Taking Submissions: Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens – Elemental Anthologies #3

Deadline: December 31st, 2019
Payment: $50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories. $20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.

The most capricious of elements, air is the domain of all winged creatures, but also of tricksters, spirits, elves and fairies. This ethereal element is as difficult to pin down as the wind so for this anthology, especially, I am open to stories whose genres also transcend usual definitions. I want stories which are light as a summer breeze, and also those which rage with the drama of a tornado. I want action, ideas and movement but also whimsy and transformation. Grand, high-adventure and cozy close-to-home conflicts.

I want to fit as many airy creatures into this anthology as possible, so in addition to sylphs, spirits and swan maidens I want air dragons, fae, griffins, sirens, rocs, Thunderbird, Pegasus… and because I’m open to combining aether with air in this situation why not also hit me with your angels, phantoms, Yōkai  and nymphs too!

Rights and compensation:

$50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories.

$20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.

In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: November 1, 2019 — December 31, 2019

Length: Under 7,500 words

Publisher: Tyche Books

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling please.

How to Submit: Use the form here – https://niteblade.submittable.com/submit

Via: Rhonda Parrish.

Taking Submissions: Nefarious Nature

Deadline: March 1st, 2020
Payment: Contributors Copy

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its fourth volume of its HOWLERS series, Nefarious Nature.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

People versus nature has a long tradition in horror genre. This anthology seeks to celebrate and transform that narrative trope. Categorized into six different parts, the stories in this anthology will tackle the many ways Mother Nature can be a horrific…well…force of nature. Below are the six parts of the anthology and examples of how the element manifests in horror literature. Please note we are a progressive press and do not publish any conservative works.

Examples in film and literature:

Fire: Stephen King’s Firestarter, Freddy Kreuger’s entire backstory, Clive Barker’s “The Forbidden”

Water: Black Water, Peter Benchley’s Jaws, Open Water

Earth: any of the premature burial stories, any of the Medusa stories, Blood Beach

Wind: The Fog, Snakes on a Plane, The Wind, Sharknado

Plants: The Ruins, Little Shop of Horrors, R. L. Stine’s Stay Out of the Basement

Animals: Stephen King’s Cujo, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Rats in the Walls,” Arachnophobia

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light

Bestiality presented in a positive light

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected](restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).

Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Authors will receive a free copy of the print book.

We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

Submit on Submittable at https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/151048/thurston-howl-publications-howlers-series-nefarious-nature

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.

Taking Submissions: Scary Snippets: Christmas Edition

Deadline: December 12th, 2019
Payment: 75% of royalties after amazon fees are taken out will be divided evenly across the board to all authors.

Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to submit your scary stories of holiday horror to us, Scary Snippets. After just releasing a highly successful Halloween collection, we are ready to go straight into some nutcracking action with wicked snowmen, vile reindeer and even some good old fashioned Krampus! Here’s what we are looking for.

email to: [email protected]l.com
(Feel free to include author profile)

Word count: Minimum: 100 Max 600

We are looking for: stories of sinister nature relating to Christmas, Hanukkah or other Yuletide holidays. (Also accepting a few Thanksgiving Horror as well) stories need to be exclusive and will remain held by publisher for 6 months after publishing. Send as many submissions as you wish, we want to allow for at least 4 to 5 max per author depending on length. (Our goal is to have over 100 total stories in the collection)

Deadline: December 12

Releasing: December 20

Acceptance and contracts will be happening quickly and our editing team will be moving fast.

Payment: 75% of royalties after amazon fees are taken out will be divided evenly across the board to all authors.

Stories will be on Kindle Unlimited for 6 months and then authors will be able to retain their rights and use the story elsewhere.

Questions or concerns, please message us

Be sure to also join the Scary Snippets Facebook page for more information and for receiving feedback and support from our author community!

Spread holiday fear!


Taking Submissions: Midnight In The Pentagram

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: $0.06/word


With the success of our first MIDNIGHT anthology, MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD, it’s time to roll out the 2nd in the series, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM.

