Payment: half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD). Note: Reprints allowed.
Submissions are open for Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. We are currently reading for Season 3, which will run from Jan to Nov 2018, and include approximately 45 stories.
The Flash Fiction Podcast is just what it sounds like. Most weeks, a new short-short story is put out in podcast form by Manawaker Studio, produced and hosted by CB Droege.
At the end of each season, the episodes are compiled into an audiobook to be made available through Audible. The episodes will also be archived indefinitely on the Manawaker site.
The podcast is supported by Manawaker’s patrons on Patreon.
There is no requirement of submitted stories other than length. The ideal length is around 800 words, but stories as short as 250 or as long as 1500 may be considered. All genres will be considered, but the story must remain accessible to all ages, which mostly means no erotica or gore-horror.
Currently, we are particularly low on genre subs, so if you are trying to decide which flash to send, and one of them is a sci-fi, fantasy, or detective story, send that one.
Submitters may submit up to three works in the body of an e-mail.
Previously published work is okay, as long as you let us know where it was published previously, so we can credit them in the podcast. It’s the submitter’s responsibility to ensure they have the rights to their work before submitting.
Simultaneous submissions are okay, just make sure you tell us right away if the non-exclusive audio rights to your work are no longer available at any point, and please do so in a reply to your original submission, so that it’s easier to find.
If your work is accepted, you will grant Manawaker Studio the right to edit and produce the work non-exclusively as part of the weekly podcast (which is posted on the Manawaker website, iTunes podcast store, Google Music, and several other aggregators which pull content from those services.) and in an audiobook collection, which may remain ‘in print’ indefinitely. The work or parts of it may also be used for promotional purposes by Manawaker Studio.
At no point will Manawaker studio require any sort of exclusive rights to any story, and the original creator will retain all copyrights.
Compensation for the use of an accepted work will be a token payment of a half cent per word with a minimum payment of three dollars (USD).
A sample contract sits here, if you are interested.
All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with ‘FFP Submission’ and your last name in the subject line. Include a brief cover letter and third-person bio (65 words max) (for the contributors page on the website) in the body of the e-mail. If you’d like a URL for an online portfolio or blog included, give that as well.
Response times will vary ranging from a couple weeks to a few months.
Note: all submissions received before 2 February 2018 have been read and responded to. If you sent something in before that, and have not heard back, then something went wrong. Please query, so that we can figure out what happened to your submission.
Further note: Due to a providence of sharing for the call, I received an absolute bounty of subs in Dec and Jan, and it’s taking longer than usual to get through this tall pile. Sorry for the delay, hopefully I’ll be through it soon, and back to more normal turn around times.
There is no deadline for submissions, as this is an ongoing project.
Any questions about the project or these guidelines (or any queries after submissions) should be sent to [email protected]
Deadline: January 31st, 2019 Payment: One penny Sterling per word Note: Reprints allowed.
Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is my favourite fantasy author. I’ve had the pleasure of publishing several stories in the vein of CAS’s works. I’m very interested in publishing an anthology of stories, poems and prose poems in CAS’s vein. Whether the stories are based in Averoigne, Hyperboria, Poseidonis, Zothique or anywhere else, as long as it fits CAS’s mode of storytelling, I’ll be more than interested. If your story, etc. has been published elsewhere, please let me know where and when the work was published.
I will pay one penny Sterling per word, with a minimum payment of £10 Sterling for poems and very, very short stories and prose poems. For illustrations, I will pay £30 for ‘header’ illustrations to a story, £100 for full page illustrations and £200 for the cover illustration. All rights are reserved by the author or artist.
I would like to have all the material in by January 31st, 2019 so I can publish the anthology by June 2019.
Deadline: Payment: Contributor’s copy, free cover art for a future book. Note: Reprints Welcome
Why are we doing this Anthology?
My father used to say Well said, O, Toothless One as one of those typical dad jokes.
When my dad was diagnosed for the second time with cancer I knew I wanted to put something out into the world to celebrate my father. My dad is dyslexic like I am but he always supported me in my writing. I’m hoping he will get to see a few of these in the time he has left.
Those judging the entries will be my sister who is my editor and my mother who along with being my Alpha reader is also a writer herself. I will also be part of the judging process and along with my sister will edit the anthology.
When to submit?
Submissions are open from now to the 1st of October. The Anthology will be published in December.
What are we looking for?
The genre is a bit loose but Science fiction or Fantasy would fit fine with what I’m looking for but I will accept other genres as long as it fits in with the tone of the Anthology. The theme for 2018 is to have an inhuman character. This could be a monster or a creature that is more benign.
