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Taking Submissions: Test Patterns : Creature Features

July 1, 2018

Deadline: July 1st, 2018
Payment: $100

Test Patterns : Creature Features (a follow up to 2017’s Test Patterns)

Seeking: Original stories of 2500-7000 words (no reprints or poetry currently, thank you) and no bio / biblio info attached, please. Payment is $100 for an accepted story. Multiple subs are fine, but we will only select at most one story per author. We are currently estimating a need for about 25 stories for the book total, depending on length

The Theme: We’re looking for stories that involve monsters! Our loose theme is based on the SF/F TV programs of the late 50s/early 60s, (Twilight Zone, Outer Limits; but think of the vibe, not literal pastiche; i.e. twist endings, weird situational reveals, moral / allegorical messages told through a spec-fic lens) but we will consider any well-written speculative tale

The Details: File format should be MS Word compatible, exact file type and / or formatting doesn’t matter much to us, we will handle most of that on the back end to fit the aesthetics of the final book.

We are projecting our window to stay open June 1st through July 1st, but will make an announcement if we fill up before then, again, we are projecting about 25 stories for this volume

Submissions should be directed to our editor;
Duane Pesice at:


Use “creature features” as the subject line to help us keep them sorted and separated, please

We tried to cover all the details above, but any questions can be asked here or we’re always open for PM’s, thanks

Via: Test Patterns’ Facebook.


July 1, 2018