Category: Contributor’s Copy

Black Beacon Books Is Open To: Mystery and suspense novels

Payment: £50 (GBP), 3 contributors copies, and royalties paid every January for the previous year

NOVEL AND COLLECTION GUIDELINES

As a small publisher, we only publish one or two novels/collections each year. It’s important that you are familiar with us to ensure your style suits. The best way to do this is to read one of our titles.

We’re interested in mystery and suspense novels and mystery, suspense, and horror collections between 50,000 and 80,000. We don’t publish supernatural horror novels, but we’re open to suspense novels leaning towards psychological horror or dystopian themes. Simultaneous submissions are fine but tell us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Novels must be previously unpublished. On the other hand, for collections, we ask that at least 75% of the stories be previously published in magazines or anthologies. This demonstrates your experience as a short story writer and proves you have already established a readership. That said, you must guarantee that you have the right to have each story republished prior to signing with us.

Payment: We publish ebooks and paperbacks via Amazon and enroll ebooks in Kindle Unlimited. Payment is made exclusively via PayPal. We pay £50 (GBP) on publication and provide three author copies. After that, we offer 50% royalties on net sales paid in January for the previous year. A minimum payment of £10 is made every January, so even if your book makes no sales over a one-year period, you receive a token payment. After two years, either party may choose to remove the title from our range. Of course, our aim is to make as many sales as possible to ensure success for everyone involved, but authors should be aware that titles published by indie publishers often don’t reach a thousand sales. That’s the reality of the business. We want to work with authors who have a solid (or at least growing) presence on social media and who are willing to participate in marketing and communications.

Rights: We require exclusive international English-language digital and print rights to your book for a period of two years. For collections, this means individual stories are not reprinted elsewhere during this time without our agreement. After that, you are free to have the book published elsewhere. However, bear in mind that most publishers will not subsequently accept your book as it will no longer be previously unpublished.

Cover design: We’ll provide a cover design for your book, with your input, unless you have made or wish to purchase a cover of your own. If you choose the latter, it will be at your expense. A book usually is judged by its cover, so we all need to be happy with it and work collaboratively.

Submitting: Read the general submission guidelines below. Please attach the entire manuscript as a .doc or .rtf file. Include a brief synopsis in the body of our email.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– It is highly unlikely that we will accept a story written as a narrative in the present. Please use the traditional first or third person past.

– Quotation marks to be single and curly/smart for general dialogue. Double curly quotation marks for emphasised words if really needed, eg. They entered the mound of rubble, making sure the splintered door didn’t fall off its hinges. This was Stan’s “castle”.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– Scene breaks should be identified with a hash # preceded and followed by one line space. In a short story, there will generally be between zero and five of these. The hash is useful for signalling the beginning of a story within a story, or a change in narrative style, such as when the narrator is first introduced alongside his audience in a bar or living room before the text changes to his first-person recounting of events.

– The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underlineItalics should be used for titles (books, films etc) in the story, or for foreign words or phrases not commonly used in English (eg not for “spaghetti”, “samurai” or “rendez-vous” but definitely for Ich liebe dich, buongiorno, or Éirinn go Brách. Thoughts should also be in italics and quotation marks kept for speech. For the names of places, restuarants, shops and so forth, just use capital letters, eg. Haunted Lighthouse Inn.

Honestly, the best way to find out what we want is to buy one of our titles.

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email and in the file. A short biography and links to your blog and social media pages are encouraged.

In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Anthology Submission”, “BBB Novel Submission”, or “BBB Collection Submission”. The file name should be: “Story Title” by “Author Name” (pen name if applicable).

Via: Black Beacon Books.

Taking Submissions: Attack of the Killer____

Deadline: October 15th,2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Theme: Fill in the blank for your story title and the story HAS to be about it!
Note: Reprints welcome

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its sixth volume of its HOWLERS series, Attack of the Killer____.

Deadline: October 15,2020

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable.

