Category: Anthology


Taking Submissions: Dead Lucky

Deadline: May 20th, 2020
Payment: $25 or $40 depending on the length and 3 contributors copies.
Theme: Stories that take place in the world of Adrian’s Undead Diary

The world of Adrian Ring welcomes you again.

Dead Lucky is the third anthology of short stories set in the zombie-ridden Adrian Ring universe and this is the call for submission.

I am looking for stories that feature strong main characters that are put into situations where luck rears its head. Call it the Jinx Fairy, call it good fortune, but all stories should feature moments where the storyline hinges on moments of good or bad luck.

Maybe your hero runs to the pickup parked outside the farmhouse with a horde on their heels, and when they drop the visor, the keys descend into the lap. Maybe those keys are for the mower.

Perhaps your character gets bitten, and when they get into their safe house, they realize they have one bullet left, so they can take care of themselves, and protect their friends and family.

Maybe your story features a pilot who has just enough fuel to put their plane down before they have to ditch in a zombie-infested city.

It’s your story. Tell it to me so I can help tell it to the world.

Dead Lucky will be divided into three sections that are AUD-universe timeline-based. The first section of stories will cover incidents on “That Day.” The second will cover the period of story between that day, and the conclusion of Book Eight. The final portion of the book will cover events after book eight.

I will be writing at least three stories, one set in each of the anthology’s time periods.

Dead Lucky will be released in eBook format on the Kindle, in print, and in audio formats in July or August. Stories should follow the general style and rules set forth in the ten books of the AUD universe. Your zombies should be slow, largely mindless, and make no noise. Please feel free to utilize existing characters, or have your story explain something in the AUD universe that has been unexplained thus far.

I am looking for first-rights stories (no reprints) that are unmistakably set in the world of Adrian Ring. Word length should be ~1,000 to ~7,000 words. If you’re under or over, better make it worth it. I will serve as the editor and curator. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but that’s weird, because if you’re story is set in the AUD universe, you ought not to be submitting it to other places. You may submit more than one story, but please try to have your stories occur in different sections of the book’s three timelines, and please try to limit your total word count across stories to 10k or less. I’d like about 18 stories, give or take.

Submissions that are accepted will be compensated with the following;

  • If less than 5k words, $25 cash payment payable via paypal within 30 days of final edit approval.
  • If more than 5k words, $40 cash payment payable via paypal within 30 days of final edit approval.
  • Two Audible audiobook codes
  • Electronic versions in both .pdf and .mobi formats
  • Three print copies signed by me, sent within 30 days of final print approval (US writers only)

Submissions should be in .doc or .docx format, with no tabs or indentations. Please send them as an attachment via email to: [email protected] Use the subject line Dead Lucky Submission (your name). In the body of your email, please write a very brief summary of your story, as well as its word count and title.

Submissions are open as of right now, and will close on May 20th, 2020 or earlier if enough high-quality submissions are received.

Good luck.

Via: Chris Philbrook.

Taking Submissions: CultureCult

Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: A variety of genre work

CultureCult invites long fiction submissions for its forthcoming anthologies of various genres.

The final date of submission is May 01, 2020


Novella/Novelette: (>8000 words) Send no more than TWO novellas/novelettes. All sub-genres welcome.

Short Story: (between 4500-8000 words) Send no more than THREE short stories. All Genres and sub-genres welcome.


We are accepting TRANSLATED FICTIONS as well. Submission of translated works must be accompanied by a statement declaring that the translator has obtained the author’s permission and their publisher’s, if required.


Simultaneous Submissions are welcome but the author must inform us by e-mail as soon as the submitted piece is accepted elsewhere. Pieces cannot be withdrawn once CultureCult informs the author of its acceptance for publication.


We consider reprints but generally do not publish them unless they are absolutely exceptional. We also tend not to share our royalty in case of reprints.


Each contributor shall receive a predetermined portion of the royalties earned by the book which features their story. Payments will be made exclusively via their Paypal accounts.

