Taking Submissions: khōréō July 2021 Window (Early Listing)
Submission Window: July 1st -July 30th, 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word Theme: Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Note: You must identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. khōréō is a quarterly publication of stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. We’re especially interested in writing and art that explore some aspect of migration, whether explicitly (themes of immigration, colonialism, etc.), metaphorically, or with a sly nod and a wink. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, please don’t self-reject because you’re not sure if your work is a good fit. We won’t know until we see it, so please give us a chance to look! See submission requirements & how to submit at the following pages: Fiction Non-fiction Art Voice actors Who can submit? khōréō is dedicated to diversity and amplifying the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors and artists. We welcome, but do not require, a brief description of the author’s/artist’s identity in their cover letter. We invite you to submit if you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced...
Taking Submissions: Of Fire and Stars
Deadline: July 30th, 2021 Payment: Up to 3000 words $10.00, Up to 5000 words $15.00, Above 5001 words $20.00 Theme: Dark Fae and the fairy world, a LGBTQIA+ Dark Fantasy anthology Submission Open: June 1, 2021 Submission Close: July 30, 2021 - End of day, last place on earth Publishing timeline: 2022 Title and Cover to be determinded LGBTQIA+ Dark Fantasy anthology Theme: Dark Fae and the fairy world Eerie River is, and forever will be, inclusive in every way. We are looking for LGBTQIA+ characters to be featured within the story itself. Who can submit? This anthology is open to everyone. Bring us your foolish humans, your dark flesh-eating fae. Entice us with your magic and let us feast on the carnage you create. We are looking for unique character-driven stories with a strong fantasy storyline. Happy endings not required. Rated R stories welcome. Although some romance is welcome, please note we are not looking for a romance story. Dark fantasy tends to delve heavily into the grim, with dark themes throughout. We are not looking for erotica, but will not shy away from a sex scene or two if it is necessary to the plot. We are not looking for a retelling of a classic tale or fan fiction. Word count: 2000 - 8000 Some wiggle room allowed above the limit. Compensation: Flat rate per story (after approved edits) - Up to 3000 words $10.00 - Up to 5000 words $15.00 - Above 5001 words $20.00 We are also hoping to be able to offer a bonus payment should the sales reach a specific target profit after expenses. This detail will be outlined within the contract Formatting guidelines: Please read carefully We are reading these stories blind. Do not add your...
Taking Submissions: Night Terrors anthology
Deadline: July 30, 2021 Payment: 1 cent per word ($10 for every 1,000 words prorated, $50 for every 5,000 words prorated, and so on) Theme: Unpublished short horror stories that focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales. Scare Street is accepting submissions for short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales. Unpublished short stories must be 3,000-7,000 words and will be included in our Night Terrors anthologies consisting of ~65,000 words each. These stories will be published in e-book, print, and audio formats in English within 6 months after the submissions close date. Based on reader reception, we may also publish them in e-book, print, and audio formats in German and Spanish. WHO ARE WE? Scare Street is a horror publishing company dedicated to helping fellow horror lovers experience sleepless nights. We’ve been around since September 2015 and have published 200+ e-book and paperback titles along with 150+ audiobooks (and counting!). WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? Get visibility from thousands of horror readers. We will promote your work on our email list (12,000+ subscribers), Facebook Page (30,000+ followers), Facebook Group (12,000+ members), Pinterest (nearly 200k+ monthly views) and the rest of our social media channels. Afterwards, thousands of readers on Amazon and other retailers will organically find your stories. Our first few volumes clenched the top 3 new release spots in horror anthologies category and continue to be found on the first page of various horror categories. Work with an experienced publisher. We’ve been publishing high-quality manuscripts, non-stop for 5+ years. We’ve ironed out the kinks and know what it takes to bring stories to the masses, operationally. And we know a few things about getting your stories read, too! Distribution in e-book, print, and audio formats, in various languages....
Taking Submissions: Mysterion Fall 2021
Submission Window: July 1st - July 31st, 2021 Payment: 8 cents/word and 4 cents/word for reprints Theme: Speculative stories--science fiction, fantasy, horror--with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology Note: Reprints welcome Fiction Guidelines Technical details Stories can be up to 9000 words (thanks, Patreon supporters!). This is a hard limit--our submission system will enforce it. We pay 8 cents/word for original stories (or original translations of stories that have not previously appeared in English), and 4 cents/word for reprints (thanks again, Patreon!). Authors are paid once we've agreed on edits and signed a contract, prior to earliest publication (generally on our Patreon page). We are seeking 6 months' exclusive worldwide publication rights for original works (with exceptions for established Best of the Year anthologies), and non-exclusive worldwide print and electronic rights thereafter for both original works and reprints. We want to publish your story online in our webzine and keep it there indefinitely. We're also acquiring the right to offer ebook versions of the stories we publish, as Patreon rewards or for purchase; and to publish a print and ebook anthology of all the stories that appeared in the webzine over a given 1- or 2-year period. For original fiction, we want to be the only place publishing it for the first 6 months; after that, you're welcome to publish it anywhere else in any format you like. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. If multiple writers co-write a story, we consider each distinct group of writers a different submitter. In other words, if two people co-write a story, and they submit the co-written story, and each of them also submits a story written on their own, that would not violate our no multiple submissions policy. Submitting two stories co-written by the same two people would violate our no multiple submissions policy. Don't resubmit a story we've...
Taking Submissions: All Dark Places 3
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: Royalties Deadline – July 31st, 2021 Publication – October 2021 Word Count – 5,000-15,000 Theme – In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level. 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. Royalties are paid quarterly. Anthology story rights revert back to the author after one year from publication date. Do not submit anthology stories with chapters. All submissions will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the anthology’s deadline. After receiving edits back, the author has two weeks to return the submission for formatting. POETRY SUBMISSIONS: All poetry needs to be contained within a single email. Each poem should be in a separate document. Haikus may be grouped together. Via: Dragon Soul Press.
Taking Submissions: Antifa Splatterpunk (Early Listing)
Submission Window: July 1st, 2021 – July 31st, 2021 Payment: $100 Theme: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories This summer, I’ll be editing ANTIFA SPLATTERPUNK, an anthology dedicated to–you guessed it–anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements. Just keep it anti-fascist. The anthology is open to all writers, but I would especially like submissions from antifascist writers of marginalized groups. Note that some writers have specifically been invited to contribute. The anthology will be a mix of solicited stories and stories selected from the open call submission period. Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints. Open for submissions July 1st, 2021 – July 31st, 2021. I will announce accepted submissions by August 31st, 2021. Anthology will be published as both an electronic and print book in winter 2021. OTHER SUBMISSION CONSIDERATIONS If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh. I’m fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror. Yes, make it anti-fascist, but don’t be moralizing. I want nuance. Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not. I don’t want stories with graphic depictions of sexual violence. This is a splatterpunk anthology, so gore and extreme elements are encouraged, but make sure they serve story, character, and theme. FORMAT Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format. We won’t read it if you do. Please send submission to [email protected] Include your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g., Firstname Lastname— “Fascism...
Taking Submissions: 34 Orchard Fall 2021 (Early Listing)
Submission Window: July 1 - July 31st, 2021 Payment: $50 Theme: Dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. What We Publish At 34 Orchard, we like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit. We are an international journal and welcome submissions from everyone, all over the world. Word Counts Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words Poetry any style or length When We Publish We publish two issues per year, one in the spring (April) and one in the fall (November). Issues are hosted on this site as PDFs. Reading Period Our reading period for the Spring Issue is January 1-January 31. Our reading period for the Fall Issue is July 1-July 31. We only accept submissions, therefore, during January and July. Anything submitted to us outside those months will be deleted unread, and no response will be sent. Simultaneous Submissions Yes, we welcome and encourage them! Just notify us at [email protected] if it’s been accepted elsewhere as soon as you know. Multiple Submissions No. We only consider one piece of fiction per writer at a time. Poetry: you may send up to three at once as three separate documents attached to one email. Reprints No. We don’t accept anything from our open submissions call that has been previously published. How to Submit and Formatting Industry Standard (see Shunn), Times New Roman 12 point font/Double spaced Send as a .doc only (no docx, rtf, pdf) attachment to [email protected] Please note that if you send us anything but a .doc, your story will be automatically rejected unread. We will not be...
Taking Submissions: K is for Kidnap
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: £10 Theme: K is for Kidnap Being kidnapped must be a pretty terrifying ordeal – we’re looking for stories that convey that feeling of terror but we’re also looking for diversity. Think about who is being taken and by whom, are the kidnappers even human? 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 to get in touch...
Taking Submissions: Spirit Machine (Early Listing)
Submission Window: June 1st - July 31st, 2021 Payment: $0.08/word Theme: Stories that merge Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk. We are seeking stories that drift in alternate realities of Spirit Machine, an anthology that merges Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk. To be published in the Winter of 2021 by the Air and Nothingness Press. Theme Seance Fiction - A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, ouiji/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking) and Science Fiction and/or Steampunk genres. Be wild, take chances, submit stories that are left of center. Show us your fireworks! Stories must combine elements of both Spiritualism and Science Fiction/Steampunk SF. No fantasy stories, no standalone ghost stories, no SF without aspects of Spiritualism. All stories are requested to be between 1500 and 3500 words in length. How to submit: Email your story to us. Submission Dates Submissions open: June 1, 2021 Submissions close: July 31, 2021 Reading/Review begins: August 1, 2021 Reading/Review ends: September 30th, 2021 All authors will be contacted by: October 15, 2021 Download the complete OC submission PDF here. General Submission Information We like to seek out new authors and book ideas ourselves rather than be contacted directly because we are a small, self-funded press, and only publish 4 books a year. We usually offer open call submissions on anthologies we decide to do, or we contact authors directly if we have particular needs. Ideal story lengths are between 1000-3000 words. We pay upon $0.08/word for the stories we publish. All of our books are limited editions of between 100 and 125 copies and we prefer to print physical books over creating ebooks. If, however, you are familiar with the sort of books we publish and you have a smashingly provocative collection of stories, a unique novella or...
Taking Submissions: 𝘊𝘦𝘤𝘪 𝘯’𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘥’𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘶𝘳 (𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺)
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: £15 and a contributors copy Theme: Horror-focussed stories inspired and influenced by the transgressive fiction genre We have a very exciting announcement to make today; we are now officially open for submissions to our debut anthology, titled Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story). The title is inspired by artist René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, and we are seeking short stories of surrealist, transgressive fiction with a horror twist. Our cover art will be finalised and uploaded to this page in the near future. If this has piqued your interest, please scroll down for the full details! What are We Looking For? First and foremost, we are looking for the unusual and the provocative. We are seeking horror-focussed stories inspired and influenced by the transgressive fiction genre. Short fiction in a similar vein to authors such as Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, Poppy Z. Brite, William S. Burroughs, Brett Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and Hubert Selby Jr.. In terms of setting and theme, we are open to anything, so long as the narrative bears the hallmarks of transgressive fiction; protagonists that rebel against society and its norms, themes of struggling with one’s own identity, disillusionment and frustration. How those concepts are interpreted and presented is up to you. We are also open to the experimental and the abstract. Stories that play around with standard form and convention. Think short fiction similar to that found in Paul Tremblay’s Growing Things and Other Stories. The more bizarre, the better. We are not the squeamish sort, so be as wild and grotesque as you wish. Erotic content is fine too and will be considered, so long as it exists to serve the narrative. More or less anything goes, though if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We encourage...
