Taking Submissions: Thuggish Itch: Hospitality

Deadline: July 24th, 2019
Payment: AU$5.00

huggish Itch is our horror and sci-fi anthology collection.

This is the place to submit your horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction stories. 

Current theme: Hospitality

We love to travel. We always have. Part of that attraction is about getting out of the house and doing something new or different and, for us at least, travel often involves airplane, hotels and trips to all manner of restaurants.

For this collection, we would like you to send us your stories that feature some aspect of the hospitality industry. Just so we’re clear, that would include stories that feature the following aspects of the industry and those that work within them:

  • accommodation – hotels, motels and inns
  • transportation – planes, trains, taxi and ships
  • food and beverage – restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
  • tourism – travel agents, tour guides and hosts

Thuggish Itch is our horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction collection. Please make sure that your story falls within one of these genres. Be original. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.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 format your submission accordingly. If you have any 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: Thuggish Itch – Hospitality – Story Title.

  • Word count: 1000 – 2000 words
  • DeadlineJuly 24 2019
  • Payment: AU$5.00

General guidelines:

  • Please no extremeerotica 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 Tales.

Taking Submissions: Accursed

Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: $25

Accursed items. Some people believe in them, some people don’t. With a truly cursed item, belief doesn’t matter. It’s gonna do its best to get you anyway. You might survive, with the worst luck ever. Or you might not. Maybe you’ll be compelled to do things you never would without its influence. Maybe you thought it would help you at the casino. Maybe it did. But there’s always a price to pay, one you aren’t ready for. That little lucky charm you have in your pocket may be doing more damage than good. But you think its helping. It’s cursed, and does not have your best interests in mind. Sometimes it’s not even an item, it’s a person. Be careful what you pick up. Be careful who you friend. You never know. It, or they, might be accursed. Your story must prominently feature some kind of cursed item.

Jolly Horror Press LOVES horror/comedy, but we will publish pure horror as well. We give humorous stories a slight edge however, when considering whether to include them.

Diversity and Inclusiveness: Yes, we want stories from all sectors, from all kinds of people! We encourage submissions from women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. We seek to include writers from all walks of life who have a scary/funny story to tell.

The Details: Please see our generic submission guidelines page for how to submit.

Submission Period: April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Reading Period: July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019

Expected Publication Date: December 2019

We reserve the right to close early, but no earlier than May 31, 2019

Payment: $25 per accepted story (via Paypal)

Taking Submissions: Handbook For The Dead

Deadline: June 1st, 2019
Payment: $20 and a contributor’s copy

OPEN CALL for a new anthology from Anubis Press! HANDBOOK FOR THE DEAD will be open for submissions until June 1st. What we are looking for are stories about real life paranormal experiences (ghosts only) with some factoids about the paranormal, such as beliefs, theories, popular explanations, evidence from cases similar to yours, and investigation methods, included with the story, much in the way information is listed in handbooks. The objective of this anthology is to offer readers some paranormal stories as well as insight into the entire paranormal phenomena.


1) Do not send fiction stories. These are stories alleged to be true.

2) Stories about ghosts and hauntings only. These are to be personal experiences, family stories, or tales of local haunts (local to you).

3) Stories should be no less than 1000 words.

4) Make sure to list the factoids. They are a required part of the submission.

5) List factoids separately from the story. Do not include them in the tale. List them in the same document, just make sure they are separated from the story.

6) Factoids can be from another source, or they can be your own theories or investigation methods. If they are your own, explain why you believe what you believe and/or why you investigate the way you do. If the information is from another source, list the source and explain thoroughly.

7) No more than two submissions per person.

8) All stories must be attached as word.doc or docx only. Do not send any other file types and do not paste stories in the body of the email.

9) Email submissions to [email protected] and include the following in the subject line: HANDBOOK <story title> <your name>.

If the guidelines are not followed, the story may be declined automatically.

DEADLINE: June 1st
Your payment if accepted: $20
If accepted, you will receive a contributor’s copy.
If accepted, you will be able to purchase author copies at cost (whatever it costs us, including any taxes and shipping).
It might be some time before responses are given, so please be patient.

We look forward to hearing your stories and knowledge.

Thank you,

The Frightening Floyds.

Via: Anubis Press’s Facebook.

Ongoing Submissions: Thrilling Words

Payment: $160

The Basics

    • To submit, email [email protected] with two related speculative fiction stories attached
    • Restrictions
      • We do not accept simultaneous submissions
      • We do not accept reprints
      • You must be the creator and copyright holder to submit
    • Submission email should only contain:
      • Contact email
      • Submission date
      • Title and File name of stories being submitted
      • Indication if you have additional stories on this theme or in this fictional universe that you would like us to review
    • Do not include a cover letter in your submission.
    • Attachments should be:


Taking Submissions: Liminality Poetry Magazine

Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: $10

In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? Where will you go? Everything is possible in that moment; change is its own goal. Liminality is the space between.