Silver Shamrock Publishing is now accepting submissions for the MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM anthology.

We are looking for original Occult/Demons/Possession/Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/The Omen/Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

Submit by email to: [email protected]
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Length: up to 6000 words
Format: Preferred format is Doc or Docx, double-spaced with author email at the top of the first page.

– Please use the anthology title, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, in the subject heading of your email.
– A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, recognition, influences hometown and social media links.
– The word count.
– Acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript will be emailed within 3 business days
– Successful authors will receive a contract upon acceptance. Once we have a signed contract by the author and Silver Shamrock Publishing, payment will be made within 30 days via PayPal.

Payment: Professional rate of $0.06/word.

Note: This is an invitation AND open-submission anthology (approx. 75% invitation/25% open-submission). With the All-Star cast of horror writers we assemble, this will prove to be a very competitive open-submission, with us only taking the very best entries.

Good luck!

Via: Silver Shamrock Publishing.

Taking Submissions: New (Yet to be titled) Psychological Horror Anthology from Dark Ink Books

Deadline:       January 15, 2020
Payment:        .01 a word up to 7000 words

        We want the unreliable narrators, the psychological breakdowns, the dangerous fixations, but leave the fantasy elements at the door: vampires, ghosts, zombies, and magic are on hiatus for this one; we are looking for realistic dark fiction. 

Think Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado,” O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Jackson’s “The Lottery,” Oates’ “The Corn Maiden,” and King’s “Apt Pupil.” We want to hear your Session 9. We can’t wait to see your Audition.

Word count:     2000-7000 words, a little under or over is fine (but payment is capped at 7000)

Response time:  Decisions will be emailed before March 15

Don’t sit on your submission until the deadline. Submit early. Call may be closed early if the anthology reaches its maximum word count.

Multiple submissions:           No, thank you. Please send your one best story.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere, and if we select your tale, we ask that you remove it from consideration elsewhere immediately. No reprints; work must not have been printed elsewhere, including a blog or personal webpage.

Publication date:       Fall 2020

Submission guidelines:
•       Please use traditional Shunn manuscript format
•       Include a biography of 50-150 words on the same document as your story. Previous publication is not a requirement for acceptance; we just want to know about you!
•       Email as a .doc or .docx attachment to [email protected]
•       Please note that while we want the darkest of fiction and appreciate gore, we will not publish stories that depict pedophilia, animal abuse, or sexual assault in a positive light. If you’re unsure about your content, please email us!

Via: Dark Ink Books (hyperlink: https://aminkpublishing.com/dark-ink)

Taking Submissions: Fantasy Short Stories Volume 4

Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Payment: $10

Book Four will open for submissions in November. Deadline 15th December 2019. Book Four is planned for release in January 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Fantasy Short Stories

Thank you for your interest in submitting your story to Fantasy Short Stories Anthology Series


Submissions for Book Three are now closed. Subscribe to the Fantasy Short Stories enewsletter to be updated when it is released.

Book Four will open for submissions in November. Deadline 15th December 2019. Book Four is planned for release in January 2020.

Read further for what stories I’m now looking for. Lots of detail below so that it saves us both time, and there’s less chance of a rejection!

In summary: 3500-5000 words only. “Set it in a fantastic world with lots of dialogue between multiple characters, preferably written in the third person. Positive ending if possible.”

US$10 flat rate. Fantasy Short Stories will retain the rights to your story for 2 years. 1st year exclusive, 2nd year non-exclusive. After 2 years, the release is removed from sale. Example contract here.