Taking Submissions: Beneath the Yellow Lights
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $10 and a contributor's copy Theme: A modern world overrun by fantasy, details below! Thank you for your interest in Oddity Prodigy Productions! We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our latest anthology "Beneath the Yellow Lights" a collection of stories featuring urban magic and fantasy. On the heels of our successful horror anthology "Scary Stuff" we decided to change gears and move into the realm of the mystical! The details are listed below in this email. We look forward to your submissions, Oddity Prodigy Productions Details: Oddity Prodigy Productions is proud to announce we are open for submissions on our latest anthology: Beneath the Yellow Lights! This will be the second anthology published by OPP to accept submissions, following the success of Scary Stuff, our previous anthology. There is a planned kickstarter to cover publishing costs. Publishing date and distribution is as yet undecided. The deadline for Submissions is July 31st, 2021 What We’re Looking For: Imagine your favorite coffee shop is run by elves, or the band playing speed metal at the club is made up entirely of orcs. That graffiti on the side of the building that seems too high for humans to have reached? Maybe it was painted by wizards? Beneath the Yellow Lights is the place to explore the urban fantasy landscape! Finding the places where magic and modern day meet is our goal. We are looking for urban fantasy stories that feature fantasy elements such as magic and mythical creatures in urban environments. Take a look at the Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher, the works of Charles de Lindt, Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty series, or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. What We’re Not Looking For: We aren’t looking for science fiction, futurism, cyberpunk, high fantasy...
Taking Submissions: Mythic Magazine 2021 Submission Call #1
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $0.04 cent a word and a contributors copy Theme: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. MYTHIC is seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. We publish both new, original fiction. Authors are encouraged to submit their stories during the specific reading periods listed below. Reading Periods June 1 through July 31 December 1 through January 31 Guidelines Works should be between 2,000-6,000 words. (No wiggle room above or below.) 1.) Submit in Standard Manuscript Format We prefer Times New Roman or Courier and 12 point type. Double-spaced pages. Do not have tabs in your manuscript; please set first line indents. Please include your name and contact information at the beginning of the story. Submit in .doc, .docx, .rtf format. 2.) Please NO simultaneous or multiple submissions. Rights Purchased: For NEW/UNPUBLISHED FICTION, We are purchasing World English Rights Following an exclusivity period, all other rights revert to the author. MYTHIC retains a nonexclusive right to keep stories in the issue they appear for as long as the issue remains in print. Compensation: At this time, we PAY $0.04 CENTS A WORD for NEW short fiction. We provide authors with one free copy of the issue in which their story appears. Payment made upon publication via PayPal. (We are not responsible for any transaction fees). To submit fiction: Send all stories to [email protected] Your story should be attached. Put “New Submission: Title of Your Story” in the subject line. Please include your name, title, word count, and contact information in the body of the email. Note on nonfiction: All articles and other content are chosen in-house. Please do not submit queries at this time. If you have further questions, use the contact form. Thank you for your interest in MYTHIC. Via: Mythic Magazine.
Taking Submissions: Aurealis Magazine Global 2021 Window (Early Listing)
Submissoin Window: July 1st - July 31st, 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 Aurealis is open to submissions as follows: 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 in electronic...
Taking Submissions: Halloween Horror: Volume 3
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $20, $5 for reprints Theme: Spooky, scary, gross, funny, dark, or demented tales about Halloween! Note: Reprints accepted Halloween Horror: Volume 3 It's time for another round of Halloween Horror! Same as last year, we're looking for spooky, scary, gross, funny, dark, or demented tales all about our favorite holiday, Halloween. We look forward to reading your stories about the horrors lurking in the dark on All Hallows' Eve. Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $20 plus electronic contributor copy. $5 plus electronic contributor copy for reprints. Word count: 2,000 - 15,000 (A little over or under is fine) Important Bits · Include a bio or greeting with your email. We don't need a lot, but at least let us know who you are. · Please send all submissions as a .docx or .rtf attachment with the subject line of your email as: DBND - HH3 - Story Title. · Stories sent after the submission deadline will be rejected unread. · Multiple submissions welcome. · Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your submission is picked up elsewhere. Send submissions to: [email protected] Via: DBND Publishing.
Taking Submissions: Executive Dread
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $.005 per word. Theme: Stories of workplace horror In “Executive Dread” we seek stories of workplace horror. We've all had the terrible boss. Also, the great boss, but the corporate creeps atop him or her that drop all the bullshit. The crazy coworker. The obsessed client. The workplace farter who coughs all over everything. The theft of your food from the office refrigerator. There are a million more things. We seek stories that take place at the office. Before many of us started working from home due to COVID-19. That’s a whole other anthology. Please no stories focusing solely on sexual harassment or discrimination. Those are troubling real-life work horror stories, but not ones we want to feature in this anthology. "Executive Dread" Guidelines Here are a couple of tips to put your story in better position to be accepted. 1. Fit the theme. Office. Horror. Scare us and make us wanna retire immediately. 2. Be within our word count guidelines (for “Executive Dread”, 2000 to 5000) or query us for shorter/longer. 3. No matter how good your story is, if it hasn't been edited, there is a big chance we won't accept it. In the past, we've accepted stories that needed a lot of editing work, but it took so much effort to make them presentable. We aren't doing that anymore. If within a page or two of reading the story we find a bunch of editing issues, it's going to be rejected. 4. Be unique. No matter what the theme of the anthology is, you should always be unique. If it's a stalker anthology for example, and your ex or some guy you work with is your stalker, it's trite. If your grandma is stalking your fiancée, well, that's unique. 5. At Jolly Horror Press, we prefer subtle horror. We generally don't like gruesome...
Taking Submissions: Monsters, Monsters, Monsters, Monsters
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $5.00 Theme: ...Monsters! We are looking for monsters, of course, be it werewolves, vampires, unspeakable creatures from the darkest depths of space or the innermost circles of hell, and any manner of earthly animals running amok. And, don't forget the most heinous monster of them all, who just may be the sweet, unassuming neighbor who lives in the house next to yours... PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... * Word format saved in .doc, or .docx * 12 pt times new roman * Double spaced * Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs! * 4K-10K word count * Write 'MONSTERS' along with your name and story title in the header of your email *The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. * The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. To submit, email your polished story to [email protected] - Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you: DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF) Deadline: 31 July 2021 NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY Payment - $5.00 for first rights. Capped at 120K words in total. Via: Hellbound Books Publishing.
Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #25 Prohibition
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, $10 for poetry Theme: Prohibition NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue. We are open to submissions which relate to the idea of PROHIBITION. We know — the United States during Prohibition, which lasted from January 17, 1920 through December 5, 1933, was tough. We've heard all the stories about the bootleggers and the rum runners and the speakeasies. We've read all about Carrie Nation, the American Temperance Union, and Eliot Ness. We'd like to see what else you've got. Have you got a story about what life would look like if orange juice had been prohibited, rather than alcohol? How about a story of someone from another country coming to the US during Prohibition? How about a story about things that were invented during Prohibition specifically because alcohol wasn't available? We'd LOVE to see those! PROSE, WHICH INCLUDES FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, AND FLASH NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 3,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. Authors...
Taking Submissions: Pulp Harvest
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: £15 Theme: Serial Killers and slashers edited by Nick Harper Submissions open from June 13th to July 31st. Please send your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading "STORY TITLE - AUTHOR NAME" and include an author bio (up to 150 words). We're looking for stories between 1,000-5,000 words with a theme of SERIAL KILLERS AND SLASHERS. Bonus points if you can work in any references to autumn, Halloween, or the harvest, but we'll consider any story within this theme. Please ensure any scenes of a sexual nature are necessary and non-exploitative. Submit Now! Please refer to individual submissions calls for guidelines on theme, length, and where to send your work, etc. as these can vary from book to book. In general, please follow these guidelines. Any submissions not following these guidelines may, unfortunately, be rejected. 1. Email your submission to the email address that corresponds to the submissions call you are applying for. For example, email any "Pulp Harvest" submissions to [email protected] Please include your name and the title of your submission in the subject header. 2. Please make sure your work is double-spaced and in a 12pt font. Please DO NOT use the "tab" or "space" key to indent your paragraphs - instead, use the ruler at the top of the page. 3. Make sure you're happy with the piece you're submitting. Most of our submissions windows are fairly wide, and we're always happy to take into consideration edits at a later stage, but we want you to be as confident in the work you're submitting as you can be. 4. You will notice that the email address for each of the upcoming submissions windows is open, and accessible from this page - please do not send us your submission...
Taking Submissions: Front Zone Issue #5 – Halloween & Holiday Horrors
Submission Window: July 3rd - July 31st 2021 Payment: flash: 600-1000 $6.00 CAD, short story 1001-2499 words $10.00 CAD, short story 2500-3500 words 12.00 CAD poetry: 6.00 CAD per poem Theme: Halloween & Holiday Horrors issue Canadian eZine of Horror, Dark Fiction, and Poetry SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and TERMSfor Issue 5 Guidelines and terms change from issue to issue, so please read. To re-visit guidelines/terms as they were for issue 4 see here. NOTE: Beginning with this issue, Frost Zone Zine is an electronic publication: eZine, eBook, NO print copies. (There will be other print opportunities in the future, for different projects.) THEME for this issue: Halloween and Holiday Horrors Stories set on or near Halloween, Christmas, Yule, or other winter Holidays. Seasonal settings of autumn and early winter are also acceptable, as long as the season plays a significant role, otherwise please do not send general horror or poetry, all submissions must fit the theme to be considered.October through December holiday stories from the southern hemisphere (and with spring/summer settings) are also fine — but such stories must include Halloween, Christmas, or other holidays, otherwise they are general horror. SUBMISSIONS OPEN JULY 03 – JULY 17 What we want: Supernatural. Quiet Horror. Gothic. Paranormal. Eerie. Strange. Magic. Preferably 20th or 21st century, real-world settings. Clear and concise is the way to go. From our interview with Matthew G. Rees in issue 4:“It’s important in a story not to go overboard with reams of description: a short story needs to get on with the business of telling its story. But meaningful, sensorial things need to be brought (economically) into play.” Fiction.Original, unpublished, never-broadcast short stories 1200-3500 words. Submit 1 or 2 stories for consideration. Please EDIT your work prior to submitting it.Also non-paying* opportunities: Poetry, Fiction under 1200 words (includes flash fiction 400 – 1000 words, drabble (exactly 100 words), and microfiction 101-400 words. Submit...
