Taking Submissions: LTUE Benefit/Charity Anthology #3 – Twilight Tales

Deadline: August 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributors Copy
Note: Reprints welcome

Since its beginnings in the early 1980s, the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium academic symposium has been a staple of the Utah and Intermountain West author and artist community. Many authors, artists, and editors found inspiration for their careers at the feet of scores of symposium guests. Influential professors and others have mentored those planning and running the symposium, but many of these mentors have passed on.

The symposium helps students of all ages by providing greatly discounted student memberships. Hemelein Publications—in conjunction with LTUE Press—created a series of memorial benefit/charity anthologies to help the symposium continue to help these aspiring creators learn about their crafts at a reasonable cost.

The third of these anthologies, Twilight Tales, is a light horror anthology, created in honor of Betty Pope. She was a librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University for many years. She established the science fiction and fantasy literature Special Collection section. She also hosted a reception at her home each year after LTUE for the guests and committee. This anthology will contain stories Betty would have loved.

In summary:

  • Light horror stories (think Twilight Zone or Goosebumps) any length up to 17,500 words
  • Unpublished or reprint stories
  • Up to two submissions per author
  • This is a benefit/charity anthology, so stories are donated and author receives no monetary compensation
  • Authors receive a print copy of the anthology and an electronic copy
  • Meet the content guidelines described on the Submission Guidelines page
  • Stories are due by August 15, 2019


Taking Submissions: Catacombs: Martyrs on Earth and Elsewhere

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: $25 for original work, $12 for reprints
Note: Reprints welcome

Amara looked up to the sky; the moon showered her with pale light. The sign was clear. She lowered her gaze to the field before her, to the bodies laying there, contorted in death. With a heavy sigh, Amara walked forward to her fate . . .

What We Want

Catacombs: Martyrs on Earth and Elsewhere is an anthology of stories about fictional martyrs past, present, and future, on Earth or some fictional world. The title is tentative so keep in mind that the final product could have a different title.


This anthology has some specific rules. Please read carefully.


Stories must be historical or speculative fiction; a combination of the two would also be fantastic.

We are looking for stories about individuals who give up their lives for their faith or for some cause greater than themselves. Judeo-Christian history is replete with stories of individuals who died for their faith, who sacrificed their lives rather than renounce God. Many of these martyrs, such as Sts. Stephen, Sebastian, Agatha, and Lucy, for example, are well known, recognized by one Christian sect or another, and are listed as Saints. For this issue, please send us plausible stories of unknown martyrs from any historic period or some future period or alternate reality, so long as the martyrs are martyred for the faith as understood by traditional Judeo-Christianity.


Please be sure to invent your own martyr and not use an actual historical or legendary figure.


We are also open to stories of individuals who died for other causes dear to the heart of Western civilization. If your hero died for a freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights for instance, go ahead and try it. 


For this anthology, we are not interested in stories centered on individuals who died for the values of other great world religions such as Buddhism or Islam, or for pagan or neo-pagan religions such as Hinduism or Wicca respectively. Nor are we interested in heroes of communism, fascism, or for any other form of socialism. We will only accept stories of martyrs in the main theme of Judeo-Christian/Western Civilization. Please do not send a story that redefines or deconstructs the Judeo-Christian Tradition or Western Civilization or makes a martyr out of someone doing that.


Here are a few hints that might be helpful.

“They” say that there are no new plots or stories anywhere. “They” may be right, but you are the only you there is, so send us a story as only you can tell it, one that’s atmospheric, engaging, meaningful, and highly entertaining, has fascinating characters, one that takes place in a unique location or time period.

We originally envisioned this anthology as another issue of the Potter’s Field series, but it has gone away from that. We’re still looking for works that end up in graveyards in some way. However, it does not have to be a conventional graveyard. Here’s one example: back during the days of the Black Death, bodies were crammed—literally crammed—into mass graves underneath churches. Even today, in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, you can take a walking tour deep under the church and see walls of skeletons and dirt. Such a place would also qualify as a graveyard. Your hero could end up in buried in a church, a conventional graveyard, a potter’s field, or elsewhere.

Dying can be horrible, and many historical martyrs and heroes died horrifically, but we do not want stories that center on the gore, blood, splatter, or slice-and-dice. Sure, it might be good fun to make balloon animals out of someone’s intestines, or find out how long the heart will continue to beat after it has been ripped from the body with a spatula, but that’s not what we want. Your hero has to die and other characters may die as well. That’s fine. Just put a lid on the icky stuff. Your martyr might be burned to death, skinned alive, or drawn and quartered, but don’t make that the point of the story.

A word about sex and extreme language: We don’t mind it, necessarily, but the sex and/or colorful language must have a purpose. Keep in mind too that someone prepared to die for Christ is probably going to be following his commandments. Someone dying for free speech might be less particular.

Please know your historical period. If you don’t know anything about the time or setting and write it anyway, you must be banking on my not knowing it either. The editor was a history major in college, so don’t bet on it. Know your stuff or don’t write it.

Please know about Judeo-Christian Tradition and Western Civilization. If you don’t, please study it at length before submitting a story. We’ll probably notice that you’re uneducated on the topic and reject the story quickly. Study up on it or don’t write it.

If you choose to write a speculative fiction story, science fiction or fantasy, etc.—and we hope to get some in this vein—please note that the setting must be internally consistent and the hero’s sacrifice must still be based in the Judeo-Christian Tradition and the values of Western Civilization. That is, the future world, alien culture, alternate universe, what have you, must share those integral values in some plausible way.

Please don’t preach. Sermons don’t make good stories. Your character may preach, of course, but the whole story shouldn’t be a homily or a sermon. It should be a plot with conflict and action enacted by believable characters. That action may be violent or intellectual or legal or so on, but it must be there. Stories go places.



