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Taking Submissions: Brave New Weird: the Best New Weird Horror of the Year VOLUME 2
Deadline: November 1st, 2023
Payment: $25 and 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: Works published between the 31st of October 2022 and the 31st of October 2023 will be considered for the Best New Weird Horror of 2022.
Tenebrous Press presents the SECOND YEAR of the Brave New Weird Awards—to reward and further this unique blend of genres—and its accompanying Brave New Weird: the Best New Weird Horror of the Year VOLUME 2, showcasing the winners of the year, care of editor Alex Woodroe.
We define New Weird Horror as a Horror subgenre focused on progress, creatively capturing themes and questions that bleed into fiction straight from the modern reader’s life and future. It acts as a challenge to break new ground in terms of form and content and to engage with the unknown. Beyond that, New Weird Horror will be defined by the winning pieces themselves.
Buzzwords: speculative; eclectic; horror-centric but genre-blended; progressive and innovative in terms of content, social themes, form, or voice; concept-driven.
Does this sound like your writing? Submit your previously published work to the New Weird Horror Awards today!
TENEBROUS IS A YOUNG PRESS LOOKING TO HAVE FUN IN THE WORLD OF HORROR AND BUILD A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED PEERS. WE’RE NOT CLAIMING THIS AWARD WILL WOW YOUR DREAM AGENT OR SINGLE-HANDEDLY SELL YOUR BOOK. IT’S A WAY TO SHOWCASE REPRINTS THAT WE LOVE IN A GENRE THAT WE CARE ABOUT, AND GET THEM INTO THE HANDS OF MORE READERS—NO FUSS, NO LOBBYING, NO HIDDEN COSTS.
Any previously published piece of short fiction under 7.499 words originally published in the English language within the eligibility period.
You may submit NARRATIVE poems only; poems will be judged on their storytelling.
Stories published in other languages are welcome if there is an English translation available.
Reprints of stories originally published before the eligibility period are not eligible.
Any work published through Tenebrous Press is not eligible. We already think you’re awesome, regardless.
Previous year’s winners are not eligible this year. Nominees are eligible.
If you are unsure of the genre of your story, as long as it’s dark, speculative, and eligible, send it in.
Works published between the 31st of October 2022 and the 31st of October 2023 will be considered for the Best New Weird Horror of 2022.
Simply: If it’s published before Halloween, it competes for this year’s award. If it’s published after Halloween, it competes for next year’s award.
Final submission deadline for this year’s award: November 1st, 2023. Send ARCS if necessary to get the submission in on time.
AS THIS IS AN AWARD, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY REJECTION NOTICES.
Instead, if we want to award & feature a story, we will reach out to the author. There will be a published shortlist, and the shortlisted works that don’t end up being featured will still be mentioned & advertised in the anthology. Final decisions will be made before the end of the year.
Selected authors will be asked to sign a non-exclusive contract allowing their reprint to be featured.
A reprint payment of $25 + two paperback copies + one award certificate will be given to the selected authors.
How to submit:
Submit individual short stories as a link or as a .doc or .docx
ANYONE may submit up to five stories. Readers, editors, and the authors themselves are all welcome to submit
***UPDATE*** Anyone submitting on behalf of authors other than oneself is allowed to double the number of submissions. Due to increased interest and participation from editors and readers wanting to submit a wide range of authors, we’ve decided to update this rule and foster that spirit of support and community. ***UPDATE***
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. SUBMIT YOUR WORK VIA OUR HANDY FORM HERE, USING A NEW FORM FOR EACH STORY.
Authors: Be sure your contract stipulates you are allowed to participate in Best Of anthologies, or ask permission from your publisher BEFORE submitting.
Publishers/editors: Be sure your authors give you permission to submit their work before submitting.
Readers: Do your best to fill out all the data, but rest assured that we will look for whatever is missing. Please don’t feel discouraged from nominating works just because you don’t have all the info.
You may speak about this award, submitting to this award, and being shortlisted for this award, in any way you like.
You may have multiple submissions of the same author/publisher; up to five (see above).
If we missed anything, drop us a line or DM!
***SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN.***
Via: Tenebrous Press.
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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!