Category: Royalties

Taking Submissions: Futures

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: The future

Submissions are now open for the FUTURES anthology. The future is filled with many things: dreams, dread, hope, despair. The future is inevitable. It pushes forward the course of our lives, it dreams up our ideas of an afterlife, and it forces us to imagine the inevitable end of this world. It drives us towards changes.

What kind of future do you imagine? What is a future you’d like to see? Is the idea of “futures” and linear time a freeing or restraining concept? Send us your best poetry, fiction, essays, or creative non-fiction on the the theme of FUTURES. We welcome writing of all genres and forms (you name it: sci-fi, prose poems, literary fiction, political essays, philosophy, abstract poetry, life stories, fantasy…)

All writers are paid in royalties with the full payment for the initial print run being paid up-front. Royalties are shared equally among all contributors and are not based on page or word count.  Full payment details provided in a publication contract. If you would like more details on payment before submitting, please contact Angela at angela [at] bellpressbooks.com.

There are no word count guidelines, but keep in mind that pages are limited and longer pieces may be less likely to have a place because of this.

Anthology editor: Angela Caravan

To submit, please email angela [at] bellpressbooks.com and include:

  • a cover letter in the body of the email introducing your work
  • a brief bio in the body of your email
  • your writing attached as a single word document
  • the subject line “FUTURES anthology [poetry/prose/cnf/essay/other]”

Preferred formatting:

  • Times New Roman
  • 12pt
  • double spaced
  • word count at the top of the first page
  • poems in one document, with each starting on a seperate page

One submission per writer, though you may submit up to 3 poems if sending poetry (multiple submissions, even if of a different style, will be ignored). Previously unpublished work only (no reprints).

Submissions containing racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or transphobic content will be immediately rejected. We have zero tolerance for abuse in the writing community and writers who violate this standard will be rejected.

We strongly encourage submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ writers.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE DECEMBER 1, 2020


About the Editor

Angela Caravan is a settler on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, BC), and writes both poetry and fiction. She is the author of the micro-chapbook Landing (post ghost press). Her work has also appeared in Broken PencilPulp Literature, Cascadia Rising ReviewSad Mag, and more. She is the Publisher at Bell Press and also runs the Decameron Writing Series (decameronwritingseries.com). You can find her on Twitter at @a_caravan.

Via: Bell Press Books.

Taking Submissions: We Cryptids

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: $200/story + royalties
Theme: Urban Fantasy only (no Science Fiction or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story) that involves Cryptids

We are currently accepting submissions for We Cryptids. The guidelines are as follows:

Word limit: 3000-6000 words.

Pay rate: $200/story + royalties

Genre: Urban Fantasy only (no Science Fiction or Horror, although horror elements may be present in the story). Other forms of fantasy (epic fantasy, Historical Fantasy, or Steampunk, for example) will not be accepted. If the cryptid you choose to write about was sighted in a timeframe earlier than 2020, you are welcome to write within that time frame, but the more modern the story, the better.

Language: English (translations are welcome).

Submissions open: October 31, 2020

Submissions close: March 1, 2021

Rights: We claim first world English rights (no reprints). For an excellent break down of what this means, please see Neil Clarke’s post here.

Cryptids have long haunted our imaginations and folklore. Bigfoot, the chupacabra, Nessie, the Jersey Devil, vampires, the fae, kraken, the mothman, werewolves, and more all feature in the stories we tell ourselves to inspire wonder and mystery. By living on the borders of society, at the edges of the map marked “here be dragons”, cryptids exist in the liminal spaces between fact and fiction.

We Cryptids invites you to consider what would happen if cryptids existed and lived among us. Would they be our neighbors, or would their children be barred from our schools? Would they be disproportionately stopped by police just because of what they were and what they looked like? Would their children be taken from them to be raised by “approved parents” to uphold other people’s values. Would they be allowed to fight for the country, but not allowed to vote? Would their marriage not be recognized by the government? Could they “pass” as human, but still be liable to being fired if anyone found out? Would they be hunted for being different or even murdered for not being human? How would they survive and thrive in a world that doesn’t believe in them and fears those who are different?

