Deadline: February 24th, 2020
Theme: Your work MUST also contain elements of the natural world. (Not fans of genre heavy work.)
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
THROUGH FEBRUARY 24TH
FOR ISSUE FOUR: EQUINOX
We look forward to surprising and evocative interpretations of this theme!
NEW: Submissions are now initially read BLIND.
Please do not include your name anywhere in your uploaded file.
Please familiarize yourself with Claw & Blossom’s About page to get an idea of the type of work we seek. (For instance: your work MUST contain elements of the natural world.)
For more detailed information on our submission hopes-and-dreams, it’s also a good idea to check out our interview at the Six Questions blog.
For POEMS, send one poem per submission. We are partial to free verse and NOT keen on publishing traditional forms (haiku, haibun, sonnet, rhymed couplets, etc.).
For PROSE, send up to 1,000 words. This can be one piece or linked micros. Feel free to send what moves you, but it’s safe to say we are not big fans of gore/thriller/slasher stories, or romance/erotica. Genre work that comes our way will probably be a tough sell.
We do not consider multiple submissions. We ask that you wait for a response before submitting a new piece.
We do not consider unsolicited submissions of previously-published work.
We encourage simultaneous submissions. Should your work be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Claw & Blossom, please withdraw the piece from us as soon as possible by using the Withdraw option in Submittable.
There is no submission fee.
We pay $25 USD per acceptance upon publication via PayPal. (Linked micros are considered one acceptance.)
By submitting your work to Claw & Blossom for consideration, it is understood that you understand and accept the following terms:
- That you have actually read our About page, as well as perused some earlier Issues, so that you are not sending us work that (though undoubtedly lovely, or exciting and filled with All the Things) is nonetheless wholly incompatible with our aesthetic (thus making our hair fall out in clumps).
- That the work you send Claw & Blossom is of your own making and has not been plagiarized in whole or in part.
- That Claw & Blossom are purchasing the rights to publish your work on our website and to archive that work in our Issues archive.
If your work published with Claw & Blossom is later reprinted elsewhere, we would appreciate acknowledgement of first publication.
We take submissions through Submittable:
Via: Claw & Blossom.
Deadline: February 21st, 2020
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Theme: Ghost stories! ‘Nuff said
Note: Reprints Welcome
For this anthology, we’re looking for the best of the best ghost stories. The kind you tell around a crackling campfire holding back the darkness surrounding you. The kind that stick with you as you make the dark trek to your car through an empty parking garage. The kind that make you sit wide eyed in the middle of the night because the rhythmic tapping from the other room is just a little too inconsistent and, somewhere deep down, you’re sure it’s getting closer.
Give us new and exciting takes on old tropes, give us original horror, give us classic ghost stories told expertly, give us comedic stories of spirits that are more a nuisance than a threat. We’re hoping to make this anthology larger than our first two so there’s plenty of room for all types of stories in this one, as long as they’re about ghosts.
Anthology Title: TBD
Word Count: 2,000 – 7,500. A little over or under is fine.
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words.
$10 for anything over 5000 words.
Authors will have the opportunity to purchase an author copy at print cost plus shipping after release.
Submission Deadline: 2/21/2020
Multiple submissions welcome.
Reprints will be considered.
Please send all submissions as a .docx or .rtf attachment with the subject line of your email as:
DBND – Ghost Stories – Story Title
If you email is not titled this way it may end up in the wrong folder and go unread.
Stories sent after the submission deadline will be rejected unread.
Don’t sit on your submission! If we reach the word count for the anthology, we will close submissions early.
Send submissions to: [email protected]
Via: DBND Publishing.
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.
- 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
Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Payment: For 500-3000 words – $10 USD
Theme: Horror/dark tales related to 1920s. Can be based anywhere – Wild West, 20’s socialites, UK ala Peaky Blinders, etc
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: Sorry for the short notice, didn’t realize this had opened to the public
Via: Black Hare Press.
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
Payment: $20 per story
Theme: Electric Spec prefers science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.
Please don’t query us about your story submission. We don’t have the manpower to answer such queries. An editor will email you back as soon as possible with the decision about your story. This can take a few days, or, up to three months. We make every effort to get back to authors in a timely manner but we get a lot of submissions so sometimes it’s not possible.
A note on our editorial policy: before publication we may edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story.
Issues are published at the end of February, May, August, and November. We reserve the right to shift publication date slightly, as necessary.
We have reading periods for each issue, though we never close to submissions.
February closes January 15
May closes April 15
August closes July 15
November closes October 15
Please do not submit the same story more than once, and please submit only one story at a time.
We consider any story between 250 and 7000 words with speculative fiction elements. We prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we’re willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres.
We do not consider poetry, stories with over-the-top sex or violence, serials, novels, fan fiction, or non-fiction. We don’t accept multiple submissions; in other words, only submit one story at a time and wait for a response before submitting another. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know up front and tell us as soon as it’s accepted elsewhere. We do not publish reprints, including anything that has appeared on a website.