Taking Submissions: Haunted: A Ghostly Anthology
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: Flash fiction 500-1000 words: $5AU, Short story 1000 - 5000 words: $10AU, Short story 5000 - 10000 words: $15AU, Short story 10000 - 15000 words: $20AU Theme: Stories featuring haunted places, people and objects Note: Australian and NZ based authors only Note: Reprints Welcome Haunted: A Ghostly Anthology We are looking for original poetry, flash fiction and short stories 500 - 15000 words featuring haunted places, people and objects with an anticipated December 2021 release date. Reprints are welcome, but the author must own relevant rights. SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO AUSTRALIAN AND NZ BASED AUTHORS SUBMISSIONS OPEN FEB 1 2021 TO JULY 31 2021 Token payments for accepted works are as follows: Poetry: $5AU per poem, up to 4 poems allowed Flash fiction 500-1000 words: $5AU Short story 1000 - 5000 words: $10AU Short story 5000 - 10000 words: $15AU Short story 10000 - 15000 words: $20AU TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Every page of the manuscript must include a header with the following information: STORY TITLE justified left, Author’s first initial and full last name justified right Every page of the manuscript must include a footer with a centered page number. One-inch (1″) margins all around Use only .doc or .docx formats. No other formats will be accepted. All manuscripts must be double-spaced. Indent the first line of each paragraph by .5 inches. Use Calibri 12 pt font. Do not manipulate the font or formatting, other than italics for emphasis. Do NOT use tabs, instead use paragraph format settings for first line indents. Submit Now Via: Specul8.
Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2021 Fall Issue (Early Listing)
Submission Window: July 1st - July 31st, 2021 Payment: $1 per accepted work Theme: Horror Poetry of specific types, details below What We're Looking For Otoroshi is looking for horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun. We also purchase cover art. We follow the modern, English understanding of these genres as they have been adapted to English since the middle of the 20th century. We expect people submitting to be familiar with these conventions. For horrorku, we are looking for clear, concise imagery with a strong juxtaposition. We prefer three-line poems, but single-line poems with clear juxtaposition will also be welcome. For horror tanka, we are looking for clear, concise imagery as well as an emotional element. For horror haibun, we are looking for pieces of no more than 100 words with a clear shift between the prose and the poetry section. For cover art, we are looking for pieces that are clearly within the horror genre. These images must be PG-13, so please no nudity, limited violence, and limited gore. The Submission may include any or all of the following: · Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka · Up to three (3) haibun · Up to five (5) pieces of cover art All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. Posts in closed, critique-oriented groups and social media sites are acceptable for submission, but public posts on forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not. By submitting a piece to us, you are guaranteeing that it is your original work and not under consideration or published anywhere else in the world. E-mail submission is required. Type poems into the body of the e-mail; no attachments of poetry will be opened. For art submissions, please include all...
Taking Submissions: Enchanted Entrapments
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Something or someone beautiful that will enslave or destroy you Theme: The discovery of and entrapment within hidden, magical realms. Beautiful, magical lands that draw you in and rip you apart. Gorgeous men and women that enchant then enslave or poison you. Deadline: July 31, 2021 or until full Word count : 2,500 – 5,000 words Author eligibility : All authors are eligible Reprints : Not allowed Multiple Submissions: Maximum of two submissions per author Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed Author Compensation: $10 per accepted story How to submit : Please follow classic Shunn formatting guidelines. Send your story as a Word format attachment to [email protected] The file name must include your pen name and 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. We will notify you of our decision no later than 4 weeks after the submission deadline date. Thank you! Via: Mad House Book
Taking Submissions: Demonic Vacations: Go Home Already!
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment Details: 2 contributor's copies Theme: Demonic Vacations - Humorous horror, thriller. The Pitch: Our collection continues with dark humor, bizarre, and creepy vibes. We often need a vacation. Heck, sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. We invite authors to submit 2,500-5,000 words of vacations from the cabin getaway, to Auntie’s house down south, to even that free cruise you won tickets from…. huh, I don’t remember entering anything? Make us laugh, make us do double takes, and make us regret spending our time on a “dream” vacation from hell. Deadline AUGUST 1st, 2021 at Midnight EST (Extended) Publications OCTOBER 1st 2021 Rights & Payments 2 complimentary copy Access to buy author copies at a discounted rate We retain first publication rights for the first 90 days of publication. After that feel free to sell and republish your entry as you wish. All entries will solely belong to you. This only covers publishing for this particular volume. This will be sold wide – Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and beyond. Retail price to be determined at a later time. Formatting Requirements: 12 pt font Calibri or Times New Roman Double-spaced throughout (without extra spaces between paragraphs) Indented for new paragraphs 1-inch margin all around Include a title page with: First and last name Title of work Series name Blurb/Pitch Header with last name, title, and page number in top right-hand corner. 2,500 – 5,000 words To submit, go to the source link below: Via: 4 Horsemen Publications.
Taking Submissions: Bards and Sages Best Indie Speculative Fiction 2021
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment: $25 and a contributors copy Theme: Speculative Fiction reprints Note: Reprints Only from January 1st 2019 and December 31st 2020 Deadline for Submissions: August 1st 2021 PLEASE NOTE! The Best Indie Speculative Fiction project is for previously-published stories only. DO NOT submit unpublished work to this project. This initiative from Bards and Sages Publishing seeks to highlight the best stories being produced both by independent authors and our fellow small press publishers. This project only considers previous-published stories that are either self-published or published with a small press. If a story is accepted for this project, we will only be requesting non-exclusive print rights for the story. This annual periodical is only released in print format. Stories must be speculative in nature (fantasy, horror, science fiction, etc) and the speculative element must be the primary focus of the story. Children's stories, romances, and erotica are not eligible. Submitted stories must have been FIRST PUBLISHED between January 1 2019 and December 31st 2020 to be eligible. You must include the information regarding the previous publication when sending your submission. Submitted stories should be between 1,000-20,000 words. Please follow all other submission guidelines as noted on this page. Our general submission guidelines apply. Payment: $25 plus one copy of the issue. Send Submissions to: [email protected] General Guidelines for All Projects All submissions must be electronic only. We do not accept hard copies of submissions. Stories must be complete, stand-alone stories. We will consider stories that are part of an existing setting (for example, a "prequel" story that ties into an author's novel) but the story must be self-contained and have a clear conclusion. No "cliffhanger" stories. The subject line of the submission should indicate the name of the publication you are submitting for and the title of the story....
Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Fall Issue 2021
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $20 upon acceptance and a digital copy of the magazine issue Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a digital copy of the magazine issue Theme: Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted. Short stories and poems from the female gaze. The Last Girls Club The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. Please check on the website for the theme in detail. Submissions will be accepted from Jan 1-Feb 1, April 1-May 1, July 1-Aug 1, Oct 1-Nov 1. Final notifications will be Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15. No more than two fiction stories per author per submission period. Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less. Flash fiction must be under 1,000 words, no more than two from an author. No more than three poems per poet. Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem. I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available. Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected] MORE Fall Issue The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. This season's theme is Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted. This issue is dedicated to my dear friend Paul, who died of cirrhosis in '00s. We worked the graveyard shift together at a Texas gas station in the...
Taking Submissions: The First Line – Fall 2021
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry Theme: Story must begin with: "What should we do with the body?" We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we've notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don't want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line. Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines. And, just to be clear, we do not accept simultaneous submissions. One more thing while I've got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not - nor will we ever - charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense. Fiction: All stories...
Taking Submissions: untitled horror-focused Urban Legends (Early)
Submission Window: June 22nd, 2021 – August 1st, 2021 Payment: $50 + royalties spilt and a contributor's copy Theme: original, unpublished horror stories dealing with urban legends, either an authentic one or your own creation. We’re excited to be opening up to submissions for our as-of-yet untitled horror-focused Urban Legends Anthology, edited by Phil Breach, Sarah Walker, and Gordon B. White. (Sarah and Gordon previously collaborated on last year’s folk horror anthology “A Walk in A Darker Wood.”) We have a number of wonderful authors already participating, and we’re looking to fill in several more slots with an open call from June 22nd, 2021 – August 1st, 2021. We are looking for original, unpublished stories – no reprints at this time. We’re aiming to publish both physical and electronic copies in late Fall 2021. Stories will be accompanied by illustrations. Depending on the number of outstanding stories we received, we may decide split this into two volumes. What we want: Your best original, unpublished horror stories dealing with urban legends, either an authentic one or your own creation. Give us the supernatural or the all-too-natural; maniacs or monsters; scary stories from the sleepover or something that happened to your best friend’s uncle’s cousin’s sister. We want stories that have an undeniable sense of setting – bring the urban to life as well as the legend. We also want you to capture the haunting quality of these “true” stories – gives us the shiver that comes from the possibility that the story could not only be true, but that it could happen in your town. The more specific and local your urban legend inspiration, the better!We are also open to excellent poetry based on this theme of urban folklore. We will take only the best of the best. What we DON’T want: We...
Taking Submissions: Guilty Crime Story Magazine 2021
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Crime Fiction. Guilty publishes crime fiction. The term covers a wide range of potential topics and styles, so we are interested in seeing your take on the theme. However, there are some things we will not consider: Cozies. Police procedurals. Anything with a speculative element. Anything that glories in violence for the sake of violence, particularly against women, children, minorities or animals. Violence can be an element of many types of crime stories, but it must be an integral part of the story. Detective stories will be a hard sell, not because we don't like them, but because they are not typically crime stories, per se, but have more in common with the police procedural rather than other types of crime story. For fiction: Stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words will be considered. This is firm. Stories below or above that range will be rejected. A flat ten dollar ($10) payment will be made for all stories, regardless of length, via PayPal after signature of contract. Stories must be original and previously unpublished in any format, including your personal blog, social media, etc. Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Guilty acquires First World Rights, with a period of exclusivity of one year after publication. For non-fiction: Guilty will consider non-fiction articles of up to 1,500 words. Pitch first for articles. A flat five dollar ($5) payment will be made for all articles, regardless of length, via PayPal after signature of contract. Articles must be original and previously unpublished in any format, including your personal blog, social media, etc. Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Guilty acquires First World Rights, with a period of exclusivity of one year after publication. For art and photography: Guilty will consider artwork and photography for both cover art and interior use, depending on current needs. A flat fifteen dollar ($15) payment will be made for selected...
Taking Submissions: Asian Ghost Short Stories
Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for new stories and 6 cents/4 pence per word for reprints. Theme: Asian Ghost Short Stories Note: Looking for writers of Asian heritage Note: Reprints Welcome We're delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! The theme is Asian Ghost Short Stories – a chance for writers of Asian heritage around the world to explore their culture of ghostly folklore and offer fresh stories. Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email. Gothic Fantasy Short Stories Asian Ghost Short Stories Following our hugely successful Black Sci-Fi Short Stories we're now looking for tales from writers of East, South or Southeast Asian heritage to join our powerful collection of Asian Ghost Short Stories, which will contain new and classic tales reaching across borders, from India to China, Japan to Thailand, Korea to the Philippines, and down through the centuries. The new stories will complement classics by the likes of Yei Theodora Ozaki and Rabindranath Tagore, and could give us fresh takes on such ghouls as Japan's Kappa, Vietnam's Daughter of Hui Bi Hua, Indonesia's Kuntilanak and Thailand's Preta. Submissions will be accepted between Friday 9th July and Sunday 1st August – please submit to [email protected], ensuring ’Asian Ghost Short Stories’ is in the subject line. Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000 words, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page. Submit stories by email to [email protected] Fees, Copyright and Other Terms Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us...
