Taking Submissions: Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $.02 per word or $10 per poem

2020 will see the release of four quarterly anthologies of original fiction, poetry, and art from Carrion Blue 555 collectively titled Seasons of Rot. These volumes hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, festering ways.

Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.

Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting. Less is more. We seek horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, bizarro work.

The first volume, Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms, will be released March 20, 2020. The following volumes will be released on their respective equinox/solstice, with subtitles to be determined.

Deadline: December 31, 2019.

Fiction:

No word limit, but we are only offering payment up to 5,000 words.

$0.02USD per word. $5 minimum, $100 maximum.

Poetry:

We are open to single poems or multi-poem cycles.

$10USD per poem, longer cycles will be negotiated.

Art:

Black-and-white only.

$10USD per piece.

All accepted authors and artists will receive one contributor copy of the volume(s) they appear in. We are asking for six month exclusivity for accepted works from time of the respective volume’s release. Important: due to payment issues in the past, we will only make payments via Paypal.

Attach word document (doc or docx) or image files as an email to carrionblue555 [at] gmail [dot] com. In your subject, please include the season you are submitting to and your name. We aren’t picky, but something like this will work:

AUTUMN SUBMISSION: three poems by Oswald Hullad

In the body of the email, please include your legal name, your name as it appears in print (if different), the title(s) of your submission(s), and a short bio that will be included in the anthology. We endeavor to respond to submissions within a couple weeks of receipt, but may ask to shortlist work until the end of the submission period.

No simultaneous submissions please. Multiple submissions are allowed, including for different volumes. Please attach all submissions to a single email. No reprints.

We have worked hard to make Carrion Blue 555 a home for diversity, and eagerly invite creators of all racial, sexual, and neurological bearings to submit.

By submitting, you are agreeing to all of the above, and acknowledge that the work is wholly yours to submit.

Via: Carion Blue 555.

Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit Magazine Issue 8: Euphoria (Short Window!)

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $0.03 per word

Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.

  • February 15-28
  • May 15-31
  • August 15-31
  • November 15-30

Submissions received outside of posted open dates will be deleted unread.

Our themes for 2019 will be:

  • Resistance (Submission period November 15-30, 2018 CLOSED, Published January 2019)
  • Ambition (Submission period February 15-28, 2019, CLOSED Published April 2019)
  • Retribution (Submission period May 15-31, 2019, CLOSED Publishing July 2019)
  • Euphoria (Submission period August 15-31, 2019, CLOSED Publishing October 2019)

Our themes for 2018: Apparition (Published January 2018) – Delusion (PublishedApril 2018) – Vision (Published July 2018) – Diversion (Published October 2018)

Apparition Lit also holds monthly flash fiction contests. These stories will follow selected themes and be published online.

For more information on themes and submission guidelines, please see the flash fiction drop down below.

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a semi-pro rate magazine, paying $0.03 per word, minimum of 30.00 dollars (excluding flash contest. See details in the Flash Fiction dropdown for flash rates). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

(Click on the sections to see detailed guidelines for each classification.)

SHORT FICTION:

We will only accept stories between 1000-5000 words. If the story is complete with an extra hundred words, then it will still be considered. Any stories over 5,100 words, or incorrectly formatted, will automatically be rejected.

PAYMENT:

Apparition is a semi-pro magazine, paying $0.03 per word, minimum of 30.00 dollars (excluding flash contest). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  1. Format the story using the Shunn manuscript
  2. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
  3. Save as an RTF file and attach to an email
  4. In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that includes your name, the title of the short story, word count, and any relevant publications
  5. Edit the email’s subject line so it reads: SUBMISSION: Title of Your Story
  6. Email your formatted email and short story manuscript to [email protected]
  7. Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails

RESPONSE TIME:

All acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query to: [email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want it all. Send us your strange, misshapen stories.

Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story.

Diversity is as important in fiction as it is in real life. We want a mosaic of stories, from authors of all identities and walks of life.

WHAT WE DON’T ACCEPT:

While we love dark stories with macabre elements, we will not accept stories with gratuitous and graphic violence or rape, this includes any type of child abuse including sexual abuse. We also will not consider stories that have extreme, purposeless violence toward animals. Stories containing these elements will be automatically rejected.

We do not publish erotica or thinly-veiled fanfiction.

Please do not send graphic or image files with your submissions. They just bloat our email server and we will delete them immediately.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions. Please send only one submission per category during each reading period. Apparition Lit wants your best story that meets the current theme. At some point, if your story does not meet the theme, you’re just throwing spaghetti at the wall.

At this time, we do not accept nonfiction, reprints or resubmissions, or unsolicited interviews or reviews. We currently do not accept translations. We hope to in the future, but we’d prefer both the author and translator to be paid for their work, and for both versions to appear when published, so unfortunately, we just don’t have the budget for translations at right now.

Via: Apparition Lit.

