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Taking Submissions: Savage Beasts

September 5, 2014


Deadline: September 5, 2014
Payment: 2 cents per word for each edited manuscript accepted into the anthology

It’s said that music makes the world go around.
But it also soothes the SAVAGE BEASTS within us all.

For our next anthology of horror–working title SAVAGE BEASTS–we’re looking for dark and terrifying tales of fiction that have been scratched into the inside of your skull by the musical earworms to which you listen.

Hundreds of authors report getting their inspiration for their dark tales from music. Whether that musical choice be metal, classic rock, country or the far more horrifying pop tunes that ramble in and out of your head, any source of inspiration will work. Whether a complete song, or a single lyric, as long as your inspiration is musical it will qualify your exceptional piece of dark fiction for consideration into SAVAGE BEASTS.

As with our complete catalog of bestselling anthologies, we do not want to limit your creativity with a narrowly themed collection. Anywhere your mind goes, so long as it’s been taken there by some form of music, will work for your submission. But, as always, be prepared to scare the hell out of us.

Please review our Complete Submissions Guidelines below, paying specific attention to the additional information we would like to receive regarding the source of your inspiration. Feel free to contact us here on the site with any questions with a message to [email protected].

We thank you for your interest in considering Grey Matter Press as a potential home for your work.

*SAVAGE BEASTS is the working title for this volume. Grey Matter Press reserves the right to change the title as necessary.

WORD COUNT: 3,000 – 10,000 words

DEADLINE: Friday, September 5, 2014

PAYMENT: $0.02 cents per word for each edited manuscript accepted into the anthology

MUSICAL DETAILS: Provide detailed information about the source of your inspiration — artist name(s) and song title. Give us as much information as possible to explain how the piece of music inspired your work. You may even share, in your explanation, the actual lyrics that inspired your work. (We will be looking for a direct correlation between your story and the source of your inspiration.)

NOTE: DUE TO COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS, DO NOT INCLUDE LYRICS WITHIN THE STORY. All lyrics included in your story will be edited from the manuscript. However, if your muse calls for it, you may include reference to and/or mention of the individual piece of music by simply stating the title of the song and/or artist name.

FORMATS: *.doc, *.docx, *.txt, *.rtf

CONTACT ADDRESS: [email protected]

Acceptable File Formats: Grey Matter Press wants to make your submission process easy and painless. We accept manuscripts that are *.doc, *.docx, .txt or .rtf file formats. If you have any questions about the formatting of your manuscript, feel free to contact us directly at [email protected]

Digital Submissions: Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints. (Reprints also include any work that has appeared online in magazines, journals, personal websites or any other online location.) Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. We will accept your submission via email at [email protected]. Subject lines should contain name of Anthology and the title of the story being submitted. (ex: SAVAGE BEASTS – ‘Title of Story.’

Font Usage and General Formatting: We request that all files be submitted double-spaced, using either Arial or Times New Roman 11 point font. Page margins should be no less than .5 inch on all borders. If using headers/footers, please employ standard Word header/footer tools rather than manually inserting such into the body of your Word document.

Distribution: Upon acceptance into our anthologies, Grey Matter Press will hold all exclusive worldwide publishing rights for the period defined within author contract (generally 18 months from original publication date). Copyright remains that of the author. At the end of that term, publishing rights revert to the original author, with Grey Matter Press retaining distribution rights for the format(s) originally contracted.

Contributor Copies: All contributors whose work is accepted and published in the anthology will, in the case of digital publishing, receive a digital copy of the complete anthology, and in the case of paperback publishing, will receive up to two copies of the anthology.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Via: Grey Matter Press.


September 5, 2014