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Taking Submissions: Liminality Poetry Magazine

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic.

In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? Where will you go? Everything is possible in that moment; change is its own goal. Liminality is the space between.

Liminality is an online quarterly magazine of speculative poetry edited by Shira Lipkin (co-founded and co-edited through our third year by Mattie Joiner). We are very pleased to meet you. We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic. We’d love to see work that shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised. We actively welcome diversity; we want to hear new as well as established voices. Tell us tales we thought we knew, the way only you can tell them. Give us new myths.

Liminality pays $10 per poem, for first worldwide publication rights and non-exclusive anthology rights.

We will be open:
January 1-February 28
April 1 – May 31
July 1 – August 31

To submit, send up to five poems to liminalitypoetry AT with the subject line “SUBMISSION – [your name]”. Please include your poems in the body of the e-mail; if you have formatting that makes that untenable, you may attach the poem as an .rtf. You may send up to five poems per reading period. We do not accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. (If the poem has been publicly viewable online, yes, it would be a reprint.)  “Dear Editor”, “Dear Shira”, and “Dear Mx. Lipkin” are all fine as forms of address.

Via: Liminality.

Taking Submissions: Rufo’s Dog Wonderfully Weird

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: $25 AU
Theme: Wierd stories – multi-eyed heads in jars, things from swamps, or killer robots-anything really-except copy-and-pasted wolves or lightning.

We’re looking for fantastic fantasysuper-duper science fiction,  Wonderfulliy Weird, and Macabre.

Think classic outer-worldly.  Think swashbuckling adventure.  Think stuff that would give Lovecraft the shivers.  Mad professors, demons of the dark, heroes, monsters, giant robots…  We could could go all day.  You get the idea.

New, unpublished writers are welcome!

Think you’ve got the chops?  Here are the rules:

Under 18?

No problem.

Just send a note from your teacher or guardian with your submission, telling us it’s ok for you to write for us.

No gratuitous sex or excessive profanity.  No nasty sex of any kind unless it’s inherent to the story, and not glorified.  Gore is fine if it’s written well.  Hate speech, or material we might find offensive is not.

We pay a flat rate of $25 AU per original piece of fiction.  That’s low right now, but Rufo’s Dog is still a pup.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to pay more soon.  The best way for that to happen is for you to you tell all your friends to buy a copy and or subscribe, then we’ll have more moolah to throw at the next issue.

We pay a flat rate of $100AU for any original colour artwork that makes the cover, and $25AU for any other artwork.  For commissioned work, payment is subject to negotiation with the individual artists.

For contributors with an Australian bank account, payments made via bank transfer are possible.  For international contributors, we prefer to pay via PayPal.  We do not pay via Western Union or similar services which charge payment fees.  WU charges $15 AU per transaction, and we just can’t afford that.

Rufo’s Dog will also provide a password and login for the full zine, valid for 12 months, for each contributer we publish.

No copyrighted material (eg., Batman).


We reserve only first rights for print and electronic publication of fiction,  Once your work is published in Rufo’s Dog online, or in print, it’s yours.

We reserve all rights for print and electronic publication of artwork, including the right to republish in future editions.

Preferred word count is 2000-8,000.  Maximum word count is 10,000.  Longer submissions might be scrapped without examination.

Strictly doc, docx, or rtf files only.  Other formats like pdf, odt etc., will be scrapped without examination.

If you’re unsure about formatting, use this template:

(You’ll need to download it, and enable editing.)

All fiction must be edited and complete.

No wips.  No reviews.  No fan-fic.  No reprints.

Yes, we accept simultaneous submissions, but tell us if your work gets accepted elsewhere.

Yes, we accept multiple submissions, but only one per genre.

Serials will be considered up to 20,000 words, and they must have a clear outline of the background if any, and also stories to follow.

All submissions not automatically rejected will usually receive a reply within about a week.  Everyone at Rufo’s Dog has a day job, so they tend to read submissions on the weekends.  Please be patient.

English only.  English UK or US is fine, as long as it’s consistent.

Don’t send your life story.  The deets we need are:

  • Name, age, etc in a 200 max word bio.

