Category: Reprints Allowed

Taking Submissions: Demonic Anthologies Volume IV

Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: Contributors Copy
Theme: Public Domain with a twist (see below.)
Note: Reprints welcome
Note: My apologies on the short window, just hit my inbox.

Demonic Classics: Once Upon A Debacle

The Pitch:

Demonic Classics is quite the challenge this time around. We are looking for Authors and Writers who want to add a dark humor twist to a fanfiction angle installment. Whether you intend to retell the whole story in a shortened format or dive deep into a famous scene and unravel it from within, we want your story to be inspired by a Public Domain literary work. We expect irony, a laugh, an ‘Oh no’, and some satirical twists to unfold. This year we are looking for stories between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Do not limit yourself to the list below, but feel free to email us if you need a title checked. Gutenberg.org is a great resource for doing so!

What stories fall into this category? Here’s a sampling:

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • The Raven

  • Moby Dick

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Tale of Two Cities

  • Great Expectations

  • War of Worlds

  • Christmas Carol

  • Ulysses

  • Picture of Dorian Grey

  • Little Women

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Count of Monte Cristo

  • Wuthering Heights

  • Treasure Island

  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • Scarlet Letter

  • Time Machine

  • Find more here: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top

CURRENTLY TAKEN

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Dracula

  • Nutcracker

  • MacBeth

  • Much to do about nothing – Shakespeare

  • Odyssey

  • Peter Pan

  • Beowulf

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Deadline

MAY 31st 2020 at Midnight EST

Publications

September 2020

Rights, Usage, Compensation?

You retain rights to the work. I am simply approving it to be added with your permission to publish it in my collection for both eBook and Paperback. We are perfectly fine if its been published before, online some place, or even if you are submitting it to others. It’s your Story and a piece you feel deserves to live in a tome on a reader’s shelf. Unfortunately, I do not have the financial means to compensate you for your work, though I hope in the future I never have to say this again. In the meantime, all authors get to purchase books at a discount and keep 100% of the profit made when selling the paperbacks in person. We also send all authors a contributors copy on us.

We will be exclusively on Amazon.com in the first 90 days in order to take advantage of marketing opportunities. Paperbacks will be created and details of how Authors can get copies will be disclosed within the final group when pricing is known. We also promise some awesome chapter header designs for each author as a way to express our gratitude along with access to some stellar memes, banners, and marketing files for you to be able to push the book.

This is our way to give back to the community and give authors, new and old, a chance to grow and reach new readers. This book is meant to be a fun writing activity as well as a fun read that promises simply, a good time!

Submission Guidelines
  • Word Count: 2,000 to 5,000 (MAX Story Acceptance set for 25)

  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, Double Line-Spaced, no double spaces between sentences

  • File Types: DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, PDF

  • Formatting:

    • 1″ Margins all around

    • Justified body

    • Headers on page 2 and beyond with “TITLE / LAST NAME / PAGE#” aligned on Right

    • First page Left Corner: YOUR NAME, EMAIL

    • First page Right Corner: “Word Count: #”

    • First Page Center: TITLE

And if that’s too complicated I have included here an uploadable WORD DOC for your convenience: CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD FILE! 

Where Do I Submit?

So you’ve read as far as here huh? Before you scroll further, make sure you’ve edited and polished your work the best you can! Be sure that you read the word count range and formatted your work to reflect my requests! Why? Because this will be my first means of declining submissions and I don’t want to have to do that to anyone’s work. I expect some grammar and quirky editing spoofs, but if I can’t comfortably read through the story, then I have to also decline said work. SO, PLEASE! Take a moment and give it one last look before you submit! THANK YOU! Now that we’ve gotten the disclaimer out of the way, here’s where and how to submit:

  • Subject Line:   “BGP QUERY: TITLE HERE by YOUR NAME”

  • Write me an email! Say hello, introduce yourself, and add a short one liner (or two) blurb of what your story is about!

  • Attach File: Once more, DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, and PDF File Formats are all I will accept. Anything else will be declined. Forgot to attach your file? Resend it! No need to panic!

  • Email:    BattleGoddessPro(at)gmail(dot)com

Via: Valerie Willis.

Taking Submissions: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales about Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

This is a full color digital illustration of a book cover depicting skeletons.

