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Taking Submissions: Shadowed Realms: The 2022 Indie Dark Fiction Anthology
Deadline: May 31st, 2023
Payment: 1 cent per word
Theme: The best 1,000-9,000 word dark fiction published in semipro and token paying markets in 2022.
Horror Tree is pleased to announce the first Shadowed Realms: The 2022 Indie Dark Fiction Anthology.
Here at Horror Tree, we believe there is excellent fiction being published at semipro and token-paying publications, and we’d like to celebrate and highlight these authors and their stories. This anthology will be a collection of reprints, featuring the best dark fiction published in semipro and token-paying markets in 2022.
What we’re looking for:
Dark-leaning speculative fiction that was published for semipro or token payment in 2022. In order to submit to us, you must either have, or be able to retain non-exclusive rights to the story. Please do not submit stories that you do not have the rights to; we will not be able to publish them.
Stories between 1,000 – 8,000 words.
Stories need not be horror but should be dark in tone.
Only stories published in semipro or token-paying markets (less than 5 cents/word USD). We are specifically looking to highlight semipro authors and publications.
What we’re not looking for:
- Stories published at professional paying markets. (There are other anthologies who do this, and do it well!)
- Stories you do not have the rights to.
- Self-published stories.
- Drabbles, novelettes, or novellas.
- Hate speech, including racist, misogynistic, homophobic (or any other “phobic”) content
- Fan Fiction
- Heavy use of vulgar language
- Graphic depictions of torture, sexual violence, and gore for gore’s sake
- Anything inappropriate with animals
We will only consider material published in 2022.
No multiple submissions, so please send us your best!
Publishers: If you would like us to consider a story within an anthology or magazine issue, please use our submission form. If you’d prefer to send a physical copy, please email us [email protected] to inquire where to send it.
If sending in a magazine issue or anthology, please submit as a PDF, docX, or epub file.
Compensation: 1 cent per word USD to be paid via PayPal to the author.
Please only send stories that fit within the 1000 – 8000 limit. Anything outside of these ranges will be deleted unread.
Include a brief cover letter stating when and where the story was originally published (unless submitting an entire issue/anthology). Please provide links to the original publication where applicable.
What we are asking for:
Non-exclusive rights to include your story in our anthology. Copyright of the story will remain with the author.
Submission dates: March 24, 2023 – May 31, 2023
We aim to respond within 90 days of the call closing. If you do not hear back from us within this time, please send a query.
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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!