If you can fit a nice guy winning and diversity those are things that appeal to me as well.
It will be my family who will be judging the stories as we want to pick stories that either reflects our father or something that would amuse him. So dad jokes allowed. Actually dad jokes encouraged.
Humour is certainly sought after in your piece.
Keep it PG 13. Swearing and sex can be implied but discretion is appreciated. Gratuitous violence is not appreciated.
When it comes to word count anything under 10k is acceptable though I won’t quibble if it goes over a little bit.
I’m not a fan of present tense but I will accept it if it is well written.
I like romance but keep it PG and no love triangles.
Author benefits and rights
You keep all rights. You can also submit already published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and of course, you can publish elsewhere as well with no restrictions. If you gain a place in the anthology you will get a paperback copy of the anthology. You can also order paperback copies at retail price. Each author featured will also get a book cover for any of their own books they wish to self-publish. For longer pieces 5K or more they will get two book covers. We only ask for non-exclusive rights to any story and also remember that once a story is published that you are giving up your first publishing rights and since this anthology isn’t offering actual cash you should keep that in mind. I am looking for reprints because of this, as reprints often pay very little and it would be much better if you can get the best price for your story. After all, a lot of work has gone into perfecting your craft.
Who will we accept submissions from?
As long as the story is primarily in English, pretty much anyone. The internet allows boundaries to be crossed.
Fiction up to 10k words though if it is really good we won’t quibble word count
We do not accept art, poetry or non-fiction
You can only submit one piece per year
Work must be original and you have the rights to it. In other words, it must be your own story and you retain all author rights to the story.
Unlike other places I want it single spaced 12pt Garamond with an indent at the start of a paragraph
A title and your name should be in the header
Email to with the subject heading Anthology
No Fan Fiction
Include an Author Bio and a short synopsis for your story
No PDF’s. Word Docx are preferred
Do not put the story in the body of the email, instead have it as an attachment or shared as a link.
Other things to know
I will be the editor. I have an English degree from Auckland University.
You will be informed of your acceptance in November. If you don’t hear from us assume you weren’t accepted.
This is not to solicit or sell you any other products. You will not get emails from us spamming you about our other services. EVER.
The short version: fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art your guess is as good as mine. But the heart of what I want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.
We are actively seeking work from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of color, queer and transgender writers and artists, and anyone who has suffered the consequences, intended or otherwise, of dominant society’s systemic disconnect with and mistreatment of the natural world. And we’re actively seeking new ways to reach all of the above. Seriously, if you know of a way we can do that, please share.
We’re no longer accepting submissions by email; queries are ok. Simultaneous submissions are ok. Multiple short poetry submissions is ok; with longer submissions, please send just one at a time. Feel free to submit again after you hear back. Query for reprints. Length: 0 – 45,000 words, inclusive. Response time has ranged from one to three months. Payment is six cents a word for prose, twenty dollars a page for poetry, art minimum twenty-five dollars per piece. Arbitrary cutoff point for the third issue will be the autumn equinox, 2018.
Deadline: December 31st, 2018 Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights. ($60 max)
Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 4, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.
Editors: Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax.
Requirements: The story was originally (or will be) published in a 2018 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self-published anthologies and collections are acceptable as well.
Deadline: December 31, 2018.
Length: Up to 6000 words. Word count is flexible and longer works will be considered but please note the max payment is $60.00.
Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights. ($60 max)
What to Send
In the body of an email:
Name of anthology or magazine or online magazine it was (or will be) published in:
If the book is available on Amazon and your story credit appears somewhere on the page, send us the link. If not, send a link to the best source with that information (publisher’s page, etc).
If the story was in a magazine, send us a web link to the issue TOC where your story appears, or if that’s not available send us a scan of the table of contents (print magazines, etc.).
A short description of the story.
Attach the entire manuscript in rtf, doc format, or a PDF or mobi of the magazine or book it appears in if available. Note: if sending a doc or rtf, please make sure this is the final version of your story, exactly as it appears in the published version.
Important Note: Make sure your contract allows you to publish the story in a “best of” anthology. If you’re not sure, check with your publisher. If necessary, ask them for a waiver.
In an email include the following:
Name of publication and publisher, date published and format (print, ebook, magazine, etc)
A pdf, doc, rtf, or mobi of the publication.
If there are any particular stories you feel we might be interested in feel free to make a note of that (optional).
Include in the Email subject line: YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR
We’ll send a notification within 48 hours that we received your submission. If you don’t get this, please inquire. We may not have received it.