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Ongoing Submissions: Fourteen Poems

Payment: £25
Theme: Poetry
Note: LGBT+ poets

New queer poetry is in an exciting place, whether on social media, poetry reading groups or slam poetry live gigs.

We want to represent all thats thrilling about the new wave of LGBT+ poets. If you’re a poet, even if you’ve never been published before, we want to read your work.

Every issue we publish 14 of the best queer poems we’ve found, and we want to include you! We publish 4 times a year, but take submissions all year round.

To be considered, email up to 5 poems, preferably in a pdf format, with a small paragraph about yourself to [email protected].

We’re based in London, but you can be from anywhere. We particularly encourage Black and other POC queer writers to submit. We pay £25 for each poem published. Submission is free and you retain your copyright. We know how difficult it is to get published, so we’re happy for you to submit elsewhere simultaneously.

Via: Fourteen Poems.

Taking Submissions: Mysterion

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: 8 cents/word
Theme: Speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology.

We are looking for speculative stories–science fiction, fantasy, horror–with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology, and for artwork for this site.

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 rejected unless we request revisions.
  • We hope to have responded to everyone within three months of the submission window’s closing. Feel free to query ([email protected]) if it’s been longer than three months since the end of the submission period.
  • Format requirements:
    • Stories must be double spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font.
    • The story title, your byline, a word count, and contact information should appear on the first page, and your last name, story title, and page number should appear in the header information of all other pages.
    • If you want to make our lives easier, our preferred format is Times New Roman, italics for emphasis, one space after periods and colons, smart quotes, m-dashes instead of double hyphens, and first line of paragraph indented 0.5″ in Paragraph formatting instead of with the Tab key. But we aren’t that particular about any of this when evaluating your stories.
  • Stories should be submitted via the Moksha submissions system:
  • Submit your stories in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • Your cover letter should contain a list of your three or four most prestigious publications (if any), and any pertinent biographical details: tell us if you’re an astronaut writing about space travel, but not if you’re an astronaut writing about the elf-dwarf war. Invert that if you’re an elf. If you’ve met us in person, feel free to mention it. Finally, let us know if the story is previously published and where it first appeared–even if it appeared on your blog or Twitter feed. Don’t try to summarize your story or explain why it’s a good fit for our publication (if it’s a good fit, we should be able to tell by reading it).


Theme guidelines

  • The story must have a speculative element. It needs something beyond the everyday. We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there’s great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology–cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.
  • The story must engage with Christianity. We want stories with Christian characters whose faith affects their actions, with Christian themes such as grace and redemption, or with a Christian view of the supernatural. Note that we’re not saying that you must be a Christian. We are not in a position to judge your faith and won’t try, and we welcome submissions from authors of all backgrounds and perspectives. Nor does your story need to be unambiguously pro-Christian. If you can tell a good story that meaningfully engages with Christianity, we want to read it.
  • We publish accepted stories submitted in January between July and December that year, and stories submitted in July between January and June of the next year. If your story is seasonal (Christmas, Easter, Presidents’ Day), please take this into consideration.
  • Read more about what we’re looking for in our Theme Guidelines.
  • For even more information, see our posts on what we want or read the stories we’ve published so far.

Via: Mysterion.

The Horror Tree Presents: An Interview with Diane Turnshek

Interview with Diane Turnshek, Co-Editor of  Triangulation: Extinction

Published by Parsec Ink.

By Angelique Fawns


Triangulation: Extinction is a speculative fiction anthology due to be released at the end of July. How does our world changes every time we lose a species? Fantasy, science-fiction and horror authors craft tales of imposing threats, remarkable creatures, and the heroes who fight for them.


Parsec Ink produces an annual anthology that wrestles with some profound themes. Last year’s issue Triangulation: Dark Skies explored light pollution. 

