Category: Anthology

Taking Submissions: Blue Light Special

Deadline: September 15th, 2020
Payment: 1 cent per word
Theme: Modern folktales with a LGBTQ experience

Correct manuscript format. 12 pt Times New Roman, Calibri, or Courier New font, double-spaced, First page has name, address and email address in the upper left corner and word count in the upper right corner. Reference the Shunn format at USING THE CORRECT FORMAT WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REJECTION.

1000 to 5000 words ONLY. Shorter or longer pieces will result in immediate rejection.

Document types: doc, docx, pdf, or rtf documents only.

Include an author bio in your cover letter, including any social media links.

All stories must contain some LGBTQ element. We prefer LGBTQ authors, however all stories that fit the submission criteria will be considered.

Include the title and a 100-word description of the underlying folktale you are using for your story. A link to the story in addition to the requirements is acceptable, though not necessary.

Correct grammar, syntax and punctuation.

English language stories only. Stories translated into English by a professional translator are also allowed.

Electronic submissions only, via the form on this website.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT extreme horror, fan fiction, erotica, graphic sex, manga-type stories, standard romance except in the context of the original folktale, overtly political pieces, or morals that are degrading to any person or persons of any type.

Submissions will be read within three months from the date submitted. You will receive an acceptance or rejection email within that time. QUERIES ABOUT YOUR STORY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED.

Due to volume of submissions, we won’t be able to explain to you why a story won’t work for our anthology other than basic issues such as wrong manuscript format or grammar problems.

Payment will be 1 cent/word. Payment will be rendered before publication.

Use the form on this website to submit your stories.

Submissions open on July 20, 2020 and close on September 15, 2020.

Via: Blue Light Special.

Taking Submissions: Imperial Devices (Rated R)

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Steampunk

  • Deadline – November 30th, 2020
  • Publication – March 2021
  • Word Count – 500-15,000
  • Theme – Steampunk! We’re looking for steampunk stories. Additional subgenres are accepted (ex. Dieselpunk, Valvepunk).


Company name: Dragon Soul Press
Anthology Submission Email: [email protected] 
The Grinder:



Introduction of author This is not where the biography goes.
Author Contact Information / Pen name MUST be included with real name. If real name is same as pen name, state so in email.
Author Biography in Third Person in 100-200 words Mandatory minimum of 100.
Submission Word Count Also applies to poetry. Word count. Not line count.
Submission Formatted in Times New Roman 12 PT Font. One-inch margins. No indentations. No double-spacing. No extra spacing between paragraphs. No chapters. Only DOC and DOCX accepted.

Format video:
Format image example at bottom of page.

Summary/Query Letter Summarized outline of all major events within the story.
All emails should be addressed as “Dear Editor”  
Email subject and file name must be as follows – “Story Title by Author Name for (Name of) Anthology”  
All of the author’s social media links, including website if applicable Author must have an active social media account.


Important information

  Maximum of two submissions per anthology per author.  
  Authors can submit to all anthologies simultaneously.  
  Reprints from third party sources accepted IF author currently holds full rights. We will not publish duplicate stories within DSP.  
  Authors get 30% Royalties for first year from date of publication. Afterwards, 30% of all proceeds go to a charity chosen by the Publisher.  
  Story rights – The Publisher permanently reserves the right to publish the Work within the Anthology while the Author keeps ownership rights to the Work.  
  Do not submit anthology stories with chapters.  
  All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s deadline.  
  After receiving edits back, the author has one (1) week to return the submission for formatting.  
  POETRY SUBMISSIONS: All poetry needs to be contained within a single email. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.  
Extensions: Due to the massive number of submissions received per anthology, DSP no longer offers authors an extension. Submission calls are posted upwards of 1-4 years at a time.

E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]


NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: Strange Holiday Mysteries

Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: A “strange mystery” about a holiday of your choice!

It’s tentatively titled “Strange Holiday Mysteries.”

Like most of our “Strange Mysteries” series, it will contain some 20 stories, each 3000 words. Submissions are open July, August and September, ending September 30. We hope to publish the book in October.

What’s different about this “Strange Mysteries” collection is that you writers choose which holiday on which you wish to base your story. As Associate Editor Arthur Sanchez says, “It doesn’t have to be a major holiday. If your favorite is National Taco Day, go with it!”

Send your submissions to [email protected] . Be sure to include your email address and 50-100 word bio on your submission. We are paying (the usual) $10 per story. We can’t consider submissions without a return email address.

