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Taking Submissions: Mysterion
December 25, 2015
Deadline: December 25th, 2015
Payment: 6 cents per word for original work, 3 cents per word on reprints
We’re looking for speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology.
- Stories can be up to 10,000 words.
- The anthology will be published in ebook and POD formats.
- We pay 6 cents/word for original stories (or original translations of stories that have not previously appeared in English), and 3 cents/word for reprints.
- We are seeking one year of exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights for original works (with exceptions for Best of the Year anthologies), and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic distribution rights in perpetuity for both original works and reprints.
- No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Send us only one story at a time, and don’t send us a story that’s currently with someone else or send someone else a story to which we have not yet responded. Don’t re-submit a rejected story unless we request revisions.
- We hope to have responded to everyone within one month of the submission window’s closing. Feel free to query if it’s been longer than two months.
- Stories must be double spaced, in 12-point Courier or Times New Roman font. The story title, your byline, a word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages. We’re not particular about whether you use italics or underlining for emphasis, how many spaces are after the period, or whether you use straight or smart quotes.
- Submissions may be sent to the email address:
- Submit your stories via email as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. The subject of your email should be FICTION: <story title> by <byline>. The email body should contain a list of your three or four best publications (if any), and any pertinent biographical details: tell us if you’re an astronaut writing about space travel, but not if you’re an astronaut writing about the elf-dwarf war. Invert that if you’re an elf. If you’ve met us personally, feel free to mention it. Finally, let us know if the story is previously published and where it first appeared–even if it appeared on your blog or twitter stream. Don’t try to summarize your story or explain why it’s a good fit for our anthology (if it’s a good fit, we should be able to tell by reading it).
- The story must have a speculative element. It needs something beyond the everyday. We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there’s great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology–cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.
- The story must engage with Christianity. We want stories with Christian characters whose faith affects their actions, with Christian themes such as grace and redemption, or with a Christian view of the supernatural. Note that we’re not saying that you must be a Christian. We are not in a position to judge your faith, and won’t try. Nor does your story need to be unambiguously pro-Christian. If you can tell a good story that meaningfully engages with Christianity, we want to read it.
- Read more about what we’re looking for in our Theme Guidelines.
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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!