Category: Reprints Allowed

Taking Submissions: Hookman and Friends

Deadline: June 5th, 2020
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Theme: New Tales About The Hookman
Note: Reprints Welcome

For this anthology, we’re looking for the best of the many variations of The Hookman tale along with some classic slashers. If you are unfamiliar with the legend or just want a refresher, follow this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hook 

What makes The Hookman legend fun is that it changes so much depending on location. Sure, the formula is the same, but the details change, the killer changes, and the motivations behind the madman’s crimes change. In the small town where I grew up we have a local legend that follows the Hookman formula pretty closely, but varies in a few major ways: he is called Pig Man, he uses an axe instead of a hook, he wears the head of a pig instead of a dark coat, he haunts a lonely stretch of road instead of lovers’ lane, and he’s a reclusive country killer instead of an escaped convict, but his crimes are just as horrific and his tale just as chilling. For one of the other editors, growing up in California, it was the Beer Can Killer Man they were warned about. A madman in the woods murdering people with beer cans for hands, but, you know, still essentially Hookman.

We’re looking for more stories like these with a few classic slasher stories in between. Whether you have your own local take on Hookman, want to make up a completely new take, or have a new sadistic slasher you’ve been wanting to bring to life, send us your best horror stories paying homage to the escaped madman hunting teens on lovers’ lane. 

Submission Deadline: June 5th, 2020

Word Count: 2,000 – 7,500. A little over or under is fine.

Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. 

                   $10 for anything over 5000 words.

Important Bits

  • Include a bio or greeting with your email. We don’t need a lot, but at least let us know who you are.
  • Please send all submissions as a .docx or .rtf attachment with the subject line of your email as: DBND – HMAF – Story Title 
  • Stories sent after the submission deadline will be rejected unread.
  • Multiple submissions welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please keep us updated on the status if your story is picked up elsewhere.
  • Reprints will be considered.
  • Don’t sit on your submission! If we reach the word count for the anthology, we will close submissions early.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

Via: DBND Publishing.

Ongoing Submissions: The Fifth Di…

Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word, Poems: $5.00, Articles: $20.00
Theme: All genre work with a strong emphasis on character development
Note: Reprints Allowed

The Fifth Di… began with James Baker of ProMart Publishing back around the turn of the millennium. After his passing in September 2002, it was under the editorial stewardship of J Alan Erwine, now of Nomadic Delirium Press. In November 2019, it was handed over to Hiraeth Books.

The Fifth Di… is now published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction, fantasy, and spooky horror stories. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall theme.

The Fifth Di… 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 The Fifth Di… 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.

Poetry submitted to The Fifth Di… should be from about ten to a hundred lines. Please submit no more than three poems at a time, and wait for the response before submitting more. Again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

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

The Fifth Di… also considers articles related to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Articles include essays and reviews, as well as writing tips. Word count should be around 1K words, up to a loose 5K words. Please submit one article at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. Yet again, we hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

Submit your articles 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. Boil spammers; inexpensive vegetable oil works best].

The Fifth Di… is not considering cover art at this time.

Payment is made upon publication by check or Paypal as follows:

Original Stories: $25.00

Reprint Stories: $15.00

Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word

Poems: $5.00

Articles: $20.00

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you will be paid via Paypal, or must make some other arrangement with the editor.

All submissions must include contact information. This means:

Name [yours, not necessarily your byline name]

Address [street, city, country, and zip code or equivalent]

e-mail address

Paypal address

If your address changes before the publication date, please let us know.

Queries should be sent to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Grill spammers; the grillwork of a 1950 Buick or a 1953 Packard works best].

Via: Hiraeth Publishing.

Taking Submissions: People of Color Destroy Lovecraft

Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: 750-1500 words – $10, 350-749 words – $5, Reprints at $5 and $3 for the previous word counts.
Theme: POC characters that turn Lovecraft’s racism and monsters on his/their heads.
Note: Reprints Welcome

People of Color Destroy Lovecraft 

  • Lovecraft wrote some hella scary monsters, on that most horror scholars agree, but he was terribly racist. I would like to see for this issue, POC characters that turn Lovecraft’s racism and monsters on his/their heads. My preference for this issue is to have the majority of stories written by writers of color, if not all. Queer writers of color are especially encouraged to submit.
  • Flash/shorts (750-1500 words. No more, no less) for $10 per piece original, previously unpublished. Microfics (350-749 words) will pay at a $5 per story rate for original, previously unpublished stories.
  • NO POETRY OR DRABBLES FOR THIS ONE.
  • Reprints will be accepted on this one. BUT will pay at a $5 rate for flash/shorts (750-1500 words) and $3 for microfics (350-749 words). You must identify your story as a reprint on the cover page of the manuscript and provide the market and date (mo/yr) where it was last published.
  • Please follow instructions on the Guidelines page and include your name, PayPal email, and word count (total, not approximate) on the first page of your story document.
  • Deadline July 1st, 2020. 

