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Taking Submissions: A Hero of a Different Stripe

Deadline: June 20th, 2021
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Theme: Shine a spotlight on the background characters of a hero’s story
Note: Reprints welcome

Since its beginnings in the early 1980s, the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium has been a staple of the Utah and Intermountain West author and artist community. Many authors, artists, and editors have found inspiration for their careers at the feet of scores of symposium guests. Influential professors and others have mentored those planning and running the symposium, but many of these mentors have passed on.

The symposium helps students of all ages by providing greatly discounted student memberships. Hemelein Publications—in conjunction with LTUE Press—created a series of memorial benefit/charity anthologies to help the symposium continue to help these aspiring creators learn about their crafts at a reasonable cost. Author, artist, and editor proceeds from the anthology go to LTUE to help students attend for a very low cost.

Taking Submissions: Angela’s Recurring Nightmares

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: Contributor’s copy
Theme: Each story must contain a character named Angela and a penguin. What? More details below!

Submission deadline is June 30, 2021.


Thank you for choosing to submit to the sixth annual Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW) mini-anthology.

We are looking for horror fiction, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, along with the following requirements.

1. A feature character named Angela. She can be the protagonist, antagonist, monster, victim, friend, etc. As long as she (or, I suppose they, since gender fluidity is fine) plays a significant, if not pivotal role in the story.

2. The story must contain a penguin. How you use the penguin is up to you, be creative.

Taking Submissions: Under Her Skin, a Black Spot Books Women in Horror Poetry Showcase

Deadline: May 31st: 2021
Payment: $5 and a contributors copy
Theme: Poetry about body horror
Note: Open to all poets who are women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Black Spot Books will be publishing its inaugural Women in Horror Poetry Collection in April 2022: UNDER HER SKIN. This collection is open to all poets who are women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes. Submissions open March 2021 and will close May 30, 2021, with decisions made on a rolling basis. Poems to be included in the collection will be chosen by Black Spot Book’s editorial staff and guest judges.

The theme of the inaugural collection is body horror. This is a broad spectrum and poets are welcome to interpret the prompt in their own vision–so long as it’s darkunsettling, an on-theme. (more…)

Taking Submissions: The Hungry Ghost Project

Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: £5 and a contributors copy
Theme: food, hauntings, memory and consumption, both independently and combined.

Please email all submissions to [email protected].

We accept fiction and creative non-fiction up to 1000 words on the topics of food, hauntings, memory and consumption, both independently and combined. Please do interpret our theme!

We are also open for visual art submissions of all kinds! Please send up to five JPG or PNG files.

We accept (and encourage) hybrid, experimental and creative-critical work.

Unfortunately, we cannot publish poetry at this time.

All accepted work will go through a brief, collaborative editorial stage.


Taking Submissions: Beneath the Yellow Lights

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: A modern world overrun by fantasy, details below!

Thank you for your interest in Oddity Prodigy Productions! We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our latest anthology “Beneath the Yellow Lights” a collection of stories featuring urban magic and fantasy.
On the heels of our successful horror anthology “Scary Stuff” we decided to change gears and move into the realm of the mystical! The details are listed below in this email.
We look forward to your submissions,
Oddity Prodigy Productions

Oddity Prodigy Productions is proud to announce we are open for submissions on our latest anthology: Beneath the Yellow Lights!
This will be the second anthology published by OPP to accept submissions, following the success of Scary Stuff, our previous anthology. There is a planned kickstarter to cover publishing costs. Publishing date and distribution is as yet undecided.
The deadline for Submissions is July 31st, 2021

What We’re Looking For: (more…)

Taking Submissions: Asinine Assassins

Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: $20 and a contributors copy
Theme: Stories that feature assassin type characters that are also “extremely or utterly foolish or silly” or “of, relating to, or resembling an ass”

Smart Rhino Publications is excited to announce that we’ll be publishing a new anthology, ASININE ASSASSINS. Publication is tentatively scheduled for late 2021/early 2022. The first two books in this series, UNCOMMON ASSASSINS and INSIDIOUS ASSASSINS, were well-received and reviewed. Most readers enjoyed the diversity of genres and styles in these books, and we’d like to continue that diversity with the new anthology.

The graphic to the right is our early cover illustration by Austrian artist Georg Schultschik. The initial cover design was created by Ju Kim, who also handled the covers for Smart Rhino’s A Plague of Shadows and Green Tsunami.

We hope you’ll consider submitting a story for our consideration. Deadline for submissions is May 1 or until the anthology is full. There is no guarantee of acceptance—we’re hoping for an abundance of submissions and competition is likely to be high.

Ongoing Submissions: Stanchion

Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Anything and everything is on the table. We love powerful, beautiful, unusual work!

Our door is always open because future issues of Stanchion are always being assembled.

We are looking for original, never-before-published (nope, not even on your blog) short story writing (<2500 words), creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poems, flash fiction, stray thoughts, interviews with inanimate objects, comics, illustrations, black & white photography (portrait-oriented images are preferred), b&w drawings, and other evocative images of mixed media artwork (also in black and white). There is no thematic throughline for issues of Stanchion: happy, sad, melancholic, horror, sentimental (without being sappy) — anything and everything is on the table. We love powerful, beautiful, unusual work!

Money and Rights:

All creators who have original/never before published work accepted for publication will receive $10 and one complimentary copy of that issue of Stanchion.

You retain all rights to your work! We only request that you do not republish/reuse the work again in the same quarter the issue is published.


Stanchion is a safe, open place to submit your work for consideration. No matter where you’re from, what you look like, or who you love, you’re welcome to become a part of the Stanchion family.

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Taking Submissions: 𝘊𝘦𝘤𝘪 𝘯’𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘥’𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘶𝘳 (𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺)

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: £15 and a contributors copy
Theme: Horror-focussed stories inspired and influenced by the transgressive fiction genre

We have a very exciting announcement to make today; we are now officially open for submissions to our debut anthology, titled Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story). The title is inspired by artist René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, and we are seeking short stories of surrealist, transgressive fiction with a horror twist. Our cover art will be finalised and uploaded to this page in the near future.

If this has piqued your interest, please scroll down for the full details!