Diane Turnshek is no stranger to the world of writing and science fiction and is co-editing this year’s edition with Isaac N. Payne.  She credits him with the idea of exploiting extinction in this year’s anthology. We talked a bit about Diane’s background in science and the challenges of publishing in today’s environment. 


Angelique: Tell us about your background and day job. 


Diane: I wanted to be an astronomer ever since I was seven. It’s amazing that I actually achieved that goal. I’m a faculty member in the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I have a couple dozen research papers published, mostly about cool temperature stars. But observational astronomy is not something one can easily do with four children, so I stayed home raising them for decades  — and wrote science fiction. 


Angelique: What kind of writing do you do yourself?


Diane: My first penned story sold to Analog Magazine of Science Fiction and Fact in 1999. The next stories that sold to that market showed me what kind of writer I am. I’ve tried many things, but at the core, I write scientifically accurate short stories. 


Angelique: Do you believe in alien life?


Diane: Almost all astronomers believe in alien life, but out there, not here on Earth. Space is vast. Hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy and hundreds of billions of galaxies? It’s presumptuous to think we’re the only life that’s ever arisen in billions of years. It’s also, simultaneously, ego-centric to think that Earth is a tourist attraction for aliens. If a flying saucer landed in Times Square tomorrow and alien-looking creatures stepped out, it is overwhelmingly more likely to be a hoax, perpetrated by humans, than any cosmic voyagers. Intelligent species have probably evolved millions of years offset in time from our eager-to-communicate species. We may someday find them, waiting patiently to be discovered in the gravitational fields of black holes where time runs slower. 


Angelique: What was the inspiration behind Parsec Ink?


Diane: I founded Parsec Ink’s Triangulation anthology series in 2003. At the time, I was a new writer with a few pro sales and a swelled head. Barely on the first rung of the ladder to success, I thought I could help other local writers by giving them turns at playing editor. Once you read hundreds of submissions, you see quite clearly what not to do in your own writing. The anthology also provided another paying market for new talent. This summer, we’ll publish our 17th anthology in the series, which includes ten different editors along the way.  


Angelique: How has your publishing business evolved?


Diane: I took the anthology editing position back last year. I changed the format to be about world-scale issues that needed to have more light shed on them — stories as creative visions to entertain and educate the public. Triangulation: Dark Skies, in 2019, was about light pollution, the unnecessary, unwanted artificial light at night that robs our view of the stars and adversely affects plants and animals, including humans. Triangulation: Extinction, for 2020, is about anthropogenic species extinction. Studies now show that if we continue on this course, climate disruption will send 7.9% of all species on Earth into extinction in the near future. Think up twelve animal types. Now pick one to willingly throw into the dustbin! We receive hundreds of submissions a year, but thousands of writers read our guidelines. That in itself educates a lot of people to a specific problem in the world. Hopefully, book sales will make even more people think. 


Angelique: How does your publishing company turn a profit, if it does?


Diane: Parsec Ink is a branch of Parsec, Inc, a non-profit, charitable, literary, 501c3 organization. Parsec has been around for over 35 years and is well-established as the premier speculative fiction organization in Western Pennsylvania. The other branches are the monthly meeting group, summer conference (, an author lecture series I started at CMU ( and a workshop I started in 2002 (Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers Each branch has their own funding structure and supports the others, for instance, the current editorial staff of Triangulation (20 people) is mostly made up of my former Alpha students. Because of this educational component of the Triangulation anthology, we have received a grant from SFWA. Last year, we also received a grant from Metro21 at CMU whose mission statement is making life better for people who live in cities using technology. Metro21 funders felt the educational value of an anthology that deals with light pollution was worthy of their contribution. We also sell the books at a price that’s set to cover other costs. The editorial staff is all volunteer, but we pay the authors and artists. What helps is our large fan base, going back many years. 

Angelique: What sort of stories and/or writing are you typically looking for?