If Stephen King has taught us anything over the past several decades, it’s that we shouldn’t trust anything in the world around us. Clowns, car, chattery teeth, disembodied fingers, St. Bernards, little girls, old people in their RVs, antique cameras, antique stores, and Kindles all have the potential for evil. This anthology challenges you to fill in the titular blank yourself! We welcome all flavor of horror stories: sci fi, erotic, campy, serious, body horror, Lovecraftian, Poe, King, etc.

BUT the title of your story has to be what goes in the blank. For example, you could name your story “Sex Machine,” implying your story could be read as “Attack of the Killer Sex Machine.”

We will take preference with stories that are unique. Don’t just write another killer doll story or another killer dog story, unless your story genuinely has a unique take on the that trope.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or necrophilia presented in a positive light.

Bestiality presented in a positive light.

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just me an email at [email protected] (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

Submit stories via Submittable at https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/163952/attack-of-the-killer

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any). Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

Ongoing Submissions: Pulp Adventures

Payment: 2 contributors copies.
Theme: Forward-thinking pulp fiction of any genre

Pulp Adventures is a quarterly romp across the landscape of pulp fiction and its many genres. We consider any genre submitted to us. Stories written in the spirit of the original pulp magazines really capture our attention, but the pulps themselves were a forward-thinking medium. “Pulp” is difficult to define.

  • Submit the story. Refer to our format guidelines.
  • Stories should average 1,000 – 10,000 words.
  • The current schedule of Pulp Adventures is quarterly—Serialized fiction won’t work unless each chapter is a self-contained story. Subplots weave through Richard Lupoff’s “Splash Shanahan” adventure stories, for example, but each chapter is a complete adventure.
  • For Pulp Adventures, authors receive two copies of the issue featuring their story as payment.
Use our submission tracker to submit a short story or novel for consideration. Your submission is less likely to become lost through this method.
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Please submit stories bearing your name, snail mail address, email address, and telephone number on the first page above your (centered) title and byline. All this information comes in handy if we need to contact you.

GUIDELINES FOR PROSE SUBMISSIONS

We prefer fiction featuring your own characters. We consider fiction starring established characters in the public domain. We cannot use fiction featuring licensed characters—such as Conan, The Shadow, etc.— unless a previous arrangement exists with the respective copyright holders.

Manuscript                                            

  • Please submit stories as Microsoft Word Documents. Save submissions as rtf or doc files. Example (story.doc or story.rtf) Occasionally we run into problems with docx format.
  • Settings – Normal – Font New Times Roman – size 12. Single space everything.
  • To indicate a break in the story, skip a line. Center 3 stars signs on the next line. (***) Skip a line…and continue with story.
  • Do not TAB for paragraph indents. In the paragraph settings, set “First Line” to .25 inches.
  • We consider new stories and reprints. Any pulp genre will do, but we don’t publish X-rated material.
  • Write a 250-word author bio to accompany your story, and a 100-word synopsis of the plot. These paragraphs may be incorporated into future promotion and publicity.

Via: Bold Venture Press.

Taking Submissions: The Debt Collector

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s copy
Theme: The afterlife’s bodyguard

A Sinister Collection of Short Stories

Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short stories from the point of view of the afterlife’s bounty hunter.

Your story must include: which side the debt collector works for, what the debt to be collected is, the consequences at stake, how the afterlife system works, and most importantly, be from the point of view of the debt collector. Does he/she love or hate his/her job? Is he/she up for a promotion, due for a vacation? What’s in it for the collector-is it just a job or something more sinister?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,500 and the maximum word count is 19,500.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020, with a targeted release date of early January 2021.

Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 4,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020.

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Via: Zimbell House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: The Last Elven War

Deadline: June 30th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Theme: How did the elves vanish?

A Collection of Short Tales

Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short tales about how the elves vanished.

Let your imagination roam and put our readers in the middle of the action. We want complete stories that explain the last war of the elven race. Who was it between? How did it start? Where did the elves go after the war ended? What realm was the war fought on? What was life like before the war, and then show us the after-effects.

