Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Hawaii

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror stories set in Hawaii
Note: Reprints Welcome

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Hawaii. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Hawaii has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Hawaii somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 31st or until filled. The anthology target is 50 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 foremost, all submissions must be horror.

However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and 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 meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):

1. 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)

2. Use “SMART QUOTES”

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

Submit via email to [email protected]

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

Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.

If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.

If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.

A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Untitled Ghost Stories Anthology

Deadline: February 21st, 2020
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Theme: Ghost stories! ‘Nuff said
Note: Reprints Welcome

For this anthology, we’re looking for the best of the best ghost stories. The kind you tell around a crackling campfire holding back the darkness surrounding you. The kind that stick with you as you make the dark trek to your car through an empty parking garage. The kind that make you sit wide eyed in the middle of the night because the rhythmic tapping from the other room is just a little too inconsistent and, somewhere deep down, you’re sure it’s getting closer. 

Give us new and exciting takes on old tropes, give us original horror, give us classic ghost stories told expertly, give us comedic stories of spirits that are more a nuisance than a threat. We’re hoping to make this anthology larger than our first two so there’s plenty of room for all types of stories in this one, as long as they’re about ghosts.  

Anthology Title: TBD

Word Count: 2,000 – 7,500. A little over or under is fine.

Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. 

                $10 for anything over 5000 words.

Authors will have the opportunity to purchase an author copy at print cost plus shipping after release.

Submission Deadline: 2/21/2020

Multiple submissions welcome. 

Reprints will be considered. 

Important Bits:

Please send all submissions as a .docx or .rtf attachment with the subject line of your email as:

DBND – Ghost Stories – Story Title 

If you email is not titled this way it may end up in the wrong folder and go unread.

Stories sent after the submission deadline will be rejected unread.

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: A Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: horror stories about bedtime, dreams, sleep, and nighttime in general!
Note: Reprints welcome

We’re looking for horror stories about bedtime, dreams, sleep, and nighttime in general! The parameters for this project are intentionally broad, and the possibilities are endless – monsters under the bed, horrors hiding in closets, things that go bump in the night, beings that lurk on the shore between dream and reality, nightmares that come true, scary (and original) bedtime stories, and whatever else you’re inspired to write!  (Please note: this anthology is not aimed at children, but we are open to stories appropriate for children.)

Deadline: April 30th or until filled. As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

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.

ANTHOLOGIES: At this time, we are primarily seeking short stories between 500 and 7500 words for themed anthologies. These submissions will be given priority.

You will be notified whether your submission is accepted or rejected. For anthology pieces, you will be notified no later than four weeks after the submission deadline. For all other pieces, you will be notified within 10 weeks of the date of your submission. If you have not received a response by that time, please email us.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Best Vegan SFF of the year (Reprints Only)

Deadline: February 28th, 2020
Payment: $.01/word
Theme: We publish an annual anthology of the best vegan science fiction and fantasy of the year. We are open for submissions in the winter of every year.
Note: Reprints Only!

We publish an annual anthology of the best vegan science fiction and fantasy of the year. We are open for submissions in the winter of every year.

What ‘vegan’ means here:

Formal requirements:

  • Vegan – Stories must be entirely vegan, and they must have been vegan when originally published.
  • Reprints – We’re only looking for stories that were published in the previous year.
  • Length – 1,000 – 8,000 words
  • Venue – We’re restricting eligibility to stories originally published in venues that paid $.01/word or more.
  • Original form – The stories must be presented as originally published, except for correction of typographic errors and similar minor corrections. Again, we don’t want stories that have been ‘veganized’ for this anthology.
  • Simultaneous: Yes. Simultaneous submissions are fine. We’re buying non-exclusive rights. Sell your story as often as you can.
  • Multiple: You may submit a total of two stories. Choose your best.

Format

Follow the industry standard format defined by William Shunn. He has templates available, or you can use ours. We prefer a proportional, serif font like Cambria or Caladea. Use italics for emphasis, not underlining. Use smart/curly quotes. Use em dashes, not double hyphens.

Your story should be in one of the following file formats: ODT, DOC, DOCX. If you’re submitting an ODT, please add a few blank lines at the bottom. Otherwise Submittable’s presentation manager will cut off the last line of your story.

Pay

  • We pay $.01/word for non-exclusive electronic and print rights.
  • Payment is by PayPal only.

Timing
Submissions are open until 28 February. You’re free to submit your story any time after it’s published. However, note that we won’t be making any final decisions until spring.

Open from 1 December until 28 February
submit

Via: Metaphorosis Books.

Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Alaska

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror stories set in Alaska
Note: Reprints Welcome

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Alaska. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Alaska has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Alaska somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 31st or until filled. As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

First and foremost, all submissions must be horror.

However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and 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 meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):

1. 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)

2. Use “SMART QUOTES”

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

Submit via email to [email protected]

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

Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.

If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.

If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.

A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Deep Magic – Short Stories, Novelettes, And Novellas

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words
Theme: Slean fantasy and sci-fi stories.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Deep Magic. What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence—you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are plenty of other magazines and venues out there. Move along. Move along (Jedi hand wave). Please consider reading Deep Magic to get an idea of the type of stories we publish. You can read our inaugural issue for only $.99. We are keeping the June 2016 issue at this special price so authors can check out our style without breaking the bank.

Deep Magic is a quarterly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Our issues are also filled with author interviews, art features, book reviews and tips for writers. Most of our non-fiction pieces are invitation only to industry professionals and Deep Magic staff, but if you have a fantastic piece, please send it our way. Not all the authors we feature write exclusively clean fiction. We don’t judge. But everything you find inside Deep Magic will be.

– The Deep Magic Team

It may be helpful to read the following articles before submitting to help you understand what types of stories we’re looking for:

*An interview with Brendon Taylor, Deep Magic Board Member, on what we look for in a short story

*Three mistakes to avoid when writing a short story

“Without publications like Deep Magic, there would be no venues for such stories, and the world would be a more barren place.” –T.E. Bradford

We currently pay for short fiction work only and do so at the following rates:

Payment Terms

For first world-wide rights, we pay $.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words. For re-printed stories that are not currently available elsewhere on the internet for free, we pay $.02 per word for the first 10,000 words, with payment capped at $200 for stories longer than 10,000 words. We use Paypal for our authors.

Additional Guidelines

Word Count Limits: 1,000 to 40,000; but note that we cap payment at 7,499 for new fiction and at 10,000 words for reprints. Format: We accept submissions in standard manuscript format, saved as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files. Information to Include: At the top of your submission, state your name (and pseudonym if you wish to be published under one), email address, mailing address, the story title, and word count. Response Time: We strive to respond to submissions within ten to twelve weeks, but our times may fluctuate. Please do not inquire within the first six months. Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions: No and No. Please only submit one story to us at a time; and we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We Do Not Publish the Following

  • Stories with graphic violence
  • Stories with mature sexual themes
  • Stories with profanity or vulgarity. We want a broad, family-friendly audience; think original Lord of the Rings trilogy or Star Wars.
  • Stories featuring or glorifying illegal drug use
  • Stories with graphic child abuse or glorifying child abuse in any way
  • Stories not within the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. It’s got to have some magic or cool technology in it!
  • Poorly written stories

Via: Deep Magic.

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