Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Nevada

Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror that takes place in Nevada

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Nevada. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Nevada has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Nevada somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: May 31st or until filled.

ANTHOLOGIES: At this time, we are primarily seeking short stories between 500 and 7500 words for themed anthologies. These submissions will be given priority.

You will be notified whether your submission is accepted or rejected. For anthology pieces, you will be notified no later than four weeks after the submission deadline. For all other pieces, you will be notified within 10 weeks of the date of your submission. If you have not received a response by that time, please email us.

First and foremost, all submissions must be horror.

However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and nuanced genre. To that end, we’ll read stories that fit into other genres (thriller, family drama, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, et cetera) as long as the story contains horror, and as long as horror is integral to the narrative.

ALL submissions MUST meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):

1. 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)

2. Use “SMART QUOTES”

3. Submit all documents as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pages format

Submit via email to [email protected]

In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.

Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.

If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.

If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.

A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

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Open Submissions: Anthologies

These are general guidelines for ALL anthology submissions.

We’re looking for stories between 500-7500 words. A few words under or over won’t necessarily disqualify a story, but please keep as close to the guidelines as possible.

Stories MUST fit within the horror genre.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Cyber Smut

Deadline: February 29th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Looking for anything that fits the “How the Internet has impacted your life” category, including genre work

Cyber Lives, has transformed into Cyber Smut. To those who have already submitted under Cyber Lives, rest assured, your submissions will not be affected by this. The theme remains the same: we want to know how the internet has impacted your life. We are seeking poetry and short stories (fiction & nonfiction) from the UK and Ireland. Closing date for submissions is 29 February 2020.

This is wide open in terms of interpretation, and anything goes – poetry, memoir, erotica, literary fiction, sci fi, essays, etc – as long as it aligns with the theme. Things to consider: our daily lives are saturated with the internet, impacting our minds and behavior. Miscommunications and mishaps. Lust and desire for fame and money. Hilarity and tragedy with Tinder or Grindr. This is rich and fertile ground, and surely there are countless ways to approach this theme. We are thrilled about our next anthology and hope you are too.

  • Closing date for submissions – 29 February 2020.

  • Short stories (fiction & nonfiction) – 1000-5000 words.

  • Poetry, up to 5 pages.

  • Writers from the UK & Ireland – this includes anyone living or born in the UK or Ireland.

  • Unpublished work only please. We are not able to accept previously published work, print or online.

  • Standard Royalty Contract for successful submissions.

Click here to submit via Submittable.

Memoir Submissions

We are also open for memoir submissions. Seeking bold writers with ballsy stories. We are interested in narratives about cyber life, art, music, travel, although any topic is fine. If you would like to submit your work, please send the first 5000 words of your manuscript, a one-page summary and your bio. Send to gutspublishing [at] gmail.com. Subject line: Memoir Submission. Attachments are fine. Please number your pages. UK residents are preferred, but anyone can submit. Any questions please get in touch.

Many thanks and we look forward to reading your work!

Via: Guts Publishing.

Stelliform Press Is Open For Novella Submissions

Payment: 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties

Currently Seeking

Stelliform Press is open to original novella submissions beginning January 1, 2020. We are also looking for cover artists.

What is a Stelliform story?

We are seeking to publish science fiction, fantasy, quiet horror and literary novellas with speculative elements (17,500–39,999 words), novels (70,000–100,000 words), and short story collections (40,000–60,000 words) which build narratives around climate change and its resultant ecological destruction, and acknowledges the work necessary to live within the problems Western lifestyles have created. All manuscripts submitted must have a science fictional or fantastic element; non-fiction must be speculative. Narratives should be interrelational, demonstrating some ways in which the environment changes us (and others) just as we change it. Please see our About the Press page and our blog for more information.

How much do we pay?

Currently, we pay a 2¢ CAD per word advance, plus royalties. We acknowledge that this is a low rate of pay. As a new press, we are working on securing grants and planning fundraising campaigns in order to pay authors more in the future.

What rights are we buying?

Currently we are buying first world English electronic and print rights. As we grow, we will also consider audiobook rights. Our contract includes clauses for rights reversion in different situations should the author and/or publisher wish to terminate their relationship.

