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Taking Submissions: Phobos Issue #3 – Troublemake
September 30, 2014
Deadline: September 30th 2014
Payment: 5 cents per word
The detective blowing dust off of evidence boxes at 2am after her commanding officer ordered her to leave that particular cold case unsolved; the horrid, unloved rodent-human hybrid who skips ahead in his textbook, ignoring the warnings of his necromancy tutor; the young woman picking at the tape on a box clearly labeled All The Trouble In The World; the whip-scarred homunculus palming a sharp stone; the mad Admiral in his airship ordering a hard bank to starboard and loose all harpoons at his floating Kraken overlords.
For our third issue, “Troublemake,” we’re looking for short and flash Weird fiction and poetry about biters of the hands that feed, timid folk acting out against their tormentors, unlikely disturbers of the status quo, hell-raisers both literal and figurative, and creatures who just plain don’t like being told what to do.
While we’re happy to read sf, fantasy, crime, alternate history and other, non-horror genres, all work should contain strong elements of the macabre.
Our reading period is a tidy six weeks, from August 15th through September 30th. Any questions can be directed to hellophobos (at) gmail.com
We will only be accepting work that fits with the set theme. Your work could be terrific, but if it’s a bad thematic match we can’t use it.
For general questions, including our rates and rights acquired, see our FAQ
Word limits as follows: Short stories and poetry to 2,500 words, flash stories to 1,000 words.
With this in mind, here’s how you format your email submission:
1. Subject Line: Submission, (your story title & approximate word count), (submission theme)
2. Email Body: Please summarize in a few lines how your story fits the theme. Any submission that doesn’t include this will not be considered for the magazine, and will not be replied to.
If you have previously published work, please include a few lines referencing your successes.
If you’re unpublished, that’s completely fine.
3. Story: Please attach the story or poem as an .rtf or .doc, 12 point font, double spaced. Please keep the formatting to a minimum; it’s visually distracting and a pain for us to undo.
4. Bio: At the bottom, please include a two or three sentence biography that will run after your story. This is your victory lap, so you can be as factual or ridiculous as you like.
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!