Category: Contributor’s Copy

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!


Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm #17

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



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.


  • 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


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,

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.


Ongoing Submissions: Illustrated Worlds

Payment: Fiction: 1 cent per word and contributors copy, Poetry: $10 and a contributors copy, Artwork: contributors copy and $50 for cover and $10-20 for interior
Theme: Stories should contain an element of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, whimsy, magic realism, mythology, folklore or fairy tale type inspiration. Looking for moody, mysterious, fantastical art in the genres of horror, dark fantasy and fantasy. Poetry is a HARD sell.

Illustrated Worlds is a new quarterly magazine specializing in fantasy, dark fantasy and horror. Publishing both new and established artists and authors, the following guidelines will give an idea of the sort of submissions we’re currently looking for.

          Fiction – Short fiction should be 5,000 words or less. Stories should contain an element of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, whimsy, magic realism, mythology, folklore or fairy tale type inspiration. Send a Word document attachment to [email protected]. Please do not type the body of the submission into the email.
Poetry – Poetry is NOT the main focus of this publication, but I am open to publishing poetry if it is particularly outstanding, but I’m sorry to say that the chances of poetry being accepted are not high.
Art – Looking for moody, mysterious, fantastical art in the genres of horror, dark fantasy and fantasy. Needs are for one piece of art for a cover printed in color, but plenty of black and white art is needed for the inside. Please send good quality JPEG images to [email protected].


Taking Submissions: The Reaper’s Games

Deadline: March 15th, 2023
Payment: $10.00 and a contributors copy
Theme: A game or contest where a person’s life is at stake

PsychoToxin Press presents it’s second themed anthology title in “The Reaper’s Games”

*Humans are competitive creatures by design. From the very beginning, man has always fought in many ways and forms for a prize. Land, gold, goods or lust, there’s always a prize and someone to strive for it by whatever means necessary. But what prize may be more worth fighting for than you very life? What would one do if perhaps it was their life, their very soul, or those of the ones they’d hold oh so dear to them? What price would be paid? And more importantly… How long could they even last?

Such answers are sought to be answered by you in this second ever themed anthology title from PsychoToxin Press, “the Reaper’s Games”. Be it a tournament of strength, a test of wits, perhaps a series of dares that goes too far, or even a simple game of cards… One where more than just one’s measly life savings money is at stake, us freaks at PsychoToxin Press seek stories that tell of horrifying games that go far, FAR beyond the boundary of “Innocent fun” and breach into the realm of life threatening and maybe even soul rending… *


Taking Submissions: Untitled Anthology About Seers and Sibyls

Submission Window: January 1st, 2023 – January 31st, 2023
Theme: Stories about the mouthpieces of gods and goddesses.
Payment: $0.08 a word for fiction, $50 for poetry, and a contributors copy

Submissions Open: January 1, 2023 – January 31, 2023
Title: TBD Seers and Sibyls

Type: Anthology of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry

Editor: MJ Pankey

Theme: We’re looking for stories about the mouthpieces of gods and goddesses. Who interprets their omens, tells their prophecies, sees their visions, and performs their miracles? And to what end?


Taking Submissions: After Dark Volume 1

Deadline: March 1st, 2023
Payment: 5 contributors’ copies and $30
Theme: Horror that includes Vampires, Werewolves, or Both

Campfire Publishing is excited to announce that we are currently accepting submisisons for “After Dark” Volume One, our first collection of horror stories! Please read below to ensure that your story will be a good fit, and feel free to reach out to us–via the form located on our main page or by sending an email to [email protected]–if you have any questions.

“After Dark” Volume One is the first volume in a horror collection dedicated to vampires and werewolves. Campfire Publishing aspires to publish multiple volumes in the “After Dark” collection along with collections specific to a variety of themes in the horror genre.

What are we looking for?


Taking Submissions: The Black Beacon Book of Horror 2023 Window

Submission Window: January 1st, 2023 to February 28th, 2023
Payment: Contributors copy and $20 USD for original stories and $5 for reprints
Theme: Folk Horror, Psychological Horror, Gothic Horror, Weird Fiction / Lovecraftian, Post-Apocalyptic
Note: Reprints Welcome

Our next submissions window will be for “The Black Beacon Book of Horror”.
The submissions window will be from the 1st of January to the 28th of February, 2023.
Patreon patrons are invited to submit effective immediately.
Oh, the horror! But what kind of horror do we want?
We want your very best horror stories in keeping with the themes and styles that make Black Beacon Books stand out from the pack. If you don’t know what that means, you probably haven’t read any of our previous titles…we strongly suggest you do so. In short, our passion is for great plots, evocative settings, suspense and atmosphere, and clever twists. We want that creeping feeling of unease that grows to a spine-chilling climax. In terms of horror subgenres, these are what are most likely to tickle our fancies:
– Folk Horror (Black Beacon Books is based in Brittany and your editor loves all things Celtic and mystical, so folk horror from all around the world is likely to attract his attention)
– Psychological Horror (We are the monsters)
– Gothic Horror (Can you channel Shelley, Poe, Stoker, Gaskell or Le Fanu?)
– Weird Fiction / Lovecraftian (But it had better be original)
– Post-Apocalyptic (Make us fear the future)