Taking Submissions: Interstellar Flight Press Novellas

Deadline: September 15th, 2019
Payment: 40% of all Publisher’s Net Receipts to the author as royalties.
Note: They’re willing to send sample contracts in advance so you can look them over before deciding.

Call for Novellas
Interstellar Flight Press will be open for submissions of speculative novellas from May 15-September 15. We are looking for:

  • Fiction Novellas 17,500–40,000 words.
  • Speculative genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Weird, Mystery/Thrillers or any combination of the above. Hybrids or difficult to categorize novellas are welcome.
  • Young Adult novellas are okay as long as they are speculative in some way.
  • We will consider both standalone novellas and series (Please submit the first book in a series only).

Guidelines:

  • Please send complete manuscripts (your entire novella) in .doc or .docx formats, formatted in Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Please include a synopsis on the first page of your manuscript, max 500 words.
  • We require a cover letter with bio. Be sure to include links to your website and social media so we can get to know you.
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine, just let us know if you need to withdraw. Novellas should be previously unpublished.
  • Agented submissions are welcome. If you’re an agent, please send us an email or submit via the submission form.


We are keen to publish new authors as well as to hear from more established authors. As always, we love hearing from authors from underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities.

All of our books receive a full marketing plan and are printed in hardcover and paperback formats, as well as distribution as eBook and audiobook. We consider publishing a collaboration and pay 40% of all Publisher’s Net Receipts to the author as royalties. Depending on the project, we may also offer an advance. We ask for exclusive world English rights, audio rights, and some subsidiary rights. We believe in transparency. If you would like to see a sample of our contract, please email us at contact (at) interstellarflightpress (dot) com.

Our turnaround time around three months. Please query if you haven’t heard from us after 90 days.

Via: Interstellar Flight Press.

Taking Submissions: Extinct Worlds

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payent: Royalties

  • Publication – October 2021
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – After killing Earth, humans have been launched into space exploration. Discovering aliens and new technologies, future generations are unrecognizable from the Earthlings that once were. There are a select few who want to go back to their roots, some who will prevent this at all costs, and others who don’t care. Where do your characters fit within the vast universe full of the unknown?

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* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 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 articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.

 

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.

 

Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating.
Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements.

Antho

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: The Monsters We Forgot

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties

“The Monsters We Forgot” is an anthology based on urban legends, folktales, and fairy tales that nobody knows. In essence: we want you to make up an urban legend, folktale, fairy tale, cryptid, or piece of town lore and either write it, or write a story about people who have to deal with it one way or the other. For example: people who encounter the subject of the legend; how the legend came to be; how the legend affects people; people who lived through (or with?) it, and so on.

The submission deadline is 31 July 2019. Our target is 30 stories. Authors may submit as many stories as they wish, but each author will be limited to three accepted stories.

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

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.

First and foremast, all submissions must be horror. However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and often 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 be within the horror genre, and MUST meet the following requirements:

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

12 point Arial, Calibri, or Courier font

Double-spaced

Submit via email to [email protected]

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

PLEASE NOTE: If your piece is accepted for publication, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights. A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Creature Feature Novellas

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties, 4 contributor copies if story is over 40k

Creature Feature — LGBTQIA Collection Call — MONSTERS OUT OF MYTH AND LEGEND WITH INTENTIONS MOST FOUL! THEY CRAWL OUT OF YOUR NIGHTMARES WITH UNSPEAKABLE DESIRES!

Some call them monsters; some call them imaginary; and some call them misunderstood. But what is the truth behind the creatures we find ourselves so fascinated by?

LESS THAN THREE PRESS invites you to send your most scintillating, subversive, and scary monster stories for consideration as part of our CREATURE FEATURE collection.

Editor’s note: This collection is an homage to movie monsters of yore and the popularity of paranormal fiction. We’re happy to see stories queered and subverted about classic monsters or those of your own creation—and we suggest authors using classic movie or pulp monsters make sure their creature is in the public domain. Here’s a list to start with.

Also, authors should note works accepted for publication from this call will have covers designed to fit the collection’s theme of B-movie nostalgia.

THE DETAILS:

  • Deadline is July 31, 2019
  • Stories should be at least 20,000 words and should not exceed approx 60,000 words in length.
  • Please put “Submission – Creature Feature” in the subject line
  • Stories must feature at least one monster/creature as part of a relationship (romantic, sexual, platonic, etc.).
  • Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
  • The primary genre is by nature speculative, but can contain any sub-genre or genre mashup: mystery, historical, contemporary, space opera, cyberpunk, etc.
  • All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.