Liminality is an online quarterly magazine of speculative poetry edited by Shira Lipkin and Mattie Joiner. We are very pleased to meet you. We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic. We’d love to see work that shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised. We actively welcome diversity; we want to hear new as well as established voices. Tell us tales we thought we knew, the way only you can tell them. Give us new myths.

Liminality pays $10 per poem, for first worldwide publication rights and non-exclusive anthology rights.

We will be open:
April 1 – May 31
July 1 – August 31
October 1 – November 30

To submit, send up to five poems to liminalitypoetry AT gmail.com with the subject line “SUBMISSION – [your name]”. Please include your poems in the body of the e-mail; if you have formatting that makes that untenable, you may attach the poem as an .rtf. You may send up to five poems per reading period. We do not accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. (If the poem has been publicly viewable online, yes, it would be a reprint.)  “Dear Editors”, “Dear Mattie and Shira”, and “Dear Shira and Mattie” are all fine as forms of address.

Via: Liminality.

Taking Submissions: Flash Bang Mysteries

Deadline: April 30th, 2019
Payment: $20

Thank you very much for considering BJ Bourg’s Flash Bang Mysteries. We will do our level best to ensure your experience is a pleasant and positive one.


Fiction we seek:

  • Original mystery/suspense of all types (police procedural, private eye, amateur sleuth, cozies, hardboiled, etc.). Basically, if it involves a crime and it is within our guidelines, we would love to consider it. (Updated: October 25, 2015)
  • We want stories that feature believable characters who speak naturally, realistic situations that bleed conflict, and surprise endings that stay with us long after we reach the final period.
  • We welcome new and established authors.

We publish four times per year:

  • January / Winter
  • April / Spring
  • July / Summer
  • October / Fall

Submission periods are limited to the following dates:

  • October 1st to October 31st for January Issue
  • January 1st to January 31st for April Issue
  • April 1st to April 30th for July Issue
  • July 1st to July 31st for October Issue

How to submit:

  • We accept submissions via e-mail only.
  • Send as .rtf or .doc attachment.
  • Include brief cover letter in body of e-mail
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions. If you have not received an answer by publication date, feel free to submit your story elsewhere.
  • Please submit one story per author at a time.
  • E-mail submissions/queries to [email protected] (Updated: August 13, 2015)
  • Subject line must read: “Flash submission: [your title]”

Manuscript format:

  • (Updated: December 31, 2017)
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12-pt
  • Center title in all caps at top of first page, skip line, insert byline, skip line, and begin story.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • Skip line between paragraphs and do not indent at the beginning of paragraphs.
  • Single-space after periods.
  • Use two hyphens instead of the em-dash.
  • Use italics to indicate flashbacks and thoughts.
  • Use three centered asterisks to indicate scene breaks.
  • Please don’t rely solely on spell-check. Proof your work very carefully and send us only your best, as multiple errors may be cause for rejection.
  • We reserve the right to edit for grammatical errors and such. However, we will not rewrite stories we receive.

Please include the following at the end of the manuscript: (Updated: March 31, 2016)

  • Name, mailing address, and email address for PayPal.
  • BIO (up to 50 words)


  • Flash fiction ONLY between 500 and 750 words

Pays on publication for first worldwide electronic rights, thirty-day exclusivity, archival rights, and the right to include story in yearly “editors’ choice” issue. Once the thirty-day exclusivity period has lapsed, you are free to submit your work elsewhere and all rights, other than those specified herein, revert back to you. (Updated: October 1, 2015)


  • $20.00 one-time payment, via PayPal (Updated: December 31, 2017)
  • (Updated: December 25, 2016)
  • NOTE: Due to budgetary and time constraints, we are limited to publishing no more than ten stories per issue. (Updated: December 25, 2016)

What we won’t print:

  • Graphic sex, gratuitous violence or vulgarity. Swear words are okay, as long as they are not used gratuitously.
  • Anything that seeks to promote hate or discrimination.

What to include in the cover letter: (Updated: March 31, 2016)

  • Author name
  • Story title
  • Word count
  • A note certifying you are the creator of the work, you own the rights, and it has never appeared in any other venue in any form.
  • Please let us know if it would be your first published story, because that would be cool.

Response time and method: (Updated: November 1, 2015)

  • You should receive a decision within four to eight weeks, but it may take longer depending on the amount of submissions we receive.
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications will be made via e-mail.
  • We will not comment on rejected manuscripts.
  • We reserve the right to reject any story for any reason.

NOTE: If we reject your story, please understand it simply means it is not the right story for us at this time. It does not mean your story is not well written, inventive, or perfect for another market. By all means, continue submitting the story elsewhere until it finds a home.


  • Authors are responsible for the content of their stories and BJ Bourg’s Flash Bang Mysteries, its editors, creators, or affiliates accept no liability whatsoever for misuse of any kind.

Via: Flash Bank Mysteries.

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