Via: The Were-Traveler.

Taking Submissions: Saturn

Deadline: July 15th, 2020
Payment: Split of 20% of royalties between the authors
Theme: Short stories revolving around the planet or God Saturn
Note: Reprints accepted

Starting in December 2019, Tuscany Bay Books will be releasing an 11-book anthology series: Planetary Anthology Series.

First up is Pluto. You can pre-order the e-book edition now. On Dec. 5th you can get it for free if you are a KU subscriber on Amazon. Shortly after Dec. 5th you should be able to order the paperback edition as well.

Next up is Luna and then Uranus. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Sol and Saturn should then follow.

NOTE: Submissions are now open again for Neptune and Saturn. Payment is a split of 20% of royalties between the authors. For more info on what is required and how to submit, see this post: ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION CALL  

The most beautiful of the wandering stars, surrounded by a mysterious and remarkable series of rings, crowning the planet in glory.

Jupiter may be the king of the planets, but Saturn is the progenitor, named for the powerful and terrible Titan that fathered the gods themselves. Saturn is the lord of Time, Age, and Endings. And when everything else disperses into a heat death and the cosmos is an empty void, it is Time that will rule over all.

Bullet point form:

  • Word count is 500-10,000
  • Poems will be accepted
  • Reprints will be accepted
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted
  • Stories can be about the actual planet Saturn, time, age, and endings. The Titan Saturn may also feature.

 

  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format, though please italicize instead of underline when appropriate. If the story is not in standard manuscript format, it may be rejected without being read. Seriously. I’m not kidding here. For that matter, ditto if the stories are under 500 words or over 10,000.
  • The subject line should look like this: SATURN SUBMISSION/Story Title/Author Last Name
  • The deadline is July 15, 2020. 
  • The submission e-mail is the editor’s Bokerah Brumley at:   [email protected]

 

Via: Tuscany Bay Books.

Taking Submissions: Neptune

Deadline: July 6th, 2020
Payment: Split of 20% of royalties between the authors
Theme: Short stories revolving around the planet or God Neptune
Note: Reprints accepted

Starting in December 2019, Tuscany Bay Books will be releasing an 11-book anthology series: Planetary Anthology Series.

First up is Pluto. You can pre-order the e-book edition now. On Dec. 5th you can get it for free if you are a KU subscriber on Amazon. Shortly after Dec. 5th you should be able to order the paperback edition as well.

Next up is Luna and then Uranus. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Sol and Saturn should then follow.

NOTE: Submissions are now open again for Neptune and Saturn. Payment is a split of 20% of royalties between the authors. For more info on what is required and how to submit, see this post: ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION CALL  

Lord of the Sea. Ruler of Pisces. Exalted in Cancer.

Mythologically, Neptune is associated with the sea, navigation, springs, horses, and racing. Astrologically, Neptune associated with idealism, dreams, dissolution, artistry, fluidity, illusion, and glamor. Astronomically, it is the beautiful sea-blue eighth planet.

All these together tie into what we think of when we hear “Neptune.”

Stories working with the genre conventions of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Weird/Pulp, or anywhere between will be considered. [Jake adds: That’s pretty broad, but if you’re not sure, feel free to pitch an idea.]

• Word count is 1,000 – 10,000
• Poems will be accepted
• Reprints will be accepted
• Stories may be connected to Neptune astronomically, mythologically, or astrologically, as you prefer

Please submit to the editor, Jake Freivald, directly at

[email protected]

Subject line should appear as follows: Neptune Submission/Story Title/Author SurnameTentative submissions close date: You can submit until it’s no longer July 6, 2020 or earlier anywhere in the world.

Via: Tuscany Bay Books.

Taking Submissions: Corners of the World

Deadline: October 30th, 2020
Payment: $5
Theme: Mezo-American/Latinx Authors and Stories
Note: Reprints welcome

In ‘Corners of the World’ collections we showcase writers and authors from all around the world, each collection focuses on a different subset of people from different cultures. Giving their unique voices and stories a chance to shine. For these collections, we want to bring the folk stories and societies to life in stark horror through the eyes of those who inhabit them.

Theme – Mezo-American/Latinx Authors and Stories

This year we are looking for Latinx and Mezo-American authors to submit stories that pertain to the legends, folklore, culture, and fears that exist within and surround the cultures of Central and South America, as well as those that have emigrated to North America bringing their stories with them. We HIGHLY recommend you pick up a copy of “Of The Book” our last volume. We are more interested in the authenticity of voice than the fear factor.

Please note in your cover letter if you have your story in English & Spanish, only in Spanish or only in English.

