Category: Anthology

Anthologies

Taking Submissions: Midnight From Beyond The Stars

Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Payment: 6 cents per word
Theme: original alien horror stories with a The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps kind of vibe.

There’s life out there… and it’s coming for you!

With the success of our first two MIDNIGHT anthologies, MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD and MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, it’s time to roll out the 3rd in our ever growing series – MIDNIGHT FROM BEYOND THE STARS!

Silver Shamrock Publishing is announcing its Open Call for the MIDNIGHT FROM BEYOND THE STARS anthology.

We are looking for original alien horror stories with a The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

The deadline for receiving submissions is April 30th, 2021. (anything received outside of this window will not be considered).

Submit by email to: [email protected]

Length: 2,500 – 6,000 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 FROM BEYOND THE STARS, 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.

Via: Silver Shamrock Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Dates From Hell

Deadline: June 30th, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Dates that have gone horrifically wrong

We have all had dates we would much rather forget, but how many tragic souls have had the misfortune to swipe right on a serial killer, lycanthrope, one of the undead, a denizen fresh from hell itself, or any other manner of nefarious beings?

We want your stories of dates gone horrofically wrong, seemingly innocent meetings that deliver death and terror instead of romance, of psychopathic stalkers who will stop at nothing to possess their love’s still-beating heart…
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Taking Submissions: The Book Of Carnacki

Deadline: Pitch Deadline: April 16th, 2021. Final Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2021.
Payment: $100 or $50 plus 1% of the Kickstarter net profits, whichever amount is GREATER, and a paperback copy of the anthology.
Theme: Stories featuring William Hope Hodgson’s character Carnacki the Ghost Finder in a major role. Carnacki’s general behaviour and mannerisms should be canonical, much as in the original tales, though inventive and reasonable extrapolations from those are welcome. We may take a handful of stories with non-supernatural resolutions.
Note: Reprints are potentially welcome

THE SHORT VERSION

THE BOOK OF CARNACKI

A Belanger Books Project, edited by John Linwood Grant

Core concept: 5,000–10,000 word stories featuring William Hope Hodgson’s character Carnacki the Ghost Finder in a major role. Carnacki’s general behaviour and mannerisms should be canonical, much as in the original tales, though inventive and reasonable extrapolations from those are welcome. We may take a handful of stories with non-supernatural resolutions.

Also: For this particular book, we are interested in 3000–5000 word non-fiction articles relating to Carnacki and his world (see LONG VERSION below).

Your pitch must be accepted for your completed story or article to be read. See PITCH section below.

Pitch Deadline: 16 April, 2021.

Final Submission Deadline: 30 September, 2021.

Payment: Authors shall receive a payment of $100 or $50 plus 1% of the Kickstarter net profits, whichever amount is GREATER, and a paperback copy of the anthology. The Kickstarter will run March 2022, and publication of book is expected early Spring 2022.

PITCHES AND QUERIES ONLY TO [email protected] BY 16th APRIL 2021, PLEASE
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Taking Submissions: Blood on Your Hands

Deadline: April 15th, 2021
Payment: 3 contributors copies and payments range up to $75, based on length
Theme: Previously published erotic stories about male vampires. These bloody assignations and trysts and relationships should be homoerotic.
Note: Reprints only

We are seeking previously published erotic stories about male vampires. These bloody assignations and trysts and relationships should be homoerotic.
So far we have accepted:

“Invite the Night” A story from L.A. Fields about a boarding school student who finds at his window a boy reported missing…

“Black Samba” Jeff Mann’s story features an ancient Scottish vampire encountering another while in Rome.

