Deadline: April 15th, 2018
Note: While many of Circlet’s calls tend to fall into speculative fiction, we’re still in a gray area on anything that would be erotica. However, this one doesn’t have that push unline many of the publisher’s titles so we thought you might want to take a look at something a little different.
Possible Titles: The Romantic Ace; Acethetic
Edited by Victoria Pond
It seems like every romance movie, book, and song out there equates lust with love, and that means some of us are left out. Not everyone feels lust. Not everyone even wants romantic love.
Here’s your chance to talk about romance for the characters uninterested in sex. Give me your space pilots in serious relationships with their sentient ships. Think about how an incubus would patiently court a demi-sexual. Maybe you have a regency fantasy where only a virgin can wield the talisman, and thank goodness we’ve got an adult countess who can step up.
Let’s not define this by what it isn’t. Allosexuality dominates the rest of the media. Here’s a chance for ace pride to shine. Submit your stories from all over the spectra—from science fiction to fantasy, from sex-repulsed to demi-sexual, from romantic to platonic.
This romance anthology celebrates asexuality in all its forms, in all its levels. Maybe your characters will take things to their allosexual conclusions, but maybe they won’t. And, as it ought to be in reality, that’s up to you.
“Ace” puns highly encouraged. (You know: the dogfighting “flying ace” who has a closer-than-lovers arrangement with his mechanic.)
Email your submissions to [email protected]gmail.com. We do not publish poetry. Stories should generally be between 2500 and 8500 words (though we’re flexible for a great story). Originals only, no reprints. We purchase first rights for inclusion in the ebook anthology for $25, with the additional rights to a print edition later which would also pay $25 should it happen. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Circlet exercises rights to the anthology as a whole. Submissions are open now, and close on April 15th.
Deadline: May 1st, 2018
Payment: 2 cents per word up to 8K words
Note: Reprints Accepted
We are always looking for dark fiction so please feel free to submit to our projects! Below are all the projects that are in open submission periods. We are taking multiple submissions for each project. Please double check the guidelines before sending us your work. If you are looking for payment compensation, then make sure you are submitting to a project that offers payment. Each project is different and offers different compensation, so again please make sure you know what you’re submitting to. Below is an outline of our general guidelines.
Urban settings (not a must, but it catches our attention)
Speculative Fiction (dark dystopian themes)
What we aren’t looking for: If your story utilizes any of these tropes then we can’t publish it no matter how good it is! It’s not that we hate these themes, it’s just not what we’re looking to publish!
No Cthulhu Mythos
Midnight Hour Volume 1 & 2
Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…
Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.
Below is a little more about the project.
Word Count : 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.
Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.
Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.
Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.
Deadline: May 1st, 2018
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
“I wanted you to be the first to know,” Rowan tentatively confided in me.
Due date: May 1, 2018
We love the fact that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.
(Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.)
One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.
Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.
Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.
All Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.
Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.
Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective issue.)
Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for 2017:
Leo massaged the back of his neck, thankful the meeting was finally over. Due date: February 1, 2018
“I wanted you to be the first to know,” Rowan tentatively confided in me. Due date: May 1, 2018
The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. Due date: August 1, 2018
As she trudged down the alley, Cenessa saw a small _________________. [Fill in the blank.] Due date: November 1, 2018
Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within two to three weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.
Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.
Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.
All submissions to The Horror Zine are subject to editing, but we work closely with the authors during the editing process. Nothing is published without the author’s pre-approval and consent. Remember, even Stephen King has editors.
The Horror Zine does not accept any material that contains adult or sexually explicit content; abuse or harming of women or children; any rape scenes; serial killers; slasher; gore for gore’s sake, or splatterpunk. We do not accept any religious or political themes. We do not accept any submissions written in Olde English, Victorian, or 19th Century styles. We do not accept any submissions told in a diary or letter or journal format, or told entirely as dialogue (someone recounting past events). We do not accept fan fiction.