  • If you are a school student, where do you go to school and what year are you in?

  • Have you won any awards?  If so, what, when?

  • Social media links & website if any.*

NOTE: If you’re a new writer and don’t have much to tell, don’t worry!  We all have to start somewhere.

*We do our research.  If we find you have a blog, site, or profile that is particularly offensive, (eg hate speech,), WE WILL NOT PUBLISH YOU. You can be as controversial as you like, but there’s a line, and we all know where it is.  The Submissions Spook will put you on the “Naughty” list, and once you’re on it, you will not be considered again.

We have no set themes, though we do have set genres.  They are fantasy,  science fiction, and Macabre.  Aything that doesn’t really fit any of the first three, or has elements of some or all, may be labelled Wonderfulliy Weird.

Also, all writers are reminded Rufo’s Dog is meant to be a fun read, even the spooky stuff.  Dark, depressing material will probably earn you a depressing response.  Dystopia might be hotter than sparkly vampires right now, but it’s not really that much fun.

Send your submission attached to your email to The Submissions Spook at [email protected] with your bio and other deets mentioned above in the email.  MAKE SURE TO MENTION THE GENRE OF YOUR SUBMISSION.  If he likes what he sees, he’ll pass it on to The Editor Aliens and one of them will contact you.

Fiction submissions received outside the windows stated below might be scrapped without examination, unless submitted by persons under 18.  If you are under 18, you are welcome to submit all year round.


Check the Submissions Windows section below for the theme we want for our cover.  It will be either, fantasy, Macabre. Wonderfulliy Weird, or science fiction.  We will accept artwork outside the themes required for the coming cover issue, however these will only make it into the middle pages.

We reserve all rights for print and electronic publication of artwork, including the right to republish in future editions.  Artwork must be contributed by the copyright owner.  If you have sold it, or it has been published elsewhere-even online on your own site-it will be considered a reprint and we will not publish it.

We’re big fans of retro pulp.  The pulpier the better.

Give us fantasy so cheesy you could put on pizza.

Give us sci-fi that takes us back to the likes of Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Ursula LeGuinn, and Anne McCaffrey.

Give us grisly, ghoulish macabre scenes that would could have come straight out of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Give us weird multi-eyed heads in jars, things from swamps, or killer robots-anything really-except copy-and-pasted wolves or lightning.  Really.

Portait orientation works best for us.

Send your submission as a jpeg, (max 1 meg.,), attached to your email to The Submissions Spook at [email protected] with your bio and other deets mentioned above in the email.

Artwork submissions received outside the windows stated below might be scrapped without examination, unless submitted by persons under 18.  If you are under 18, you are welcome to submit all year round.

Sumbmissions Windows

January 1 – 31, 2020 for April 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: Macabre

April 1 – 30, 2020 for July 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: science fiction

July 1 – 31, 2020 for October 2020 issue.  Cover Theme: Wonderfully Weird

October 1 – 31, 2020 for January 2021 Issue.  Cover Theme: Fantasy

January 1 – 31, 2021 for April 2021 Issue.  Cover Theme: Macabre

April 1 – 30, 2021 for July 2021 issue.  Cover Theme: science fiction

Artists and Writers are encouraged to take a look at our sample contract which can be found on our Legal Stuff page.

What happens next?

If your work is selected for publication:

We will pay you as soon as possible.

You will receive a login id & password valid for 12 months.

You will be invited to share links to any of your other published work.  If it appears in other anthologies, it will just be listed in your bio on our contributors page.  If it is 100% your own work, we will put it on our author showcase page.

We also invite all writers and artists to let us know about any more successful publications they may have in the future, anthologies included, and or promotions or any other news regarding their work.  We’ll try to make sure we spread the news in Scraps’ Blog and on Twitter.

We will also share a DropBox folder with you so you can share more files with us.  Note: Just because we’ve accepted you once, does not always mean you’re fast-tracked for further submissions.  We do this for every contributor we publish; it’s just our way of making things easier for our contributors.

