Category: Contributor’s Copy

Contributor’s Copy Only

Ongoing Submissions: New Maps

Payment: Contributor’s copy and a token payment
Theme: Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects. This also must follow the same rules as our Earth

New Maps accepts submissions, year-round, of short stories falling within the genre of deindustrial fiction. Before you submit your story, please read through these guidelines to make sure you’re submitting to the right place. If you have any questions about anything on this page, please feel free to contact us.

Suitability

As mentioned, New Maps is primarily a magazine of deindustrial fiction. (We also publish occasional essays and book reviews; to inquire about the possibility of having such a piece published, please email the editor.) Deindustrial fiction shares some aspects with a few other genres, but is distinct from them in other ways. To understand how we define the genre, the best reference is our About page. Here we will mention a few things we are and are not looking for in submissions.

As New Maps uses the term, deindustrial fiction is:

  • Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects.
  • Fiction that takes place in the world that you and I live in: that is, an Earth that obeys the same physical laws as the real Earth.
    • Stories may include elements of the metaphysical, supernatural, or paranormal, but only to the extent that you, the author, find it plausible that these things may actually happen in our world as you understand it.

And it is not:

  • Simply generic speculative fiction. While deindustrial fiction may be considered a kind of speculative fiction, it is more specific, in the ways mentioned above.
  • The same as dystopian or utopian fiction. Real, unadulterated utopias and dystopias are absent from the historical record, and we consider their existence incompatible with human nature. Even in the most idyllic society there are significant problems, whether at the level of the culture or of the individual. Likewise, even in the most brutal dictatorship, there is at least some room for people to experience little everyday joys.
  • Coterminous with postindustrial fiction. While there is significant overlap between the two, there are important differences.
    • Perhaps most saliently, the two differ in the understood cause of the decline and fall of civilization, and which civilization. With postindustrial fiction, nearly any cause will do, from resource depletion all the way to wayward meteors and nanobots, and the setting may be on a totally invented world. Deindustrial fiction narrows focus to what happens during and after the winding down of our current fossil-fueled industrial age, due to resource depletion and its consequences—although against that background, some places may certainly experience declines (and ascents) from unrelated causes that pop up, as these things do.
    • A postindustrial story may (or may not) take its setting to be a lull during which a civilization rebuilds. But in deindustrial fiction, civilization just isn’t coming back the way it was: civilizations may certainly still arise, but they will have to find ways to make do with less energy than we currently use, will not look just like ours, and will definitely not arise from the ashes to colonize space.
    • As well, postindustrial fiction is often understood to take place after the collapse of civilization has reached its rock bottom and perhaps stabilized, whereas deindustrial fiction may take place at any point on the downslope, including the very near future, and often finds valuable stories to tell in the instabilities that come from decline.
  • The same as postapocalyptic fiction. The decline of the current global civilization will be long and ragged, not sudden and cataclysmic, except possibly in isolated pockets. Even then, if a single catastrophe brought down a vast society, that society very probably had termites in the framework to start with, and this should be acknowledged.
  • Traditional spacefaring sci-fi. While space operas and deindustrial fiction are both often set in the future, they share very few other commonalities, and stories featuring travel to other planets will almost certainly be rejected.

Technical

  • Most digital document formats are accepted (.odt, .doc/.docx, and anything else readable by pandoc). A standard layout such as Shunn’s Modern Manuscript Format is encouraged.
  • There is no hard minimum or maximum story length, but we will probably publish only a limited number of stories longer than 10,000 words. Very long (novella-sized) short stories, if outstanding, may be considered for serialization. If you have a novel, seek a publisher who’ll publish it as a novel!
  • Submissions are open year-round on a rolling basis: submissions received too late for one issue are automatically considered for the following issue.
  • Stories should be previously unpublished, except those published on small personal websites or other venues with very limited exposure. If your story was previously published in such a way, please tell us the details in your letter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please inform us if the story is being considered in another venue. If your story is accepted for publication elsewhere, please inform us as soon as possible.
  • Send your story to [email protected], with subject line “Story Submission: [Story title].” In the body of the email please include
    • the name you would like the story to appear under,
    • the story’s title and word count,
    • your contact information,
    • and any other relevant information as outlined above or as you consider pertinent.

    We will confirm submission of the story as soon as possible.

Compensation

  • Accepted authors will be compensated on a per-word basis, and will also receive one free copy of the issue in which their story appears, with the option to request up to ten more at cost. The current per-word compensation is $0.00¼ USD.
  • Payment is made upon publication.

Via: New Maps.