Taking Submissions: The Dead Inside
Deadline: August 2nd, 2021 Payment: Poetry: $25 per poem, Flash Fiction: $25, Short Stories: $50, NonFiction: $50 Theme: Identity Horror Dark Dispatch is excited to announce we’re teaming up with Laurel Hightower (Crossroads, Whispers in the Dark) for The Dead Inside, an anthology of identity horror. Explorations of what happens when our core identities are stripped, altered, suppressed, or denied to us, whether by choice or not. The way parenthood turns you into a different person. How toxic masculinity shapes us and robs boys of their childhoods. Suppression of race, culture, or ethnicity to stay safe, get the job, or grab that publishing contract. Being forced to stay closeted for safety, acceptance, or love. How does a lifetime of suppression and self-hatred affect us? What might our lives have been like if we’d been able to break free? Who do we become when we perpetuate the same patterns? And who are we, really, when we strip down the outer skin of what we are? Submissions open May 15. Editors: Laurel Hightower and Sandra Ruttan Publisher: Brian Lindenmuth Submission Guidelines Opens May 15 to submissions of original works focusing on the theme of identity horror. Submission window closes August 2, 2021 midnight EDST. We accept submission of the following: Poetry Flash Fiction (we favor submissions 400 to 850 words in length) Short Stories (we prefer submissions 2,000 to 6,000 words in length) NonFiction (we favor submissions 1,500 to 3,000 words in length) Pay: Poetry: $25 per poem for print and ebook rights Flash Fiction: $25 per story for print and ebook rights Short Stories: $50 per story for print and ebook rights NonFiction: $50 per piece for print and ebook rights Reprints will be considered on a case by case basis and will be subject to a different pay rate. Submission format...
Taking Submissions: Enchanted Conversation: 2021 September Issue (Early Listing)
Submission Window: August 1st-3rd 2021 Payment: $50 Theme: Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk. Hi there! We’ll no doubt write more about this later in the next year, but for now, what follows below will tell you all you need to know. And the theme? It’s “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” (No more submissions are being accepted for publication in December of 2020–but we will be publishing stories that have already been accepted.) The following is relevant to all submissions for 2021, and the first submission window opens Jan. 1. More below. Writing opportunities for 2021 include: New Fairy Tales: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. Submissions must follow the theme below to be considered. Essays: Nonfiction articles about any aspect fairy tales and folklore are being sought. The term “essay” just means you’ll be writing about fairy-tale related matters in a nonfiction article. Creative nonfiction is welcome. You do not have to stick to the theme, but you can. Poetry: Poetry inspired by fairy tales and that follows the theme is also welcome. Please read the following in its entirety before submitting. Want to know what is likely to get published here? There are well over 10 years of stories, essays and art on this current site. It’s the best place to start if you want to be published here. HERE IS HOW YOU SUBMIT AND FORMAT Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at EC in 2021. * Writers will have a chance to submit fairy-tale inspired stories/essays/poems 11 times this year. Since we will be choosing four works per publishing month, there are 44...
Taking Submissions: Kate Bush: an Anthology (Early Listing)
Submission Window: July 13thth -August 3rd, 2021 Payment: $15 and a contributor's copy Theme: Stories which truly capture the essence of Kate Bush Kate Bush: an Anthology Our first Weird Pop collection. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Window open July 13th-August 3rd. We hope to curate a truly strange collection of tales brought to life from a place of love and admiration for Kate and her artistry. Plant a seed plucked from her lyrics, music videos, imagery, or persona. Let’s cultivate something magical and bizarre together. We are still ironing out the details, but the following guidelines are set in stone: 1,500–4,000 words. Must contain some element of weird or dark fiction (we are partial to horror, bizarro, and magical realism, though we are not limiting our scope). Original ideas must be drawn from the work of Kate Bush, though the end product need not closely resemble its inspiration. Experiment! Files should be .doc or .docx. We prefer Times New Roman, but we aren’t picky as long as it’s legible. Please use a format similar to the following as the subject line for your email: Submission, “Story Title”, Your Name, Kate Bush Anthology In your cover letter, please include a short author bio of no more than 200 words, and a short description (<200 words) explaining how the piece was inspired by Kate Bush. Payment is $15 plus a physical copy of the book upon publication. Limit 2 stories per sub. We will NOT accept reprints, but simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you withdraw your story ASAP if accepted elsewhere. Email your submissions to [email protected] (please do not submit before July 13 or after August 3). Look to Kate for inspiration, and get your stories ready for July 13th! A few notes: For transparency: a small number of contributors were invited to send in their entries ahead of the submission...
Taking Submissions: Starward Shadows Quarterly Issue #1
Deadline: August 6th, 2021 Payment: $0.01 per word for each accepted short story, $10 for each accepted flash piece. Theme: All forms of dark speculative fiction, see below Starward Shadows Quarterly is an online dark speculative fiction magazine seeking stories between 500 and 8,000 words. We’re interested in exploring the wicked, strange places that walk the line between reality and nightmare—the alien, the absurd, and above all else, the weird. Short fiction, flash, and artwork submissions are currently OPEN! Genres We Accept: Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, Sword and Planet, High/Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Lovecraftian/Cthulhu Mythos inspired tales, Gothic Horror, Space Opera, Dark Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, New Weird, Grimdark, Slipstream, and Cyberpunk. However, feel free to send us anything that falls under the incredibly broad umbrella of “speculative fiction.” Inspirational authors: H. P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Michael Moorcock, J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Ruocchio, Tamsyn Muir, Robert E. Howard Things we love: Monsters, vampires, aliens, psychological horror, first-person unreliable narrators, eloquence, themes of neurodivergence, angst done right (think “Interview with the Vampire), death cults, weird religious undertones, wraiths, trickster kings, black metal, stories where the bad guys win, character-driven narratives, and stories that take place somewhere strange and far away where humanity isn’t even mentioned at all. Anything with a Dark Souls, Morrowind, or Oblivion vibe will have us foaming at the mouth. Also, one of the editors has also had a lifelong, questionable obsession with A Clockwork Orange and those old Johnny the Homicidal Maniac comics . . . Things we hate: Post-apocalyptic settings, dystopian fiction, parodies, rock-hard SF, zombies, mermaids, sirens, pandemic stories (we lived it and we’re sick of it), and political and/or moral soapboxes. If you’re going to send us anything falling into these categories, you’d better have completely and utterly reinvented it for it not to...
Taking Submissions: Antifa Splatterpunk (Extended Call)
Submission Window: August 1st through 7th, 2021 Payment: $100 Theme: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories Note: This extended period is for women and non-binary writers This summer, I’ll be editing ANTIFA SPLATTERPUNK, an anthology dedicated to–you guessed it–anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements. Just keep it anti-fascist. The anthology is open to all writers, but I would especially like submissions from antifascist writers of marginalized groups. Note that some writers have specifically been invited to contribute. The anthology will be a mix of solicited stories and stories selected from the open call submission period. Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints. Open for submissions July 1st, 2021 – July 31st, 2021. I will announce accepted submissions by August 31st, 2021. Anthology will be published as both an electronic and print book in winter 2021. OTHER SUBMISSION CONSIDERATIONS If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh. I’m fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror. Yes, make it anti-fascist, but don’t be moralizing. I want nuance. Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not. I don’t want stories with graphic depictions of sexual violence. This is a splatterpunk anthology, so gore and extreme elements are encouraged, but make sure they serve story, character, and theme. FORMAT Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format. We won’t read it if you do. Please send submission to [email protected] Include your name, story title, and word count...
Taking Submissions: Arthropoda
Deadline: August 7th, 2021 Payment: $20 and a contributor's copy Theme: Speculative poetry and short fiction with monstrous, mythical, or mechanical arthropods Do you have a story or poem featuring insects, crustaceans, arachnids, or myriapods? We want to publish it! We are looking for speculative poetry and short fiction with monstrous, mythical, or mechanical arthropods for our upcoming Arthropoda anthology! The call is open to original fiction and reprints, poetry and short fiction up to 45 lines and 7,500 words respectively. Please submit no more than two short stories. Shunn manuscript format, simultaneous submissions permitted. Deadline August 7, 2021. Arthropoda will be edited by JW Stebner (of Hexagon Magazine) and published by Perennial Press in mid-to-late 2022! All selected authors will be paid a $20 flat rate, and given either a print or PDF contributor copy. We will not accept submissions that contain any excessive profanity or explicit content. We will not tolerate submissions that support or suggest any form of racism, sexism, or any other kind of discrimination. About Perennial Perennial Press archives truths through fiction and poetry. We are committed to highlighting and uplifting voices & perspectives that have traditionally been underrepresented in literature. About Hexagon Hexagon is an online magazine created to take our readers to fantastic worlds and to meet incredible characters. We specialize in the weird, the wondrous, and the whimsical! Via: Perennial Press's Submittable.
Taking Submissions: Fantasy Magazine August 2021 Window (Early Listing)
Submission Window: August 1st - August 7th 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word Theme: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories. All types of fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. Note: This is an early listing to give you some time to plan ahead for next month or to remember to finish revising your story for the upcoming month! Note: We are trusting that the submission windows listed in the ongoing call are valid for this publisher. If they are not, please let us know and we'll look into revising accordingly. Instructions for submitting to Fantasy Magazine follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting. SUBMISSION PROCEDURES Submission Periods: Fantasy is open to submissions the first week of every month (1st-7th). Please do not query about submitting outside our open submission periods. Anonymous Submissions: Fantasy only accepts anonymous submissions. Do not include your name, address, phone number, or other similar identifiers on the manuscript. All original short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry submissions will be read anonymously on first read: moving out of slush depends on the merits of the story alone. Please make sure the title is on the manuscript. Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Please do not submit more than one set of poems at a time, more than one piece of flash fiction at a time, or more than one story at a time. You may, however, submit a single entry in each category at the same time: you can submit one batch of poems, one flash fiction piece, and one short story all at the same (or overlapping) time, and each category will be considered a separate submission. If we are already considering work in any given category, please wait until you have received an acceptance or rejection before submitting again in that same category. Instructions: All...
Taking Submissions: Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth
Deadline: August 7th, 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word (USD), plus a pro-rata share of 50% of royalties. Theme: speculative stories on the theme of plants and growth, featuring queer characters Note: Apologies for the short window, just stumbled across this one. The basics Editors: Isabela Oliveira (she/her) and Jed Sabin (they/them) Deadline: Saturday, August 7th, at 9pm Pacific Length: We've set the upper limit at 10,000 words to allow for flexibility, but most acceptances are likely to be under 7,000 words. There is no minimum. Rate: We pay a minimum of 8 cents per word (USD), plus a pro-rata share of 50% of royalties. Simultaneous submissions: No, please do not submit an original (non-reprint) story anywhere else while we are considering it. Multiple submissions: Yes, you may submit up to 3 stories to us at once (filling out the submission form separately for each story). There is no limit on total number of submissions as long as there are not more than 3 under consideration at one time. Reprints: We will consider previously published stories, including those that have been self-published online, as long as previous publication is disclosed in the submission form. Reprints are paid at the same rate as originals. Audio rights must be available. Identity statements: We do not require or expect authors to disclose queer or other identities to us, and if authors do choose to share their identities, we will not disclose that information to others without permission. We aim to respond to every submission by the end of August. We encourage submissions from authors who have never submitted their fiction to a paid market before, and we've tried to develop these guidelines to be clear to those who aren't familiar with industry norms. Please don't hesitate to submit for fear of doing it wrong, and feel free to contact us here with questions or accessibility requests....
