Taking Submissions: The Blue Route #22

Deadline: March 1st, 2019
Payment: $25

The deadline for submissions for Issue #22 is March 1, 2019. 

Prose – Submit 1-3 pieces of fiction or creative nonfiction totaling no more than 3000 words.

Poetry – Submit up to 3 poems.

We want good, highly imaginative writing about contemporary life as you see it. We’re not interested in genre writing (romance, detective, horror, sci-fi) unless it somehow rises above the conventions associated with those types of writing. If your writing is clichéd, inspired by TV, emphasizes end rhyme above all else, has flat characters, exhibits a general insensitivity to the beauties and subtleties of language, it will not find a place in this journal.

No pornography. No racism. No sexism. If you’ve got to use profanity, remember a little goes a long, long way.

We do not accept previously published work. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  Our response time is about three months.

IMPORTANT:

  • Undergraduate Students: Only previously unpublished work of current undergraduate writers will be considered. In order to verify your status as an undergraduate, we ask that with your submission you send along the email of a faculty member from your department. Until we gain confirmation of undergraduate status from this reference, we will not be able to publish your work.
  • Note to Widener Students: At this time, work from Widener students will not be accepted. Widener students are invited to submit their work to Widener Ink, the university’s print journal.
  • Frequency of Submission: If your work has been published in The Blue Route, we ask that you please wait at least one issue before submitting again.

Terms: We pay twenty-five dollars upon publication. We acquire First North American Serial Rights, a one time, non-exclusive use of Electronic Rights, with all rights reverting to the author upon publication. We will archive your work online. If your piece is later published elsewhere, we expect that you will mention The Blue Route as the original publisher.

Formatting: We ask that you put no identifying marks on your submission. Instead, in your submission email, we would like the following information provided:

Name (First and Last)

Title of Submission(s)

Name and Email of Faculty Contact for Enrollment Verification

A Brief Biography (No more than 100 words and written in the third person.)

For submissions: Please write “Poetry–Your Name” or “Fiction–Your Name” or “Nonfiction–Your Name” in the heading of the email. Send your work in an attachment in .doc or .docx format.  Submissions that do not follow these simple directions may be deleted.  Send all poetry or prose submissions to [email protected].

Via: The Blue Route.

Taking Submissions: Speculative City: Occult

Deadline: March 25th, 2019
Payment: $20-$75 according to the category and length of submission

Submissions are OPEN from February 11 – March 25

Speculative City publishes provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Although all are welcome to submit, special consideration is given to creators and characters often underrepresented in speculative fiction, such as people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities (this list is not exhaustive and acts as an example of the types of voices we wish to hear and show).

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and essays within the theme of the magazine’s upcoming issue (occult, see below). Writers published will be paid $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission. We would be hard-pressed to include submissions with a length exceeding 5500 words.

Editor’s note: stressing to non-fiction writers that we are looking for critical essays & opinion pieces that explore the theme in regards to speculative fiction.

  • All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
  • We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
  • Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide.
  • Please send all inquiries to info @ speculativecity .com .
  • We try to respond to all submissions within 90 days, but as a team of two, we may not always be able to.

All submissions should be sent through Green Submissions. Green Submissions requires users to create an account. Please see link to sign up and submit at https://greensubmissions.com/1024/speculative-city/index.php.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract.

 

THEME

occult
adjective, noun| \ə‘kəlt\

Definition of OCCULT

adjective

  • matters and practices involved with or influenced by supernatural or miraculous powers

noun

  • matters and practices involved with or influenced by supernatural or miraculous powers
  • secretive knowledge of the mystical and magical

Via: Speculative City.

Taking Submissions: Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4

Deadline: March 31, 2019
Payment: $25

In 2012 we published our first book, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, an anthology featuring 29 tales of crime from authors like Frank Bill, Chris F. Holm, and Kieron Shea. We continued with two additional volumes in 2013 and 2015, Reloaded and Locked and Loaded. All three were general crime, noir and mystery compilations. All three are still in circulation and are a good indicator of the kinds of stories we like.

In late 2019, we’re going to do it again and are actively looking for submissions for Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4, yet to be titled.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday March 31, 2019.

