Taking Submissions: Story Seed Vault

Deadline: April 24th, 2018
Payment: Short Fiction (<150CH) $3AUD per story, Long Fiction (>150CH/<200CH) $2AUD per story

*We might require additional evidence of a claim to publish.

Via: Story Seed Vault.

Ongoing Submissions: Thrilling Words

Payment: $160

The Basics

    • To submit, email [email protected]ds.com with two related speculative fiction stories attached
    • Restrictions
      • We do not accept simultaneous submissions
      • We do not accept reprints
      • You must be the creator and copyright holder to submit
    • Submission email should only contain:
      • Contact email
      • Submission date
      • Title and File name of stories being submitted
      • Indication if you have additional stories on this theme or in this fictional universe that you would like us to review
    • Do not include a cover letter in your submission.
    • Attachments should be:


Taking Submissions: Flash Bang Mysteries

Deadline: April 30th, 2019
Payment: $20

Thank you very much for considering BJ Bourg’s Flash Bang Mysteries. We will do our level best to ensure your experience is a pleasant and positive one.


Fiction we seek:

  • Original mystery/suspense of all types (police procedural, private eye, amateur sleuth, cozies, hardboiled, etc.). Basically, if it involves a crime and it is within our guidelines, we would love to consider it. (Updated: October 25, 2015)
  • We want stories that feature believable characters who speak naturally, realistic situations that bleed conflict, and surprise endings that stay with us long after we reach the final period.
  • We welcome new and established authors.

We publish four times per year:

  • January / Winter
  • April / Spring
  • July / Summer
  • October / Fall

Submission periods are limited to the following dates:

  • October 1st to October 31st for January Issue
  • January 1st to January 31st for April Issue
  • April 1st to April 30th for July Issue
  • July 1st to July 31st for October Issue

How to submit:

  • We accept submissions via e-mail only.
  • Send as .rtf or .doc attachment.
  • Include brief cover letter in body of e-mail
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions. If you have not received an answer by publication date, feel free to submit your story elsewhere.
  • Please submit one story per author at a time.
  • E-mail submissions/queries to [email protected] (Updated: August 13, 2015)
  • Subject line must read: “Flash submission: [your title]”

Manuscript format:

  • (Updated: December 31, 2017)
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12-pt
  • Center title in all caps at top of first page, skip line, insert byline, skip line, and begin story.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • Skip line between paragraphs and do not indent at the beginning of paragraphs.
  • Single-space after periods.
  • Use two hyphens instead of the em-dash.
  • Use italics to indicate flashbacks and thoughts.
  • Use three centered asterisks to indicate scene breaks.
  • Please don’t rely solely on spell-check. Proof your work very carefully and send us only your best, as multiple errors may be cause for rejection.
  • We reserve the right to edit for grammatical errors and such. However, we will not rewrite stories we receive.

Please include the following at the end of the manuscript: (Updated: March 31, 2016)

  • Name, mailing address, and email address for PayPal.
  • BIO (up to 50 words)


  • Flash fiction ONLY between 500 and 750 words

Pays on publication for first worldwide electronic rights, thirty-day exclusivity, archival rights, and the right to include story in yearly “editors’ choice” issue. Once the thirty-day exclusivity period has lapsed, you are free to submit your work elsewhere and all rights, other than those specified herein, revert back to you. (Updated: October 1, 2015)


  • $20.00 one-time payment, via PayPal (Updated: December 31, 2017)
  • (Updated: December 25, 2016)
  • NOTE: Due to budgetary and time constraints, we are limited to publishing no more than ten stories per issue. (Updated: December 25, 2016)

What we won’t print:

  • Graphic sex, gratuitous violence or vulgarity. Swear words are okay, as long as they are not used gratuitously.
  • Anything that seeks to promote hate or discrimination.

What to include in the cover letter: (Updated: March 31, 2016)

  • Author name
  • Story title
  • Word count
  • A note certifying you are the creator of the work, you own the rights, and it has never appeared in any other venue in any form.
  • Please let us know if it would be your first published story, because that would be cool.

Response time and method: (Updated: November 1, 2015)

  • You should receive a decision within four to eight weeks, but it may take longer depending on the amount of submissions we receive.
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications will be made via e-mail.
  • We will not comment on rejected manuscripts.
  • We reserve the right to reject any story for any reason.

NOTE: If we reject your story, please understand it simply means it is not the right story for us at this time. It does not mean your story is not well written, inventive, or perfect for another market. By all means, continue submitting the story elsewhere until it finds a home.


  • Authors are responsible for the content of their stories and BJ Bourg’s Flash Bang Mysteries, its editors, creators, or affiliates accept no liability whatsoever for misuse of any kind.

Via: Flash Bank Mysteries.

Ongoing Submissions: Dark Moments

Payment: 0.04 USD per word via Paypal

Currently looking for 100 word drabbles, any genre

Current Theme : Dark stories, any genre.

