Taking Submissions: SNAFU: The Last Stand

Deadline: June 30th, 2019
Payment: AUD5c/word and one contributor copy

AU5c/word / 2k-10k words
Opens Apr 1st / Closes June 30th
Fantasy, Horror, or Science Fiction
Theme – Last stand military horror.

What we want:
Military action-based last-stand horror, and lots of it.
Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.
We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary. Hell, even a group of bodyguards protecting some arsehole druglord on his jungle property.

Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared. All action.
We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action.
And to say it again, full action. Nothing less. Hoo-rah!

Introduction by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator, Love, Death & Robots)
Edited by Amanda J Spedding, Matthew Summers, and Geoff Brown
Payment: AUD5c/word and one contributor copy in each format released.
Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

Submissions open April 1 2019.
Closing date is June 30th 2019
Anything submitted outside this period will be deleted without being read or replied to.

No selections will be made until after the period closes.

Projected publication date: Late 2019

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

Please put your full contact details and word count top left of the first page of the manuscript.
Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
Courier, Palatino Linotype, or Times New Roman set at 12pt.

Italics as they will appear.
No underlining.
Double spaced.

Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.
If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.


NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).

Send your submission to Geoff Brown at [email protected]cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)

In the subject line of your email, please put Last Stand: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to say this)


Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.
For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to this format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story used to line kitty litter trays by Deadpool.

Via: Cohesion Press.

Contest: ​Don’t Be A Hero: A VILLAINthology Featured Story

Deadline: May 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: I was iffy on posting this but I liked the theme so much I felt there could be a few others who did as well.

The Fairfield Scribes are releasing Don’t Be A Hero: A VILLAINthology,
and we’re looking for our feature story.


Heroes are boring. Standing up for weaklings, defending the status quo, reacting instead of acting. Villains are the go-getters, the ones who put grand plans into motion, the ones who change the world.

For their own benefit, naturally.

Villains are complex individuals with tales of their own to tell, and it’s hard to have a great story without them. There’s the dark figure cackling in the shadows, the grinning businessman behind the desk, the evil emperor sending forth his legions, the jerk down the hall who deliberately parks too close to the line every day . . .

Sometimes, it just feels good to be bad.


Taking Submissions: Haunted Playthings: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

We are currently accepting submissions for Haunted Playthings: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

It will follow the same format as our first anthology, Shadow People and Cursed Objects: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

In case you’re not familiar with our first anthology, it included a mixture of short stories about shadow people and cursed objects. Some were based on real events or objects. Others were inventions of the author’s imagination.

The fun was for the reader to decide which was based on fact, and which was made up. All was revealed in the Truth or Fiction section.

We’re going to do it again this time.

What We Want

As the title suggests, Haunted Playthings will contain thirteen short stories about just that…haunted playthings. Including (but not limited to):

  • Ouija boards
  • Haunted dolls
  • Haunted video games or electronic toys
  • Possessed rocking horses
  • Haunted tricycles
  • Spooky swing sets or playgrounds
  • Whatever other kind of haunted plaything you want to write about! Yoyos, hula hoops, Slinkys, stuffed animals, fidget spinners, puzzles, action figures, dress up clothes, Slip and Slides, coloring books…there are loads of possibilities really.

Your story can be based on a true account of a haunted plaything (think Robert the Doll, Annabelle the Haunted Doll, or even Lake Shawnee Amusement Park). Or your story can be a total invention of your imagination. Your choice.

Get creative and have fun!


Story: 1,000 to 5,000 words

Taking Submissions: Beer-Battered Shrimp for the Soul

Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: $5 and a contributor’s copy

I’ve been inspired to create a thought-provoking book of short quotations and really short stories. I’m titling it Beer-Battered Shrimp for the Soul.

What? You were expecting it to be a NORMAL book filled with NORMAL stories? Nope. Silliness and weirdness will abound. All I ask is that submissions be happy and silly and hopeful. Not dark or scary or disturbing. Well, maybe a little disturbing.


What I want:Strange little stories or silly inspirational quotes of up to 125 words (this is not a firm count, but if it’s longer, your piece had better be exactly what I’m looking for). I want something that will fit on a single page in a large and funky font.
Here’s an example (used by permission from Michaelbrent Collings) –
I wish all rabbits were named Barry. That way, when you were out walking with your friend and you saw a rabbit and your friend said, “I wonder what that rabbit’s name is?” you could say, “It’s Barry,” and you’d look very smart.

Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes and the Great Detectives

etDeadline: July 15th, 2019
Payment: $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits and a contributor’s copy

Description: These adventures involve Holmes teaming up with another great detective such as Sexton Blake, Nick Carter, Monsieur Lecoq, or Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. There are plenty “public domain” detectives to choose from or you can create your own.


Submission guidelines:  A 5,000 – 10,000 word traditional story teaming Sherlock Holmes with another classic detective.  The other detective must be in the public domain or your own original character.


Payment: Authors shall receive a payment of $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits 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: July 15, 2019


Kickstarter will run in November 2019 and publication of book will occur in December 2019.

Via: Belanger Books.

Taking Submissions: The Bumper Book of British Bizarro!

Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy (Charity Anthology.)

Seeking short fiction, short non-fiction, poems, experimental works and anything Bizarro related for a charitable anthology.

We at the British Bizarro Community are seeking to celebrate the weird and wonderful Bizarro writers we have in the UK and to make the world a more caring and safer place.

The Charity we have chosen to support is the UK based Mermaids. Mermaids supports children and young people up to 20 years old who are transgender and/or gender diverse, and their families, and professionals involved in their care. If you wish to know more please visit their website at; https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/about-mermaids.html


All submissions must be sent to: [email protected]

Must be Bizarro related, weird, crazy, bonkers stuff. If you want a quick intro to the genre email us or contact us on face book, we have a group!

Submissions must come from the UK or from people born in the UK.

Short fiction/ non-fiction 1500-3000 words.
Poetry would preferably be short versed preferably under ten stanzas.

Anything else weird 3000 max word limit.
If you’re unsure about anything please message us on our facebook page or at : [email protected]


As this is a CHARITY anthology we will not be able to pay anyone but you will receive a contributors copy and 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity. So if you believe in the cause, Bizarro fiction and us as a group of utterly whacked out nutters please consider submitting.

Thank you for reading this far and we all look forward to reading your work!!

Via: The British Bizarro Community on Facebook.

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