Excession Press Is Open To Novella And Novel Manuscripts

Deadline: September 30th, 2018
Payment: $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.

Excession Press is now open to submissions!

Our reading period runs July 23rd 2018 – Sept. 30th 2018.

What We Want:

  • Excession Press is looking for original manuscripts 30,000 – 60,000 words in length that can be described as horror, science fiction, weird western, or dark fantasy. Our word count limit is firm, +/- a few hundred words.
  • We want quality, character-driven narratives with imaginative settings and creative conflicts that will engage readers.
  • We want strong, memorable prose – every bit as important as the story itself.
  • We prefer our fiction to be surreal, Grotesque, and thoughtful, but more than anything, we want it well-written and well-paced.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we ask that you let us know at time of submission, and we ask that you give us notice if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Here’s a list, in no particular order, of authors we admire with books and stories we’d like to see more of in the world:
    • Iain Banks
    • Katherine Dunn
    • Stephen Graham Jones
    • China Miéville
    • William Gibson
    • Jeremy Robert Johnson
    • Flannery O’Connor
    • Mieko Kanai
    • Chuck Palahniuk
    • Octavia Butler
    • Joe Hill
    • Brian Evenson
    • K. J. Bishop
    • Philip K. Dick

What We *DON’T* Want:

  • No reprints or incomplete manuscripts.
  • No books that are part of a series – your submission should function as a standalone narrative.
  • No short story collections, poetry, or non-fiction.
  • No YA or children’s stories.
  • No stories that function primarily as erotica.
  • No experimental formats or images – submissions should be text only.
  • No queries. Please have something submission-ready.

Submission Format:

  • File must be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Double-spaced with .25″ indents and 1″ margins.
  • The first page should have author name, an email address, title of your submission, and total word count. Every page should have author name, title, and page number.

How to Submit:

  • Email submissions as an attached file to [email protected]
  • Include in the body of your email a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your submission and an even briefer (1-2 sentence) description of yourself.

Response Times:

  • We’re a small team. If we like your manuscript, expect a response 3-6 months from date of submission. We’re unlikely to send rejections but will do so in noteworthy cases.

Payment and Rights:

  • Excession Press offers a $300 advance on royalties, with 40% royalties on net revenue from print sales and 30% royalties on net revenue from digital sales thereafter.
  • Authors will have the ability to purchase their titles at cost.
  • Excession Press will be granted the right to publish and distribute your work worldwide in paperback and ebook formats. All other rights will be retained by the author.

Via: Excession Press.

Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit Magazine – October 2018

Deadline: August 31st, 2018
Payment: $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00

Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.

  • February 15-28
  • May 15-31
  • August 15-31
  • November 15-30

Apparition Lit also holds monthly flash fiction contests. These stories will follow selected themes and be published online.

For more information on themes and submission guidelines, please see the flash fiction drop down below.

Our themes for 2018 will be:

  • Apparition (Published January 2018)
  • Delusion (Published April 2018)
  • Vision (Published July 2018)
  • Diversion (opens for submissions August 15-31, 2018, publishing October 2018)

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a semi-pro rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest, a flat rate of 5.00 dollars to the winning flash). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

SHORT FICTION:

We will only accept stories between 1000-5000 words. If the story is complete with an extra hundred words, then it will still be considered. Any stories over 5,200 words will automatically be rejected.

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a token-rate magazine, paying $0.01 per word, minimum of 10.00 dollars (excluding flash contest). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  1. Format the story using the Shunn manuscript
  2. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
  3. Save as an RTF file and attach to an email
  4. In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that includes your name, the title of the short story, word count, and any relevant publications
  5. Edit the email’s subject line so it reads: SUBMISSION: Title of Your Story
  6. Email your formatted email and short story manuscript to [email protected]
  7. Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails

RESPONSE TIME:

All acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query to: [email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

POETRY:

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative poetry that meet our quarterly theme. These poems must have obvious fantasy or sci-fi elements that make it clear it this isn’t a literary poem that you stuck an ogre into.

We want poetry that is more than just formatting. Send us all types of poetry, including traditional forms.

Writers can include up to five (5) poems per submission.

LENGTH:

There is no minimum length.

Each poem must be no longer than 2-pages in length.

PAYMENT:

We play a flat fee of $10 per poem.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  1. Include each poem as a separate page in a single document.
  2. You may submit up to five (5) poems in one file.
  3. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
  4. Save as an RTF file and attach to an email. (Please include the name of one of your poems in the file name, i.e. TheBirds.rtf. This will make it easier for us to find the file as we read.)
  5. In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that includes your name, the titles of the poems, how the poems match the theme, and any relevant publications
  6. Edit the email’s subject line so it reads: POETRY SUBMISSION: Titles
  7. Email your poetry to [email protected]
  8. Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails

RESPONSE TIME:

All poetry acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query at:[email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.

Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story.

Diversity is as important in fiction as it is in real life. We want a mosaic of stories, from authors of all identities and walks of life.

WHAT WE DON’T ACCEPT:

While we love dark stories with macabre elements, we will not accept stories with gratuitous and graphic violence or rape. We also will not consider stories that have extreme, purposeless violence toward animals.

We do not publish erotica or thinly-veiled fanfiction.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions. Please send only one submission per category during each reading period. Apparition Lit wants your best story that meets the current theme. At some point, if your story does not meet the theme, you’re just throwing spaghetti at the wall.

At this time, we do not accept reprints or resubmissions.

Via: Apparition Lit.

