Taking Submissions: Empire of Beasts

Deadline: December 1st, 2022 Payment: $40 Theme: Stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures The prompt: Lost Boys is looking for 8-10 stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures. This is your time to be utterly creative! What do you think, say, a society of cats would look like if they could walk and talk as humans do? What would their religion be? What would their world look like? What societal standards would they have? What would their homes be made of? Their favorite foods? You don’t have to use cats, you are free to use any creature you wish! Parameters: Every genre qualifies. No rape, gore, incest, or child abuse. Must be at least 3k but no more than 9k. Submissions must be in Times New Roman, 12pt. No headers, please. List your story’s title and your author name at the top of the document, along with your email address - you don’t have to include your postal address! Submissions open on September 1st, 2022 and will close on December 1st, 2022. We encourage gender fluidity, gender-bending, LGBTQIA+ retellings, and whatever else feels appropriate to YOU for the story you want to tell. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line: “Empire of Beasts Submission” Submissions may be sent in the body of the email or via attachment. The choice is yours. PLEASE, pay attention to the guidelines, as any submission not adhering to them will be automatically disqualified. Accepted authors will receive $40 (30 days after publication date) and one free digital copy of the completed anthology. Via: Lost Boys Press.

Taking Submissions: Book Worms #1

Deadline: December 1st, 2022 Payment: 8 cents per word Theme: All forms of horror Book Worms is a new mail order only zine launching in 2023 (6 issues planned). Deadline is December 1, 2022 Seeking original short fiction 500 – 3000 words. Payment is .08 per word. No reprints, exclusive rights for one year from publication. Simultaneous submissions okay. English language only. No multiple submissions. Open to all HORROR sub-genres. No romance or erotica. Create something new and cool! Be brave! Only properly formatted stories will be considered. Submit your story as an email attachment labeled like this LASTNAME_STORYTITLE along with a brief cover letter using the subject line Book Worms Submission to [email protected] I’m also looking for original artwork, so if you’re interested, send me a brief email along with a link to your portfolio or samples. Payment varies. *Tip: Be really old school and mail your submission to: La Regina Studio/Grundy Commons/925 Canal Street/Bristol, PA 19007 Via: R. Saint Claire.

Taking Submissions: We’re Infested!

Deadline: December 1st, 2022 Payment: Royalties Theme: Vermin "We're Infested!" Vermin, birds, bugs, and everything in between or adjacent. Maybe there's one too many, maybe there's an army too many, but these aren't stories about finding them in the wild. It's about them coming to you, scratching at your door, disrupting your peace, and obliterating your comfort zone. Death by a thousand bites. Or just one big one. The deadline is December 1st. Payment is royalties upon a negotiable contract. 1k to 6k words. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if they alert me of an acceptance ASAP. They can send submissions to this email address: [email protected] Please submit in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, in the form of a Microsoft Word document. Coming from Raven Tale Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores December 2022 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: December 1st-2nd, 2022 Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints, For artwork: $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used. Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. Note: Reprints welcome     Submissions Schedule We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020: The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T. Only one submission per person. For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers. We pay 8¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles. For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word. We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here. You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc. Writers Guidelines We accept new work as well as reprints, prose and poetry, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces...

