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Taking Submissions: Escape Pod 22-23 Window

Deadline: May 31st, 2023
Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction.
Theme: Science Fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

Escape Pod is a science fiction market. We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (superheroes! steampunk! space opera! time travel!) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things impact individuals and society.

Escape Pod leans in the direction of escapism, hopepunk and optimism rather than grimdark and gloom. We love to see funny stories, which can include dark humor that doesn’t punch down, and satire that isn’t painfully bleak. Remember that the failure mode of irony is sincerity, so if you’re mocking something, be sure you’re hitting the right target.


Horror Tree Interview w/Erik C. Han...
Horror Tree Interview w/Erik C. Hanson

Taking Artwork: Split Skull Media Horror & Dark Art Calendar 2023!

Deadline: October 13th, 2022
Payment: “Contributors Copy” (Copy of the calendar + a t-shirt)
Theme: Photographs must depict horror in any type of twisted, macabre, and evil images of dark artwork, soaked in whatever vile media you choose to delve into

Greetings Cadavers!

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Horror & Dark Art Calendar is underway! Last year’s 2022 calendar was a killer success, and we were able to help float a couple of names out into the horror ether. For 2023, we are looking for much more bloodlust! Once again we are seeking photo submissions from all you independent horror artists to showcase your vile creations! There are some guidelines below that must be followed, and yes, a photograph release (a necessary document to keep everyone honest), has to be submitted. Other than that, if you have captured art in some evil form and you want to showcase it in our calendar (it’s free by the way, no entry fee!), take a photograph (digital) and send it to us for consideration. We will wade through the rivers of blood to choose just the right ones. But there is more. If your photograph is chosen for a monthly wall, you will be awarded:


Taking Submissions: Propertius Press 2022-2023 Anthology

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: Contributors Copy and Royalties
Theme: The Natural World

NOTE: PLEASE ENSURE YOUR SUBMISSION IS INTENDED FOR THE SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY. DO NOT SUBMIT IN THIS CATEGORY UNLESS YOUR SUBMISSION IS A SHORT STORY. Submissions in erroneous categories will be rejected, and those with repeated infractions may be blocked from further submissions.

The theme for our Fourth Annual Short Story Anthology is The Natural World. Stories should take place predominantly outdoors or in some natural context, with nature a defining aspect of the work. Man-made environments and situations should take a backseat in the characteristics of landscape, plot, and other elements of your submission.  Merriam-Webster defines “the natural world” as “all of the animals, plants, and other things existing in nature and not made or caused by people.” We would love to see stories that explore how interactions with nature cause tension, excitement, wonder, and/or increase the knowledge of the reader and characters in the story. Reconnecting with the natural world is vital in these times of pandemic, resulting in working from home, avoiding crowds, being cooped up in enclosed spaces, away from each other. How can we maintain our humanity without nature?  How often should we try to be outside, in nature? What can happen because of it? Without it?


Epeolatry Book Review: The Again-Walkers by Deborah Sheldon


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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: The Again-Walkers
Editor: Deborah Sheldon
Publisher: Demain Publishing
Genre: Historical Horror, Mythology
Release Date: 24th, June, 2022

Synopsis: The Again-Walkers was inspired by ninth century Danish mythology and superstition. The premise: To end a blood feud between two Viking families, Svana Norup is offered as a peace-pledge bride to blacksmith, Hallkell Jenson. Within weeks of moving to Hallkell’s village, however, Svana meets and falls for the shepherd, Agmundr Rask. If Svana and Agmundr want to make a life together, they must first get rid of Hallkell. But can the lovers risk murder when Hallkell might return from the dead to take revenge?


Taking Submissions: Artifice & Craft

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word and Royalties
Theme: Mixing art with magic

Art is everywhere. Our drive and ability to create for the sake of creativity defines us as a species and enriches our cultures, our societies, our lives. The best of these works of art, from novels to paintings to statues to music, are imbued with a special kind of magic. But when that magic is literal—when Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray ages instead of the actual man, and Mozart’s Magic Flute plays its protective song—art takes on a whole new meaning. In ARTIFICE & CRAFT, we invite writers of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other speculative fiction to spin their own tales of works of art that have been enchanted, hexed, charmed, or cursed.


Taking Submissions: Mythaxis October 2022 Submission Period (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 23rd-30th, 2022
Payment: $20
Theme: Science fiction and fantasy

Mythaxis is published four times a year, and is open to submissions within the following periods:

  • January 23rd-30th
  • April 23th-30th
  • July 23rd-30th
  • October 23rd-30th

Submissions received outside of these dates will unfortunately be lost and therefore not responded to. When open, we seek and offer the following:

  • Length: 1,000-7,500 words. This is a firm limit. Generally speaking, the further a story goes beyond 5,000 words the more it will need to impress, but the door is not shut in advance.
  • Compensation: $20 on acceptance and return of contract. Payment via PayPal only.


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Are you having trouble getting started on your writing projects? Do you find yourself procrastinating and putting off your writing until the last minute? Is everything from work to school to Netflix or twitter getting in the way of actually putting pen to paper? If so, then it sounds like you need to create a writing schedule.

A writing schedule can help you stay organized and on track with your writing goals. It can also help to increase your productivity and help you make better use of your time.

Creating a writing schedule is easy. Creating a writing schedule that works for you, might not be. Every writer is different. From creativity to time available for writing to distractions and beyond, no two authors share the exact same writing environment or free time.