Taking Submissions: Micro Madness For September 2021
Deadline: August 7th, 2021 Payment: 1st place : $100 2nd place: $50 3rd place: $25 Theme: Flash fiction (500 words or less) that can be classified as cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird. CHM wants to find the very best cosmic horror flash fiction. SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT. Submissions will be ongoing and open the first week of every month for that month’s contest. THREE stories will be chosen per month to be published the month after they were submitted. (If you submit a story on October 3rd and it is chosen, it will be published in November.) THE FIRST SUBMISSION PERIOD WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST 2021 Submissions are open monthly from the 1st to the 7th. We are looking for flash fiction (500 words or less) that can be classified as cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird. If you are unsure if your work qualifies, submit it and let us be the judge! Payment 1st place : $100 2nd place: $50 3rd place: $25 Make all submissions to [email protected] with the writing pasted into the body of the email or attached as a word document (.docx). Thank you and best of luck! Via: Cosmic Horror Monthly.
Taking Submissions: Found: An Anthology Of Found Footage Horror Stories
Deadline: August 8th, 2021 Payment: 3 cents per word Theme: Found Footage Horror Stories Andrew Cull and Gabino Iglesias present: Found: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories Open submission call. We're looking for your best, original, found footage tales. Stories can be written in first person, third person, as a transcript, journal, radio play, poetry, as a script. Play with the format. Do something you haven't read before. Think Lake Mungo, [REC. Think stories that shouldn't be read. Videos found in flooded basements. Broadcasts heard in your dreams. 2K to 4K words. No longer please. No reprints on this occasion. Payment: $0.03 per word. Submissions open from 10th April until Midnight 8th August. Email: [email protected] Please include submission title and story length in email. We strongly encourage LGBTQ+ and BIPOC submissions. This is a project we've both wanted to do for a long time. We couldn't be more excited to read your stories!
Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm: Winter 2021 Horror Issue
Deadline: August 15th, 2021 Payment: 2 contributors copies and 3 cents per word Theme: stories should include horror in addition to speculative/sci-fi themes NOW READING FOR OUR WINTER HORROR ISSUE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE AUGUST 15TH It’s baaaaaaaaaaaack… Rising from the grave like an unstoppable masked slasher, it’s the Planet Scumm Winter Horror Issue. Autumn may be the more traditional time for things creepy and crawly, but we think horror, like revenge, is best served cold. (We also think revenge is best served à la carte, and that revenge pairs well with a nice stout. Maybe some cider.) Here’s how it works: all of our normal submission guidelines apply (see below), with the additional caveat that stories should include horror in addition to speculative/sci-fi themes. We’d also love to see submissions that work in wintery content—snowstorms, isolation, ritual, family, and so on. Come winter, it won’t just be the cold causing shivers—it’ll be your terrifying tale of terror in the Planet Scumm Winter Horror Issue! Brrrr, spooky! Planet Scumm accepts submissions from writers across the world. (Our HQ is a roving meteor-sized space station—Earth’s borders mean nothing to us. We want to hear from writers of every race, nationality, and gender identity. WHAT TO SUBMIT Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy, will be considered for entry to the interstellar archive aboard Scummy’s saucer HOW TO SUBMIT Include submissions as a .doc attachment sent to [email protected] along with a brief cover letter in the email body. Please attach only your story (no images, do not put your story in the body text of the email). Stories, or collections of flash fiction, should be 2000 – 6000 words in length, and submitted in...
Taking Submissions: Dark Nature
Deadline: August 15th, 2021 Payment: $15 and a contributor's copy Theme: Mother Nature is pissed Mother Nature is pissed and earth is striking back. Give us the dark side of nature, of Gaia. This is a very open concept, but at the end of the day we want to see nature fight back in some way. Submission Guidelines: Must be clean and edited to the best of your ability Submissions cannot be published elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions okay (but please let us know if yours is accepted elsewhere) 3000-8000 words Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5" Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1" margins all around No bestiality or child abuse, please. We will not be accepting graphic sexual scenes however use your discretion on what fits the story. Submissions to be sent to [email protected] with the name of the anthology in the subject line Publication and Payment Submissions closed August 15, 2021 Announcements on accepted stories to be sent by Sept 15, 2021, a memorandum to be sent for signing at this time October 2021 release date A one-time payment of $15 plus author copy per acceptance Additional author copies available at cost 13 stories to be accepted Via: Macabre Ladies Publishing.
Taking Submissions: Tales From The Cyber Salon Event #3
Deadline: August 15th, 2021 Payment: £50 payment Theme: A Sense of Community Tales From The Cyber Salon Event #3 – A Sense of Community Throughout 2021, Cybersalon will host ‘Tales of the Cybersalon’, a series of interdisciplinary technology and policy investigations through science-fiction storytelling. We want your stories and we want you. Help us imagine the future of our digital revolution in industry and society, and to identify and explore its emerging cultures. Each event will feature new speculative short stories purpose written for the exploration of The High Street, Social Communities and Political Representation. Each short story will interrogate where we are and where we might be going. And we’d like your submissions. Selected writers will be expected to engage with the panel experts ahead of the event to finesse the technological aspects of their fiction. Each event will have three or four new short stories which will be released in advance to the audience on Cybersalon’s Medium page. The stories will be read on the night by their authors, followed by a panel discussion between the writers and the technologist domain experts who inspired them, with an open invite to audience questions to wrap up. We’re looking for submissions of approximately 1000 words that explore the future by extrapolating from the present. Please bear in mind that we are not looking for the post-apocalyptic or utopias on other planets; the stories need to be plausible enough for our experts and audience to engage with them meaningfully. If you want to get a feel for Cybersalon you can view the first two ‘Tales from the Cyber Salon’ events on Health and the High Street & browse our video archive https://www.youtube.com/c/CybrSalon/videos. Submissions close at 11:59pm (BST) on 15 August 2021. Theme: The Internet’s role as a force for rapidly changing our experience of community was provided...
Taking Submissions: DeadSteam II
Deadline: August 16th, 2021 Payment: $25 plus a contributor’s copy. Theme: gaslamp and dreadpunk stories, which embrace the Victorian gothic Submissions are now open for the DeadSteam II anthology, the second Grimmer & Grimmer Books anthology. DeadSteam II is a collection of more gaslamp and dreadpunk stories, which embrace the Victorian gothic. In this edition, we’re really focusing on driving home the dread. We want your scariest, darkest stories that embrace the classic traditions of horror (monsters, gothic castles & haunted houses, dark and stormy nights, foggy walks through gas-lit cobblestone streets) but pair them with modern sensibilities and pacing. About the anthology Your tale should include at least one monstrous or undead creature, be it a werewolf, a ghost, a witch, a zombie, or something along those lines, and should take place in or before the Victorian era. Bear in mind, this isn’t a typical steampunk anthology, so the cogs and gears should be used sparingly, if at all. I want your chilling tales of haunted London, your ghastly stories of bloodthirsty murderers lurking in gaslit alleyways, your suspenseful tales of dead things coming back to life to consume the blood of the living. Stories should fall between 2,000-8,000 words. I will accept reprints, so long as you have the appropriate rights for republishing, and please let me know if it has been previously published. Payment $25 plus a contributor’s copy. Note, because this is a publication from a small, start-up publisher, we are unable to pay more to contributors at this time (we hope to change that in future publications). I understand how hard writers work (I’m a writer myself) and would like to advise writers that I will be asking for Non-Exclusive Publishing Rights; however, you should be aware that most publications will not publish pieces that have previously been published (in print or otherwise). In other words, after...
Taking Submissions: What Remains: Margaret Garner
Deadline: August 20th, 2021 Payment: $200 and a contributor's copy (as noted by their social media, not their call.) Theme: medieval grimoires, collections of ancient and/or obscure spells, alchemy, symbols, and all things odd and gnostic Our latest anthology series is inspired by medieval grimoires, collections of ancient and/or obscure spells, alchemy, symbols, and all things odd and gnostic. We divide the book into thematic chapters based around the four elements: fire, water, earth, and air, with a fifth “ether” thrown in to catch the truly undefinable. Thus, although the elemental structure of the book should not determine the story, preference will be given to submissions that best fit and reflect the alchemical, elemental theme of the collection. For more specifics, take a look at the structure and content of our first grimoire anthology, Birthing Monsters, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Margaret Garner Links/Resources: http://library.cincymuseum.org/aag/bio/garner.html https://www.amazon.com/Speaks-Margaret-Garner-Mark-Reinhardt-ebook/dp/B005MX7DS2/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=margaret+garner&qid=1622861440&sr=8-3 https://ohiomemory.ohiohistory.org/archives/876 https://www.amazon.com/Gendered-Resistance-Slavery-Margaret-Studies/dp/0252079426/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=margaret+garner&qid=1622861440&sr=8-4 https://www.soapboxmedia.com/features/Margaret-Garner.aspx Write-Up: Human beings comprise earth’s only death cult. Since the beginning of recorded history, we have regarded our dead with love, reverence, fear, hatred, sorrow, awe. We have performed elaborate burial rights and sacred rituals. Despite the profound silence of the corpse, we seek to speak with the dead, see them, engage with them through mysticism and supernatural belief. We also hope, not for the finite decay of those which we love, but for its opposite: that they live on after death, and that we will, too. In the fatal knowledge of our own certain demise begins the very human quest to not simply prolong our earthly lives as long as possible, but to extend our existence into some as yet still imagined eternity. In Firbolg Publishing’s second grimoire collection, we bring together an eclectic mix of folklore, literature, anecdotes, artwork, letters and historical documents, and bizarre facts and...
Taking Submissions: Life Beyond Us (Early Listing)
Submission window: July 1st - August 20th, 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word Theme: Astrobiology, alien life, life detection and its social impacts Note: There are only two open slots so competition will be rough! What are we looking for? What would life be like if it evolved in a cold ocean beneath an impenetrable shell of ice? Or on a world obscured by haze, with no view of the universe beyond? Is there a common template for life, or can we expect to find preciously fragile silicon creatures drifting in seas of liquid nitrogen? How would finding alien life change human societies on Earth? Life Beyond Us explores worlds beyond—and within—ours, with the aim to publish brilliant SF and promote science understanding and critical thinking. The book is connected by the theme of astrobiology: searching for life wherever it might arise in the universe. We’re looking for original short stories exploring the unknown: life forms we’re not familiar with on Earth (from extreme environments, to those right beneath our noses) and beyond our planet; strange life’s discovery, peculiarities, and the ethical questions arising from these. Alien life does not have to feature there; consider exploring the implications of finding a potentially life-bearing environment in space, trying to answer a burning question about habitability, or exploring the far past or future of life in the universe. If alien life does appear—microbial to huge, ‘stupid’ to ‘intelligent,’ perceptions similar to ours or very different—the perspective doesn’t have to be human. We love a well-written brainy piece as well as a clever space adventure, experimental as well as classic styles, action-focused pieces or deep character dives. We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds, life stages, nationalities, and phases of their career, and we encourage submissions by underrepresented communities. We certainly welcome translations. Hard sells...