If your story is not selected for publication:

At Rufo’s Dog, we believe in positive feedback.  Writers cannot improve if they don’t know why their work is rejected.

The Thing From The Slush Pile writes the rejection letters in the week following the close of each submissions window.

Scraps will send each letter as a pdf attachment.  If you receive such a letter, do not despair.  You are always free to re-submit next time we are open for submissions.

If your art is not selected for publication:

If it is hand-drawn or painted, we might crtique it, and you will receive a similar letter.

If it contains copy-and-pasted images, especially anything to do with wolves or lightning, the letter will simply state that the material does not fit Rufo’s Dog’s style.

Via: Rufo’s Dog.

An Interview with Beautiful, Frightening, Silent author Jennifer A. Gordon

Recently, Horror Tree contributor Jason Ivey conducted an interview with the multi-talented artist/author/ballroom dancer Jennifer Anne Gordon, whose debut novel is the paranormal drama/thriller Beautiful, Frightening, Silent.

HORROR TREE: Would you mind telling our readers more about yourself?

JENNIFER A. GORDON: My name is Jennifer Gordon, my “day job” is that I am a professional ballroom dancer, performer, and instructor. Before Covid-19 I was teaching and performing full time. My fiancé (and dance partner) and I live in New Hampshire. I am a big traveler and adore taking photos of abandoned places and haunted locations. I’ve got a little dog named Lord Tubby, and a giant cat named Fat Jimmy. For years I made my living as a mixed media artist and painter as well.

HT: Beautiful, Frightening, Silent is a dark, yet poetic tale that deals with loss, guilt, and closure. Without being too personal, what inspired you to tell this particular story?

JAG: This story has been poking around in my head for about 15 years or so. It started as the simple story of what happens if someone gets away with murder yet in turn spends their life haunted by that ghost. That is still a part of this story, of course, but I found as I was writing the book my main character Adam (who was always supposed to be a supporting character) took over. His story of grief and loss became the driving force behind the story.

I have dealt with grief and loss in my life, and I understood him as a character, that profound ache. Also, for many years I was involved in an abusive relationship. During that relationship I was a stepmother. This was something that very much tied me to the person I was involved with. I was trapped or at least I felt trapped. When I did eventually get free, due to legal reasons (orders of protection etc.) I was and have been unable to ever see the girl who was my stepdaughter ever again, and I never will. So, there was also that sudden loss of a child. Though it was not a death, there was still a grief that was associated with that. I explored some of those emotions with Adam’s loss of his son, and with the toxic relationship of my “ghost” and Anthony.


HT: Would you visit a place like Dagger Island if it existed? Who would you like to see/speak to if given a chance to interact with again?

JAG: I would definitely visit a Dagger Island, though I wonder if it would be too much for me emotionally. I am an empath and the energy of places can sometimes be very overwhelming. During my travels I have been to abandoned psychiatric hospitals, old prisons, an executioners home, and there have been times that the energy was too much for me, and I was overwhelmed.

I imagine that Dagger Island (though fictitious) would have that effect on me. That being said, I would love to see my father again, so I would attempt a visit there, but I may not be able to spend the night.

HT: Would you consider it a fair comparison to liken Beautiful, Frightening, Silent to Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery? If so, how do you feel they are similar and how are they different?

JAG: What is strange, is that I adore Pet Cemetery and it was the first “major” book of my life that I read, but I never really thought of Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent being a similar book…yet of course it is.

At the heart of each of these stories is the heart ache of grief and trauma, so in that way they are similar. There are also parallels between the relationship of Louis and Jud (in Pet Cemetery) and Adam and Anthony (Beautiful, Frightening), as I think there is a longing with both Louis and Adam in their hearts to not just be a father, but to also be a son.

Anthony, though (In Beautiful, Frightening) is a sociopath, so any connection between my characters is ephemeral at best, and deeply manipulative at worst.

HT: Both Anthony, the island’s sole living resident and caretaker, along with Fiona, the wraith and former bride of Anthony’s are dark, yet very nuanced characters. Which of these was the most difficult to get in the mindset of? Which of these two do you consider more antagonistic?