We pay $20 for each story we publish. We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for four months. Payment will be made shortly after publication using PayPal. We encourage our authors to establish a PayPal account if they don’t already have one.
We prefer to read submissions in traditional manuscript format. This means indented paragraphs instead of left justification, and Courier or Times New Roman font in 12 pt, double-spaced. Also, please include the title, your name, address, and word length on the first page of your story.
To submit your story to Electric Spec, e-mail it as an attachment in Rich Text Format (RTF) to submissions at electricspec (dot) com. Use the following subject line: SUBMISSION:Story Title by Author’s Name (Word Count). In the body of the e-mail, include writing credits, if any, and the word count of the story. With the proliferation of viruses on the Internet, we do not open attachments unaccompanied by a cover letter.
Because we are a quarterly magazine, it may take us up to three and a half months to make a final decision, but we will let you know if your story is being held for voting. Please note we do not send out messages upon receipt of stories.
If you want to withdraw a story from consideration, please e-mail us at submissions at electricspec (dot) com and include the word WITHDRAW in the subject line. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail us at our submissions address and include the word QUERY in the subject line.
Why Submit to Electric Spec?
At Electric Spec, we encourage authors to do their market research before submitting work. Electric Spec stands out from other markets because:
- We pay for stories and artwork.
- We don’t have slush readers. At least one of our editors looks at every story that comes in.
- We’ve been around for over eleven years – and we’ve never missed an issue, deadline, or author payment.
- We actually edit the stories we publish. Our experienced editors work with authors to make their stories the best they can possibly be. Many magazines out there don’t do that – and it shows.
- While we do not acknowledge story receipt, we have a quick turn-around time regarding publication. We do not hold any stories longer than 135 days without contact. If you haven’t received an email with a ‘reject,’ ‘accept,’ or ‘hold-for-voting’ message something may have gone awry ==> you should resubmit.
- We love authors because we’re authors, too. All of the editors are published speculative fiction authors.
Art Submission Guidelines
We are currently accepting art submissions for our issues.
Please do not submit the same artwork more than once.
Please submit artwork separately from stories.
We will consider any picture with a speculative fiction element for issue cover art. Look at previous covers to ascertain our tastes. We prefer energetic pieces that narrow the boundary between realism and fantastical, both in genre and style. Consider that our readers come to Electric Spec for stories; we want to see story portrayed by your imagery. Art may be re-sized to fit standard browsers; we will not crop or alter the piece without your permission.
No over-the-top sex or violence, or fan fiction characters or settings, please. Though we appreciate the form, we don’t use caricature or graphic novel style art for our covers.
We pay $20 for each piece of artwork we publish. We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for four months and non-exclusive rights thereafter. Please note this means we want art that has not been published elsewhere. Payment will be made shortly after publication using PayPal.
To submit your art to Electric Spec, e-mail it as an attachment to submissions at electricspec (dot) com. Use the following subject line: ART SUBMISSION: Title by Artist’s Name. We prefer standard electronic formats such as jpeg or gif files.
Unless you receive a note indicating otherwise, your work may be considered for any future issue. We have, rarely, commissioned original artwork for the cover; if we ask, please be honest about how fast you can work. We operate under tight deadlines for publication.
We respond to most submissions within a month. We do not send messages upon receipt of submisisons. Because we are a quarterly magazine, it may take us up to three months. For art work sometimes we consider submissions after the three months has passed, i.e. we consider art work for more than one issue. If we do not reject a piece, it is still under consideration. Of course, in the meantime, if you place it elsewhere, please let us know.
If you have questions or comments, please e-mail us at submissions at electricspec (dot) com.
Via: Electric Spec.
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Theme: Stories set in the “perfect” town of Fox Hollow, details below!
CALL FOR ENTRIES for the online short story anthology: Nothing Ever Happens in Fox Hollow.
We are looking for previously unreleased short stories that could fit in the world of Fox Hollow.
The selected short stories will be featured on the “Nothing Ever Happens in Fox Hollow” webpage (foxhollowstories.com). There will also be an audio version of the stories released on the related Fox Hollow YouTube channel (YouTube.com/foxhollowstories) as well as the Fox Hollow podcast. There is also a possibility for an e-book and a paper book anthology released at the end of the year, as well as an online audio version of the anthology.
The stories should be no longer than 1200 words. We’re looking for horror, supernatural, and dark content. Submission is free. We will pay $10 to each author whose work is selected for the anthology. Read all this information before entering:
Fox Hollow is a typical American small town. It’s as boring as can be. Unless… We sneak a peek behind the curtain. It seems that every home in Fox Hollow has a dark secret. When writing a story that takes place in Fox Hollow, the plot should revolve around the events surrounding only one person up to just a few people. The story should never involve the masses. The supernatural elements and the horror in the town is always hidden in the background. Nothing disturbs the peace of Fox Hollow. Nothing noteworthy ever happens here to the outsider or even the other residents. You can read the stories at foxhollowstories.com to get the idea.
Please send your entries to [email protected]
The Call for Entries ends on March 31st, 2020.
Via: Fox Hollow Stories.