Manuscript Wish List

The following are some approaches we would love to see in our Inbox:

Fiction MSWL

  • Stories written by Indigenous authors which bring Indigenous and Western science into conversation (even if the conversation is difficult and unresolved).
  • Stories written by BIPOC authors which fuse specific cultures and/or ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories written by trans and queer authors which fuse specific ways of life rooted to a specific community with a means of ameliorating or coping with life in a climate changed world.
  • Stories that embrace the incorporation of far-flung technologies as part of an ecologically relational life; technology CAN be bad, but it can’t be ONLY bad.
  • Stories of uneasy allies which get into the complexities of that difficult relation.
  • Stories which explore nonviolence while acknowledging the privilege inherent in the nonviolent position; stories which explore unusual ways to mitigate violence.
  • Stories set in space that are connected to Earth through myths or legends that tangibly affect the lives of the interstellar characters.
  • Stories depicting humans learning to relate to the nonhuman in different ways.
  • Stories taking place in non-Western settings.

Fiction Do Not Submits

  • Epic/Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
  • Stories in which the solutions presented are uncritical green consumerism
  • Stories depicting monarchies, imperialism, or colonization in an uncritical way
  • Gratuitous violence, especially against any marginalized group
  • Gore in general is not something we’re excited about, but small doses that are integral to plot/character might be okay
  • Porn or erotica; though eroticism in service to the story is definitely okay

Non-Fiction MSWL

  • Speculative non-fictions about the future of tech, the environment, global relationships, or social worlds (either collections of linked short pieces or extended meditations).
  • Literary journalism on emerging tech, global health issues, climate change and migration, food politics, human-hybrid environments, global and space travel—journalism that hangs on a narrative arc, focusing on limited centered characters.
  • Essay collections (single authored) or themed anthologies (editor(s) + multiple authors) approaching questions about technological and environmental futurity, urban life, the non-human, community, and other themes of the press, addressed from primarily personal lenses.
  • Creative memoirs or autobiographies drawing from long-term experiential relationships with the natural world, space, tech and agricultural industries, and the non-human, that offer new/unique ways of reflecting on the problems of climate change and/or the future of life—especially by BIPOC, women, trans and queer, and disabled or otherwise underrepresented authors.
  • Narrative ‘biographies’ of plants, animals, places/niches/communities, and natural phenomena that connect the past, the rapidly changing present, and the future—particularly works that de-centre humans or think about the human in specifically collaborative ways.
  • Human biographies and histories reimagined through non-human protagonists.
  • Imaginary, alternative, or potential histories.

Non-fiction Do Not Submits

  • Adventure biographies that frame the environment uncritically as a “wilderness” to be “tamed” or “discovered”
  • Literary journalism of technology, food, or space industries uncritically structured around the idea of progress

How to Submit

For Novellas

Please send a short cover letter which includes:

  • not more than 250 words
  • information about your manuscript length and genre
  • a brief statement about your story’s main conflict, how your story fits Stelliform’s vision, and any MSWL elements included (if applicable)
  • a brief bio including your top three publications (if you have them)

As an attachment, please include the first 15-20 pages of your manuscript. The document should include your name, contact information, and byline. Send query and sample pages to [email protected]. The subject of your email should read: SUBMISSION: [Your manuscript title].

For Novels and Short Story Collections

Please do not submit at this time.

For Non-Fiction Manuscripts

Please do not submit at this time.

For Cover Art

Please submit a link to your online portfolio and a brief introductory letter including information about yourself, your published artworks, your expected rate of compensation for a book cover, and two references (preferably former clients). Letters can be submitted to [email protected] with the email subject: ART SUBMISSION: [Your name].

We are particularly interested in art submissions from Canadians or immigrants to Canada from any marginalized community, or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit residing in territories currently occupied by the Canadian state.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; but only send one submission at a time. Please let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Via: Stelliform Press.