Each contributor shall also receive a COMPLIMENTARY DIGITAL COPY of the anthology as soon as it publishes.


Manuscripts should be directly sent to [email protected]


Please submit your files in the following formats: .doc /.docx /.txt. DO NOT submit PDFs.

IMPORTANT: Please mention the genre of your story in the subject line of your mail. Add a short synopsis of your story in the body of your mail


CultureCult uses non exclusive rights to publish in its anthologies and website. Authors are free to republish their work anywhere else once it has been published.

Please submit ONLY original pieces. CultureCult shall not be responsible for any disputes arising out of copyright infringement.

Each piece MUST be attached with a short bio of the author.

NOTE: We typically reply within three months after receiving submissions. However, replies can be delayed indefinitely under unforeseen circumstances.

Via: Culture Cult.

Taking Submissions: Sick Cruising

Deadline: May 20th 2020
Payment: $20 and a contributors copy
Theme: A global pandemic of “Red Lungs” is going on. This book tells stories about how the rich have gathered together to weather the storm. Only, one of them is infected

As a new virus rages on land the richest man in the world has invited over five hundred rich and privileged friends, acquaintances, influences and hangers-on to weather the sickness on his private luxury yacht.

But one of them has brought a guest along. You guessed it! The Red Lungs virus. It starts like a cold, becomes a raging fever, then floods the lungs with blood.

What we want:

Snappy short stories with a minimum of 2000 words using our provided writing prompts.

Punch everyone’s virus anxieties, fears; anger at inequality in the nuts with your contribution to this anthology! Use wit, gore, action or inaction, (of course, we always love us some good epistolary fiction) you can even throw some sharks in the mix if you want to.

What we DON’T want:

Torture porn, porn, racism, hate mongering, preachiness, bigotry of any kind, sexism, turgid writing.

What can help you:
Read Masque of the Red Death by Poe
And this helpful Pixar information on io9.Gizmodo.

Deadline: May 20 2020
Publication: June 20th 2020 at the latest
Payment: $20.00 on acceptance, one paperback copy, one digital copy, one audiobook copy.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Use our provided prompts
  2. Final submission must be edited
  3. Rights For this collection. Exclusive, one year; first worldwide electronic, audio and print rights for one year and nonexclusive rights afterward. For reprints, we will ask for nonexclusive reprinting rights.


The first page should have:

  • Your name and pen name if you use your pen name.
  • Contact information: Email, phone
  • Title of story: Title of your manuscript 8.5″ × 11″ layout Times New Roman font. Headers: 18 points font size Body of text: 12-point font-size. Double-spaced


Submissions: books  at

Via: NPH Zone.

Taking Submissions: The Trench Coat Chronicles

Deadline: April 15th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Murder mysteries where someone has to wear a trench coat
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submission guidelines for The Trench Coat Chronicles

Send us your best murder mystery stories! There is one requirement: your story must include a trench coat.

We want creativity! While we love Dick Tracy and Humphrey Bogart, we really don’t want any story to contain those particular characters. Give us new, unique tales. We want our readers to be immersed in each story and invested in each character. Is the coat worn by the detective? The victim? The reporter? Is it peripheral to the story or the focus of it? In fact, the trench coat itself could be one of your characters!

We want fiction between 500 and 3,500 words in length. We suck at math so if you go over by a bit, we’re not going to slap your wrist. We won’t even know. But just a little bit.

Uninvited are screenplays and nonfiction. Also uninvited are stories that are publicly available on any website, such as a Facebook page or Wattpad. We will not accept stories with graphic porn (no old-men-enticing-little-girls or flasher stories), and yes, we’ll know bad taste when we see it. We want YA readers to enjoy the published anthology without parental balking.