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,500 and the maximum word count is 19,500.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020, with a targeted release date of late August 2020.

Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 4,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020.

submit

Via: Zimbell House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future (Volume 3)

Deadline: November 15th, 2020
Payment: $.03 per word, capped at $150 usd, and 2 free contributor copies.
Theme: Truly terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far.

Corpus Press is now accepting submissions to Volume 3 of the successful In Darkness, Delight anthology series (publication target 2021) to be edited by Evans Light and Andrew Lennon. Submissions should be story-driven and appeal to a wide adult audience.

We seek truly terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far. Tales can be Earth-based or extraterrestrial, perhaps featuring technological or social upheavals that have frightful implications for individuals or society at large; as examples, the ongoing erosion of privacy and enduring nature of online activity, artificial human enhancement via DNA manipulation or implants, impact of emerging technologies on developing children, and so on. (Think bigger than stories about an interesting app, even though that might be where thoughts go first. The few slots allocated for app stories will be filled very quickly.)

Post-apocalyptic stories will not be accepted. Rather, we desire fiction that occurs during periods preceding any total collapse, be they stable or unstable times. The horrors that await us in utopian futures may be far more chilling and fascinating than those endemic to dystopias, and therein lies our primary interest.

We’re more interested in “fiction” than “science”; this is a horror anthology first and foremost, not a science fiction anthology. To that end, your math doesn’t have to work out to five decimal points for every forward-thinking concept you present. Merely plausible is good enough.

If you’re looking for popular culture references to give you a general feel, here are a few: Annihilation, Alien, Pandorum, Under the Skin, Cube, Slither, The Thing, They Live, Mimic, Black Mirror, Outer Limits, The Fly, Event Horizon, and other horror/sci-fi hybrids. Again, we’re not really seeking stories about apps (hint, hint).

What we ARE looking for:

• Short stories of 2,500-4,500 words that can be characterized as being within the broad category of “horror” fiction and having a futuristic theme as described above. No reprints.

• Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.

• Stories must hook the reader in opening paragraphs and remain engaging throughout.

• Stories that imagine fresh new horrific futures different from anything we’ve seen or read about before.

What we ARE NOT looking for:

• We are not seeking “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” material. We discourage submissions that have a singular purpose of shocking readers with explicit language, sexuality and/or violence. Explicit language, sexuality and violence are acceptable, however, if handled in a tasteful manner and in service to a well-plotted, engaging story.

• We are not seeking abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged. We are not accepting poems.

• We are not seeking: Stories with an overly humorous tone; Retro sci-fi/steampunk; Trunk stories; Stories hastily retrofitted with superficial futuristic references. Stories must not include actual individuals or living public figures.

• We are not seeking stories that primarily deal with the emotions of sadness or loss.

• We are not seeking stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.

• We are not seeking post-apocalyptic or zombie stories.

• Epistolary fiction will not be accepted (stories told in the form of a journal, letters, etc).

Document Requirements:

Submissions must be in an editable format sent via the publisher’s submission portal. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for title, author name, email address and word count information to be placed at the beginning of the document.

Please Note: Do not utilize underlining in place of italics. Do not insert extra lines between paragraphs. Utilize a single space only between sentences. Do not insert tab indents at the beginning of paragraphs.

Submission window: January 4, 2020 until midnight EST November 15, 2020.

Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than November 30, 2020, with publication target of 2021. We will do our best to send out acceptances / rejections as promptly as possible so that you may have the chance to submit the work elsewhere if it does not meet our needs.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE.

Pay Rate: $.03 per word.

Payment will be capped at $150 USD for accepted submissions (we prefer stories between 2,500-4,500 words; longer stories may be submitted, but will only be paid at the cap rate. 7,500 is a firm maximum word count. You are welcome to submit stories with a word count of less than 2,500 words, but they are not likely to be accepted).

Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided upon publication, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.

Anthology target length: Approximately 250-300 pages.

