Category: Reprints Allowed

Ongoing Submissions: Shelter of Daylight

Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word, Poems: $5.00, Articles: $20.00
Theme: Original science fiction and fantasy stories that are upbeat and positive in their mood
Note: Reprints Welcome

Shelter of Daylight began with Sam’s Dot Publishing back around the turn of the decade. After some years, it was discontinued. Now, under Hiraeth Books, it has revived.

Shelter of Daylight is now published semi-annually, in January and in July, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction and fantasy stories that are upbeat and positive in their mood. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall mood.

Shelter of Daylight wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to Shelter of Daylight should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

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Taking Submissions: Re-Enlist, Reprint Anthology

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Dark science fiction stories related to the military and war.
Note: Must be a reprint

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, re-print fiction for the Re-Enlist anthology to be published in late 2021. Re-Enlist will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for Re-Launch, Re-Enchant, Re-Quest and Re-Terrify and others in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies.

Re-Enlist requires dark science fiction stories related to the military and war. Send us military science fiction stories, ones you’ve had published before, for which full rights have already reverted back to you. We have open minds about what constitutes “military” and “science fiction” but we’re insisting on good stories told well.

For this anthology, we want stories with engaging characters, thrilling action, rational plot lines, a compelling writing style, and meaningful themes. Our preference is for hard science fiction. We’re okay if you bend the laws of physics for the sake of the story, but don’t break them completely. It’s unlikely we’ll accept fantasy stories with magic elements.

In keeping with the common element of Pole to Pole Publishing’s other reprint anthologies, Re-Enlist seeks stories that are dark in tone, but not strictly horror tales. Give us fear, death, and the disturbing side of your characters’ natures, but be mindful of the restrictions listed below under “Hard Sells” and, especially, “What We Don’t Want.”

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 2021 and sold thereafter. Re-Enlist may be included in book bundles with the other books in the series.

– The non-exclusive right to publish the story to the Pole to Pole Publishing Patreon blog (for patron’s eyes only), should we ever start a patreon.

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: May 31, 2021 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.

Submissions via Submittable: https://poletopolepublishing.submittable.com/submit/182153/re-enlist

Via: Pole to Pole Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Haunted: A Ghostly Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: Flash fiction 500-1000 words: $5AU, Short story 1000 – 5000 words: $10AU, Short story 5000 – 10000 words: $15AU, Short story 10000 – 15000 words: $20AU
Theme: Stories featuring haunted places, people and objects
Note: Australian and NZ based authors only
Note: Reprints Welcome

Haunted: A Ghostly Anthology

We are looking for original poetry, flash fiction and short stories 500 – 15000 words featuring haunted places, people and objects with an anticipated December 2021 release date.
Reprints are welcome, but the author must own relevant rights.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO AUSTRALIAN AND NZ BASED AUTHORS

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FEB 1 2021 TO JULY 31 2021

Token payments for accepted works are as follows:
Poetry: $5AU per poem, up to 4 poems allowed
Flash fiction 500-1000 words: $5AU
Short story 1000 – 5000 words: $10AU
Short story 5000 – 10000 words: $15AU
Short story 10000 – 15000 words: $20AU

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Every page of the manuscript must include a header with the following information: STORY TITLE justified left, Author’s first initial and full last name justified right
Every page of the manuscript must include a footer with a centered page number.
One-inch (1″) margins all around
Use only .doc or .docx formats. No other formats will be accepted.
All manuscripts must be double-spaced.
Indent the first line of each paragraph by .5 inches.
Use Calibri 12 pt font.
Do not manipulate the font or formatting, other than italics for emphasis.
Do NOT use tabs, instead use paragraph format settings for first line indents.

Submit Now

Via: Specul8.

Taking Submissions: Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne

Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Payment: 2¢ per word for original stories ($30 flat rate for reprints) and a contributors copy
Theme: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne
Note: Reprints welcome

The North American Jules Verne Society is seeking fictional short stories and illustrations for its upcoming anthology, Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne, planned for publication in 2021. This is the first anthology of new fiction ever sponsored by the Society.

For Authors:

Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne will contain short stories inspired by the writings of Jules Verne. Your story may be set in any time or place. You may use characters from Verne’s novels (they’re all in the public domain) or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. The connection between your story and at least one of Verne’s works must be obvious and significant. We’ll accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if your story gets accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions, but it is highly unlikely we’ll publish two or more stories by the same author in this anthology.

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).

Hard Sells
  • Profane and vulgar language. Mild curses are acceptable.
  • Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—if they’re part of the story and not the story itself.
  • Sexual acts. Romance is acceptable.
Edition and Rights:
  • Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne will be published in electronic, trade paperback, and possibly hardback, in English. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months only, and a non-exclusive right to keep your story in the anthology after that.
  • Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word for original stories ($30 flat rate for reprints), paid at publication.
  • Authors will also receive one copy of both the electronic and paperback versions of the anthology. Authors can buy additional books at a discount.
Story Formatting:

Submit your story to [email protected] with the story as an attachment. Follow the format guidance in the standard William Shunn format [https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/]. If your story is a reprint, please give us details of its publication history in a cover letter.


For Illustrators:

The cover of Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne will feature a full-color graphic image evoking the scientific wonder and sense of adventure typical of Verne’s novels. In addition, the Society plans to include a black-and-white artwork to go with each chosen story, all by the same illustrator in the same style. The artist chosen for the internal artwork may be different from the cover illustrator. Submit either a cover image, or a link to your existing artwork portfolio online, or both, to [email protected]. Once stories are selected, the editors will allow the selected artwork illustrator to read them and create appropriate artwork for each.

