Taking Submissions: Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read

Deadline: July 30th, 2018
Payment: $5.00

Jersey Pines Ink is pleased to announce our first anthology, Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read. It will be published as both a print and an e-book.

Stories must be fiction and totally of your own creation.

Stories should/could involve cemeteries or other forms of deceased placements including graveyards, mausoleums, cremations, mysterious disappearances, etc. Your imagination is the limit.

Please heed these guidelines:

Stories can be no longer than 3,000 words.  Flash is acceptable.

Minimal graphic violence… very little gore… prefers suggested blood and guts to detailed.  No detailed rape scenes, or abuse to children.

Standard manuscript format.

We do not accept multiple, simultaneous or unsolicited reprint submissions.

Submit doc, docx, and rtf only. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Name, title, and page numbers should be in the top header on following pages.

Manuscripts not following the guidelines will be deleted unread.

Payment: $5.00 (PayPal).

Submission window June 1 to July 30, 2018

Return time: Three months after the anthology closes, (October 31)

Submit to: [email protected]

This email address will become inactive July 31, 2018

Any changes or news will be listed at https://www.jerseypinesink.com

Via: Jersey Pines Ink.

Taking Submissions: Colp: Sky’s The Limit

Deadline: August 21st, 2018
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words

Colp is our ‘anything goes’ anthology collection.

Expect to see a little bit of this and a little bit of that within each issue, so feel free to submit stories from any genre.

Current theme: Sky’s The Limit

The sky’s the limit when it comes to Colp‘s sophomore collection. We are looking for stories that take the reader and their imagination up, up and away. An ill-fated plane trip? Inexplicable cloud formations? Star-crossed lovers enjoying a romantic sunset? Feel free to take us anywhere within the realm of Earth’s atmosphere, but please try to avoid ending up in outer space.

Colp is for everyone and therefore we are willing to read stories that fall into any genre. So, no matter whether your story is a horror, romance, sci-fi or historical fiction piece, please send it on through. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.

Please ensure that you read through the general guidelines below and if there are specific questions please contact us using the form on the home page or via the listed social media accounts.

To help make sure that your submission gets to the correct place, please include the following in the subject line of your email: ‘Colp –  Sky’s The Limit – *Story Title*‘.

  • Word count: 1000 – 5000 words (we’re willing to consider longer or shorter if the story is good)
  • DeadlineAugust 21 2018
  • Payment:  AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words

General guidelines:

  • Please no extreme erotica or stories that feature excessive violence or vulgarity (unless otherwise specified).
  • All stories should be formatted appropriately. Please see here for more details.
  • Ensure that your name, address, and email contact and word count are at the top of your manuscript.
  • Double check your spelling and grammar before sending your work through.
  • Please submit all stories in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • International submissions are accepted.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Multiple submissions are encouraged.
  • Where possible, we will provide feedback on request.
  • No reprints.
  • Please send all submissions to [email protected]

Via: Gypsum Sound Tales.

Taking Submissions: Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018
Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Yes, Clash Books is at it again, and this time they’re letting me take the wheel. If you needed more proof that these folks are crazy, look no further. In any case, hot on the heels of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, we’re celebrating The Notorious B.I.G. and his music. You know I’m looking for that good barrio noir, horror, bizarro, whatever goodness. Details below.

Gimme the Loot:

Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Listening to Biggie is listening to the streets. There is something gritty and powerful in his bars, something real and dripping the kind of authenticity that makes songs and stories stand out and claim a corner of your brain. Listening to Biggie is hearing how things are done in the streets, and anybody with at least a day of street experience knows that the man understood what he was talking about. From Brooklyn to San Juan, I’ve heard his impact in music, and none told is as clear as he did. Violent, real, and raw; those are the qualities of Biggie’s music that we’d like to capture in story form. That’s right, we’re talking crime, horror, and bizarro, but with a Biggie flavor. The cover is done, and it’s fantastic because it was done by the supernatural entity known as Matthew Revert.


Now, if you listen to Ten Crack Commandments, you know there are some rules to everything, and this anthology is no different. Listen up and keep these things in mind:

  1. We love Tupac, Nas, and Rakim. We dig Big Pun, Snoop, and have already published an anthology celebrating the world of Wu-Tang Clan. This time? This time it’s all about Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls. We don’t want fan-fiction or songs turned into stories. We want the themes in Biggie’s music filtered through your own words and experiences. We want the swagger and the success and the hustle of his life to inspire you to create your own thing. We want to feel your love for the man and his legacy in your story. This is a tribute to him, so celebrate him in a way only you can. I wants stories from barrio streets and the mountains and the small towns and from everywhere. Yeah, that’s what we want.
  2. If you want to claim a song, do it quickly. The best known hits will surely go fast, but don’t fret; we’re willing to read (and publish) more than one tale inspired by the same song.
  3. I’m a brown man who’s constantly writing pieces about Otherness in publishing. This means that those editors who say diversity is not their responsibility can go fuck themselves. I will definitely publish superb stories by white dudes (hell, I already talked to two of my favorite crime writers, and they fit that bill), but I want stories by minorities. I want black folks and women and brown folks and my LGBTQ brothers and sisters to send me stuff. Especially you, women. Bring it.
  4. Anything goes, but inside the realm of fiction. We love nonfiction and poetry and publish both, but this is not the place for them. Biggie in space? Sure. Gritty crime? Yeah. Horror? Of course. Bizarro? In the words of street poet Isaac Kirkman, if you haven’t seen weird shit in the streets, you haven’t been in the streets long enough. Let Biggie take you places, and then return the favor. Remember: Life After Deathcame out after Biggie was murdered, so feel free to explore whichever metaphysical angle you like or to delve into conspiracy theories.

