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Taking Submissions: Fornever After

Deadline: March 31st, 2021
Payment: $.005 per word
Theme: Stories of tragic love, preferably with a horror theme

In “Fornever After” we seek stories of tragic love, preferably with a horror theme, although we are well aware that tragic love is often a horror story all on its own. These kinds of stories tend to be heartbreaking, but they can also be wonderful in other ways. After five years, did you finally get the nerve to confess romantic love to a friend? Did he or she feel the same? Did you get that nerve because you were both in a scary situation (fighting a vampire, home invaders, etc.) that you might not make it out of? Did they not survive it, leaving you all alone and kicking yourself that you waited so long. How tragic. At least you said something though, you know? We are not interested in tales regarding the loss of children, parents, or siblings.. Just lovers. Scary new twists on the Romeo and Juliet theme perhaps. Rip our hearts out with tales of tragic love, and if it’s within a traditional horror story, that’s what we are looking for. If you can manage some humor in it too, even better- although with this anthology, humor is not necessary. We will probably like those stories better though. Your story must include elements of both horror and tragic love. Specific guidlines are below:

“Fornever After” Guidelines Here are a couple of tips to put your story in better position to be accepted. 1. Fit the theme. Tragic Love. Horror. Scare us and rip our hearts out. 2. Be within our word count guidelines (for “Fornever After”, 2000 to 6000) or query us for shorter/longer. 3. No matter how good your story is, if it hasn’t been edited, there is a big chance we won’t accept it. In the past, we’ve accepted stories that needed a lot of editing work, but it took so much effort to make them presentable. We aren’t doing that anymore. If within a page or two of reading the story we find a bunch of editing issues, it’s going to be rejected. 4. Be unique. No matter what the theme of the anthology is, you should always be unique. If it’s a stalker anthology for example, and your ex or some guy you work with is your stalker, it’s trite. If your grandma is stalking your fiancée, well, that’s unique. 5. At Jolly Horror Press, we prefer subtle horror. We generally don’t like gruesome and overly bloody stuff. If someone is getting hacked to bits in your story, it’s probably not for us. 6. We seriously still get racist/sexist/anti-gay stuff. Don’t send us this stuff. 7. If there is any kind of animal killing or torture, not for us. We want old cat ladies to enjoy our work too. 8. Surprise us! 9. We love new and unpublished authors, provided you can follow 1-8. 10. No reprints. And for this one, adding 11. No XXX rated stuff. Subtle

Diversity and Inclusiveness: Yes, we want stories from all sectors, from all kinds of people! We encourage submissions from women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. We seek to include writers from all walks of life who have a scary/funny story to tell.

The Details: Please see our generic submission guidelines page for how to submit.

 

Open submission period: February 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021.

Reading Period: April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

Expected publication Date: August 2021

Payment: $.005 per word.

Via: Jolly Horror.

Ongoing Submissions: New Maps

Payment: Contributor’s copy and a token payment
Theme: Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects. This also must follow the same rules as our Earth

New Maps accepts submissions, year-round, of short stories falling within the genre of deindustrial fiction. Before you submit your story, please read through these guidelines to make sure you’re submitting to the right place. If you have any questions about anything on this page, please feel free to contact us.

Suitability

As mentioned, New Maps is primarily a magazine of deindustrial fiction. (We also publish occasional essays and book reviews; to inquire about the possibility of having such a piece published, please email the editor.) Deindustrial fiction shares some aspects with a few other genres, but is distinct from them in other ways. To understand how we define the genre, the best reference is our About page. Here we will mention a few things we are and are not looking for in submissions.

As New Maps uses the term, deindustrial fiction is:

  • Fiction that takes into account the effects of resource depletion and environmental damage on the future of the world, and the existence of hard limits to what humankind can do to mitigate these effects.
  • Fiction that takes place in the world that you and I live in: that is, an Earth that obeys the same physical laws as the real Earth.
    • Stories may include elements of the metaphysical, supernatural, or paranormal, but only to the extent that you, the author, find it plausible that these things may actually happen in our world as you understand it.

