Taking Submissions: Millhaven Press Spring 2019

Deadline: February 1st, 2019
Payment: 6% royality for fiction writers.

You keep copyright and all rights associated with the story.  You give Millhaven Press first North American print rights.

  • Stories should be between 2,500-8,000 words (we may accept something shorter than 2,500 words or something longer than 8,000 but it has to be phenomenal).
  • Do not submit a story for reprint.  We are only interested in previously unpublished material (a story published on a personal blog is ok).
  • No simultaneous submissions.  Please do not submit the story to another outlet while waiting for a response from us.
  • Multiple submissions are ok, but we will only print one story per author, per issue.  If you aren’t sure which is your best, send more than one and we’ll decide.
  • Use an easily readable font, double-space as .doc or .docx.  Send as an e-mail attachment to [email protected]

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Taking Submissions: Mid-Century Murder

Deadline: March 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties
Note: Reprints Allowed.

Call for Submissions – Mid-Century Murder

Mid-Century Murder – cozy to cozy-noir crime stories set in the late forties through the very early sixties. We want stories that evoke the era, though its fashions, homes, furniture and furnishings, vehicles, restaurants, stores and products, music, movies, radio and television, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

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Taking Submissions: Our Write Side Steampunk Anthology 2019

Deadline: January 28th, 2019
Payment: Authors will receive a share of 30% of ebook royalties and 8% of print royalties. Exact shares will be determined by the number of stories accepted and will be stated in the contract for selected authors.

Between now and January 28, we’re accepting short stories in the Steampunk genre. We’re looking for stories between 3,500 and 10,000 words, and that cover a wide range of Steampunk topics.

In brief, Steampunk began as a literary genre loosely inspired by the real or imagined cultures, events, and technologies of the Industrial Era. It can take various forms, from an alternative history, to a dystopian future, to a complete fantasy world untethered to our sense of time and space. In more recent times, Steampunk has leaped from the pages of books and into people’s lives in the form of special events, elaborate costumes, and dedicated “sports.” If you are looking for a more in depth explanation, you can check out this brief intro or all of the wonderful posts on SteampunkJournal.org.
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Taking Submissions: War Of The Worlds: Absolute War

Deadline: January 20th, 2019
Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit.

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s ….Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

General Carl von Clausewitz devised Absolute War. A war single-mindedly focused on the destruction of the enemy and attainment of a political victory (or conquest) by pure force.

Von Clausewitz rejected the theory.

But intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic have higher regard for Absolute War, and wage it in their devastation of the Earth…

War of the Worlds: Absolute War is a collection of short stories expanding on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Generally, we’re seeking to show the entire world’s response to the Invasion.

 

WHAT WE WANT

It’s possible to read The War of the Worlds and assign it to any number of dates within a nearly 30 year period. We’ll be working from the assumption that the Martian Invasion occurred in June, 1896. So far as fitting the novel into a real-world context, consider the narrator of The War of the Worlds to have been H.G. Wells himself, the narrator’s wife to be Amy Wells, and the narrator’s brother to be Frank Wells. The book detailing Wells’ perspective of events was subsequently released in 1898.

Please don’t rehash H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. We have had countless adaptions, sequels, and “stories behind the story,” which have copied Wells beat for beat. While we are treating Wells’ account of the invasion as “canon” for every story, find new things to do within the context of The War of the Worlds.

For example, do not consider yourself bound to the invaders’ total domination of earth militaries. History brims with technologically-disadvantaged cultures surviving invaders, and making them pay for every mile in blood. The British military, so far as the battles Wells was aware of, lost by trying to wage an expected and conventional war. Other countries may have fared better. This is well worth exploring.

Preference will be shown to stories set outside the United Kingdom. We want to see the world at war, and a truly international invasion.

May I use Public Domain Characters? Yes.

Am I strictly bound to science fiction, or can I use magic, etc.? You may use magic and other historical fantasy/urban fantasy tropes, but please be creative. We’re more likely to take something along the lines of The Royal Occultist or Manly Wade Wellman—with gentle, background, hidden, subliminated, or possibly false magic—than Lord Darcy or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

May I use the Cthulhu Mythos? Yes, but I strongly encourage, and prefer, fresh takes. Show us something new. The more it feels like a copy/paste of Lovecraft (or previous stories mixing The War of the Worlds and Mythos fiction), the less interested I’ll be.

Do you take reprints? Yes. Just let us know in the submission (this will not count against you).

What genre are you looking for? Surprise us. While you’re bound to the outline of history and the canon of Wells’ text, you’re free to explore historical fiction, military science fiction, fantasy, occult horror or detection, mystery, adventure, pulp, or literary. We’re more concerned with receiving good, creative stories working from these guidelines than their specific genre. Variety makes a great collection.

