Deadline: October 18th, 2019
Payment: $20 and a contributor’s copy
Note: Reprints welcome
Note: This submission call is for authors who identify as LGBTQ+
The best definition of erotic horror that we have found is “literature that arouses the reader…and then makes them complicit in the horror that ensues because of that arousal.” From a submission call by Thurston Howl Publications.
Body & Blood is seeking erotic horror with a trashy aesthetic. We’re looking for cult, b-movie style fiction from authors who identify as LGBTQ+. Send us your satanic sex cult orgies, or tales of the abandoned house gone wrong. We want erotic horror at it’s trashiest.
This submission call is for authors who identify as LGBTQ+. It is encouraged that the characters in your story identify as LGBTQ+ however is not a strict requirement.
Although we have worked on anthologies in the furry community before, this submission call is not seeking furry submissions. Werewolf and monsters are fine, but we are not looking for submissions where anthropomorphic animals are the focus of your story.
Sinister Stoat Press will not accept/tolerate any art and/or written piece featuring children in sexual settings, pedophilia, copywritten characters, rape, gore, torture, forced consent, dubious consent, zoophilia, necrophilia, ableism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, depictions of abusive relationships in a positive light.
Up to 3 stories max.
5500 words max
Reprints are fine, however you must own the full rights to the story before submitting.
Simultaneous submissions accepted.
Payment: a flat payment of $20 and a complimentary copy of the print book.
We are looking for short fiction between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length. All stories must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
by an author who identifies as an anarchist or with another political tradition that opposes state authority, capitalism, and other oppressive hierarchies
takes place in a society without state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
involves struggle against state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
One of our goals is to publish fiction that offers imaginative answers to our world’s problems. One of our other goals is to publish fiction that is entertaining and well-written. We have no strong feelings about genre. We are open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, or stories with no speculative elements whatsoever. We are open to submissions from authors of all class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and genders, though we are particularly excited about work that explores the experiences of people whose identities are marginalized by this society. While we are aiming this podcast at a primarily anarchist audience, we are actively excited about publishing work from other political traditions that share an antiauthoritarian, pro-community worldview.
We pay $.01USD per word upon acceptance. This is not a professional rate, and we are therefore primarily a reprint market. While we will consider fiction that has not appeared elsewhere, we suggest that if your story is good enough for us, it is probably good enough for someone who will pay you at least 8 cents per word and we encourage you to try submitting to those markets first. Authors should be paid for their labor. Once your work is out of exclusivity, or if you can’t find a better-paying home for it, send it on to us!
How to Submit
Send your story in standard manuscript format, as either an .rtf or .docx attachment, to the editor at [email protected] In the body of the email, please include a cover letter that indicates which of the three criteria your story meets as well as any prior publications of the story and/or where other work of yours has appeared.
Send only one story at a time. If you do not hear a response from us within six weeks, please consider your story rejected with our apologies.
What We Ask for
We ask for nonexclusive audio rights for the podcast, nonexclusive digital print rights to include the text on our website, and nonexclusive print rights to include your story in a potential forthcoming publication aimed at an incarcerated audience. If we accept your story, we would also like to interview you about the story, which we will air alongside your story.
What is This Anarchist Thing?
An anarchist is someone who opposes the state, capitalism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy, and all the various and intersecting ways by which groups of people exert power over other people. Anarchism also references a specific political tradition that dates to the mid-19th century and has had millions of adherents around the world. Or, to quote one of our favorite anarchist fiction writers, Ursula le Guin, “What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”
We also need blurbs. Anyone dare to call the book “A moving experience!”?
The book will join SCIENCE FICTION FOR THE THRONE and FANTASY FOR THE THRONE on Ian’s dealer table at numerous conventions (as well as on his website at fantasticbooks.biz and on Amazon etc.). With luck, everyone will decide they just have to have the whole set.
Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: Between $0.04 and $0.08/word
Note: Reprints allowed
We will be open August 1 though August 31st.
Follow our Guidelines and you are more likely to receive a personalized response. Ignore our Guidelines and a standard rejection may quickly follow.
What Are We Looking For?
Positive stories demonstrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of hope and humane values in overcoming the most daunting challenges.
We are interested in all SF and Fantasy genres, but no horror please.