PLEASE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING:

Submitting work through this portal constitutes your formal agreement to the following terms:

No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Stories may not be withdrawn from consideration prior to review by Corpus Press without the express written consent of the editors. Corpus Press reserves first right to publication of all submissions.

Via: Corpus Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Infinite Worlds Magazine

Payment: $75 per story and a contributors copy.

Theme: retro(ish) science fiction magazine featuring new stories, comics, and illustrations from the world’s best creative minds.

WRITING SUBMISSIONS:

  • We are interested in printing new, unpublished science fiction stories between 750-4000 words in length.
  • Writers may be asked to edit their work.
  • We pay $75 for a story and we’ll send you a copy of the issue that includes it.
  • New, unpublished comic/graphic novel shorts (4-10 pages) will be considered at a negotiated rate

For those still interested in submitting work, please address an email to: [email protected]

Via: Infinite Worlds Magazine

Taking Submissions: Well Said, O Sheriff

Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s copy and an original book cover
Note: I think I got to this call before it was fully formatted as some of the language in it is a bit awkward, unlike their previous call.
Theme: Western aspect mandatory, Science Fiction and Fantasy takes on this are quite welcome

Why are we doing this Anthology?

My father used to say Well said, O, Toothless One as one of those typical dad jokes.

When my dad for the second time with I knew I wanted to put something out into the world to celebrate my father. My dad is dyslexic like I am but he always supported me in my writing. I'm hoping he will get to see a few of these in the time he has left.




Those judging the entries will be my sister who is my editor and my mother who along with being my Alpha reader is also a writer herself. I will also be part of the judging process and along with my sister will edit the anthology.




When to submit?

Submissions are open from now to the 3oth of September 2020. on 11th November 2020.





What are we looking for?

The genre is loose but Science fiction or Fantasy would fit fine with what I'm looking for but I will accept other genres as long as it fits in with the tone of the Anthology. The theme for 2019 is westerns. in a typical wild west setting or in a new frontier.

If you can fit a nice guy winning and diversity those are things that appeal to me.

It will be my family who will the stories as we want to pick stories that either reflects our father or something that would amuse him. So dad jokes allowed. jokes encouraged.

Humour after in your piece.

Keep it PG 13. Swearing and sex can but . Gratuitous violence though action and adventure are perfectly acceptable.

word count anything under 10k is acceptable, though I won't quibble if it goes over a .

I'm not a fan of present tense but I will accept it if it .

I like romance but keep it PG and no love triangles.



Author benefits and rights

You keep all rights. You can also submit already published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and you can publish elsewhere as well with no restrictions. If you gain a place in the you will get a paperback copy of the anthology. You can also order paperback copies at price. Each author featured will also get a book cover for any of their own books they wish to self-publish. For longer pieces 5K or more they will get two book covers. We only ask for non-exclusive rights to any story and also remember that once that you are giving up your first publishing rights and since this anthology isn't offering actual you should keep that in mind. I am looking for reprints because of this, as reprints often pay little and it would be much better if you can get the best price for your story., a lot of work has gone into perfecting your craft.



Who will we accept submissions from?

As long as the story is primarily in English, pretty much anyone. The internet allows .

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Submission requirements

  • Fiction up to 10k words though if it is we won't quibble word count
  • We do not accept poetry or non-fiction
  • You can only submit one piece
  • Work must be original and you have the rights to it. must be your own story and you all rights to the story.
  • Unlike other places I want it single spaced 12pt Garamond with an indent at the start of a paragraph
  • A title and your name should be in the header
  • Email to [email protected] with the subject heading Anthology
  • No Fan Fiction
  • Include an Author Bio and a synopsis for your story
  • No PDF's.
  • Do not put the story in the , instead have it as an attachment or shared as a link.
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Other things to know

I will be the editor. I have an English degree from Auckland University and a diploma of proofreading and editing.

of your acceptance in October. If you don't hear from us assume you .

This is not to solicit or sell you any other products. You will not get emails from us spamming you about our other services. EVER.



To check out our previous anthlogies please click on the image below.

Via: Reshwity Publishers.

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