Taking Submissions: Slay

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: .05 per word

Since 2010, Mocha Memoirs Press’s mission is to amplify marginalized voices in the areas of speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, and fantasy).

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire will follow the steps of our previous published bestseller anthologies An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters (A Bram Stoker nominee).

What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.

If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Seriously, read the guidelines. Follow them.
Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.

Still interested? Here are the guidelines.
• Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.
• Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.
• Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com
• Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name

Here is our list of don’t:
• No revenge stories.
• No erotica.
• No Bestiality.
• No underage sex with minors, bestiality, or racist rants/racist storylines.

• The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2020.
• Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.

Taking Submissions: Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies

Deadline: February 22nd, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word

Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies
Edited by Janine A. Southard
Submissions due: February 22, 2020.

Princess and swordswoman. Scholar and mecha pilot. Warrior women… and the courtly ladies who love them.

The Silk and Steel anthology was initially inspired by artwork from Al Norton (see below). She’s put so much tension into these characters! Yet, among all that edginess and conflict, there are also romantic feelings… and a definite sense that both women have the upper hand.

We’re looking for stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic.

You can expect to share a Table of Contents with distinguished authors such as: Ellen Kushner, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Arkady Martine, Claire Bartlett, Django Wexler, Freya Marske, Jennifer Mace, JY Yang, K.A. Doore, Kelly Robson, Nibedita Sen, and Yoon Ha Lee.

Editor’s Note: I’m looking for all speculative genres except straight-up erotica or hard-core horror. (We’re aiming this anthology at general audiences, after all. Erotic and horror elements within your story’s context are definitely okay! But if they’re the thrust of the story, then you’ve gone off genre.) I think the idea lends itself well to swashbuckling romance and operatic comedy, but it’s really up to you.

Other Inclusions: Yes! I would love to see trans women, bi, pan, and ace characters.

Art by Al Norton
Art by Al Norton (and used with her permission)

How to submit: Send your story in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Janine A. Southard at [email protected]

Note about conflict: Yes, this is an f/f anthology, but that doesn’t mean your women need to be fighting against homophobia! While this is one option, it’s not the only one. Consider also having them fight for their countries, their loves, or their right to wash their cars on Wednesdays in flagrant disregard of their HOA’s rules. Silk and Steel is about romance and optimism, so moving on to the next big fight after homophobia will be a much easier sell.

Rights and compensation: Originals only, no reprints. We will purchase first publishing rights for inclusion in this anthology (ebook and print) and one year of exclusivity for 8 cents/word. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Cantina Publishing exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.

General Guidelines for Submissions:
We are currently only considering submissions for active calls.

Do send: Your story with your contact details, name (and pseudonym, if applicable), and word count on the first page of a .doc, .docx, or .rtf document. Please use italics instead of underlining. Cantina Publishing recommends using a really common workhorse font like Times New Roman or Calibri at whatever the default setting is for your word processor. (Font selections are subject to change before publication. Still, the submissions reader will remember you as “the jerk who sent something all in wingdings.” So we don’t recommend that particular level of creativity.) 3,000-7,000 words recommended.

Don’t send: Fanfic of any kind. (Unless specified by the call for submissions.) Grotesque horror. Anything over 10,000 words without querying first.

Via: Cantina Publishing.

Ongoing Submissions: Cossmass Infinities

Payment: 8 cents per word for original fiction, 3 cents per word for reprints.
Note: Reprints allowed.

Cossmass Infinities is a Science Fiction and Fantasy short story magazine edited by Paul Campbell.

Please read and follow the instructions below before submitting to Cossmass Infinities.

  • Submissions must be made using this form.
  • We are looking for original science fiction and fantasy short stories. We are also interested in previously published stories.
  • Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.
  • Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please wait seven days after receiving a reply to your submission before submitting a new story.
  • Please follow standard manuscript format, with single-space lines. (see: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html)
  • Files should be one of: Text files (.txt), RTF files (.rtf), Word 97–2003 Documents (.doc), Word Documents (.docx), or OpenDocument Text Document file types (.odt)
  • We are looking for short stories between 2000–10,000 words.
  • We pay $0.08/word for original fiction.
  • We pay $0.03/word for reprint fiction.
  • The rights we wish to obtain are listed in the sample contracts for original fiction and reprint fiction.
  • Payment is through Paypal.
  • Submit only complete stories.
  • Use the email address that you would want to receive any payment via Paypal.
  • Include a very brief author bio to be included with the published story.
  • Allow 3 months for a response.
  • Cossmass Infinities will be published three times a year.

We look forward to reading your work.

Via: Crossmass Infinities

Taking Submissions: Midnight In The Pentagram

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: $0.06/word


With the success of our first MIDNIGHT anthology, MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD, it’s time to roll out the 2nd in the series, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM.

Silver Shamrock Publishing is now accepting submissions for the MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM anthology.

We are looking for original Occult/Demons/Possession/Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/The Omen/Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

Submit by email to: [email protected]
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Length: up to 6000 words
Format: Preferred format is Doc or Docx, double-spaced with author email at the top of the first page.

– Please use the anthology title, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, in the subject heading of your email.
– A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, recognition, influences hometown and social media links.
– The word count.
– Acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript will be emailed within 3 business days
– Successful authors will receive a contract upon acceptance. Once we have a signed contract by the author and Silver Shamrock Publishing, payment will be made within 30 days via PayPal.

Payment: Professional rate of $0.06/word.

Note: This is an invitation AND open-submission anthology (approx. 75% invitation/25% open-submission). With the All-Star cast of horror writers we assemble, this will prove to be a very competitive open-submission, with us only taking the very best entries.

