Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: 2 Cents Per Word Minimum. TBD
Note: Reprints ONLY
Greetings from the Ether,
We have been anxious to say these words, and alas, here we are. Gehenna & Hinnom Books is now officially open to submissions from publishers for our Year’s Best Cosmic Horror 2019 Anthology.
What is Cosmic Horror? Cosmicism, or Lovecraftian Horror, is a subgenre which emphasizes the unknown or unknowable, the fear of things beyond our comprehension, and the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the universe. Reality erodes in this genre, and often science or discovery are responsible for this corruption.
We’re looking for the absolute best Cosmic Horror tales from 2018. Publishers are welcome to submit individual stories, anthologies, collections, etc., to our email in PDF format, though we will also accept other formats, such as Mobi. and ePub. Please send emailed submissions with “Year’s Best Cosmic Horror” in the title. If you wish to send print copies of selected works, please use the below address:
GEHENNA & HINNOM BOOKS YEAR’S BEST COSMIC HORROR 2019 ANTHOLOGY
510 N 38TH AVE
HATTIESBURG, MS 39401
For writers who are unsure if their work has been submitted, or will be submitted, please forward all questions to the email address above. Make sure to contact your publishers before sending any queries.
Specifics on submission qualifications:
Stories to be considered for reprint should fall under 12,000 words.
Stories that exceed this word count, novelettes, novels, collections etc., can and should be submitted, but will only be referenced in our “Overview” of 2018.
The final cut-off date for submissions is May 31st, 2019. Any submissions sent after that date will not be considered.
We are gunning for a summer release of this title, and it will likely move to print come June or July. Deadline is SUBJECT TO CHANGE, but the sooner we receive your stories, the better.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and we cannot wait to read your fantastic works.
Deadline: June 30th 2019
Payment: 3 cents per word
Everything that is living EATS! Plants, animals, humans, aliens, monsters, sea creatures, they all eat in one form or another.
For the Chew on This! anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross. There’s room for every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarro. Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.
Cannibal stories- Sure they’re good enough to eat but not for this anthology.
No zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other well-tread tropes. If it’s off the dollar menu we won’t be ordering.
Pizza stories. We love a good pie but don’t want past anthology leftovers.
Predator and prey without any substance. Reasoning is the seasoning!
Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Payment: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max, 1¢ per word for reprints
Note: Reprints accepted
We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.
We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.
We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.
We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.
Edition and Rights
The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.
We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.
We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.
If you have already been in LampLight, we ask you wait until the next volume to submit again.
We accept originals and reprints up to 7,000 words (firm). Payment in USD.
Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
Reprints: 1¢ per word
Please note: works published to a Patreon or similar site are considered reprints
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions
Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not allowed, and will result in all submissions being rejected.
There are two submission periods for LampLight:
15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues
15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues
Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.
Where to Submit
Submittable is our preferred method of submission. We accept most file types as well. Please use standard manuscript format for your story (although headers and footers are not needed). Please add REPRINT to the subject line, if your story is a reprint!
If you need to edit your submission
If you uploaded the wrong file, have a newer version, anything, please do notwithdraw your story. Instead send us an email and we can release it back to you for editing.
We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month. But, when the limit is reached on the last month, time is up!
Guidelines: Blasphemous Rumors edited by Regina Garza Mitchell and David G. Barnett
Blasphemous Rumors Call for Submissions
Blasphemous Rumors is a themed anthology of religious horror stories edited by David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell. We are seeking dark short stories that focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion.
Technical Details: Stories should be formatted in standard manuscript submission format. Stories should be no longer than 5000 words and should be original. Reprints are not accepted. We will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
PAYMENT: $.03 per word up to 5000 words plus two copies of the trade paperback.
The term blasphemy refers to saying something about God that is disrespectful. It can also refer to degrading religious concepts or literature. Blasphemy can be included in speech, an act, writing, music, or art.
Blasphemy in Everyday Life
Some consider rapper Kanye West’s album name “Yeezus” and his consideration of himself as equal to Jesus to be blasphemous.
Burning a religious document such as the Bible or the Qu’ran is considered blasphemy.
Vandalizing a church is a form of blasphemy.
Worshipping Satan is blasphemous.
Committing suicide is a form of blasphemy.
To state that God is unkind, unjust or cruel is a blasphemous.
Artist Andres Serrano created what he called artwork by submerging a plastic replica of the crucified Jesus Christ in a container of his own urine and photographing it as a means, he stated, of exposing the ills of religion. However, this 1987 piece of work was considered highly blasphemous and was destroyed in 2011 during protests in France. The name of the work was Piss Christ.
In the popular television show, Sex and the City, one episode featured what some considered to be blasphemous artwork. The episode revolved largely around a painting of a woman, crucified as Jesus Christ was, featured in a New York gallery.
Pastor Terry Jones is the head of a church in Florida who, in 2010, is considered blasphemous of Islamic religion due to his suggestion to hold a “Burn the Qu’ran Day,” his publication of a book entitled Islam Is of the Devil, and his purveyorship of shirts and cups that spread the same message.
The animated American television show, The Simpsons, has been taken to task for blasphemy after broadcasting episodes in which the devil purportedly was bullying God, amongst various other perceived blasphemies.
Also underfire for broadcasting blasphemous language is the American animated comedy, Family Guy. Known for its offbeat humor, Family Guy featured Jesus in one particular episode that painted Him in a perverted manner, causing a firestorm of protest.
Islam’s Prophet Mohammad is often the source of blasphemy. His image, according to Islamic law, is not to be printed yet many cartoonists and others around the world have been considered blasphemous for doing so. In 2006, Norwegian and Danish newspapers faced serious backlash and threats of retribution from Islamic nations for printing cartoons that featured Prophet Mohammad. While the act of printing the cartoons, themselves, would have been considered blasphemy unto itself, the cartoons also featured the Prophet in poses that were considered “unflattering,” particularly one in which the Prophet’s image was made to look like a terrorist.
In 2010, American animated comedy South Park, also produced images of the Prophet Mohammad in an episode that featured the Prophet as a bear mascot. Angered by the perceived blasphemy, one Islamic website threatened the producers of the show for what they deemed as a high level of disrespect for the Prophet.
Now you have seen many different examples of blasphemy.
Deadline: April 30th, 2019.
Payment: 2 cents a word for reprints, 4 cents a word for original work.
This horror anthology, to be edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, seeks stories under 10,000 words that involve one of the traditional tropes of campfire tales and slasher films: the axe murderer. Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Think Angela Carter’s “The Fall River Axe Murders.” Surprise us by breathing new life into this theme. That said, we anticipate most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.
Specs? Please submit Word docs only, standard formatting, 12 pt Times Roman to me at [email protected], using the title of the anthology as the subject line. The deadline is April 30th, 2019.