Category: Anthology

Taking Submissions: Bouchercon 2021 Anthology

Deadline: November 1st, 2020
Payment: $75
Theme: Second chances

We are pleased to announce there will be a short story anthology for Bouchercon 2021. Our goal is to raise money for the New Orleans public library, which is desperately in need of funding. All of the proceeds after publishing costs will be deducted and the rest will go to the library, along with the proceeds from our live and silent auctions.

In addition to stories published by some of our guests of honor and invited authors, we are asking for blind submissions from our Bouchercon friends. We hope most of the stories in the anthology will come from these blind submissions, and will include emerging voices, new voices, and authors who are in the early years of publication. We are eager to hear from everyone, but if you have never been in a Bouchercon anthology before, we urge you to please submit!

Submission guidelines:

Short stories must be less than 4000 words.

Stories must not have been published anywhere else previously.

The theme of this anthology is second chances, redemption, second try, play it again. Since this is the second Bouchercon in New Orleans, we may call it Second Time Around— but that is still in the works.  Any ideas, love to hear them.

The story DOES NOT have to be set in New Orleans.

Your story should be submitted only to me at the email below. I will blind it and send it on to our staff of reviewers and readers.

You will be paid $75.00 for each story we publish so you meet the guidelines for certain awards in our industry.  But you could donate that money back to New Orleans Public Library and get a tax write off and help them in their time of need.

If selected, we will send you a contract assigning Bouchercon the rights for your story for one year after the publication date. After that, the rights revert to you.

The hard deadline for submission is November 1, 2020. Any stories received after this will not be considered for any reason.

Please submit stories via email and in Word documents to [email protected].

Please include your name, email, and any other contact information we might need.  I will remove the identifying information and send them on to the selection committee.

We already have some wonderful big names for this anthology, but it is the new voices and new writers who will make this special.

We urge you to submit, and we will be holding a celebratory signing, if all goes as planned, at the New Orleans Bouchercon in 2021.

Any questions, please let me know. I have asked Hank Phillippi Ryan to edit this anthology, and she will also write the introduction.

We are eager to read your stories, and eager to make this the best anthology ever.

Mystery Mike

Co-Chair New Orleans Bouchercon 2021

Via: Bouchercon.

Taking Submissions: Resist with every inch and every breath

Deadline: December 31st 2020
Payment: $25 for original work, $15 for reprints
Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath.
Note: Officially opens to ALL on November 1st, however, currently open to Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants, queer, disabled, women, working class, currently or formerly incarcerated, and/or living in poverty
Note: Reprints allowed

Lonely Cryptid Media is now accepting submissions for our second anthology, to be published September 2021.

Theme: Resist with every inch and every breath.

Stories of resistance and rebellion, but also of the steps in between and the change that comes after.

People around the world rise up and resist those who hold power over them. In the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic, oppression persists and is magnified as crises lay bare the systemic inequalities within societies around the world. This anthology will invite us to reflect on this moment, but also imagine a world beyond it. What will happen if the momentum of Black Lives Matter carries us through and ends state violence? What does a world post-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look like? What does a world without any borders at all look like? What will be the result of teachers’ and athletes’ strikes? How might we forestall climate catastrophe and work towards climate utopia instead? How can a pandemic be a time to come together even as we stay apart? What does a post-oppression world have in store for us? What will be the outcome of resistance to injustice? What does the future hold?

Tell us about resistance big and small; real and imagined; rooted in reality or fantastical in nature; science fictional or science factual; historical, contemporary, or in the future. The everyday resistance of women. The power of youth and children’s rebellions. Resistance in the streets. The dismantling of white supremacy. Overthrowing colonial states. Empowering workers and undoing capitalism itself.

Give us your hopes and dreams, but also give us the messy work of making those dreams a reality. With all the work ahead of us, we’re looking for stories that spark our utopic imaginations as well as roadmaps to that brighter future. We want work that is honest about the difficulties of struggle against oppression without shying away from the incredible joy and fulfillment this work can bring.

Submission Guidelines

We’re on the Submission Grinder.