Please consider and follow our guidelines

  • No Simultaneous Submission1
  • No Multiple Submissions2
  • Word count must be between 1000 and 5000 words.
  • Genre is Crime, Noir, or Hard-boiled3
  • No content that could be deemed as condoning or promoting:
    • sexual abuse
    • child abuse
    • animal abuse
  • No romance, fetish, or pornographic fiction
  • Shotgun Honey Presents pays a token payment of $25 upon publication.
  • All fiction published by Shotgun Honey is the copyright of the author.
  1. If you do submit a story to multiple markets please let us know in advance, and if your story has been picked up elsewhere let us know as soon as possible. We attempt to read and review submissions within 2-4 weeks of receipt.
  2. Submit only one story at a time. You may submit a new story as soon as your current submission is either accepted or rejected.
  3. We are not looking for any mob or crime syndicate related stories. We love stories about regular Joes put into hard situations, whether as criminals by necessity or victims of crimes.

Click the link below to submit:

Shotgun Honey.

Taking Submissions: The Toilet Zone

Deadline: May 30th, 2019
Payment: $5, Equal share of 30% of the anthology profits

…no, don’t panic, we are not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror – although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we’d be more than delighted to read it!
The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water….
This anthology will be compiled by the incomparable author and filmmaker Bret McCormick, so be sure to write to impress!

We have based story length upon the average time spent upon the convenience (10-15 mins) and the average reading speed (200-250 words per minute), so that the stories within this exceptionally unique anthology will be the perfect ‘per visit’ length!

NOTE: we will also accept a handful of shorter stories – ‘flush fiction’ – if the fit is right!

To submit, email your polished story to [email protected]

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines… 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write ‘TOILET ZONE’ along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email.

– Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: MAY 30th 2019 (for publication June 2019)

NO REPRINTS – ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY

Payment –$5 for first rights
Equal share of 30% of the anthology profits
Capped at 150K words in total

ViaL Hellbound Books Publishing.

Taking Submissions: From A Cat’s View Volume II

Deadline: April 15th, 2019
Payment: $25.00

  1. You must be eighteen or older.
  2. Stories must be the previously unpublished, original work of the submitting author.
  3. Your story must be written in English, double-spaced in 12pt. Times New Roman font, and submitted by email as a .doc or .docx file attachment, or copied directly into the body of the email to [email protected].
  4. Your story must be complete, edited, and publication-ready, between 3,000 and 7,000 words.
  5. Your story must be written (fully or partially) from a cat’s point of view. That is, from a cat’s perspective, using its words or thoughts. The cat does not have to be a principal character, though the cat’s character should impact the plot in a significant manner.
  6. All genres and time periods will be considered, excluding erotica, but including mainstream literature, romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk (or any “punk” sub-genre), humor, paranormal, or horror. Achieving a variety of genre will be a component in selection.
    Note: Plots involving cat familiars and witches are low on our list of preferred stories for the second volume. To be considered, it must be freaking brilliant! Submit at your own risk.
  7. Most adult language is acceptable, but indiscriminate or extreme usage may affect selection.
  8. Multiple stories by the same author will be considered but each story must be submitted separately and will be treated contractually as a separate submission.
  9. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your story has been picked up by another publisher. (This is a generous provision, and failure to advise us that your story is no longer available can jeopardize your future standing as a contributing author.)
  10. You will be notified of your submission status within sixty days of receipt. If your story is selected, emailed notification will include an attached Publishing Agreement for your review and signature.

The following summarizes the major terms in the agreement, but the summary is not part of the agreement nor intended to replace the necessity to read the agreement in its entirety prior to signing.

Publication: The story will be included in an anthology book titled FROM A CAT’S VIEW VOL. II (or other title to be named) and published in ebook format (and print and/or audio formats at the discretion of the Publisher) to Amazon (Kindle), and may be published to other online retailers, such as Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple iBook, and Kobo, at the discretion of the Publisher.

Payment: All payments will be made to contributing author by check or Paypal (preferred method) within thirty days of the ebook publication date (or sooner at Publisher’s discretion). Payment shall be in the amount of $25.00 U.S. for each story submission selected by Publisher.

Note: Submissions received from Post-To-Print Publishers existing list of contributing authors, if selected for publication, will be paid $35.00 U.S. However, our selection process is not biased in favor of past contributing authors (regardless how much we cherish each of you).