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: 6c per word for original stories, 2c per word for reprints
Theme: Speculative fiction about Pregnancy, Birth and Babies
Note: AUS Authors only
Note: Reprints accepted

Deadline: 31 August 2020
Payment: 6c per word for original stories, 2c per word for reprints (Australian currency)
Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (co-published in North America through the IFWG Publishing International imprint)
Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)

To be edited by award-winning author Deborah Sheldon, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained via commission and open callout. The commissioned writers are the multi-award-winning and bestselling authors Isobelle Carmody, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams.

On-spec submissions are welcome from Australian writers of every persuasion including non-parents. Ideally, stories should be between 1500 and 5000 words, give or take. (Stories significantly longer than 5000 words would have to be outstanding.) Reprints will be considered, but must not be available for free anywhere online—the anthology will have only a small number of reprints, regardless. Artwork by commissioned Australian artists will complement selected stories.

The anthology will be a visceral, frightening read. Each story must nominally tick the box of “body horror” but there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to supernatural to psychological and beyond will be given equal consideration. Feel free to play with the theme and not take it too literally. Ideally, your story should make the reader feel uncomfortably aware of their physicality, morbidity or mortality.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent. Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies aims to deliver an elegant—and elevated—anthology of body horror.

What to avoid:

  • Gratuitous gore used purely for shock value.
  • Familiar tropes, such as Rosemary’s BabyThe Handmaid’s Tale, the face-hugger/chest-burster from the Alien film franchise, Martians kidnapping and impregnating female Earthlings, and so on.
  • The submission of first drafts, often indicated by spelling and grammatical errors.

Required rights:

  • First worldwide electronic and print rights in the English language, exclusive for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
  • For reprints, non-exclusive rights apply.
  • If the story is subsequently reprinted, please credit Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies (IFWG Publishing Australia) as the original publisher.

How to submit:

  • Your story must be in a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman in 12pt.
  • Your name, contact details and word count should be on the first page above the title.
  • Use double-quotation marks, single space after full stops, first-line indents, page numbers, and Australian-English spelling. No tabs and no double-returns between paragraphs.
  • Send to Deborah Sheldon at [email protected] with the story title and your name as the Subject heading.
  • In the body of your email, provide an author bio of about 100 words (give or take), and include your Australian citizen/resident/ex-pat status.
  • If your story is a reprint, provide the full details of its first publication in the body of your email, with links if possible.
  • You can submit more than one story. Submit each story in a separate email.
  • Stories that require anything more than line editing or adjustments for house style will be rejected. Please submit only polished work of a high standard.
  • No simultaneous submissions, which means do not submit your story to another market at the same time.
  • Give yourself the best possible chance—please do not ignore these guidelines.

Response issues:

  • All acceptance and rejection emails will be sent by 31 October 2020.
  • No feedback will be offered for rejected stories. Please don’t ask.
  • Do not resubmit a rejected story, even if you have made substantial changes.
  • Accepted writers will receive payment via PayPal or bank transfer within 30 days of the contracts being signed, rather than on publication.
  • Accepted writers will also receive an ebook and one complimentary paperback.

Important note about the publication date

Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies was originally slated for release in February 2021. In response to the economic turndown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, IFWG Publishing Australia has decided to delay release of every upcoming new title. Therefore, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will be released later in 2021, with a strong likelihood of a mid-year publishing date.

Crowd-funding for a hardback edition, which would include illustrations for each story, is also being considered.

IFWG Publishing Australia will provide further updates on the anthology’s publication schedule in due course.

Via: IFWG Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Something Good to Eat

Deadline: August 21st, 2020
Payment: $100 and royalties
Theme: This anthology is looking for stories set on or around Halloween
Note: Reprints welcome

Halloween: a night when the dead roam freely among the unsuspecting living; when the boundary between reality and fantasy, between this world and the next, is as thin as paper mache; when monsters both human and daemonic stalk the shadows, seeking easy prey…

All Hallow’s Eve: a night to hide behind your best mask, lock your doors, and keep your Jack-o’-lantern burning till dawn. Because Something is knocking at the door, boys and girls…

And it’s hungry.

DEMON’S DREAMING PRESS PRESENTS: SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT

Guidelines:

What I’m looking for: Great horror, well written. Send me literary horror, pulp, dark fantasy, gore, magical realism – whatever suits you as a writer so long as your story is set on or around Halloween, or relates in some way to the holiday and its customs. Give me your Samhain-inflected stories of vampires, witches, werewolves, ghouls, zombies, ghosts, serial killers, aliens, revenge from beyond the grave, mirrors at midnight, etc. Or maybe something more personal, more idiosyncratic – experimentation and uniqueness are always a plus! For an idea of the sort of tone I’m looking for think classic E.C. Comics (Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror) Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside, Trick ‘r’ Treat, Monsters, The Twilight Zone, etc.