Submissions will open at 12:00:01 a.m. EST on the Ides of March, March 15, 2020 and will close at 23:59:59 EST on April 15, 2020. The judges will not read submissions as they arrive; they will begin to read submissions on April 16. You will receive a status notification (rejected or accepted) approximately three months after submissions close (sometime in July). Judges will only offer an acceptance or rejection email, without feedback. Along with their thanks for submitting, of course, either way.

There Is No Reading Fee

You may submit as many as three stories, but we will accept a maximum of two stories per author. We will pay $10 USD via PayPal per story accepted. Contributors will receive one copy of the book electronically (even if two stories are accepted). We will plaster your name around the universe as best we can. In other words, wherever we market the book, publicize the book, or mention the book, the contributing authors’ names will be mentioned. We expect to publish The Trench Coat Chronicles in paperback and ebook, both available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere in the galaxy. For authors local to Southeast Pennsylvania, we will attempt to provide as much face-time as possible, including book signings and readings.

Do not put your name on your submission, on either the manuscript itself or as part of the file name. If your name is on it, we will not favor you even if we know you, or you’re adorable, or you’re a New York Times best-selling author; we will judge the writing only.

Submissions must be made via Moksha. Follow the instructions on the site to ensure your work is attributable to you. Format: Use Word, 12-point font in Georgia, Times New Roman, or equivalent, in black ink, double-spaced (Shunn) format.

Your work should be as perfect as possible prior to submitting. We want to read your best writing. We are editors by trade so grammatical, typographical, and syntactical errors will be glaring to us and will take us out of your story.

We will accept reprints if you have the rights back; please note in your cover letter if your story is a reprint. If you submit your story simultaneously to other markets, you must notify us via email by close of submissions on April 16, 2020 if it has been accepted elsewhere.

We anticipate approximately 90K words in the anthology.

Now the legal jargon: We’re asking for first rights nationally and internationally, but all rights will revert back to you six months after initial publication. After those six months, you can publish it wherever you like so long as you note that it was first published in our anthology. If for some odd reason the book is not published within 24 months from the date of acceptance (as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,”) we will return first rights to you immediately. Once your story(ies) is/are accepted, you will receive a contract with details of rights and how you get paid. If an accepted author is under the age of 18, a parent must sign the contract.

If you have never been published, and wish to gain publication credit, submit because we’d love to read your submission. If you’ve been published many times and wish to see your name in print in a new venture, submit because we’d love to read your story. Did we say it enough? We want to read your story.

Via: Gemini Word Smiths.

Taking Submissions: Brewtality: Alcohol Infused Extreme Horror

Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Extreme horror which involved alcohol

Some call it courage in a bottle while others perceive it as the devil’s cocktail. Alcohol comes in all shapes and sizes, bringing along with it the temptation of sin, the eagerness of confusion and the psychological bombardment on the mind and senses forcing us to play a game between life and death.

BREWTALITY will dive deep in the subconscious where the demons swim, blinding our judgment and guiding us to make bad decisions without revealing the consequences.

  • 3,000 word max
  • Must have elements of Extreme Horror.
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • No violence/sex towards children
  • Pay: 3c per word paid through Paypal + (1) print contributor copy
  • 1-year exclusive rights
  • Send as a .DOC or .DOCX attachment to [email protected] with the subject line: BREW SUBMISSION: Title by Author Name
  • Do not copy/paste story in body of email.
  • Include a very brief bio just to break the ice.
  • Deadline May 1
  • Responses by June 1

Via: The Evil Cookie.

Taking Submissions: If I Die Before I Wake: Volume 3

Deadline June 30th, 2020
Payment: $25 and a contributors copy
Theme: A strong female Main Character who will do whatever it takes to protect/avenge those she loves and must be written in the horror genre

Do you want your story to appear in the next volume?