JAG: When I started writing this book I thought of Anthony solely being the “big bad” but the more the story developed I realized that Fiona, my ghost may have been a victim during her life, but there is now much more going on inside of her. She is not the same person she was when she was murdered 60 years before. Since that moment she has lived one long very endless day. As she says herself at one point “she is not alive, but she is not really dead.

I began to think of her [Fiona] like milk that was left out too long, at some point it goes bad.

She was the harder of the two to write, on an emotional level, as she kept changing. I would have my brain wrapped around her and then she would shift. The way light and shadows can change a room throughout a day. I found her fascinating and tricky. She was an enigma even to me at times and I loved her for that.

Anthony was hard to write because I did not want him to become a caricature of a villain. There was a fine line I had to walk between who he was, and who he is now, which is a frail 82-year-old man. I didn’t want him to be likable, but I did want people to feel a range of emotions for him.

HT: Adam is a character drowning in self-loathing and an inability to forgive himself. What do you feel is the best approach for dealing with this type of grief for those out there suffering similar guilt?

JAG: I think getting help, joining a support group, seeing a therapist…any of those things. The grief Adam feels is due to insurmountable loss. It is not something that anyone can “get over”. It changes a person on every level. Adam as a character does not have the emotional strength to survive this on his own. This is due in large part to his upbringing and his addiction. So really, if Adam was a real person (in my heart he is, and he breaks my heart) he needed and deserved help long before the accident that kills his family.

HT: Beautiful, Frightening, Silent is actually your second book that you have published with Breaking Rules Publishing. Would you mind telling us about your experience/partnership with this publisher, as well as your other book Victoriana?

JAG: So Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent is my first published novel, and Victoriana is a collection of my mixed media artwork that I created several years ago. So that book is more of a coffee table book of art. Though, it does contain a lot of the same themes that I am inspired by. Images that ache with hidden stories and desires half met, characters stuck in a moment of time…

Breaking Rules Publishing is a small publishing house, that emphasizes community-based relationships between its authors, which is lovely. I have made some wonderful friends with the other writers that are published there. We have built a strong support system for each other. I have not heard of many publishers that stress this as much.

Breaking Rules also puts out several monthly magazines as well as anthologies. I have been honored to be asked to contribute a monthly column and short story for their Horror Magazine. The first issue I am published in is the July issue and it contains the first part of a serialized short story called Simulacrum. (think  American Psycho x Rules of Attraction).

As an artist I have also been able to do some cover design work with Breaking Rules as well, which has been fun.

HT:  What kind of advice would you offer to aspiring writers out there? What can you share from your own personal experience that might also prove useful to them?

JAG: I would say first and foremost before you become a writer, you should become a reader. Read everything, read outside your genre, don’t just pick up books you know you will like, try to read books you think you will hate. Read poetry, essays, articles, everything.

Then I would say, when you have a handful of authors you know you love, find out about them, see what makes them tick. I find this part to just be fascinating. I am a big fan of “knowing” the artist, not just the art.

Then I would say, write…just write. If you think it’s too weird, who cares, write. If you think “no one will want to read this” …just write, and if you think “I’ve never read anything like what I am writing” then WRITE!!!!!

HT: I noticed in the acknowledgments section that you offered thanks to your beta readers. Would you mind explaining the kind of service that beta readers offer for those of us who are unfamiliar? What do you consider are the top qualities/expectations in a great beta reader?

JAG: So, beta readers are the amazing group of people who read your work AS you are writing it, or before it’s published. These ARE NOT editors, these are the people you trust to tell you when something is not working, or if parts of the book need to be fleshed out, or if they want more (or less) of a character. They are your cheerleaders and your sounding board.

For Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent, I knew I was dealing with a lot of mental health issues and possibly very triggering things. I made sure when I was getting Beta Readers that I had people reading that had a background in psychotherapy, and social work, I had people in recovery, I had a trauma counselor…I wanted to give all the things in my book the respect they deserved. These people held me accountable for that. I also made sure to have a few people that loved Gothic Fiction, and people that hated it. Men, women, LGBTQ+, and straight, and all ages.