Diane: It was interesting to see each person’s individual likes and dislikes fall out of the comments section on the Submittable site. Some swoon over prose that borders on purple. Some go for action-packed stories. I like stories that are scientifically accurate and closely tied to the theme. A couple of us are partial to stories with cute animals and babies. I won’t include stories with rape or suicide. Isaac insists on consistent, logical plotting. Everyone loves stories with proactive characters, a strong voice and hard choices. I like subtlety in stories where the reader is dragged in because they have little idea of what’s happening at first — an absorbing mystery to be solved. Most of the editorial staff members hold creativity above all else. I hope readers will see that we listened to everyone on staff and have all sorts of stories in the mix. 


Angelique: What is really exciting you in the publishing field currently?


Diane: Young voices. Their idealized worlds carry none of the societal baggage the rest of us may unwittingly bring to the page. I wish somewhere there was a list of stories and books in the speculative fiction field written by young people. (I’m not talking about YA, not books written for young adults but by young adults.) Magazine editors know some authors are too young to sign contracts on their own and have to get their parents to sign. Example: Osahon Ize-lyamu


Angelique: How is the current pandemic affecting you and your company?


Diane: I’ve heard of pizza and beer parties where submissions are read on paper, then thrown into the fire if someone doesn’t like them, but that’s never been us. We had an in-person editorial staff meeting on March 14th. That was the last time many of us met with anyone outside our own families. That meeting was just to boost our connectivity, since everything is done online anyway. Our group members are mostly spread around the world in different time zones.


Angelique: What are your plans for your press in the future?


Diane: I’ve been so focused on getting this edition out the door in July that I haven’t really thought about it. We’ll probably be needing a new editor to step forward and pick a theme. The team is waiting for someone with extra time in their schedule, dedication and inspiration . . . know anyone? 

Trembling With Fear 07/05/20

You’d think with all the troubles in the world people would learn to consider their behaviour towards each other. The blow-up on various platforms in the past week has shown how unacceptable actions continue to pervade our industry. The one thing I would say, having experienced sexism and harassment in both work life and when going about my day-to-day business when younger is that it is refreshing to see it get investigated and dealt with so quickly.

Back in the 80s – and even early 90s – it was a shrug of the shoulders and very much a ‘that’s men, they don’t mean anything’ attitude, put up with it. Putting up with it would usually result in me choosing a longer way to walk home to avoid building sites, to avoid short-cuts because I no longer felt safe, to putting up with ‘banter’, to working twice as hard in my earlier career as programmer/tech author to prove I was as good as the men. I proved it, was recognised as such but never got the pay rise to equivalent status, continued to be the ‘token female’ – and even introduced in this manner.

Women have a right to equality. They have a right to safety. They have a right to respect. They have a right to be. As do so many other groups regarded as somewhat ‘less’ whether by virtue of sex/gender/ethnicity/religion or other identifying factor people pick up on and decide to condemn. We are all equal and it’s about time those who disagree grew up and moved out of playground bully mode because to me, that is what this is.

And one final note. In those recent events, I did a bit of reading around in various places, before I commented in my own small way to show support. Yes, I believed the victim but I needed to be certain how to respond. Social media can be a howling mob and it can be so easy to jump in and condemn without the facts. The impact of an unjust accusation can be horrific. I do not want to be part of such instances and to me, this wasn’t. This wasn’t a mob, this was a huge outcry against something which happened and shouldn’t have.

Stay Safe is the slogan for the pandemic. Sadly, it seems to be a slogan too many others have to continue to apply to their own lives. We need to change that.

Thank you to all those publishers, editors, writers and readers who publicly came out in condemnation of the harassment and abuse of women and shown the horror writing world can be respectful, inclusive and safe.

Okay, that’s enough horror from real life. Let’s put it back on the page where it belongs. Our first story in this week is Perfection by Janine Pipe brings us the confidence of an obsession, draws the reader in to the planning and care taken in achieving what appears to be a standard workplace tryst. There are hints at something out of kilter with the abuse of authority, but to see far how out of kilter you have to read to the end. We all have our takes on the ‘normal’ work place. This story subverts such expectations with a good twist.  