Submission Guidelines Below
Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.
  • All submissions will be reviewed after the submission deadline and chosen stories will be published in IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE- TALES OF DEADLY WOMEN AND RETRIBUTION – The Better Off Dead Series Volume 3, which will be released in the fall of 2020

  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words

  • Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), word count and email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5″

  • Submissions must be in .Docx format with 1″ margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions must be have a strong female Main Character who will do whatever it takes to protect/avenge those she loves and must be written in the horror genre

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • The number of stories published will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty

  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author

  • The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2020

  • Authors will be notified by July 31st, 2020 if their story was selected

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology

  • Receive a one-time payment of $25.00 (USD) per selected story

  • Receive a free softcover copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of softcover and hardcover editions at publisher’s cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology

Continue to the page below to submit:

Via: Sinister Smile Press.

Taking Submissions: The Debt Collector

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s copy
Theme: The afterlife’s bodyguard

A Sinister Collection of Short Stories

Zimbell House is holding open submissions for short stories from the point of view of the afterlife’s bounty hunter.

Your story must include: which side the debt collector works for, what the debt to be collected is, the consequences at stake, how the afterlife system works, and most importantly, be from the point of view of the debt collector. Does he/she love or hate his/her job? Is he/she up for a promotion, due for a vacation? What’s in it for the collector-is it just a job or something more sinister?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,500 and the maximum word count is 19,500.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020, with a targeted release date of early January 2021.

Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 4,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020.


Via: Zimbell House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Breaking Rules Publishing The Hollow Anthology

Deadline: April 10th, 2020
Payment: 50% of the sales will be split between each author of each particular book after printing costs
Theme: Horror

To submit your short story to the Bi-Monthly Breaking Rules Publishing Horror Anthology, starting in January 2020 – released by the end of the month – please send an email to [email protected] by the 10th of the book release month.

In your email – please include your contact information, including location in the body of your email, as well as a “Word Doc” attachment of your work. We will confirm your submission within 24 hours, as well as get back to you within one week on the possibility for publishing options.

All submissions must –
Be sent in a “Word Doc” – 8.5 x 11 format – a clean, edited story with the authors name and title at the top of the page – please, no special margins – your story should be indented properly – single spaced – in a 12 font – no double spaces between paragraphs – and no headers or footers. Page limit is 30 max  – 15 min – all submissions but be sent in by the 10th of the book release month. Publishing starts January 2020.

Work that is sent incorrectly will be sent back. We sincerely appreciate your interest in Breaking Rules Publishing but also don’t want to add additional work for our formatting team.

Editing: By submitting you agree to allow Breaking Rules Publishing to provide a light edit, spell check, formatting, appropriate grammar, to all stories published.

Copyrights: The author retains all copyrights to the submitted work. With your consent, BRP may publish of your work in future journals and publicity pieces, and other formats or contexts determined by, and at the discretion of, Breaking Rules Publishing. Please note that other publications may not accept your work as “unpublished” work. If you do subsequently publish your work in another publication, proper attribution must be given to Breaking Rules Publishing and/or Breaking Rules Publishing website. As a condition of submission, you will be required to agree to the terms of the Contributor’s Agreement specifying your rights and obligations under the terms.

Privacy Policy: Breaking Rules Publishing collects personal information for the purpose of communication with the author as well as marketing. All information submitted is kept in confidence, used solely for notification purposes, and shall not be made public. Breaking Rules Publishing does not lease, sell, or share personal information collected.

For purposes of privacy, if you are selected for publication, you will only be identified by your first and last name. Any other personal information will not be used. For example, you would appear in Breaking Rules Publishing magazine – The Scribe as John Doe. If you need confirmation of publication write us at [email protected] and we can prepare a letter for you.

Royalty Package 

The sales of each book will be held separately and independently. Royalties will be distributed on the 15th of August and February of each year. After printing costs – a 50/50 split will be in place – 50% of the sales will be split between each author of each particular book. The percentage will depend on the exact page count for each story. The remaining 50% will be held by Breaking Rules Publishing. Of that the BRP portion – 50% will go directly to administrative costs, the remaining 50% will be placed in our scholarship programs. 

Fees: There are NO charges or fees to participate in this project

Via: Breaking RUles Publishing.

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