Taking Submissions: Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: $50 CAD and a contributors copy

If you think cats and water don’t mix, think again.

I’m putting together an anthology full of feisty felines on the high seas! I want pirate cats, and Viking cats. Submariner cats and explorer cats. This book is going to be filled with adventure-loving cats, puns and fun. I want it to be a wild, rollicking ride complete with sword fights, sea monsters, treasure hunting, discovering new worlds and lots and lots of kittehs.

Be careful not to get too caught up in the fun and forget to include a strong plot and detailed characters for your story, though.

I’m a sucker for a great setting, three-dimensional characters and high stakes. And if your story elicits real emotion from me–laughter, tears, anger or anything in between–you will have increased your chances of success significantly.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Length: Under 9,000 words

Publisher: Tyche Books

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling, please.

Via: Rhonda Parrish.

Taking Submissions: The Scary Stuff Anthology

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy

Oddity Prodigy Productions is seeking submissions for a new anthology, “Scary Stuff”. This will be the first anthology published by OPP to accept submissions. There is a planned Kickstarter to cover publishing costs. Publishing date and distribution is as yet undecided. 

The deadline for Submissions is August 31st, 2019

What we are looking for:

In the ’40s and ’50s EC comics published such classic titles such as ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and Vault of Horror’. These were tales of horror that featured classic stories filled with ghosts, and goblins, twist endings and the classic idea of reaping what you sow. The style of story continued into the ’60s and ’70s with Creepy and Eerie magazines. Published outside the comics code the latter had the same campy style filled with over-the-top monsters and gore.

We are looking for stories that channel these classic horror tropes and styles. We’re looking for old haunted houses, swamp monsters, mad scientists, shocking discoveries in the weird neighbor’s basement.
Pick up an old issue of Creepy, watch Tales from the Darkside, or take a look at some EC comics for inspiration.

What we’re not looking for:

We are not looking for stories featuring over the top depictions of rape, child molestation, or torture. This should be fun and campy. Sexual content is ok, but nothing too graphic or excessive. Think Fright Night or Evil Dead, not Hostel or Se7en.


We are looking for stories between 2000 and 5000 words. Exceptions can be made but anything longer or shorter will need to WOW us.

Original stories only, we are not looking for reprints at this time.
Submissions should be in standard manuscript format. Be sure to include your name, address, email address, and phone number.
Please Submit to:
Subject line should be in the following format: Scary Stuff Submission / Title


[See page URL at end of post for submission form.]

Payment and Rights:

Payment will be a flat $10.00 paid via PayPal and a contributors copy. We will include a bio for each author included. You will be able to include links to your other work and/or website. We will ask for your bio after selection for inclusion.


Oddity Prodigy Productions is a creative team that shares duties on all projects. The lead editors on “Scary Stuff” will be Jacob Jones-Goldstein and Nicholas Leamy.

Nicholas Leamy is a well-known miscreant who has lived in Northern Delaware all his life. Working as a supervisor for a web hosting data center, with a B.S. in Computer Science, he is well outside his wheelhouse when it comes to writing fiction. He has decided, however, that his minor in philosophy makes him interesting enough to pull it off. He also happens to be a lover of board games, horror movies, and anything bizarre.
Jacob Jones-Goldstein is a fiction writer and sports journalist. His short stories have appeared both in the US and abroad. Mostly focusing on the horror genre, he dabbles in magical realism and fantasy. He covers professional sports for a Philadelphia regional news site, TapInto.Net, including a weekly column about the 76ers, ‘Winning Culture’. His nuanced and thoughtful takes on the Sixers have earned him acclaim all around his house.

Via: Oddity Prodigy.

Taking Submissions: Stoneboat Literary Journal – Marking Time

Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributors copy

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the theme for our upcoming issue is “Marking Time.” All submissions should relate to the theme in some way. We aren’t just looking for literal representations of time—we plan to dig deep and go beyond calendars, watches, aging, and other literal understandings of marking time. While we are certainly open to this type of work, we also seek fresh perspectives and loose interpretations of the ways that we mark (or don’t mark) the passage of time.

Please submit unpublished fiction up to 5000 words.