Submission Guidelines

Things to include:

  • 3,500 to 5000 words
  • At least one great idea
  • Preferably written in the third person (or if you prefer first person writing, do a lot of head jumping, and include lots of dialogue)
  • Some kind of fantastic character or creature, usually friendly
  • End on a positive note (aim for it, but if it is impossible, I’ll still consider it if the story is good)
  • PG 13. No sex, swearing, obvious LGBT themes, unless the entire story will fall apart without it
  • Must be original. No using copyright characters or established series. As Fantasy Short Stories will be submitted to Amazon Kindle for approval, if Amazon’s system detects something that’s already been published in a different way, Fantasy Short Stories might get blocked from publication
  • A lot of dialogue between characters that move the story forward. Set in the now. (A short story doesn’t have time for prologues or too much backstory. Save those for your novels!)
  • Short scenes. Change the location or the situation as quickly as possible. Don’t get stuck in one place for more than a few sentences
  • Doc file, not docx, but if you need to include multiple languages, then docx would be better for that.

Things to avoid:

  • Derivative works referring to religious texts. Let’s not be too serious
  • Narration stories where there is no dialogue, and one character just tells a story from beginning to end
  • ‘Journey’ stories. These are better for novels when you have time to create the situations that you encounter on the way. Please keep journeys to a minimum in short stories. Also, please don’t make it an essential part of the plot.
  • Any story that is similar to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, anything Disney, and anything about children and their pet dragons 😛

Of course, I’m also looking for a high level of grammar, vocabulary, intelligent dialogue and general creative writing ability.

Additional Notes

Fantasy Short Stories is a not-for-profit fantasy publication with a focus on independent authors from around the world, open to submissions from anyone, anywhere from any walk of life, edited by a volunteer. So, you may find a mix of English grammar and spelling from the UK, Australia and the USA, as well as region-specific mother tongue influences on sentence construction and punctuation usage. I don’t/wouldn’t want to destroy some of the subtle flavours / flavors / tastes that someone has/had added to their work so I’ll only change/be changing major/noticeable grammar problems where/if possible. English teachers beware!

I’m always on the lookout for new fantasy stories. Please note that in recent years the lines have become blurred as to what fantasy is and what science fiction is, mainly because marketers are promoting science fiction as fantasy, as fantasy sells more. The definition for Fantasy for Fantasy Short Stories is that it contains no science, and especially no hard science. If you have written a story with science, you may wish to visit our sister book site – Alien Dimensions

If you’ve written a fantasy story that you’ve had rejected, worked on to improve, sent it to someone else, but then been rejected again and given up on, perhaps you could submit that to me? I might reject it too, but I’m looking for great ideas. If the ideas are great and teaches readers something, but the story just needs a little tweaking, I might be able to help you rewrite it to make it work. (You’ll get the credit, of course!)

I’ll consider your story and, if it is suitable, offer you a flat rate of US$10.00 (ten dollars) for it, paid by Paypal. (Example contract here. Previous writers, please note new terms)  Minimum 3500 words, maximum 5000 words. If I suddenly get over 400 sales a month for several months, the rate will be reviewed, so please tell your friends about Fantasy Short Stories!

There are hundreds of publications you can submit to out there. But, if you’re not accepted, most just have time for a short message like ‘I’m sorry but we are unable to accept your story for publication at this time.’ There isn’t much detail about what they want, and they don’t give much detail why they didn’t accept your story. So, to make up for that, please closely follow the list of things I’m looking for, and the list of things I’m not (above). That way, you can save yourself some time! Even so, if your story has some great ideas, I might ignore one or two of the ‘nots’ to let it through.

If you have a story that you think fits the above, and you’re happy for me to use it for US$10, send it to [email protected] as a Word .doc (preferably not docx, unless you are using multiple languages)

If possible, please reformat your story to make it easier for me to read by following William Shunn’s Guide to Proper Manuscript Format (Mainly because I don’t have a submission tracking system yet. And also, well, it means you’re serious. You’ve probably already got that template set up on your computer and use it all the time.)

Of course, I know US$10 isn’t much in some countries, but it is a way to get something back from a story that you might have given up on, and it gets your name out there.

Happy to read your story if you’re a new writer and you think your writing is as good as published fantasy writers. So, if you’ve never submitted before, give it a go!

Looking forward to reading your writing

Neil A. Hogan

Via: Fantasy Short Stories.

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