And it is not:

  • Simply generic speculative fiction. While deindustrial fiction may be considered a kind of speculative fiction, it is more specific, in the ways mentioned above.
  • The same as dystopian or utopian fiction. Real, unadulterated utopias and dystopias are absent from the historical record, and we consider their existence incompatible with human nature. Even in the most idyllic society there are significant problems, whether at the level of the culture or of the individual. Likewise, even in the most brutal dictatorship, there is at least some room for people to experience little everyday joys.
  • Coterminous with postindustrial fiction. While there is significant overlap between the two, there are important differences.
    • Perhaps most saliently, the two differ in the understood cause of the decline and fall of civilization, and which civilization. With postindustrial fiction, nearly any cause will do, from resource depletion all the way to wayward meteors and nanobots, and the setting may be on a totally invented world. Deindustrial fiction narrows focus to what happens during and after the winding down of our current fossil-fueled industrial age, due to resource depletion and its consequences—although against that background, some places may certainly experience declines (and ascents) from unrelated causes that pop up, as these things do.
    • A postindustrial story may (or may not) take its setting to be a lull during which a civilization rebuilds. But in deindustrial fiction, civilization just isn’t coming back the way it was: civilizations may certainly still arise, but they will have to find ways to make do with less energy than we currently use, will not look just like ours, and will definitely not arise from the ashes to colonize space.
    • As well, postindustrial fiction is often understood to take place after the collapse of civilization has reached its rock bottom and perhaps stabilized, whereas deindustrial fiction may take place at any point on the downslope, including the very near future, and often finds valuable stories to tell in the instabilities that come from decline.
  • The same as postapocalyptic fiction. The decline of the current global civilization will be long and ragged, not sudden and cataclysmic, except possibly in isolated pockets. Even then, if a single catastrophe brought down a vast society, that society very probably had termites in the framework to start with, and this should be acknowledged.
  • Traditional spacefaring sci-fi. While space operas and deindustrial fiction are both often set in the future, they share very few other commonalities, and stories featuring travel to other planets will almost certainly be rejected.

Technical

  • Most digital document formats are accepted (.odt, .doc/.docx, and anything else readable by pandoc). A standard layout such as Shunn’s Modern Manuscript Format is encouraged.
  • There is no hard minimum or maximum story length, but we will probably publish only a limited number of stories longer than 10,000 words. Very long (novella-sized) short stories, if outstanding, may be considered for serialization. If you have a novel, seek a publisher who’ll publish it as a novel!
  • Submissions are open year-round on a rolling basis: submissions received too late for one issue are automatically considered for the following issue.
  • Stories should be previously unpublished, except those published on small personal websites or other venues with very limited exposure. If your story was previously published in such a way, please tell us the details in your letter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please inform us if the story is being considered in another venue. If your story is accepted for publication elsewhere, please inform us as soon as possible.
  • Send your story to [email protected], with subject line “Story Submission: [Story title].” In the body of the email please include
    • the name you would like the story to appear under,
    • the story’s title and word count,
    • your contact information,
    • and any other relevant information as outlined above or as you consider pertinent.

    We will confirm submission of the story as soon as possible.

Compensation

  • Accepted authors will be compensated on a per-word basis, and will also receive one free copy of the issue in which their story appears, with the option to request up to ten more at cost. The current per-word compensation is $0.00¼ USD.
  • Payment is made upon publication.

Via: New Maps.

Taking Submissions: Beast Volume 1

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: $0.005 per word
Theme: Furry horror!

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Theme: Furry horror!

Word Count: 1,500-6,000

Payment: $0.005 per word

Editor: Thurston Howl

Expected release: Just in time for Howloween!

With all the more recent furry horror anthologies emerging—Bleak Horizons, Infurno, Seven Deadly Sins, The Haunted Den, Dread, Slashers, and the upcoming The Howling Dead—we thought it would be useful to have a regular anthology that allowed all furry horror submissions, rather than specific types of horror.

So bring us your worst! We want to see the furry Jason attacking a camp of squirrels. We want to see the Howling of Hill House. We want to see an ethereal Bad Dragon toy haunting the user who threw it away. We want to see a couple of foxes collecting knots from the tops they kill. So, slashers, erotic horror, ghost stories, movie monsters, transformation, all types of horror are welcome and encouraged!

Kink and fetish are perfectly fine (and maybe even encouraged) with submissions, and you are free to play around with genre here. While erotic horror is accepted, we will not tolerate any positive portrayals of Rape, Torture Porn, Pedophilia, necrophilia, Characters that you do not own or characters under copyright, Bigotry, and extreme violence.

Reprints are fine with us as long as you own the rights to your story.

Simultaneous submissions are fine! If your story is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to let us know. Max of three subs per writer.

