Taking Submissions: Once Upon A Hallowed Eve: An Anthology of Romantic Ghost Stories

Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways

Word count: 7K-15K
Submission Window: June 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways
Anthology Release Date: 10.27.2020. 
Prompt and Theme: The end of October marks the final shift into darkness, also known as the liminal time of Samhain. During this period of time, the veil between our physical world and the spiritual world comes down, allowing more communication with the citizens of the Otherworld than at any other time of the year.

Originally, Samhain marked the beginning of Winter in Gaelic Ireland. It was believed that the Lord of the Underworld walked the earth during Samhain, along with all his cohorts: ghosts, spirits, fairies, and many other creatures. How can you use this pagan holiday in your character’s lives? How can you bring a phantom into your story? Will the phantom be the lover come back from the dead? A new lover? Will your hero and heroine battle wraiths in the night? Will your characters face a seance? There’s a wide berth here. Have fun. Again, setting and tone are highly important. Samhain or one of its variants must be involved.

For more information on Samhain and its respective variations, check out this article.

Things to note:

    • We love diversity in all its forms. 
    • We love strong women with agency.
    • We enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales. 
    • We appreciate lyrical prose and elevated storytelling, along with high-concept themes.
    • We most definitely want a good romance, which means a Happily Ever After or a Happy for Now ending.
      • We are NOT looking for erotica or horror. 
    • Editors may request revisions.
  • If you’re wondering what kinds of stories we’re looking for, we advise you to take a look at 2018’s anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, which released on the winter solstice, 12.21.18. 

Guidelines:

    • The work submitted must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before. We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions.
    • We do not accept fanfic.
    • All submissions must be in English.
    • Follow industry standard format, minus identifying information. We prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced. Use italics for emphasis, smart/curly quotes, and em dashes, not double hyphens.
  • Your story should be in DOC or DOCX format.
  • Your work will be instantly rejected if it does not meet our word-count length, does not contain a thread of romance, or does not meet the above guidelines.
Response: Final decisions for our longlist will be made by February 1, 2020.
Remove any identifying information from your submission/header, please, but do include a cover letter.
Thanks and Good Luck!
Once Upon Anthologies Admin

Title: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS. Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories

Word count: 7K-15K
Submission Window: February 5 – May 15
Payment: $75 paid upon publication + 2 paperback copies + 25 electronic copies for distribution to readers/giveaways
Anthology Release Date: 9.24.2019. 
**You can also submit to us at [email protected] until midnight CST, 5/15/19.
Prompt and Theme: The autumnal equinox marks the shift into darkness which completes on Samhain. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. This is a time of Thanksgiving and kinship. However, in our stories, we also want to consider the theme of The Enchanted Forest. How can you place romance, sorcery, witchcraft, an enchanted wood, cottage, village, or castle into this theme? How can you play up the impending knowledge that everything is changing from light to dark? How can you take your characters from a time of celebration into a world of romance, magical intrigue, and sorcery?

What would lurk in your enchanted forest?

The autumnal equinox, magical/witchcraft elements, and romance must be included in some manner, but remember that you have a ton of material to pull from. From the Celtic Connection: Druids call this time of year Mabon, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest. Various other names for this Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega, Italian), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, or Winter’s Night, known as the Norse New Year. (“Information Categories.” What Is Wicca?, wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm.)

For modern stories, the autumnal equinox is still celebrated across the world. Every culture recognizes or has recognized this turning of the season, so do a little research. So many ideas await! 
Things to note: 
    • We love diversity in all its forms. 
    • We love strong women with agency.
    • We enjoy historical, contemporary, and even futuristic tales. 
    • We most definitely want a good romance, which means a Happily Ever After or a Happy for Now ending.
      • We are not looking for erotica or horror. 
    • Editors may request revisions.
  • If you’re wondering what kinds of stories we’re looking for, we advise you to take a look at 2018’s anthology, Once Upon the Longest Night, which released on the winter solstice, 12.21.18. 
Formatting and Other Guidelines:
    • The work submitted must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before. We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions.
    • We do not accept fanfic.
    • All submissions must be in English.
    • Follow industry standard format, minus identifying information. We prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced. Use italics for emphasis, smart/curly quotes, and em dashes, not double hyphens.
  • Your story should be in DOC or DOCX format.
Response: Final decisions for our longlist will be made by June 1st. Final author list by June 19, 2019.
Remove any identifying information from your submission/header, please.
Thanks and Good Luck!

