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Taking Submissions: The Sacrament

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints. Theme: Religious Horror Note: Reprints Welcome From the editors that brought you, Welcome to the Funhouse via Blood Rites Horror, Kelly Brocklehurst and Jamie Stewart, comes a new collection of religious horror stories that will chill you to your core.   ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT? Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines may be rejected. Submissions will be accepted until July 1st, 2022. Please submit to [email protected], ensuring ’The Sacrament’ is in the subject line.   What we are looking for: Diversity among the religions represented (e.g., we don't want every story to focus on Catholicism). We encourage people to think outside the box when they write about what a religion is (e.g., invent a fictional religion or think about things that get cult followings, such as MLMs). We also encourage writers to have a good representation of POC, LGBTQ+, and strong female characters.   What we are NOT looking for: Please, do not submit stories that do not fit the theme. Submissions cannot contain graphic rape scenes. Please ensure any scenes of a sexual nature are necessary and non-exploitative.   Submissions must be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count, and author email address must be centred at the top of your submission. Submissions must be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman and double spaced. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. If your story is a reprint, please include its original publication details in your submission email. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology. Notify us by email at [email protected] if you...

Taking Submissions: THEMA – The Crumpled Yellow Paper

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10 Theme: The Crumpled Yellow Paper To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here . ALL SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS, POEMS, PHOTOGRAPHS and ART MUST RELATE TO ONE OF THE PREMISES SPECIFIED ABOVE. NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright. The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. NOTE: Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. Response time: 3 months after premise deadline.  NO READER'S FEE. Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747. Outside the US: email [email protected] On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display. Copyright reverts to author after publication. THEMA isn't for everyone. To find out why, click here. New to submitting manuscripts to journals? Click here to download a PDF file of a few basic guidelines. Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent. Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission.  BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise. No handwritten manuscripts will be considered. NOTE: We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S. For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord ― either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title...

Taking Submissions: It Came From the Trailer Park: Volume 2

(Cover for Volume 1) Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: Royalties Theme: Horror Comedy / Creature Feature After the success of the first Trailer Park anthology, we’ve decided to bring it back next year for another go. Stories should be original creature feature, horror-comedy with the same feel as The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. And of course, our heroes winning the day in all of their redneck glory. Genre: Horror Comedy / Creature Feature Word Count: 7,000 – 10,000 Edited by: William Joseph Roberts Anchor Author: Jonathan Maberry Due Date: July, 2022 Email submissions to: threeravenspublishing @ gmail dot com with “Trailer Park” in the subject line Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors. Please follow the Three Ravens submission guidelines that can be found here MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES We are looking for amazing stories from any genre that are fun to read and will take us on an adventure of epic proportions. Please download our standards template by clicking here Hard and fast rules of what not to send: Fan-fiction: Just simply don’t. It will be immediately deleted or tossed into the recycle bin. Gratuitous Sexuality: (i.e. smut, adult content) (Please, we know that there is a market out there for stories in this genre, but it’s not for us. Contact our affiliate, Tanglewood press for submission in this genre at tanglewoodromance (at) Gratuitous Abuse/Violence: While we at Three Ravens Publishing understand that graphic situations can alter or otherwise move the plot forward in ways that the reader may not expect when properly used, these elements should not, however, be the primary focus of the story. (i.e. torturous adult content). Discrimination: Again, whether racial, religious, social, etc.,...

Taking Submissions: Shotgun Honey – 2022 Flash Fiction

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: $15 Theme: Crime, Noir, or Hard-boiled flash fiction Established 2011, Shotgun Honey has been a steady outlet for crime, noir, and hard-boiled flash fiction. After a decade of submissions, we’ve seen nearly every permutation of the genre that can fit within this tiny 700 word world. So surprise us and send your best original crime flash stories. Please consider and follow the following guidelines prior to submitting. No Multiple Submissions1 700 words or less (recommended no less than 300 words) Genre is Crime, Noir, or Hard-boiled2 No content that could be deemed as condoning or promoting: sexual abuse child abuse animal abuse No romance, fetish, or adult fiction As of 2022, accepted flash submissions will receive $15 upon publication. Submit Your Story Due to overwhelming submissions and acceptances, submissions will be closed until July 1, 2022. 1. Submit only one story at a time. You may submit a new story as soon as your current submission is either accepted or rejected. 2. We have published western and horror fiction in the past, but unless otherwise stated, do not submit works outside the crime genre. You can submit your work at the following link. Note: The following isn't immediately clear. You do need to login to their in order for the submission form to appear and you can login or register right here. Via: Shotgun Honey.

Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal Summer Window 2022

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: One cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum) Theme: Fantastic Fiction You really NEED to read the description below. The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined. Therefore, we're interested in stories by writers who write about what they don't know, take us places we couldn't possibly go, and don't try to make us care about the characters. We would also suggest you take a look at the current issue, archives, and theory (especially the essay, "What is irrealism?") pages on this web site. We accept unsolicited fiction up to 2,000 words in length. Translations are welcome. There is no minimum length. We accept only electronic submissions via e-mail at [email protected] We cannot, due to the various computer viruses and worms, accept attachments anymore, so please paste your story into the body of the e-mail. Also include your name, address, e-mail address, and a short bio in the text of the submission; please put the word "submission" in the subject heading of the e-mail to ensure that your submission doesn't get lost among all the spam. We pay an honorarium of one cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum) to buy first-time internet rights (the story will then be archived). Payment is made upon publication. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DON'T ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS and are only interested in reprints in unusual cases (e.g., the story has appeared in print but...

Taking Submissions: Extremely Bizarre

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: £30 Theme: An extreme horror/bizarro anthology. An extreme horror/bizarro anthology. Theme: Stories must feature elements of both extreme horror and bizarro. Can be primarily extreme horror with bizarro elements, or vice versa. Length: 7000 words - 10,000 words. There will be fewer slots available for this one, so make your story count! Open: May 1st - July 1st. Submissions sent before/after will not be read. Compensation: £30 & a digital copy of the anthology. Expected publication date: August Simultaneous submissions: No Multiple submissions: Yes Reprints: No Cover and title subject to change. Email your submission to [email protected] Via: Planet Bizarro.

Taking Submissions: Still of Winter

Deadline: July 1st, 2022 Payment: $20 Theme: Fantasy, scifi, and horror stories set in winter where a tree plays an important role and are creepy In winter, there’s a stillness – a silence. As wet snowflakes fall, sounds are muffled. A hush lingers in the air. Bare trees reach upward from the frozen ground, grasping with their spindly branches. Swaying in the frigid breeze, brittle bark creaks and moans as the trees whisper ancient secrets to one another. Sentries, standing in the stillness. Watching. Learning new stories to share with each other long after we have gone.  This winter, we want to celebrate these majestic beings and what happens when the stillness is disturbed. Submission Info We’re looking for stories, poems, photos, and/or artwork that follow these guidelines: Respect the genre norms from the Fantasy, Horror, & Sci-fi genres (including the associated sub-genres). For an excellent overview of the elements within and differences between these genres, check out this link. We’re looking for stories, poems, photos, or artwork that feature: the winter season a tree that plays an important role in your stories, poems, artwork, or photographs. the creepier side of winter - the thrills and chills! Bring us pieces that will make us want to bolt the door and hide under our blankets – both from the chill in the air and the scares. NOTE: Send us your stories that unsettle, unnerve, frighten, discomfit, challenge, and/or just generally entertain. Please do not send us stories that glorify rape or abuse — especially of children or animals. We also will not include stories that promote bigoted thinking. While we recognize that some amount of violence is often seminal to these genres, we’re not interested in scenes that painstakingly, even lovingly, describe extreme violence. Word/Entry Limits: Short Stories (English only): Up...

Taking Submissions Folk Horror (Early Listing)

Submission Window: May 1st - July 1st, 2022 Payment: ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits - up to $70 CAD Theme: Folk Horror Welcome to our folk horror series!   We are searching for stories that fall into the theme of Folk Horror. ​ Theme: Give me your rituals, your sacrifices. Give me your isolated communities and their backwards practices. Give me your old or forgotten gods and the creatures that men fear to speak of above a whisper. Give me idols, pagan practices, and harvest festivals. Think movies like The Apostle, Wicker Man, Midsommar, The Ritual, and Kill List. Stories do not have to be set in modern day, or in our reality, but any fantasy submissions must be dark fantasy with an emphasis on the dark elements, and must have the intention to unsettle the readers. We’re looking for stories that explore the dark side of human nature in interesting and foreboding settings. In folk horror, setting is just as important as characters. We want stories dripping with atmosphere. Transport us, and give us a front row seat to your nightmares. ​ Please do not send stories with rape, gore for gore’s sake, or torturous adult content. Do not send stories that promote discrimination or hate speech. The editor for this anthology prefers to be creeped out, not grossed out. ​ With this call we are hoping to create two fantastic volumes, comprising of approximately 60k -  70k per book. Our goal is to make this a running series, so please send your best and make sure to support us by liking and sharing when you can.  ​ ​​Word count: 2000 - 7000 (Some wiggle room allowed - please let us know on the form, no need to email) ​ Payment: Flat rate payment ¢1 per word CAD after approved...