Good luck!

Via: Silver Shamrock Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores

Deadline: September 28th, 2019
Payment: 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints
Note: This is being listed a little early due to the short window.

Submissions Schedule

We have a regular submissions schedule, easy to remember and plan for:
four times a year, one week each time, midnight E.S.T. to midnight E.S.T., at the beginning of each season of the year:
March 21 – 28, June 21 – 28, September 21 – 28, December 21 – 28

We began The Kepler Award this spring.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale online.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.


Writers Guidelines

We accept new work as well as reprints, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored. We also accept poetry.  We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established.  Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!  If in doubt, edit it down further.  And further.

For the many writers who valued our feedback on their stories, we have brought back a modified version of the feedback system which will not be time intensive for the editors:
— Writers who would like feedback on their stories should request it at the end of their submissions comments.
— You will receive feedback only if you request it.
— Writers requesting feedback must understand that this is Unedited Feedback Not Intended as Diplomatic Critique; it is the honest and considered opinions of our first readers and assistant editors, designed to help the editors in their assessment of stories.
— There may be repetition and contradictory opinions.
— Readers can opt in or out of having their feedback passed on, so there may be few or no opinions to send you.
— Comments will be passed on without reader names.


We are looking for: well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don’t accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.


We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or that might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery

We’re looking for storytelling through images.  We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.   For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work.  We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories.  We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.  We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it.  Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.
An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Please Read Before Submitting:

In the submissions comments, tell us only:
— your name,
— story title,
— genre
— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the preceding twelve months and must not be currently available to read for free or for sale as an individual story.
Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revision is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions, and no multiple submissions to the same genre.

Please follow standard manuscript format

We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman and images as a jpg or through a link.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register.  Adding donotreply at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem.  If it doesn’t, you can email  submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  and we will manually input you into the system.

Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com/portal  — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com — for questions about submissions.
editor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com   Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  Casey Honebrink
eldritcheditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com  Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, so please be patient.  Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks.  If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.


Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements.  We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!  🙂


  When creating passwords for the submissions manager we suggest 12 characters or more with a combination of numbers and both upper case and lower case letters.  Please avoid using the ampersand &, percent sign %,  
plus sign +,  quotation marks “,  less than <,  or greater than > 

After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories through the link at the bottom of our submissions page.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!

For people interested in becoming readers for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process through the link at the bottom of our submissions page.

Via: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores

Taking Submissions: Diabolical Plots

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: 10 cents per word

David Steffen is the editor, who you may also know from using the Submission Grinder writing tool or reading the Long List Anthology series.  Diabolical Plots is a SFWA-qualifying market, so if you have a personal goal to join SFWA, making a sale here would help you toward that goal.



Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror).

Word count: 3500 words or less. This is a firm limit.  If you submit a longer story, it will be rejected unread and that will count as a submission. Do not query to ask permission to submit something longer–the answer will be no.

Pay rate: 10 cents per word (more than the minimum professional rate as deemed by SFWA)

Multiple submissions: A total of TWO submissions per author during this submission window.  You don’t have to wait for one response to send the second one–you can just send both whenever you want during the window.

Simultaneous submissions: No.  We understand we are tying up your story while you wait, and so we strive to respond as quickly as possible.  While each year might be different, last year the maximum wait time to get a first response (a rejection or a hold notice) was 14 days.  The maximum overall wait time if someone submitted on the first day and was held, was about 6 weeks.

Reprint submissions: No. That means you should not submit anything that has been published in any format, blog, e-zine, print, podcast, anything.  Sharing stories with other authors in login-protected critique sites like Baen’s Bar or Critters is fine.

Resubmits: No.  Do not send a story you’ve submitted to us before, whether it’s been revised or not.

Estimated Resolution Time: 30 days after end of submission window.  I will send initial responses to stories as I read them, which will either be hold notices or rejections.  Hold notices I’ll keep until after the slush window to winnow down to the final selection.

ABOUT ANONYMITY:  We have followed a very strict anonymity policy in the past that has meant that stories that were not fully anonymized were immediately disqualified.  After some discussion with people in publishing, we have decided to keep the preference for anonymity, but not have such dire consequences if it’s broken.  Please try to keep your name out of the story and the story notes boxes.  But if you forget, your story will not be disqualified for it.  So, please keep it in mind, but don’t sweat it too much.  If you query, we prefer that you ask about the submission ID if you have it, and your email address if you don’t, but again, making a mistake is not a disqualifying act.

ABOUT STORY NOTES: We no longer ask for a cover letter on submission, but we do ask if there’s anything you’d like us to know as we read the story.  You can tell us it’s a translation in that box.  If the story is tied to something of your personal experience, this would be a good place to mention it, if that’s something you want us to keep in mind.  For instance, if your protagonist uses a wheelchair and you use a wheelchair, and if you’d like us to be aware of this when reading, you can mention it here.  You are never required to enter anything in this box, and it won’t be held against your submission if you don’t.

Speculative fiction–science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Everything should have a speculative element–that includes horror. Feel free to mix in other genres at will–a fantasy mystery or a science fiction romance.

And yes, we really mean it has to have a speculative element. If you submit a serial killer story with only mundane elements, even though that could be a horror story it’s not a speculative horror story and it will be rejected regardless of quality.

Things that we tend to really like:
Weird fiction
Sense of wonder
Strong character and plot arcs
Strong worldbuilding, hinting at more to see around the edges of the story
Philosophical food-for-thought
Straightforward, easily readable style
Religion, where the story does not try to convert the reader, nor does the story demonize religion
Platonic friendship between men and women

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