Currently Open – Will Close When We Have Enough Stories

  • Violence, sex, and gore must be pertinent and interesting to the story.
  • Rape is never acceptable.
  • Anything too gratuitous will be rejected.
  • Racism/Sexism/Bigotry of any form will never be accepted here.
  • Double-check your grammar and spelling.
  • Format your story correctly.
  • Please submit all stories in DOC/RTF format.
  • Reprints are ok.
  • Please include a small bio that includes your own connection to the Latin-American people or culture.
  • We retain exclusive publishing rights for 12 months.
  • We pay $5.00 for stories
  • Deadline is 10.30.20 – 
    • We give this a long submission time due to the narrow nature of our search. Once we have all the stories we need we close submissions.

Via: Madness Heart Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Story Brewing Podcast

Payment: $5
Theme: Stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting
Note: Reprints Welcome

How long should my story be?
  • For “Fiction Friday” stories (fictional short stories) we accept stories between 2,000-10,000 words.
  • For “Truesday” stories (true stories) we don’t have a minimum or maximum length.
Can I submit more than one story?

Yes! But we ask that you only submit one story per form submission, so feel free to use the form more than once. No more than 3 submissions at a time please.

How long does it take you to respond to submissions?

We try to get back to submissions as soon as possible! Typically, we’ll reach out to you within 7-14. We personally respond to every submission.

What kind of stories do you look for?

We look for stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting.

Can I be on your podcast?

If your story is selected, absolutely! We’ll either record an interview with you or send a few follow-up questions (if you don’t want to be on the show) that you can answer on your own time for us to share.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions through our submission system. We do not accept submissions through email.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Response Time: Our response time varies from 1 to 2 weeks. We personally respond to all submissions.

Word Count & Genre: We are currently accepting short stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words of any genre/topic.

Promotion: We want you to succeed as a writer. Upon release of your story, we will promote you on our instagram, twitter, facebook, verbally on our podcast, and on our website. Please provide any links you’d like promoted when submitting your story.

Multiple submissions: A total of THREE submissions per author will be reviewed at a time.

Reprints: Work has been entered and published elsewhere will be considered, however,
please let us know on the submission form where and when your story has been used elsewhere.

Rights: Your story rights remain with you.  You may post/submit your story anywhere and ask us to remove your episode at any point. If your story eventually gets a contract that prohibits us from having it on our channel, please let us know ASAP.

Payment: $5 through paypal or venmo, and endless promotion (see above).

 

Via: Story Brewing Podcast.

Rolling Submissions: Oxygen Leaks

Payment: .01 cents per word

Theme: Science fiction with a very technical “hard science fiction” angle

Note: Reprints accepted at an unlisted lower rate.

What we are looking for

We are looking for strong science fiction with a very technical “hard science fiction” angle. As with all good science fiction, the science needs to be integral to the story. If you can remove the science from the story and still have a good story, it is likely not what we are looking for.

Part of our criteria for review is how fantastic the scientific advances get. We will rate a story higher if it uses plausible advances in science as plot elements over a story that uses unlikely advances such as faster than light travel or teleportation. That said, we believe “hard” science fiction is a continuum, and an otherwise internally consistent story that uses fantastic elements could be an excellent story right for our magazine.

We also understand that science is not limited to physics, chemistry, and biology. Stories based on scientific advances in psychology, sociology, or even English literature could be great science fiction stories given the right author.

At the end of the day, all stories, regardless of genre, are about the story itself. Good elements of story construction (characters, plot, setting, grammar) are universal and will make or break a story, regardless of the science content.

Short stories are under 20,000 words according to our definition. We accept stories of any length below (or very close to) that threshold, including flash fiction

Payment and Rights

As we are still building and finding an audience, our current pay rates are below industry standard at $.01 per word, with a cap of $25 per piece. As we build an audience of subscribers and readers and advertisers, we will increase this amount. Every dollar spent on Oxygen Leaks goes back into improving the content of the magazine.

We prefer to buy First English language serial rights (as well as other rights, such as archiving, as defined in our contract), but will consider purchasing reprint rights for the right story at a lower pay rate. Mention the rights available in your cover letter.

Submission and Format

Oxygen Leaks uses a submission manager. We do not accept email or physical submissions. We allow simultaneous submission to other markets. We ask that if your story is picked up in another market that you let us know by replying to the email we send you when you submit.

Our submission form prompts you for your name, email address, title of the work you are submitting, and a cover letter. Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, the story’s publishing history if this is a reprint submission, and any relevant biographical information (if you are a physicist researching FTL travel and submit a story featuring FTL travel, mention that.)

Please double-check your email address before you submit. It is the only way we will be able to contact you. Your story will not be published if we cannot contact you.

All stories should be in standard manuscript format and in DOCX, DOC, RTF, or MD formats. When you submit you will receive an automated email that contains a unique submission number. You can use that submission number to check on the status of your submission, or to withdraw your submission if it is published elsewhere.

Via: Oxygen Leaks.

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