Taking Submissions: Unbreakable: Ink
Deadline: August 30th, 2021 Payment: Royalty Split Theme: Needs to use ink (and whatever ink means to you) within the story Open Submission Call Indomitable Ink invites you to submit to the anthology, Unbreakable: Ink, curated by Shebat Legion Genre: Speculative Fiction Rating: R for restricted (a “soft” R). Some material may not be suitable for children. Theme: Unspecified (show me what you got!) What does this mean? The word, Ink, suggests the flow of ink upon a virgin page, an outpouring of a vision, dream, or nightmare. All genres will be considered; diversity is encouraged. Word Count: 500-5000 words No reprints. Simultaneous submissions allowed. No multiple submissions. Guide: Submission deadline: August 30th, 2021 This is a royalty share project with 50% royalties going to the authors and 50% directly back into marketing. The publisher assumes all other costs. Send submissions to [email protected]
Taking Submissions: Timeless 2
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: Royalties Deadline – August 31st, 2021 Publication – November 2021 Word Count – 5,000-15,000 Theme – Anything involving a twist on old fairy tales, whether it be the classics or lesser known ones. Note: As long as you keep to the theme, originality is fully appreciated. Cliff-hangers are more than welcome. * 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: New Gothic Review #4
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: $50 Theme: Gothic fiction for the 21st century Submissions will be open twice a year. Jan 1 – March 1 July 1 – August 31 These dates are always subject to change. Check on our social media pages for any updates. – What we’re looking for: We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century. We want stories that are beautifully written, heavily atmospheric, and psychologically chilling. Also: Stories with Weird Fiction and Folk Horror elements are strongly welcome. You can’t have Gothic without a little bit of terror & horror… that being said, we are not a horror fiction magazine. We want stories that are: sticky, humid, moldy, decaying, soggy, electric, glowing, overripe, etc. Our previously published works will provide the best indication of what we are looking for. Past and current issues are available for free. Other authors who match are vibe are: Daisy Johnson, Samanta Schweblin, Yoko Ogawa, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jeff VanderMeer, Mariana Enriquez. What we’re not looking for: Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, cannibalism, animal abuse, or explicit sexual content. Stories written in Victorian Era prose. Fantasy. Stories with strong Science Fiction elements Guidelines: Word count: 1,500 – 5,000 words Payment: We currently pay a flat $50 for stories (paid within 30 days of acceptance). Rights: Authors retain all the rights to their work. We ask for non-exclusive rights, meaning you are free to take your work elsewhere even after we publish it. How to submit: Please submit your work to [email protected], using the subject line (Submission:) In the body of the email please include a brief 1-3 sentence bio. Your story should always be an attachment—never in the body itself. Please, only submit one work at a time. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere ASAP. Timing: We do...
Blood Rites Horror Is Taking Novels, Novellas, And Collections
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: Royalties Theme: Horror novels, novellas, and short story collections Novel and Collection Submissions Looking for a publisher? From now until August 31st, we'll be considering novels, novellas and short story collections for publications. Please note that as a small press, we make use of services like KDP and IngramSpark to print our publications. For more information, get in touch at [email protected] To submit your work, please email [email protected] with the subject heading "BOOK TITLE - AUTHOR NAME - SUBMISSION". Include the following in your email: - The first three chapters of your manuscript, attached as a Word document. Please follow the submission guidelines at the top of this page. - A cover letter and synopsis in the body of your email. Up to 100 words for the cover letter, and up to 500 for the synopsis. If you're submitting a collection, please include a general outline of the collection in place of a synopsis, and key details from some of the stories. Submit Now! Submission Guidelines Please refer to individual submissions calls for guidelines on theme, length, and where to send your work, etc. as these can vary from book to book. In general, please follow these guidelines. Any submissions not following these guidelines may, unfortunately, be rejected. 1. Email your submission to the email address that corresponds to the submissions call you are applying for. For example, email any "Pulp Harvest" submissions to [email protected] Please include your name and the title of your submission in the subject header. 2. Please make sure your work is double-spaced and in a 12pt font. Please DO NOT use the "tab" or "space" key to indent your paragraphs - instead, use the ruler at the top of the page. 3. Make sure you're happy with the...
Taking Submissions: Chlorophobia: An Eco-Horror Anthology
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: $5 Theme: eco-horror Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw With ravine, shriek’d against his creed — Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H A group of explorers stumble upon a new species of plant in the depths of the rainforest. A fracking operation unwittingly releases a malevolent force from underground. A tainted water supply leads to bizarre behaviour in a small town. We’re looking for punchy, eye-catching flash fiction and poetry that tackles the subject of eco-horror. Plants, animals, weather phenomena… It’s time for Mother Nature to fight back. Length: Flash fiction up to 1,500 words. Poetry of up to 50 lines. Author Compensation: $5 (USD) per piece plus one digital copy of the anthology. Publication: E-book and paperback. Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Rights: We request first worldwide and digital rights for three months following publication. Thereafter all rights revert to the author. All copyright remains with the author. We accept simultaneous submissions but no reprints please. Multiple submissions not accepted. All responses will be sent after the deadline. If your story is accepted elsewhere please let us know as soon as you can. Email your submission as a Word document to [email protected] with “Chlorophobia ” in the subject line. In case of publication please include an author bio in third person of approx. 50 words, including any links you’d like to share. Please see our Submission Guidelines for more information on formatting. Via: Ghost Orchid Press.
Taking Submissions: The Astronaut Only Rings Twice
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: $50.00 (CAD) per story Theme: Hard boiled detectives, in space Crime is out there, finding hiding places in the folds of the universe. Laws are being broken by all manner of beings. Murder is sometimes the outcome of shady deals. Order needs to be brought to the chaos by beings who have the wit and nerve to do it. Sound like you? Tyche Books along with editors Jeff Campbell and Shannon Allen invite you to delve into the mash up world of the hard-boiled detective and science fiction in our anthology, The Astronaut Only Rings Twice. We are looking for stories that have the themes, characters and plot twists of noir crime fiction crossed with all the elements of science fiction. Let your inner Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon or Adam Christopher out and file your story with us. If you accept our challenge, you will need a look at what is in the file so far. Deadline is August 31, 2021 at 11:59:59pm There are no hard word counts, but ideally 5, 000 – 7, 500 words. Longer works will be considered. Stories need to be in keeping with the theme. Rate of pay is a flat rate of $50.00 (CAD) per story We ask that all submissions are in William Shunn format. Publication date is slated for August 2022. Gratuitous violence of any kind is not acceptable. Submissions should be sent to [email protected] Via: Tyche Books.
Taking Submissions: Chromophobia (Early Listing)
Submission Window: August 1 – August 31, 2021 Payment: $0.01/word Theme: Stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways This upcoming anthology will be edited by Bram Stoker Award-winner Sara Tantlinger and released by Strangehouse Books in the fall of 2022. From the editor: “The use of color in literature is something that has been studied, analyzed, and written about for decades. Think of classics like ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Descriptions of color can entirely change a story’s atmosphere and tone; the imagery can lull us into safety or sickness. I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities. You do not have to use the color in your title — I don’t want a hundred stories titled ‘Red’ in my inbox 🙂 Feel free to run wild with these guidelines; the interpretation of the theme is yours, just make sure it’s horror/speculative fiction.” All writers who identify as women are welcome to submit. One submission per author. Payment: $0.01/word. NO multiple submissions NO simultaneous submissions NO reprints. Submission Length: 1500-6000 words. Expected word count for CHROMOPHOBIA: ~90K The submission window will be open from August 1 – August 31, 2021. Submissions sent outside of this time frame will be deleted. Responses should take no longer than 3 months. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, there will not be individualized feedback on declined stories. Send submissions to: [email protected] with name and story title in the subject line. Don’t stress about the cover letter! Just get those stories attached and...
Taking Submissions: Untitled Anthology Related To Ancient Greece
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: Short Stories: $.05 per word, Poetry: $25 per poem Theme: Ancient Greece, Her/Their Story Type: Anthology of short stories and poetry Theme: Ancient Greece, Her/Their Story Open: Unpublished and published authors (no reprints please). At least half of the anthology will be held for unpublished and newer authors. When & How: Submissions should be in Word format and submitted by 11:59pm CST on August 31, 2021. Email all submissions to [email protected] Include your full name, the title of your submission, word count, and your email address with your submission What: Short stories should be 3500 words or less Poems should be 350 words or less Short Stories: $.05 (five cents) per word Poetry: $25 (twenty-five dollars) per poem Submit up to two stories and four poems We will only print up to one story or poem per author More on the theme: Most of the stories and myths that come down to us from Ancient Greece are told from his point of view. It’s time to tell the story from someone else’s point of view. POC can be that of a human, creature, mythical being, or goddess. It can be told from her/she or they/them. Choose anyone identified as woman/female in history, plays, literature, or myth. It can be a classic retelling, a modern retelling, or just give a nod to the original but be a completely new story. All genres and poetry types considered.
Taking Submissions: Camp Horror
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: £15 Theme: Horror with LGBTQ+ themes Camp Horror edited by Spencer Hamilton and Roxie Voorhees Submissions open from July 1st to August 31st. Please send your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading "STORY TITLE - AUTHOR NAME" and include an author bio (up to 150 words). We're looking for stories between 1,000-7,000 words. There's no specific theme - but it must be horror, and it must be queer or have queer themes (by this, we mean to include everyone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and do not wish to offend or exclude anybody). Please let us know in your email who you are and why this anthology - focused on highlighting the work of queer and LGBTQ+ authors - is important to you. Submit Now! IMPORTANT: Unless stated otherwise (for example in some of our charity anthologies), all accepted authors will receive a £15 flat fee and a free digital copy of the anthology. We hope to be able to offer more in the near future. Submission Guidelines Please refer to individual submissions calls for guidelines on theme, length, and where to send your work, etc. as these can vary from book to book. In general, please follow these guidelines. Any submissions not following these guidelines may, unfortunately, be rejected. 1. Email your submission to the email address that corresponds to the submissions call you are applying for. For example, email any "Pulp Harvest" submissions to [email protected] Please include your name and the title of your submission in the subject header. 2. Please make sure your work is double-spaced and in a 12pt font. Please DO NOT use the "tab" or "space" key to indent your paragraphs - instead, use the ruler at the top of the page. 3. Make sure you're happy...
Taking Submissions: Bloody Good Horror
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: $5 Theme: Horror No particular theme, no particular sub-genres, no specific word length - as the title suggests, all we want is some bloody good horror for this anthology! So, send us along your very best horror stories, and see if you can scare our jaded team of readers! PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... * Word format saved in .doc, or .docx * 12 pt times new roman * Double spaced * Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs! * 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!) * Write 'BLOODY GOOD HORROR' along with your name and story title in the header of your email *The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. * The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. To submit, email your polished story to [email protected] - Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you: DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF) Deadline: 31 August Payment - $5.00 for first rights. Capped at 120K words in total. Via: Hellbound Books Publishing.