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Taking Submissions: Chilling Crime Short Stories

Deadline: March 14th, 2021
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
Theme: The darker side of crime: the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime
Note: Reprints Welcome

About the theme:

We’ve looked at cosy crime and detective thrillers, now it’s time to turn to the darker side: the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime. We’re seeking up to 20 new stories to join our powerful collection of Chilling Crime Short Stories, new and classic tales reaching back into ancient, medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian fiction. From Oedipus Rex and Medea to Thomas More’s story of the Princes in the Tower, Scheherazade’s ‘The Three Apples’ and the chilling crime fiction of Dickens, Poe, Henry James, Baroness Orczy and Wilkie Collins.

Terms:

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Taking Submissions: Wight Christmas (Early Listing)

Deadline: March 15th-21st, 2021
Payment: CAD 1/2 CENT per word for originals; 50% for reprints (i.e. CAD 1/4 CENT per word)
Theme: Christmas horror with a dark and subversive theme that doesn’t include Krampus
Note: Reprints Welcome

Wight Christmas is an anthology of holiday horror, and in particular stories that subvert Christmas tropes and seasonal clichés. We are seeking dark reinterpretations of seasonal traditions, and stories that reimagine holiday characters as ghosts, demons, spirits, supernatural entities, or other paranormal phenomena.

Fantasy and science fiction genres are both okay, but in all cases, submissions are more likely to be successful if they are dark and subversive.

No Krampus.
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Taking Submissions: Not Meant for Each Other

Deadline: April 1st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: A story about the ending of a romantic relationship, any genre.

LBP is pleased to announce that we will be accepting short story submissions for the months of February/March 2021!

We will choose 8-12 submissions to be published in our 2021 summer anthology, “Not Meant for Each Other”!

Prompt:

The topic for submissions: a story about the ending of a romantic relationship.

Important note: The goal for writers here to give us characters that we care enough about within a short space to be upset or elated over their relationship ending.

Accepted stories will be published in ‘Not Meant for Each Other’ summer anthology! E-book and print!

Parameters

Every genre qualifies.
Works must be previously unpublished.
Must be at least 3k but no more than 9k.
Submissions must be in Times New Roman 12pt.
No headers or footers, please. Name and title on top/left of first page.
Submissions deadline is April 1st, 2021.
All submissions must be submitted to [email protected] Add ‘Not Meant for Each Other Submission’ in the subject line.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Selected Stories:

Will be notified by email no later than April 15th, 2021. Winners will receive full publishing credit in the anthology w/competitive royalty.

Via: Lost Boys Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Shelter of Daylight

Payment: Original Stories: $25.00, Reprint Stories: $15.00, Flash Fiction: 1 cent/word, Poems: $5.00, Articles: $20.00
Theme: Original science fiction and fantasy stories that are upbeat and positive in their mood
Note: Reprints Welcome

Shelter of Daylight began with Sam’s Dot Publishing back around the turn of the decade. After some years, it was discontinued. Now, under Hiraeth Books, it has revived.

Shelter of Daylight is now published semi-annually, in January and in July, in print [and, eventually, as an eBook]. It presents original science fiction and fantasy stories that are upbeat and positive in their mood. It also presents a few original poems, again along the overall mood.

Shelter of Daylight wants original stories with plot, tension, suspense, conflict, and character development. Remember, if readers do not care what happens to your main character[s], they won’t read the story. The narrative should maintain a sense of wondering what’s going to happen next; of what’s lurking just around the corner. Showing is better than telling. Frex, instead of telling the reader that it’s cold, show your character shivering, stomping feet, or having ice form on beard or hair. The inner thoughts and emotions of your character[s] are just as important.

Stories submitted to Shelter of Daylight should be between 4K and 8K words long. Longer or shorter stories will be considered; however, anything less than 4K will be a difficult sell. Anything 1K or less will be considered flash fiction. We will consider reprint stories, provided they adhere to the guidelines; however, they are difficult sells.

Submit your stories as rtf or .doc attachments [NO .docx, please] to sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com [you must recombine this address for it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame spammers].

Please submit one story at a time, and wait for the response before submitting another. We hope to keep the response time down to two months. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, please query.

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