What I’m not looking for: homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism or any other ism free of narrative context. No rape, excessive torture or sexual violence (especially toward children).

How to Submit: Please send all submissions to [email protected] in either a .docx or .rtf file. Include the word Submission in subject, as well as your name and the title of your story. Include a brief bio in the body of your e-mail listing any previous publishing credits.

Deadline: August 21, 2020

Length: 2000-10,000 words

Reprints, Multiple Submissions and Simultaneous Submissions: I will be accepting a limited number of reprints. Multiple submissions are okay, but in the end I will select the story of yours that tugs at my cold heart the most. Simultaneous submissions are also okay; please just tell me if your story is placed elsewhere.

Payment: $100 upon acceptance (via PayPal or e-transfer) + royalties

Via: Demon’s Dreaming Press.

Taking Submissions: Found Footage

Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Theme: A “found footage” type story on paper. Explanations are found below
Note: Reprints welcome

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its fifth volume of its Howlers series, FOUND FOOTAGE.

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable.

Starting with what was called the McPherson Tape, moving on to the Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and V/H//S, found footage films have, for the past few decades, captivated horror lovers everywhere. This anthology asks writers to put found footage into the written word. Largely, we anticipate three major types of written structures: 1) stories that just feature characters using cameras; 2) epistolary stories that “found” by the readers of the anthology and 3) other experimental forms that would become textual versions of found footage. Any of these options (or others you might think of) are perfectly fine for submission. Just remember it’s a horror anthology that celebrates the structure and style of found footage films. Please note we are a progressive press and do not publish conservative works.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or necrophilia presented in a positive light.

Bestiality presented in a positive light.

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected] (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

Submit via Submittable at https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/163951/found-footage

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any). Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Authors will receive a free copy of the print book.

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

Taking Submissions: Cozy Villages of Death

Deadline: July 15, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Contemporary cozy mysteries
Note: Reprints accepted

Cozy Villages of Death
an anthology of cozy mysteries
Anticipated release: October, 2020

There’s something about quaint country villages, picture-perfect mountain towns, and tranquil island resorts that draws us to them. And when we can’t visit in-person, reading about the quiet, peaceful life is the next best thing to taking a mini-vacation.

But there are secrets hiding behind those shuttered windows. Deception awaits around the next curve in the road. Rumors spread over garden hedges, across fishing ponds, and around knitting circles. And when Death strolls through the tranquil countryside or checks into the quaint village inn for the weekend, it’s the intrepid – and often accidental – investigators who must find and decipher clues, unravel mysteries, and bring the killer to justice.

Cozy Villages of Death invites you to share your contemporary cozy mystery with us. Take us to the towns where your own characters follow in the footsteps of Miss Marple and Father Brown. Let your own Jessica Fletcher-inspired amateur sleuth discover “whodunit” before the police. Let our readers work with small town officers, in the vein of “Midsomer Murders” and “Death in Paradise.” Introduce us to your own independent investigators, in the spirit of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” or Miss Phryne Fisher.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Contemporary cozy mysteries (no ghosts or other paranormal elements), set between 1900 – present.
  • Small town locations, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. We’re happy to read about cozy English villages, but we want to know what’s happening in other countries, too.
  • Tell us the stories of small town police departments with limited resources, investigators who prefer the country life to the hustle of the city, and AMATEUR SLEUTHS – the everyday people who stumble across one too many clues to ignore and can’t help but try to solve the mystery. Write about people we can cheer for, worry about, and come to think of as friends.
  • Yes, bad things will happen, and someone will have to die for your cozy to be a murder mystery. But while characters may discuss blood-spatter or examine a knife wound, let’s keep the actual violence off-stage.
  • Don’t make it too easy. Toss in some misdirection, a red herring or two, a situation that turns your investigator into a suspect. Be creative. Have fun!

We’re looking forward to reading a delightful collection of cozy mysteries!