Story length: 2500-6000 words. If a story is great, it can be a little under or a little over, but please try your best to stay within this range.

Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018

Submit to e-mail: [email protected]

Get to writing, mufuckas. Gimme the loot!

“Huh, word to mother, I’m dangerous
Crazier than a bag of fucking angel dust
When I bust my gat, mothafuckas take dirt naps
I’m all that, and a dime sack, where the paper at?”

– The Notorious B.I.G.

Via: Yes, Clash Books.

Taking Submissions: WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Deadline: June 30th, 2018
Payment: $25 and 2 contributor’s copies.

We were so pleased with how our 2018 WhimsyCon Anthology (Wit & Whimsy) came out, we want to do it again! Do you want to submit your work to be included? See the details below!

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Submission Guidelines

Shiny Garden is seeking short fiction for its 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology. Steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction preferred.

Submissions should be:

  • Written in English.
  • Written for a PG-13 audience (no explicit sex or violence).
  • Between 5,000 – 15,000 words.
  • Typed and double-spaced.
  • Include the author’s name, address, phone number, and
    approximate word count at the top of the first page.
  • Print ready (already edited for grammar, continuity, etc.).
  • Saved as a .doc or .docx file.

Note: Paragraph indentations must be created using document formatting features, not tabs.

If your submission is selected for the anthology, you will receive:

  • $25 in payment.
  • Two (2) complimentary copies of the printed anthology.
  • Option to purchase additional copies at 50% of the cover price.

Submission Process

Submissions should be sent by email (as an attachment) to
[email protected]

  • Submissions will be accepted May1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.
  • Authors will be notified that their submissions were received within seven (7) business days of receipt.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance status by July 31, 2018.

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology
Guest Editor

We are pleased to announce Andy Burns will be our guest editor for the 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology!

A.M. Burns has been writing since high school but got serious about things while working in corporate America in his thirties. Since that time, he has authored over 150 works of various lengths and helped numerous authors with their editing. As a member, and previous president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, he’s worked with authors of all skill levels aiding them in improving their work and getting things ready for the readers who are eagerly waiting for them.

In recent years he’s been the editor for the Colorado Hawking Club newsletter. He’s also worked on three anthologies with Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, and even more with Out in Colorado Fiction, helping authors polish their work before publication. Beyond writing, A.M. enjoys assisting writers achieve their personal goals with their words and is looking forward to the new challenges working on the WhimsyCon anthology will bring.

When he’s not writing, editing, or marketing, A.M. enjoys hiking or driving in the mountains around his home in central Colorado with his husband and their huge black dog. He’s also an avid photographer and gamer.

Via: WhimsyCon.

Taking Submissions: Test Patterns : Creature Features

Deadline: July 1st, 2018
Payment: $100

Test Patterns : Creature Features (a follow up to 2017’s Test Patterns)

Seeking: Original stories of 2500-7000 words (no reprints or poetry currently, thank you) and no bio / biblio info attached, please. Payment is $100 for an accepted story. Multiple subs are fine, but we will only select at most one story per author. We are currently estimating a need for about 25 stories for the book total, depending on length

The Theme: We’re looking for stories that involve monsters! Our loose theme is based on the SF/F TV programs of the late 50s/early 60s, (Twilight Zone, Outer Limits; but think of the vibe, not literal pastiche; i.e. twist endings, weird situational reveals, moral / allegorical messages told through a spec-fic lens) but we will consider any well-written speculative tale

The Details: File format should be MS Word compatible, exact file type and / or formatting doesn’t matter much to us, we will handle most of that on the back end to fit the aesthetics of the final book.

We are projecting our window to stay open June 1st through July 1st, but will make an announcement if we fill up before then, again, we are projecting about 25 stories for this volume

Submissions should be directed to our editor;
Duane Pesice at:


Use “creature features” as the subject line to help us keep them sorted and separated, please

We tried to cover all the details above, but any questions can be asked here or we’re always open for PM’s, thanks

Via: Test Patterns’ Facebook.

Ongoing Submissions: Tough

Payment: $25

Tough is a crime fiction journal publishing short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of between 1500 words and 7500 words, and occasional book reviews of 1500 words or fewer. We are particularly interested in stories with rural settings and stories that intersect with the weird or occult. To clarify: think H.P. Lovecraft modernized, without the racist baggage. Think Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Think Hellblazer. We are not interested in science fiction or fantasy, except for stories in which those elements accentuate or play a major role in a crime. We are a crime journal. Our book reviews will reflect these interests.

Tough publishes four or five times per month on Mondays, for which we pay a flat rate of $25 per story or book review–we don’t take reprints, poems, or essays–in exchange for first world serial rights to publish the submission on the website and as of 2018, in a periodically produced print issue, the first of which is due in July 2018. Payment comes via check mailed on publication or via Paypal by special arrangement. Query for details or to pitch reviews.

Queries and submissions should be formatted in .doc, .odt or .rtf and sent to [email protected] MOBI or PDF book review copies–our preferred methods–can be sent to the same address. Otherwise, review copies can be sent to:  Tough, 119 Bradstreet Avenue, Revere, MA 02151.

Via: Tough Crime.

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