The qualities I look for in a beta reader are dependability, I need them to read the book, and I want honesty and trust. For me, at the end of the day my beta readers need to know they are holding a piece of my heart and soul in their hands, and be kind, but also be truthful.

HT:  Do you have any other upcoming projects that you can tell us about? How can fans learn more about you and your work?

JAG: I have my second novel that will be released on August 20th, 2020 (It’s also my birthday!). The book is called “From Daylight to Madness” and it is a Victorian Based Gothic Horror Novel. It is part one of a two-part story. It deals (in this half) primarily with how women who may have mental illness were treated in the 1870’s. Think “The Yellow Wallpaper x The Shining”.

It’s also very loosely tied to Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent, as it explores how the island became haunted. You don’t have to read both books to understand what is going on, but there will be some Easter Eggs and symbolism that readers of both books will see.

I am also about to start hosting a new podcast (with my two fabulous co-hosts Allison Martine, and Trisha Ridinger McKee). The show is called Vox Vomitus (Translation: Word Vomit) and we will be talking with best selling authors, not necessarily about what went right during their process, but all the things that have gone wrong. We will also be chatting with people about their favorite “bad books” and so much more.

The show premieres July 1st on the Authors on the Air Global Network!

HT: Thank you Ms. Gordon for your time, we appreciate it and wish you the best of success! If you would like to learn more about this multi-talented artist/author you can do so by checking out the link to her website below.  And if you would like to purchase a copy of her debut novel, Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent you can find the link for that below as well.

More Links:

Author’s Website

Amazon link to Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent

Taking Submissions: It Calls From The Sea

Deadline: October 1st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror! – shipwrecks, your lost passengers and mysterious creatures. Tantalize me with gripping tales of horror and drown me in tears of sorrow as we discover what lies within the deepest crevasses of the ocean or in the innocent creek.

It Calls From The Sea

Submission Open: July 1, 2020

Submission Close: October 01, 2020 2:00 a.m. EST

Publishing timeline: December 2020

Theme: Bring me your shipwrecks, your lost passengers and mysterious creatures. Tantalize me with gripping tales of horror and drown me in tears of sorrow as we discover what lies within the deepest crevasses of the ocean or in the innocent creek.

As with all our “It Calls From” Series this one is HORROR, so I want to be scared. Be it real or mythological creatures of lore that attacks, make our hearts race and our nightmares come alive. We also want it to be within our reality, so please keep your stories on our earth. If you are doing a future earth story, we would still like it within our relative timeline, so don’t go too far into the future.

The ocean is deep, dark and vast. There are real dangers lurk not only below but above. Raging storms or unrelenting heat can create madness.

Storm drains and murky creek beds are also a great source of inspiration.

Word count: 1000 – 10000 (preferably over 2k under 8k but we will read all within these)

Compensation: Equal royalty split per story. Digital copy emailed to you.


Taking Submissions: 34 Orchard

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: $50
Theme: Stories that are “scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad”

What We Publish

At 34 Orchard, we like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit.

*Update: There has been some question floating around social media in some writing circles as to whether or not writing about the world’s recent pandemic is appropriate, as in, is it “too soon?” At 34 Orchard, we do not think it is too soon. Some of the best art emerges from the darkest tragedies, and often during or immediately afterward. If you have a dark, emotional piece about the pandemic—any aspect of it—we are more than happy to consider it when we are open again for submissions.*

Word Counts

Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words

Poetry any style or length

When We Publish

We publish two issues per year, one in the spring (April) and one in the fall (November). Issues are hosted on this site as PDFs.

Angry Robot Is About To Be Open For Novels!

Deadline: July 19th, 2020
Payment: Advances and royalties
Theme: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. From old-school to modern, pulpy to literary, classic to cross-over, if it’s genre, and it’s good, then we’d love to read it!
Note: This call officially opens on July 6th but we wanted to get this up asap in case you needed some last-minute polishing on your story!

Open the Pod Bay Doors! Open Submissions 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again!

No, not Christmas, the Angry Robot Open Submissions Period!