Taking Submissions: Nafallen University – College Catalog
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 Payment: .01p/w for each course accepted Theme: A course catalog for a strange and horrible university in North Texas, (think Miskatonic of the south). Welcome to Nafallen University, located outside beautiful and destitute Crisp Texas, we offer an advanced education in butchery, beating CSI forensics, the blackest of rituals, swamp husbandry, torture, non-Euclidian mathematics, law, religious studies, sacrificial rites, and of course, business. Located near a Highway and a small Texas town, Nafallen is the perfect place to find an abundance of test subjects and sacrifices to aid in students’ academic studies. The isolated nature of North Texas also allows for those studies to remain undiscovered by those that would stand in the way of progress. This is a call for a new anthology chapbook from John Baltisberger and Matthew Henshaw. The conceit is that the chapbook is a course catalog for a strange and horrible university in North Texas, (think Miskatonic of the south). Submissions should follow the example below, with a department heading followed by course descriptions. Each description can be anywhere from 1-200 words long. They may be written to be funny, bizarre, or horrifying. We will take as many courses from submissions as we feel are a good fit. Contributors will be listed as Faculty, AGRICULTURE AGR 161: Fungal Studies I Prerequisites: None (AGR 161 recommended prior or concurrent) A 12 week course of study of Fungi on this planet, a history of cultivation and uses throughout time both past and future. AGR 181: Chlorophyllosophy Prerequisite: Permission from the instructor pending written application In this course, students will investigate the nature of chlorophyll-its origins and its adversarial relationship with the fungal kingdom. By the end of the course, students can expect to have the knowledge to combat the lie that chlorophyll is...
Taking Submissions: Madame Gray’s Vault Of Gore
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $5.00 for First Rights Theme: The weird, the gruesome, and the downright shocking are welcome. A happy ending is not required, but a twist ending is a big plus. Madame Gray is back and looking for blood-drenched tales of terror to add to her Vault of Gore. The weird, the gruesome, and the downright shocking are welcome. A happy ending is not required, but a twist ending is a big plus. Compiled and edited by Gerri R. Gray (Madame Gray's Creep Show, Blood & Blasphemy) and published by Hellbound Books, this anthology is open to all categories of horror. Undiscovered writers, as well as established voices, are welcome to submit their work. Contributors are invited to send a bio (up to 250 words) with their submission. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are okay. PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... * Word format saved in .doc, or .docx * 12 pt times new roman * Double spaced * Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs! * 2.5K - 8K word count * Write 'MADAME GRAY GORE' along with your name and story title in the header of your email *The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. * The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. To submit, email your polished story to [email protected] - Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you: DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF) Deadline: September 1st, 2021 NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY Payment: $5.00 for First Rights Capped at 120K words in total. Via: Hellbound Books Publishing.
Taking Submissions: Vautrin Magazine 2021
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $130.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction over 2,000 words., $65.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction under 2,000 words., $50.00 and two contributor’s copies for literary essays. Theme: Gritty urban fiction, Crime/Mystery Fiction, Ghosts. The Supernatural, and Literary Essays We are open to submissions until September 1, 2021. Gritty urban fiction. Jim Gavin’s Middle Men, Mary Miller’s Always Happy Hour, or Becky Mandelbaum’s Bad Kansas are good examples of what we mean by this. If you’ve written a compelling short story, though, no need to worry too much about “gritty” or “urban.” You may submit the story. Crime/Mystery Fiction. Genre fiction is a fit at Vautrin. But if you’ve written a good short story with crime fiction elements that doesn’t necessarily seem like genre fiction, it could still be a fit. Ghosts. The Supernatural. Balzac wrote The Wild Ass’s Skin, after all. If old Honore tried it, so can we. And Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of our favorites. A crime fiction story with supernatural elements might hit the mark. Or any mix of the above. Literary Essays. We’re interested in essays that talk about contemporary crime fiction, or essays that walk the path between, say, 19th century fiction and fiction in the here and now. We like symbolic inquiry. If you’ve written something interesting and would like to publish it in Vautrin, you may submit it. If you’d like an inside track on the type of fiction we tend to publish, the most recent issue of the magazine is available here: Fiction should be no longer than 6,000 words. Essays should be no longer than 5,000 words. No flash fiction. No reprints. Limit one short story or essay submission per writer. $130.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction over 2,000 words. $65.00 and two contributor’s copies for fiction...
Taking Submissions: The Mercy Seat: Stories From Death Row
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: 5 cents per word Theme: Empathetic short stories that fall into the crime fiction genre told from the perspective of people on death row. No government should have the right to murder another human being. I don’t think that is a crazy statement to make, yet here we are, a mere fifteen days into 2021, and already the United States has executed two of its citizens: Lisa Marie Montgomery (52) and Cory Johnson (52). It should not matter whether or not they were guilty of their crimes. Capital punishment solves nothing. It never has, and it never will. Please check out the following information, from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP): Death sentencing and executions in the United States have steadily been declining in recent years. Despite these trends, death sentences continue to be imposed in a handful of states while the flaws and failures of this system are more apparent than ever. Racial Bias: Racial discrimination pervades the U.S. criminal justice system, resulting in disproportionate death sentences for people of color, especially African Americans. Read More Innocence: There are numerous cases of individuals who have been executed despite serious doubts about their guilt. Read More Cost: By eliminating the death penalty, states would have millions of dollars a year to invest in programs that are proven to prevent violent crime, create safer communities and support those who are harmed by crime and violence. Read More Victims: Any policy debate or criminal case dealing with capital punishment begins with the agonizing fact that someone in a family and in a community has been killed. A murder causes immeasurable suffering by victims’ families. Read More Harm to Prison Workers: The system of imposing the death penalty for crime has unintended — and largely unspoken — consequences for those who work in corrections. Read More ...
Taking Submissions: And the walls Came Crashing Down
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $15 Theme: Stories taking place at the Rangeley Park which all of the details are below. There's hardly a mansion in New England that's been spared the aesthetic travesty wrought by the march of time. Ivy carpets stone; paint peels and shingles crack. And weeds force asunder the masonry. No longer home to families who command pocketbooks big enough for their upkeep or who can afford to house and employ a cadre of servants, the stately old homes of centuries past, the pride of the towns in which they sat, a beacon of wealth and power, today stand abandoned and in ruins. Or, worse still, have been crudely apportioned into apartments, populated by drunken students with no regard for the lifetime of attention and energy countless maids, who must surely now lie spinning in their graves, dedicated to keeping their rooms spic-and-span. In other cases, it is not educated men who hold the world in their fingertips who tread the squeaky floorboards of stately parlors, once symposiums that rivaled Socrates' himself, but dentists, who encourage their patients to spit in the open, utterly in contrast with the rules of social decorum. Perhaps more lucky are the homes that don't have to live with the indignity of such decay, but which burned down long ago. Now nothing more than stone-walled skeletons of their former selves, they ensnare the imagination and seem to command a much more romantic aura than their subdivided architectural brethren. Their charred remains engender, not pity, but compassion for tragedy. One cannot help but try to complete the picture of the house that once stood, or imagine the people who must have inhabited it. Were they, those lucky few who lived with such luxury, content? Or did they crack under the pressure and...
Taking Submissions: Moonflake: October 2021 Issue
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: £25 Theme: Escapism PRINT ISSUE - October Current Theme: E S C A P I S M (This can be escaping worlds, cities, identities or however else you interpret it.) POETRY Format; 12 pt, Baskerville Old Face font (or similar) You can rhyme or not, we don’t mind. No longer than 2 pages. Maximum 3 poems per writer. PROSE Format; 12 pt, Arial font (or similar) Minimum 100 words Maximum 2500 words Any use of non-English words is fine, just pop the English meaning in a footnote for us. DEADLINE: 1st SEPTEMBER 2021 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - PAYMENT DETAILS ONLINE ISSUES We pay £5 for each story/poem we publish in our online issues. We are currently only able to pay via Paypal! PRINT ISSUES We pay £25 for each story/poem we publish in our print issues. We are currently only able to pay via Paypal! Via: Moonflake Press.
Taking Submissions: TexArcana
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $10 Theme: Magical or fantasy stories set in Texas We’re accepting short stories for a new anthology, TexArcana! Basically, we’re looking for magical or fantasy stories set in Texas, any time period. Stories should be from 1,000 to 10,000 words. We’re looking for a sort of PG13 vibe, so no ultra-violence, no erotica, and no pro-confederate stories. We can’t pay very much, but we can offer a token payment of $10 for accepted stories. We will consider reprints, but only if you own all the rights, and please let us know where the story was previously published. You can email submissions as to [email protected]—please use doc, docx, or rtf files please. We prefer stories in Standard Manuscript format (see William Shunn), and welcome submissions from authors of all races, genders, ages, and sexual orientations. Submissions are due by September 1, 2021. Via: Lunarian Press.
Taking Submissions: The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes & Mysteries
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. Theme: Non-fiction, true crime accounts of unsolved criminal cases and mysteries that can take place anywhere in the world and be from any time period Writers Call for Submissions: True Crime/Non-Fiction Author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto is currently seeking original true crime stories for the sixth volume in her true crime franchise, THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: UNSOLVED CRIMES & MYSTERIES. (https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/) Seeking non-fiction, true crime accounts of unsolved criminal cases and mysteries that can take place anywhere in the world and be from any time period. Material can cover a wide range of criminal activity. First-person accounts are especially welcome from writers with a connection to their cases. Add something new to the story, a different viewpoint or angle. Material must be meticulously fact-checked before submission, including dates, names, locations, etc. This is a non-fiction book; everything must be 100% correct. To get an idea of the quality and variety of material I accept, please refer to the previous books in The Best New True Crime Stories series. Criminal subjects already covered in these volumes cannot be considered. Original material only; no reprints or fiction. Important: Writers must contact me in the first instance with a brief pitch for their story idea. (Note that acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance/publication of material.) Word count: 4,000-7,000 words One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book. Contributor fees paid approximately one month following publication. (Preferred payment method: PayPal.) For: Non-exclusive rights, with one-year’s exclusivity from date of publication. Final deadline for submissions: Sept. 1, 2021 (Submissions may close earlier. I select material on an on-going basis; those who submit work in advance of the deadline usually have a better chance of acceptance.) Email: TheBestNewTrueCrimeStories @ gmail.com (not case-sensitive) Submission requirements: Format: double-spaced Arial...
Taking Submissions: Contrary Autumn 2021 Issue
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $20 Theme: We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end? “Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson Poetry — We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form – they tug on the forces of exposition or narrative – but prose poems remain the minority of all the poetic forms we publish. Please consider that Contrary receives vast amounts of poetry and that we can publish only a small percentage of that work. Please submit no more than three poems per issue. Our poetry editor is Shaindel Beers. Fiction — We ask our fiction writers to imagine...
