Taking Submissions: Monsters Out of the Closet Episode 18 – Gothic

Deadline: January 27th, 2019.
Payment: $0.01/word for previously published pieces, and $0.02/word for first run. All pieces under 500 words or 5 minutes are compensated at a $5 flat rate.
Note: Reprints welcome.
Note: LGBTQ+ authors only.


Episode 18 – Gothic

From haunted manors, repressed secrets, and horrifying leaps of science and faith—this episode celebrates the tradition of Gothic literature and film. Submissions due January 27th, 2019.

Submissions of fiction, poetry, music, art, and more are always accepted on a rolling basis. Late submissions can be sent up to a week after the formal deadline if you inform us ahead of time to expect a late piece.


We try to respond to all readers and artists within 48 hours. We consider all piece lengths, but generally have difficulty accepting pieces over 20 pages long. No ableist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist or otherwise oppressive work will be accepted. Lastly, we only accept work by self-identified LGBTQ+ artists! Thank you!

To submit content:

Fill out the following form HERE to submit content to us. Please specify if you are submitting for a specific episode and whether you would like editorial feedback!

Submissions are compensated at $0.01/word for previously published pieces, and $0.02/word for first run. Music is compensated at $1/minute for previous released tracks, and $2/minute for music released through us. All pieces under 500 words or 5 minutes are compensated at a $5 flat rate.

To read/act for us:

If you would like to be a volunteer reader or voice actor, please fill out this form HERE. We will follow up via email to collect further information for our directory.

Via: Monsters Out Of The Closet.

Taking Submissions: Demonic Anthology Volume 3, Demonic Carnival: First Ticket’s Free

Deadline: May 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Battle Goddess Productions is a big fan of Fantasy in all shapes and forms. We enjoy hack-n-slash adventures, the inner workings of Dark Fantasy, to a bucket load of  paranormal, occult or mythology, to even the funny awkward reads.

Demonic Anthologies Volume III

Demonic Carnival

First Ticket’s Free
Is There A Deadline? MAY 1st 2019 at Midnight EST
When Will This Be Published?

We are aiming to Publish this Anthology in August/September 2019

What Carnival Items/Rides/Games Are Taken?

We are looking for dark & funny stories featuring rides, attractions, or even stands found at a carnival. From the ticket booth to the Merry-go-round to even the Freak show. We want them all! The story should span Horror and Comedy genres in some form. The darker the piece, the further to the back of the book you will be placed. Lighthearted creepy reads often start our readers off in the front of the book. Be sure to email us to claim your topic!

  • Carousel

  • Love Tunnel


Suggestions: Guess Your Weight, Shoot out booth, Fun House, Tilt-a-whirl, Bumper cars, Petting Zoo, Candy Apple stand, Pie Contest, Clowns, Dunk Tank, Ring o Fire, Pirate Ship, Ticket booth, arcade, Fried Everything stand, Cotton Candy Stand, Cattle show, Swine show, Rodeo, Bumper Boats, Himalaya, Pendulum Ride, Ferris Wheel, Drop Tower, Gravity Ride, Roller Coaster, Enterprise, Simulator Ride, Swing Ride, Caterpillar, Devil’s Wheel, Evolution, Fireball, Fun slide, Log flume, Mechanical Bull, Slingshot bungee, spinning Tea cups, Top Spin, Tunnel of Love, Zipper, Ball and Bucket toss, Duck Pond, Darts, Shooting Gallery, Plate Break, Whac-a-mole, Water Gun, Ring Toss, Basketball, and so much more!

If you want to claim one, I will start to build a public list of taken items/rides to help other authors aiming to do something in particular or different from what’s been claimed. Everything will be locked in on JUNE 30 2019 at MIDNIGHT EST. If you talked to me, you know who has the extension and be sure to email me here:


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 cost 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 at-cost will be disclosed within the final group when word count and page count are finalized and 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.

What am I wanting the money for? I wish to take Battle Goddess Productions to the next step by becoming a full blown Independent Publisher who can start taking on Authors like you and help you blossom. In order to do that, I have to build the funds in advance and my current day job cannot support that load in the way I want to represent fellow Authors. I am hoping that hosting an annual anthology showcasing my skills and talents, while supporting other authors will provide a way to build my reputation and ability to make this dream come true.