If you’re an SFF/horror writer without agent representation, this is YOUR chance to submit your novel-length manuscripts to Angry Robot Books!

In recent years our Open Submissions have led to publication of acclaimed and award-nominated novels including Shrouded LoyaltiesThe Light Years, and The Imaginary Corpse, and as always we’re excited to see what gems are sent in by budding authors this time around. As an imprint devoted to publishing the very best in genre fiction from the very widest range of voices, we particularly encourage those from minority and underrepresented backgrounds to send us their work.

The 2020 Open Subs period will run for two weeks, from 12:00am BST (British Summer Time) Mon Jul 6th to 11:59pm BST Sun Jul 19th – there’s no preference of any kind given to early submissions, so please do take the time to polish your submission documents before sending them in!

What we’re looking for:

  • novel-length works (60k words minimum) only
  • science fiction, fantasy, and horror. From old-school to modern, pulpy to literary, classic to cross-over, if it’s genre, and it’s good, then we’d love to read it! You can check out our complete publication list here to see how wide our tastes run
  • one submission per author, so take this as an opportunity to send us your best work!
  • finished manuscripts only

What we’re not (currently) looking for:

  • short story collections, novelettes, novellas, noveltinos, or anything else that’s not a novel
  • works in progress
  • works that have been submitted to our Open Submissions in previous years, unless they have undergone significant reworking – think a major rewrite/structural edit, rather than just tinkering here and there.

How to submit

Send your submission documents to [email protected], any time between 12:00am Mon July 6th BST (British Summer Time) and 11:59pm BST Sun Jul 19th.

To meet the submission guidelines, you’ll need to send us:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and pitching your work (600 words max)
  • A separate MS-Word compatible doc including your work’s synopsis (one page max), and its first three chapters or first 15 pages (whichever is longer)

If we like what we read, we’ll get in touch to ask to see the full manuscript, and go from there!

Please note, the Open Submissions period is exclusively for authors without an agent – if you do have an agent, and you’ve got a manuscript you’d love to send to Angry Robot, ask your agent to send it to [email protected]!

Thanks very much lovely humans, we’re excited to get a taste of your amazing stories!

Via: Angry Robot and their agented submission call page.

Ongoing Submissions: Anathema

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry.
Theme: Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.
Note: You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit

Who Can Submit?

You must be a queer/two-spirit person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal* to submit to Anathema.


Windows and Response Times


Anathema is open to unsolicited submissions year round.

Our first round response time is usually under 8 weeks; please query after 8 weeks if you haven’t heard from us.


Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry


Fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original fiction only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight. No restriction on genre.

Non-Fiction: 1,500-3,000 words (soft min/max, but please within that general range). Original content only, no reprints.

Poetry: Under 100 lines, any form — traditional, free, and/or experimental. (Prose poetry may exceed this stated limit). Original content only, no reprints. Must have some speculative content, however slight.

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes. Please do notify us if you sell your sub somewhere else so we can remove it from consideration.

Multiple Submissions: No for fiction/non-fiction. Yes for poetry (maximum two), included in same email.

Payment: $100 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction, $50 (CAD) for poetry. Paid on publication. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: First Electronic Rights (Online and eBook). 4 Months exclusivity from date of publication, archiving unless requested to remove story/non-fiction by author. An exemption to the exclusivity period above is granted for reprinting of work in Year’s Best and other annuals and related volumes, author collections, and as otherwise agreed upon by both the publisher and the author.


Process and Queries (Fiction, Non-Fiction)


Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Your Story Title]”. Please attach your manuscript file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf only. We ask that you use Standard Manuscript Formatting when preparing your file. If you wish to pitch us on a non-fiction project instead of submitting a completed piece, please query as below.

Queries: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. If sending a general query, please use the Subject Line “Query: [Your Question]”. If querying about the status of a fiction/non-fiction/poetry submission, please use the Subject line “Query: [Your Submission Title]”. We try and keep all responses under eight weeks, but sometimes subs go into our spam, and sometimes our responses apparently get eaten by spam filters on the other end. So if we’re late sending you a response don’t hesitate to query.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, the length of your story (word count), and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. Full bio and/or publication history (if any, and you don’t need to be published already to submit anything to us) are optional.


