Contest: Deathscribe 2019

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Prizes: The coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize

Every year we seek 10-minute audio drama scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two audio drama scripts to Deathscribe in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize.The submission window for Deathscribe 2019 is now open. Scripts will be accepted through July 31st.

Guidelines:

PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.

All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but NO identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow audio drama format. An example of proper audio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The Deathscribe experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

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Taking Submissions: Penny Dreadful 2019

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: $3 (.15 cents per word!)

Haunted Waters Press seeks exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories will also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. Tell us a story in exactly 19 words—no more, no less. Extra points will be awarded for those writers who adhere to the guidelines. Not really. There are no points. Just read the guidelines below and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

WORKS CONSIDERED
We seek flash fiction stories told in exactly 19 words—no more, no less.
Original fiction only. No poetry, taglines, or jokes.
Please include a title for each story submitted.
One active Penny Fiction submission per author, per reading period.
Multiple stories per submission encouraged.
One is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious…we like obnoxious!
No previously published works.
Need inspiration? Follow Penny Fiction on Facebook for tips and prompts.

THE DREADED COVER LETTER
Include one interesting fact about yourself in 13 words or less.
Undertakers and cat herders earn extra points.
If we do not find you interesting, we reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.
No long lists of previously published works. No cut ‘n paste author bios.
Confused? Check out The Lovely Penny bios from any past issue.

COMPENSATION
$3.00 per published piece.
(That’s a professional rate of .15 cents per word— enough for a hot cup of coffee to sip on while you pen your next brilliant work of incredibly short fiction!)

THE DETAILS
Free to submit.
Accepting submissions in the months of December/January, March/April, June/July
Limited to 200 submissions per month. Submit early!
Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 60 days of closing.
Please review full guidelines prior to submitting,

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

Via: Haunted Water Press’s Submittable.

Taking Submissions: Ghastly Gastronomy

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $5

You know us as a publisher of amazing horror. But what you may not know is that Publishing Editor John Baltisberger worked as a Chef and in the Food Industry for most of his adult life prior to coming to us. So after much insistence from him we agreed to put out a cookbook.

We are looking for and asking for your greatest food based horror stories. Pizza that causes mutation, a family roast whose stuffing brings your nightmares to life. The odd color that gives you a headache emanating from your left overs. This is not a cannibalism anthology, cannibalism is unlikely to be accepted unless it is completely unique in a fascinating way. Each story should feature a dish. The concept is that the reader will be able to read the story and then recreate the dish from the story (with some liberties for illegal/alien or weird ingredients.

If you have a recipe to match that dish please include it, if you don’t, no worries. We’ll put our poor publishing editor back to work in the kitchen for you.

  • We will not accept any stories about rape.
  • Racism/Sexism/Bigotry of any form will never be accepted here.
  • Stories over 1500 words preferred. (not including recipe)
  • Double check your grammar and spelling.
  • Format your story correctly.
  • Please submit all stories in DOC/RTF format.
  • We prefer stories that have not been published before.
  • We prefer to avoid multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • We retain exclusive publishing rights for 12 months.
  • We pay $5.00 for stories
  • We provide a digital contributor copy free and at cost+shipping physical copies
  • Rejection/Acceptance letters will be sent out when submissions have been closed.
  • Submissions Will Close When Enough Stories Have Been Collected or on 12/31/19

Via: Madness Heart Press.

Taking Submissions SubTerrain #84

Deadline: September 6th, 2019
Payment: Poetry: $50 per poem , Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.)

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. (Note maximum number of submissions per issue in General Guidelines below.)

subTerrain welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors. We are happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities. Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc. in their cover letter if they so choose.

WINTER
1984 Revisited (#84) — For our 84th issue we plan to pay homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984. A revisit and analysis of Orwell’s world as depicted in his seminal dystopian novel, along with other complementary dystopian works and reviews, will form the over-arching theme for our Winter 2019 issue. In a time of growing uncertainty about the future, readers have been turning to dystopian classics. As reported in the NY Times, January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.

Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the top reading lists recently are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue.” This issue will also offer us the opportunity to reflect on the state of American democracy and Canada’s own rise of alt-right Conservatism.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 6, 2019
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Taking Submissions: Darkness Wired

Deadline: September 1st, 2019
Payment: $15.00 to $20.00 and 2 contributors copies

New century – New tech – New ways to defeat the monsters?

Give us your take on the intersection of elder gods, old monsters and new technology

Are the old monsters too far behind us?

In this era where almost everyone can instant share to the web, where almost everyone carries in their pockets a powerful computer that can take movies, and record events, in a time when we are a few years away from colonizing planets — are the Elder Gods defeated? Quaint? A joke?

Would you live tweet Dagon’s forces rising from the depth to put an end to your cruise ship special? Maybe vlog Shib-Nigurath tromping trough your city park?
Or would they use the new technology to conquer this blue marble, corrupt social apps databases to elect unfit to serve, orange hued puppets. Would they alter vaccines or launch nuclear warheads?

Darkness Wired, the anthology

Unless specified otherwise, we’re looking for stories that are:

2000-8,000 words long,  original (No reprints) short story (if longer, ask first). Edited. Some minor grammatical errors will be accepted but if the submission requires major overhauls, it will be returned to you to edit before being accepted.

You must use the information provided in this link. Grab one of the events and go to town!

If accepted:
Each author receives $15.00 to $20.00. Payment is based on story length and quality.
Author copies: two paperback copies and a digital copy of the book. Register for details and upload link.

Rights
For this collection, we ask for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year and nonexclusive rights afterwards. For reprints, we will ask for nonexclusive reprinting rights.

Formatting

First page should have:
Your name: Your name and pen name if you use your pen name.
Contact information: Email, phone
Anthology entry: Yes
Title of story: Title of your manuscript

8.5″ × 11″ layout
Times New Roman font.
Headers: 18 points font size
Body of text: 12-point font-size.
Double-spaced

Submission Period: All submissions must be received between June 10, 2019 and September 1, 2019. Any story sent before or after will be deleted unread.

We welcome everyone and want to encourage diversity and originality, work by authors from marginalized groups. If you are a person of color, you are LGBTQ, or belong to some other group that is underrepresented in the genre, we want to hear from you.

Do not send us poetry, screenplays, stories that are being considered by another market (also known as simultaneous submissions), or manuscripts without any plot (may the Elder gods piss in your cereal if you do).

Deadline: September 01, 2019

Via: NPH Zone.

Ongoing Submissions: Pretty Cool Poetry Thing

Payment: $10 to $20 and a contributors copy

at this time, we only accept poetry. maybe in the future, we’ll do other things, but the nature of printing on index cards makes space a severe factor. so sorry.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

send 3 to 5 poems to [email protected] with a max of 300 words per poem, along with a 2 to 3 sentence bio written in the third person with your pronouns. send as one .doc/.docx file.

cover letter preferred. give us a preamble. give us a joke. write it in swedish. have fun with it!

simultaneous submissions allowed, but please inform us if accepted elsewhere. previously published poems are not accepted at this time. it’s ok if it’s on your blog though!

please follow the length guidelines closely! we’re working with index cards, so space is tight and we’d hate to reject a masterpiece because we can’t fit it.

WHAT YOU GET FROM US

if we accept your poem, we get one-time print publishing rights, then the rights go back to you.

we pay. depending on sales / number of poets, the amount will fall between $10 to $20. it’s not much, but it’s not zero!

and of course, you get a contributor’s copy. i mean, of course.

Via: Pretty Cool Poetry Thing.

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