Taking Submissions: Brave New Girls

Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Submissions for our 2020 Brave New Girls anthology are now open! We’re looking for volunteer authors willing to contribute their stories pro bono to this charity venture (proceeds from sales of all our anthologies are donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund). We understand if this isn’t for everyone! We’re working on a shoestring budget (still stretching dollars from our initial crowdfunding campaign in 2014), with our editors donating their time and resources to keep this series going.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. The criteria are that stories must be:

  • About a teen girl (14-18) with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Geared toward a tween/teen audience (10-18)
  • PG in content, as many of our readers are very young, and we want parents/guardians/family friends to be comfortable giving these books to the children in their lives. No graphic sex (“sweet” romance with kissing and hand holding and such is fine), no graphic violence (bloodless comic-book-movie-style violence is fine), no swearing (biblical curse words, i.e. “hell” or “damn”, and made-up sci-fi cursing, e.g. “frak” or “gorram”, are fine)
  • In the sci-fi category. We’re open to any and all sub-genres (space opera, contemporary with speculative tech, historical with speculative tech, dystopia, cyberpunk, steampunk, solarpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, silkpunk… all the punks)
  • Between 2,500 and 10,000 words in length
  • Standalone (no cliffhangers — our readers don’t seem to like them)

We strive to be as inclusive as possible and encourage authors and characters from the whole range of human backgrounds, across race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religion, national origin, ability, socioeconomic status, and more.

Stories can be related to an existing world that you have the rights to (e.g. a spinoff to your novel), but must work independently so a new reader can come in with no background about the world and still understand what’s going on.

Each story selected will be accompanied by an illustration, and each contributing author will receive a complimentary paperback of the anthology, which will be released July 2020.

Via: Brave New Girls.

Taking Submissions: The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns

Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Payment: $130 and 2 contributor’s copies

I’m seeking all-new true crime stories for THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: SMALL TOWNS (to be published by Mango Publishing Group USA)

Subject: True crime in small towns

What I’m looking for:

Well-developed thoughtful non-fiction content that offers readers more than dry reportage. Known, lesser known and obscure cases are welcome. Add something new to the discussion, a different viewpoint or angle. First-person accounts are especially welcome from writers with some connection to the crimes. Stories can take place anywhere in the world and during any time frame. Material must be meticulously fact-checked before submission, including dates, names, locations etc. No reprints accepted.

Word count: 4,000-7,000 words

One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book.

Contributor fees paid approximately 1 month after publication. (Preferred payment method: PayPal.)

For: Non-exclusive rights with one-year’s exclusivity from date of publication.

Deadline for submissions: Jan 31, 2020

Note that I’ll be selecting material on an on-going basis. Writers are strongly encouraged to submit their stories in advance of the deadline date.

Contact me with suggestions/queries at: TheBestNewTrueCrimeStories @ gmail.com

Submission requirements:

Format: double-spaced Arial 12-point Word document (sent as attachment). Do not indent paragraphs; instead enter one space between them. No irregular spacing between words or sentences. No footnotes or endnotes. If you wish to include a bibliography (optional), please use Chicago Manual of Style. American spelling and punctuation (i.e. double quote marks, etc.). Include your legal name, postal address, and an author bio of 50-100 words written in the third person. No simultaneous submissions please.

In the subject line of your email: True Crime submission.

If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a week of submitting your material, definitely follow up!

(For non-US-based writers, editor is not responsible for payment of VAT, if applicable.)

Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor whose books encompass true crime and crime fiction, gothic fiction, cozy mystery, satire, parody, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal romance, erotic fiction, and general fiction and non-fiction. Her new book The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers will be published in November 2019. Follow her on Twitter @mitziszereto

Via: Mitzi Szereto.

Taking Submissions: Rebuilding Tomorrow

Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Payment: 8 cents per word

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a followup anthology to Defying Doomsday, which was an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.

We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with a disability, we would love to read it.


Submission Guidelines:


  • (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with a disability or physical impairment, chronic illness, mental illness or neurodiversity etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and illness and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.
  • We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have a frequent (if not daily) impact on the character’s life. For example, a character with a deadly peanut allergy in a world where peanuts have been wiped out by a plague isn’t going to quite cut it. However, we are not looking for issue stories or stories where disability is the sole focus of the narrative.
  • Some sort of cataclysmic event must have occurred well before the start of the story. We are open to a variety of past events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! The important thing is that these events should be in the past, although characters may still be dealing with some longterm consequences.
  • We are not interested in fantasy (that means no magic).
  • Stories can be young adult or adult stories. Graphic themes and content are okay, but we’re not looking for erotica or gratuitous violence.
  • Stories should be between 2000 and 6000 words in length and submitted in some approximation of standard manuscript format. We will happily accept .rtf, .doc and .docx files.
  • No reprints, no simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions.