Happy writing! (more…)

Taking Submissions: The Wild Hunt

Deadline: February 28th, 2021
Payment: 8 cents a word and a contributors copy
Theme: Stories related to The Wild Hunt

We are seeking stories for an anthology to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press.

Theme: The Wild Hunt – New stories of the Wild Hunt incorporating its diverse mythology and drama.

The Wild Hunt occurs in European folklore and typically involves a ghostly or supernatural group of hunters passing in wild pursuit. The hunters may be elves or fairies or the dead,and the leader of the hunt is often a named figure associated with Odin, but may variously be a historical, legendary, or biblical figure, or an unidentified lost soul or spirit either male or female.
Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it. People encountering the Hunt might also be abducted to the underworld or the fairy kingdom. In some instances, it was also believed that people’s spirits could be pulled away during their sleep to join the cavalcade

Stories may be of any genre as long as they fit within the idea of the Wild Hunt. We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy and genre bending/breaking.

All stories are requested to be between 1000 and 3000 words in length.
How to submit: Email your story to [email protected] (Submissions open July 1, 2020 and close February 28, 2021)
Compensation: Our pay rate is 8 cents a word. Anthology authors will receive one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (40% off the retail price).
Rights: AaNPress purchases North American serial rights for one year from the date of publication. All subsidiary rights released upon publication.
Submissions: New authors are as welcome as established writers.
AaNPress does not accept reprints, multiple submissions,  or simultaneous submissions. We will consider mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.
Manuscript Format: Please use the industry standard manuscript format – .doc or .docx (MS Word), .rtf (Rich Text Format). Please also send a one paragraph biography.
Editorial Process: AaNPress will read submissions as they are received. If a story does not work for the anthology, we will reject it. If we think the story has potential but is not quite complete yet, we will request a rewrite. Stories that are accepted for the anthology will be held for publication.

Regardless of the decision, you will receive email from us notifying you of our decision in a timely manner. Our final line-up will be chosen in the Spring of 2021 and all authors will be contacted with any copy edits or minor word change requests.
Response Time: Final decisions will be made by March 15, 2021.

Via: Air and Nothingness Press.

Taking Submissions: Slashertorte: An Anthology of Cake Horror

Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $0.01/word
Theme: The darker side of baked goods

​Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories involving cake for its debut horror fiction anthology, Slashertorte: An Anthology of Cake Horror, edited by Ben Walker.

Delicious as cake might be, we want you to bring out the darker side of baked goods and give us something scary, disturbing or just plain wrong.

What we’re looking for:

  • All submissions must be in the horror genre. While bizarro, splatterpunk and extreme horror are welcomed, we will not consider stories involving rape or bestiality.
  • We are especially interested in stories from under-represented groups in horror i.e. women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors.
  • All submissions must be original. We will not accept reprints, or stories published elsewhere including on blogs, social media etc.
  • No reworked pizza stories please.
  • Submit your best work in standard manuscript format, as an MS Word .doc or .docx attachment.
  • Authors may submit one story maximum for consideration. Do not re-send rejected stories.
  • No simultaneous submissions.


Please email submissions to [email protected] using the following format in the email subject line:

Submission: [author’s name] – [story title] – [word count]. (so your email should look like this: Submission: Joe Bloggs – Cake or Death – 1,500 words)

In the body of the email, please include an author bio of 3-4 sentences maximum.

Payment: $0.01/word

Length: 2,000 words maximum – longer pieces will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2020, or until filled

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 30th November 2020 at the latest.

If you have not heard back by the closing date of 30th November 2020, your story has been rejected. If you do receive a rejection, it will be a form letter – we will not critique your story.

Please do not email to enquire after your submission, unless you want to withdraw your story.

No exclusivity will be sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.

Via: Sliced Up Press.

Taking Submissions: Strange Aeon: 2020

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: $20 and contributors copy
Theme: Lovecraftian Tales

The guidelines are simple. The working anthology title is Strange Aeon: 2020 (Lovecraftian Tales). That alone tells you most of what you need to know. I want good, solid Lovecraftian stories. I specifically say Lovecraftian rather than Cthulu because I’d like stories across the entire Mythos including additions by the original group of Mythos authors like Robert Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. [1] Likewise, specific Mythos references are not as important as getting the right style and tone. For example, I would happily take Smith’s Seed From the Sepulcher over a Deep One tale. This style preference also applies to gore and sex: think early Weird Tales. Having said that, science fiction horror is strongly encouraged; this is not an anthology of period pieces. For this anthology I’m asking for non-exclusive rights and will happily take reprints. Simply tell me the publication history so that I can give proper copyright acknowledgement. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are acceptable (please do so in a professional manner.)