IMPORTANT: For published pieces, Post-To-Print takes Electronic Publishing Rights and First Print. Note that most publications will not accept work that has been previously published in print, eBook, or on the web. Once your work is published it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for a token payment, is advisable.

Contributing Author Warranties: The contributing author must warrant that s/he owns the copyright for each individual story submitted, and that the submission(s) is the original work and creation of the contributing author and only the contributing author.

Copyright: The Anthology will be copyrighted separate from each individual story, and individual copyright notices for each story will be printed on the appropriate front page of the publication(s) (or other location depending on the publication format).

Author Credit: In addition to the customary copyright notice, each contributing author’s story title, and byline will be listed within the pages of the anthology book in the order of the story’s appearance, and on other pages as appropriate and customary. The presentation order of individual stories will be determined at the discretion of the Publisher.

Author page(s), not to exceed five hundred words, will be allocated at the end of the anthology for each contributing author’s biographical information, referral to his/her website, blog or similar online site and social media accounts, and the promotion of other published works by the contributing author, if any. No advertising or promotion unrelated to the author’s internet presence or published, or soon to be published, works will be allowed.

IMPORTANT: This anthology may contain a story (or stories) written by Post-To-Print’s staff; however, staff submissions will never constitute a majority of stories selected and will be considered as a means to fill the publication if the desired number of stories is nearly met at submission deadline.

Cost of Publication: The Publisher will absorb all costs of production and publication, if any, i.e., costs associated with editing, cover art, and formatting. The Publisher has final say in selecting and approving cover art and cover design.

Personal Information: Each contributing author is required to provide the following personal information to the Publisher upon signing the Publishing Agreement:

    • Full legal name and all pen names
    • Physical address, including zip code
    • Cell and/or home telephone number(s) (and the best times to reach you)
    • A list of all URLs/addresses to your personal website(s) and/or blog(s), and social media accounts, including Amazon author pages, Facebook, Flicker, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meetup, Pinterest, and Twitter—whatever applies.

Please feel free to email me directly if you have questions that aren’t answered above. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Robin Praytor, Managing Editor
Post-To-Print Publishers, LLC
[email protected]

Via: Post To Print.

Ongoing Submissions: Winter Tangerine

Payment: $50

At Winter Tangerine, we want the electric. We aim to disrupt the status quo. To amplify the unheard. To account for the unaccounted. To publish the unconventional, confront the uncomfortable, marvel in the mundane.

We publish issues twice a year. We are currently open for free submissions in poetry, prose, and visual art.

Before you submit, please look over these guidelines. 

  • Submissions are read without names or identifying factors so please do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We automatically reject submissions that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send.
  • Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12.
  • Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, double-spaced, size 12.
  • Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief biography and the title of your pieces. This letter cannot be viewed by our reading staff so your identity will not be revealed to those considering your work.
  • Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. This statement will not be included in publication — it’s for us to have an extra lens when viewing your work. Literature does not exist in a vacuum; identity is an important shaping factor in any artist’s work. Please do not include your name or specifically identifying information in this statement.
  • We like works that combine and subvert language. Pieces in English that weave other languages are welcome.
  • We do not accept previously published work. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please don’t submit it. This includes submissions through Tip Jar and to any of our Spotlight or Spitfire Series features.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us through Submittable if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Please send your work in one singular submission, within the appropriate category. If you want to send four poems and two short stories, please send the poems in one document through the Poetry category, and the short stories in one document through the Prose category.
  • We will not consider erotica or graphic violence. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work. Be thoughtful.
  • Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $50 flatly. Contributors retain their copyrights. We reserve the right to feature any excerpt or image in promotional work or a “Best of WT” anthology in perpetuity.
  • Winter Tangerine publishes exclusively online.
  • We only accept submissions through Submittable. You can ask us questions through email, but just in terms of logistics, we can’t look over work sent to our email address.
  • It can take some time for us to respond to you. It might be a day or it might be several months. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. Sadly, we don’t have the capacity to provide status updates on submissions. Please do not email us asking for a status update — we do not have the capacity to respond. If your work is “In-Progress” on Submittable, that means we are still actively considering it.

We truly appreciate the incredible level of interest in our magazine and will get back to you as soon as we possibly can. We look forward to reading your work!

Via: Winter Tangerine.

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