Payment: 1 cent ($.01) per word to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat.
Nonfiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words. Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below). As for contemporary authors to add to this list, Livia Llewelyn, S.P. Miskowski, Matthew M. Bartlett, T. E. D. Klein, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Nicole Cushing, Mark Samuels, and many more have produced work that we would love to see subjected to intelligent critical analysis and discussion.
Literary Horror Fiction from 750-6,000 words. Note: We are looking for original work inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes (regarding which, see the list on our main page).
Poetry at a length of no more than 50 lines, dealing with subjects and themes that fall within our area of interest.
Artwork that similarly addresses our subject matter.
The following authors and their work are of especial interest to Vastarien:
William S. Burroughs
Louis Ferdinand Celine
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edgar Allan Poe
Peter Wessel Zapffe
LENGTH: See the specific guidelines above for length requirements for different types of submissions. Additionally, in no case will a submission over 7,500 words be considered for publication without prior approval. Words subject to inclusion in the overall word count shall include the body of the submission and any explanatory footnotes; citations shall not be included in the overall word count.
PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat. Payment for artwork is negotiable. We purchase first serial and electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the journal and the right to archive your work online.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is via Submittable only:
ACCEPTABLE FILE TYPES: DOC, DOCx, and RTF
RESPONSE TIME: We aim to respond to submissions within two weeks (though final selection can take longer). If you have waited longer than 60 days, feel free to query us at [email protected], with QUERY plus the title of your submitted work in the subject line.
INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: Vastarien welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT:Vastarien believes in promoting a range of excellent writing and artwork from authors of diverse backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations. We encourage submissions from authors and artists traditionally underrepresented in horror and pieces that reflect these varying perspectives.
VASTARIEN DOES NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING:
Unsolicited reprints (defined as essays, articles, stories, or poems that have already appeared anywhere online or in any other published form)
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
Payment: 2 cents a word and a contributor’s copy
Triangulation will be accepting submissions as of December first 2017. This year’s theme: “Music”. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual, now in our 14th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, and horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.
Theme: “Music” We’re looking for fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror stories where music, a musical instrument, the parts of music, or musical culture make an appearance in a meaningful way. As a thematic element, you can apply a light touch or go full tuba. Be aware that we may, in this case, retool the title a bit, depending on the exact quality and character of the submissions we receive. But if you’ve got a better title than “Triangulation: The Musical”, let us know in your cover letter.
Submissions Open: December 1, 2017
Submissions Close: February 28, 2018
Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.
Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.
Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).
Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.
Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.
We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.
We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.
We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.
We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.
How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.
Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.
We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
.doc or .docx (MS Word)
.rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)
Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.
Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.
Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.
Deadline: February 28th, 2018
Payment: $.03 cents a word
Red Rabbit Publishing is seeking submissions for Red Rabbit Presents, a new anthology of sci-fi short stories. I’m looking for action-filled stories told well. That simple.
NOTE: Please Like Red Rabbit’s Facebook group for just-in-time information.
THEME: The first issue will release around mid-2018 and the theme will be military sci-fi. Professional soldiers, command structure, mechs beating down aliens, things like that. Explosions and heroes. Think of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers as an example of military sci-fi.
PAY & LENGTH: Rate is $.03 cents a word, original content (no reprints) only. A minimum of 3,000 words and up to 6,000. Story length can go beyond (up to 8,000), but pay will only be to 6,000. ($90.00 to $180.00). Payment will be at time of publication through PayPal. If print books are created, all contributing authors will receive a copy.
RIGHTS: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 180 days from date of release. Red Rabbit retains non-exclusive reprint and e-book rights afterward.
DEADLINE: Story deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. Story selection will be made by April 1, 2018. All entrants will be notified around that time or shortly thereafter.
EDITING: A professional editor will work with all authors to ensure a quality story is published. If you prefer, you can secure professional editing at your own expense. (BYOE – Bring Your Own Editor)
BOOK COVERS & PRODUCTION: Red Rabbit Publishing will handle all aspects of design, formatting, and story placement.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: That’s fine, as long as I’m notified (by email) if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
SUBMISSION: Send an email to RRPsubmissions (at) akmeek.com with story attached as a Word document. Please use “Mid-2018 Submission” for email subject. Include the following in the email: story name, word count, author name, along with a blurb of any other information you think I’d like to know. Examples are: awards, social reach, newsletter subscriber count, etc. I’ll leave it up to what you feel is important.
QUESTIONS: Please check out Red Rabbit’s Facebook group (link above). If you prefer, send an email to the submissions email address (above). Please use “question” in the subject line.
Deadline: March 30th, 2018
Payment: $.03 per word and 2 contributor’s copies
Corpus Press is now accepting submissions for a new Halloween-themed horror anthology. Submissions will be accepted according to our publishing needs, regardless of author publication history or status. Submissions should appeal to a wide audience (late teen to adult).
What we are looking for:
Not previously published short stories of 4,500-8,500 words that have a central theme associated with Halloween and can be characterized within the broad realm of “horror” fiction.
Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.
Stories can be frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale.
What we are NOT looking for:
Stories that have been hastily retrofitted with a coating of “Halloween” references to fit the submission guidelines. These are easily spotted and will be immediately rejected.