Weasel Press asks for Non-Exclusive rights to your story in perpetuity.

BIPOC Authors, Queer Authors, Disabled Authors, Authors who are currently or former Sex Workers are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions are taken through Submittable. Use one submittable form to upload your story(stories if more). The form will take up to 3 DOC or DOCX documents. That means you’ll have to have all of your submission ready when you send it off.

Via: Weasel Press’s Submittable.

Ongoing Submissions: Fresh Ink – Reprints

Payment: 1 cent per word

fresh.ink magazine combines highly-rated work from the fresh.ink beta reader feedback platform with some of the best stories published elsewhere.

fresh.ink is a digital magazine accessed via our iOS and Android apps. It’s due to launch early October 2019.

Ahead of our launch, we’re accepting submissions for fiction reprints of any length at 1c per word for non-exclusive rights. Our guidelines are listed below, but if you have any questions, drop us an email at [email protected].

fresh.ink magazine features the highest-rated writing from our fresh.ink critique platform combined with some of the best fiction from literary magazines across the US.

We’re looking for fiction work of any length. In order to qualify, work must have been published in a reputable literary magazine or publisher. We’re not currently accepting unpublished, self-published or vanity press work.

Any fiction genre is welcome except erotica, fan-fiction or overly graphic/explicit work.

We require submissions to be in US English.

You must ensure your work is no longer bound by contractual obligations to the original publisher. Check your original contract to ensure any exclusivity periods have expired. If your original publisher requires a mention on reprints, that’s no problem, but you must let us know in the submission description field.

There is no submission fee.

We pay $0.01 (USD) per word for accepted submissions.

Our submissions are open and ongoing as our digital library is updated weekly.

Because we’re only accepting reprints, and we’re not purchasing exclusive rights, simultaneous submissions are allowed.

You may submit multiple times providing all submissions have been published by reputable magazines or publishers.

All work must be a complete, independent story. Flash fiction is acceptable. Previews, series and excerpts are not allowed.

Please remove all author identifying information from the submitted document, we’ll collect these via Submittable. Ensure there is no personally identifiable information within the document. We accept Word documents, PDFs, Apple Pages, rich text and plain text files.

Via: Fresh Ink.

Rolling Ongoing Submissions: Typewriter Emergencies

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: This magazine opens and closes without dates. They’re open at the time of scheduling but ho knows when they’ll close and re-open next?

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. We don’t have a specific theme for our issues, therefore it’s free reign. Themes may be implemented in the future. 

Typewriter Emergencies is an online only literary journal. We do not print issues upon publication. All issues of Typewriter Emergencies can be read for free through ISSUU or a downloadable PDF, or a Kindle/Nook version can be purchased for $0.99.

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.

 

 

Payment is $0.01 per word.

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. 

Poetry Guidelines:

  • We accept poetry of no more than 2 pages single spaced.

  • Poems must be “furry” either by using anthropomorphic animals or by focusing on your experiences with the furry fandom.

  • We have no restrictions on styles

  • If accepted, poets received $5 per poem accepted.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

Story Guidelines:

  • Max word count is 2000 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.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

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.

  • Submit a word DOC or DOCX, no other formats will be reviewed.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Emailed submissions will not be read. Our submittable link can be seen below when we are open. All works must be submitted in DOC or DOCX format. Will not accept any other file types. Double-Spaced, Times New Roman preferred, 12pt. font. 

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

Via: Typewriter Emergencies.

Ongoing Submissions: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Payment: Short Fiction: 1 cent/word (AUD) with an AUD$20 minimum and $100 maximum per piece. Poetry, and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words): AUD$10 per piece. Non-fiction: AUD$10 per article under 1000 words.

Note: The window for submissions opens and closes without any apparent warning.

Please remember that we only accept science fictionfantasy and horror works.

Before you submit your work, please read our submission and formatting guidelines. Doing so will greatly increase the chance of your story being accepted.

All submitted stories and poems go through an initial blind reading process so we ask you to help by ensuring that your document does not contain any identifying author information. Please especially check any headers or footers. Your document should only contain the title and the story.

Do not include any identifying information (name, pen name, address, phone or email address) in your document.

Short Fiction: 1 cent/word (AUD) with an AUD$20 minimum and $100 maximum per piece.

Poetry, and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words): AUD$10 per piece.

Non-fiction: AUD$10 per article under 1000 words.

Artwork: AUD$100 per cover and AUD$20 per internal piece.

