Category: Anthology

Anthologies

Taking Submissions: Weird Fiction Volume 1

Deadline: October 30th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Weird fiction

Submission Deadline : 30th October 2020

Anthology : WEIRD FICTION SERIES

Title : WEIRD FICTION

Theme : Weird fiction

Word count : Around 5,000

Author eligibility : Open to all

Reprints : Not allowed

Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed

Multiple Submissions : Maximum of two

Publication : Expected to release 2021 in Print and Digital formats

Author compensation : Royalty split, plus one digital copy

How to submit : See our submission guidelines for formatting.

Send your story and bio as an attachment in Word format to  [email protected].

Please include wordcount in email body.

Your email subject and document name should be Anthology Name – Your Story Name – Author Name.
For example; “WEIRD– My Story – A N Author”

Please include an author bio of upto 100 words and no more than two links.

Via: Black Hare Press.

Taking Submissions: Pirates of the Empyrean

Deadline: October 5th, 2020
Payment: $10USD
Theme: Science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, or steampunk stories featuring pirates.

Zombie Pirate Publishing is seeking short stories 2,000-7,000 words long for PIRATES OF THE EMPYREAN.

Science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, or steampunk stories featuring pirates.

Send us your tales of swashbuckling adventure set against space, sky, or sea.

Submissions close 5th Oct 2020.

Successful submissions will recieve $10USD, an ebook copy, and access to heavily discounted paperback copies.

Send your stories to [email protected]

No simultaneous submissions or reprints.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Submitting to Zombie Pirate Publishing is easy. Simply email your manuscript to [email protected] following the submission guidelines at the bottom of this page.

We DO NOT accept reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Your email should have your name, the story title, the word count, and the anthology you are submitting towards in the header and the body of the email. The attached word document should be labeled with this information as well.

For example: ‘Daddy-Adam Bennett-Full Metal Horror 2-6500 words.doc’

Your submission should have a Word document attached to your email. Do not paste the story into the body of your email. Most programs including Google Docs will allow you to save your finalised work as a word document before submission.

If you are unsure exactly what to do to set up your file correctly, download this document before you start writing. It is set up to be ready to go ASAP. Simply highlight the title, or author name or body of the document to replace with your own text. Google Docs version is available here for those without Word. Simply copy the document and change the name, and then click the ‘download as’ option in the file menu, and select word doc. This will save as a word document which you can then attach to your email.

     PAYMENT

Zombie Pirate Publishing does not charge authors for submissions.

Thanks to our Patreon Page we currently offer $10 USD and an ebook copy of the publication to authors included in our anthologies that feature a deadline. To find out more, or to help support us, visit patreon.com/zombiepiratepublishing and read about our exciting rewards tiers and the goals we are working towards.

At present we are not offering payment for submissions accepted into our flash fiction or poetry anthologies.

Novella publications will be paid a percentage of royalties on all sales as well as a small advance on royalties.

If we accept your work for entry to an anthology, Zombie Pirate Publishing requires Exclusive First Publishing Rights for one (1) year and then all rights revert to the author. ZPP holds the rights to novellas we publish for two (2) years.

     EDITING

Zombie Pirate Publishing works on accepted anthology stories in Google Docs with all successful authors before final publication.

We offer a very reasonably priced editing service for use before you submit your story. Using this service will not guarantee acceptance into our anthologies. Copy Edits cost $5usd per 1000 words. Line Edits cost $15usd per 1000 words.

For more details, please contact us at [email protected].

     BASIC GUIDELINES

11 or 12 point Arial or Times New Roman.

Indent paragraphs using the ruler at the top, not the tab button or spacebar.

Single spaces after full stops.

Double inverted commas for speech, single inverted commas otherwise (this includes quotations within speech (ie. “Tommy said, ‘Go see Tina,’ so here I am,” said Frank.)

Double line spacing throughout document (use the spacing option in your word processor, not double enter between lines.)

No headers or footers or page numbers.

Title and Authors Name/Pseudonym inside the document only.  If you are using a pseudonym for your submission, please include your real name in the email and mention that you use a pseudonym. If you want to give us additional information like email and address and phone number please include it in the email, but this is not necessary until after we accept your story.

We use British English Spelling (i.e colour, realise.) If your submission is in American English we won’t reject it on that basis, but it will be changed during the editing process if your submission is accepted for publication.

It is a good idea to read your submission out loud (to yourself is fine) before submitting. This will help you find small inconsistencies that reading won’t pick up alone.