Deal with the Devil by Richard Meldrum beware the pitfalls of making a contract with good old Beelzebub. He’ll wriggle out of it somehow. And there’s never an excuse to plagiarise!

Nothing There by Radar DeBoard reflects on how the wrong fixation can ultimately provoke a disastrous outcome.

Slaint by Theresa Derwin is a neat little exercise in showing how fleeting victory can be.

Take care



Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

First, a quick shout out to our Patreons! We lost a couple and gained one last week. So, while we’re down it isn’t by much and we’re still inching closer to our next goal for growing the site!

Wow. What a week! My work’s fiscal end of the year was finished up this week so I was slammed and finally got some breathing room after. What did I do with that extra time? Well, we’re in the process of just about finalizing our proof copies of the anthologies for this year and should be ordering them soon if we haven’t by the time this point has gone live! YES! Progress!

For those of us in the States, I hope you’ve all had a great 4th of July (and a socially distanced one at that…)

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree


Guest Post: How To Market Your Book Digitally

How To Market Your Book Digitally

There are so many books out there that many end up hidden in a shelf for what seems like years. Even if you only publish online, your masterpiece might remain unknown to most avid readers.

So how can you market your book digitally to ensure it reaches as many people as possible? Let’s review some ideas, and you can pick the ones that better fit your communication style! We’d recommend you use every single one of these, though! We can assure you; they’re pure gold!

Know (and research) your audience!

So what kind of audience are you trying to reach? Is your book a horror novel meant to be read by goths and die-hard fans of the spooky? Or do you write steamy romances that appeal to women and are intended to empower their feminine side?

Perhaps you want to reach the young adult crowd. They can become loyal readers once you get their attention, but it’s hard to stand out in a sea of other similar stories!

In order to market your book successfully, you must first know who you are aiming your communicational effort towards. 

When you are sure you know what your audience is, research a bit about their likes, dislikes, and online behavior, What keywords are trending? What are these people looking for? Check out blogs, as well as what people read the most. Websites like Goodreads can give you invaluable information.

Create a perfect reader

So, now that you know what kind of audience to aim your efforts toward, it’s vital to understand them.

You’ve done your research on this group, but keeping a single person in mind might be easier to create your marketing campaign.

Create a reader in your mind, one that encompasses most characteristics your primary audience holds. If you have several audience types, create a person for each different group.

Just to give you a quick example:

“Aurora is 22-years-old and a hopeless romantic. She has a high-school education and is studying at college. She adores reading about star-crossed lovers, romances gone wrong, and love stories with a happy ending. If there is a hot, young couple and lots of troubles involved, she’ll be interested. Her favorite writers are Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts.

Her favorite movie is The Notebook and Dear John. She loves to browse Pinterest and Instagram, and usually posts selfies with books, or going to the movies with friends.

She buys most of her books online and rarely goes to the library. To her, e-books are the future.”

Tap into existing communities

Now that you know exactly who you’re marketing to, it becomes easy to look at places your potential fans and target audience exist. Get creative! If you’re looking to write for young adult audiences, look in online platforms like Facebook groups, Discord communities, group chats, and other.

On Facebook, you can utilize the search feature. Search for a variety of related terms like “YA”, “Young adult” and others. Get even more creative. If you know your fans love YA, they probably like books like Harry Potter and Twilight. Search for those groups. There are huge groups of Twilight and Harry Potter fans on Facebook.

Discord is another great place to find groups. Discord is a group chat for communities with specific interests. To find Discord groups, use and find groups that have a relevant audience for you. Some servers have hundreds of thousands of members that might be perfect for your book. Utilize the search function to find what you’re looking for. For example, by searching “Harry Potter”, I found the “Hogwarts School”, which is a group of 1.5k passionate Harry Potter fans.

