Taking Submissions: Nightmare Press Untitled Animal Horror Themed Anthology

Deadline: January 1st, 2019
Payment: $20 and a contributor’s copy.
Note: Reprints Allowed

For those interested in submitting, this anthology is animal horror themed. That means it can be any sort of horror involving animal attacks. Consider it like natural horror only minus the plants (and no Kaiju stories, for now; that might be a later anthology)–but we will accept insects–hybrids, too (including half-human/half-animal). Think books like The Rats, The Birds, Jaws, Watchers, Ursa Major, Ratman’s Notebook, and of course, the works of Guy N. Smith.

The word max is 10k, the deadline will be January 1st, and we are paying $20 upon acceptance and each contributor will get a physical copy of the book.

We will accept reprints as long as you hold the publishing rights.

To submit, email [email protected] and include ANIMAL HORROR in the subject line, along with the title of the tale.

We look forward to reading your fine stories!

Via: Nightmare Press’s Facebook.

Taking Submissions: Rope Burns

Deadline: February 28th, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Death’s Head Press will be accepting submissions for Rope Burns, an erotic horror anthology, starting November 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019

Our two favorite things are horror and hot, naughty sex. So, let’s combine the two! Rope Burnswill include stories of the sexy supernatural and tales of torturous BDSM dungeons. Often scary and always sexy.

What we’re looking for:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking short stories between 3,000 to 8,000 words.
  • The short stories MUST BE EROTIC HORROR. We expect stories that will simultaneously give us a chill and turn us on.
  • We will only accept one submission per author for this anthology. So, send us your best! Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if another publisher picks up your story before us.
  • This is a no-holds-barred anthology! Graphic horror and even more graphic sex are just fine. Don’t be timid!

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to [email protected] with the Subject line reading ROPE BURNS ANTHOLOGY.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

Payment for this anthology will be $10 and a contributor paperback copy.

Via: Death Head’s Press.

Taking Submissions: Death’s Head Press Untitled Revenge Anthology

Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

Death’s Head Press will be accepting submissions for an unnamed REVENGE anthology starting October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019

Have you ever been done wrong and wanted payback BIG TIME? Remember when that asshole cut you off on the interstate and you had to slam on the brakes, which resulted in you spilling hot coffee on your crotch, blistering your nether regions? Remember when that slut from down the street decided it would be just fine to sleep with your boyfriend? What would you like to do to these people? What would you like to do to any of those people who have ever screwed you over? We want revenge stories! Payback is the name of the game.

What we’re looking for:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking short stories between 3,000 to 8,000 words.
  • The short stories MUST BE ABOUT REVENGE. If it does not have an element of revenge to it, then, well, what are you doing?
  • We will only accept one submission per author for this anthology. So, send us your best! Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if another publisher picks up your story before us.
  • This is a no-holds-barred anthology! We want to see how brutal your revenge can get. If you think you can offend us, gross us out, or otherwise make us wince at your story, give it a shot!

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to [email protected] with the Subject line reading REVENGE ANTHOLOGY.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

Payment for this anthology will be $10 and a contributor paperback copy.

Via: Death Head’s Press.

Taking Submissions: Tales…

Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Payment: $50usd

There’s a stirring at Inklings Tower. Something is afoot.

The time has come for the Inklings crew to throw the doors open wide again in search of submissions for the next anthology.

And it’s a return to our beginnings this time. The first anthology released by Inklings Press was Tales From The Tavern – a short collection of five fantasy stories by some of the early, happy crew that thought it was time to have a go. You can still read that – it’s collected in the Tales From The Tower anthology that rounds up the first year of Inklings Press.

Fantasy was where we began – and fantasy is where our next anthology will take us.

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Taking Submissions: Tales from The Lake Vol.6

Deadline: January 1st, 2019
Payment: 3 cents (USD) per word

We will accept submissions for the non-themed anthology Tales from the Lake Vol. 6 from November 1st, 2018 through January 1st, 2019. Compiled and edited by Mercedes M. Yardley and Eugene Johnson. Pays 3c a word (USD) upon publication.

Don’t miss out! In previous volumes we’ve published Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Curran, Edward Lee, Gene O’Neill, Tim Waggoner, Bev Vincent, Kealan Patrick Burke, and many more.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
  • We want stories that’ll haunt the readers for months to come.
  • Stories should be between 500 and 5,000 words max, with 3k to 4k being the sweet spot.
  • Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
  • Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, and Damien Angelica Walters are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
  • Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

  • Stories sent before or after the submission window. These will not be read.
  • Rape stories or sexual abuse or any explicit abuse toward children or animals is expressly forbidden. This can however be mentioned or remembered by your character, but be subtle.
  • Stories that are not short horror stories.
  • Novels or novellas.
  • Stories with flat worlds.
  • To avoid too many writers writing about lakes, please keep in mind this is a non-themed anthology.

PAYMENT:

For this anthology we are paying 3 cents (USD) per word up to 5000 words via PayPal.

