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February 2021

Taking Submissions: Organic Ink: Volume Four

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: Royalties Theme: All poetry welcome in this edition, no set theme. Note: Reprints welcome Deadline – February 28th, 2021 Publication – June 2021 Word Count – 2,000 word count minimum (not line count) Theme – All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme.   * Introduction of yourself should be a short biography in 3rd Person between 100-200 words. Upon acceptance, this will be used within the anthology. Send a bio with every single anthology submission. We work with hundreds of authors and will not take time to retrieve yours from a previous anthology. * Poetry submissions: All poetry needs to be contained within a single e-mail. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together. * All e-mails should be addressed to “Dear Editor.” After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting. All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s submission deadline. This ensures submission calls do not close early and gives everyone a chance to submit. You will know your submission has been received for consideration by receiving a generic response. Whether accepted or rejected, you will always receive a response. View our blog articles on how to submit to a publisher and how to write a proposal.   Failure to submit following all of the guidelines will result in an immediate refusal. You are able to submit again before the submission call deadline.   Rating – Check each anthologies‘ rating. Word count – Check each anthologies‘ word count requirements. E-mail address to submit to – [email protected]   NOTICE –  Failure to submit correctly will result in refusal of submission. Important information Maximum of two submissions per anthology per author. Authors can submit to all anthologies simultaneously. Reprints from third party sources accepted IF author currently holds full rights. We will not…

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Taking Submissions: Upon a Once Time

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word and a contributors copy Theme: Fairy Tales - choose two of your favorite fairy tales, and a genre of your choice, and mash them up to make something new. Upon a Once Time Theme: Fairy Tales - choose two of your favorite fairy tales, and a genre of your choice, and mash them up to make something new. Stories may be of any genre as long as they incorporate two fairy tales. We are open to Grimdark, New Weird, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dying Earth and genre bending/breaking. All stories are requested to be between 1000 and 3000 words in length. How to submit: Email your story to Air and Nothingness Press. Submissions open July 1, 2020 and close February 28, 2021. Remember, when submitting to the 'Upon a Once Time' open call be sure to tell us what two fairy tales you are working with and what genre you have chosen. Fairy tales can be from any of our world's diverse cultures, in fact we encourage that. A mash of a western and an asian or african faiy tale exploring the multicultural symbols unique to each story and then integrated into the genre choice but subverting it ... a tall order we know for our word count but authors are amazing and surprising in their talents. Explore, create, take a chance and show us your fireworks. Download a PDF of the full submission information. We are seeking stories for an anthology to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press. Theme: Fairy Tales - choose two of your favorite fairy tales, and a genre of your choice, and mash them up to make something new. Stories may be of any genre as long as they incorporate two fairy…

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Taking Submissions: Dreamland: Other Stories

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: Royalties and contributor's copy Theme: Dreamland Edited by Sophie Essex For publication mid-2021 Submissions close: 28th February 2021 Dreamland embodies the disconnect between reality and the subconscious, between the desire for meaning and the need for escape, between the too-blue sky and the abyss. Dreamland is chaotic gorgeousity. Seeking: Stories up to 8k words from female identifying writers. Stories that embrace the other: the weird, the transgressive, the uncanny & the strange, the oddness in this world and elsewhere, the surreal. Stories that displace, unsettle, and unnerve. Stories that are subtly subversive in their power. Whilst the other might be considered supernatural, this anthology will not be exclusively so. The other can come in many forms. Think Leonora Carrington, Meret Oppenheim, Anna Kavan, Clarice Lispector, Camilla Grudova, Shirley Jackson, Unica Zurn, Björk, Cocteau Twins, Claire Denis, Dorothea Tanning, Helen Marshall, Catherynne M. Valente, Claude Cahun Any genre. No theme. We are not seeking stories set in ‘dreamland’. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints. You will receive a contributor copy and a percentage of net royalties. Submissions should be sent with a covering email to [email protected] Via: Black Shuck Books.

