Category: Anthology

Taking Submissions: ​New Tales of Fairy Godmothers

Deadline: November 15th, 2020
Payment: $0.01 per word (up to $75.00) + contributor copy
Theme: Tales that illuminate, investigate or turn the fairy godmother trope on its head

New Tales of Fairy Godmothers
Anthologist: Kate Wolford
Open for Submissions: September 15 – November 15, 2020
Expected Publication: 2021
Story Length: 4,000 to 7,500 words
Payment: $0.01 per word (up to $75.00) + contributor copy

Wands, wishes, and wonders. That’s the fairy godmother toolkit, and it’s been catching the imaginations of fairy tale lovers for centuries.

But it’s time for some new fairy godmother tales, and that’s where you come in. Use your magic to come up with tales that illuminate, investigate or turn the fairy godmother trope on its head. Origin stories are welcome, but so are stories about fairy godfathers, fairy godparents, mundane godparents who find themselves in magical situations, the beneficiaries (or victims) of fairy godmothering—you get the idea.

You can use existing fairy tales for inspiration or create a brand new story. What if Cinderella hates everything the fairy godmother does for her? Or, think about retelling “The Goose Girl” from the horse Falada’s point of view. Can the Giant’s wife in “Jack and the Beanstalk” be seen as a fairy godmother?

I’m not just looking for old tales with a bit of retread. There’s a lot of that out there. Subvert the tales. Or just create a completely new tale of wonder and transformation.

Stories set outside of dominant, Western culture are very welcome, as are new fairy godmother tales about and by people who aren’t usually represented in “classic” fairy tales. Please understand that we have a strong preference for “own voices” when it comes to tales about non-white people, queer or disabled people, and other marginalized groups.

Absolutely none of the following: Sci-fi, dystopian, descriptions of people’s bodies through the objectifying eyes of the protagonist, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, westerns, and love triangles. I do tend to prefer happy ever after—but it’s not essential—and happily ever after can mean many things. Surprise me.

The audience for these tales is about age 13 and up.

Your last name and “fairy godmother” should be in the subject line of the email of your submission. If you are basing your story on an existing fairy tale, let me know that in the email, but don’t give me a synopsis of it in the email text. And please don’t give me a huge report of your previously published work—a very brief one will do.

Previously unpublished authors’ stories are welcome.

Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email.

No editorial feedback of any kind will be provided.

You submit through email only. Please use this address only: katewolford1[at]gmail.com.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

I can’t wait to start reading!

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGIST

Kate Wolford is a writer, editor, and blogger living in the Midwest. Fairy tales are her specialty. Previous books include Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales to Fall in Love WithKrampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, and Frozen Fairy Tales, all published by World Weaver Press. She was the founder of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, at fairytalemagazine.com.

Via: World Weaver Press.

Taking Submissions: It Came From the Closet

Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Payment: Contributors Copy and an unknown amount
Theme: Queer memoirs deepened, amplified, illuminated, and (re)considered through the lens of a various horror movies

Horror movies hold a complicated space in the hearts of the queer community: historically misogynist, and more than occasionally homo- and transphobic, the genre has also been inadvertently feminist and open to queer readings, thanks to tropes such as: the circumspect and resilient “final girl,” body possession, costumed villains, secret identities, things that go bump in the closet. Horror films have also been, for many of us, a safe space where our closeted selves could hide in plain sight among our cis, heteronormative peers and, for two hours in the dark, share in the camaraderie of fear and vulnerability without giving ourselves away…

It Came from the Closet will be, at its core, a strong and eclectic collection of queer memoirs deepened, amplified, illuminated, and (re)considered through the lens of a various horror movies (international, obscure, classic, mainstream – open to all!).

Submissions should be personal essay/memoir/creative nonfiction ranging from 2500-7500 words, though length and format/structure are flexible if the writing calls for it. We are committed to inclusivity along the LGBTQIA spectrum, particularly QTBIPOC voices.

Previously unpublished work preferred.

Final Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Contributor Payment: All contributors will receive a copy of It Came from the Closet upon publication and a modest honorarium (amount TBD).

Send queries, pitches, questions, and submissions to: [email protected]

Via: Lambda Literary.

Taking Submissions: Halloween Microfictions

Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Payment: $5
Theme: Erotic Halloween with a happily ever after

Halloween at home. Curled up on the couch with the lights down low. Mini horror movie marathons. Sexting with your partner(s) instead of Netflix and chill. It’s all going to look a little different this year. Too early, you say? Never. Halloween is every day for this editor. So in the spirit of getting a jump on things – pun intended – I’m putting out the 2020 Circlet Press Halloween Microfictions call for submissions a little early this year.

The same rules apply with one little twist. Since everything is a hell fire this year let’s try and keep things positive. That means every submission needs to have either a HEA (Happily Ever After), or at least hint at an HEA. But they must still fit into the theme of Halloween/Autumn/October/Horror, and also be erotic as well as story/character driven. If you are unfamiliar with Circlet Press please have a look around our website to get a sense of what we do.

As always, I especially encourage marginalized voices to send a submission. BIPOC, disabled, neurodivergent, and LGBTQ+ folks especially, though all are welcome to submit.