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
Payment: $50 and royalties
Do you really love classic fantasy, but also love making totally modern snarky jokes? Have you always wanted to write an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural? Do you want to write about an amazing fantasy heroine who doesn’t seem to fit into any other setting? Then this is the anthology for you!
ELF SAGA is a series about heroines from all over the world coming together to solve mysteries, slay beasts, save innocents, and deal with family drama (usually). It’s also about making fun of your situation, even as your situation is trying to eat you alive. It’s about pointing out absurdity, even as you’re forced to be friends with that absurdity. It’s about laughing at death, even as you’re dying. (But mostly laughing.)
This new anthology, ELF SAGA: BEYOND DOOMSDAY, is set around the time of the novel ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY. Writers are invited to create their own original characters to explore new corners of this vast fantasy world. You are encouraged to read the novel (it’s free) to get a sense of the world and the tone, and then let your imagination run wild. You can set your story before, during, or after the novel (the world changes a lot during the novel, so it may matter to your story). Let’s get right into the details:
Anthology Title: “Elf Saga: Beyond Doomsday”
Submission Length: 5,000 – 10,000 words
Pay per original story accepted:  Flat fee $50, payable upon publication, plus  one (1) equal share of all profits generated in the first six (6) months after publication. The anthology will be priced at $3.99. (For example: if the anthology were to make 2,000 sales, this would result in $5,400 in revenue. Subtracting costs for artwork and initial fees would result in profits of about $4,400. Dividing between 10 stories would result in a royalty payment of about $440 per each story.)
All payments will be made via PayPal.
Submissions due: April 30, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2018
Projected publication date: August 1, 2018
Joseph Lewis, Producer and Managing Editor, will select the stories that will appear in this volume.
Cover Artist: Series artist Linggar Bramanty
This release will NOT be published as part of Kindle Unlimited (KU). After 90 days, authors of stories not previously published will be free to publish their stories independently.
Idea pitch: You can send me an email ([email protected]) to pitch your idea and get a little feedback up front, or you can dive right in, write your story, and let me see it for the first time when you submit. Your choice. (Choose wisely!)
Authors who are accepted agree to supply one-sentence blurbs about their story, representative photographs of their faces, and a brief author biography.
Authors who are accepted will be expected to promote the series to the best of their ability.
Prepare your submitted stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), Times New Roman, Font size 12. Single spacing, only one space after a period. When you have a scene change, indicate it via a line with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between, like this: * * * Nothing else fancier!
Preface your story with the title, your name, your email address, and the word length. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication.
When submitting, include in your email any pertinent facts, such as: You’re a New York Times Bestselling author (which would be great, but certainly isn’t a requirement), you have a notable social media presence, a large list of newsletter subscribers, etc.
Guidelines for Acceptance: Here are some of the key things I’m looking for in your submission: strong characters, imaginative imagery, humorous dialogue, relatable relationships, some action and adventure, maybe a little social commentary, and of course, decent writing/editing. Bonus points if your story fits beautifully into the ELF SAGA world. Extra bonus points if you can make me laugh out loud.
The following is not a proper series bible, but a collection of notes that should help you get started.
This short story collection is set during the events of the novel DOOMSDAY. The following people, places, and creatures are available for you.
The World: “Vaenos” is a world very much like ours. It has several continents, dozens of nations, and diverse ecosystems. Across these lands are many elf societies and cultures loosely modeled on real peoples and places.
People: Everyone is an elf, which is short-hand for “ethnically diverse humans with pointy ears”.
The Drogori: A group of elves who bond with and ride dragons. By consuming the powdered bones of dead dragons, these elves have acquired (over generations) the ability to sense the presence of dragons, to commune telepathically with dragons, and to become immune to dragon fire. They are easily identified by the small red scales dotting their skin. Individuals with long Drogori lineages may also have horns. A longer lineage is easily seen by the greater size of the horns, and the individual has stronger connections to dragons. They can be found anywhere in the world, but recently have been hunted and pressed into service for either Tenjia or Varada for the ongoing dragon wars.
