Deadline: February 29th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s copy and potential payout depending on crowdfunding.
Theme: The anthology will include all original stories centering around the idea of boys’ lives being disrupted in some way.
Ronald Linson and Deidre J Owen
Varied; previous volume (“Little Girl Lost”) included Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime Drama. See below.
Dec 1, 2019 – Feb 29, 2020
(or until anthology is filled)
Contributor copy (print & ebook); cents/word dependent on crowdfunding. See below.
LITTLE BOY LOST: MORE TALES OF YOUTH DISRUPTED will be a companion volume to our newly released anthology Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted (released Oct 15, 2019). The anthology will include all original stories centering around the idea of boys’ lives being disrupted in some way. It could be through vanishing mysteriously, experiencing a life-altering event, or…? We are seeking well-written, imaginative tales that explore this idea to its fullest. Use your own interpretation as to the meaning of ‘lost.’ Surprise us!
Submissions period opens DECEMBER 1, 2019 and will remain open until February 29, 2020 at 11:59PM (EST) or until the anthology is filled. Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered.
We are seeking original, previously unpublished stories of the highest quality between 2,000 (hard minimum) and 7,500 words. We are willing to look at stories up to 10,000 words, although they are less likely to be accepted.
Genre: Your story can be in nearly ANY genre so long as it fits the theme of the anthology, with the firm exception of erotica/pornography.
Subjects we WILL NOT accept include (but are not limited to):
Erotica or pornography
Pedophilia or bestiality
Depictions of rape
Graphic depictions of child abuse
Sexual activity involving persons under the age of eighteen (18)
Deadline: July 5th, 2020
Payment: $50 and a contributors copy
Gothic Blue Books were short fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century. They were descendants of the chap book trade and are now a thing of the past. Burial Day Books is now open for submissions for Gothic Blue Book Vol. 6 to be available October 31st 2020.
What was a Gothic Blue Book?
Gothic Blue Books were abridgements of full-length Gothic novels. The subjects of these books fell into one of two categories; the first being set in a monastery or convent and the second being set in a castle.
In terms of the physicality of the book, they were three and a half to four inches in width and six to seven inches in height, with a page count of thirty-six to seventy-two pages.
These little pieces of terror were popular at the time because they were affordable, a sixpence or a shilling each. Their cost affordability led them to be nicknamed Shilling Shockers or Sixpenny Shockers.
What are we looking for?
Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added a new theme – Krampus, Christmas, and ghosts / lore from the globe revolving around a major celebration. Christmas ghost tales have a history stretching back that includes Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL and more.
Please submit a short story or poem no longer than 3,500 words that follows one of the following: (more…)
Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: US$20 and copy
Critical Blast Publishing is now reading for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, an anthology featuring people’s different encounters with Old Scratch, Lucifer, Satan… in other words, The Devil. Stories can run the range from horror to comedy, and the best will be a blend. Is there a contract at stake? A random encounter? Do you win, lose, or call it a draw?
Entries should be under 9000 words. R-rated is fine, but do not submit porn.
Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020. Send submissions in MS-Word format to [email protected].
Upon acceptance, payment is US$20 and copy. Discounted copies to authors available after publication.
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 .
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 with the subject heading Anthology
No Fan Fiction
Include an Author Bio and a synopsis for your story
Do not put the story in the , instead have it as an attachment or shared as a link.
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 .
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Deadline: March 1st, 2020
Payment: Contributors Copy
Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its fourth volume of its HOWLERS series, Nefarious Nature.
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable
People versus nature has a long tradition in horror genre. This anthology seeks to celebrate and transform that narrative trope. Categorized into six different parts, the stories in this anthology will tackle the many ways Mother Nature can be a horrific…well…force of nature. Below are the six parts of the anthology and examples of how the element manifests in horror literature. Please note we are a progressive press and do not publish any conservative works.
Examples in film and literature:
Fire: Stephen King’s Firestarter, Freddy Kreuger’s entire backstory, Clive Barker’s “The Forbidden”
Water: Black Water, Peter Benchley’s Jaws, Open Water
Earth: any of the premature burial stories, any of the Medusa stories, Blood Beach
Wind: The Fog, Snakes on a Plane, The Wind, Sharknado
Plants: The Ruins, Little Shop of Horrors, R. L. Stine’s Stay Out of the Basement
Animals: Stephen King’s Cujo, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Rats in the Walls,” Arachnophobia
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
Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150 and 2 contributor’s copies
We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.
When to submit
AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.
Things to know when submitting
Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.
Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
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Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.
WHERE to send:
If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.
All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.
We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.
Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.