Category: Contributor’s Copy

Taking Submissions: Bards and Sages Best Indie Speculative Fiction 2021

Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Payment: $25 and a contributors copy
Theme: Speculative Fiction reprints
Note: Reprints Only from January 1st 2019 and December 31st 2020

Deadline for Submissions: August 1st 2021


The Best Indie Speculative Fiction project is for previously-published stories only. DO NOT submit unpublished work to this project. 

 This initiative from Bards and Sages Publishing seeks to highlight the best stories being produced both by independent authors and our fellow small press publishers. This project only considers previous-published stories that are either self-published or published with a small press. 

If a story is accepted for this project, we will only be requesting non-exclusive print rights for the story. This annual periodical is only released in print format.

Stories must be speculative in nature (fantasy, horror, science fiction, etc) and the speculative element must be the primary focus of the story. Children’s stories, romances, and erotica are not eligible. 

Submitted stories must have been FIRST PUBLISHED between January 1 2019 and December 31st 2020 to be eligible. You must include the information regarding the previous publication when sending your submission.

Submitted stories should be between 1,000-20,000 words.

Please follow all other submission guidelines as noted on this page. Our general submission guidelines apply.

Payment: $25 plus one copy of the issue.

Send Submissions to: [email protected]

General Guidelines for All Projects


Taking Submissions: Dark Nature

Deadline: August 15th, 2021
Payment: $15 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Mother Nature is pissed

Mother Nature is pissed and earth is striking back. Give us the dark side of nature, of Gaia.
This is a very open concept, but at the end of the day we want to see nature fight back in some way.

Submission Guidelines:


Taking Submissions: Mythic Magazine 2021 Submission Call #1

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: $0.04 cent a word and a contributors copy
Theme: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

MYTHIC is seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. We publish both new, original fiction. Authors are encouraged to submit their stories during the specific reading periods listed below.

Reading Periods

June 1 through July 31

December 1 through January 31

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Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures through the Multiverse

Deadline: September 30th, 2021
Payment: $100 OR $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits (whichever amount is GREATER) and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Traditional Sherlock Holmes stories, but with a twist, in that every story will feature an adventure from a different universe.

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures through the Multiverse
We’ve read about the many cases that Holmes and Watson have handled from 221B Baker Street over their long career together, but what cases were handled from the other 221B Baker Street, or the other, other one?
Adventures through the Multiverse will answer those questions.


Taking Submissions: Demonic Vacations: Go Home Already!

Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Payment Details: 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: Demonic Vacations – Humorous horror, thriller.

The Pitch:

Our collection continues with dark humor, bizarre, and creepy vibes. We often need a vacation. Heck, sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. We invite authors to submit 2,500-5,000 words of vacations from the cabin getaway, to Auntie’s house down south, to even that free cruise you won tickets from…. huh, I don’t remember entering anything? Make us laugh, make us do double takes, and make us regret spending our time on a “dream” vacation from hell.


AUGUST 1st, 2021 at Midnight EST (Extended)


OCTOBER 1st 2021


Taking Submissions: From The Yonder Volume III

Deadline: September 19th, 2021
Payment: $5 (USD) per poem, $10 (USD) per short story, and a contributor’s copy depending on location
Theme: Regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.


War Monkey Publications, LLC, is pleased to announce open submissions for our upcoming anthology:
Volume III
A horror, short-story collection of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.
Our Staff so loved working on the first volume, we’ve decided to keep doing it.
We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).
We are seeking stories in the horror genre. Inclusion of elements of other genres is welcome, so long as, overall, the story is an horror story. The subject of the story can be based on any legend, so long as it has a horrific flavor. Ghosts, hauntings, alien abductions, monsters, demons, spirits, witches, etc, all are acceptable, as long as the subject is based on an actual legend or tall-tale.
We want an original story involving the legend. Don’t rehash the legend itself or write an essay on the tall-tale. Instead, for example, WOW us with a new fable of some poor unfortunate who finds out that legends are sometimes all too real.
For more examples; read FROM THE YONDER; Volume I (published in February 2020)


Taking Submissions: Exploring Infinity

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: $20.00 USD and a contributors copy
Theme: Exploring the hotel in ‘Escaping Infinity’, details below

Subs are now open for, Exploring Infinity, a new sci-fi/fantasy anthology based on the Dragon Award nominated novel, Escaping Infinity ( ).

I am looking for 10-12 stories. Maximum word count is 10,000 words and the hard minimum word count is 5,000 words.

Stories must be centered around the novel and can range from other people in the hotel (i.e. the person Liz led to that certain door who failed to solve the mystery as Peter did), a part of the hotel not explored, a person at any point in time that encountered the Infinity but did not enter the hotel (remember, once inside there is no exiting), or life on Earth AFTER Peter leads them out of the Infinity.

Taking Submissions: The Nightmurr Before Yiffmas

Deadline: October 1st, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Holiday monsters with a furry twist

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Word count: 2,000-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

The horned Krampus. The Rat King of the Nutcracker. The giant cat Jolakotturinn. The Mari Lwyd. There are so many holiday monsters. And there are other holiday characters who could be monstrified! Rudolph. The snow-wolf. Jack Frost. Santa. The editor of 12 Days of Yiffmas is back with another holiday erotic anthology for furries, but this time, it’s horrific, too!

Stories must be furry in nature. That means anthropomorphic animals that walk on two legs and can talk.

Stories must be erotic in nature.

Stories must be horror as well.

And of course, stories must focus on Christmas, Yule, etc. The winter holiday!