Submissions: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Payment: $40.00 and a contributors copy
Theme: Slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre

Do you want your story to appear in our newest series, Let the Bodies Hit the Floor?

A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads: Volume 1 & 2

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Submission Guidelines
Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS – The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in August of 2021

  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)

  • Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5″

  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1″ margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions must fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.).

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume

  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such

  • Submissions will remain open until further notice and selected stories will appear in the first two volumes, or subsequent volumes as published. There is no submission deadline.

  • Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received

  • Authors will be notified as soon as possible if their story was selected or not

DON’T END UP IN THE CIRCULAR FILE!

You worked hard on your story, so don’t take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn’t meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don’t let this happen to you.

Submit Your Story

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology

  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story

  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher’s cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology

Via: Sinister Smile Press.

Taking Submissions: HorrorTube Anthology Volume II

Deadline: January 10th, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Winter horror or any story concerning the cold.
Note: Reprints welcome

Served Cold edited by R. Saint Claire and Steve Donoghue.

Seeking submissions from authors with active BookTube or AuthorTube channels for the next HorrorTube Anthology.

Our first release, Local Haunts, has been very successful so far, reaching Amazon’s number #1 bestseller rank in Canada and Australia and garnering excellent reviews.

Again, we are looking for a diverse group of authors with active BookTube and/or AuthorTube channels (no channel too small) so please do not hesitate to submit.

Genre: Horror, including suspense, mystery, and weird fiction. Sci-fi and fantasy are fine as long as there are some horror elements.

Theme: Winter horror or any story concerning the cold. No overt erotica or anything too hardcore. Contact Regina at [email protected] with any questions.

Length: 1,000 – 7,000 words

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Details: Please submit your story and other materials as separate attachments along with a link to your YouTube channel to [email protected] Please use the standard submission format. For guidance see https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.

Please submit only your best, most polished work. Reprints are okay. The terms include the nonexclusive right to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit and sell digital and print reproductions of your story worldwide.

English language only.

Pay for accepted submissions: $10 honorarium, print and digital copy. All proceeds will be donated to the literacy charity First Book.

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Release Date: February 2021

Cover Design: Cameron Roubique

Via: R. Saint Claire.

Taking Submissions: The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of Passion, Obsession, & Revenge

Deadline: October 1st, 2021
Payment: USD $130, and 2 contributors copies
Theme: Nonfiction, true crime accounts of individuals who have resorted to criminal means because of love, passion, obsession, jealousy, betrayal, etc.

Writers Call for Submissions: True Crime/Nonfiction

“THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: CRIMES OF PASSION, OBSESSION & REVENGE”

I’m seeking original true crime stories for the fifth volume in my true crime franchise.

What I’m looking for:

Nonfiction, true crime accounts of individuals who have resorted to criminal means because of love, passion, obsession, jealousy, betrayal, etc. Stories can take place anywhere in the world and be from any time period. Material can cover a wide range of crimes. First-person accounts are welcome from writers with a connection to their cases. Tell us something new, offer a different viewpoint or angle to the story.

Material must be meticulously fact-checked before submission, including dates, names, locations, etc. This is a nonfiction book, so it’s imperative that everything is 100% correct. To get an idea of the quality and variety of material I accept, please refer to the previous books in The Best New True Crime Stories series. Note that criminal subjects already covered in these volumes cannot be considered. No reprints or fiction.

Important: Query first with a brief pitch.

Word count: 4,000-7,000 words

One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book.

Contributor fees paid approximately one month following publication. (Preferred payment method: PayPal.)

For: Non-exclusive rights, with one-year’s exclusivity from date of publication.

Deadline for submissions: Oct 1, 2021

(I select material on an on-going basis; writers who submit work in advance of the deadline often have a better chance of acceptance.)

Email: TheBestNewTrueCrimeStories @ gmail.com

(not case-sensitive)

Submission requirements:

Format: double-spaced Arial 12-point Word document (sent as attachment). Do not indent paragraphs; instead enter one space between them. No irregular spacing between words or sentences. No footnotes or endnotes. No photos/graphics. A bibliography is optional (formatted in Chicago Manual of Style.) American spelling and punctuation only, i.e. double quote marks, etc. Include your legal name, postal address, and an author bio of up to 100 words written in the third person. No simultaneous submissions.

In the subject line of your email: True Crime submission.

If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a week of submitting your material, definitely follow up!

The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge will be published in Fall 2022 by Mango Publishing Group, USA.

Via: Mitzi Szereto.

