Category: Reprints Allowed

Taking Submissions: Alternate History

Deadline: July 11th, 2022
Payments: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
Theme: Alternate history stories (that can also show how a change in history would have changed today.)
Note: Reprints Welcome

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions, which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include ALTERNATE HISTORY at the beginning in the subject of your email.

Alternate History Short Stories

This is a topic to really get your imagination into gear. Alternative history is a big topic for movies and real-world events alike, on Netflix, HBO and more. It’s all science fiction, and this new book aims to cover every angle from ancient worlds to distant futures, world wars, steampunk and more. What if the course of history had been changed by a different decision, a different victor, a different invention? Utopian stories and alternative history stories by H.G. Wells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Castello Holford and others will be combined here with new stories submitted by you, exploring the variety and delight of alternative history to reimagine the world around us – some examples just to give you an idea: What if the Ancient Egyptians had conquered Rome? What if World War II had been won by the loser, not the victors? What if women had ruled the world for 4,000 years not men? The options are limitless for tales of true originality and with a vivid sense of realism…

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Taking Submissions: Hidden Realms

Deadline: July 11th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
Theme: A setting in an area that is normally hidden from regular people.
Note: Reprints Welcome

We’re delighted to let you know this new call for submissions is open! Please read through submission details carefully before sending us your stories and ensure you include HIDDEN REALMS first in the subject of your email.

Hidden Realms Short Stories

Open your mind to contemplate the ways in which places can be hidden – tucked away in remote corners of the world, buried underground, existing on another physical plane or a different dimension in time or on a quantum level, on another planet, accessible only to those with the secret knowledge, or even in plain sight under our noses… They may be inhabited by beings just like you and me, or creatures utterly different to us. Hidden Realms Short Stories will delve into the secret corridors, the hidden doors at the end of the alley, the hole in the trunk of an ancient oak. Your new submissions will sit alongside classic tales from many traditions, including classic literature (from Alice in Wonderland to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) or even tales of the hidden city of Harar in Ethiopia, exploring the adventures of hidden places, secret gardens, and shadow lands in forests and mountains, in the swamps and wild places of our world, and beyond.

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Taking Submissions: The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the Railways

Deadline: August 15th, 2022
Payment: 10 Euro
Theme: Any stories related to trains
Note: Reprints welcome

Wanted:

Stories about trains, tracks and railway stations.

Especially welcome:

  • Creepy, spooky tales about haunted trains

  • Stories with strong settings

  • Locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, NZ, South America

  • Unusual trains – e.g. a suspended train, an underground train

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Taking Submissions: Mysterion Fall 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-31st, 2022
Payment: 8 cents/word and 4 cents/word for reprints and $125 per piece of artwork
Theme: Speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology
Note: Reprints Welcome

Open to fiction submissions each year during the months of January and July.
Open to art submissions year-round.

We are looking for speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology, and for artwork for this site.
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Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores July 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-3rd, 2022
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints, For artwork: $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome

 

 

Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 8¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

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Taking Submissions: Cosmic Horror Monthly Fall 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: July 1st-31st, 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150, 1 cent per word for reprints., 20 – 30 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content. Negotiable., 100 dollars for cover art. Negotiable.
Theme: Cosmic Horror
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submission periods are twice yearly from January 1st – January 14th and July 1st – July 14th.

January stories accepted will appear in issues from the following July – December

July stories accepted will appear in issues from the following January – June

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

We are now accepting Non-Fiction submissions as well as Fiction. We would love to see Non Fiction pieces that explore the state of horror as well as the philosophies that are often found in Cosmic Horror, existentialism, nihilism, etc.

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Taking Submissions: The Second Black Beacon Book of Mystery

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: 20€ for original stories and 5€ for reprints and a contributors copy
Theme: Mystery Stories
Note: Reprints Welcome

Send us your best mystery. We want excellent writing, evocative settings, intriguing characters, and most importantly, a clever puzzle complete with clues, red herrings, foreshadowing, and twists. We strongly suggest you purchase a copy of The Black Beacon Book of Mystery to find out what kind of stories we’re likely to accept. 20 for original stories and 5€ for reprints regardless of length, plus one print copy. Preferred word count between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The preliminary deadline is the 31st of October, 2022.

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Taking Submissions: Insignia 2022: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: Speculative Fiction reprints set in an Asian country and must have Asian main characters

About: This is our annual reprint anthology, started in 2020. ‘Insignia 2022’ will feature new Asian speculative short stories. Pieces should be set in an Asian country and must have Asian main characters. (Exceptions are for non-human characters, or non-Earth settings, but your story should still have recognizable Asian elements in these cases. If you’re not sure, please query).

Theme: Anything speculative: horror, light or dark fantasy, and science fiction. As usual, we aim to have a good mix of Asian settings and cultures, as well as speculative sub-genres, so the more original your ideas are, the better chance your work will have of being accepted.

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