What we are looking for: The best way to know what kind of work we are looking to publish is to read our first anthology, Fireweed: Stories From the Revolution. We are hoping to build upon the work started by the incredible authors and poets who contributed to that volume. Also, we may be biased, but we think that if you’re the sort of person who writes about resistance then you’ll probably enjoy reading Fireweed.

Priority submission: from September 1st to October 31st 2020, for historically marginalized authors including those who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants, queer, disabled, women, working class, currently or formerly incarcerated, and/or living in poverty.

Open submission: from November 1st to December 31st 2020 for all authors.

Multiple submissions: We do not accept multiple submissions. Please send us your single best work that fits the theme!

Simultaneous submissions: Because we are a small team it may take time to send notification of acceptance or rejection. Because of this, we welcome simultaneous submissions of works which are also under review elsewhere. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted for publication somewhere else so that we can remove you from the list.


Taking Submissions: Fallen Gods

Deadline: January 3rd, 2021
Payment: $100 via Paypal
Theme: Explore a world where gods reign as gods must, but this is not a happy story. It is the story of how a god fell from grace.

The Fallen Gods Anthology is your invitation to explore a world where gods reign as gods must, but this is not a happy story. It is the story of how a god fell from grace. Specifically, we are looking for stories with gods in same-gender relationships where one deity dies by some means and the surviving god falls from their immortal reign. Maybe they gave in to anguish and lost their divine spark. Perhaps they sought revenge and were exiled from the celestial realms. The fall is yours to tell.

This anthology is the first of ours to only include LGBTQIA+ stories. We will be accepting the eight best submissions for inclusion in this anthology. These stories can be of any genre, but the main character and their partner must be members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we ask that you keep your stories to YA standards.

Please carefully consider your submission before you send it to us. Check for simple errors. Have a beta reader comb through it. Do everything you can to make us say yes. We are looking forward to reading how your god fell from grace.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions are due on or before 12:00 p.m. PST on January 3, 2021. Please submit all stories to [email protected] with Subject Line: JHP Fallen Gods Anthology and the title of your work.
2. All submissions must be in English and double spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font.
3. Please submit your story as a .docx file. Your name, the work’s title, and the work’s word count must be on the front page. Please also include a 50- to 100-word author’s bio with your submission.
4. Story length is 10,000 to 15,000 words. Your story must meet the minimum word count. Submissions below 10,000 words and above 15,000 words will be rejected without consideration.
5. You must own the rights to your submission. Only original works will be considered.
6. We do allow simultaneous submissions. If your work is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Contact us at [email protected]
7. You retain the rights to your work. However, Jazz House Publications has the right to use your name and story to market the anthology. This right is retained from the time of submission through the anthology’s shelf life.
8. Accepted authors will be paid $100 at the time of publication, which is expected to be March 8, 2021. All payments will be made through PayPal.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at [email protected] or, on Twitter, send a Direct Message to @JazzHousePR.

Via: Jazz House Publications.

Taking Submissions: New Tales of Fairy Godmothers

Deadline: November 15th, 2020
Payment: .01 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: New takes on fairy godmothers

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.

Ongoing Submissions: Mysterium Tremendum

Payment: $50
Theme: Where religion and horror collide, do read below to see exactly what they mean!

We originally conceived of Mysterium Tremendum as an anthology scheduled for release sometime in 2021. Due to frequent interest expressed in this project by writers and readers alike, we’ve decided to try something a little different. We’re excited to present Mysterium Tremendum, a quarterly chapbook featuring fiction, nonfiction, and poetry exploring the intersection between weird fiction/horror and the holy.

The title of the series comes from Rudolf Otto’s The Idea of the Holy, in which the German Lutheran theologian describes the “numinous” at the heart of religion as an experience preceding any systematic dogma or ethical component–a “feeling,” in short, much closer to the sublimity of horror than any sensation popularly (read “dully”) conceived as “religious” (love, happiness, well-being). An astounding array of writers have since, whether consciously or not, furthered Otto’s observations. Some of them explicitly tie horror fiction to the holy. Scholarly works directly examining this connection include Victoria Nelson’s The Secret Life of Puppets, Douglas Cowan’s Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen, and Kirk J. Schneider’s Horror and the Holy. Georges Bataille is also relevant here, along with the Communion books of Whitley Streiber, and contemporary philosophers like Rene Girard, Jeffrey Kripal, and Erik Davis.