Taking Submissions: Green Inferno

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Payment: Flash: $25 plus 2 comp copies.. Short Fiction pays $.04/word plus 4 comp copies.
Theme: Weird Horror, atmosphere, dread, and slimy things.

Thanks for your interest in Green Inferno!

What We Are:

A quarterly 120-page trade paperback anthology of original short comics and fiction centered around Terrestrial Horror: stories that take place on or involving our planetoften (but not always) with an environmental or ecological bent.

That is to say: not every story has to be Man v. Nature— that would get old pretty quick!– but Man v. Nature is a good germination point for what Green Inferno seeks to be, and it definitely falls under the umbrella.

Here are some stories that, in our opinion, fall under the umbrella of Terrestrial Horror:

The Fog – John Carpenter

The Low Low Woods – Carmen Maria Machado & Dani

Swamp Thing – Alan Moore & others

Threshold – Caitlin R. Kiernan

The Godzilla franchise

The Southern Reach Trilogy – Jeff VanderMeer

The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock

*Even Cosmic Horror like The Color out of Spacethough extraterrestrial in origin, explores the horror wrought on Earth. We’d say that falls well within our purview.

So, yeah, it’s a big umbrella, but we do think the title sums it up quite nicely:

Green Inferno.

The World Celebrates Your Demise.


What We’re Looking For:

Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

How Do We Want to Scare You Today…?

-We love Weird Horror, atmosphere, dread, and slimy things.

-Splatterpunk or moody Gothic creepiness are both super keen.

-Throwback-y and uber-contemporary are equally great.

-Sci-Fi and Fantasy angles welcome, but please keep it Earthbound (terrestrial) for now.

-We like Horror comedy… sometimes. Everyone’s “funny” is different, but give it a shot!


For Fiction Submissions:

We are seeking Short Stories (8000 words or less) and Flash Fiction (1000 words or less).

Flash Fiction pays $25 plus 2 comp copies.

Short Fiction pays $.04/word plus 4 comp copies.

We buy the rights to publish in our print and digital anthology, and retain them for any subsequent reprint purposes of the original issue only.

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions, please.

To Submit Fiction:

All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Email to [email protected]. Attach submissions in .doc or rtf format— do not cut and paste into the body of email. Include any pertinent bio information, title of your piece, and word count in the body of your email. In the subject line of your email, please enter “FICTION SUBMISSION FOR GREEN INFERNO”.

***Submissions are open now through November 30, 2020.

***With your submission, please provide a brief answer to the question: In what way do you feel your piece relates to the sentiment, The World Celebrates Your Demise?

Via: The Green Inferno.

Taking Submissions: The Dread Machine: 1986

Deadline: February 25th, 2021
Payment: $0.08 per word and 3 contributors copies
Theme: 1986

OVERVIEW

The Dread Machine seeks submissions for our first annual anthology. Our theme this year is 1986Submissions close on February 25th.

THEME

Do you remember a time before the internet? Before we each carried a lifeline in our pockets? Before security cameras documented everything? Back when parents didn’t worry about their kids until after the street lights popped on? Do you remember how it felt to step into the neon-lit arcade on a Friday night, your pockets heavy with quarters?

For our very first anthology, we’re seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality or an alternate version. Bring us back to a simpler, scarier time. Let’s make something radical together.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

+ All submissions must inspire dread. Genre definitions tend to be subjective, so we encourage you to become familiar with the stories we’ve published here to get an idea of what sort of content we’re seeking.

+ All submissions must be original, unpublished, and between 3,000 and 10,000 words.

+ Authors are permitted to submit multiple stories, but none may be simultaneously submitted anywhere else.

PAYMENT

Authors whose stories are accepted for publication will receive payment ($0.08 per word), a free copy of the premium hardcover, and two free copies of the paperback.

SUBMISSION FORM

Via: The Dread Machine.

Taking Submissions: It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Dies

Deadline: December 21st, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: In this story collection, the games are taking over and they’re out for blood.

