Taking Submissions: Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read

Deadline: July 30th, 2018
Payment: $5.00

Jersey Pines Ink is pleased to announce our first anthology, Crypt-Gnats: Horror you’ve been itching to read. It will be published as both a print and an e-book.

Stories must be fiction and totally of your own creation.

Stories should/could involve cemeteries or other forms of deceased placements including graveyards, mausoleums, cremations, mysterious disappearances, etc. Your imagination is the limit.

Please heed these guidelines:

Stories can be no longer than 3,000 words.  Flash is acceptable.

Minimal graphic violence… very little gore… prefers suggested blood and guts to detailed.  No detailed rape scenes, or abuse to children.

Standard manuscript format.

We do not accept multiple, simultaneous or unsolicited reprint submissions.

Submit doc, docx, and rtf only. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Name, title, and page numbers should be in the top header on following pages.

Manuscripts not following the guidelines will be deleted unread.

Payment: $5.00 (PayPal).

Submission window June 1 to July 30, 2018

Return time: Three months after the anthology closes, (October 31)

Submit to: [email protected]

This email address will become inactive July 31, 2018

Any changes or news will be listed at https://www.jerseypinesink.com

Via: Jersey Pines Ink.

Taking Submissions: Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018
Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Yes, Clash Books is at it again, and this time they’re letting me take the wheel. If you needed more proof that these folks are crazy, look no further. In any case, hot on the heels of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, we’re celebrating The Notorious B.I.G. and his music. You know I’m looking for that good barrio noir, horror, bizarro, whatever goodness. Details below.

Gimme the Loot:

Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.

Listening to Biggie is listening to the streets. There is something gritty and powerful in his bars, something real and dripping the kind of authenticity that makes songs and stories stand out and claim a corner of your brain. Listening to Biggie is hearing how things are done in the streets, and anybody with at least a day of street experience knows that the man understood what he was talking about. From Brooklyn to San Juan, I’ve heard his impact in music, and none told is as clear as he did. Violent, real, and raw; those are the qualities of Biggie’s music that we’d like to capture in story form. That’s right, we’re talking crime, horror, and bizarro, but with a Biggie flavor. The cover is done, and it’s fantastic because it was done by the supernatural entity known as Matthew Revert.


Now, if you listen to Ten Crack Commandments, you know there are some rules to everything, and this anthology is no different. Listen up and keep these things in mind:

  1. We love Tupac, Nas, and Rakim. We dig Big Pun, Snoop, and have already published an anthology celebrating the world of Wu-Tang Clan. This time? This time it’s all about Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls. We don’t want fan-fiction or songs turned into stories. We want the themes in Biggie’s music filtered through your own words and experiences. We want the swagger and the success and the hustle of his life to inspire you to create your own thing. We want to feel your love for the man and his legacy in your story. This is a tribute to him, so celebrate him in a way only you can. I wants stories from barrio streets and the mountains and the small towns and from everywhere. Yeah, that’s what we want.
  2. If you want to claim a song, do it quickly. The best known hits will surely go fast, but don’t fret; we’re willing to read (and publish) more than one tale inspired by the same song.
  3. I’m a brown man who’s constantly writing pieces about Otherness in publishing. This means that those editors who say diversity is not their responsibility can go fuck themselves. I will definitely publish superb stories by white dudes (hell, I already talked to two of my favorite crime writers, and they fit that bill), but I want stories by minorities. I want black folks and women and brown folks and my LGBTQ brothers and sisters to send me stuff. Especially you, women. Bring it.
  4. Anything goes, but inside the realm of fiction. We love nonfiction and poetry and publish both, but this is not the place for them. Biggie in space? Sure. Gritty crime? Yeah. Horror? Of course. Bizarro? In the words of street poet Isaac Kirkman, if you haven’t seen weird shit in the streets, you haven’t been in the streets long enough. Let Biggie take you places, and then return the favor. Remember: Life After Deathcame out after Biggie was murdered, so feel free to explore whichever metaphysical angle you like or to delve into conspiracy theories.

Story length: 2500-6000 words. If a story is great, it can be a little under or a little over, but please try your best to stay within this range.

Payment: $50.00 and contributor copy.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018

Submit to e-mail: [email protected]

Get to writing, mufuckas. Gimme the loot!

“Huh, word to mother, I’m dangerous
Crazier than a bag of fucking angel dust
When I bust my gat, mothafuckas take dirt naps
I’m all that, and a dime sack, where the paper at?”

– The Notorious B.I.G.

Via: Yes, Clash Books.

Taking Submissions: Crash Code

Deadline: October 1st 2018
Payment: 3 cents per word

The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely.

That’s what you’ll answer. In Crash Code, we want to see the pinnacle of our technology meeting the depths of our depravity. Let’s talk voluntary amputations so we can wear cybernetic limbs as fashion statements. Tell us how commercial interplanetary flight changes human tracking. Show the world what the criminal underworld can do in an age of quantum computers. This anthology is going to focus on just how far human kind is willing to fall in pursuit of the next innovation, whether it’s paying for bionic sex in bitcoins, five-year-olds browsing the Dark Web, bar code tattoos, mainstream holographic snuff films, or corrupted neural implants driving their users mad.

Think Neuromancer with even more drugs and crime. Imagine Blade Runner meets Saw. Picture Wrath James White’s version of Brave New World. Imagine a test-tube baby made from George Orwell and Jack Ketchum. If your story makes people think American Mary merged with Altered Carbon, we want it.