Ongoing Submissions: The Bronzeville Bee

Payment: 5 cents per word

Bronzeville Books is proud to introduce its online magazine, the Bronzeville Bee.

Fiction

At this time, The Bronzeville Bee is open to original unpublished short fiction submissions.

We consider stories up to 3,000 words in length. Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA.

Payment is 5 cent per word U.S. for first Worldwide English publication rights for short stories.

Stories must not have been previously published online in any form, via website, blog, etc.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; however, we ask that you inform us immediately if you place your story elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are NOT accepted.

Stories that are rejected cannot be resubmitted unless the writer is invited to resubmit.

Please use the formatting guidelines found here with one note: no underlining. If you intend for any part of the text to be in italics, put it in italics. The guidelines here are pretty standard: common font such as Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1-inch margins, first line of each paragraph indented 0.5 inches (not manually with spaces but by first line indent settings).

Submissions should be sent with the words ‘Short Fiction Submission’ in the subject line. Ideally, the name of the story and the word count will follow that information in the subject line. The story should be sent as an attached Word document. We will not readany works sent as a PDF or RTF; if the document has to be downloaded to be read, it will not be considered.

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, and no humans having sex with animals. 

Non-Fiction

The Bronzeville Bee will also be publishing non-fiction articles. The Bee will consider pitches from diverse writers who will write about arts, culture & entertainment by diverse artists. Information requests and pitches can be sent to Sandra Ruttan via email.

Please put ‘non-fiction article information’ or ‘non-fiction article pitch’ in the subject line and allow up to 2 weeks for a response. Our payment rate is 10 cents U.S. per word. Article lengths are subject to contract when negotiated. No writer is guaranteed publication until paperwork signed by both writer and editor is complete.

Refer to the site and published articles to ensure your pitch is suitable.

Please reference Bronzeville Bee Pitch or Question in the subject line of your email.

Contact

Questions and submissions should be directed to Sandra Ruttan: [email protected]

Tips

Submission guidelines are maintained at Bronzeville Bee. Read them before submitting material. Read them before sending material or questions.

Bronzeville Bee publishes articles most days of the week. These include non-fiction articles on contract, short stories we’ve accepted, reflections pieces written by Bronzeville Books’ editorial team, and writing and publishing articles written by Bronzeville staff. Read what we publish before submitting. to ensure that your pitch or story may be a good fit for us.

We will not publish any content we perceive as being a cultural or personal attack, or content that promotes racism, sexism or bias against other diverse groups.

Via: Bronzeville Books.

Taking Submissions: Pulp Horror Phobias Volume 2

Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Payment: 4 cents per word

Public submissions for Volume 2 will open August 1. Details will be updated after the invite-only submission period. Public submissions submitted prior to August 1 will be declined unread. In the meantime, if you’re interested in submitting to Volume 2, we suggest taking a look at the stories in Volume 1 for a general idea on theme and style. Also, check out our Resources page on our website at www.LycanValley.com regarding pulp and the types of stories we are looking for in this series.

All stories must be considered pulp/noir and fit the theme.

Theme: Anything you might find, or come into contact with, inside or around a house or home. Please note, this is a very broad theme so get creative and come up with something new and unusual. Common phobias such as arachnophobia, claustrophobia and agoraphobia, although relevant to the theme, must bring something new. Likewise, hauntings and possessions must bring more than your average ghost story.

This can also include stories deliberately set inside a house or in a yard/farm/etc near a house if it’s fitting for the story (stitching the theme is fine but simply mentioning there is a house nearby isn’t enough to fit the theme).

ABSOLUTELY NO PIZZA STORIES. Sorry, bring us something new.

Word count: 4,000 to 6,000

Payment: $0.04 per word

Details: Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.

What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Make them come alive. Take them from irrational to rational. Give us a reason to be scared.

We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed phobias necessarily. Your story should focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality. We don’t want therapy sessions.

There must be a strong pulp/noir element to the story as well. If you’re unfamiliar with the original pulp magazines and stories, please do some research before submitting. Check out Black Mask Magazine http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/ and here’s a pulp archive to get you started (warning: reading on this website may be addictive).
http://www.pulpmags.org/ and also here https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive.

Although you are free to write in your own style and that which best suits the story, Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot is here for reference should you wish to use it. http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html Here, James Scott Bell talks about writing pulp fiction: http://www.rachellegardner.com/why-i-write-pulp-fiction/

Titles: Please do not use the name of the phobia itself in your story titles. Submission titles must follow the format as shown on the submission form.

Formatting: Blind submissions are not required. Please follow Shunn Short Story Manuscript formatting which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. Or use the downloadable template for Word found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author for two different phobias will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for greater variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested by the editor.

Via: Lycan Valley Press</a..