Word count : exactly 100 words

Author eligibility : Open to all authors

Reprints : Not allowed

Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed

Multiple Submissions : One per week

Publication : Online only in Dark Moments

Author compensation : 0.04 USD per word via Paypal

How to submit : See our submission guidelines for formatting.

Send your story as either a Word format attachment or the content of an email to [email protected].

Your email title should be “Dark Moments – Title of Your Story – Your Author Name”

Please include a 50 word bio and upto one link

Via: Black Hare Press.

Ongoing Submissions: TQR – Total Quality Reading

Payment: $50


Caveat Canem (woof woof)
TQR’s editorial process is transparent, and [seeFree Market] you and your work and e-mail correspondence could be talked about by the managerial anomalies judging your work on the Floor and in  the Terminal. Your e-mailed submission letter will also be listed in the BUSINESS OFFICE to note receipt of your venture, minus personally identifiable information such as physical and electronic addresses. (Important: By ‘public vetting,’ we do not mean the capital ventures up for consideration will be accessible to the public, only that the comments of those TQR staffers tasked with reading them will be.)

TQR tweets the machinations of its capital discriminations via hyperlinks to The Floor, The Terminal and The Executive Suite.
At no time will a work that has been referenced by name on the site, be unnecessarily denigrated or maligned.  TQR sees its venture capitalists as the electricity that keeps its editorial impulses sentient, and, therefore, would be cutting its own cord bundle by unnecessarily alienating any of its  contributors, no matter how whack.


1. Send one work per gmail to [email protected] This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , and follow this format exactly in the subject line: Submission: “Title”, Author’s name, word count.

2. E-mail one piece per quarter as a Word doc. attachment or rtf attachment.  

3. TQR accepts fiction of 4,000 to 12,000 words. Anything over 13,000 words better be The Greatest Story Ever Told, or we’re gmailing you back a standard rejection, pronto. That being said, TQR takes anything, from romance to speculative future tense obscurities that only God or Donald Barthelme could understand. We don’t put fiction in pigeonholes, but like to think of it all as an archaeologist views an eight centuries-old latrine: You can learn a lot from shit, but it’s got to be good and solid to stand the test of time.  … All you have to do is touch the monkey.

4. TQR publishes 1 or 2 or, at most, 3 works per quarter and pays $50 per published piece.

5. TQR acquires first electronic rights and the non-exclusive right to archive the work.  

6. Simultaneous ventures are discouraged, but tolerated because what other recourse do we have?
It’s TQR’s belief this public vetting serves a threefold purpose.  

1. It will at least diminish the constant wailing and weeping of those venture capitalists who bemoan their sad fates at the hands of those capital consortiums who still vet their capital behind a veil of mystery. You may not agree with TQR’s decisions, but, unlike the rest, the vetting process is there for you to behold.

2. It will cut down on the drive-by and often half-assed submissions of those venture capitalists that impose their work upon the Web from the muzzle of a shotgun. TQR’s public approach to winnowing capital will necessarily make one think twice before venturing anything but their finest work. This will act as a natural first cut and ensure the quality of the work being presented on the Floor will be better from the word ‘go.’  

 3.  The public allure of such a wide open process will attract many more investors than the  current style of capital-bearing Web platform, therein guaranteeing a better statistical probability that the Capital Gains posted from the previous quarter will be read by a much higher quantity of investors. Though the possibility of the process outdrawing the product does exist, rest assured TQR is all about the bottom line (Stories Are Our Business).

Via: TQR.

Ongoing Submissions: Alsina

Payment: Royalties

Alsina Publishing is changing the way short stories are published. We believe in creating a global platform for authors with a transparent model that makes sense.

Publishing these days is about more than just the story: it is about the profile of the author, the marketing, and building an audience that knows about you. Alsina builds this into the model.

About our Product

Alsina builds LingoBites, an app for learning languages through story-telling. It delivers quality content to people all over the world that want to read and listen to interesting stories in order to help them solidify their language. Users can read or listen to your stories in their native language and the language they are trying to learn. If they like what you write, they can follow you and receive updates whenever you publish something new.

What we Offer Authors

Royalties. Every time someone finishes a story through the app, you get paid.

Your work is immediately translated into multiple languages, so you receive exposure to a global and multi-lingual readership that might not otherwise find you.

The built-in marketing tools mean that:

  • Readers can easily find out more about you and the other works you write, directly from the app
  • We link to your website, so within 2-3 clicks, readers can find more of your work

Playing with a couple of novel ideas? Submit 2-3 as short stories and see what users think of each one! Users can rate the stories that they read, so you get real feedback from real readers before you spend the time developing the novel.

About the Team

Alsina was founded by a team with expertise in publishing and in software development, so we bring you the best of both worlds in order to make something unique to the short story world.

Via: Alsina.

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