Though I am not especially interested in non-fiction or poetry, I will consider it. At most only one non-fiction piece and one work of (long) poetry will be used.

I’m not overly concerned about length. 2,500 to 10,000 words is preferable but I also know from personal experience that horror doesn’t always lend itself to a strict word count. I don’t care about submission formatting as long as it’s legible, clean copy. Electronically, I need the story either in the body of an email or an as RTF file. Please submit to the email address mkeatonauthor (at) gmail (dot) com with the word Submission in the header. The goal is a final book with about ten stories averaging 5,000 words apiece.

I be receiving submissions no later than the end of August (or until the anthology is filled.) I will update these guidelines and notify any already accepted authors if the release date has to be pushed back. All submission received before the end of August should have final confirmation of acceptance or rejection by the following week. [2]

What’s in it for the author? There will be a token payment of $20 and a compensatory copy for the author; but the really useful part is that each contributor gets a bio to promote their own stuff. (I would like to avoid a specific word limit on bios; please respect the reader and the fact that every additional page raises the cover price and I reserve the right to edit bios for space.) Copyright will be retained by the author. Payment will be upon acceptance with comp copy to follow release of the anthology. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the anthology is cancelled, the author is, of course, to keep the $20. [3]

Important Notes:
1] Authors new to working in the Mythos may find this a bit confusing. Let me be clear: do not use characters, creatures, book names, or anything else from modern authors. Modern authors are under copyright. Lovecraft and the other members of his original “circle” are largely under public domain. Please, do not accidentally infringe on anyone’s copyright. Always check first. In addition, gaming rules and supplements are also copyrighted works and should not be used. If in doubt, only use Lovecraft’s own work as a source just to be on the safe side. Better yet, create your own. This is always important when writing but especially in the murky pseudo-shared world of the Mythos where the lines are more difficult to see. If you questions have or concerns about this, a quick internet search should tell you what you need to know.

2] This is not a plug for Amazon. My intent is to be as transparent as possible about the process, quality of the final product, and anything else involved that might be a consideration for you as an author.

3] Since any publication, the first time, in any form, is by definition a use of First Rights, if you sell an unpublished work, even on a non-exclusive contract, then you have used your First Rights. And once First Rights (North American, World, Print, E-, or whatever other form they may be) are used, it’s all reprints from there and most places are no longer interested. I would love to see your work but I don’t want you to lose out on another market because of confusion about the rights. As noted earlier, for this project, I am very, very interested in reprints for this project. One of the goals of this project is to help writers and readers with this specific genre interest discover each other. For this, reprints work very well.

Via: M. Keaton.

Taking Submissions: History (Rated R)

Deadline: September 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Historical fiction, with dragons

  • Deadline – September 30th, 2021
  • Publication – December 2021
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – Historical Fiction. Any person, location, or time period accepted as long as dragons are included.
  • Note: Dragons need to be part of the storyline. They cannot be mentioned in passing.

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* Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 words. Upon acceptance, this will be used within the anthology. Send a bio with every single anthology submission. We work with hundreds of authors and will not take time to retrieve yours from a previous anthology.

* Poetry submissions: All poetry needs to be contained within a single e-mail. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together.

* All e-mails should be addressed to “Dear Editor.”

After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting.

All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s submission deadline. This ensures submission calls do not close early and gives everyone a chance to submit. You will know your submission has been received for consideration by receiving a generic response. Whether accepted or rejected, you will always receive a response.

View our blog articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.


Failure to submit following all of the guidelines will result in an immediate refusal. You are able to submit again before the submission call deadline.


Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating.
Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements.


E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]


NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission.

Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: The Howling Dead

Deadline: December 15th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Furry Zombies

The Howling Dead

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Editor: Cedric G! Bacon

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

The horror…the funky horror! Zombies have been a part of our cultural zeitgeist for decades, from each Night and Dawn and into the Day of the Living Dead, on up to the ones who Walk, Thurston Howl Publications is proud to add to the with their first “furry zombie” anthology, THE HOWLING DEAD!

Your zombies can be the shambling Romero variety, the more comedic, or the more horrific, let your hungry imagination be satiated! Please note we are a progressive press and do not publish any conservative works. At least one major character must be furry.

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.

Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.

Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light

Bestiality presented in a positive light

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected]. (restrictions borrowed from Voice:

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).

Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Authors will receive 10 USD per story.

We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

Via: Weasel Press’s Submittable.

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