Taking Submissions: Apocalyptic

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word w/royalties

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in 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.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

APOCALYPTIC is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse. Stories featuring more interesting apocalypses, settings, and twists on the typical apocalypse will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a zombie apocalypse. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We are interested in all kinds of apocalypses: zombies, meteors, flus, robots, climate changes, space critters, alien invasions, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:
The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2019. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2020. Please send submissions to [email protected] You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2020.
If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2020. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2020. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.
Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected] Thank you.

Taking Submissions: Apocalyptic

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word w/royalties

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in 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.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

APOCALYPTIC is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse. Stories featuring more interesting apocalypses, settings, and twists on the typical apocalypse will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a zombie apocalypse. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We are interested in all kinds of apocalypses: zombies, meteors, flus, robots, climate changes, space critters, alien invasions, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:
The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2019. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2020. Please send submissions to [email protected] You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2020.
If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2020. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2020. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.
Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected] Thank you.

Taking Submissions: Scary Snippets Halloween Anthology

Deadline: October 15th, 2019
Payment: 25% to Publisher, 75% split evenly across all contributors of the collection

Here is the group call link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372178610142234/

Info: seeking horrific short stories that feature the theme of anything creepy for the Halloween season. Ghosts, goblins, any and all horror is accepted.

Word count: 500 words or less

Multiple submissions allowed. Send as many as you wish and we will sift through them to pick the best for the collection. Exclusive stories only.

email for submissions

[email protected]l.com

Format: 12 pt. Times New Roman, double spaced, proper indentation, word document. Left hand corner: author name, title, email, and word count.

Pay: 25% to Publisher, 75% split evenly across all contributors of the collection

Deadline: October 15

Publishing: Halloween 2019

Taking Submissions: Exchange Students

Deadline: October 15th, 2019

Payment: $20, royalties, and a contributor’s copy

EXCHANGE STUDENTS is an anthology to be published by Hadrosaur Productions that will explore the vast realms of what it might mean to be an exchange student at any point in time, space, or across dimensions. Most of us have known foreign exchange students in our school years. This anthology imagines an exchange student program expanded to include students from the past, the future, fairies, trolls, distant alien races, and any other exchange student the author might dream of.

Needs: Science Fiction, fantasy, or horror stories up to 6,000 words. Query if you have a longer story you feel would be suitable. Flash fiction (1000 words or less) is welcome. Send only complete manuscripts. Postal submissions and email attachments should be prepared in standard manuscript format as described in most writer reference books such as Writer’s Market—please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Additional guidelines for preparing and sending electronic mail submissions are at the bottom of this document. Please only send one short story.

When to submit: Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019. We will not consider submissions sent after that date.

Tips: Let your imagination soar to its greatest heights and write down the results. Above all we are looking for thought-provoking ideas, strong characters, and good writing. For this anthology, we are looking for stories about people of different cultures interacting and learning from the experience. Keep portrayals of any real, living cultures used in your story positive.

Do not send: Works with excessively graphic/gory violence (good horror is about atmosphere, not cheap gross outs, and absolutely no violence to children). Please avoid clichéd or overdone ideas. We really like stories that take the conventions of science fiction and turn them on their heads—exploring them seriously and intelligently from new perspectives. Do not send stories with essentially no science fictional or fantastic elements. Do not send stories with copyrighted characters unless you are the copyright holder. We hope to make this anthology available to people of all ages, so please avoid graphic sex.

Reprints, Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions. If you send a submission to us, don’t send it elsewhere. If you send a submission to us, don’t send another until you’ve heard a response. We want one story at a time. If you have a reprint you think might be suitable, please query before submitting.

Rights: We will buy first or reprint anthology rights for all material. It is important to let us know if a story will be a reprint.

Payment: We will pay a $20.00 advance per original story plus a share of royalties. Note, we are always receptive to trading product in lieu of cash payment. To see what we have available, visit http://www.hadrosaur.com. Contributors will also receive one copy of the printed book.

Response time: We attempt to respond to all submissions in a timely manner. If a submission simply doesn’t grab us, you may see a response in a few days. If we like something and we’re seriously considering it, it may take a couple of months. Don’t take a quick response as meaning your submission was “bad.” If you haven’t heard a response to your submission in about six weeks, it doesn’t hurt to query.

Our address:
Sheila Hartney, Editor
Hadrosaur Productions
P.O. Box 2194
Mesilla Park, NM 88047-2194

For e-mail submissions: [email protected]

We request email submissions be handled as follows:

  • Either embed your work in the body of the email, or send an RTF, Word Doc, or DocX attachment. Your word processor should save in this format using the “Save as…” function. Other formats will not be considered.
  • If you embed your work in the body of the email, format stories so there is a blank line between paragraphs.
  • Email submissions must include a physical address and an email address in the body of the message and on the manuscript’s first page.
  • If the message looks like spam, there’s a good chance we will delete it unread.
  • Please include the words “Exchange Students submission” in the subject line to help us recognize your mail as a submission.
  • Like postal mail, email can be misrouted or lost. Email submissions are done at the author’s risk.

Websites: http://hadrosaur.com and http://www.talesofthetalisman.com

Via: Hadrosaur.

Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Washington

Deadline: October 1st, 2019
Payment: Royalties

The third entry in an anthology series showcasing horror in every state, “Horror USA: Washington” is all about the terrors, horrors, creeps, and shrieks found in Washington State.

Stories must be horror, they must be original, and they must take place in Washington State.

The submission deadline is 1 October 2019. 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 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 .doc, .docx, or .pages format

12 point standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Courier, etc)

Double-spaced

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: Alternate Realms Magazine – Future Watch 20/20

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties

In this special issue of our magazine, we’re asking the big questions about tomorrow coupled with the clarity of hindsight applied to potential futures.

What does the future look like? How will today’s technologies and events affect the way humans live tomorrow, a decade from now, or in two centuries? Is reality a giant plot to fool humans? Is free will truly possible, or are aliens or machines controlling our lives? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Will we ever meet life from other worlds, or escape the bounds of our solar system, our bodies, or our minds?

Stories should speak to the human element (even if the human element is translated/demonstrated through a non-human character) rather than focusing exclusively on exciting whizz-bangs. Dark tones aren’t necessary, but undercurrents of conspiracy are welcome. The approximate genres we’re looking for are Science Fiction/Future Tech, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, or any other genre that is appropriate, including Solarpunk, as long as it’s based in our reality and magic of any sort is given a plausible explanation. We’re not looking to confine writers to a certain sphere; rather, we’re hoping writers will use this opportunity to practice limitless thinking and surprise us with their stories.

Stories should be between 1500 and 7500 words in length.

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2020.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. See our submission guidelines for details on submitting prior to sending us your story. Do not query on submission status before 30 April 2020.

Once accepted, writers will have two weeks to negotiate any suggested edits and return finalized manuscripts to us. There’s wiggle room on this, depending on our time frame, so ask if you need help.

We’re limiting submissions to one story per author. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. No reprints. Original, unpublished fiction only. We will consider tie-in stories if they can stand on their own.

Please see our submission guidelines for details on pay rates and rights.

Via: Alternate Realms Magazine.

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