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Taking Submissions: Triangulation

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: 3¢ per word for fiction and 25 cents per line for poetry Theme: Habitats. Sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings. Triangulation will open for submissions on December 1, 2020. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, since 2003. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. We are continuing to tackle environmental issues as we did with Triangulation: Dark Skies (about light pollution) and Triangulation: Extinction (about the loss of biodiversity). Tell us a story we won’t forget. Theme: Triangulation: Habitats. Sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings. Show us places we want to live that never existed or that we don’t know ever existed. Past, present, and future domiciles for humans, aliens, and fantasy creatures. Ideally, the story plot will hinge on the habitat design. Let us hear about a new way to live, thriving, not merely surviving. What does it mean to live sustainably in outer space, underground, in the sea, floating in the atmosphere? What does sustainability look like in a fantasy setting? Is the mana running out? Eye of newt getting scarce? Gnomes in the septic system? Consider an Earthship, a faerie mound, a hobbit house, a generation starship where everything is recycled, a living starship where humans live in symbiosis with their environment, a forest city, a treehouse on Yggdrasil. What will Biosphere 3 look like? A research station on Mars? The first or thirty-first lunar colony? Flying houses. Tiny houses. Ultrasmart houses. Longhouses. Cave dwellings, cliff dwellings, teepees, igloos, tents, yurts, polystyrene dome homes, sandbag homes, straw bale homes. Moated castles with crenelated battlements, slitted archery windows, double walls, drawbridges, spiral staircases curved to put a right-handed attacker at a disadvantage. Spires, minarets, secret passages, dungeons, wells, narrow twisty streets in a surrounding…

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Taking Submissions: Dark Hearts

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: .01 cents per word Theme: The twisted side of love Heartbreak. Obsession. Grief. Jealousy. Love can turn tainted, even cruel. Picture the ghost who won’t stop haunting the man who jilted her. The husband who will go to gruesome lengths to keep his wife alive. The stalker who’d rather kill her victims than face their rejection. Dark Hearts will be an anthology of stories exploring the twisted side of love. We’re looking for stories that jump off the page. Stories that chill, shock or disturb us. Stories that move us or make us laugh… grimly. Length: Anything between 1,000 – 6,000 words. Payment: 0.01 USD per word via PayPal. Publication: E-book and print. Deadline: 28th February 2021 We accept simultaneous submissions but no reprints please. Multiple submissions not accepted. Email your submission as a Word document to [email protected] with “Dark Hearts ” in the subject line. Include an author bio of approx. 50 words plus 1-2 links. Please see our Submission Guidelines for more information on formatting. Via: Ghost Orchid Press.

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Taking Submissions: Good Southern Witches

February 28

Deadline: February 28, 2021 Payment: $25 and a contributors copy Theme: Stories about witches that take place in the Southern United States Good Southern Witches Curious Blue Press is a new independent publisher of fantasy and horror fiction and occult nonfiction. Curious Blue Press’s first open submission call is for its Good Southern Witches short story anthology. Your story should be a complete and satisfying tale of magic. Light, dark, humorous, serious, all okay, just nothing too experimental, sexy, or violent. The story should take place in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, OR at least prominently feature a character or characters from one of these settings. Avoid the explained supernatural: If Velma pulls off the villain’s rubber mask, there should be a real witch beneath it. If your witch isn't good, make sure your witch is good at it. You and your characters may be of any race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. To avoid cultural appropriation, you are encouraged to write from your own culture. 2K to 5K words. A little over, a little under is fine. Stories due February 28, 2021. New stories only, no reprints. Payment is $25/story (upon acceptance) plus a physical copy of the anthology. The author will, of course, retain the copyright, but Curious Blue Press will require exclusivity of six months after publication date. Author will be required to sign an agreement granting Curious Blue Press the right to include story in the Good Southern Witches anthology and guaranteeing the story has not been published previously. A word for anyone who hasn’t experienced the editing process: If your story is selected—unless you’re the reincarnation of Shirley Jackson—you will receive suggested edits via Word’s “Track Changes” function. You may reject the edits, but, if the edit…

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​Taking Submissions: Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales (EARLY)