Taking Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies: A Journal of Furry Lit Vol. 3

Deadline: September 20th, 2019
Payment: 1 cent per word

Typewriter Emergencies is seeking works featuring furry characters. We’re looking for stories, book reviews, articles, and any other form of furry material. The journal accepts work that is considered rated R or Less. You can throw in the word “fuck” around a few times, but no excessive sex, blood, and guts pretty much. Typewriter Emergencies publishes under the philosophy of degenerate literature. We’re not here to be proper, we’re here to make art and celebrate great writing. We don’t have a specific theme for our issues, therefore it’s free reign. Themes may be implemented in the future.


We plan on publishing at least twice a year. If we feel we can take on a heavier load, we’ll open up for more issues. Our Schedule is as follows:

Payment is $0.01 per word.
Payment for Poetry is $5 per

All rights revert back to the author. We simply ask for the right to publish the story for the period this journal is active.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. It is your responsibility to notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2500 words. Anything over this will not be accepted.
  • Reprints will be reviewed, but we will prefer previously unpublished work.
    Each issue is expected to have a small amount of material, 3-5 stories at most.

Articles & Reviews:

  • Max word count 1000 words. Anything considered a book review or article that is over 1000 words will not be considered.
  • Articles/Book reviews must be predominantly furry in nature.
  • Reviews must not contain spoilers.
  • We will not accept reviews that are overly negative.
  • As for articles, familiarize yourself with [adjective][species] or Dogpatch Press, and related furry websites.
  • We will not reprint articles or reviews.


We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below.

Payments are made through Paypal. If another format is needed, it can be discussed.

Via: Typewriter Emergencies’ Submittable.

Taking Submissions: DreamForge Magazine

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Between $0.04 and $0.08/word
Note: Reprints allowed

We will be open August 1 though August 31st.

Follow our Guidelines and you are more likely to receive a personalized response. Ignore our Guidelines and a standard rejection may quickly follow.

What Are We Looking For?

Positive stories demonstrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of hope and humane values in overcoming the most daunting challenges.

We are interested in all SF and Fantasy genres, but no horror please.

In this reading period, we need more SF than Fantasy. Young Adult to the Literary.

  • No to Pollyannish and Utopian simplicity.
  • Yes to communities and teams working together to overcome dire challenges.
  • Yes to marginalized and under-represented characters as protagonists.
  • Yes to science and magic that solve problems, alleviate suffering, and boldly explore new possibilities.
  • No to corrupt, dystopian governments or evil corporations.
  • Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex. It’s only useful if the story demands it.

Story Length

Shorter is better!

We need works 5,000 words and under. If you submit a story over 5,000 words, it has to be amazing to get very far in the review process.

Overall, we will consider the following word counts:

  • Flash Fiction & Poetry: 100 – 1500 words
  • Short Stories: 2,000 – 7,500 words
  • Novelettes: 7,500 – 10,000 words.

Submission Formatting

Your story must be submitted in Word or RTF format.

Top of the First Page

  • Title of Story (centered)
  • Your By Line (centered)
  • No Address or other Personal Info please.

Formatting:

  • Font: Arial, Size 12
  • Double spaced
  • Indented paragraphs
  • Single spacing between sentences.
  • No extra line break between paragraphs
  • Section breaks, as needed, should be three ### symbols, centered on the page.
  • In the document Header, include Last Name/Title/Page #

File Naming:

  • When you SAVE your file, name it in the following way: FirstName-LastName-Story-Title

During the submission process, you will have the opportunity to write a cover letter, enter the word count, select genre and story type, etc.

Contracts and Payment

Our contract is based on the model provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Copyright and story ownership remain with the author. Contract terms are negotiable within reason.

We acquire first serial print rights in North America and first world electronic rights for online publication.

Payment rates vary between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on the following:

  • Print and Online publication (6-8 cents/word)
  • Reprints and Online publication only (4-5 cents/word)
  • Word Count
  • Merit (We have been known to pay more for stories that made us giddy with excitement to publish them.)

Poems and micro-stories are paid at the rate of $25 to $100.

Payment is on Acceptance

Miscellaneous Notes

  • If you are a Forge Master (print) Dreamforge subscriber who subscribed before 3/1/19, be sure to tell us that in your cover letter. Your story will be read by the Editor-in-Chief and you will receive feedback on your story.
  • One submission at a time, please, but you are welcome to submit again if your story is returned.
  • If we offer suggestions on improving your writing or story structure, we want to see evidence that you tried to follow our advice on your next submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK, if you let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please allow 6 to 9 weeks for our review and final response. We try to be faster, but we have full-time day jobs and we can get overwhelmed. Feel free to query us at [email protected].
  • We will consider reprints if you can show that publication rights have reverted to you, the author.

Submission Procedures

Congratulations, you made it all the way here!  It’s time to move on to our Submissions Procedure Page!

Please click the image to the right or the following link: DreamForge Submissions Procedures.

Via: DreamForge.

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