Taking Submissions: The Abominable Book Club – Novels And Novellas

Deadline: April 1st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Body Horror, Creature Features, Gothic, Haunted Houses, Psychological Horror, Slasher Horror, Weird Fiction, Bizarro, and Folk Horror.
Note: UK authors only

Here at The Abominable Book Club we have been wracking our big, beefy brains to come up with a way to support the UK horror scene and its authors more directly. So, starting in 2020, we will be offering an opportunity for authors to become a part of our team and introduce their work to an already ravenous horror audience.

The Accursed Library is dusting off its ancient, cobweb-covered printing press!

We are now taking submissions for original novels/ novellas (25,000 words or more) / or short story collections by UK -based authors, to be produced under our own publication house ‘The Accursed Library’. First printings of these books will be hand-numbered, contain exclusive content and artwork, and will be only available through our box on a specific release month. After that, they will be gone forever! Further printings and e-book versions will be available through the usual channels such as Amazon, and via our own shop.

We will be looking for horror in all its forms, including:

– Body Horror (The Thing, The Fly)

– Creature Features (Jaws, Snakes on a Plane)

– Gothic (Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera)

– Haunted Houses (Haunting of Hill House, The Amityville Horror)

– Psychological Horror (Jacobs Ladder, Se7en)

– Slasher Horror (Friday 13th, Halloween)

– Weird Fiction (i.e HP Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce)

– Bizarro (i.e Jeff O Brien, Carlton Mellick III)

– Folk Horror (The Wicker Man, Midsommar)

If your work is horror but doesn’t fit in any of the above categories, send it anyway! We want to build a roster of diverse and incredible writing talent, full of familiar and new names, in an attempt to champion the frankly staggering array of talent the UK has to offer.

Here’s how you can submit:

Submission Format:

  • File must be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • 12 point 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] using the subject line ‘Submission – [your story title] by [your name]

— Include in the body of your email a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your submission and a briefer (1-2 sentence) description of yourself.

Do’s and Dont’s:

— Only UK based authors currently!

— Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if they are.

— No incomplete manuscripts

— No paranormal romance or fan fiction.

— No reprints.

— No Queries

Submissions will remain open until April 1st 2020.

Please Note: This is a paid publishing call. You will receive an initial payment when your first printing is made (depending on the volume of copies needed) and subsequent royalties on copies sold via our shop.

We look forward to reading your work!

Please feel free to get in touch on social media or via e-mail if you have any questions!

Via: The Abominable Book Club.

Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Hawaii

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror stories set in Hawaii
Note: Reprints Welcome

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Hawaii. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Hawaii has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Hawaii somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 31st or until filled. The anthology target is 50 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

First and foremost, all submissions must be horror.

However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and nuanced genre. To that end, we’ll read stories that fit into other genres (thriller, family drama, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, et cetera) as long as the story contains horror, and as long as horror is integral to the narrative.

ALL submissions MUST meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):

1. 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)

2. Use “SMART QUOTES”

3. Submit all documents as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pages format

Submit via email to [email protected]

In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.

Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.

If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.

If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.

A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Horror for Hire

Deadline: April 10th, 2020
Payment: 50% to publisher and 50% split amongst contributors evenly
Theme: Scary Stories of Workplace Terror

Stuck in a dead end job? Wish you could get payback on that boss you don’t like? Or maybe it’s a coworker stalking you, or the coffee room rituals that is getting to you. Either way; we want these scary stories all about the workplace. Because Horror is for Hire! Read below the details of our newest anthology.

Title: Horror for Hire
Subtitle: Scary Stories of Workplace Terror

Submissions guidelines:

Word count: Max 5k words, minimum 2k words.

Payment info: 50% to publisher and 50% split amongst contributors evenly.

Email to: [email protected]

We are looking for:
stories of workplace woes, sticking it to the boss in the worst way. Think of the job you hate the most and add horror to it and make it 10 times worse. You can submit non-fiction but please change names if so. We prefer exclusive stories to allow for Kindle Unlimited release. Limit of 3 per author but please submit as many as possible and we will sort through them.

Submissions open: January 13 2020

Deadline: April 10th 2020

Releasing: Spring 2020

We have a Facebook group which will be in the comment thread below.

Via: Facebook.

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