Category: Anthology

Anthologies

Taking Submissions: 50 Shades of Dead

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: $10 for short stories (3000-8000 words)
Theme: Horror romance/erotic horror

Working Title: 50 Shades of Dark

Deadline: Dec 31 2020 or When Full

Premise:

Horror romance/erotic horror. This is not for pure erotica or romance (no standard PNR), and not for horror that lacks any romantic elements. The components of romance, sensuality, and horror should be well woven together. Happily ever afters not required. Sex not required, but if included should be well done. The best submissions will be equal parts titillating and nightmare fuel.

Looking for stories at a hard R to NR rating, but all levels of sensuality and horror will be considered. If you have ever wanted to push boundaries, this is the call to do it in!

Preference will be given to #OwnVoices, female authors, LGBTQA stories, but all are welcome to submit!

Length Accepted:

Flash, and Shorts.

Eligibility: Open to all. No Reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

Multiple Submissions: See guidelines and story lengths for the number of submissions per pen name.

Publication: Feb 2021

 

Via: Wicked Taxidermy Press.

Taking Submissions: Alternative Deathiness

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Payment: $.02 a word and royalties
Theme: A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative Deathiness.  A fun filled romp into the concept and nature of Death.

Seriously what the hell is death, big guy with bones and a sickle? An ominous Tarot Card?  Or is it simply the passing of one thing for another.  A change in phase. Or, it is the ending of you, and just you, a personal FU from the universe that say oopsie, you’re out of here?

So be prepared to look hard at this topic, its rituals, its layers.  Have fun.  May as well,  considering the end comes for us all.

This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Irene Radford, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Truths.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring just remember, we’re old.  Our friends are old, our families are old.  Death is beginning to feel more like a roommate than a concept.  So?  Let the stories rip, show no deference to religion, ritual, or sensitivities.  For god’s sake, we’re talking death here!

And don’t try sneaking zombies and ghosts and vampires in to get around death.  Oh we might buy one or two REALLY GOOD Ones, but that isn’t the focus.

Does this mean we will not accept sensitive looks at this from a more popular perspective?  No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an explanation of the nature of death. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of death and life, can’t have one without the other.  The setting is open anywhere in time and space.

This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However, we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

Pays $.02 a word upon publication, plus a share of the profits. As always a share will go to charity, usually ACLU, but that can be changed to something else by agreement with all the contributors. Collaborations will earn 1 share to be split between contributors.

Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-deathiness.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at [email protected].

Via: B Cubed Press’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Don’t Touch That: An Anthology of Parenthood in SFF

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: $0.06/word
Theme: Parenthood in SFF
Note: Only 2 stories available

An anthology exploring the theme of parenthood from science fiction and fantasy authors who are parents themselves!

Thank you SO MUCH for your support for this anthology. Now that we’ve reached our funding goals, behind the scenes we’re organizing our timelines and getting started with writing. And thanks to your help in reaching our stretch goals, we’ll be open to TWO SLUSH STORIES!

The theme is, not surprisingly, parenting in SFF. You can interpret that any way you like, and take it in any direction you like. We’d love to see what you come up with! Stories should be no more than 5,000 words, and when they’re all edited and ready to go, can be submitted in a .doc or .docx file to [email protected] no later than 11:15pm EST on December 1, 2020. Please remember to include your name, pen name if you use one, and contact info on your submission (not part of your word count).

Thank you again, and stay tuned to our Kickstarter page for monthly updates and we move forward writing these fantastic stories of parents and kids in SFF!

– Mike, Kai, and Keena

Via: Don’t Touch That’s Kickstarter.

Taking Submissions: ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare (EARLY LISTING)

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Payment: $75
Theme: The horrors of capitalism
Note: This market does not open until November 1st and will not take submissions prior to that.

ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare will be an e-book anthology about the horrors of capitalism. We want monstrous bosses, jobs from literal Hell, working class folks fighting back against great cosmic evils, and any other wild idea you can come up with. As long as it’s anti-capitalist and horror, it’s good. We also welcome dark weird fiction and horror-adjacent sci-fi.

The anthology is open to all writers, but we would especially like submissions from anti-capitalist writers of marginalized groups.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 4,500 words.

Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints.

Open for submissions November 1st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020.

We will announce accepted submissions by January 15th, 2020.

Anthology will be published in spring 2021.

OTHER SUBMISSION CONSIDERATIONS

  • If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh.
  • We’re fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror.
  • Yes, make it anti-capitalist, but don’t be moralizing. We want nuance.
  • Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not.
  • Splatterpunk is fine, but gore and extreme elements should serve story, character, and theme.

FORMAT

Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format — we won’t read it if you do.

Please send submission to [email protected] Include your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g., Karl Marx — “Capitalism Bad” — 3,500 Words”).

Include an author bio of under 100 words and no more than two links to accompany your story.

PAYMENT

$75 for a short story after contract signing and final edits, and a free e-book copy of the anthology following publication.

PROCEEDS

Half the proceeds from this anthology will go to Labor Rights, an organization advocating for the rights of workers around the world. The other half of proceeds will go toward funding a future anthology project.

RIGHTS

Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

Via: ProleSCARYet.

Taking Submissions: Survival

Deadline: December 30th, 2020
Payment: $30 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Survival in Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, or Contemporary

We are seeking morally ambiguous stories with the fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and contemporary fiction genres surrounding the theme of survival. Not many things in this world are straightforward. Many individuals have encountered moments of extreme moral compromise when faced with a choice that meant life or death, or the perception of such. From the outside, it may seem that some choices can be evaluated in the simple vein of right or wrong, ethical or not. Yet when placed in a situation that perpetuates a choice between survival and death, would we have the same opinion?

The theme of survival is meant to highlight situations that deserve another glance, that are not clean cut or easily defined within the realm of typical ethical boundaries. How far must a person go to survive? Or is death the choice we make instead of going against our morals? What will we do to survive?

If you have a short story that fits the morally gray theme of survival, check out our submission guidelines below.

 

Details

Submission Period: October 1 to December 30, 2020

Word Limit: 12K words per piece, not including addition information below

Submission Cost: Free

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Contemporary

  •  Previously unpublished works
  •  You may submit up to 2 pieces, but each work must be a separate submission
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere
  • Please don’t send us all pandemic stories – if we pick any, it will only be very few

What to Include with Your Submission *Please read carefully*:

  •  A 3 – 5 sentence bio with social media links
  • A paragraph detailing how and why your story is keeping with Inked’s mission to publish morally gray stories. Submissions lacking this prerequisite will not be considered for the anthology.

Payment: $30 per accepted piece plus one contributor copy

Rights: First edition exclusive anthology rights for the first six months of publication

Via: Inked In Gray.

Taking Submissions: 99 Tiny Terrors

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: $25.00
Theme: Short horror stories
Note: Sorry for the short deadline! Just saw this one

There’s nothing better than a short, sharp slice of flash fiction to get the mind working. 99 Tiny Terrors is an anthology that the reader can dip into for something deliciously dangerous in a short amount of time or spend an afternoon trolling through blood soaked stories from all over.

There’s nothing better than a short, sharp slice of flash fiction to get the mind working. 99 Tiny Terrors is an anthology that the reader can dip into for something deliciously dangerous in a short amount of time or spend an afternoon trolling through blood soaked stories from all over.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous submissions. We will allow up to two (2) submissions per author. Note: only one can be accepted.

Instructions: All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions. Manuscript must be in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format. Submit your manuscript in double-spaced Times New Roman or Courier font. Please include your byline as you’d like it to appear in publication.

Keep your cover letter short and sweet. The Editor wants your story to do the talking.

Crunchy bits:
• Limited time open call: October 1-31.
• Flash fiction wordcount: 500-1000 (firm)
• Genre: Any flavor of horror.
• Payment: $25.00
• Rights: Non-exclusive (story will only be published as part of the anthology as a whole) print, ebook, and audio rights in all languages throughout the world.

What the Editor is looking for:
• Neat twists or unexpected turns.
• Atmospheric or unusual settings.
• Stories that stick with the reader.
• The Editor favors supernatural elements but you’re not restricted to that.
• Original work only.