When submitting, please include:

  • 3-5 unpublished poems in a single document OR unpublished fiction/nonfiction up to 5,000 words OR 3-5 pieces of visual artwork (color or b&w) OR a b&w  photo essay with 5-10 photographs OR a b&w comic OR b&w graphic literature of up to 20 pages
  • Cover letter
  • Brief bio (3-4 sentences max; can be included in cover letter)

The editorial staff might not make final decisions about which pieces to accept until after the reading period closes, so response time can be several months. Our process is to look at all of the submissions as a whole and give each piece the full consideration it deserves. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Gratuity Submissions: We don’t believe in charging reading fees, but our optional Gratuity Submission category allows writers and artists to support our operations with a small donation when they submit. No preferential treatment is given for gratuity submissions. This category, however, is open year round whereas we only accept free submissions during designated reading periods. Please identify the genre of your submission (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, b&w art, photo essay, graphic literature) in your cover letter.

Please submit only once per reading period.  In addition,  we are unlikely to publish a writer or artist in two consecutive issues because we want to provide our readers with as much variety as possible.

Regarding simultaneous submissions:
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We have had some trouble in the past when authors had failed to withdraw their work and we had planned to include it in our upcoming issue.  We know wait times can be long, and we don’t want to keep you from placing your work — we just need to know the status of your submission. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please use Submittable to withdraw it, or send an email to [email protected].

Stoneboat requires first North American serial rights, and rights revert to the author upon publication. If your work is selected for the print edition, you will receive one complimentary contributor copy and will have the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a reduced rate. All contributors, both print and online, will be invited to read their work at an issue release reading in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

All are welcome to submit. We look forward to receiving your best poems, stories, essays, photo essays,comics, graphic literature, and art. Thank you for your interest in Stoneboat!

Via: Stoneboat’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: The Nightside Codex

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: $25 and a contributors copy

Silent Motorist Media is currently open for submissions! We’re following our debut anthology, Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh (featuring Ramsey Campbell, Michael Wehunt, Richard Gavin, Matthew M. Bartlett, Jon Padgett, Christine Morgan, and many more excellent authors), closely with another themed collection of fiction, The Nightside Codex. Like Mannequin, we’re expecting a strong TOC, so be sure and send your best work!

We’re looking for original weird horror fiction (think Thomas Ligotti, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and the fiction published in Vastarien) within 2,000 to 6,000 words about haunted or cursed books, manuscripts, or online media. The texts dealt with should be products of your imagination–we aren’t looking for stories about Lovecraft’s Necronomicon or any other established pieces of unwritten fiction. Outside of these specifications, you are encouraged to take this theme as far as you can!

Public submissions will close on August 1st, 2019. Please allow us at least a month following the closing of submissions to get back to everyone. A good portion of The Nightside Codex’s TOC will remain invite-only, so we’re only looking to obtain 5-7 stories from this submission call. Be sure to send only your best work to [email protected] Please include your name and a short author’s bio with your submission. We are not looking for previously published pieces, and we strongly discourage simultaneous submissions.

Fictional works accepted for The Nightside Codex will receive a flat rate of at least* $25.00 paid via PayPal, plus print and electronic contributor’s copies.

*We are planning to attempt a Kickstarter for this anthology. If we’re successful, you can expect the $25.00 rate to raise substantially. When it begins, the Kickstarter will be announced on the SMM website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. We’ll need your help to reach our goal, so please share our Kickstarter links as they become available. 

Thank your for your interest in subbing to SMM! We can’t wait to read your work!

Via: Silent Motorist Media.

Taking Submissions: Ever Dream of Me vol. II

Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy

This is the sequel to the first anthology Fantasia Diviniy ever released. Like the first book, we are looking for steamy stories, perferably with a fantasy or paranormal twist. For erotica and erotic romance. No bestiality or necrofilia please (vampires and werewolves in human form are fine). No poetry.
For this anthology, there is a requirement to submit. In order to submit you must have either had a story accepted and published by us in 2019, or have featured in volume 1. 
If we receive a submission that doesn’t meet the requirement, it will be returned. You will be allowed to resubmit your story once the requirement has been met.
​​Word Count: 5,000-15,000 (Please ask us before submitting a story that is over this.)
Submission Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Response Time:  30 days from close of submission deadline.
Compensation: $10, 1 Print Copy, 1 ebook Copy, Discounted Hardcover
Reprints: No
Multiple: If your story is rejected you may submit another one before the deadline.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but you must inform us as soon as it is accepted elsewhere.
Estimated Release: November 2020
Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions and questions about submissions are to be sent to: [email protected]
  • The subject line of your email must read: EVER DREAM SUBMISSION: [Your Story Title Here]
  • In the body of your email, please include: your name, pen name (if applicable), author bio (written in third person), and word count.
  • You will receive an automated message when your email is received. We respond to every submission, even rejections, so if you don’t receive a response by the end of the deadline, please email us again.