Every contributor also receives an electronic copy of the issue in which their item appears, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, artwork or poetry.

*Please be aware that you will be paid based on the number of words in the final product, not what you initially send us.

All submissions should be sent through the submissions engine.

Your piece should be sent as an attached RTF file

Do:

  • use a fixed width font (ie Courier New)
  • size 12.indent the first line of each paragraph by 1cm
  • double-space lines (except in poetry)
  • indicate section breaks with a centered * * *
  • use Australian spelling (ie “s” instead of “z”)
  • use italics for character thoughts.

Do NOT:

  • centre justify your paragraphs
  • use strange fonts
  • include your name in the document header
  • put anything in the document footer.

You CAN:

  • use a pen-name
  • add page numbers.

Why do we do things this way?

    • The editorial team of ASM is scattered over most of Australia, and since nearly all our communications are electronic, printed submissions are less useful than they might otherwise be. While we will accept printed submissions for people who for some reason or another can’t manage email, it will get scanned into electronic format and emailed to the various readers and editors anyway. So sending electronically saves the editors a labour-intensive step and saves you postage.
    •  The reason for an attached RTF rather than plain text is the submissions editor finds them easier to manipulate, and prefers to see the things like italics presented as the author intended, rather than the makeshifts required by plain text.
    • All stories submitted go through an initial blind reading process. That means that the stories are sent to our panel of readers with no author information attached. This is why we want the author information in one place where it is easily removed.
    • Since this is an Australian publication, we’d like all of our stories to be written with Aussie spelling for the sake of consistency.

Via: Andromeda Spaceways.

Ongoing Submissions: Every Day Fiction

Payment: $3

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to 1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).

All fiction genres are acceptable, and stories that don’t fit neatly into any genre are welcome too. While personal experiences and other non-fiction can be great sources of inspiration, please turn them into fiction for us, or send them elsewhere.

Our readership is adult, so children’s stories are unlikely to be accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand, we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul language; edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot and characters.

It ought to go without saying that any story submitted to Every Day Fiction must be your own unpublished original creation. If you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, or any website accessible to the general public (i.e., if the story can be found and read online without a password or friend status or other limitation), it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for our market.
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Ongoing Submissions: We Will Remember Freedom

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Reprints welcome

We are looking for short fiction between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length. All stories must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

  • by an author who identifies as an anarchist or with another political tradition that opposes state authority, capitalism, and other oppressive hierarchies
  • takes place in a society without state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
  • involves struggle against state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies

 

One of our goals is to publish fiction that offers imaginative answers to our world’s problems. One of our other goals is to publish fiction that is entertaining and well-written. We have no strong feelings about genre. We are open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, or stories with no speculative elements whatsoever. We are open to submissions from authors of all class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and genders, though we are particularly excited about work that explores the experiences of people whose identities are marginalized by this society. While we are aiming this podcast at a primarily anarchist audience, we are actively excited about publishing work from other political traditions that share an antiauthoritarian, pro-community worldview.

Payment

We pay $.01USD per word upon acceptance. This is not a professional rate, and we are therefore primarily a reprint market. While we will consider fiction that has not appeared elsewhere, we suggest that if your story is good enough for us, it is probably good enough for someone who will pay you at least 8 cents per word and we encourage you to try submitting to those markets first. Authors should be paid for their labor. Once your work is out of exclusivity, or if you can’t find a better-paying home for it, send it on to us!

How to Submit

Send your story in standard manuscript format, as either an .rtf or .docx attachment, to the editor at [email protected] In the body of the email, please include a cover letter that indicates which of the three criteria your story meets as well as any prior publications of the story and/or where other work of yours has appeared.

Send only one story at a time. If you do not hear a response from us within six weeks, please consider your story rejected with our apologies.

What We Ask for

We ask for nonexclusive audio rights for the podcast, nonexclusive digital print rights to include the text on our website, and nonexclusive print rights to include your story in a potential forthcoming publication aimed at an incarcerated audience. If we accept your story, we would also like to interview you about the story, which we will air alongside your story.

What is This Anarchist Thing?

An anarchist is someone who opposes the state, capitalism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy, and all the various and intersecting ways by which groups of people exert power over other people. Anarchism also references a specific political tradition that dates to the mid-19th century and has had millions of adherents around the world. Or, to quote one of our favorite anarchist fiction writers, Ursula le Guin, “What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”

Via: We Will Remember Freedom.