Taking Submissions: Never Wake: An Anthology of Dream Horror

Deadline: December 4th, 2022 Payment: 8 cents per word Theme: Dream Horror Crystal Lake Publishing; See Web site. Editors: Kenneth W. Cain and Tim Meyer. The Theme: “We’re looking for scary, mind-bending stories featuring dreams, nightmares, hallucinations, messed-up psychedelic experiences, and various elements of phantasmagoria. Think sleep experiments gone awry and Freddy Krueger and ‘This is bat country!’ from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, but maybe the bats are real and maybe they are vampires? Feel free to bring the weird, the trippy, and the surreal in large doses. Some movies we like for reference are: DREAMSCAPE, NOES series, THE CELL, COME TRUE, FROM BEYOND, ALTERED STATES, INCEPTION, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, CLIMAX, and ANNIHILATION.” “We would like to see stories with unique perspectives and from diverse voices, and encourage all writers to submit. If possible, we would like to give a new writer their first professional sale. Please let us know if this would be your first pro sale in your cover letter (and please be honest).” “From this open call, we will be selecting approximately 8-10 stories to appear alongside tales from Laird Barron, Cynthia Pelayo, Eric LaRocca, Gwendolyn Kiste, Lee Murray, and Philip Fracassi. Sadie Hartmann will write a special introduction for the anthology.” “We are looking for works of fiction only. Poetry, nonfiction, or creative non-fiction will not be accepted.” Payment: “8¢/word.” Length: “2500-4500 words.” Submission window: “October 17-December 4, 2022. Please do not send submissions before October 17 or after December 4. Submissions sent outside the window will not be accepted.” Tentative publishing date: “September 2023.” Rights: “Exclusive first worldwide publication, print, and electronic rights for one year (from publication date), and non-exclusive rights thereafter.” Contributor Copies: “One paperback and e-book copy.” Simultaneous Submissions: “Yes. But please let us know if the story is accepted elsewhere. No multiples.” Turnaround: “We’re hoping to send out acceptances and rejections within 90 days. Due to the amount of...

Taking Submissions: Humour Me Christmas 2022 Edition

Deadline: December 10th, 2022 Payment: £25 (GBP) Theme: Funny Christmas Stories We want your festive stories for our Christmas special, fiction and non fiction! Min 1k words, Max 3k. These can be any sub-genre. Western Santa Claus? Zombie reindeer? Go for it as long as they have a humour/satirical element! As an added Christmas present, for this issue only (currently) we will be offering paid submissions! We will pay £25 (GBP) per accepted submission. Also, our favourite accepted submission will be paid £40! (GBP) Payments to be sent via PayPal. Payment to be made by Humour Me once acceptance has been offered and use of work agreed by both parties no later than the issue release date of the 17th December. You are free to make multiple submissions. All works submitted must not have been featured in any other published works, online or print. Submissions open from 9th November to midnight on 10th December (regardless of timezone) Please send all queries and submissions to: [email protected] Here at Humour Me, we have one primary rule for submissions : They must be funny. Any kind of funny. Silly, slapstick? Yes please. Satire? Lovely. Dark, horror based humour? Bring it on. Humour is subjective of course, but there are certain things that will not be accepted. Anything that reflects any discriminatory attitude against any race, gender, sexual identity, religion or ethnicity will not be tolerated. Submission is considered the authors permission to be displayed on the website and any downloaded editions of Humour Me. We reserve the right to edit any submitted works for display in the magazine. Authors may withdraw their submissions up to seven days before publication. Re-submissions will be considered, however all submissions to be exclusive to Humour Me. Once published, we have exclusivity for six months, and then non-exclusivity...

Taking Submissions: Solarpunk Magazine January 2023 Window

Submission Window: January 1st-14th, 2023 Payment: Fiction: 1500-7500 words ($.08 per word, $100 minimum), Poetry: up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter. ($40 per poem), Nonfiction: 1000-2000 words ($75 per essay or article), Cover Art: $100 for reprints, $200 for original unpublished, Interior Art: $50 for reprints, $100 for original unpublished Theme: Themes of defiance, change, and achievement. (Read below) (At the moment, our nonfiction department is always open for submissions. If the fiction portal is closed and you submit fiction through the open nonfiction portal, your submission will be rejected.) All submissions to Solarpunk Magazine are done via Moksha. Any submissions received via email will be deleted without a response. Please don’t email us to describe your story and ask if it’s something we’d be interested in before submitting. We appreciate the consideration, but its easier if you just submit the story through Moksha. Please read the full submission guidelines on down below or on our Moksha page before submitting your work. All submission periods end at 11:59 pm PST on the 14th of their given month. 2023 Submission Window Schedule: January 1-14 March 1-14 (Colorful Roots: BIPOC authors only) April 1-14 May 1-14 July 1-14 September 1-14 2023 Issue Release Schedule: Issue #7 – January 10 Issue #8 – March 14 Issue #9 – May 9 Issue #10 – July 11 (Theme: Colorful Roots)* Issue #11 – September 12 (Theme: Solarpunk Myths)** Issue #12 – November 14 *Submissions for the Colorful Roots themed issue will be accepted during our March submission window. This is to accommodate our guest editor’s (TBA) schedule. **Submissions for the Solarpunk Myths themed issue will be accepted during any open submission window. Please include #SolarpunkMyths in your cover letter. ***More information on 2023 themed issues can be found below in the Full Submission Guidelines...