Taking Submissions: Wrong Turn

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: Stories that are up to 5,000 words will receive $50.00, above 5,000 words will receive $100.00

It’s dark…

You’re tired. Not thinking straight. It’s the worst time of all for you to make decisions, and maybe that’s why you take a…WRONG  TURN.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We want your detective stories, your noir, your thrillers/mysteries.

Any story you want to tell, any way you want to tell it…with the theme of WRONG TURN.

Your story will be published in audiobook first, followed by paperback and ebook.

We purchase the rights for this anthology, but authors retain their rights and are welcome to use their stories in any way they choose after publication.

Payment:

Stories that are up to 5,000 words will receive $50.00

Stories above 5,000 words will receive $100.00

Guidelines:

Please submit your original story:

  • Double spaced
  • 12-point font
  • Word document
  • Basic formatting only
  • Word count: up to 15k
  • Previously published stories are okay if you own the rights

 

Submissions due: September 1, 2018

Email submissions and/or questions to: [email protected]

Via: Blunder Woman Productions.

Taking Submissions: Trickster’s Treats #2

Deadline: September 14th, 2018
Payment: We will pay $6 (AUD) per story but as this is for charity, rather than payment, we can donate to the chosen charity on your behalf.

Submissions now open for the second issue of our annual Halloween magazine (print and digital) – Trickster’s Treats – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch #2! We’re after original flash fiction of between 666-1,000 words using one of the themes below. No reprints, thanks! We will pay a nominal fee for this fun fiction-magazine ($6 per story) or if you prefer we can donate your payment to the women’s refuge (proof of payment details will be published). You can submit to 1 or more themes, but only 1 story per theme. Note: If sending multiple stories, please send them separately and include the theme in the subject of the email.

Themes:

There are six themes again this year as listed below, but this time we’ve included some images to give you inspiration. You can of course submit to all six if you want to but please submit each one separately so the trickster doesn’t get confused! As you’d expect for Halloween, I anticipate a bumper crop of submissions as usual, so we’re after memorable stories, a sense of dread, and some level of believability and a quick shudder using between 666-1,000 words. Be inspired by the images, and the theme titles, but don’t try to describe what’s in the image, or take it too literally.

~

This one is about having fun with the theme and enjoy the challenge – Steve.

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Taking Submissions: Contrary Autumn 2018 Issue

Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Payment: $20 per author per issue

“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson

Poetry — We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form – they tug on the forces of exposition or narrative – but prose poems remain the minority of all the poetic forms we publish. Please consider that Contrary receives vast amounts of poetry and that we can publish only a small percentage of that work. Please submit no more than three poems per issue. Our poetry editor is Shaindel Beers.

Fiction — We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end? We have published long stories on the belief that they succeed, but we feel more comfortable with the concise. We favor fiction that is contrary in any number of ways, but our fiction typically defies traditional story form. A story may bring us to closure, for example, without ever delivering an ending. It may be as poetic as any poem. Our fiction editor is Frances Badgett.

Lyrical commentary/creative non-fiction —“Commentary” is our word for the stuff that others define negatively as non-fiction, nominally as essay, or naively as truth. We favor commentary that delivers a message less through exposition than through artistry. The commentary we select is often lyrical, narrative, or poetic. Examples from our pages include “Plum Island” by Andrew Coburn, “Ascension” by Kevin Heath, and “A Spring Sunday” by Heywood Broun. Our commentary editor is Jeff McMahon.


Terms of Submission

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Contrary’s 15th Anniversary issue in Autumn 2018, current submissions are being considered for the Winter 2019 issue. Acceptances will be delivered in December.

Our deadline, response, and publication cycle – Contrary receives submissions throughout the year and publishes four issues per year, with the change of seasons. In Spring our deadline is March 1, and the issue appears on or about April 1. Following that cycle, our deadline for Summer is June 1, Autumn is Sept. 1, Winter is Dec. 1. We begin each issue from scratch, with completely new submissions. If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us. If not, you can always verify that it was not accepted by viewing the issue for which you submitted. We do not send rejection letters.

Rights – Upon acceptance, Contrary acquires: 1) worldwide rights to publish in any or all versions of Contrary and other Contrary-affiliated media, including domestic and foreign, whether in the English language or translated into a foreign language, including any successor, similar or replacement versions thereof; 2) exclusive worldwide rights for a period of 90 days from the date of Contrary’s first publication of the work; 3. non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate or distribute the work or portions of the work in any language and in any country, and 4) the right to use your name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about you in connection with the advertising and promotion of Contrary and of the Work. 5) When exclusive rights expire after three months, the author is free to seek republication elsewhere, but Contrary must be credited in all subsequent publications. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media including, but not limited to, all electronic media, internet, wireless or mobile platforms whether now known or hereafter created.

Payment – For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission, if invoiced within six months. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are unpaid. Author must email us an invoice within six months of acceptance for the payment to be processed. If no invoice is received within six months of acceptance, author forfeits payment, and all rights remain in force. Upon receipt of invoice, payments will be made through Paypal.

Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but you must inform us when submissions are simultaneous, and you must withdraw your submission immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere (you may resubmit any parts of your submission that remain unpublished). A submission constitutes an agreement to publish in Contrary under the guidelines on this page. Accepted works go into production immediately and may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.

Mailing List — When you submit your work you will be automatically subscribed to the mailing list we use to communicate with our contributors. We use it to call for submissions no more than four times each year. You may unsubscribe at any time or otherwise manage your subscription at our list host.

Before submitting, you may wish to consult our Manuscript Suggestions.

You can submit your work at: Contrary Magazine.

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