Category: Contributor’s Copy

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Taking Submissions: 21 Futures

Deadline: February 28th, 2023
Payment: $100 and a contributors copy
Theme: Anything story ‘from that future’ that includes bitcoin

Konsensus Network is accepting story submissions for the world’s first bitcoin short-fiction anthology, 21 Futures: Tales from the Timechain

The book will contain 21 short fiction stories from various authors, one of whom could be you! We want to present a broad spectrum of possible worlds all told through the lens of bitcoin. Stories must be fiction and must feature bitcoin in a meaningful way. The book will feature work from some of the most prominent voices in the bitcoin community in addition to emerging short-fiction authors.

Primarily, our editors are looking for gripping, human-interest stories with emotional impact. They want strong characters, high stakes, and moments of epiphany and change. The idea is not to predict the future of bitcoin, but to expose the situations it may uncover. We are keen to publish a variety of visions, not just sci-fi dystopias and stories of crime and fraud.

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Taking Submissions: Novus Monstrum: The Midnight Zone (Full Call)

Submission Window: February 1st, 2023 – March 30th, 2023
Payment: 3 cents per word plus 1 contributor’s copy.
Theme: Stories with original monsters
Note: We had previously included a listing for this call, however, it was only a partial one and we now have the full details to share!)

NOVUS MONSTRUM

OPENING 2 FEB for submissions from Dragon’s Roost Press:
volume one of the weird, dark, speculative new anthology series,

 

THE MIDNIGHT ZONE

Our first season of mind-rattling speculations, our volume one, is a menagerie of original monsters. To qualify, your story must feature, meaningfully, a never-before-seen monster (however you define the word) and must contain a speculative element. 1000-5000 words, with a sweet spot of 3k. All land, sea, space, time, earth, wind, and fire monsters welcome.

Join featured authors Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Jeffrey Thomas, and Gaby Triana, and the twisted editorial minds that brought you Stitched Lips, Appetites, Burnt Fur, and Harmony & Dissonance, to go to strange-and-dark new places, to plumb the depths of a Twilight Zone with sand in its teeth.

The real-world midnight zone is that depth between 1,000 and 3,000 meters in the ocean where no sunlight penetrates.The pressure is intense, life is fleeting, and predators and scavengers abound. Take us to that place only you know, the one that is inhospitable, surprising, uncomfortable, strange, or otherworldly. In The Midnight Zone, we’ll lose ourselves and awake to find an impossible face staring, inches from our own.

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Taking Submissions: Road Kill: Texas Horror By Texas Writers Volume 8

Deadline: May 15th, 2023
Payment: Two cents per word
Theme: Horror stories that take place in Texas by Texas authors

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2023

HellBound Books is pleased to announce plans for the 2023 edition of Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, Vol. 8.
Horror author and editor Patrick C. Harrison, III will edit Vol. 8 of the series, which has featured the works of Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen Graham Jones, Robert E. Howard, O. Henry, Jeremy Hepler, Madison Estes, David Bowles and others. Harrison is looking for original horror stories 1,500-10,000 words in length.
The stories must be written and submitted by Texas authors and must be set (based) here – hence the title. Two cents per word and contributing writers will receive one free copy and a 50% discounted wholesale price on any copies of the book that he or she purchases to carry and sell on their own. Writer stipends will look something like this: 10,000 words – $200, 7,500 words – $150, 5,000 words – $100, 2,500 words – $50, 1,500 words – $30.
All payments will be made after official acceptance, and when acceptance is communicated, each author will need to send a short bio.

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Taking Submissions: Living With Demons

Deadline: March 12th, 2023
Payment: $25 and 2 contributors copies
Theme: Dark fantasy fictional stories that give people with mental illness hope using metaphors

Our first anthology, Living With Demons, is now accepting short story submissions. We are partnering with WriteHive on this project. All proceeds will go to WriteHive with none being retained by Tea With Coffee Media.

We will choose 10-15 submissions to be published in our 2023 spring anthology, Living With Demons!

Prompt:

The prompt: We are looking for fictional stories that give people with mental illness hope using metaphors. We want to hear from more than just depression and anxiety, we want to reach other mental illnesses as well.

Accepted stories will be published in both e-book and print copies of the Living With Demons anthology!

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Taking Submissions: Violent Delights And Midsummer Dreams (Early)

Submission Window: February 1st – April 1st, 2023
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy
Theme: Shakespeare Retellings (Ideally with a gothic twist though that is not a requirement.)

Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our second anthology of 2023, Violent Delights & Midsummer Dreams: An Anthology of Shakespeare Retellings.

For this collection, we are looking for Shakespeare retellings (5,000 – 8,000 words). We want stories that bring fresh new perspectives on the classic stories, bonus points for providing a Gothic twist. Give us Romeo & Juliet with zombies or the real story of the Wayward Sisters. Deconstruct tropes and bring unique voices to life.

Things we are looking for:

  • dark Shakespeare retellings

  • gothic horror

  • deconstructed tropes

  • themes of death/darkness

  • historical horror

  • literary horror

  • gothic/macabre elements

  • modern settings considered ONLY if they maintain a Gothic feel

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Taking Submissions: Mother Knows Best

Deadline: March 31st, 2023
Payment: 6 cents per word
Theme: A women-in-horror anthology inspired by “bad mothers.”
Note: All writers who identify as women (cis, trans, and non-binary femmes) are welcome to submit.

MOTHER KNOWS BEST: Tales of Homemade Horror is a women-in-horror anthology inspired by “bad mothers.” We’re looking for your best horror stories featuring mother-figures: mama trauma, smother-mother, etc.

MOTHER KNOWS BEST is a women-in-horror anthology. All writers who identify as women (cis, trans, and non-binary femmes) are welcome to submit. International submissions always welcomed!

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Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm #17

Deadline: February 21st, 2023
Payment: 6 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Speculative Fiction, details below

NOW READING FOR ISSUE #17

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST


Planet Scumm accepts submissions from writers across the world. (Our HQ is a roving meteor-sized space station—Earth’s borders mean nothing to us. We want to hear from writers of every race, nationality, and gender identity.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

  • Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain

  • Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream

  • Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy, will be considered for entry to the interstellar archive aboard Scummy’s saucer

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Taking Submissions: The Midnight Zone (Early Listing)

Submission Window: February 1st – March 30th, 2023
Payment: Contributors copy and 3 cents per word
Theme: Never-before-seen monsters!

Open for submissions February 1 from Dragon’s Roost Press:
a dark, speculative new anthology series,
THE MIDNIGHT ZONE.

Join featured authors Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Jeffrey Thomas, and Gaby Triana, and the twisted editorial minds that brought you Stitched Lips, Appetites, Burnt Fur, and Harmony & Dissonance, to go to strange-and-dark new places, to plumb the depths of a Twilight Zone with sand in its teeth.

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