Although metaphors for serious and often deadly societal problems, these guidelines are intended to inspire you to look at the world differently and perhaps understand others a little better. Even though the theme may be serious, we will not accept stories of despair. The characters live on the margins of society, but their experiences are not hopeless. Even as cryptids, they have strength, perseverance, and hope.

When writing your story, consider that you’re writing about real experiences that real people have, not just something fictional characters have to deal with. Do your research and write with compassion. Stories that feature cryptids as monstrous due to their marginalization will be less well received than stories that feature characters who are cryptids and marginalized. As an example, I am much more likely to accept a story that features a nonbinary cryptid who is a cryptid and nonbinary, rather than one that features a nonbinary person who is a cryptid because they’re nonbinary.

For tone, I am looking for noblebright, not grimdark.

When choosing a cryptid to write about, please be conscientious of the cultural history of the legend in question and respectful of the cultures from which it originates. Because of this, stories written from one’s own cultural experiences are encouraged.

Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to editor at cuppateapublications dot com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count. In your cover letter, also include the crypitd your story is about.

I welcome and seek out submissions from writers of color, writers outside of the gender binary, writers who are differently abled, neurologically atypical writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, and other diverse individuals.

Via: Cuppatea Publications.

Mirror World Publishing Is Open For Novel And Novella Submissions

Deadline: December 24th, 2020
Payment: 50% of net profits
Theme: Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Romance, LGBT-themed, Adventure, Paranormal/Occult, Comedy, Historical, Portal Fiction, A blend of any two or more of the above genres, Cross-genre, mixed genre, or things that don’t fit genre norms, Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s (please specify your target market in your query letter)

We are an independent Canadian press of escapism fiction for all ages 
and we are passionate about success. We partner with our authors to make the books we produce the best they can be and aim to market them together for maximum exposure. 
We’re proud to be able to offer our books as both paperbacks and e-books. We offer higher royalties than the industry standard  (50% of net profits), author copies at wholesale rate, and worldwide distribution. We respond to all queries we receive within six to eight weeks with a personal response, including suggestions on how to improve your manuscript even if it is not the right fit for us, so there is no need to send a follow-up inquiry. We also promise never to charge our authors for any part of the publishing process, and there is no fee to submit. 
 
Please note: We are a traditional style publishing house, NOT a vanity press, which means we DO NOT charge our authors ANYTHING to publish with us. We proudly support our authors in every way we can and we gladly pay them royalties on every sale. 
We’re looking for Escapism Fiction…

Our goal is to provide readers with the ability to escape the mundane through wildly creative fiction. We’re looking for books that act as gateways to other worlds, times, or versions of reality. We prefer strong story telling, engaging openings, and compelling character development as well as imaginative settings, vivid world building, and interesting themes. If your manuscript transports a reader somewhere else, tells an engaging story and then brings them back feeling like they have experienced something unique, then we want to publish your book!

 

As for genres, we consider primarily:

  •  Speculative Fiction
  •  Fantasy
  •  Science-Fiction
  •  Romance
  •  LGBT-themed
  •  Adventure
  •  Paranormal/Occult
  •  Comedy
  •  Historical
  •  Portal Fiction
  •  A blend of any two or more of the above genres
  •  Cross-genre, mixed genre, or things that don’t fit genre norms
  •  Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s (please specify your target market in your query letter) 

 

As for types of manuscripts, we consider primarily:

  •  Novels (125,000 words maximum)
  •  Novellas (25,000 words minimum)
  •  Graphic Novels (art included)
  •  Children’s Picture Books (art included)
  •  Role-playing System Guidebooks (art included)

We don’t like to limit ourselves, so if you have something you think would fit with our current list of published works, please send it. We’d rather take a chance outside our comfort zones than miss something great.

That being said, here’s a list of things we’re NOT interested in:

  • Non-fiction
  • Memoirs or autobiographies
  • Literary fiction
  • Self-help or inspirational fiction
  • Hard Sci-Fi or Military Sci-Fi
  • Horror / Thriller / Suspense / True crime
  • Christian or other religious fiction
  • Contemporary fiction / Contemporary romance
  • Poetry anthologies or short stories 
For more information on what we’re looking for and advice on how to put together your submissions package, please refer to the information on the left. We also have more tips and tricks on our blog and Youtube channel. Thank you for considering us and we look forward to reading your submissions. 