Edition and Rights:
  • For both the cover art and interior artwork, the Society is asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months from the date of publication, and a non-exclusive right to keep your artwork in the anthology after that. The Society plans to use the artwork for the book and all book-related materials (press kit, marketing materials, bookmarks, Society website, social media, etc.).
  • Payment: $100 for the cover image and $10 for each internal black-and-white artwork, paid at publication.
  • Illustrators will also receive one copy of both the electronic and paperback versions of the anthology. Illustrators can buy additional books at a discount.

 

Illustration Formatting:

For cover art: Please submit images at least 6 inches by 9 inches (or 12.5 inches by 9 inches for wraparound images) and 600 dpi in jpg/jpeg format. For internal black and white artwork: Please send a link to your work posted online, whether website, blog, or social media channel.

Opens: January 1, 2021

Deadline: for stories, cover art, and links to artwork samples: April 30, 2021 (11:59 pm Eastern Time), or until filled. For submission of internal artwork by the selected illustrator: one month after editors provide the (expected ten to fifteen) stories.

Via: The North American Jules Verne Society.

Taking Submissions Cosmic Horror Monthly (Early Listing)

Deadline: February 28th, 2021
Payment: 1 cent per word for original fiction. 10k words = $100. 0.5 cents per word for reprints., 50 cents per line for poetry.
Theme: Original horror and dark fantasy stories, poems, and images (paintings, drawings, etc). Most types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome but we do prefer the work have a science fiction or otherwise cosmic philosophical leaning.
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: Opens January 1st, 2021

Cosmic Horror Monthly is a horror and dark fantasy magazine edited by Charles Tyra.

Submission Period

*SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN SOON* – Submission period is yearly from January 1st – February 28th

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted via email to [email protected]. When submitting, you may paste the entire story in the body of the email or attach a Microsoft Word file. For artwork, please put a link to the gallery/pieces in the body of the email along with any relevant background information. Attachments are acceptable only when submitting individual artwork for consideration. Acceptable file formats are JPG, PNG.

Guidelines

Please only submit ORIGINAL work.

Cosmic-Horror is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories, poems, and images (paintings, drawings, etc). Most types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome but we do prefer the work have a science fiction or otherwise cosmic philosophical leaning. If you aren’t sure if your work qualifies, submit it and we can decide. No subject is off-limits and we do encourage writers to try and push the status quo. A writer may submit as many stories as they like, but please only submit a single story once. Every email will be checked!

Word Count: We are open to stories of 1000-7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.

Payment

1 cent per word for original fiction. 10k words = $100
0.5 cents per word for reprints.
50 cents per line for poetry.
20 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content.
50 dollars for cover art.

Rights: Please request the artist/publisher contract.

Cover Letters: The first paragraph of your email should contain whether it is a reprint, the length of your story (if applicable), your publishing history, and any relevant information.

Questions/Problems

Email [email protected] for all inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system.

We will try to respond to every email with feedback but unless we are requesting more from you, there is no need to respond, even to say thank you. It may sound harsh, but those emails will only serve to clutter up the editorial inbox.

Diversity Statement: We believe that the horror genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Cosmic-Horror is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to send your story in and let us decide.

Please no fan fiction for existing creative universes not in the Public Domain. (The Cthulhu mythos is fair game )

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just go ahead and submit it and let us decide.

You are welcome to resubmit previously rejected stories/poems if they have been significantly revised.

Via: Cosmic Horror Monthly.

Taking Submissions: HorrorTube Anthology Volume II

Deadline: January 10th, 2021
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Winter horror or any story concerning the cold.
Note: Reprints welcome

Served Cold edited by R. Saint Claire and Steve Donoghue.

Seeking submissions from authors with active BookTube or AuthorTube channels for the next HorrorTube Anthology.

Our first release, Local Haunts, has been very successful so far, reaching Amazon’s number #1 bestseller rank in Canada and Australia and garnering excellent reviews.

Again, we are looking for a diverse group of authors with active BookTube and/or AuthorTube channels (no channel too small) so please do not hesitate to submit.

Genre: Horror, including suspense, mystery, and weird fiction. Sci-fi and fantasy are fine as long as there are some horror elements.

Theme: Winter horror or any story concerning the cold. No overt erotica or anything too hardcore. Contact Regina at [email protected] with any questions.

Length: 1,000 – 7,000 words

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Details: Please submit your story and other materials as separate attachments along with a link to your YouTube channel to [email protected] Please use the standard submission format. For guidance see https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.

Please submit only your best, most polished work. Reprints are okay. The terms include the nonexclusive right to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit and sell digital and print reproductions of your story worldwide.

English language only.

Pay for accepted submissions: $10 honorarium, print and digital copy. All proceeds will be donated to the literacy charity First Book.

Deadline: January 10, 2021

Release Date: February 2021

Cover Design: Cameron Roubique

Via: R. Saint Claire.

Taking Submissions: Moonlight & Misadventure

Deadline: January 15th, 2021
Payment: $10 USD for reprints and $20 USD for previously unpublished
Theme: Moonlight & Misadventure
Note: Reprints allowed

Call for Short Story Submissions

 

 

Anthology Title: Moonlight & Misadventure: 20-22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense

 

Genre: Short story/mystery/suspense

 

Publisher: Superior Shores Press

 

Editor: Judy Penz Sheluk

 

Deadlines: The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021 or until 100 submissions have been received, whichever comes first. Starting December 2020, the website page will be updated periodically with the number of submissions received. Late submissions and/or submissions after 100 entries have been documented will not be considered.

 

All submissions will be acknowledged within 7 days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that time, please Contact Me.

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