Via: Zombie Pirate Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Kentucky Fried Horror

Deadline: October 1st, 2020
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror which takes place in Kentucky

 

NEW ANTHOLOGY FROM NIGHTMARE PRESS: KENTUCKY FRIED HORROR!!!
Nightmare Press is now taking short story submissions for KENTUCKY FRIED HORROR. The theme is simple: short horror stories that take place in Kentucky, and you’ll get bonus points if it reflects Kentucky culture. Anybody can submit – you don’t have to be from the Bluegrass State to participate.
Here are the details:
What we want: Horror shorts that take place in Kentucky, 1000-5000 words, send it in a word doc or docx file attached to the email. Do not paste it in the body of the email. In the subject line, write KENTUCKY FRIED HORROR <title> <your name>. No more than one submission per person. Reprints are fine as long as you own the publishing rights to the story.
What you get: $25 if accepted, a contributor’s copy of the book, the opportunity to purchase copies at cost (including shipping and taxes).
When and where: You have time for this one. The deadline is October 1st. Email your submissions to [email protected]
Two other points: We will not ask for exclusivity for more than 30 days after publication.
Also, if your story is a reprint and has previously been edited elsewhere, we reserve the right to edit the story again. We know some authors have issue with reprints being re-edited because they want the story to remain the same across all publications, so if that is a problem, do not submit your reprint. If you are okay with Nightmare Press re-editing the story, then by all means, please submit it.
We look forward to seeing how frightening you all can make Kentucky.

Taking Submissions: Curiosities

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: 4 cents per word
Theme: Speculative Fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

OPEN 1-31 August, 2020

general session

Hello! This project is a comfortable two-headed beast at play in the curious and often dark corners of retropunk fiction. That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk. Sorry, space fans, we draw our line at Sputnik. About 2/3 of rejections are for “bad fit.” We buy nonexclusive rights for fiction, cover & interior art, music & sound effects usage, and narration services.

What we do:

1—Curiosities, a short story collection published two or three times a year, which is available in digital and print on demand formats, and

2—The Gallery of Curiosities, a twice monthly podcast which features stories from the publication. Not every story we buy will make it to an audio podcast release, but we do make good effort to get it there before our rights expire. We started out as a podcast, and went to print later.  Audio production is incredibly time intensive.

Short version:

-We buy original (4 cents/word) and reprint (penny/word) short stories.

-Length up to 7500 words.

-We read blind. Anonymize your manuscript before sending it to [email protected] as a docx, or rtf. Remove headers and/or footers.

-Use the format SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the title bar of your email or it gets lost.

-Multiple? No more than 3 at a time. Send them in separate emails.

-Simultaneous? Yes. Please be prompt with a withdrawal if sold.

-If accepted, your story will be published in ebook and print-on-demand formats.

-If accepted, we will make a good faith effort to produce your story for podcast before the contract runs out, but no guarantees. The way is fraught with bear traps and wolves.

Long version:

What we’re looking for:
As an audio venue, we want stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, new weird, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work.

What we don’t want:
Serialized novels. Novel excerpts. Drabbles. Stories longer than 7500 words. Fan fiction. Sherlockians. Vulgar language used as punctuation. Horror stories that spend most of the word count telling us all the mundane little details of the contemporary protag’s lifestyle before getting to it. Cutters. JFK theories. Anything that has been on a podcast within the past 18 months. Stories outside of the “speculative fiction” genres.

What’s a hard sell:
Anything set after World War 2. Horror based in domestic violence or sexual perversion. Anything set after the mid-20th Century. Stories that take place in outer space. Horror stories with contemporary moods or settings. Excessive splatter. Stories longer than 6000 words. Anything set after the 1950s. Stories that make us wonder why they should considered as “speculative fiction”.

Payment:
4 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints, with a minimum of $40 USD for stories less than 1000 words.

How do I submit?
Send your story in an email or email attachment to [email protected] with SUBMISSION: Story Title in the subject line, because that is how I search for things. Always send a new story after a rejection with a new subject line. Continuing a thread is a good way to get the next one lost.

Manuscripts will be sent as docx or rtf attachments that are formatted without headers. Headers have been known to mess up the document when converted. To protect your privacy, put your personal details in the cover letter, not the manuscript. Or just wait until it is asked for. Seriously, don’t volunteer your details on the Internet— it’s where the crazy people live. Make sure all commentary has been removed from your manuscript, as it will (surprise!) persist when I convert it to a Google Document file, which is the format in which we read.

I think long cover letters are unnecessary for this format. I am amused by haiku, and will reciprocate. If the story is a reprint, tell where it has been.

You’ll get a quick reply to let you know it did not get lost If you do not get a rejection within a week, then your story made it past first round and went on to the short list.

How do I get paid?
PayPal or SL Lindens.

What about Rights?
We are purchasing non-exclusive audio, print, electronic, and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual free download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial No-Derivs license.

Are you going to publish a print magazine or post my story for online reading?
We will not be posting the text of your story where it could be freely available online. Stories are published in Curiosities two or three times a year, which is available in retail print-on-demand and ebook formats.  We sort accepted stories by broad themes as suggested by the whims of the slush pile, so you may not automatically get into the next issue. You will get representative contributor copies of the issue that contains your story.

How long will it take to get my story to air?
Audio production is extremely time intensive, and it is a challenge to pair the right voice for each story. Not all stories will make it to broadcast. If we don’t make it happen within 24 months, our rights expire.

Is there a contract?
Yes.