When you’re in the chat, don’t just blatantly start self-promoting. Get involved in the community. Learn the rules and culture of the community. Then use what you learn to promote. For example, in some communities, asking for feedback is very much encouraged. If that’s the case, ask for feedback. Say something about how it’s your first book and you really want feedback. In other groups, you may need a different strategy.

Post snippets on writing platforms

Do you want people aching to read your book? Well, giving them a little snippet is the best way to tempt their appetite.

After all, if they haven’t read even the first page of your novel, perhaps they won’t be drawn to it. The title and cover might not be enough to get their attention.

So what pages could you use to promote your writing by giving a little taste of what’s within its pages? Wattpad is a great place to share your writing. In fact, famous writer Margaret Atwood has been known to do just this! And with titles such as “The handmaid’s tale” and Alias Grace, the woman knows her writing!

Another fantastic website is Commaful. It allows you to post microfiction and include pictures and gifts to really make your posts pop! What better way to offer your potential audience a sample of your writing?

If you get good enough reactions, you can even use the reader’s praises as potential reviews for your books! You could also try offering a copy for free to a handful of people who seemed really interested in exchange for testimonials. 

Give author interviews

Don’t be shy! If you want to promote your book, then get out there and show your face! Reach out to different blogs that offer their readers and viewers interviews with up-and-coming authors.

Sure, these will be small-time interviews at first, but it’s a start! Smaller sites like Wired For Youth allow for great practice while getting some great exposure. You can get potential readers interested in what you have to say, and maybe even provide a small free sample of your book to tempt them into buying it.

To prepare yourself for potential questions, you can browse the web for exciting lists and check out previous interviews featured in these blogs. 

Most interviews at this stage will be written, but don’t shy away from a recorded video-call, it might be a new and interesting way to catch your audience’s attention!

Wrapping Up

These are four sure-proof ways of marketing your book digitally! There are many more out there, and different techniques might fit different authors and genres. What’s important to remember is that you should get the word out about your writing and try to entice your target audience into checking out your book!

Don’t be afraid of trying new things and putting your writing out there! It’s certainly worth a shot! 


Hayley Zelda

Author, Marketer

Hayley Zelda is a writer and marketer at heart. She’s written on all the major writing platforms and worked with a number of self-published authors on marketing books to the YA audience.

The Secrets Of Milan Blog Tour: Crafting a Trilogy

By: Edale Lane


When I first conceived the idea behind this series, it was going to be one novel–The Night Flyer. But as I began mapping out the plotline, sequence of action, side plots, locales to visit, and so on, it became clear that it would be really, really long. People don’t like really, really, long; I’m not Tolstoy. The thought then occurred to me that I could break it up into a trilogy. That makes sense from an author’s marketing point of view and would allow me to publish in three installments. If I could hook readers on the first novel, then I would have time to write the second and third, releasing each when it was completed.

From the onset, I did not want annoying cliff-hangers, but three “episodes” of the saga that could stand alone if needed. Books one and two both have satisfactory endings with the hint or teaser that the story isn’t finished yet–there is still another mystery to solve. 

I then assigned each book one of the art-history-rich Renaissance cities to exploit. While most of the action in the series occurs in Milan, 1502-1503, our characters visit Rome in Secrets of Milan and will travel to Florence in Chaos in Milan. This way I have the opportunity to showcase more Renaissance masterpieces. And while my choice of setting predates some truly remarkable works, such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and sculpture of David, many significant pieces were already on display. I needed that year to coincide with the war between France and Spain over the Italian city-states, and to accommodate Leonardo da Vinci’s timeline. For Florentina to have been his de facto student during his time in Milan and her age to be correct, 1502-1503 best fits the established historical data. And while the introduction of a vigilante style character flying about in a homemade device based on da Vinci prototypes is a fantasy element, it was my intent to work as closely within the parameters of recorded history as possible. 

