Category: Semipro

Taking Submissions: Dracula Beyond Stoker Issue #2

Deadline: January 15th, 2023
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Give us your best Renfield story. Everybody’s favorite flyman is such a rich character, yet we know so little about him. Who do you think he is?

Each issue will be themed. Submissions will be open for two issues at a time.

Issue 2: Renfield: (To be published May/2023)
Give us your best Renfield story. Everybody’s favorite flyman is such a rich character, yet we know so little about him. Who do you think he is?

Submissions open until January 15, 2023
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Taking Submissions: Dark Recesses Fall 2022 Issue

Deadline: August 15th, 2022
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: horror/dark fiction

Breakdown of content:

 

8 fiction pieces (approximate word lengths) – 1x 5000, 1x 3000, 1x 2500, 2x 1500, 3x 500
3-5 non-fiction pieces – 1 article, 1-2 briefs, 1 interview and/or review

– Fiction:

 

We are looking for horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words firm. Common sense when submitting please. We do not accept stories that involve the sexual abuse/exploitation of minors direct or implied. We are not looking for pure shock value. All components of your story should have merit. Gore for gore’s sake is not what we are looking for.
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Taking Submissions: Mythic Magazine 2022 Summer Window (Early)

Submission Window: June 1st-30th, 2022
Payment: 1 cents per word
Theme: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

MYTHIC is seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. We publish both new fiction and reprints. Authors are encouraged to submit their stories during the specific reading periods listed below.

Reading Periods

MARCH 1-31

JUNE 1-30

SEPTEMBER 1-30

DECEMBER 1-31

GUIDELINES

Works should be between 2,000-5,000 words. (No wiggle room above or below.)

1.) Submit in Standard Manuscript Format

  • We prefer Times New Roman or Courier and 12-point type. Double-spaced pages.
  • Do not have tabs in your manuscript; please set first line indents.
  • Please include your name and contact information at the beginning of the story.
  • Submit in .doc, .docx, .rtf format.

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Taking Submissions: Story Unlikely 2022 Window

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 5 cents a word for stories up to 2,000 words. Stories above 2,000 are capped at $100 payment
Theme: Accepts ALL genres, prefers: memoir, bizarro, and speculative, humorous, strange, and thoughtful
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: You do need to be a free subscriber to submit

Whatever happened to the art of storytelling? It’s become a lost relic, along with our identities. But here, we’re revitalizing this once great craft. Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. After all, if laughter is medicine, then Story Unlikely is therapy for broken souls.

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Contest: Shallow Waters June Flash Theme

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: $0.03 per word for the winner, and 2 cents per word and 1 cent for second and third place respectively
Theme: Open Water

Your June theme is…

…Open Water. Whether it’s lost at sea, trapped in a boat, being a stowaway, kidnapped, going down with the ship, etc. But keep it dark and psychologically disturbing.

Bonus challenge: write the story in a pre-21st century setting.
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Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal Summer Window 2022

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: One cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum)
Theme: Fantastic Fiction You really NEED to read the description below.

The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined. Therefore, we’re interested in stories by writers who write about what they don’t know, take us places we couldn’t possibly go, and don’t try to make us care about the characters. We would also suggest you take a look at the current issue, archives, and theory (especially the essay, “What is irrealism?”) pages on this web site.

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Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Fall Issue 2022 (Early)

Submission Window: July 1st – August 1st, 2022
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted.

The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century.

This season’s theme is Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted. This issue is dedicated to my dear friend Paul, who died of cirrhosis in ’00s. We worked the graveyard shift together at a Texas gas station in the 90s. The stories he shared with me of growing up gay in the South, with a deeply religious emotionally scarred mother broke my heart. The 80s Satanic Panic led to a religious fervor that cast a long shadow over society and personal freedoms.

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Taking Submissions: Hidden Villains: Arise (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2022
Payment: Between $0.05 and $0.08 per word
Theme: Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows. Arise – appear, emerge, come to light, surface, befall, ensue, stand up, transpire, etc.

Inkd Pub is excited to announce a submission call for Hidden Villains: Arise opening June 1, 2022. We hope to have this project completed and published in spring 2023.

Theme: Hidden Villains Arise – Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows.
Arise – appear, emerge, come to light, surface, befall, ensue, stand up, transpire, etc.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.

There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story as long as the genre falls within Sci-Fi, Horror, or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.
Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted.
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