To submit to Mirror World Publishing, please send the following:

  •  A query letter (clearly stating the genre, word count, and target audience of your manuscript)
  •  A one-page synopsis of the plot, including the ending
  •  The first three chapters or an equivalent sample, attached as a .doc or .docx file

All submissions should be sent to:

[email protected]

 

Expect us to take up to six to eight weeks to respond. We promise to try our best to provide some feedback regardless of acceptance and we respond to all queries we receive.

Our submissions period annually is typically from November 1st until December 24th. Outside of this period, we accept submissions by personal invitation only.

In the meantime, we encourage you to improve your submission by watching the videos below or on our Youtube channel, reading our guidelines, or keeping up with our blog for helpful tips and tricks of the trade.

Via: Mirror World Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Universe of Attractions

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: $5 and royalties
Theme: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Speculative stories featuring a cross-species romance.
Note: Reprints welcome

I hereby announce that submissions are open for our very first anthology, Universe of Attractions! We are looking for Fantasy/Science Fiction/Speculative stories featuring a cross-species romance. Elves may be the champions of interspecies romance, but what about the others? What are some mythological races that usually are passed by? How do Venusians show their love? Do Alpha Centaurians get starstruck? Romance must be an essential part of the story, not just sprinkled on top, and the romance must contribute to character development. And because we are an all-inclusive press, you are not limited to any specific orientations. We’re not looking for hard porn, but sexual intercourse is allowed. You should keep the striptease rule in mind—the more you leave to the imagination, the better. And if you mention body parts, do know where those body parts are! Inaccurate anatomy will get your story rejected.

Length: the target range is between 2000-7500 words. We will consider works outside this, but they will be a harder sell.

Deadline: December 31, 2021. Target date for publication is June 2021.

Pay: $5, with a share of royalties after expenses are met. Payments will be made by Paypal, and will be sent upon receipt of a signed contract.

Guidelines: Failure to follow guidelines will get your story rejected, but you may resubmit if you correct your mistakes.

1) Submit your story as an *.rtf file attached to your cover letter.

2) One-inch margins, double-spaced text.

3) NO TABS! Use the paragraph formatting tool to indent the paragraphs, and use CENTER to place your section dividers.

4) NO page numbers or other headers or footers on the pages!

5) Mark your italics with an underscore before and after the italics.

6) On the first page, in the upper left hand corner, put your legal name, address, and email.

7) Below the title, put the name that you want the story to appear under. Use either your real name or a pen name.

8) On the subject line of the email, write “Universe of Attractions:(your title)(your last name)

9) In the cover letter, write the name, the approximate word count, if this is previously unpublished or a reprint, and tell us anything you want us to know.

10) Email to [email protected]

11) No multiple submissions. Please submit only one story at a time. If we reject your story, you may send another. Stories returned for submission errors may be resubmitted when those are corrected. Stories returned with a request for a rewrite may be resubmitted.

12) Final decisions will be made after the deadline.

13) Editors decisions are FINAL. Arguing with us will not get your story published, but it will get us pissed at you.

14) Address any questions to [email protected]

15) At the bottom of your cover letter, before your signature, write, “There are no green M&Ms in this manuscript.” Put this in even if there are green M&M’s in your manuscript.

Theme and guidelines will be published here and in our newsletter. (Sign up by sending us an email, see contact page for current email.) Please follow all guidelines, even the silly one, or your work will be rejected regardless of quality.

Via: Dead Fish Books.

Taking Submissions: The Protest Diaries

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: 2 cents a word and Royalties
Theme: This book will explore protests with stories, essays and poems. We want to see the people, the protest, the issues that make this something that puts people on the streets.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for The Protest Diaries. 

2020 is not the first year of protests.  The American Revolution started with protests.  India used protest to free themselves from British rule. I could go on, the protestant reformation, the storming of the Bastille.  Protests seldom feel like the birth of freedom and a new era at the time.  At the time, it is anger, resentment, and a fundamental need for change.

But the past four years have re-introduced America to the protest, whether in the name of the BLM movement, the Pussy Hats, even the Back the Blue rallies.  No political ideology has a lock on protests.