Open submissions being accepted for “It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Dies”
11/1/20 – 12/21/20
D&T Publishing proudly presents “It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Dies.”
We all know the games. The ones we played as kids. The ones we all have fond memories of, crowded around a kitchen table with family, piled in the floor with friends around the TV, or standing in front of the flashing lights of an arcade game. The games that when we look back at our childhood, we have at least one memory of. But what if, those games turned sinister? What if they were real and out for revenge? In this story collection, the games are taking over and they’re out for blood.
Specific information:
– Accepting stories of 3,000-5,000 words about being killed in or by a game.
– It can be a board or video game, game show or virtual reality. Do not use any actual games or a closely related premise to any current/past games. They must be new ideas and concepts. If they are too closely related, they will not be accepted.
– Single spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman preferred. Clean and edited copy, as much as possible. Submit in .doc or .docx format. Please, no weird fonts or spacing. Email it to [email protected]
– A confirmation email will be sent to you within 24 hours of receipt of your submission. Please make sure that your name is on your submission. If you are using a pen name, please include your real name, as well.
– For your email, please use “Games” as the subject.
– Acceptance emails will be sent by 1/4/21.
– If you receive an acceptance email, a link will be provided to you for a Facebook group and all other information will be provided to you at that time. You will need a Facebook account. You can also find submission details on our Facebook page @d&tpublishing.
– This will pay $10 per accepted story and one paperback copy of the book.
We look forward to your submissions.

Via: D&T Publishing’s Facebook.

Taking Submissions For THREE Sherlock Holmes Anthologies

Deadline: For proposals is December 1st, 2020. Submission deadline for stories is January 31st, 2021.
Payment: $100 OR $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits (whichever amount is GREATER) and a paperback copy of the anthology
Theme: Sherlock Holmes “A year of Mysteries”, Stranger than Truth, and Stranger than Fiction. Details below!
Note: This isn’t our standard form of listing so be sure to read ALL of the details!

Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mysteries – 1881

 

Synopsis: What adventures did Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve during their first year living in 221B Baker Street? What happened in January after the day the two friends met? What mysteries did they solve in their first summer and winter together? Find out in Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mysteries – 1881. This collection contains a dozen cases, one for each month of the year, from January to December.
Submission Guidelines: Stories must be canonical in nature and follow the Baring-Gould Timeline (i.e. A Study in Scarlet occurred from Fri, Mar 4 – Mon, Mar 7, 1881. No other canonical adventure takes place during this year). Holmes and Watson should be young and still getting to know each other.
Authors interested in participating should first send a synopsis of their adventure and the month of the year they wish it to take place. If your story does not need a specific month (i.e. it takes place in autumn and could be in September, October, or November) please let us know that as well. Once your synopsis has been accepted, you should begin drafting the story.
Submission length: 5,000 – 10,0000 words (it is okay to go over some).
Payment: Authors shall receive a payment of $100 OR $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits (whichever amount is GREATER) and a paperback copy of the anthology.
Rights: Authors shall retain rights to their work. We only retain the rights to the story within the publication.
Submission deadline for proposals is December 1st, 2020. Submission deadline for stories is January 31st, 2021.
Send proposals and submissions in a word document that is double spaced, in Times New Roman, and in 14 point font to [email protected] with the heading ATTN: SHERLOCK HOLMES A YEAR OF MYSTERIES 1881.
Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Truth
Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Fiction
Guidelines: These traditional Sherlock Holmes adventures are sure to be a lot of fun.
For Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Truth Holmes’s client is a real historical figure. It could be Queen Victoria, Billy the Kid, President Harrison, The Dalai Lama, Nellie Bly, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or any person who lived during the time Holmes and Watson worked together.
For Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Fiction Holmes’s client is a fictional character. It must be a public domain character and fit in with the Victorian/ edwardian time frame of Holmes and Watson. Perhaps the client is an elderly Oliver Twist or a young Dr. Caligari. Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson could be visiting London and need help from a detective. Maybe Alice needs help finding Wonderland or Dorothy returning to Oz.
Submissions:  Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Truth – Stories must fit traditional Holmes. Submissions should be 5,000 – 10,000 words in length (it is okay to go over or under some). Since these cases involve historical figures they should be canonical in nature. Holmes and Watson must be their traditional selves.
  Sherlock Holmes: Stranger than Fiction –  Since these stories involve fictional characters, you have some leeway in adding elements of fantasy, horror, and science fiction (i.e. if you use Dracula, or the Time Machine, or Wonderland’s Red Queen). Even with this leeway, Holmes and Watson must be the traditional Holmes and Watson. They must act as they would in the original canonical adventures.  Submissions should be 5,000 – 10,000 words in length (it is okay to go over or under some)
Payment for both anthologies: Authors shall receive a payment of $100 OR $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits (whichever amount is GREATER) and a paperback copy of the anthology.
Rights: Authors shall retain rights to their work. We only retain the rights to the story within the publication.
Submission deadline for both anthologies is December 31st, 2020. Authors are welcome to submit stories to either or both anthologies.
Send submissions in a word document to [email protected] with the heading ATTN: SUBMISSION FOR STRANGER THAN TRUTH or ATTN: SUBMISSION FOR STRANGER THAN FICTION.

Via: Belanger Books.