Submission Guidelines
  • Word Count: 1,200 to 3,500 (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.

Ongoing Submissions: Who Knocks?

Payment: 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.
Note: The publisher also does editing work for a fee (not required to submit this is for external publications) and has an anthology which you must pay to submit to (which are aren’t listing due to that clause.) As neither of these issues directly pertain to the magazine there is no reason we found to hold it against this part of the publication.
Note: Reprints accepted


We accept primarily mystery, weird tales, suspense and horror, 1500-5000 words in length. If you are not sure what category your story falls into feel free to send it anyway. While we prefer original stories, on a limited basis we will accept previously published work. If you are submitting a story that has been published please provide us with where and when it was featured.


Paranormal romance, graphic violence or sex. (A little is fine, but we don’t want any nausea inducing details.) Our preference is for stories done in good taste. Absolutely no cruelty toward children or animals. All stories must be your own original work. We will not tolerate any form of plagiarism.


We are open to blog style editorials and articles about the craft of writing or pertaining to the accepted genres. We pay $15 for these articles if they are chosen for inclusion in the magazine, either on our blog page or as a stand-alone article. We will also look at true crime stories, as long as they don’t exceed 5000 words. Compensation for true crime will be the same as payment for fiction stories.


We pay 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.


We do not charge a reading fee for consideration in Who Knocks? Magazine. There is a $16 reading fee for stories submitted for consideration in our yearly anthology. If you want your story considered for both the anthology and the magazine please only submit once. You can submit for both venues here. Make sure to indicate in your cover letter that you would like consideration for both. For more information on our anthology click here.


We do not accept multiple submissions for Who Knocks? magazine. If you receive a rejection from us please wait one week before submitting a new story.


While we understand that time spent waiting for a response can be frustrating, we do prefer that you refrain from multiple submissions on stories we are reviewing. However, if you have submitted the story elsewhere and it gets picked up please email us right away at [email protected] and withdraw the submission.


Please see this page for proper formatting guidelines. We accept Microsoft Word files (either .doc or .docx).


We do accept original artwork. Pay scale is $25 per piece if accepted. Please email artwork submissions to [email protected] and put Artwork Submission in the subject line.


We carefully read each and every story we receive. Our response time can be anywhere from two weeks to two months. If you have not received an answer after 60 days please send us an email at [email protected] and we will check on the status of your submission.


Please see a copy of our sample contract here.

Submit Your Story

Via: Who Knocks?.

Taking Submissions: Shock Totem

Deadline: May 31st, 2019 (From Submittable.)
Payment: 5 cents per word, reprints: 3 cents per word
Note: Reprints allowed

To submit or check the status of a previous submission, click here.

In addition to the guidelines below, please read the submission requirements on our Submittable page prior to uploading your submission.


We consider original, unpublished work within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.


We’re not interested in hard science fiction, epic fantasy (swords and sorcery), splatterporn (blood and guts and little more), or clichéd plots. Clichéd themes are okay. We won’t turn our noses up at the sight of zombies or serial killers or vampires, but there needs to be something that sets it apart from the norm for us to seriously consider it.

No fan fiction.


Reprints. Unpublished work will always get first consideration. Any submitted reprint must be out of print and the author must retain all applicable rights. All previous publication information (for the submitted work only) must be disclosed.


All submissions must be sent via our Submissions Manager (see link at the top and bottom of this page). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs. Use italics (do not underline for italicized words). Please include your full name, contact info, and word count in the document.

No simultaneous/multiple submissions.


Unless otherwise noted, we’re open from February through May, and August through November.


90 days or less.*


We pay 5 cents a word for original, unpublished fiction, and 3 cents a word for reprints, up to 5,000 words.


For previously unpublished work we claim First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic World Rights (not to include Internet use) for a period of one year. After which all rights revert to the author.

For previously published work we claim Reprint Rights and Exclusive Electronic World Reprint Rights (not to include Internet use) for a period of one year. After which all rights revert to the author.