We want a varied anthology with stories that are fun, sad, adventurous or horrific etc. We are also looking for variety in both characters and worldbuilding. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories. Note that, while we value #ownvoices stories, we do not require authors to disclose personal information to us.


Some things we already have covered (hard sells to steer away from):


  • Stories featuring protagonists with upper limb deficiencies
  • Stories where the central plot involves a happy community being temporarily disrupted by belligerent outsiders


Submissions are open from 1 October 2019 to 23:59 on 31 January 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Payment will be 8 cents per word (USD) to be paid on acceptance in exchange for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).


Email submissions to: [email protected]

Via: Twelfth Planet Press.

Taking Submissions: Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: original: $0.08USD per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01USD above 1,000 words., reprints: $0.01USD per word. $50USD per poem or $15 per reprint poem.
Note: Seeking authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora
Note: Reprints welcome

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora seeks speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. More specifically, we want horror, science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history in the following sub-genres: Horror Noire, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Sword and Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, and Dieselfunk. Submissions are open August 26, 2019, through December 31, 2019.


Format using Shunn’s manuscript style. Track your submissions using Duotrope and The Submission Grinder. Submit via email with the subject line “Dominion Anthology: [TITLE]: [FORMAT]: [LENGTH]” at subs [at] aurelialeo.com. All of the following information should be in one .doc, .docx (preferred) or .rtf document.

A short cover letter is required submitted above the text of your submission in the same document. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, PayPal email address (if different), recent publications/awards (if any), preferred contributor’s copy (.epup, .mobi for Kindle™ or .pdf), and a third person bio of 50-150 words. A photo may be requested.

We take 2-3 weeks to respond to submissions. If you haven’t received a response by then, please query. If you have any questions, email info [at] aurelialeo.com.


POETRY: Any length paid $50USD per poem.

REPRINTS: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 1,000-17,500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word.

FICTION: 1,000-17,500 words paid $0.08USD per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01USD above 1,000 words.


  • Translations are accepted

  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted

  • Only four submissions allowed in total (one original poem, one original story, one reprinted poem, and one reprinted story)


  • Copyright remains with the author and poet at all times

  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online

  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 12 months from the date of publication

  • If selected to be republished in another anthology in the future, payment in royalties is $0.01USD per word

  • If selected for a podcast or audiobook, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights


  • Excerpts out of a novel

  • Poorly formatted and edited work

  • Overtly racist, sexist, or violent work


  • Fanfiction of any kind

  • Works above the word count

  • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases


  • Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it

  • Protagonists that are African(s), African Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) or members of the African Diaspora

  • Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on

Via: Aurelia Leo.

Taking Submissions: The Way of the Laser: Future Crime Stories

Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Payment: $.05/word advance + royalties.

Vernacular Books is pleased to announce we are currently accepting submissions for our anthology The Way of the Laser: Future Crime stories.

What we’re looking for: 

Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.

Wow us with your original idea and blow us away with your writing.

Length: 4,000-8,000 words

Payment: $.05/word advance + royalties.

Rights: World English in print, digital, and audio, exclusive for five years.

Deadline: January 1, 2020/TBD

Send submissions to vernacularbookssubmissions at gmail dot com.

Via: Vernacular Books.

Taking Submissions: Stories We Tell After Midnight (Vol. 2)

Deadline: June 1st, 2020
Payment: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.

Genre: Horror
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Release Date: October 21, 2020
Word Count:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-8,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Wanted: Send me your chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send all submissions to: [email protected], addressed to the Editor, Rachel A. Brune.
  • Follow submission guidelines and use the Crone Girls Press Style Guide to format your manuscript before submitting. Please.
  • If you have any questions, a good place to get a feel for who we are is the Crone Girls Press Facebook Group. Come on in. We won’t bite. Most of us won’t, anyway.
  • Each anthology will be anchored by one novella, with a mix of short stories and flash fiction. I am primarily looking for short stories to make up the bulk of each anthology, but don’t let that discourage you from submitting.
  • Reprints and simultaneous submissions are absolutely welcome! If it is a reprint, please be prepared to let us know where it was previously published so we can include that correctly in the anthology. If it is accepted elsewhere, congrats! (But please, let us know.)
  • One note about diverse protagonists (and characters in general): I find as a writer, sometimes it helps for the anthology call to explicitly indicate their inclusive status. That is what I am doing here.
  • The determining factors in acceptance or rejection will always be quality of writing, adherence to genre, and general fit with the other stories selected for publication. If you have a story that fits those parameters, send it my way.
  • Cover letters are not necessary, but if you would like to include one, what I would like to see is a one-sentence logline, word count, and genre. We publish debut and established authors, so I don’t need to see any previous publications; however, if you have any bona fides in the genre, such as membership in HWA, feel free to include those as well.

Via: Crone Girl Press.

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