To Submit:

Anthology Title: COZY VILLAGES OF DEATH
Length: 5000 – 8000 words
NOTE: YES, we WILL consider reprints previously published prior to Jan 1, 2019, for which you have reprint rights. If it’s still in another collection, that’s okay. If it’s available for free somewhere, we will ask that you pull it down once it’s been accepted. Please include the original publication information with your submission.
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Anticipated release: October, 2020
Exclusivity/Reversion of rights: We distribute our anthologies in both paper and ebook formats across multiple retailers. We ask for 6 months exclusivity post-publication, after which we continue to market the anthology in both print and ebook formats, but you have the right to submit the story elsewhere, publish it yourself, etc., as you wish.
Pay: Royalty-Share, via PayPal
NOTE: A royalty-share anthology is only successful if all of the participants help with the promotion. We will provide art and marketing copy, and promote the anthology as we are able; but if you submit, you should also be prepared to promote the anthology to your readers – and share ideas/successes with the group, if you can!

Send your stories to: editor at camdenparkpress dot com
Submission Subject line: COZY VILLAGES_Story Title
Attachment types accepted: DOC, DOCX, or RTF file
File Name: Please name your manuscript like this:
COZY VILLAGES_Author Name_Story Title
IMPORTANT: We are often receiving submissions for multiple projects at the same time, so following the Subject line and File Name guidelines will help make sure your story ends up in the correct folder.

Other: These things should go without saying, but we’ve seen them ignored too many times, so here you are:

  • Please keep your cover letter brief
  • Use standard manuscript format (if you don’t know what that means, Google it)
  • Include your name, contact information (postal address and email), and the story title on the manuscript
  • Please review and follow the submission guidelines (above)

NOTE: Social Media stuff – We use a combination of email, Google Docs, and a private Facebook group to coordinate with authors and keep everyone aware of the project status. Just letting everyone know this ahead of time.

Via: Camden Park Press.

Taking Submissions: Attack of the Killer____

Deadline: October 15th,2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Theme: Fill in the blank for your story title and the story HAS to be about it!
Note: Reprints welcome

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its sixth volume of its HOWLERS series, Attack of the Killer____.

Deadline: October 15,2020

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable.

If Stephen King has taught us anything over the past several decades, it’s that we shouldn’t trust anything in the world around us. Clowns, car, chattery teeth, disembodied fingers, St. Bernards, little girls, old people in their RVs, antique cameras, antique stores, and Kindles all have the potential for evil. This anthology challenges you to fill in the titular blank yourself! We welcome all flavor of horror stories: sci fi, erotic, campy, serious, body horror, Lovecraftian, Poe, King, etc.

BUT the title of your story has to be what goes in the blank. For example, you could name your story “Sex Machine,” implying your story could be read as “Attack of the Killer Sex Machine.”

We will take preference with stories that are unique. Don’t just write another killer doll story or another killer dog story, unless your story genuinely has a unique take on the that trope.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or necrophilia presented in a positive light.

Bestiality presented in a positive light.

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just me an email at [email protected] (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

Submit stories via Submittable at https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/163952/attack-of-the-killer

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any). Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

Taking Submissions: Halloween Horror Volume II

Deadline: July 21st, 2020
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Theme: Halloween-themes horror!
Note: Reprints Welcome

It’s time for Halloween Horror again! Same as last year, we’re looking for spooky, scary, gross, funny, dark, and demented tales all about our favorite holiday, Halloween. The call here is pretty wide open. Whatever you can think up, we want to read. The only rule is that it must relate to Halloween in some way. 

Submission Deadline: July 21st, 2020

Word Count: 2,000 – 8,500. A little over or under is fine.

Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. 

                   $10 for anything over 5000 words.

Important Bits

  • Include a bio or greeting with your email. We don’t need a lot, but at least let us know who you are.
  • Please send all submissions as a .docx or .rtf attachment with the subject line of your email as: DBND – HalloweenHorrorII – Story Title 
  • Stories sent after the submission deadline will be rejected unread.
  • Multiple submissions welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please keep us updated on the status if your story is picked up elsewhere.
  • Reprints will be considered.
  • Don’t sit on your submission! If we reach the word count for the anthology, we will close submissions early.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

Via: DBND Publishing.

Taking Submissions: PseudoPod: Stories From Anthologies And Collections

Deadline: August 3rd, 2020
Payment: $100
Theme: We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction.
Note: Reprints Only

There are a number of short stories in anthologies and collections that deserve to get in front of more readers. We want to shine more light across our community and widen our circle to make room for more writers and readers. In specific, PseudoPod has penciled out space in a large portion of November and early December 2020 to support this effort.

Publishers, please send us your collections and anthologies, and identify any stories original to that publication.

Authors, ask your publisher to send us the book; if they’re not interested, we still want you to submit your story here — just include the collection or anthology title in the cover letter for your individual story.
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