The Alcani: A group of elves who bonded with and rode unicorns. Once found all over the world, the Alcani (and unicorns) went extinct 100 years ago. At the end of DOOMSDAY, there are only two Alcani in the world.
The Feyeri: A group of elves who bonded with faeries. They can only be found in the mountains of Varada. At the end of DOOMSDAY, there is only one Feyeri in the world.
Ambermagi: A group of elves dedicated to scientific pursuits, generally centered on the electric-like power that can be stored and extracted from amber. Known for tinkering in all areas, including vehicles, weapons, tools, and more. Mostly found in Aram, but also known to wander.
Witches: Mysterious individuals, usually Drogori, who can manipulate arcane forces in many ways, including bending time, cursing victims, seeing the future, and controlling gravity.
Shamans: Unique and revered individuals who can see and speak to ghosts. Mostly found in remote northern communities. Known to help lost spirits pass over to the next world, and to battle evil spirits who refuse to leave.
Sword Saints: Unique to Shihoku, these skilled warriors can move and fight with superhuman power.
Dragons: Your standard fantasy monsters, available in all sizes and colors, with various numbers of eyes and wings and tails, with a variety of breath attacks. To most people, they are natural dangers. To certain governments, they are weapons of war. To the Drogori, they are sacred companions.
Unicorns: Fearsome black steeds with golden horns and manes, and the magic power to shield the land from dragons. At the end of DOOMSDAY, they are resurrected and returned to the world.
Faeries: Your standard little person-shaped flying creature. They drop trails of green glitter as they fly about, causing lush plants to randomly grow in their wake. Capable of more complicated healing and resurrection magic under the command of a Feyeri.
Mermaids: Also known as ningyo, these half-elf, half-fish creatures are as intelligent as they are cruel and dangerous. Known to hunt and devour elves at sea, and sometimes to transform their victims into ningyo as well.
Spirit Creatures: Ancient beings of unknown origin, they include Coyote, Raven, Inari the Kitsune, Horus the Falcon, and others. Fond of elves. Known to meddle in elven affairs, and to transform individuals into powerful warriors and sages.
Deadline: April 30th, 2018
Payment: 4cents per word AUD and contributor’s copy
THEME – MILITARY HORROR. WHAT WE WANT: MILITARY HORROR, AND LOTS OF IT. THINK DOOM, RESIDENT EVIL, TERMINATOR, DOG SOLDIERS, ALIENS (THE SECOND MOVIE, NOT THE FIRST)… ANYTHING THAT CAN BE CALLED A HIGH-ACTION MONSTER STORY. AND SOLDIERS!
THIS VOLUME IS LIKE THE PREVIOUS VOLUMES SQUARED.
WE WANT EXTREME ACTION, AND IT HAS TO BE MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY ACTION. CAN BE MERCS OR EX-SOLDIERS, THOUGH, SO LONG AS THEY ARE HARDCASES.
AND TO SAY IT AGAIN, FULL ACTION. NOTHING LESS. HOO-RAH!
EDITED BY GEOFF BROWN, AMANDA J. SPEDDING, & MATTHEW SUMMERS
PAYMENT: AUD4C/WORD AND ONE CONTRIBUTOR COPY IN EACH FORMAT RELEASED
WORDCOUNT RANGE: 2,000 – 10,000 WORDS (QUERY FOR SHORTER OR LONGER)
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FEB 1 2018. CLOSING DATE IS APRIL 30TH 2018 (ANYTHING SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THIS PERIOD WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT BEING READ OR REPLIED TO).
NO SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE UNTIL AFTER THE PERIOD CLOSES.
PROJECTED PUBLICATION DATE: LATE 2018
Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details and word count on the first page of the manuscript.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.
6. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
7. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
8. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at [email protected]cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)
9. In the subject line of your email, please put Resurrection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)
NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.
The only variations to Shunn’s format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop. Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story shredded by mutant zombie-like creatures.