STORIES I ESPECIALLY WANT

(DOING ONE OF THESE, AND DOING IT WELL, IS AN ALL BUT GUARANTEED ACCEPTANCE. PLEASE QUERY WITH A FULL PITCH AND THE FIRST 500-1K WORDS. THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED AS AUTHORS RESERVE CONCEPTS. PLEASE HAVE YOUR PITCH PROVIDED BY DECEMBER 1ST, 2018.)
  • Theodore Roosevelt, police commissioner, preparing New York City for the Invasion.
  • Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo must try to manage a war from his exile on the island of Saint Helena, trying to bind the divided Zulu people together to defend the remains of their land from Invaders (this could also neatly set up that, later, he would be blamed—seemingly falsely—for commanding the Bambatha Rebellion from exile).
  • Nellie Bly getting into the thick of the invasion to report on it, possibly while doing a piece on the recently-defeated Warriors of Dahomey.
  • Bass Reeves, late in his career, trying to pursue a murderer across suddenly Martian-infested land (or, truthfully, anything featuring Bass Reeves).
  • Raffles the Amateur Cracksman having the heist of his life, as guards are gone and all he has to dodge are war machines, black smoke, and heat-rays. Comparatively easy, surely! [Claimed.]
  • Moses Angel and his Jewish Free School doing relief work in London (possibly alongside Charles Spurgeon).
  • Stories set in Tibet.
  • Stories set in Japan. [One accepted.]
  • Stories set in Mongolia.
  • A story set in the Arctic Circle or northern Canada with Inuit (and other) peoples dealing with this invasion. How well do the Invaders adapt to the cold?

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN SUBMISSIONS

  • A complete, well-structured story.
  • Competent characters acting in competent ways. Challenge the characters by putting them in situations where their competency doesn’t necessarily apply (easy to do in a Martian invasion), forcing them to work out a creative solution. Don’t let anyone act the fool for convenience.
  • Creative uses of the Martian war-machines, as well as stories featuring their less-explored technology.
  • Set during the Martian invasion of June, 1896 (as described in H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds).

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

HISTORICAL INACCURACY

That’s the big one. Nothing will make us pass on a story faster than historical inaccuracy. We’re willing to work with authors on such things as culture, clothing, food, and general language. The background history of a story is easiest to fix, and we’ll love talking about it with you.

But inaccurate attitudes are a sort of historical inaccuracy that will make us immediately pass on a story. This often leaves stories unfixable.

Bigotry is not the default of history. While you are welcome to explore such things, keep in mind, this should be treated meaningfully rather than as extraneous, exploitative, or a given. Presenting all—or the majority of—your characters as racist, sexist, or the like is one of the fastest ways to the reject pile. We’re far more interested in nuanced portrayals of people than stock types.

People in the 1890s held a wide variety of opinions.Reflecting this, instead of repeating the same stock figures, massively increases your chance of acceptance.

UNACCEPTABLE APPROACHES

The following will be immediately rejected:

  • Jack the Ripper.
  • Victorian governments or scientists developing a nuclear bomb or WMDs.
  • Warfare waged against Mars itself.
  • The Martian invasion leading into an alternate history scenario—or alternate history scenarios themselves.
  • Killing or significantly altering the lives of historical figures.
  • H.G. Wells-focused stories (unless requested).
  • Parody
  • A murder covered-up by the Invasion’s chaos.

COMMON HISTORICAL ERRORS TO AVOID

  • Corsets were not uncomfortable, or dangerously binding.
  • The Victorian English were not deeply repressed, and most “Victorian sexuality” commentary has no basis in reality (what does, only applied to upper-class Americans in New England). Most jokes about “Victorian sexuality”—such as skirts on piano legs and the insistence on the word “limbs”—were started by the English, about Americans.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit.

Rights: First World Digital and Print.

Deadline: January 20th, 2019

Word Count: 4,000-20,000

How to Submit your Story:

  • All stories should be sent, as an attachment, to [email protected].
  • The file must be formatted in .doc or .docx.
  • The interior of the document must be in double spaced Times New Roman (12 point font).
  • Indents must be placed through your system’s Paragraph function; do not set indents by pressing tab or space. If you already have tabbed or spaced indents, please remove them first. Please use full em dashes (—).
  • At the top of your document, please include William Shunn’s submission header.
  • Tell us a bit about yourself in the body of your email. Don’t stress this, it won’t make or break your submission. Please include your word count and bio.
  • Place the collection you’re submitting to, your name, and your story title in the subject line of your email. For example, “War of the Worlds: Absolute War / H.G. Wells / The Crystal Egg”

Special Thanks to Sophie Iles for the Banner Art (http://www.sophieiles.co.uk/)

DOWNLOAD THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: ABSOULTE WARGUIDELINES IN PDF

The PDF contains extra information about the Martians and their technology from H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, to assist authors as an at-hand guide.