Word count limit is 1,500. No fan fiction. No reprints. All characters must be of legal age to consent and consent must be clear within the story. Multiple submissions are okay. Please send as a Word doc or RTF (or in the body of the email) and follow standard manuscript formatting guidelines.

The deadline is September 30th. Payment will be $5 and the author retains all rights. Please include a short bio with your submission. Send submissions to [email protected]

Via: Circlet Press.

Taking Submissions: Holiday Horror Book 5 – Halloween

Deadline: September 25th, 2020
Payment: $3
Theme: Halloween

Holiday Horror Book 5 – Halloween

Well, we’ve done Christmas, Valentines, Summer Solstice and have Celebration in progress, so it’s about time we had a Halloween to add to the awesome holiday horror collection 😉
Short submission window, so don’t miss out!

– Word count is between 100-500 words
– Submissions must be edited to the best of your ability
– Limited to five acceptances per author, seven submissions allowed.
– Google docs or Word, no weird fonts or formatting.
– Include your real name, author name, and title on your submission
– Pay is $2 per accepting story and authors may purchase paperback copies at cost
All Submissions must be sent to [email protected] to be considered. Submissions close September 25th in anticipation of a very early October release.

Cover reveal coming soon.

xx

The Macabre Ladies
Eleanor Merry and Cassandra Angler

Taking Submissions: Surge (Rated R)

lonely woman with umbrella in abandoned city,digital painting

Deadline: December 31st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Cyberpunk

  • Deadline – December 31st, 2021
  • Publication – April 2022
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – Cyberpunk. These characters are trying to survive in a dystopia of advanced technologies. Living alongside Artificial Intelligence has its perks, but also many deadly downfalls.

 

 

Publisher INFORMATION

Company name: Dragon Soul Press
Anthology Submission Email: [email protected]
Website: http://dragonsoulpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonsoulpress/
Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/26543/dragon-soul-press
The Grinder: https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market/Index?id=9529

 

CHECKLIST

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjuYtJWIBI
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: Everlast (Rated R)

Deadline: November 30th, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Time travel and romance

Everlast (Rated R)

  • Deadline – November 30th, 2021
  • Publication – March 2022
  • Word Count – 5,000-20,000
  • Theme – Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Deadline – December 31st, 2021
  • Publication – April 2022
  • Word Count – 5,000-15,000
  • Theme – Cyberpunk. These characters are trying to survive in a dystopia of advanced technologies. Living alongside Artificial Intelligence has its perks, but also many deadly downfalls.

 

 

Publisher INFORMATION

Company name: Dragon Soul Press
Anthology Submission Email: [email protected]
Website: http://dragonsoulpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonsoulpress/
Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/26543/dragon-soul-press
The Grinder: https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market/Index?id=9529

 

CHECKLIST

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjuYtJWIBI
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: UNTITLED Flash Horror Anthology

Deadline: December 26th, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: Cemetery Chillers, Spook Houses, Supernatural Slashers, Witchcraft, Within the Woods

We’re looking for 500-1,000 word horror flash fiction for a “pocket-sized” anthology. Paying $.08/word for original stories, no reprints. Reading until DEC 26, 2020. The theme of the anthology is horror subgenre medley. Please choose a theme to write and submit a story for: Cemetery ChillersSpook HousesSupernatural SlashersWitchcraftWithin the Woods.

You’re free to submit (1) story per theme, so up to (5) stories. The ‘themes’ are open to interpretation, but we are looking for sinister tales. In your submission email subject line please include the title of your story, word count, and theme! Please attach your story as an RTF or DOC file. You’re welcome to submit stories up to 1,200 words, but we will delete stories over 1,200 words and under 500 words.

We will accept stories before December, but will hold many stories without responding until we have a complete TOC. Simultaneous submissions are fine. We’re looking for First Rights Publishing and will ask that you don’t reprint your story until OCT 31, 2021.

Send submissions to [email protected]

-Joe Sullivan, Editor

 

Note for debut/young authors:

Established authors hate writing anything under 6k words. This call is wide open. We want to give you a space, but you have to give yourself a chance. Write something new with the theme in mind, have at least a vague idea of what we publish, and don’t go over 1k words. We like NoSleep Podcast, Michael Wehunt, timeless urban legends, and stories with fresh takes on popular themes.

Via: Cemetery Gates Media.

Taking Submissions: Weird Fiction Volume 1

Deadline: October 30th, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Weird fiction

Submission Deadline : 30th October 2020

Anthology : WEIRD FICTION SERIES

Title : WEIRD FICTION

Theme : Weird fiction

Word count : Around 5,000

Author eligibility : Open to all

Reprints : Not allowed

Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed

Multiple Submissions : Maximum of two

Publication : Expected to release 2021 in Print and Digital formats

Author compensation : Royalty split, plus one digital copy

How to submit : See our submission guidelines for formatting.

Send your story and bio as an attachment in Word format to  [email protected].

Please include wordcount in email body.

Your email subject and document name should be Anthology Name – Your Story Name – Author Name.
For example; “WEIRD– My Story – A N Author”

Please include an author bio of upto 100 words and no more than two links.

Via: Black Hare Press.

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