Taking Submissions: The Alchemy Press Book of the Unknown

Submission Window: November 1st, 2022 to December 14th, 2022 Payment: 1p per word Theme: Dark fantasy stories set in the real world (preferably the modern one Submissions Call for The Alchemy Press Book of the Unknown Imagine a publication with stories set in the recognisable world – but with a shift in perspective, into the unknown. Perhaps even the unknowable. An unknown brimming with all things strange and weird … and a touch of horror. Think of stories you might have read in a magazine such as Unknown (later Unknown Worlds), edited by John W Campbell; in the pages of Fantastic, edited by Ted White; or watched in episodes of The Twilight Zone… Think of writers such as Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Helen Marshall, Charles Beaumont, Peter Atkins, Connie Willis, Roger Zelazny, Howard Waldrop, Harlan Ellison, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll… In which vein, The Alchemy Press proudly announces a call for submissions to a new forthcoming anthology: The Alchemy Press Book of the Unknown, edited by Peter Coleborn and Mike Chinn. We are looking for dark fantasy stories set in the real world (preferably the modern one, but we are flexible) which take an askance view of life. Tales which twist reality. Tales which alter a life (or many lives) forever – for good or ill, and in the strangest way. With a hint of horror. We do not want sword and sorcery, heroic fantasies, quest fantasies. We do not want stories set in out-and-out SF worlds, planets, or spaceships. We do not want stories that focus on horror – and certainly nothing intended to gross out the reader. No psychopathic killers. And no proselytising religious tales, whether metaphorical or not. The submission window will open on 1st November and run to 14th December 2022. All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Do not send your submissions outside...

JournalStone Is Open To Novels, Novellas, and Fiction Collections

Deadline: December 15th, 2022 Payment: Royalties Theme: Horror in all its forms—from literary to weird, Gothic to psychological, and (almost) everything in between. JournalStone Publishing is a small press focusing in the horror/science fiction/fantasy genres in both the adult and young adult markets. Please read the following guidelines carefully: Submissions are open from November 15th to December 15th, 2022. Submissions outside this window will be deleted unread. We want horror in all its forms—from literary to weird, Gothic to psychological, and (almost) everything in between. We’re looking for amazing stories from amazing authors, regardless of race, gender, religion—if you’ve got something good, we want it. (Please do not submit YA, romance, erotica, or religious fiction; we do not deal in those genres. Also note that anything involving vampires, werewolves, zombies, or serial killers will be a hard sell, currently.) Need a firm idea of what we’re looking for? Check out the JournalStone website. The title of your email subject line and file name should read: “--”. For example: King – Carrie – Novel. This should also be the title of your manuscript document. In the body of your email, please give us the word count, genre, and a brief synopsis (300-500 words) of the plot. Submissions without this information will be deleted unread. Please do not include your synopsis as an attachment. Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Attach the full manuscript as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file (absolutely no PDFs). Do not paste your manuscript into the body of the email. For proper formatting of your manuscript, please follow the Shunn way, though it’s not necessary to include your address and phone number–we’ll ask for those if your manuscript is accepted.  Ideal word count for novels and fiction collections: 50,000 – 90,000. Anything over about 120,000 words will be a hard sell unless it’s just outstanding.. Ideal word count for novellas: 20,000...

Taking Submissions: The Little Book of Cursed Dolls

  Deadline: December 15th, 2022 Payment: $40 CDN Theme: Cursed Dolls Submissions are now open for our upcoming anthology The Little Book of Cursed Dolls edited by Christabel Coleridge! Will be available in ebook and paperback. *Another open call with a Dark Web theme is coming soon. Send submissions to [email protected] Asking for 6-month exclusivity period, after which all rights revert back to author. Try to keep stories under 3500 words. Response time should be quick for accepted stories – unaccepted stories may not be replied to, depending on volume of submissions. Deadline is December 15, 2022. Token payment of $40 CDN to be paid by Paypal before publication (Late 2022 to early 2023) and early notification of new calls for accepted authors (with hopes to increase pay-rates). Via: Media Macabre.