Stories that contain excessively explicit language, sexuality and violence, or that have a main goal of shocking the audience with poor taste (language, sexuality and violence is acceptable, however, if it is essential to the story and is handled in a tasteful manner). This IS NOT an “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” anthology.
Abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged.
Stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.
We will not be accepting epistolary fiction for this anthology.
Document Requirements: Submissions must be in an editable format. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for author name, email address and word count information to be placed at the end of the document to assist in blind review process.
Submission window: October 29, 2017 – March 30, 2018. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please disclose this in your submission. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than May 31, 2018.
Pay Rate: $.03 per word. Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.
Anthology target length: 300-350 pages. Title TBD.
Terms: Corpus Press maintains exclusive paperback, hardcover and eBook publishing rights from date of publication until November 2019, at which time full republication rights revert back to the author. Author retains all audiobook rights. Publisher retains future publishing rights to maintain the submitted work in print as part of the published anthology. Final contract required to be signed upon acceptance which may contain additional terms and conditions.
(Please note: the terms of these submissions guidelines are for reference only, are subject to change without notice and do not constitute any legal agreement or offer to contract by Corpus Press or any of its operators. By submitting your work to Corpus Press for consideration, submitters agree not to hold Corpus Press or any of its operators liable for any damages, perceived or real, arising from their submission.)
Payment: $25-50 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry
Note: Updated 10/17/2017
So you want to submit to Gallows Hill. Awesome! There’s a good chance we’d like to read your work! But let’s get some ground rules set so we don’t waste your time and effort. Remember – more rejections are sent out due to a piece not being a great fit for a magazine than for a piece being poorly written, so it is a good idea to read these guidelines and understand them before submitting.
We publish dark fiction. This primarily means horror, but dark fantasy, gothic, supernatural and ghost stories, black comedy, and genre-benders stand an equal chance if they are well written. In fact, there are certain issues coming up that focus entirely on the genres that are tangential to horror, like dark fantasy.
We publish short stories. We are a roughly 60-page magazine that balances fiction with tons of other awesome content. That means we can only devote limited space to fiction, and we want to publish as many people as possible. So we do not consider novels or novellas for the magazine. We do hold competitions such as our annual NaNoWriMo competition that look for long-form fiction, but general submissions should be no more than 9,000 words.
We publish upsetting content. This magazine revolves around horror, a genre dedicated to making the reader uncomfortable. If you have scenes or elements in your work that you are afraid might upset us, submit it anyway. Our editors checked their delicate sensibilities at the door. Of course, any mature content needs to be justified in the story. Any sex or violence or gore can’t be done strictly for shock value.
We publish articles, reviews, and columns. Do you have something to say about horror? Want to submit a review or exclusive interview? Want to start a monthly column that discusses a particular aspect of horror culture? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to submit your work to us, or email our Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]) with a pitch if you’d rather.
We publish poetry. Send your dark poems on over! Short poems are cool because we can scatter them in with other content, but we do longer poetry as well. Just don’t send a 10,000-line epic. See #2 for reasoning.
We publish artwork. We love dark art (note: different than the dark arts). We are always looking for artwork, photography, or any other sort of visual piece to publish. From cover images to illustrations, from photography to serial-published visual stories, we want it all! If you are interested in submitting artwork and photography, please email [email protected] directly.
We are humans. That’s right. Despite what some websites might claim, a good editor cannot be replaced with a robot or algorithm. Our staff reads every submission we get, and that takes a lot of time. So be patient. You can stay up-to-date with where your piece is by tacking its progress on HeyPublish. We will respond to every request once we make a decision, but we can’t guarantee that our decision will be quick. With that in mind, we are totally cool with simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
We don’t just publish a magazine. That’s right. We do more. While we are still in the developmental stage for our book, comics, and poetry imprints, we do offer you the chance to get published in our anthologies. Most notably our annual Editor’s Choice Awards. Because our magazine revolves around themes, sometimes our favorite pieces just don’t fit into the publishing schedule for Gallows Hill. That’s when we go hit the golden buzzer in the middle of the office and unleash a cascade of streamers and glitter and balloons. Those stories will be accepted into our year-end special edition e-book and promoted all year. Cleaning up the office afterwards is a pain, though.
We do believe in paying writers and artists for their work. While we are working diligently to getting to a full $0.05 per word, our current rates are $25-50 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry, and $10-50 for artwork and photography.
That’s pretty much all I can think of to tell you. On behalf of all of the editors here at Gallows Hill, I wish you the best of luck with your submission. We are looking forward to reading your work!
Now go submit. What are you waiting for? A giant button to click?
Submit Here. (Sorry, we I’m too busy to code in the button like they have on the actual page!) 😉
First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy over there on the right.
We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.
But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.
Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”
Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline.
We told you, we’re looking for a good story.
If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.
From Issue 8 onwards we will be publishing one story of up to 10,000 words, otherwise it’s a maximum of 5,000 words.
What we Offer and Rights
We offer £10/1000 word at the moment.
We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).
We buy first digital and print world rights in English, but your rights are returned to you after 6 months of original publication (digital or print), and you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity.
What to Submit
We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.
Submit only one story.
We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).