Full payment/rights details will be provided if we make an offer.

Send any questions and queries to: [email protected]. To submit or check the status of a previous submission, click here.

* Response time is estimated, not guaranteed.

Via: Shock Totem.

Taking Submissions: The Best Laid Plans

Deadline: January 18th, 2019
Payment: $25 for original work, $10 for reprints.
Note: Reprints allowed

Superior Shores Press is pleased to announce plans for its first multi-author anthology, The Best Laid Plans, which will include stories of mystery and suspense with an overarching theme of “the best laid plans.” The deadline for submission is January 18, 2019. All submissions will be acknowledged. Acceptance/rejections will be emailed to all submitting authors on or before March 18, 2019.

The number of stories in the collection will depend on the length of stories selected. Estimated length: 250 printed pages in trade paperback format. An introduction, acknowledgments, and author bios will be included. Publication date is scheduled for *June 18, 2019 (trade paperback/Kindle/Kobo/Nook/iTunes).

Both reprints and new material will be considered. Previously unpublished authors are welcome to submit. Please, no simultaneous submissions.


TBLP Submission Guidelines

TBLP Submission Form

Guidelines (Download latest above in case changes were made.)

GENRE: Mystery/suspense
PUBLISHER: Superior Shores Press
EDITOR: Judy Penz Sheluk
DEADLINES: January 18, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered. All submissions will be
acknowledged. Acceptance/rejections will be emailed to all submitting authors on or before March
18, 2019. Please, no simultaneous submissions.
PUBLICATION DATE: *June 18, 2019 (trade paperback/Kindle/Kobo/Nook/iTunes/GooglePlay)
*The Publisher reserves the right to postpone and/or cancel due to unforeseen circumstances or if an
insufficient number of qualified stories are submitted/accepted.
DESCRIPTION: A multi-author anthology of short stories of mystery and suspense with an
overarching theme of the best-laid plans. The [number of stories] will depend on the length of
stories selected. Estimated length: 250 printed pages in trade paperback format. An introduction,
acknowledgments, and author bios will be included.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Both previously published and unpublished authors are welcome to
submit. There is no entry fee.
Each Author may submit 1 (one) reprint and/or 1 (one) previously unpublished short story, ideally
ranging between 1,500 to 5,000 words (though great stories falling outside this range will be
considered). Preference will be given to new material; reprint material will not exceed 35% of the
NOTE: Authors of new material will be expected to work with the Editor promptly on any requested
revisions to ensure the timeline for release is met without delay. Failure to do so will result in
exclusion from the anthology.
FOR REPRINTS: Author must own the print and digital copyright and provide complete details of any
previous publication(s), including website/blogs. Stories must not currently be available online in
any format. Any online availability will immediately disqualify the submission.

SUB GENRES: Traditional, locked room, noir, historical and suspense will be considered; however,
do not submit stories with overt sex, violence, or excessive bad language. Speculative fiction, sci-fi,
fantasy, and paranormal are not of interest for this collection.
IMPORTANT: The premise (target theme of THE BEST LAID PLANS) must be an integral part of the
plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental.
FORMATTING: Times New Roman 12, double spaced, 1” margins, .5” indent (no tabs), no header or
footer. Word .doc or .docx only. Submissions that do not follow the formatting guidelines will be
TERMS: Authors will be paid $10 USD for reprints and $25 USD for previously unpublished stories
via PayPal within 10 (ten) business days of publication. No further payment or royalty will be paid.
Contract term will be 2 (two) years from the initial date of publication. After the contract period,
rights to reprint the story will revert to the Author, however, the Publisher reserves the rights to
include the story in the anthology in perpetuity, or until the Publisher chooses to remove the
anthology from print and vendor sites.

AUTHOR COPIES: Authors will be provided with one PDF copy of the collection. They will also be
offered the option of purchasing trade paperback books at 50% off list, plus shipping and any
applicable state or provincial sales tax. Publisher will provide, in the same single shipment, one free
book for every 5 (five) books ordered: i.e. 6 (six) books for every order of 5 (five) books, 12
(twelve) books for every order of 10 (ten) books.

Via: Superior Shores Press.

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