Taking Submissions: The Art of Being Human

Deadline: December 1st, 2020
Payment: AUD$100.00
Theme: Remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media, and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.

The world in 2020 has been tipped upside down and shaken in ways we could barely have imagined, except perhaps in the post-apocalyptic and dystopic worlds of story. Amidst pandemic illness and death, political machinations and despair, one of the casualties has been, at least in a financial sense, the Arts. Governments across the world have slashed funding, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues have closed amid lockdown restrictions, money is being carefully metered with jobs more uncertain than ever, meaning our creatives across all industries are suffering. And yet, more than ever, we are turning to art to stay sane in lockdown, to keep our spirits up in isolation, and to remind us that despite the hardship, there is beauty in this world. 

To that end, FableCroft is coming out of hiatus in this year of social distancing and staying at home, to call for submissions on a brand new original anthology, The Art of Being Human. Co-edited by Tehani Croft and Stephanie Lai, this anthology seeks to remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media, and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.

Stories should be between 2,000 to 20,000 words long, and not previously published. Poetry of any length is also welcome. Works are invited from all over the world, but must be primarily in the English language.

Stories must contain speculative elements – science fiction, fantasy and horror and their sub-genres are all welcome, but we recommend researching FableCroft’s past projects for an idea of the sort of stories we publish. Generally, no erotica or splatterpunk is desirable. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only – no reprint submissions please.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

Submission Guidelines:

E-mail to [email protected] as an attached RTF. We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

  • Please use a regular font, size 12, with margins of at least 2cm.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraphs by 0.5 (approx 1cm), 1.5 space lines, and indicate section breaks with a centered “#”.
  • Include name, address, phone number, email etc at the top of the document.

Submissions open: September 1, 2020

Submissions close: December 1, 2020

Anticipated publication date: May 2021

Payment will be AUD$100.00 for stories of up to 10,000 words (payment for poetry and longer stories accepted will be negotiated with the author) and a contributor copy of the ebook.

We would also like to include artwork to support the stories, and illustrators are invited to send appropriate samples (previously published work welcome for this element) – payment to be discussed.

Via: Fablecroft.

Taking Submissions: When Worlds Collide

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: 8 cents per word+
Theme: Science fiction and fantasy stories, including alternate history stories, where two different cultures “collide” in some way.

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE anthology Kickstarter (back us at has hit its goal!  If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration.  I’ve posted the guidelines below.


Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.  Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format.  The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example:  DERELICT:  Ghost Ships Gone Wild!).  The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for.  Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish.  Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered.  Please use Times New Roman font.  The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name.  Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is to feature science fiction and fantasy stories, including alternate history stories, where two different cultures “collide” in some way.  We expect mostly first contact types of collisions, but the story does NOT need to be a first contact story. The cultures can be human, alien, technological, fae, etc. They should clash in some significant, meaningful way. Stories featuring more interesting juxtapositions of cultures and the ways in which they meet and interact will receive more attention than those that use the more typical, expected collisions.  So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected meeting of different cultures.  We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.


The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2020.  Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2021.  Please send submissions to [email protected].  You will receive a receipt email within a few days of us receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration.  Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2021.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2021.  Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2021.  These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules.  Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that.  Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year.  Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word.  The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers.  The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats.  Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter.  Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected].  Thank you.

Via: Zombies Need Brains LLC Patreon.

Taking Submissions: Chance on Love (Rated R)

Deadline: February 28th, 2022
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Fighting for love

  • Deadline – February 28th, 2022
  • Publication – June 2022
  • Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000
  • Theme – Everyone deserves a chance at love. Whether it lasts forever or ends up being temporary, these characters will fight for the chance at happily ever after.


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



Introduction of authorThis 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 wordsMandatory minimum of 100.
Submission Word CountAlso 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 LetterSummarized 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 applicableAuthor 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.