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Taking Submissions: Heartbreaks & Half-Truths: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense

January 15, 2020

Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Payment: $20usd for original work, $10 for reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Genre: Mystery/suspense


Publisher: Superior Shores Press


Editor: Judy Penz Sheluk


Deadlines: January 15, 2020. Late submissions will not be considered. All submissions will be acknowledged. Acceptance/rejections will be emailed to all submitting authors on or before April 1, 2020. Please, no simultaneous submissions.


Publication Date: *June 18, 2020 (trade paperback/Kindle; Kobo, Nook, Apple to follow at publisher’s discretion)


*The Publisher reserves the right to postpone and/or cancel due to unforeseen circumstances or if an insufficient number of qualified stories are submitted/accepted.


Description: A multi-author anthology of 21 short stories of mystery and suspense, with an overarching theme of Heartbreaks and half-truths. Estimated length: 250-300 printed pages in trade paperback format. An introduction, acknowledgments, and author bios will be included.


Submission Guidelines: Both previously published and unpublished authors are welcome to submit. There is no entry fee.


Authors may submit 1 (one) reprint or 1 (one) previously unpublished short story, ideally ranging between 1,500 to 5,000 words (though great stories falling “slightly” outside this range will be considered). Preference will be given to new material; reprint material will not exceed 30% of the collection.


Note: Authors of new material will be expected to work with the Editor promptly on any requested revisions to ensure the timeline for release is met without delay. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the anthology.


For Reprints: Author must own the print and digital copyright and provide complete details of any previous publication(s), including website/blogs. Stories must not currently be available online in any format. Any online availability will immediately disqualify the submission.


Sub Genres: Traditional, locked room, noir, historical and suspense will be considered; however, do not submit stories with overt sex, violence, or excessive bad language. Speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal are not of interest for this collection. For an understanding of the type of stories that will be accepted, read The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.


Important: The premise (target theme of Heartbreaks & Half-Truths) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental.

Formatting: Times New Roman 12, double spaced, 1” margins, .5” indent (no tabs), no header or footer. Word .doc or .docx only. Submissions that do not follow the formatting guidelines will be returned (if time permits) or disqualified.


Terms: Authors will be paid $10 USD for reprints and $20 USD for previously unpublished stories via PayPal within 10 (ten) business days of publication. No further payment or royalty will be paid.


Contract term will be 1 (one) year from the initial date of publication. After the contract period, rights to reprint the story will revert to the Author, however, the Publisher reserves the right to include the story in the anthology in perpetuity, or until the Publisher chooses to remove the anthology from print and vendor sites.


Author Copies: Authors will be provided with one PDF copy of the collection. They will also be offered the option of purchasing trade paperback books at 50% off list, plus shipping and any applicable state or provincial sales tax.


Submissions: should be sent to Judy Penz Sheluk at [email protected]. Please put “Heartbreaks & Half-Truths” in the Subject Line.

Via: Superior Shores Press.


January 15, 2020