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Taking Submissions: History (Rated R)

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: Royalties Theme: Historical fiction, with dragons Deadline – September 30th, 2021 Publication – December 2021 Word Count – 5,000-15,000 Theme – Historical Fiction. Any person, location, or time period accepted as long as dragons are included. Note: Dragons need to be part of the storyline. They cannot be mentioned in passing. * 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. Via: Dragon Soul Press.

Taking Submissions: Dragons and Heroines (D&H) (Rated R)

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: Royalties Theme: Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons. Deadline – September 30th, 2021 Publication – January 2022 Word Count – 7,000-15,000 Theme – Any stories involving a female Main Character and dragons. Publisher INFORMATION Company name: Dragon Soul Press Anthology Submission Email: [email protected] Website: http://dragonsoulpress.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonsoulpress/ Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/listing/26543/dragon-soul-press The Grinder: https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market/Index?id=9529   CHECKLIST Introduction of author This is not where the biography goes. Author Contact Information / Pen name MUST be included with real name. If real name is same as pen name, state so in email. Author Biography in Third Person in 100-200 words Mandatory minimum of 100. Submission Word Count Also applies to poetry. Word count. Not line count. Submission Formatted in Times New Roman 12 PT Font. One-inch margins. No indentations. No double-spacing. No extra spacing between paragraphs. No chapters. Only DOC and DOCX accepted.Format video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjuYtJWIBI Format image example at bottom of page. Summary/Query Letter Summarized outline of all major events within the story. All emails should be addressed as “Dear Editor” Email subject and file name must be as follows – “Story Title by Author Name for (Name of) Anthology” All of the author’s social media links, including website if applicable Author must have an active social media account.   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 publish duplicate stories within DSP. Authors get 30% Royalties for first year from date of publication. Afterwards, 30% of all proceeds go to a charity chosen by the Publisher. Story rights – The Publisher permanently reserves the right to publish the Work within the Anthology while the Author keeps ownership rights to the Work. Do not submit anthology stories with chapters....

Taking Submissions: Aurealis Magazine (Australian and New Zealand Authors)

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words, A$20 is for unsolicited work. Theme: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered Note: This date range is ONLY for Australian and New Zealand Authors authors Submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers: 1 February – 30 September Submissions from anyone anywhere: 1 July  – 31 July 2021 Subscribers are fast-tracked through the assessment process. Fiction guidelines Aurealis is looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered, but we do not want stories that are derivative in nature, particularly those based on TV series. We do not publish horror without a supernatural element. Although we are an Australian-based publication, we are open to submissions in English from anywhere in the multiverse during specific reading periods. Stories containing an unacceptable number of spelling mistakes and typos, and those that do not conform to our guidelines in other ways, will be rejected automatically. This may seem harsh, but we are being honest about it. Please take the time to polish your work in every way before you send it to us. Aurealis pays between A$20 and A$60 per 1000 words, but assume the lower rate for unsolicited submissions.  Payment is made soon after the publication of the issue containing your story. Minimum payment is A$20. You will also receive a free electronic copy of the issue containing your story. We buy First Electronic Publication Rights and the non-exclusive rights to include the story in a print and digital anthology. All other rights remain with the contributor. The story must not be published elsewhere for a period of twelve months after it appears...

Taking Submissions: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures through the Multiverse

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: $100 OR $50 plus a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits (whichever amount is GREATER) and a contributor's copy Theme: Traditional Sherlock Holmes stories, but with a twist, in that every story will feature an adventure from a different universe. Sherlock Holmes: Adventures through the Multiverse We’ve read about the many cases that Holmes and Watson have handled from 221B Baker Street over their long career together, but what cases were handled from the other 221B Baker Street, or the other, other one? Adventures through the Multiverse will answer those questions. They will be traditional Sherlock Holmes stories, but with a twist, in that every story will feature an adventure from a different universe. Possibly Watson may be the detective and Holmes is his chronicler. Perhaps Lestrade is the detective and Holmes works at Scotland yard. Maybe young Holmes is one of the Baker Street Irregulars. Maybe Mycroft is the detective and Sherlock works for the government. Perhaps Holmes and Watson reside in the American Old West, or in Ancient Rome, or in Feudal Japan, or even in a futuristic moon base. The choice is up to you!!! Guidelines: These should be traditional Sherlock Holmes adventures that fit into the timeline of the original canon. It will be ok to use a slight sci-fi twist in that, in your multiverse, in the year 1881 smartphones existed as their industrial age happened centuries earlier than ours. If you decide to go this or a similar route, they should not be the focus of the story or detract from a traditional feel. Please start your story with a designation of which multiverse this story takes place in (You can give your multiverse a name i.e. "Animal Multiverse" where every humanoid is an animal like in Zootopia, or...