This book will explore protests with stories, essays and poems.  We want to see the people, the protest, the issues that make this something that puts people on the streets.  When we read your story, poem, or essay, we want to know what makes it necessary to take to the streets.

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers.    We don’t want just the darkness.  B Cubed publishes satire, humor and laugh out loud.  These stories define us, so don’t be afraid to bring it.  Laughter is part of our humanity.

This book will be edited by Nathan Ockerman and Vanessa Cozzo.

And don’t be afraid to reach.  Past present and future are all within the scope of what we will consider stories for.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Pays $.02 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. As always a share will go to charity, usually ACLU, but that can be changed to something else by agreement with all the contributors. Collaborations will earn 1 share to be split between contributors.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/the-protest-diaries

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at [email protected]com.

Via: B Cubed Press’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Dreamland: Other Stories

Deadline: February 28th, 2021
Payment: Royalties and contributor’s copy
Theme: Dreamland

Edited by Sophie Essex
For publication mid-2021

Submissions close: 28th February 2021

Dreamland embodies the disconnect between reality and the subconscious, between the desire for meaning and the need for escape, between the too-blue sky and the abyss. Dreamland is chaotic gorgeousity.

Seeking: Stories up to 8k words from female identifying writers. Stories that embrace the other: the weird, the transgressive, the uncanny & the strange, the oddness in this world and elsewhere, the surreal. Stories that displace, unsettle, and unnerve. Stories that are subtly subversive in their power.

Whilst the other might be considered supernatural, this anthology will not be exclusively so. The other can come in many forms.

Think Leonora Carrington, Meret Oppenheim, Anna Kavan, Clarice Lispector, Camilla Grudova, Shirley Jackson, Unica Zurn, Björk, Cocteau Twins, Claire Denis, Dorothea Tanning, Helen Marshall, Catherynne M. Valente, Claude Cahun

  • Any genre. No theme.
  • We are not seeking stories set in ‘dreamland’.
  • No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.
  • You will receive a contributor copy and a percentage of net royalties.

Submissions should be sent with a covering email to [email protected]

Via: Black Shuck Books.

Taking Submissions: Alternative War

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: 2 cents a word and Royalties
Theme: A critical look at War and what it does to us.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative War.  A critical look at War and what it does to us.  This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Debora Godfrey, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Apocalypse.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring, I refer you to War, written by  Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1969:

Oh no-there’s got to be a better way
Say it again
There’s got to be a better way-yeah
What is it good for?
War has caused unrest
Among the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die?
War-huh

What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing

Does this mean we will not accept military Sci-Fi?  No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an understanding of the cost of war. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of war and conflict from origin, to back stage, to the field of conflict.  The setting is open anywhere in time and space.  As anyone who has read Churchill will know, war is much more than the fighting.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-war.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST.

Payment.  We pay 2 cents a word and Royalties.  A writer share goes to the ACLU as well.  Shorter submissions can opt for a lump sum payment W/O royalties.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at [email protected].

Via: B Cubed Press’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Alternative Deathiness

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: $.02 a word and royalties
Theme: A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative Deathiness.  A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

Seriously what the hell is death, big guy with bones and a sickle? An ominous Tarot Card?  Or is it simply the passing of one thing for another.  A change in phase. Or, it is the ending of you, and just you, a personal FU from the universe that say oopsie, you’re out of here?

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers.  Have fun.  May as well,  considering the end comes for us all.

This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Truths.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring just remember, we’re old.  Our friends are old, our families are old.  Death is beginning to feel more like a roommate than a concept.  So?  Let the stories rip, show no deference to religion, ritual, or sensitivities.  For god’s sake, we’re talking death here!

And don’t try sneaking zombies and ghosts and vampires in to get around death.  Oh we might buy one or two REALLY GOOD Ones, but that isn’t the focus.

Does this mean we will not accept sensitive looks at this from a more popular perspective?  No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an explanation of the nature of death. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of death and life, can’t have one without the other.  The setting is open anywhere in time and space.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Pays $.02 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. As always a share will go to charity, usually ACLU, but that can be changed to something else by agreement with all the contributors. Collaborations will earn 1 share to be split between contributors.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-deathiness.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at [email protected].

Via: B Cubed Press’s Moksha.