This is my first trilogy as an author, so I turned to works I love and respect as examples to go by: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the original Star Wars Trilogy. In each, the first book (movie) introduces the main characters and the central struggle. Each act has a dramatic completion while leaving unanswered questions and the final resolution yet to come until the last act.  

Typically, in these types of trilogies line up in an introduction (book one), a conclusion (book three) with a bridge between them (book 2). In some trilogies the second book (movie) comes across as weak when compared to the first and third, but I do not believe this to be the case in Secrets of Milan. I have already had reviews praising it as better than its predecessor. When done correctly, the middle act can become a vital precursor to the dramatic finale. Other effective trilogies may have unbroken, continual action from novel to novel that does leave the reader with an untenable cliffhanger, and while that may motivate readers to buy the second and third books to see how the crises are resolved, I preferred not to do that. A third frequent layout one can use is simply three (or more) books in a series that feature the same characters but without an over-arching plot line, such as various Clive Cussler book series. 

In the style trilogy I chose based on the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars models, the first act establishes the setting, initiates action, introduces romance or the seeds thereof, presents a clear image of the characters, then builds to a climax and resolution that only speak to the crisis at hand, leaving the over-reaching problem still out there to be dealt with. The second act is often more introspective as characters grow, deepen, or transform. This occurs in Secrets of Milan between Florentina and Madelena, but also with Benetto Viscardi as he re-examines his life and Antonio as he makes the transition from boy to man. Then there is the big reveal, the surprise twist, the “Luke, I am your father,” moment; Secrets of Milan has one of those moments. As we move into the third act, you will see action speed up and the stakes grow higher. Since Florentina and Maddie worked out their issues in book two, Chaos in Milan will present them as a solidified team, each doing her part to solve the greater mystery and restore order to their lives. The side plots involving Don Benetto and Antonio Torelli will also deliver their climaxes and decisive resolutions. Look for more extensive battle scenes, revelations, and of course more art and history in the final book.

Get ready to take the next step in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy with Secrets of Milan in an exciting blog tour taking place June 30 to July 8th!

Power, passion, and payback intertwine in Renaissance Italy in this enchanting new installment of the Night Flyer Trilogy! This story appeals wonderfully to those who love historical fantasy and historical romance alike!

The Secrets of Milan Blog Tour features reviews, interviews, guest posts, top ten lists, and more!

Come aboard for a grand adventure and explore the worlds of Edale Lane! 

Book Synopsis for Secrets of Milan:  While Florentina as the Night Flyer searches for a mysterious underworld organization that has attempted to murder the woman she loves, Maddie struggles to deal with the danger Florentina is courting. Her brother, Alessandro, has become the most prominent merchant of Milan, but the Night Flyer uncovers a secret so shocking it could destroy them all.

Secrets of Milan is the second book in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy, a tale of power, passion, and payback in Renaissance Italy. If you like drama and suspense, rich historical background, three-dimensional characters, and a romance that deepens into true love, then you’ll want to continue the Night Flyer saga.

Tour Schedule and Activities


6/30 The Literary Underworld     Guest Post

7/1 Jorie Loves A Story Review

7/2 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape Author Interview

7/3 Jazzy Book Reviews Interview

7/4 Horror Tree     Guest Post

7/5 Armed With a Book Guest Post

7/6 Jorie Loves A Story Interview

7/7 The Seventh Star Blog Interview

7/8 The Paperback Voyager Review

7/8 A lot of Pages  Review

About the author:  Edale Lane is the author of an award winning 2019 debut novel, Heart of Sherwood. She is the alter-ego of author Melodie Romeo, (Vlad a Novel, Terror in Time, and others) who founded Past and Prologue Press. Both identities are qualified to write historical fiction by virtue of an MA in History and 24 years spent as a teacher, along with skill and dedication in regard to research. She is a successful author who also currently drives a tractor-trailer across the United States. A native of Vicksburg, MS, Edale (or Melodie as the case may be) is also a musician who loves animals, gardening, and nature. Please visit her website at:

Author Links: 


Twitter:   @EdaleLane

Official Site:

Crystal Lake Publishing Is Open For Novellas And Novels Through July

Deadline: July 31st, 2020
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Dark Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Fantasy, or Thriller.