February 28

Magician stand on rock with river and sci-fi city at night. Digital painting Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: $0.01 per word + contributor copy Theme: ​Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish Open for Submissions: February 1 - 28, 2021 Expected Publication: 2022 Story Length: up to 7,500 words Payment: $0.01 per word + contributor copy Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no. For this, the third installment of Punked Up Fairy Tales, we are excited to mash the world of cyberpunk together with fairy tales and see what sort of magic results. Embracing the high-tech/low-life aspect of cyberpunk will give these stories both the sleek coolness of futuristic technology and the grittiness of traditional fairy tales. Give me a story of Rapunzel trapped in a tower of circuits rather than stones, of trolls who live under bridges as well as those who do their work behind a keyboard — or whatever passes for a keyboard in the future. What if Snow White was a computer and the apple a virus? What if Hansel and Gretel were hackers following digital breadcrumbs? Or Cinderella was a program who must stop running by midnight or else? Don't rely exclusively on imaginative technology to make your story stand out in a crowd — make sure you nail all the other important parts of a story as well. Plot. Character. Setting. You know the list. Original fairy tales are welcome, as are retellings. If you choose to retell a familiar favourite, make sure your story offers something new and interesting. I’d rather see stories that reflect the long history of fairy tales as social commentary than those which simply tell the same story with a different setting. I am excited to read stories set all…

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Taking Submissions: Gabba Gabba Hey – A Ramones Anthology

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: $25 dollars and a 33 ⅓ % royalty, split between the writers, and a contributors copy Theme: A story based on the theme of any Ramones song “WELL, I THINK WE'RE THE GREATEST ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD.." - JOEY RAMONE Formed in 1974, the Ramones were one of the quintessential punk bands. Fast, loud, and in your face, they captured the anger and ennui of a generation.  Teenagers for decades have identified with the themes in their quick, sparse lyrics and driving music. Ramones wrote anthems for the disaffected. We want fiction that reflects that. What we're looking for: Pick a song title (seriously, the Ramones have 13 studio albums of original material to pick from). Use the song as an outline or use it as the theme of the story. Make sure there is some kind of connection to the original song. Lots of people want to write "Somebody Put Something in My Drink". What can you do with "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" or "Rockaway Beach?" Keep it punk and keep it stripped down: 2k to 4k words only. Preference is for clean narratives. This is punk storytelling. Don't over intellectualize it. We're not looking for stories that specifically feature the Ramones and they don't have to be set in the '70s or '80s either. Submissions will open on January 1, 2021 and close on February 28, 2021. Send all submissions to [email protected] as either .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Don't worry about formatting, but make it easy to read. No weird fonts. What you get if we pick up your story: $25 dollars and a 33 ⅓ % royalty, split between the writers. A contributor's copy Why? 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the last Ramones concert, and we…

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Taking Submissions: Kaleidotrope (Early Listing)

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD for fiction and $5 per poem Theme: Speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Kaleidotrope publishes predominantly speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all. We’d suggest looking through the archives to familiarize yourself with the zine, and/or checking out other work by our past contributors, to get a sense of what we’re looking for and what we like. We are also interested in publishing diverse writers. Kaleidotrope welcome writers of color and other groups, as well as work that represents the diversity of characters we want to see more of. Fiction We have no minimum or maximum word count but strongly prefer stories over 250 words and under 10,000. Poetry We consider all forms. However, individual haiku, or other very short poems, may be a tougher sell. Artwork We are looking for primarily full-color illustrations to serve as cover art. We currently do not commission new cover artwork or pieces to appear with individual stories and poems. The best way to submit artwork is to email a link to your online portfolio or gallery, though you may also send individual pieces for consideration. Reprints Kaleidotrope does not consider fiction or poetry reprints. This includes work that has appeared on your personal website or in public online forums. We do, however, consider artwork that has appeared in online galleries or elsewhere, provided you own the copyright to the piece and any characters depicted therein. (Sorry, no fan-art.) Rights For fiction and poetry, we buy…

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Contest: Crystal Lake Publishing Shallow Waters Contest: Clowns, Carnivals, and Sideshows!

February 28

Deadline: February 28th, 2021 Payment: $0.03 per word and inclusion in an anthology Theme: Clowns, Carnivals, and Sideshows! Note: Apologies for the quick deadline, I missed this being posted Your March theme is... Clowns, Carnivals and Sideshows! Authors, you have up to 1,000 words to write a Dark Fiction / Horror story based on this theme. The submission deadline is end of February at midnight. Please send your submission in the body of an email to [email protected], with the title of your story as the subject email. Payment includes $0.03 per word, publication in an upcoming Shallow Waters anthology, and an author spotlight on our Patreon page and newsletter. We'll post the best stories here on Patreon for our $5 and higher patrons to read, after which they'll vote for the winner. Authors are not allowed to vote for their own stories. Have fun! Via: Crystal Lake Publishing's Patreon.

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