What the Editor is NOT looking for:
• Hurting the woman or child to turn on their power.
• Sexual assault/pedophilia.
• Animal torture.
• Gore for gore’s sake.
• Fan fiction (riffs on public domain IPs such as, but not limited to, Lovecraft Mythos, Sherlock Holmes, or Dracula are fine)

Want to know more of what the editor likes? Listen to Jennifer Brozek’s flash fiction podcast for free. Five Minute Stories – http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/page/Five-Minute-Stories.aspx

Via: Pulse Publishing’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Love Gone Wrong

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: $8
Theme: Love gone wrong
Note: The author submitting MUST BE FEMALE (or identify as female).

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2020

Payment: $8 flat fee per story (author must have a valid PayPal address as that will be used for payment)

Publisher: Twisted Wing Productions

Theme: Love Gone Wrong

The theme can explore ANY type of love: romantic or platonic, obsessive, mother/daughter/son relationship, father/daughter/son, bestfriends, siblings, unrequited love, loss of love, falling in love with the wrong person, addiction, love/attachment for a specific place, location or building, student/teacher relationship, etc. The genre is HORROR. Stories MUST have elements of horror in them.

The author submitting MUST BE FEMALE (or identify as female). The author must retain full rights to the work intended for our consideration and that the work itself is complete and not published anywhere else (including personal websites or social media). Having been previously published isn’t a requirement, if you have a compelling story, send it to us!

Format: Word doc, 12 font, double space Times New Roman.
Not a reprint.
We are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for 18 months and the right to keep the story in print, and nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology. We do not place any limits on what the author does with the story after the exclusivity period.
We are not looking for poetry or screenplays.

Bonus: Characters in stories are own voices, POC, or LGBTQ

Submission method: Please send story as an attachment (.doc or docx. Only) to azzurranox[at]yahoo.com
Please include the following with your submission:
Author (Legal Name)
Pen name (if applicable)
Email
Story Title
Word Count
Third person biography

The anthology will be published both in e-book and print formats with an estimated publication date of February 2021.

Via: Azurra Nox.

Taking Submissions: Artificial Divide

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: 0.06CAD per word
Theme: Multi-genre allowed by Blind and visually impaired writers
Note: Will consider reprints

Artificial Divide is an own voices anthology by Blind and visually impaired writers. It’s a multi genre anthology with visually impaired protagonists. It will feature a diverse array of short stories with protagonists that are visually impaired.

For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words.

We are looking for own-voice stories featuring blind or visually impaired protagonists, written by authors who are blind or visually impaired. The story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be any genre of fiction.

Stories must be in English, though we invite diversity and dialects, including AAVE.

We will reject any story with racist, ableist, or homophobic, or otherwise bigoted themes. We don’t want to see those kinds of stories. Period.

One of the editors will be using a screen reader to review submissions, so make sure your document does not contain any tables or graphs or charts. Layout tables are acceptable but highly discouraged because your submission will be converted to Proper Manuscript Format. If you already have your story in Proper Manuscript format, send it along in that format.

If you’re visually impaired and need a screen reader friendly template, this page is a bit dated, but it has templates that work in all versions of Microsoft Word <https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html>.

Submit your manuscript in either docx or doc format.

We’re especially looking for writers of color, LGBT+ writers, and other marginalized identities. Please note that priority will be given to Canadian writers from diverse backgrounds, though we are open to authors from around the world.

In your cover letter, provide your name, your primary email address, and a cover letter outlining the main plot of the story and the word count. In your cover letter, detail in two sentences or more, how being visually impaired has hindered you in the publishing industry.

Stories can be submitted to [email protected] please write in SUBMISSION and the title of your story as the subject header.

Deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2020.

Payment is 0.06CAD per word.

Previously published work – we strongly prefer original work but will consider work previously published in publications with small readership. Please indicate on your cover letter if the work was previously published and include a link to the publication.

Simultaneous submissions – we will consider simultaneous submissions. Please indicate on your cover letter if your work is submitted somewhere else simultaneously, and please notify us right away should the work be accepted elsewhere.

Please submit only one story. Should we turn down your story before the submission deadline, please do feel free to send us another story. Otherwise, please only send one story.

Via: Renaissance.