We are now open to novel and novella subs for only the third time in our eight years of publishing. This submission window will be open throughout July. We only ask for a one to two page, detailed synopsis, an author bio, and the first three chapters (we will ask for the full manuscript if our interests are piqued). Accepted titles will be published throughout 2021 and early 2022. No reprints. Only one submission per author. Simultaneous subs allowed.

Here are some more details on what we’re looking for:
Length: 30,000 to 120,000 words
Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Fantasy, or Thriller.
Subgenres/Tropes: We love them all, although we’re more interested in dark, suspenseful fiction than just outright horror. Our readers want to go on an emotional rollercoaster of fear, fright, sadness, joy, loss, and the beauty behind every character’s story.

What we’re not looking for:
Romance/Erotica (although they can certainly be used in subplots)
Anthology pitches
Short stories
Short story collections
Young Adult

Submission guidelines:
Email your CV, synopsis, and sample to [email protected]
The subject of your email should be ‘Open subs 2020’.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if you’ve subbed it elsewhere, and be sure to withdraw it in case it’s accepted elsewhere.
Only one submission per author, so make it count.
In the body of the email, be sure to mention the title of your book and the total word count of finished manuscript.
A one sentence tagline that encapsulates your main plot.
No reprints/previously published or previously self-published.
Your novel/novella needs to be at least 80% finished when you submit your first three chapters.

As attachments (or one attachment containing all the required info):

  • a one or two page, detailed synopsis (including plot twists and denouement)
  • the first three chapters (or 10,000 words if you don’t use chapters) in .Doc, Docx, RTF formats, with your name and email on the manuscript, top right corner.
  • Your writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, etc.

Response Time:
Receipt of your submission will be acknowledged within 2 days of receiving it. At the end of every month we will send out batches of rejections or requests for the full manuscript—until all submissions have been read. After that we will send out rejections as we handle each submission (with feedback where possible). We will do our best to announce our final choices by the end of November.

Rights and payment:
We are looking for Worldwide English rights for paperback, eBook, and audio. Authors will be paid 40% royalties for net eBook sales and 20% on paperback sales. A contract addendum will be drawn up in the case of audiobooks, depending on third party licensing. We ask for four years exclusivity, after which the rights return to the author. The Crystal Lake version of the book will however remain in print unless agreed upon by publisher and author. We have our own cover artist and in-house editors and proofreaders, and the author is not expected to pay for any of these services. Please note that we are a print on demand publisher. Our books will always remain in print, never run out of stock, and always earn you money even after the rights have reverted to you. Our books are available on Amazon and bookstores/libraries across the globe.

We look forward to reading your work.

Best of luck,
Joe Mynhardt
Founder & CEO

Via: Crystal Lake Publishing.

Friday Update: Pandemic Book Launches

Pandemic Book Launches and Hot Off the Indie Press  03.07.20

In addition to Jim McLeod’s Pandemic Book Launch group on Facebook – go here for more infomation – Joe Mynhardt has set up a collaborative Facebook group for the independent presses: Hot Off the Indie Press, check it out here.  

If you buy, please also consider leaving reviews for the authors and even dropping them a line on twitter or their websites to have a chat with them about the book. Click on the book covers for more information.

Pandemic Book Launches 

 *** Charity Anthologies ***

1st July Soon


They Slipped Through the Net

This section features books recently published but which have only just come onto our radar.

14th May   31st May

June 2020

12th     12th    16th
17th 22nd 24th

July 2020

    1st 8th 20th 

August 2020

4th  4th     6th
10th 18th 25th


  1st   8th 10th

Future Releases (note: dates not always available)







Happy reading.


 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team


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