Cover Art


Format: Portfolio previews/links thereto preferred, rather than single piece submissions.

Original/Reprint: We are open to both original and reprint art for use as cover art for our issues. We consider it fairer to purchase reprint art given our pay rate, but are always happy to consider original art if you’re comfortable with that rate.

Payment: $200 (CAD) for cover art, paid at time of purchase of use. We pay primarily through PayPal, but will arrange other payment methods as necessary.

Rights: Electronic Rights (Online and eBook).


Process and Queries (Cover Art)


Submissions: Address your e-mails to anathemaspec [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use the Subject line “Submission: [Cover Art], [Your Name]”. If including images in your submission please use thumbnails with links to larger work or portfolios.

Queries: If you need to query about cover art for any reason and are not submitting art for consideration, please use the Subject line “Query: [Re Cover Art – Your Question]”.

Cover Letters: It’s easiest just to address us as either “Dear Editors” or “Dear Michael, Andrew, and Chinelo.” Please include your name and the pronouns you’d like us to refer to you by, and a note on how you self-identify for inclusion in Anathema. You do not need to have sold any of your art previously in order to submit work for consideration.


General Notes


* We’re using the above phrasing for brevity’s sake, but we’re open to submissions from people anywhere along the LGBT/LGBTQ/LGBTQIA2 spectrum (including Two Spirit, pan, poly, ace, aro, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, and other queer orientations not covered here) who are also people of colour, biracial, multiracial, Indigenous, Aboriginal, or otherwise non-white.

We are open to international submissions, and are especially interested in submissions from all marginalized groups. As long as you fall under the broad spectrum of our mandate we want to see your work, so please don’t self-reject.

All of our content is free to read online. In order to support the magazine we sell eBooks of each issue individually and sell subscriptions.

We are open to any form of genre or speculative content. We talk about what we do as “SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more,” elsewhere on the site. But we are not limited to those genres. Use them as a starting point and send whatever you want: as long as it’s got some kind of speculative content we’ll consider it. And we are also interested in seeing work that has been difficult to place because of content or perspective.

We can only accept fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions in English at this time. Also, as we only accept original fiction and non-fiction, we apologize that we can’t consider work previously published in another language and submitted in English translation.

If you have a question not covered anywhere here, please do not hesitate to query us at the e-mail address above.

Via: Anathema.

Taking Submissions: Fantasy Magazine

Deadline: July 7th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
Note: This is listed on the site a day early, do not submit until the 1st.

Fantasy is a digital short fiction magazine edited by Christie Yant and Arley Sorg.

Instructions for submitting to Fantasy Magazine follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.


Submission Periods: Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods.

Anonymous Submissions: Fantasy only accepts anonymous submissions. Do not include your name, address, phone number, or other similar identifiers on the manuscript. All original short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry submissions will be read anonymously on first read: moving out of slush depends on the merits of the story alone. Please make sure the title is on the manuscript.

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions. If one of the Submission Type options is grayed out, that means we are currently closed to that Submission Type.

Questions/Problems: Email [email protected] for all submission-related inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system. Please do not email your submissions to this address. All submissions must be submitted via our Moksha online submission system.

Rejections/Response Times: Be aware that we expect to receive several hundred submissions during our submissions periods. As such, we cannot offer personalized feedback on each story. If we say “send more” it means we really do hope to see something else from you. Most rejections will be sent out within a few business days, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up to a few weeks. Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to say “Thanks for the quick turnaround” etc. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary and will just clutter up our editorial inbox.

Cover Letters: Your cover letter may include your name and other identifying elements. It should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a fantasy story about the Byzantine empire and your doctoral dissertation was on Byzantine empire politics, mention that). If you don’t have credentials to cite, don’t worry! We care about your story, not your resume. If you’re not sure what should go in your cover letter, this article on cover letters might help.

Diversity Statement: We encourage people of color, Black people, Indigenous people, Native people, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBTQIA+, and anyone from typically marginalized or underrepresented communities to submit their work.

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