Taking Submissions: Love Bites

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: $20 Theme: Grisly short stories of love- gone WRONG. Submissions open from July 1st to September 30th. Send your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading "STORY TITLE - AUTHOR NAME".  Accepted authors will receive $20 through paypal. ​ For our first ever horror anthology "Love Bites" we seek grisly short stories of love- gone WRONG. Offer us your tales of doomed lovers, toxic relationships, broken hearts and unrequited desires - but remember - your tale must have a supernatural twist or element!  ​ We ask that you avoid submitting stories about vampires and werewolves- We will of course consider a vampire or werewolf story but keep in mind you'll have to make it extra compelling for us to accept it.  ​ Your story must be between 1,000-8,000 words.  Ensure that any scenes of a sexual nature are necessary and non-exploitative, and avoid graphic "torture porn" levels of violence. Any submissions not following these guidelines will be rejected. ​ 1. Email your submission to [email protected] Include your name and the title of your submission in the subject header. ​ 2. Your work must be double-spaced and in a 12pt, PROFESSIONAL font. If you send us a manuscript typed in Comic Sans, WingDings, or Papyrus, your work will be ritually sacrificed to an eldritch clown deity. DO NOT use the "tab" or "space" key to indent your paragraphs - use the ruler at the top of the page or Microsoft Word's paragraph tool.  ​ 3. Make sure you're satisfied with the piece you're submitting. We'll be happy to consider edits before the release date, but be sure to proofread to the best of your ability beforehand.  ​ 4. As a formality, in the body of your email, please provide a brief cover letter letting us know a little about yourself and...

Taking Submissions: L is for Lycanthropes

Deadline: September 30th, 2021 Payment: £10 Theme: L is for Lycanthropes L is for Lycanthropes – Submissions open August 1st. Deadline September 30th.  Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage. We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies – The A-Z of Horror. The series will be based on a variety of themes and will consist of twenty-six books in total. We are looking for short horror stories, between 4000 and 8000 words, on each of the themes listed below. You may submit to more than one book, but we will only include a maximum of one story from each author, in each book. Being accepted into one book does not guarantee acceptance into one of the others. The story must be your own work, to which you hold the rights. The story must not be available elsewhere and, if accepted, we will hold the rights to it for three months from the date of publication. After that time, you may use the story however you wish. Any sub-genre of horror is suitable, even extreme, so long as the story fits the theme of that book and does not include anything which may unnecessarily cause offence (glorification of child abuse, rape, bestiality, etc.). Payment for the story will be £10, to be paid by PayPal, as well as a contributor’s e-book of the finished book. Please send submissions in a Word document (ideally Times New Roman 12pt, single spaced) to [email protected] with the title of the book you are submitting to in the subject line. Please ensure you have included your name on the Word document. If you have any queries, feel free...

Taking Submissions: Corvid Queen (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 1st-30th, 2021 Payment: $5 Theme: Original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. Thanks for your interest in our journal! Corvid Queen will be open for submissions from September 1-31, 2021. We’re excited to introduce our first-ever guest reader for this submission period! Wen-yi Lee is a writer of speculative fiction hailing from Singapore. Her work has been published by Strange Horizons, Speculative City, Luna Station Quarterly, and Sword & Kettle Press. She can be found on Twitter at @wenyilee_. GENERAL GUIDELINES We’re looking for original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. Although we started as a magazine of fairy tales, we’re now open to pieces based on or related to fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, and pop culture. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and pieces that are in-between. For prose, we accept stories of up to 5,000 words. Please note that you do not need to be female or femme to submit a piece; writers of any gender identity and expression are welcome. (We’re listed on Duotrope & Submission Grinder - Fiction, Poetry.) PROCESS How to Submit: To submit a piece, please fill out our Airtable submission form . You may submit one piece per reading period. Our submission form is unfortunately not able to send an automatic response or a copy of your submission; if you aren’t sure if your submission has gone through, please email [email protected] We’re always happy to check! Payment: We offer an honorarium of $5 for each accepted piece. Acceptance: If your piece is accepted, you’ll receive an email with a publication date & a contract to digitally sign. We’ll follow up a week or two before your publication date with payment confirmation, any suggested edits to...

Taking Submissions: The Clockwork Chronicles

Deadline: September 30, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Stories of adventure, mystery, and romance set within a retro-futuristic alternative history of either the Victorian era or the American wild west. A steampunk adventure anthology. Journey through an alternate history, where steam and steel rule. Welcoming stories of adventure, mystery, and romance set within a retro-futuristic alternative history of either the Victorian era or the American wild west.   Deadline: September 30, 2021 Word count : 3,000 – 7,000 words Author eligibility : All authors aged 18+ are welcome Author Compensation: Free digital copy & $10.00 USD Reprints : Not allowed Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed How to submit : Follow classic shunn formatting guidelines -Send your story as a Word (.doc) format attachment to [email protected] -Your document name must include the anthology name, your pen name, and the story title. -Your email subject should be “ – – ” -The body of the email must contain the name of the anthology, the word count, the author’s real name, and the author’s pen name -Please include a 100-150 word bio Via: Madhouse Books.