REPRINTS:

We DO NOT accept reprints, unless we approach an author for a specific reprint deemed suitable.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions:

We prefer you do not submit your story elsewhere while it’s being considered by us, especially if it’s been shortlisted. No multiple submissions, either. You get one shot. Make it count.

RESPONSE TIME:

For the most part, acceptances will not go out until some time after the deadline. Rejections and shortlisting notices will go out sooner. Feel free to query by April 1, 2019.

RIGHTS:

We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as translation rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.

FORMATTING:

Submit your manuscript in Shunn Format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) as a .doc or .docx attachment. Keep your cover letter brief, but relay any pertinent information. You should also include a short bio. Subject of your email should start with SUBMISSION and then the title of your story.

Please email your submission to: [email protected]

Via: Crystal Lake Publications.

Taking Submissions: Would But Time Await: An Anthology of New England

Deadline: January 15, 2019
Payment: $75 + print & digital contributor copy

ould But Time Await:
An Anthology of New England

Edited by Scott T. Goudsward and K. H. Vaughan

Ulthar Press is seeking original, unpublished short stories for an anthology of folk horror with New England ties, scheduled for release at Necronomicon-Providence in 2019. For the purposes of this project, we are defining folk horror as horror literature in which the present (in the story, not necessarily current day) collides with the history, folklore, traditions, and psychogeography of a region. The term “folk horror” came to prominence in describing a subgenre of film represented best by the “unholy trinity” of Witchfinder General (1968), Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973). In general, themes include:

❖ Psychological and physical Isolation
❖ The effects of geography on emotion and behavior
❖ Old and strange traditions that persist despite the encroachment of the modern world
❖ Contrast between folklore and formal, academic, or “official” knowledge
❖ Conflict between the urban outsider and the rural insider
❖ Supernatural strangeness hidden beneath the surface of civilization

Some excellent discussion of what does and does not constitute “folk horror” can be found online (see links below), but there is no source that we consider authoritative. If your story can convince us that it is folk horror, then it is. We want to see fresh takes on old tropes.

We are looking for work that uses the physical, historical, and social landscapes of New England as a focal point (rather than a story that could be set anywhere else but just happens to be set in New England.) There is a long and rich history of horrific and strange folklore in New England but that doesn’t mean a writer needs to restrict themselves to it and writers are perfectly welcome to invent their own folklore, traditions, and fictional New England locations. Although Lovecraft certainly wrote stories that could be considered folk horror, we do NOT want Lovecraft pastiche.

A few examples of what we consider Folk Horror in literature:
Stephen King- ‘Pet Sematary.’
Stephen King- ‘Bag of Bones.’
Peter Straub- ‘Ghost Story.’
Peter Straub- ‘Floating Dragon.’
Toni Morrison- ‘Beloved.’
H.P. Lovecraft- ‘The Picture In The House.’
M.R. James- ‘View From a Hill.’
John Farris- ‘All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By.’
T.E.D. Klein- ‘The Ceremonies.’
Gary McMahon- ‘All Your Gods Are Dead.’
Thomas Ligotti- ‘The Last Feast Of Harlequin.’
Michael Mcdowell- ‘Blackwater.’
Adam Nevill- ‘The Ritual.’
Adam Nevill- ‘Last Days.’
Shirley Jackson- ‘The Lottery.’
Alain Mabanckou- ‘African Psycho.’
Shirley Jackson- ‘The Summer People.’
Matthew M. Bartlett- ‘Gateways To Abomination.’
Arthur Machen- ‘The White People.’
Flannery O’Connor- ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find.’
Marjorie Bowen- ‘What Remained Behind.’
Chinua Achebe- ‘Things Fall Apart.’
Gemma Files- ‘We Will All Go Down Together.’
Susan Cooper- ‘The Dark Is Rising.’
Mary Buchanan- ‘The Dark Backward.’
Kingsley Amis- ‘The Green Man.’
Ray Bradbury- ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’
Josephine Poole- ‘Moon Eyes.’
Josephine Poole- ‘Billy Buck.’
Daniel Mills- ‘Revenants.’
Clive Barker- ‘In The Hills, The Cities.’
Clive Barker- ‘The Forbidden.’

PAYMENT.
We will be paying a flat rate of $75USD within 30 days of publication for first rights in print and digital, plus a physical and digital contributor’s copy.

STORY CRITERIA.
Length:4,000 – 6000 words.
No reprints.
No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Standard MS format

Send all submissions with a brief cover letter to [email protected] by January 15, 2019.

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE SUBMITTING:
New England is an ethnically diverse region of the United States with a long (and often sordid) history so please keep the contemporary effects of that history in mind when submitting and avoid work that portrays the indigenous people and tribes of New England in a racist, bigoted, or stereotypical sense and please avoid stereotypes of the poor, and economically disenfranchised, all races, genders, sexes, sexualities, (dis)abilities, faiths, and anything that targets marginalized people.
In general, we are looking to avoid depictions of sexual violence (unless written with extreme care, an actual point beyond the simple violence of it, and, above all, empathy toward victims of sexual violence.)

Via: Ulthar Press.

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