Via: Fantasia Divinity Magazine.

Taking Submissions: The Secret Lunar Wars

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties and a contributors copy

The myth of the US-USSR space race was that it was done for scientific prestige.

Behind that is the deeper myth that it was done for nuclear superiority and counterbalance.

The truth is that it was done to save humanity.

Immortal Works (editor Bruce F. Webster) hereby calls for submission for an anthology of SPACE-THEMED ALTERNATE HISTORY to be called THE SECRET LUNAR WARS: 1956-1979.

Deadline: August 31, 2019
Payment: Royalties and a contributor copy

The President of the United States looked across the Oval Office desk at the Director of NASA, a holdover from the prior administration. “I’m sorry it’s taken so long to have this meeting, but I’m still getting a handle on this job. That said, let me cut to the chase: we sent men to the Moon roughly a half a century ago, but have done nothing since. Why?”

The Director bit his lip, grimaced a bit, then said, “To talk about that, we’ll need to bring the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence into the discussion.”

The President, startled, asked, “Why, for heaven’s sake?”

Another grimace. “Because there are – complications – with us, with anyone putting humans on the Moon again. Big complications. Deadly complications. Complications you probably wouldn’t believe. Trust me, we’re not incompetent at NASA. We could have multiple bases on the Moon by now if we wanted to. But we’ve been deliberately dragging our feet on any human mission outside of low Earth orbit since the 1970s. For very good reasons.”

The Secret Lunar Wars is an anthology of alternate history short stories that explains what was really going on during the period of time from the first suborbital rocket launches in 1956 to the fall of Skylab from orbit in 1979. Here’s the framework:

  1. Your story will explain what was actually going on during (or at some key point[s]) of that time period, with two requirements: the public perception of events remains that of the actual historical record (hence, “secret”), and the fate of humanity has to somehow be at stake. It also would explain – or at least hint at – why humans have not been back to the Moon, or even outside of low Earth orbit (LEO), since 1972 (Apollo 17).
  2. For those interested, here is a spreadsheet timeline (Excel .xlsx) with over 200 actual space missions and related events during the period in question, along with (actual) historical notes that should suggest all sorts of story ideas. (Example: fertilized quail eggs on board a Russian space station were developing embryos without heads. No, really. Check out Soyuz 32, 02/25/79.) Feel free to weave in other actual historical events from the same time period.
  3. Each story can stand alone, though authors are permitted (nay, encouraged) to coordinate their stories if they desire. In such cases, we will group the coordinated stories together.
  4. The genre can be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or some combination thereof. Tone can range from tongue-in-cheek humor to stark Lovecraftian despair. In any case, explanation must be given as to why the true events occurred and the grave threat to humanity remained secret.
  5. Content would be within Immortal Works guidelines (“Appropriate for Teens – Intriguing for Adults”).
  6. Length should be at least 2,000 words and no more than 10,000 words.
  7. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2019, or until filled.
  8. Authors will not receive up front payments. Authors will share in revenue from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complementary copy.
  9. Send queries, story proposals, and submissions to [email protected]. Include the words SECRET LUNAR WARS in the subject line.

The President of the United States sat in the secure conference room in Area 51, which is where the other three participants – the Director of NASA, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence  — insisted this briefing take place. The information presented was, literally, incredible.

The President looked at the others. “I can’t believe it. This is just too much to take in. And you say this has been going on for all these decades?”

The SecDef nodded. “Yes,. That’s why we brought you out here. We had to show you certain things that we keep here, that are only known to a few people.”

A sigh from the President. “Well, if that’s what we have to do, that’s what we have to do.” A look at the others. “But we can still go to Mars, can’t we?”

The other three all looked at one another and then back at the President. The DNI said, “About that….”

Via: And Still I Persist.

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