Taking Submissions: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: Equal split of $500 between all accepted authors Theme: short parenting stories—CNF or fiction—that incorporate the weird, the surreal, or the speculative into the parenting narrative in some way. You know those personal parenting essays you read in The New York Times? We don’t want those. We want your short, short parenting stories—CNF or fiction—that incorporate the weird, the surreal, or the speculative into the parenting narrative in some way. We want ghosts and robots and Children of the Corn. We want angry shouts into the void. We want deep love that withstands tidal waves. We want small, everyday moments that turn inside out. We want to be disturbed, to laugh, to whimper, to gasp at the audacity of a parent telling us THAT. Are you not a parent, but you are or were put into a parent-like role and something unexpected and/or creepy and/or mystical happened? We want to read your story, too. We want exceptional writing. We want purposeful prose. We want you and your words! Parenting Stories Gone Speculative No poetry, please! Fiction or creative nonfiction only, and no need to tell us which genre your prose falls under. This hybrid collection is about the story! We welcome parenting-related stories from all types of parents and child-raising caregivers. We are extremely interested in publishing pieces from BIPOC+, LGBTQIA+, and parents of all dis/abilities. Stories will not be read anonymously for this anthology because it’s extremely important to the editor to create and publish a collection that includes a wide variety of parenting voices. Must be at least 18 to submit. All work must be the author’s own, in English or accompanied by an English translation. Single pieces by multiple authors considered. A maximum of 750 words, and preference will be given to shorter pieces....
Taking Submissions: In The Shadows of the Horns: A Black Metal Horror Anthology
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: .02 cents/word up to $100 Theme: Horror fiction focused on the atmosphere and themes of black metal. Satan, Occult, Violence, Pessimism, Chaos, Death, The Sublime, Nature, Paganism, Antinatalism, etc. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: We are looking for horror fiction focused on the atmosphere and themes of black metal. Satan, Occult, Violence, Pessimism, Chaos, Death, The Sublime, Nature, Paganism, Antinatalism, etc. are all elements that are essential to submissions. We are not offended by anything. Nothing is safe. Write with passion and invoke chaos. We do not care about your ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc. We welcome all those devoted to the heinous path and negative existence. Please be familiar with the genre before submitting. Don't be a poser. It will be obvious. The following authors' and works are of especial interests to the editors: H.P. Lovecraft Clark Ashton Smith Robert E. Howard Thomas Ligotti Robert W. Chambers Edgar Allan Poe Laird Barron Ambrose Bierce Robert Bloch Michael McDowell T.E.D. Klein Eugene Thacker Arthur Machen Algernon Blackwood Bentley Little PAYMENT: Word Count: 1000 - 10,000 .02 cents/word. MAX PAYMENT: $100 (paypal/venmo) DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1st 2021 All submission must be in MANUSCRIPT format. If you need help with that. Go here https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/ Acceptable file format: .DOCX File SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO [email protected] Via: Gravely Unusual.
Taking Submissions: Books and Bikes in Space
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: Minimum of $50 each, more depending on Kickstarter, and a contributor's copy. Theme: Original short fiction about bicycling and books, from a feminist perspective It’s time to start planning the tenth volume of the Bikes in Space feminist bicycle science fiction anthology! The theme for this one is books. Submissions are now open for original short fiction about bicycling and books, from a feminist perspective. These elements need to be intrinsic to the story. Send your most creative tales of bicycle-powered interlibrary loan on the moon, characters who literally leap out of books and go for a ride, a two-wheeled revolution sparked by seditious literature, the competing stories of steampunk velocipedists, a manual for futuristic bike messengers, a literal rewriting of gender norms… Have fun with this one! I especially welcome #ownvoices submissions and work by first-time writers. Genre: Stories can be in any speculative or fantastical genre—hard science fiction, space opera, epic fantasy, alternative history, paranormal romance, hope punk, modern fairy tales and anything around or in between. No fanfic, poetry, or erotica, please. Word count: 1,000 – 6,000 words Format: Google doc, MS word, Pages, text document, or PDF. Comics submissions of up to 6 pages can be submitted in thumbnails. Payment: A portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund this book is split between contributors, with a guaranteed minimum of $50 each, plus copies of the book. Deadline: September 1, 2021 Send your submissions to elly at microcosmpublishing dot com I respond to all submissions and share my reading notes on request. Via: Elly Blue Publishing.
Taking Submissions: The Quiet Ones October 2021
Deadline: September 1st, 2021 Payment: $25 Theme: Ghosts of The Ruin Oct 21 Theme: Ghosts of The Ruin Publication: Digital Formats Deadline: September 1, 2021 Short Stories up to 5,000 words Flash and Micro Fiction up to 1,500 words Poetry Author Compensation: $25.00 (USD) per piece Rights: We request first worldwide and digital rights for four months following publication. Thereafter all rights revert to the author. All copyright remains with the author. Guidelines For all open calls, submit your work by email to [email protected] with the subject line formatted as such: “ ” (ex.“October 2021 – The Sinkhole – David Fey – Adult”). Please submit your work as an email attachment in .doc/.docx format. Authors may submit up to three pieces per issue. We request that each piece be submitted via its own individual email. You are welcomed to interpret each issue’s theme however you like. Ensure your document contains your story title, your name (or pen name), and an approximate word count. In the event that your story is selected for publication, we will need your legal name for the contract. Please include a header on each page of your document with your surname, title and page number. Your document should be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt., with double line spacing and indented paragraphs. We do NOT accept simultaneous submissions. In case of acceptance, please also include a brief biography in the third person of approximately 75 words, a high-resolution headshot (optional), and any personal social media links (such as a Twitter or personal website) that you’d like to share. For a more detailed look at classic manuscript formatting, please refer to this article by WILLIAM SHUNN. Via: We Are The Quiet Ones.
Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores September 2021- EARLY
Deadline: September 2nd, 2021 Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints 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 6¢ 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 will be favored. We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established. Submit only work you are proud of —...
Taking Submissions: The Periodical, Forlorn: Moonlighting
Deadline: September 2nd, 2021 Payment: $15 Theme: Agents of evil who are Moonlighting Submissions are currently open for one issue of The Periodical, Forlorn: Volume II, Issue I Theme: Moonlighting They say crime doesn't pay, but does evil? Do vampires, werewolves and other agents of mischief have to take on odd jobs to pay the bills? What about those who serve them? For this issue, we're looking for stories about agents of evil and their minions whose employment situation is something other than we might expect. Deadline: September 2, 2021 Word Limit: 6,000 words Compensation: flat $15 fee upon publication, plus a digital copy of the magazine (which you're free to share). Format: We will accept short-form fiction any way you want to write it. This can include poetry, flash fiction or short stories. We're particularly interested in the subversion of form. We don't care about hard and fast rules, so don't worry too much about formatting. If you feel its good, chances are that shines through in the writing. And we want to read it. Genre: Anything that's dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We're open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But we're also interested in anything that twists or subverts these genres in some unexpected way. Simultaneous submissions: We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if this applies to you. If a story may be pulled away from us at the last minute, we want to know as this may affect our decision on acceptance. Multiple Submissions: We do not accept multiple submissions. Reprints: We do not accept reprints. We will accept stories that have already been published if they've been dramatically altered in some way. If this is the case, please...
Taking Submissions: Enchanted Conversation: 2021 October Issue (Early Listing)
Submission Window: September 1st-3rd 2021 Payment: $50 Theme: Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk. Hi there! We’ll no doubt write more about this later in the next year, but for now, what follows below will tell you all you need to know. And the theme? It’s “Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.” (No more submissions are being accepted for publication in December of 2020–but we will be publishing stories that have already been accepted.) The following is relevant to all submissions for 2021, and the first submission window opens Jan. 1. More below. Writing opportunities for 2021 include: New Fairy Tales: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. Submissions must follow the theme below to be considered. Essays: Nonfiction articles about any aspect fairy tales and folklore are being sought. The term “essay” just means you’ll be writing about fairy-tale related matters in a nonfiction article. Creative nonfiction is welcome. You do not have to stick to the theme, but you can. Poetry: Poetry inspired by fairy tales and that follows the theme is also welcome. Please read the following in its entirety before submitting. Want to know what is likely to get published here? There are well over 10 years of stories, essays and art on this current site. It’s the best place to start if you want to be published here. HERE IS HOW YOU SUBMIT AND FORMAT Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at EC in 2021. * Writers will have a chance to submit fairy-tale inspired stories/essays/poems 11 times this year. Since we will be choosing four works per publishing month, there are 44...
Taking Submissions: Blood Moons
Deadline: September 5th, 2021 Payment: £15 Theme: Space and Scifi Submissions open from July 13th to September 5th. Please send your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading "STORY TITLE - AUTHOR NAME" and include an author bio (up to 150 words). We're looking for stories between 1,000-8,000 words with a theme of SPACE AND SCI-FI. Please ensure any scenes of a sexual nature are necessary and non-exploitative. Submit Now! IMPORTANT: Unless stated otherwise (for example in some of our charity anthologies), all accepted authors will receive a £15 flat fee and a free digital copy of the anthology. We hope to be able to offer more in the near future. Submission Guidelines Please refer to individual submissions calls for guidelines on theme, length, and where to send your work, etc. as these can vary from book to book. In general, please follow these guidelines. Any submissions not following these guidelines may, unfortunately, be rejected. 1. Email your submission to the email address that corresponds to the submissions call you are applying for. For example, email any "Pulp Harvest" submissions to [email protected] Please include your name and the title of your submission in the subject header. 2. Please make sure your work is double-spaced and in a 12pt font. Please DO NOT use the "tab" or "space" key to indent your paragraphs - instead, use the ruler at the top of the page. 3. Make sure you're happy with the piece you're submitting. Most of our submissions windows are fairly wide, and we're always happy to take into consideration edits at a later stage, but we want you to be as confident in the work you're submitting as you can be. 4. You will notice that the email address for each of the upcoming submissions windows is open, and...
Taking Submissions: A Woman Built By Man
Deadline: September 5th, 2021 Payment: .05 per word Theme: Women built by men Note: short stories written by women and femme-identifying individuals that explore the ways in which women are shaped by the men around them. What we’re looking for: Women built by men. 2k-5k word short stories written by women and femme-identifying individuals that explore the ways in which women are shaped by the men around them. There is no restriction on sub-genre or subject matter, but the story must incorporate how a feminine figure is shaped by male hands through a horror lens. From supernatural creature features to the farthest reaches of space, down to the darkest depths of the sea, what does a woman built by man look like to you? Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints. Payment: $.05 USD per word. What we’re not looking for: Straight up retellings of Frankenstein, exploitation/trauma porn, on the nose interpretations of the title. Stories that exceed 5k will not be considered. Submit your stories in Word format to [email protected] Please keep submission documents formatted as simply as possible, and submit in .docx or similarly editable form. 10 submissions will be selected to join authors like Laurel Hightower, Hailey Piper, Gemma Amor and more in this highly exciting feminist horror anthology, for release in 2022. Edited by S.H. Cooper, Olivia White, and Elle Turpitt. Published by Cemetery Gates Media Submission Deadline: September 5, 2021 Via: Cemetery Gates Media.