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Taking Submissions: The Shadows Only Hide the Monsters: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe

January 15, 2014


Deadline: January 15th, 2014
Payment: Exposure Only

The Shadows Only Hide the Monsters: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Micro (100-500 words), Flash (500-1K) and Short Stories (1k up to 2500 words). Lovecraft and Poe style horror stories. Special win for a good-old Poe style detective stories (it has to have monsters, though) and new takes on the Cthulhu Mythos. Deadline: January 15th 2014.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]

Copy and paste your submission in the body of an email. Attachments will not be opened. No exceptions.

Please do NOT format your stories in blog-format style. Format it as you would for a regular print submission. Formatting blog-style (no paragraph indents, spaces between paragraphs) causes me horrible headaches when I try to load the stories onto a post. Spaces between paragraphs adds more than one extra space on the post, due to the HTML horror known as a div tag. I truly hope the son of a bitch who came up with that rots in hell. WordPress automatically inserts a crapload of div tags whenever it encounters space, adding even more space. (I know, WTF? Right?) I am a college student and I don’t have time to take out extra space, which would really make your stories look horrible if left in. But please DO indent paragraphs. If you don’t, I won’t know where new paragraphs begin and will have to reject your story just because of that.

Please include with your submission a 50-100 word author bio. You can include a brief publication history and any web/social media links you’d like readers to know.

For the subject line, follow the directions listed for each issue on the Call for Submissions page. The basic format is: NAME OF ISSUE-TITLE OF YOUR STORY. In all caps. Easier to sort out the junk mail that way. If you have a question for the editor (me), put QUESTION in all caps in the subject line. If you have suggestions, send them to me as well, I want to know what you’d like to see here. Put SUGGESTION in the subject line.

CONTENT: No gratuitous sex or violence. If it fits the story, that’s fine, but nothing over the top. I can be scared without all that blood-and-guts imagery. As far as language goes, I’ve got no restriction there. I won’t publish anything racist, or in another other way offensive. Make sure your pieces are completely edited before sending them in, and that you catch as many typos and misspellings as possible.

PAYMENT: For now, payment will be in the form publication. At some point, I’m hoping to have contests with gift card prizes and stuff. But if you’ve never been published before, now’s your chance to be.

REPRINTS?: Okay, but let me know where your piece was previously published, and please make sure the publishing rights have reverted back to you.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS?: Yes. I’ll take them. If your story gets published somewhere else before here, please drop me a follow-up email to let me know. That way we can mention it in the issue. Extra kudos for the writer.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS?: Yes. That’s good news, isn’t it? I may not accept everything you send, but you never know.

RIGHTS: Authors retain all rights to their work. Your stories would probably still be considered “reprints” if you tried to get them published somewhere else after they’ve already been published here on this puny little rag. So, if you have a Hugo-winning story you’re polishing up, send it to Fantasy & Science Fiction or Asimovs for f**k’s sake! You should always try to get your best work published with a magazine that pays real money. Recognition is great, but beer money is better.

ARCHIVES: Stories will be moved to the Issue Archive at a certain point after publication on the main page. Links will be provided to your stories there.


January 15, 2014