What is steampunk?
That’s something you’ll have to find your own definition for. And when you find it, own it. For me, it is an artistic protest about the future we got.

My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract. We do want to know if it is a reprint, and where it has beenSay so in your cover letter.

You rejected my story. Can I submit another one?
Absolutely! We rejected your story, not you.

You rejected my story. Can I work on it some more and resubmit it?
Only if we said that we would read it again in the rejection letter.

I have more questions.
[email protected]

Via: The Gallery Of Curiousities

Taking Submissions: Dragons and Heroines (D&H) (Rated R)

Deadline: September 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons.

  • Deadline – September 30th, 2021
  • Publication – January 2022
  • Word Count – 7,000-15,000
  • Theme – Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons.

Publisher INFORMATION

Company name: Dragon Soul Press
Anthology Submission Email: [email protected]
Website: http://dragonsoulpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonsoulpress/
Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/26543/dragon-soul-press
The Grinder: https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market/Index?id=9529

 

CHECKLIST

Introduction of author This is not where the biography goes.
Author Contact Information / Pen name MUST be included with real name. If real name is same as pen name, state so in email.
Author Biography in Third Person in 100-200 words Mandatory minimum of 100.
Submission Word Count Also applies to poetry. Word count. Not line count.
Submission Formatted in Times New Roman 12 PT Font. One-inch margins. No indentations. No double-spacing. No extra spacing between paragraphs. No chapters. Only DOC and DOCX accepted.Format video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjuYtJWIBI
Format image example at bottom of page.
Summary/Query Letter Summarized outline of all major events within the story.
All emails should be addressed as “Dear Editor”
Email subject and file name must be as follows – “Story Title by Author Name for (Name of) Anthology”
All of the author’s social media links, including website if applicable Author must have an active social media account.

 

Important information

Maximum of two submissions per anthology per author.
Authors can submit to all anthologies simultaneously.
Reprints from third party sources accepted IF author currently holds full rights. We will not publish duplicate stories within DSP.
Authors get 30% Royalties for first year from date of publication. Afterwards, 30% of all proceeds go to a charity chosen by the Publisher.
Story rights – The Publisher permanently reserves the right to publish the Work within the Anthology while the Author keeps ownership rights to the Work.
Do not submit anthology stories with chapters.
All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s deadline.
After receiving edits back, the author has one (1) week to return the submission for formatting.
POETRY SUBMISSIONS: All poetry needs to be contained within a single email. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.
Extensions: Due to the massive number of submissions received per anthology, DSP no longer offers authors an extension. Submission calls are posted upwards of 1-4 years at a time.

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]

 

NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: After the Kool-Aid is Gone

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Political horror stories

Open submissions being accepted for “After the Kool-Aid is Gone.”
8/1/20 – 8/31/20
D&T Publishing proudly presents After the Kool-Aid is Gone . A horror anthology with a political twist.
In the world we live in today, what is more horrific than true life? Seems everyone has a view and a stance. So, what will happen after the kool-aid is gone, when decisions have been made and eyes have been opened? Send us the most political horror story you can imagine.
Specific information:
– Stories should be 3,000 – 5,000 word count.
– No excessive or gratuitous violence or sex just for shock value.
– Single spaced, new times Roman is preferred. Clean, edited copy. No weird fonts or formats. Please submit in .doc or .docx format to [email protected]
– A confirmation email will be sent to you within 24 hours of receipt of your submission. Please make sure that your name is on your submission.
– Acceptance emails will be sent out no later than 9/6/20 for an October release.
– For your email, please use ATKIG as the subject.
– If you receive an acceptance email, a link will be provided to you for a Facebook group and all other information will be provided to you at that time. You can also find submission details on our Facebook page @d&tpublishing.
– This will pay $10 per accepted story.
– Only one submission per person.
We look forward to your submissions.

Via: D&T Publishing’s Facebook.

Taking Submissions: The First Line – Winter 2020

Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with:

Winter:
Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2020:

Spring:
Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020

Summer:
The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020

Fall:
The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Due date: August 1, 2020

Winter:
Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the website as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Via: The First Line.

Taking Submissions: Strangely Funny VIII

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: $5, royalties, and a contributors copy
Theme: A story that must be funny and have supernatural/paranormal elements.

This annual collection of funny paranormal stories is the press’ flagship series. Your tale must be funny and have supernatural/paranormal elements. Examples of stories from previous collections: Homicide is summoned to a halfway house for the undead, a finger transplant from a serial killer leads to hilarious consequences, a mummy regrets hiring a cheap embalmer. Lovecraft humor is welcome; shaggy dog stories are not.

Story length should be 2000-5000 words. If you sub something longer or shorter, it better be really funny. The submission window is August 1st – August 31st, 2020. Please do not sub sooner. Publication of SF VIII will take place in April/May 2021. 

Send your submissions to [email protected] with “Strangely Funny” in the subject line. If we buy your story, you will receive a free print copy of the book and a $5 USD advance on royalties. For further information on royalties and publishing rights, please go to our Submission Guidelines page.

Via: Mystery and Horror LLC.

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