Taking Submissions: Sonorous Silence

Deadline: June 30th, 2020
Payment: $40 and a contributors copy
Theme: Silence is the theme of this anthology. From tales of what lurks in a world without sound to characters whose voice are taken or go unheard, we want them all.

Open for Submissions until June 30th 2020

Sonorous silence

Silence is the theme of this anthology. From tales of what lurks in a world without sound to characters whose voice are taken or go unheard, we want them all.

We hope to keep the theme loose to allow the author creative freedom. If you think an idea fits, let us have it.

The word count for short stories should be between 2k and 10k.


When submitting, please format your works using the industry standard. You can find a lovely guide here.


       -Courier or Times New Roman (The former is preferred)

       -12pt font

       -Double Spaced

       -Include a header with your legal name, address, and e-mail

       -Give us a word count on the first page

       -Subsequent pages should be numbered and labelled with the author’s last name

Submissions should be made to:       [email protected]

       -In the subject line tell us the submission type and title.

        (ex. “Anthology- Book Title”)


Since we are new and will be paying for expenses out of our own pocket for the time being, pay isn’t going to be as great as we’d like. In time, we hope to be able to offer our authors more. For now, rates are as follows.

Short Stories:

       A flat rate of $40 + contributor copy

Via: Pavor Press.

Taking Submissions: PUNK: An Anthology of Poetry

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Theme: Punk!

1. a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form
of rock music
2. a worthless person (often used as a
general term of abuse)
3. an inexperienced young person
4. a criminal
5. substance that smolders when ignited
6. in poor or bad condition
7. to trick or deceive
8. to utterly defeat

How do you define “punk”? Give us your take on the nuances of this word! Edited by Christine Taylor, a collection of poetic voices ready to explode.

Submissions are open February 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Please send ONE previously unpublished poem of any style, form, and length that speaks to the vision of the anthology to [email protected] with the subject line “ANTHOLOGY— [Title of Poem].” Submissions are free and open to all, including current contributors to the journal. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

We ask for First World Rights upon acceptance, and rights revert to the author upon publication. Contributors will receive a $10 USD honorarium and one copy of the anthology

Via: Kissing Dynamite Poetry.

Taking Submissions: The Binge-Watching Cure: Science Fiction Edition

Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: $100
Theme: Alien races, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, colonization, cyberpunk, etc. Remember, first and foremost, this is a science fiction anthology. It’s okay if your story has some genre crossover, but we are less likely to except an alien invasion that reads like zombie novella.

The first edition of The-Binge Watching Cure encompassed a huge variety of genres. The second edition centered on horrific themes that kept us up at night. For the third volume, we are abandoning earthly conventions entirely in favor of the weird, wild worlds of science fiction.

So what is science fiction? SF features stories based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social, environmental, and evolutionary changes. That is just a textbook definition.

Science fiction has a huge range of subgenres, and I’d love to see them all. Alien races, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, colonization, cyberpunk, etc. Remember, first and foremost, this is a science fiction anthology. It’s okay if your story has some genre crossover, but we are less likely to except an alien invasion that reads like zombie novella.

For the SF volume, we are offering a one-time payment of $100 for each story. We will be licensing the non-exclusive print and electronic book rights, including foreign-language rights (but not audio, film rights, or magazine rights). Your name and bio will be included along with your story.

Submissions will open January 20th and close July 1st.

Use “Last name – SF – word length category” as the subject line of your email.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page. Our FAQ page has more detail about the kind of stories we’re looking for as well as details on formatting and publication details.

Ready to submit? Hop over to our submissions page.

Via: The Binge-Watching Cure.

Taking Submissions: Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers Volume 5

Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Payment: 1c per word
Note: Texas authors only

TEXAS’S 1ST AND ONLY HORROR ANTHOLOGY—Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers—is currently accepting submissions for Volume 5 (RK5).

THE GUIDELINES REMAIN THE SAME: Texas tales by Texas writers. Stories must take place in Texas and be written by native or naturalized Texans. Be original. Be scary. Be weird, wild, wacky and/or insane. But be scary.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE BETWEEN 2,500 AND 10,000 WORDS IN LENGTH. We’d like to pay more, but for this edition of Road Kill we’ll be shelling out one cent per word. That means a 10,000-word story will receive a check for $100 USD. We are buying first publication rights. Stories must be original, never before published tales designed to haunt, shock and terrify readers in a big way.

Contributors will be free to publish the story as a reprint elsewhere after two years.

RK5 will be compiled and edited by award-winning author and Road Kill co-creator, E. R. Bills, and published by HELLBOUND BOOKS PUBLISHING. Send your best, finely polished yarns to erbillsthinks at gmail.com. Include ‘RK5 Submission’ in the subject line. Include your current address and phone number. Submission deadline is May 1, 2020 But submitting sooner rather later, earns you brownie points.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines.

* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx

* 12 pt times new roman

* single-spaced

* 2.5K-10K word count

* Write ‘RK5 Submission’ along with your name and story title in the header of your submission

*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. Attach your story to email.

*Make sure that you check your manuscript for grammar and punctuation.


     Payment—1c per word for first rights

Taking Submissions: Spirit Walker

Deadline: April 30th, 2020
Payment: Contributors Copy
Theme: Short tales about Native-American healers.

Let your imagination roam and put our readers in the middle of the action. We want complete stories from the POV of the spirit walker.

We are looking for tales that delve into the rituals and history of being a healer. How does one become a spirit walker? Can a tribe have more than one? How are they chosen? What are they asked to do by the tribe? Do they live apart? Do they have assistants or apprentices that help them? Are they reincarnated? Do they live many lives?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it.
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,000 and the maximum word count is 17,500.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020, with a targeted release date of mid-June 2020.

Submit your best work. Poorly formatted and unedited work will be turned down. Please use Americanized English spellings. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 4,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font-no headers/footers.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020.


Via: Zimbell House Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Horror USA: Hawaii

Deadline: March 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Horror stories set in Hawaii
Note: Reprints Welcome

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Hawaii. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Hawaii has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Hawaii somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 31st or until filled. The anthology 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.

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)


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.

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