In this reading period, we need more SF than Fantasy. Young Adult to the Literary.
No to Pollyannish and Utopian simplicity.
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.
Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex. It’s only useful if the story demands it.
Shorter is better!
We need works 5,000 words and under. If you submit a story over 5,000 words, it has to be amazing to get very far in the review process.
Overall, we will consider the following word counts:
Flash Fiction & Poetry: 100 – 1500 words
Short Stories: 2,000 – 7,500 words
Novelettes: 7,500 – 10,000 words.
Your story must be submitted in Word or RTF format.
Top of the First Page
Title of Story (centered)
Your By Line (centered)
No Address or other Personal Info please.
Font: Arial, Size 12
Single spacing between sentences.
No extra line break between paragraphs
Section breaks, as needed, should be three ### symbols, centered on the page.
In the document Header, include Last Name/Title/Page #
When you SAVE your file, name it in the following way: FirstName-LastName-Story-Title
During the submission process, you will have the opportunity to write a cover letter, enter the word count, select genre and story type, etc.
Contracts and Payment
Our contract is based on the model provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Copyright and story ownership remain with the author. Contract terms are negotiable within reason.
We acquire first serial print rights in North America and first world electronic rights for online publication.
Payment rates vary between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on the following:
Print and Online publication (6-8 cents/word)
Reprints and Online publication only (4-5 cents/word)
Merit (We have been known to pay more for stories that made us giddy with excitement to publish them.)
Poems and micro-stories are paid at the rate of $25 to $100.
Payment is on Acceptance
If you are a Forge Master (print) Dreamforge subscriber who subscribed before 3/1/19, be sure to tell us that in your cover letter. Your story will be read by the Editor-in-Chief and you will receive feedback on your story.
One submission at a time, please, but you are welcome to submit again if your story is returned.
If we offer suggestions on improving your writing or story structure, we want to see evidence that you tried to follow our advice on your next submission.
Simultaneous submissions are OK, if you let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.
Please allow 6 to 9 weeks for our review and final response. We try to be faster, but we have full-time day jobs and we can get overwhelmed. Feel free to query us at [email protected].
We will consider reprints if you can show that publication rights have reverted to you, the author.
Congratulations, you made it all the way here! It’s time to move on to our Submissions Procedure Page!
Deadline: November 30th, 2019
Payment: 1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories, 100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate, 10 pounds for reprints / flat rate, and a contributor’s copy
Submissions close: 30/11/2019
Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest
Publication: Planned for late 2020
What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!
Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy
Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.
GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS
Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction. Languages accepted: English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais. What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.
How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.
– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.
– Only one space at the end of sentences.
– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.
– The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underline.
Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.
Deadline: August 18th, 2019
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for new work, and continue to pay 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
Detective Thrillers: The thrill of the chase, the steely-eyed detective (either gentle or hard-boiled), the dark alleys and the double-cross, the unsolvable crime by a masterful criminal mind: we’re looking for chills and double twists, unexpected turns and private investigators with an eye for the unusual.
Formal Call for Submissions (2019)
We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.
Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range.
Submit stories for ‘Detective Thrillers’ and ‘A Dying Planet’ by email to [email protected]
Fees, Copyright and Other Terms
From these two titles onwards, we will pay 8 cents/6 pence for new work, and continue to pay 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. This will bring us into line with the new qualifying rates for SWFA.
We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 3 months of the submission deadline.
The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.
The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker, Cat Taylor and Taylor Bentley.
A Word about the SFWA
To confirm, we are an SFWA qualifying market, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.
About Flame Tree Publishing
Now over 25 years old we started in 1992, covering a wide range of art and culture titles, with a strong vein of highly-illustrated Gothic and Fantasy books, notebooks and art calendars. Our Gothic Dreams books include Necronomicon, Steampunk, Dystopia, our large format titles Gothic Art, Fantasy Art and Dragon Art are sumptuous, and we publish gothic fiction reprints by Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and more, in our Flame Tree 451 imprint. 2017 and 2018 also saw the publication of our Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fictionand The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror.
Our anthologies are designed to be read in print. They look and feel fantastic. You’ll feel proud to hand them to your friends, family, colleagues – so do send us your story!
Thank you, and good luck. We look forward to reading your tales of imagination.