Taking Submissions: 50 States of Fear: California

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties

The first entry in an anthology series showcasing horror in every state, “50 States of Fear: California” is all about the terrors, horrors, creeps, and shrieks found in the Golden State.

Stories must be horror, they must be original (no urban legends, creepypasta, or retellings of true crime), and must take place in California.

The submission deadline is 31 July 2019. Our target is 30 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.


First and foremast, all submissions must be horror. However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and often nuanced genre. To that end, we’ll read stories that fit into other genres (thriller, family drama, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, et cetera) as long as the story contains horror, and as long as horror is integral to the narrative.

ALL submissions must be within the horror genre, and MUST meet the following requirements:

Submit all documents as an attachment in .docx or .pages format

12 point Arial, Calibri, or Courier font


Submit via email to [email protected]

In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.

PLEASE NOTE: If your piece is accepted for publication, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights. A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Open Submissions: Anthologies

These are general guidelines for ALL anthology submissions.

We’re looking for stories between 500 – 7500 words. A few words under or over won’t necessarily disqualify a story, but please keep as close to the guidelines as possible.

Stories MUST fit within the horror genre.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Curiosities – WW2 Edition

Deadline: June 30th, 2019
Payment: 4 cents/word, 1cent/word for reprints
Note: Reprints Welcome

Open 1-30 June 2019 — Special Session: WW2 

Special session instructions: stories not set during the World War II era (rise of Nazi Germany to troop homecoming) will automatically be rejected without read. Previously rejected WW2 manuscripts may resubmitted.

Hello! This project is a comfortable two-headed beast at play in the curious and often dark corners of retropunk fiction. That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk. Sorry, space fans, we draw our line at Sputnik. About 2/3 of rejections are for “bad fit.” We buy nonexclusive rights for fiction, cover & interior art, music & sound effects usage, and narration services.

What we do:

1—Curiosities, a thrice annual themed short story publication, which is available in digital and print on demand formats, and

2—The Gallery of Curiosities, a twice monthly podcast which features stories from the publication. Not every story we buy will make it to an audio podcast release, but we do make good effort to get it there before our rights expire. We started out as a podcast, and went to print later.  Audio production is incredibly time intensive.

Short version:

-We buy original (4 cents/word) and reprint (penny/word) short stories.

-Length up to 7500 words.

-We read blind. Anonymize your manuscript before sending it to [email protected] as a doc, docx, or rtf. Remove headers and/or footers as they will mess up the manuscript.

-Use the format SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the title bar of your email or it gets lost.

-Multiple? No more than 3 at a time. Send them in separate emails.

-Simultaneous? Yes. Please be prompt with a withdrawal if sold.

-If accepted, your story will be published in ebook and print-on-demand formats.

-If accepted, we will make a good faith effort to produce your story for podcast before the contract runs out, but no guarantees. The way is fraught with bear traps and wolves.

Long version:

What we’re looking for:
As an audio venue, we want stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, new weird, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work.

Taking Submissions: DreamForge Magazine

Deadline: June 30th, 2019
Payment: Between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on factors listed below
Note: Reprints, poetry accepted

Following our guidelines does not guarantee that we will accept your story, but ignoring them does guarantee that your submission may be returned without receiving the attention it deserves.

An Overview

At DreamForge, our goal is to publish positive science and fantasy fiction. (That’s about it, but if you want to know more, you can check out our Rules of Fiction page.)

What Are We Looking For?

Space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk. Parables, poetry, zombies, and vampires are also welcome. No horror please.

  • 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.
  • No Horror, please
  • Stories set before, during, or after an “apocalypse” are more likely than not to be rejected.
  • Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex

Story Length

Shorter is better!

If you submit a story over 5,000 words, it has to be amazing to get very far in the review process. We want variety in each issue, and longer your story, the less variety we can print.

Overall, we will consider the following word counts:

  • Flash Fiction & Poetry: 100 – 1500 words
  • Short Stories: 2,000 – 7,500 words
  • Novelettes: 7,500 – 12,000 words.


Taking Submissions: Re-Haunt

Deadline: July 30th, 2019
Payment: $10
Note: Reprints Only

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, re-print fiction for the Re-Haunt anthology to be published in late 2019.  Re-Haunt will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for Re-Launch, Re-Enchant, Re-Quest and Re-Terrify in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies. Re-Haunt requires dark stories about ghosts and hauntings.

Payment is $10 per story, paid on acceptance  (contract must be signed), via PayPal only; plus, one electronic and one print copy of the antho.  (If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.)

Right Purchased:
– The non-exclusive right to collect the stories into an anthology, published in 2019 and sold thereafter. Re-Haunt may be included in book bundles with the other books in the series.
– The non-exclusive right to publish the story to the new Pole to  Pole Publishing Patreon blog (for patron’s eyes only).

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words and meet  the central theme of the anthology. Reprints currently available on line  are not eligible. Preference is for stories that haven’t been published in at least a year.  Older reprints will carry more weight than new  ones.  Author must possess the right to offer the story for submission.

Hard Sells:
Profane and vulgar language — because we market to both adult and YA  readers. If we are interested in your story, we may ask you to edit  profane and vulgar language as a condition of publication.

First Person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the  stories were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that  we’re going to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our  preference.

Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.

Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.

What We Don’t Want:
No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with  characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else.  No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.

No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead and submit and let our editors decide.

Deadline: July 30, 2019 or until filled. Be aware that all of  our anthologies have filled before the deadline, so please don’t wait  until the last minute to submit.

Via: Pole To Pole Publishing.

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