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.

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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:
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).

General:
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.

Formatting:
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.

Taking Submissions: Year’s Best Cosmic Horror 2019 Anthology

Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Payment: 2 Cents Per Word Minimum. TBD
Note: Reprints ONLY

Greetings from the Ether,

We have been anxious to say these words, and alas, here we are. Gehenna & Hinnom Books is now officially open to submissions from publishers for our Year’s Best Cosmic Horror 2019 Anthology.

What is Cosmic Horror? Cosmicism, or Lovecraftian Horror, is a subgenre which emphasizes the unknown or unknowable, the fear of things beyond our comprehension, and the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the universe. Reality erodes in this genre, and often science or discovery are responsible for this corruption.

We’re looking for the absolute best Cosmic Horror tales from 2018. Publishers are welcome to submit individual stories, anthologies, collections, etc., to our email in PDF format, though we will also accept other formats, such as Mobi. and ePub. Please send emailed submissions with “Year’s Best Cosmic Horror” in the title. If you wish to send print copies of selected works, please use the below address:

GEHENNA & HINNOM BOOKS
YEAR’S BEST COSMIC HORROR 2019 ANTHOLOGY
510 N 38TH AVE
MB 11
HATTIESBURG, MS 39401

For writers who are unsure if their work has been submitted, or will be submitted, please forward all questions to the email address above. Make sure to contact your publishers before sending any queries.

Specifics on submission qualifications:

  1. Stories to be considered for reprint should fall under 12,000 words.
  2. Stories that exceed this word count, novelettes, novels, collections etc., can and should be submitted, but will only be referenced in our “Overview” of 2018.
  3. The final cut-off date for submissions is May 31st, 2019. Any submissions sent after that date will not be considered.

We are gunning for a summer release of this title, and it will likely move to print come June or July. Deadline is SUBJECT TO CHANGE, but the sooner we receive your stories, the better.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and we cannot wait to read your fantastic works.

Via: Gehenna and Hinnom books.

Taking Submissions: LampLight Magazine

Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Payment: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max, 1¢ per word for reprints
Note: Reprints accepted

We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.

Writers

We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.

We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.

We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.

If you have already been in LampLight, we ask you wait until the next volume to submit again.

Payment

We accept originals and reprints up to 7,000 words (firm). Payment in USD.

  • Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
  • Reprints: 1¢ per word

Please note: works published to a Patreon or similar site are considered reprints

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not allowed, and will result in all submissions being rejected.

Submission Times

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

  • 15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues
  • 15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

Where to Submit

Submittable is our preferred method of submission. We accept most file types as well. Please use standard manuscript format for your story (although headers and footers are not needed). Please add REPRINT to the subject line, if your story is a reprint!

If you need to edit your submission

If you uploaded the wrong file, have a newer version, anything, please do notwithdraw your story. Instead send us an email and we can release it back to you for editing.

Please note:

We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month. But, when the limit is reached on the last month, time is up!

https://lamplightmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Please remember, Submittable is a third party site. Please read the Terms of Service before you sign up.

If you need a reminder about formatting, here is a good link to read:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

For queries, you can email: [email protected] – Submissions sent to this email address will not be read.

Via: Lamplight Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Hatchet Job

Deadline: April 30th, 2019.
Payment: 2 cents a word for reprints, 4 cents a word for original work.

This horror anthology, to be edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, seeks stories under 10,000 words that involve one of the traditional tropes of campfire tales and slasher films: the axe murderer. Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Think Angela Carter’s “The Fall River Axe Murders.” Surprise us by breathing new life into this theme. That said, we anticipate most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.

Specs? Please submit Word docs only, standard formatting, 12 pt Times Roman to me at [email protected], using the title of the anthology as the subject line. The deadline is April 30th, 2019.

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Via: Lethe Press Books.

Taking Submissions: Pawradiso: The Ten Spheres of Furry Heaven

Deadline: July 15th, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
Note: Reprints Allowed

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Editor: Rayah James

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

Unlike the other two regions of Dante’s famed Divine Comedy, the poem of Paradiso has received very little attention both culturally and critically. This anthology works to challenge that…even as it changes what heaven would be like for furry people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradiso_(Dante). This collection will be divided respectively into the ten parts. We expect stories to be framed to focus on people who will end up in a specific sphere. Most of a story should focus on what they did back on Earth in life. Showing how they died is not required but is pretty standard for this anthology series. We need to see their virtue that brought them there. However, here’s the challenge: we want to see anthro-animal characters who were strong and virtuous even in dark and trying circumstances, even if they ultimately failed. That’s right: like the previous two volumes, we are still wanting dark stories, be they horror, dark erotica, or similar. Easy ways to do this would be having a virtuous character be a victim to evil characters, or have a virtuous character be a witness, or perhaps most dastardly have a well-meaning character have to choose between the lesser of two evils…It is perfectly fine but not required if submissions are NSFW. All story submissions must be “furry” in nature.

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 than 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)

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.

Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to [email protected]

Title your email with the circle in all caps, e.g. “FIRST.” If you are sending more than one submission, send multiple emails instead of putting them all in one.

We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

Book will likely be released December in plenty of time for a heavenly Christmas.

Here are the ten spheres and their general values.

First (The Moon / The Inconstant)

Second (Mercury / The Ambitious)

Third (Venus / The Lovers)

Fourth (The Sun / The Wise)

Fifth (Mars / The Warriors of the Faith)

Sixth (Jupiter / The Just Rulers)

Seventh (Saturn / The Contemplatives)

Eighth (The Fixed Stars / Faith, Hope, and Love)

Ninth (The Primum Mobile / The Angels)

Tenth (The Empyrean / God) [publisher’s note: I thought about taking this out for the sheer controversy it enabled; but then I realized it couldn’t hurt to see what authors came up with for it anyway. You all have impressed us numerous times before. We see no reason to stop your creativity now.]

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

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