Via: Once Upon Anthologies.

Taking Submissions: 50 States of Fear: California

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: Royalties

The first entry in an anthology series showcasing horror in every state, “50 States of Fear: California” is all about the terrors, horrors, creeps, and shrieks found in the Golden State.

Stories must be horror, they must be original (no urban legends, creepypasta, or retellings of true crime), and must take place in California.

The submission deadline is 31 July 2019. Our target is 30 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.

Guidelines

First and foremast, all submissions must be horror. However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and often 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 be within the horror genre, and MUST meet the following requirements:

Submit all documents as an attachment in .docx or .pages format

12 point Arial, Calibri, or Courier font

Double-spaced

Submit via email to [email protected]

In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.

PLEASE NOTE: If your piece is accepted for publication, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights. A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

Open Submissions: Anthologies

These are general guidelines for ALL anthology submissions.

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.

Via: Soteira Press.

Taking Submissions: Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas

Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Payment: $50 CAD and a contributors copy

If you think cats and water don’t mix, think again.

I’m putting together an anthology full of feisty felines on the high seas! I want pirate cats, and Viking cats. Submariner cats and explorer cats. This book is going to be filled with adventure-loving cats, puns and fun. I want it to be a wild, rollicking ride complete with sword fights, sea monsters, treasure hunting, discovering new worlds and lots and lots of kittehs.

Be careful not to get too caught up in the fun and forget to include a strong plot and detailed characters for your story, though.

I’m a sucker for a great setting, three-dimensional characters and high stakes. And if your story elicits real emotion from me–laughter, tears, anger or anything in between–you will have increased your chances of success significantly.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Length: Under 9,000 words

Publisher: Tyche Books

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling, please.

Via: Rhonda Parrish.

Taking Submissions: The Scary Stuff Anthology

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy

Oddity Prodigy Productions is seeking submissions for a new anthology, “Scary Stuff”. This will be the first anthology published by OPP to accept submissions. There is a planned Kickstarter to cover publishing costs. Publishing date and distribution is as yet undecided. 

The deadline for Submissions is August 31st, 2019

What we are looking for:

In the ’40s and ’50s EC comics published such classic titles such as ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and Vault of Horror’. These were tales of horror that featured classic stories filled with ghosts, and goblins, twist endings and the classic idea of reaping what you sow. The style of story continued into the ’60s and ’70s with Creepy and Eerie magazines. Published outside the comics code the latter had the same campy style filled with over-the-top monsters and gore.

We are looking for stories that channel these classic horror tropes and styles. We’re looking for old haunted houses, swamp monsters, mad scientists, shocking discoveries in the weird neighbor’s basement.
Pick up an old issue of Creepy, watch Tales from the Darkside, or take a look at some EC comics for inspiration.

What we’re not looking for:

We are not looking for stories featuring over the top depictions of rape, child molestation, or torture. This should be fun and campy. Sexual content is ok, but nothing too graphic or excessive. Think Fright Night or Evil Dead, not Hostel or Se7en.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

We are looking for stories between 2000 and 5000 words. Exceptions can be made but anything longer or shorter will need to WOW us.

Original stories only, we are not looking for reprints at this time.
Submissions should be in standard manuscript format. Be sure to include your name, address, email address, and phone number.
Please Submit to:
Subject line should be in the following format: Scary Stuff Submission / Title

SCARY STUFF ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION

[See page URL at end of post for submission form.]

Payment and Rights:

Payment will be a flat $10.00 paid via PayPal and a contributors copy. We will include a bio for each author included. You will be able to include links to your other work and/or website. We will ask for your bio after selection for inclusion.

THE EDITORS

Oddity Prodigy Productions is a creative team that shares duties on all projects. The lead editors on “Scary Stuff” will be Jacob Jones-Goldstein and Nicholas Leamy.

