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Taking Submissions: Convoy Chaos

Deadline: February 1st, 2024
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Car Wars GameLit Fiction

Genre: Car Wars GameLit Fiction

Theme: Despite the grain blight, fuel shortages, and wasteland raiders, goods and supplies still need to get through. Ride along with the big rig wasteland road crews between cities, keeping civilization civilized one delivery at a time.

Concept: We’re looking for stories about Land Trains, Truck Caravans, and the fast action responders running defense for these mega rigs traversing the wastelands from one city to the next. We want plenty of high-intensity action and carnage possible, backed by compelling character-driven stories.

Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000 (standard word count)

Opening Essay by: TBD

Edited by: William Joseph Roberts

Anchor Author: TBD

Due Date: February 1, 2024

Email Submissions to: threera[email protected] with “Convoy Chaos” in the subject line

Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors.


ProWritingAid’s Science Fiction Writers’ Week 2023: The Ultimate Guide for Speculative Fiction Writers

ProWritingAid’s Science Fiction Writers’ Week 2023: The Ultimate Guide for Speculative Fiction Writers

If you’re a speculative fiction writer looking to elevate your craft, network with industry pros, and get your hands on some cutting-edge writing tools, then clear your calendar for September 11-14, 2023. ProWritingAid is hosting its Science Fiction Writers’ Week, and it’s an event you can’t afford to miss—especially since it’s free!


Taking Submissions: King Ludd’s Rag 2024

Deadline: January 1st, 2024
Payment: $100
Theme: Quality short stories

Malarkey Books is a small press based in the middle of nowhere. Our mission is simple: publish good books. We don’t chase trends or cater to a specific niche. We just love books. We are not bound by genre, style, or investors. We are writers, publishing books that don’t fit the ever-narrowing mold of the Big 4 model. Join us.

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Monday, January 1, 2024 12:59 AM

King Ludd’s Rag is a print zine of long-form fiction. Each issue contains two stories selected by editor Alan Good—except we’re changing that up. This time we’re gonna have guest editors. We’ve lined up five past KLR contributors to select the lineup for the 2024 run of King Ludd’s Rag. Each editor gets to pick two stories for publication in 2024, and those editors are Exodus Oktavia Brownlow, Christopher Stevenson, Wayne McCray, Suzy Eynon, and Alan ten-Hoeve.

If you’re published in KLR you get $100 and a copy of the zine. Your story will appear in print first, followed by a low-priced PDF and eventually publication on our website.

The guest editors will select the stories, which will then be edited/proofread by one of our regular editors. Authors have final approval of edits and also will get a PDF of the full laid-out issue to review before publication. Malarkey Books acquires only first-time print/electronic rights. All other rights remain with the original author. You will be free to republish your story at any time in any form, with or without crediting or checking with Malarkey.

A total of ten stories will be selected; if all the guest editors hit their cap before the end of the year we will go ahead and close this folder.

Writers are under no obligation to familiarize themselves with anything before sending us a story. If you’ve got a longish story you like, go for it.


Taking Submissions: Insurgent

Deadline: November 1st, 2023
Payment: $40
Theme: Stories about rebels, insurgents and insurrectionists set in a secondary world.

We are looking for stories about rebels, insurgents and insurrectionists set in a secondary world.

A secondary world is a world other than our own – think Lord of The Rings or Game of Thrones. Smugglers in space? Organised rebel orcs seeking to overthrow the Dark Lord? All of this, please.


Epeolatry Book Review: The Headsman by Cristina Mîrzoi


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Title:The Headsman Cristina Mîrzoi
Author:Cristina Mîrzoi
Genre: Horror / Fantasy / Collection
Release date: 14th March, 2022

Synopsis:  Take a glimpse into the world of a headsman, a gloomy village in which each dweller has a secret: an evil witch, a shrewd florist, a naive young man, a foreign merchant, a dreadful husband, a mischievous maid, and a lustful duke. These stories are intertwined, weaving a dark narrative of love, trickery, brutality, and loss.


Under the bleak aesthetic, raw human emotions unravel themselves in a gripping story about moral decay. In a world that belongs to the wicked, how far can one walk this path while keeping a clean conscience?

The Headsman is a collection of short stories that focus on interconnected characters, sometimes looking at the same event from a different perspective. As a genre, it falls somewhere under dark fiction territory.


Taking Submissions: Borne in the Blood

Deadline: December 15th, 2023
Payment: $20
Theme: Stories about things that are carried in the blood. Be it magic, disease or something else – it must be Borne in the Blood.

Blood is thicker than water. // You can spill your life’s blood. // Blood Brothers

All of these are sayings that are associated with blood.

Our blood carries the oxygen we breathe throughout our body.

Our blood carries our immune system’s defenses against disease and infection.

And sadly our blood can also carry infection and disease that will attack our body.

WolfSinger Publications is seeking stories about things that are carried in the blood. Be it magic, disease or something else – it must be Borne in the Blood. We will be donating proceeds from Borne in the Blood to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Any time, any place from ancient civilizations to far in the future as well as fantasy realms are acceptable.

Break the story writing rules if you want. If you use a tried-and-true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way. Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.


David Hankins: Kickstarting Death & The Taxman

David Hankins: Kickstarting Death & The Taxman

By Angelique Fawns


David Hankins, a winner of The Writers of the Future contest, has written his first novel based on his award-winning short story, “Death and the Taxman.” During the month of August, he has been running a Kickstart to help fund its publication, which ends on September 7th. He initially asked for $1500 US and reached his goal in two hours. As of the writing of this article, the fund was over $8500 US. I sat down to learn more about his project. 


September 2023: Tarot Cards for Writing Inspiration

What happens when a mirror world brushes up against another? Perhaps by way of a newly discovered portal, or a magic spell gone awry. What if our world was the shadow world for an innocent world free of strife and conflict? What would happen then? What if you threw in a pair of star-crossed lovers? How would you reinvent that trope?

Deck: The Unicorn Tarot by Suzanne Star and illustrated by Liz Hilton