Creature Feature is a collection, meaning stories will be sold individually and authors paid royalties. Examples: For the HoardPeacockIntertwined.

Authors will receive one copy each of the ebook formats LT3 produces. Authors with works 40k or longer will receive 4 paperback copies of their book.

Stories should be complete before submitting, and thoroughly edited—do not submit a first draft. They can be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, single spaced with a space between paragraphs, in an easy to read font (we prefer Calibri size 12) with no special formatting (no elaborate section separation, special fonts, etc). Additional formatting guidelines can be found here.

Any questions/concerns should be directed to Senior Acquisitions Editor Amanda Jean, at [email protected] or on Twitter @amandahjean.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected].

Via: Less Than Three Press.

Taking Submissions: All Dark Places 2

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties

  • Deadline – July 31st, 2020
  • Publication – October 2020
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.

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* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 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 articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.

 

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.

 

Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating.
Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements.

Antho

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: The Secret Lunar Wars

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties and a contributors copy

The myth of the US-USSR space race was that it was done for scientific prestige.

Behind that is the deeper myth that it was done for nuclear superiority and counterbalance.

The truth is that it was done to save humanity.

Immortal Works (editor Bruce F. Webster) hereby calls for submission for an anthology of SPACE-THEMED ALTERNATE HISTORY to be called THE SECRET LUNAR WARS: 1956-1979.

Deadline: August 31, 2019
Payment: Royalties and a contributor copy

The President of the United States looked across the Oval Office desk at the Director of NASA, a holdover from the prior administration. “I’m sorry it’s taken so long to have this meeting, but I’m still getting a handle on this job. That said, let me cut to the chase: we sent men to the Moon roughly a half a century ago, but have done nothing since. Why?”

The Director bit his lip, grimaced a bit, then said, “To talk about that, we’ll need to bring the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence into the discussion.”

The President, startled, asked, “Why, for heaven’s sake?”

Another grimace. “Because there are – complications – with us, with anyone putting humans on the Moon again. Big complications. Deadly complications. Complications you probably wouldn’t believe. Trust me, we’re not incompetent at NASA. We could have multiple bases on the Moon by now if we wanted to. But we’ve been deliberately dragging our feet on any human mission outside of low Earth orbit since the 1970s. For very good reasons.”

The Secret Lunar Wars is an anthology of alternate history short stories that explains what was really going on during the period of time from the first suborbital rocket launches in 1956 to the fall of Skylab from orbit in 1979. Here’s the framework:

  1. Your story will explain what was actually going on during (or at some key point[s]) of that time period, with two requirements: the public perception of events remains that of the actual historical record (hence, “secret”), and the fate of humanity has to somehow be at stake. It also would explain – or at least hint at – why humans have not been back to the Moon, or even outside of low Earth orbit (LEO), since 1972 (Apollo 17).
  2. For those interested, here is a spreadsheet timeline (Excel .xlsx) with over 200 actual space missions and related events during the period in question, along with (actual) historical notes that should suggest all sorts of story ideas. (Example: fertilized quail eggs on board a Russian space station were developing embryos without heads. No, really. Check out Soyuz 32, 02/25/79.) Feel free to weave in other actual historical events from the same time period.
  3. Each story can stand alone, though authors are permitted (nay, encouraged) to coordinate their stories if they desire. In such cases, we will group the coordinated stories together.
  4. The genre can be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or some combination thereof. Tone can range from tongue-in-cheek humor to stark Lovecraftian despair. In any case, explanation must be given as to why the true events occurred and the grave threat to humanity remained secret.
  5. Content would be within Immortal Works guidelines (“Appropriate for Teens – Intriguing for Adults”).
  6. Length should be at least 2,000 words and no more than 10,000 words.
  7. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2019, or until filled.
  8. Authors will not receive up front payments. Authors will share in revenue from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complementary copy.
  9. Send queries, story proposals, and submissions to [email protected]. Include the words SECRET LUNAR WARS in the subject line.

The President of the United States sat in the secure conference room in Area 51, which is where the other three participants – the Director of NASA, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence  — insisted this briefing take place. The information presented was, literally, incredible.

The President looked at the others. “I can’t believe it. This is just too much to take in. And you say this has been going on for all these decades?”

The SecDef nodded. “Yes,. That’s why we brought you out here. We had to show you certain things that we keep here, that are only known to a few people.”

A sigh from the President. “Well, if that’s what we have to do, that’s what we have to do.” A look at the others. “But we can still go to Mars, can’t we?”

The other three all looked at one another and then back at the President. The DNI said, “About that….”

Via: And Still I Persist.

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