated enough to continue to protect humanity from beyond the grave.
  • On page sexual assault, child abuse, or animal abuse – this is an immediate rejection.
  • Gratuitous anything – violence, sex, profanity, doesn’t matter. If it is not integral to the story and it’s not advancing the plot or character development, we don’t want to see blood, gore, or sex just for shock value’s sake (this goes for language too). We are not opposed to violence, sex, or profanity – as long as it belongs in the story and it’s not just there to shock and titillate. And we know we are dealing with fighting men and women who may or may not be locked in combat with something otherworldly. We expect a certain amount of profanity and violence goes with that. Think of how far we’re willing to go based on the well-known movie rating system – if it would qualify for a PG, PG-13, or R rating, we’ll look at it. If it would be NC-17 or up, we’ll have to pass, thank you.
  • Thinly veiled fan fiction of another author’s world and characters. We’re looking for your original work.
  • Poorly researched magic systems or magical creatures from a culture you are not familiar with. If you are going to venture into new worlds or cultures, make sure you’ve done your research and you know all the rules, taboos, and how to pronounce the names.

 

What we do want to see:

  • Diverse protagonists – While a United States Navy tradition sparked the idea for this anthology, there are still many military cultures and traditions outside of one country and one service of that country. When coming up with your unique idea, don’t forget to look at other countries and cultures, perhaps even a country or culture that no longer exists. What happens to military personnel who are on eternal patrol when the country that birthed them no longer exists? Where do their allegiances now lie?
  • Diverse Settings and Genres – We know this call lends itself well to horror and all types of dark fantasy, but we’d sure like to see how the concept of eternal patrol would play out in a science fiction universe or on alternate worlds.

Word Count:

We’re looking for stories that fall in the 3,000 to 10,000 word range. We will consider looking at stories outside this range, but they need to be just too good for us to pass up. You have a much better chance if you keep the word count within our range. Please query us before sending a story outside of the word count guidelines.

Reprints:

We prefer unpublished, original fiction. However, we will consider including one or two reprints in this anthology, but only if they are overwhelmingly fantastic. Make sure you let us know if your story has been published elsewhere before.

Rights:

We wish to purchase exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for one year, and non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for a period of five years after that, with the option to re-negotiate additional years of rights after that. We are asking for audio rights because if we can get funding, we also want to produce an audio version using professional voice talent.

Payment:

Unpublished stories earn a onetime fee of $25 plus one contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Reprints earn a onetime fee of $10 plus one contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Payment is within 90 days of publication.

Sending your submission:

We will be accepting electronic submissions only. Make sure you put “Patrol” in your email subject line. No simultaneous or multiple submissions please. Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file to submissions at otterlibris dot com.

Submission Window:

We will be open for submissions for the anthology beginning on 9/15/2018 and close to submissions on 12/15/2018. Any submissions received outside of this window will be deleted unread. We expect to respond to submissions throughout the window with a “no, thanks” or “we’d like to hold this for further consideration,” with final decisions going out approximately six to eight weeks after the closing date.

Expected Publication Date:

We will be running a Kickstarter to generate interest and word of mouth in April 2019, and we expect to release the anthology for Memorial Day weekend 2019 (05/24/2019)

Via: Otter Libris.

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