Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Payment: For 500-3000 words – $10 USD
Theme: Horror/dark tales related to 1920s. Can be based anywhere – Wild West, 20’s socialites, UK ala Peaky Blinders, etc
Note: Reprints Allowed
Note: Sorry for the short notice, didn’t realize this had opened to the public
Via: Black Hare Press.
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Theme: Stories set in the “perfect” town of Fox Hollow, details below!
CALL FOR ENTRIES for the online short story anthology: Nothing Ever Happens in Fox Hollow.
We are looking for previously unreleased short stories that could fit in the world of Fox Hollow.
The selected short stories will be featured on the “Nothing Ever Happens in Fox Hollow” webpage (foxhollowstories.com). There will also be an audio version of the stories released on the related Fox Hollow YouTube channel (YouTube.com/foxhollowstories) as well as the Fox Hollow podcast. There is also a possibility for an e-book and a paper book anthology released at the end of the year, as well as an online audio version of the anthology.
The stories should be no longer than 1200 words. We’re looking for horror, supernatural, and dark content. Submission is free. We will pay $10 to each author whose work is selected for the anthology. Read all this information before entering:
Fox Hollow is a typical American small town. It’s as boring as can be. Unless… We sneak a peek behind the curtain. It seems that every home in Fox Hollow has a dark secret. When writing a story that takes place in Fox Hollow, the plot should revolve around the events surrounding only one person up to just a few people. The story should never involve the masses. The supernatural elements and the horror in the town is always hidden in the background. Nothing disturbs the peace of Fox Hollow. Nothing noteworthy ever happens here to the outsider or even the other residents. You can read the stories at foxhollowstories.com to get the idea.
Please send your entries to [email protected]
The Call for Entries ends on March 31st, 2020.
Via: Fox Hollow Stories.
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Theme: Horror stories set in Louisiana
Note: Reprints Welcome
Horror USA: Louisiana – An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Louisiana. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Louisiana has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Louisiana somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.
The submission deadline is 31 March 2020. Our target is 50 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.
As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.
We’re looking for stories between 500-7500 words. A few words under or over won’t necessarily disqualify a story, but please keep as close to the guidelines as possible.
Stories MUST fit within the horror genre.
First and foremost, all submissions must be horror.
However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and nuanced genre. To that end, we’ll read stories that fit into other genres (thriller, family drama, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, et cetera) as long as the story contains horror, and as long as horror is integral to the narrative.
ALL submissions MUST meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):
1. 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)
2. Use “SMART QUOTES”
3. Submit all documents as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pages format
Submit via email to [email protected]
In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.
Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.
If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.
If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.
A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.
Via: Soteira Press.
Deadline: April 21st, 2020
Theme: Stories based on the seven deadly sins
Note: Reprints accepted
Stories involving one of the Seven Deadly Sins
Works: short stories
Genre and theme: Horror, extreme horror
(no glorified rape, child abuse or animal torture)
Deadline: April 21st
Format: Attach the .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX
Word Count: 5k-10k
Multiple Submissions accepted
Submit a bio
Payment: $20 per story accepted
Send submission to: [email protected]
Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Theme: Serious horror and comedic/bizarre horror.
The online form at the bottom of this page is the sole method of submission and contracting for the upcoming Corpus Press publication Two-Page Terrors. Please read all information thoroughly. You will be signing a contract with Corpus Press by placing a submission.
Corpus Press is seeking original horror stories (no reprints) ranging in length from 400-550 words (approximate, see additional details regarding length below) for a 2020 publication titled Two-Page Terrors, which may evolve into an ongoing series. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm, March 31, 2020 (EST).
We are seeking stories of two types:
1) Serious horror
2) Comedic/bizarre horror
Please select which category your submission best falls under when completing the submission form below.
Individuals are permitted to make up to two submissions in total, but only one submission per category. Any additional submissions by a single individual will not be reviewed.
STORY LENGTH REQUIREMENTS
The story must fit onto no more than two full pages, regardless of overall word count, and not be shorter than a page and a half. Most stories ranging in length from 400-550 words will fit the length requirement easily, but significant dialogue will reduce the overall word count.
Story title and author name will be placed on a separate page, so do not factor those elements into the length.
HOW TO TEST STORY LENGTH
To ensure your story meets length requirements prior to submission, we have provided this template for download:
LINK: Length Test Template – Two Page Terrors
Alternatively, you can test length by creating a document of your own using the following settings:
* 1-inch margins all around
* 14pt Palatino Linotype font
* Line spacing of 1.15
* Paragraph spacing: 0pt before, 10pt after
ONCE YOU ARE CONFIDENT THAT YOUR STORY MEETS LENGTH REQUIREMENTS, SIMPLY CUT AND PASTE STORY TEXT INTO THE SUBMISSION FORM – NO SPECIAL FORMATTING REQUIRED (other than standard paragraph breaks).
** YOU WILL NOT BE UPLOADING A DOCUMENT **
Please note: We are not seeking stories created with the sole intention of shocking or offending readers with explicit content. An element of horror must be present to be selected for publication in either category.
TERMS OF SUBMISSION
By submitting work via this form, Author agrees to be bound by the terms as stated below. Publisher is not bound by these terms unless notification of acceptance is sent to Author via email. These terms of submission will become the binding contract upon notification via email.
