Taking Submissions: Organic Ink: Volume Three

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties

Organic Ink: Volume Three (Poetry) (Not Rated)

  • Deadline – March 31st, 2020
  • Publication – June 2020
  • Word Count – Word count limit has been revoked.
  • Theme – There is no theme for this anthology. Poetry about love, hate, greed, depression, etc. Haikus, epics, etc.

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* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-250 words. Upon acceptance, this will be used within the anthology. Send a bio with every single anthology submission. We work with hundreds of authors and will not take time to retrieve yours from a previous anthology.

* Poetry submissions: All poetry needs to be contained within a single e-mail. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.

* All e-mails should be addressed to “Dear Editor.”

After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting.

All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s submission deadline. This ensures submission calls do not close early and gives everyone a chance to submit. You will know your submission has been received for consideration by receiving a generic response. Whether accepted or rejected, you will always receive a response.

View our blog post on the topic of how to submit to a publisher.

 

Failure to submit following all of the guidelines will result in an immediate refusal. You are able to submit again before the submission call deadline.
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Taking Submissions: Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: trying for 0.02/word (see below) and a contributor’s copy

Anthologists: Ronald Linson & Deidre J Owen

Publication format: print (POD), digital

Word count for submissions: 2,000-7,500 (with exception; see below)

Compensation: authors will receive a free contributor copy (print and digital) as well as a modest monetary compensation; details below.

LITTLE GIRL LOST: THIRTEEN TALES OF YOUTH DISRUPTED will be an
anthology of original stories centering around the idea of the lives of young girls being disrupted in some way. It could be through vanishing mysteriously, experiencing a life-altering event, or… ? We are seeking well-written, imaginative tales that explore this idea to its fullest. Use your own interpretation as to the meaning of ‘lost.’ Surprise us!

Submissions period opens APRIL 8th, 2019 and will close AUGUST 31st, 2019 or when the anthology is filled. Submissions received outside of this period will be deleted unread.

We are seeking original, previously unpublished stories of the highest quality between 2,000 and 7,500 words. We are willing to look at stories up to (but not exceeding) 10,000 words, but they are less likely to be accepted. There are a few slots open for reprints, however (see “Reprints” below).

Genre: Your story can be in any genre so long as it fits the theme of the anthology, with the firm exception of erotica/pornography.

Subjects we WILL NOT accept include (but are not limited to):

  • Erotica or pornography
  • Pedophilia or bestiality
  • Depictions of rape
  • Graphic descriptions of sexual activity involving persons under the age of eighteen (18)
  • Gratuitous or excessive violence or gore
  • Racism, bigotry, or slander towards anyone
  • Fan Fiction

(If you are unsure whether your story crosses any lines, please feel free to submit it anyway. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.)
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Taking Submissions: Cats. And Bikes. In Space.

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: $30+

The theme of the eighth annual Bikes in Spaces, the galaxy’s only series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies, is in the works! This volume’s theme is… cats.

House cats. Ship cats. Lions. Strays. Anthropomorphic talking cats. Feline deities. Familiars. Wherever your imagination takes you, we’d love to read your story.

Please send us your short stories that feature both cats and bicycles or bicycling in a way that is essential to the story; be fundamentally feminist, even if they aren’t explicitly addressing feminism as a topic; and fall somewhere in the science fiction and fantasy spectrum (sorry, no fanfic, but all other fantastical and speculative genres are welcome). Black and white illustrations are also sought.

We especially love to publish work by writers and artists who don’t see themselves well-represented in mainstream books.

Word count: 500 – 6,000 words, but don’t sweat the exact count too much—make your story the length it needs to be.

Format: Google doc or Word preferred; a PDF or text document are also fine. If submitting an illustration, please get in touch about format and dimensions before you start work on it.

Payment: A portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund the book is split between contributors; payments are not less than $30 each.

Send submissions to elly at takingthelane dot com by August 1, 2019.

Via: Taking The Lane.

Taking Submissions: The Shadow Booth Volumes 4 And 5

Deadline: April 30th, 2019
Payment: 1.5p per word

You know how we like to keep you on your toes? Well…

The Shadow Booth is now OPEN for fiction submissions until the end of April! Here are some basic guidelines:

  • We are a bi-annual journal of weird and eerie fiction. Do not send us your Western romance (in space). Do not send us your drug addiction memoir. Do not send us your shopping list (unless you’re buying some really weird things). Weird. Eerie. Fiction. Please.
  • If you want an idea of what we mean by weird and eerie, then read one of our previous volumes. This is the best way to find out what we like! All ebooks are under £5, and like all independent publications, we need your support to keep going. Paperbacks are under £9, and our latest, Vol. 3, has just been published. (Paperbacks, ebooks and subscriptions are available here. Okay, rant over…) If you want further pointers, why not read editor Dan Coxon’s article on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website: Face the Strange.
  • Submissions should be 1,000 – 8,000 words long. We won’t quibble over a word or two, but otherwise those limits are fixed.
  • We would particularly like to read stories by BAME writers, and by women writing within the weird/eerie horror scene. In our experience, these tend to be underrepresented within the genre. Having said that, if you fall into neither of these groups, we want to read your work too – all stories will be considered on an equal basis once they have been submitted.
  • Please only submit one story during the submissions period. Any further submissions during this period will be rejected. (We would say ‘send us your best’, but you know that already…)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere. It’s just common courtesy.
  • Email your submission to [email protected], with the word SUBMISSION as the first word of the Subject line. It’s also helpful if you include the story title.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word file attached to the email wherever possible. We’ll do our best to read .rtf files and PDFs, but we make no promises. DO NOT paste your story into the body of the email.
  • This submissions period is for Vols. 4 and 5, to be published in October 2019 and April 2020.
  • The important part: The Shadow Booth is a paying market, paying 1.5p per word. That works out as £15 per 1,000 words, if it’s simpler. While payments can be made to overseas writers (and we actively encourage writers from overseas to submit), payment is simplified if you have a Paypal account.

Submissions will close at midnight on 30th April 2019, and we’ll be reading submissions as they’re sent – but we will read all submissions sent during this open period. Any questions, come bother us on Twitter. Send us your strangest, most unsettling tales, the stories you had to write but gave up on finding a home for. Send us your weird hauntings, your eerie fever dreams. Send us your words.

Via: The Shadow Booth.

Taking Submissions: Electric Spec August Issue 2019

Deadline: July 15th, 2019
Payment: $20 per story

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.
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Taking Submissions: Tiny Nightmares

Deadline: May 1st, 2019
Payment: $100

Tiny Nightmares will be a collection of  short and terrifying tales of monsters, madness, and nightmares. The anthology follows up on Tiny Crimes, an anthology of short crime fiction featuring stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Yuri Herrera, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and more.

For Tiny Nightmares, we’re seeking short stories that play with and expand the boundaries of horror fiction — think of the stretch of unlit highway between Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, and Stephen King’s IT. Stories that turn our understanding of “scary” on its (trembling) head. We’re looking for:

  • Stories of new monsters, and old ones that scare us in new ways
  • Tiny, intimate horrors to make our hair stand on end
  • Horror as cultural/political/environmental funhouse mirror
  • Subversions of traditional horror tropes
  • Something so scary we haven’t thought of it yet

Guidelines: 

Stories should be under 1200 words.

Stories should be previously unpublished.

Payment will be $100 dollars.

Deadline: May 1st

Via: Catapult’s Submittable.

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