Via: 18th Wall Productions.

Ongoing Submissions: Serial

Payment: At least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication and royalties

Submission Guidelines

Please send your submissions to [email protected]. We prefer attached Word Docs or Google Docs.

General Guidelines

We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, and romance. While “exciting”, “entertaining,” and “fun” are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.

The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!

If your submitted work has been published before, please let us know where. We accept previously published work, however we want to make sure that we’re truly helping you gain more exposure. SERIAL stories are published under a non-exclusive publishing agreement. We do not require copyright transfer, exclusivity, or first rights.

SHORT STORIES:

We accept short stories that are 500-10,000 words.

NOVELLAS, NOVELS, SERIALIZED FICTION

We publish serialized fiction. The word count for each “chunk” or chapter of fiction must be 7,500 – 10,000 words. There’s some wiggle room there, but that’s what you should be aiming towards. In order to be accepted, we require that you submit two chunks of the story and an outline of the remaining story with an estimate of how many chunks remain. We ask that serial fiction writers commit to publishing at least one chunk a month. We also ask that writers keep in mind that each chunk should end on a mild to extreme cliffhanger.

Genre Specific Guidelines

Below are a couple notes to keep in mind for specific genres.

SERIAL MYSTERY, HORROR, AND THRILLER

  • For these genres in particular, please make your outline extremely thorough. Include every red herring, scare, and twist you plan. The more, the better. We want to know exactly how you’re going to keep the suspense going.

ROMANCE

  • It’s said that romance can’t be romance without a Happily Ever After ending, but we’re totally okay with you blowing that idea up. We love unexpected endings, romances that dip into melodrama, or even romances that completely switch genres midway through. Romance-horror anyone? Traditional romances will be accepted too of course, but if you want to have fun with the genre, you are welcome here.

Illustrations and Comics

We also accept black and white illustrations and comics that fit within our genres. While we love the aesthetic of vintage pulp fiction magazines, we’re open to all styles.

What to Expect

After we receive your submission, a few things will happen.

  1. You will receive a response within 10 days with constructive feedback.
  2. If we plan to move forward with your piece, two things may happen:
    • We may make line edits to your piece and ask you to approve them.
    • We may ask you some follow up questions in order to draft a quick contract.
  3. You will be sent a contract that explains your rights, our rights, and your payment.
  4. Before the magazine sale date, you will receive a payment of at least $1.60 / page. You will also receive a free copy of the publication.
  5. Every 20th of the month, you will receive a royalties payment if applicable. This payment is calculated by # of issues sold x net revenue per issue (typically $1.00 or more) / 2 x the percentage of pages you contributed to the issues sold. Essentially 50% of our revenue goes to our writers and 50% goes to covering business expenses. We keep our back issues (up to a certain point) in stock, so writers may continue to earn on old issues.

Via: Serial.

Ongoing Submissions: Wicked Words Quarterly

Payment: $20 and if the issue your story is included in makes a net profit 50% of this net profit will be shared between the contributors on a per word basis.

Wicked Words Quarterly is looking for previously unpublished works of science fiction, fantasy or horror with a twist.

Each quarterly magazine will include several pieces of flash fiction of any length up to 750 words. It will also include several short stories of between 1,000 and 7,500 words, and in the Winter edition it will include a Novella of between 7,500 and 15,000 words.

All writing will be receive an initial payment of $20, all payments will be made by PayPal, this will be paid in the quarter of first publication. Then if the issue your story is included in makes a net profit 50% of this net profit will be shared between the contributors on a per word basis.

I aim to reply to your submissions as soon as possible, but it is most likely that the reply to your submission will be made in the month that is closed for submissions for that issue.

Full details of terms and conditions please see the FAQ, I will assume that when you send a submission you have read these and agree to them.

To submit by email please send your story as an attached RTF or Word document to [email protected] and include your name, address, contact details, synopsis of the story and a short biography that will be included on the website and in the e-zine to accompany your story (your contact details will only be included if you wish them to).

I’ve had to remove the submission form as it was causing major problems with formatting. I will be looking into other ways for you to submit your work but for now please send me an email with your work attached as an .rtf or .doc file.

Via: Wicked Words Quaterly.

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