These are just some ideas. Pick one if you like, or come up with your own sick, twisted future. Just make sure it answers one question:

In a world where everything demands a dollar sign and subscription fees, is humanity something we can afford to lose?

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email:  [email protected]

Length: 1,500 words up to 7K

Deadline: October 1st 2018

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 3 cents/word

Editor: Kevin Holton

Publisher: Blood Bound Books

Via: Blood Bound Books.

Taking Submissions: WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Deadline: June 30th, 2018
Payment: $25 and 2 contributor’s copies.

We were so pleased with how our 2018 WhimsyCon Anthology (Wit & Whimsy) came out, we want to do it again! Do you want to submit your work to be included? See the details below!

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology

Submission Guidelines

Shiny Garden is seeking short fiction for its 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology. Steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction preferred.

Submissions should be:

  • Written in English.
  • Written for a PG-13 audience (no explicit sex or violence).
  • Between 5,000 – 15,000 words.
  • Typed and double-spaced.
  • Include the author’s name, address, phone number, and
    approximate word count at the top of the first page.
  • Print ready (already edited for grammar, continuity, etc.).
  • Saved as a .doc or .docx file.

Note: Paragraph indentations must be created using document formatting features, not tabs.

If your submission is selected for the anthology, you will receive:

  • $25 in payment.
  • Two (2) complimentary copies of the printed anthology.
  • Option to purchase additional copies at 50% of the cover price.

Submission Process

Submissions should be sent by email (as an attachment) to
[email protected]

  • Submissions will be accepted May1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.
  • Authors will be notified that their submissions were received within seven (7) business days of receipt.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance status by July 31, 2018.

WhimsyCon 2019 Anthology
Guest Editor

We are pleased to announce Andy Burns will be our guest editor for the 2019 WhimsyCon Anthology!

A.M. Burns has been writing since high school but got serious about things while working in corporate America in his thirties. Since that time, he has authored over 150 works of various lengths and helped numerous authors with their editing. As a member, and previous president of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, he’s worked with authors of all skill levels aiding them in improving their work and getting things ready for the readers who are eagerly waiting for them.

In recent years he’s been the editor for the Colorado Hawking Club newsletter. He’s also worked on three anthologies with Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, and even more with Out in Colorado Fiction, helping authors polish their work before publication. Beyond writing, A.M. enjoys assisting writers achieve their personal goals with their words and is looking forward to the new challenges working on the WhimsyCon anthology will bring.

When he’s not writing, editing, or marketing, A.M. enjoys hiking or driving in the mountains around his home in central Colorado with his husband and their huge black dog. He’s also an avid photographer and gamer.

Via: WhimsyCon.

Taking Submissions: Corpus Press Untitled 2019 Non-Themed Horror Anthology

Deadline: September 15th, 2018
Payment: $.03 per word up to $150 and 2 contributor’s copies

Corpus Press is now accepting submissions for non-themed horror anthologies with a publication target of 2019. Submissions will be accepted according to our publishing needs, regardless of author publication history, status, race, creed, gender, sexual preferences or any other identity factor. Submissions should be story-driven and appeal to a wide adult audience.

What we ARE looking for:

• Not previously published short stories of 2,500-4,500 words. We are seeking stories that can be characterized as being within the broad category of “horror” fiction.
• Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.
• Stories may be frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous and/or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale.

What we ARE NOT looking for:

• We are not seeking “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” material. We discourage submissions that have a singular purpose of shocking the audience with explicit language, sexuality and/or violence. Explicit language, sexuality and violence are acceptable, however, if handled in a tasteful manner and in service to a well-plotted, engaging story.
• Abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged. We are not accepting poems.
• Stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.
• Not seeking stories featuring vampires, werewolves or zombies.
• Epistolary fiction will not be accepted.

Document Requirements: Submissions must be in an editable format sent via the publisher’s submission portal. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for author name, email address and word count information to be placed only at the end of the document to assist with blinded review process.

Submission window: June 1, 2018 until midnight EST September 15, 2018.

Please no multiple or simultaneous submissions. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than October 30, 2018, with publication target of 2019.


Pay Rate: $.03 per word.
Payment will be capped at $150 USD for accepted submissions (2,500-4,500 words). Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided upon publication, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.

Anthology target length: Approximately 250-300 pages. Title TBD.


Please note: Final contract required to be signed upon acceptance which may contain additional terms and conditions.




(Please note: the terms of these submissions guidelines are for reference only, are subject to change without notice and do not constitute any legal agreement or offer to contract by Corpus Press or any of its operators. By submitting your work to Corpus Press for consideration, submitters agree not to hold Corpus Press or any of its operators liable for any damages, perceived or real, arising from their submission.)

Via: Corpus Press.

Taking Submissions: Terra! Tara! Terror!

Deadline: July 15th, 2018
Payment: 6 cents per word

“Terra! Tara! Terror!”SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13). (Image: The initial letter of the fairy tale “Guleesh” created by John D. Batten for Joseph Jacob’s collection, Celtic Fairy Tales. 1892. commons.wikimedia.org)

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018
Writer Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publication Date: September 20, 2018

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept  a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

See the “Submissions” tab for preferred formats, etc.

Via: Third Flat Iron.

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