Nicholas Leamy is a well-known miscreant who has lived in Northern Delaware all his life. Working as a supervisor for a web hosting data center, with a B.S. in Computer Science, he is well outside his wheelhouse when it comes to writing fiction. He has decided, however, that his minor in philosophy makes him interesting enough to pull it off. He also happens to be a lover of board games, horror movies, and anything bizarre.
Jacob Jones-Goldstein is a fiction writer and sports journalist. His short stories have appeared both in the US and abroad. Mostly focusing on the horror genre, he dabbles in magical realism and fantasy. He covers professional sports for a Philadelphia regional news site, TapInto.Net, including a weekly column about the 76ers, ‘Winning Culture’. His nuanced and thoughtful takes on the Sixers have earned him acclaim all around his house.

Via: Oddity Prodigy.

Taking Submissions: The Nightside Codex

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Payment: $25 and a contributors copy

Silent Motorist Media is currently open for submissions! We’re following our debut anthology, Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh (featuring Ramsey Campbell, Michael Wehunt, Richard Gavin, Matthew M. Bartlett, Jon Padgett, Christine Morgan, and many more excellent authors), closely with another themed collection of fiction, The Nightside Codex. Like Mannequin, we’re expecting a strong TOC, so be sure and send your best work!

We’re looking for original weird horror fiction (think Thomas Ligotti, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and the fiction published in Vastarien) within 2,000 to 6,000 words about haunted or cursed books, manuscripts, or online media. The texts dealt with should be products of your imagination–we aren’t looking for stories about Lovecraft’s Necronomicon or any other established pieces of unwritten fiction. Outside of these specifications, you are encouraged to take this theme as far as you can!

Public submissions will close on August 1st, 2019. Please allow us at least a month following the closing of submissions to get back to everyone. A good portion of The Nightside Codex’s TOC will remain invite-only, so we’re only looking to obtain 5-7 stories from this submission call. Be sure to send only your best work to [email protected] Please include your name and a short author’s bio with your submission. We are not looking for previously published pieces, and we strongly discourage simultaneous submissions.

Fictional works accepted for The Nightside Codex will receive a flat rate of at least* $25.00 paid via PayPal, plus print and electronic contributor’s copies.

*We are planning to attempt a Kickstarter for this anthology. If we’re successful, you can expect the $25.00 rate to raise substantially. When it begins, the Kickstarter will be announced on the SMM website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. We’ll need your help to reach our goal, so please share our Kickstarter links as they become available. 

Thank your for your interest in subbing to SMM! We can’t wait to read your work!

Via: Silent Motorist Media.

Taking Submissions: Ever Dream of Me vol. II

Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy

This is the sequel to the first anthology Fantasia Diviniy ever released. Like the first book, we are looking for steamy stories, perferably with a fantasy or paranormal twist. For erotica and erotic romance. No bestiality or necrofilia please (vampires and werewolves in human form are fine). No poetry.
SPECIAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT:
For this anthology, there is a requirement to submit. In order to submit you must have either had a story accepted and published by us in 2019, or have featured in volume 1. 
If we receive a submission that doesn’t meet the requirement, it will be returned. You will be allowed to resubmit your story once the requirement has been met.
​​Word Count: 5,000-15,000 (Please ask us before submitting a story that is over this.)
Submission Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Response Time:  30 days from close of submission deadline.
Compensation: $10, 1 Print Copy, 1 ebook Copy, Discounted Hardcover
Reprints: No
Multiple: If your story is rejected you may submit another one before the deadline.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but you must inform us as soon as it is accepted elsewhere.
Estimated Release: November 2020
THIS ANTHOLOGY HAS VERY LIMITED SPOTS! ONLY 10 WILL BE SELECTED FOR PUBLICATION.
Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions and questions about submissions are to be sent to: [email protected]
  • The subject line of your email must read: EVER DREAM SUBMISSION: [Your Story Title Here]
  • In the body of your email, please include: your name, pen name (if applicable), author bio (written in third person), and word count.
  • You will receive an automated message when your email is received. We respond to every submission, even rejections, so if you don’t receive a response by the end of the deadline, please email us again.

Via: Fantasia Divinity Magazine.

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