You (“Author”) are submitting a work for consideration as a short story (“the Work”) to be included in the anthology, Two-Page Terrors, by Corpus Press (“Publisher”).
In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties agree as follows:
From time of execution of the Agreement through submission, Author grants to Publisher the sole and exclusive worldwide right to publish and sell the following English language editions:
* Printed Trade Paperback & Hardcover Edition;
* EBook Edition;
* Audiobook Edition (if produced)
Author reserves all rights in the Work not specifically granted to Publisher in this agreement.
Author agrees not to submit this work to any other publication for consideration until after notification of non-acceptance has been made (i.e., no simultaneous submissions). Submission gives Publisher full first right to accept Work provided, and submissions may not be rescinded once submitted.
2. Term of Agreement
The Agreement will begin on the date executed by both parties and will end on August 31, 2021.
3. Rights Upon Expiration of Agreement
Upon the expiration of this agreement, all rights revert to Author, with the exception of Publisher’s right to sell the work under the title Two-Page Terrors in eBook, paperback, hardcover and audiobook formats, and/or within future “Best of” or “Complete” Two Page Terrors anthologies produced by Corpus Press.
IF THE WORK IS ACCEPTED (VIA EMAIL NOTIFICATION), and in consideration of the Author’s grant of rights in Section 3 above, Author shall receive $5 USD per story accepted for publication. Payment shall be made via PayPal to the email address provided by Author on the form not later than thirty (30) days after initial publication, but may be made sooner at the discretion of the publisher.
Publisher agrees to publish and commence distribution of said Work within one (1) year of approval and acceptance of the Work. In the event the Publisher shall fail to publish and distribute the Work by said date, this agreement shall terminate forthwith, and all rights hereunder shall revert to the Author. However, this mandated publication date may be extended to any other date, and any number of such extensions may be made, upon mutual agreement between Publisher and Author.
6. Representations and Warranties
Author warrants and represents that this Work is original with Author, that Author is the sole author and proprietor of said Work with full power and right to enter into this agreement and to grant the rights hereby conveyed to the Publisher; that said Work contains no matter which is unlawful in its content, libelous, or infringes any right of privacy or copyright; that the Work contains no defamatory matter nor does it violate the rights of any third party; that the Work is not in the public domain; that Author has not heretofore and will not hereafter during the term of this agreement enter into any agreement or understanding which would conflict with the rights herein granted to Publisher. Author further warrants that the Work has never before been published, in part or in whole.
Author agrees to allow likeness and biography to be listed in the “Authors” section of the Corpus Press website and/or publisher social media pages at Publisher’s discretion.
Author agrees to help publicize the Work post-publication by promoting it on social media platforms (as applicable).
Author further agrees to indemnify Publisher for any claims concerning or arising out of a breach of any of Author’s representations or warranties or the content of the Work.
7. Changes in Text
Publisher reserves the right to make minor corrections of typographical or grammatical errors without Author’s consent. No other changes will be made without Author’s consent.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Author and Publisher have executed this agreement on the day and year of submission of Work, electronic signature accomplished by act of submission of Work.
Please direct all inquiries related to this publication to [email protected]
[The submission form is located in the link below.]
Via: Corpus Press.
Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: 2¢ per word for original stories ($15 flat rate for reprints)
Theme: Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel.
Note; Reprints Welcome
Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking fictional short stories for its upcoming anthology, Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered, to be published in June 2020, on the sesquicentennial of Jules Verne’s work.
Since June 20, 1870, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been hailed as a classic, translated and reprinted in numerous book versions, transcribed for stage, movies, and TV miniseries, made into video games and a theme park ride. The book has inspired countless submariners, undersea explorers, and ship designers, not to mention armchair adventurers. We can’t let this anniversary pass unnoticed, so will launch this anthology as our tribute to the Father of Science Fiction and his masterwork. Pole to Pole Publishing welcomes Steven R. Southard as a co-editor of this anthology.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel. Set your story in any time or place; use characters from Verne’s novel or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. The mood of your story need not be dark, as other Pole to Pole Publishing anthologies have been. Aim to capture, in your own way, the sense of wonder and adventure for which Jules Verne is famous. The connection between your story and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be obvious and significant, and your story must not disparage either the novel or its author.
Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).
- Profane and vulgar language. Because we market to both adult and YA readers, if you use an F-Bomb, and we accept your story, we’ll probably ask you to change it.
- First person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the stories were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that we’re going to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our preference.
- Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.
- Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.
Edition and Rights:
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will be published in electronic and trade paperback in English. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months only, and a non-exclusive right to keep your story in the anthology after that.
- Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word for original stories ($15 flat rate for reprints), paid at publication, via PayPal only. (Paypal fees will apply.)
- If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.
- Authors will also receive one copy of both the electronic and paperback versions of the anthology. (Authors can buy additional books at a discount.)
What We Don’t Want:
- No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else. (Note: both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island are in the public domain.) No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.
- No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
- Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.
- Please, no headers or footers. Use italics, not underlines. No boldface. Use Times New Roman font.
If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead and submit, and let our editors decide. (Word count is firm, however.) If your story is a reprint, please give us details of its publication history.
Opens: January 10, 2020
Deadline: April 30, 2020, or until filled. Be aware that all of our anthologies have filled before the deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit.
Via: Pole to Pole Publishing.