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Taking Submissions: If There’s Anyone Left Volume 5

Deadline: July 15th, 2024
Payment: 8 cents per word
Theme: science fiction and speculative fiction

GENERAL (i.e. non micro-fiction) GUIDELINES

We are currently OPEN to GENERAL flash submissions. For Volume 5, we will remain open until July 15, 2024. Proceeds from Volume 5 will go toward Palestinian relief organizations.

We want science fiction and speculative fiction. So long as it falls into one of these categories, we will happily read it. If other elements are present, that is fine, but it must include science or speculative fiction.


  • No more than 1000 words. This is a firm limit. Please no queries about longer pieces.


  • Pay rate is professional – $0.08 US/word

  • This is for marginalized members of the sci-fi/spec community—this includes people of color, the LGBTQ2S+ community, members of marginalized genders, and disabled and neurodiverse people. If you are not a person of color, LGBTQ2S+, neurodiverse, disabled, or of a marginalized gender, please DO NOT send us your work. Authors of all accepted pieces will have the option to include a short bio in the anthology. We understand the sensitive nature of gender identity and sexual orientation, so if you wish this status to remain unwritten and/or if you prefer to be anonymous, we will print only what you wish to be printed. If you would like your piece published under a pseudonym, please indicate this on your submission. If you would like your pronouns included, please indicate those as well.

  • DO NOT send us anything hateful. No gratuitous violence, torture, rape, or any work that promotes an ideology unbecoming of an inclusive society – no stories supporting racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any other of the many forms of hate.


Epeolatry Book Review: Madness and Greatness Can Share the Same Face by Amanda Headlee


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Title: Madness and Greatness Can Share the Same Face
Author: Amanda Headlee
Genre: Horror, Collection
Publisher: Woodhall Press
Publication Date: 2nd September, 2024

Synopsis:  The line between madness and greatness is as delicate as a golden silk thread.

It’s a tricky balancing act to dance upon this fragile line for those seeking greatness. An outsider may perceive the endeavor as wandering a road toward insanity and crumbling dreams. However, in the eyes of the beholder, they don’t see themselves as walking a tightrope between genius and insanity but rather paving a road to success— where no expense is spared.

Madness and Greatness Can Share the Same Face is a collection of thirteen dark fiction tales that spiderweb across space and time to explore the line where, with a step, one can be pitched into the realm of greatness or depths of madness.


Indie Bookshelf Releases 06/28/2024

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Taking Submissions: Planet Black Joy

Deadline: January 1st, 2025
Payment: 8 cents per word for original work, 2 cents per word for reprints
Theme: Stories that express black joy written by women and non-binary folk who identify as Black, African, or of Afro-descendent heritage
Note: Reprints welcome

You are cordially invited to contribute to an anthology of speculative fiction that’s being published through Rosarium Publishing titled Planet Black Joy in Fall 2025. The collection will feature about 20 to 25 short stories by women and non-binary folk who identify as Black, African, or of Afro-descendent heritage exploring and celebrating Black joy and pleasure.

What are we looking for?


Taking Submissions: What If… Skunk Wurks Edition

Deadline: January 1st, 2025
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Top secret government projects

Who doesn’t know the black projects that rolled out of the Skunk Works like the famous SR-71, U-2, or F-117 stealth fighter? What do you think they aren’t telling us about? This anthology dives into the concept of other black projects, their uses, and outcomes. Maybe the crazies are right. What If… the UFO’s are actually ours… Anything from discovery and design to use in application of the Aircraft, Heavy Weapons, Power Armor, Sea Vessels, and more are welcome.

We’re looking for new, previously unpublished stories that take us on an adventure and leave us wanting more.

  • Genre: Speculative Fiction
  • Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000
  • Opening Essay by: TBD
  • Edited by: William Joseph Roberts
  • Anchor Author: TBD
  • Due Date: January 1, 2025

Email submissions to: threeravenspublishing @ gmail dot com with “Skunk Wurks” 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.


A Quick Q&A And Cover Reveal For C. J. Dotson’s Debut Novel ‘The Cut’

Today, we’re thrilled to welcome C. J. Dotson as we share the cover reveal of her upcoming novel ‘The Cut’! This is C.J.’s debut novel, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to share the reveal with you. Before I get too far ahead of myself, though, lets pick C. J.’s brain (figuratively, of course!) about her upcoming release. First, I’ll share the synopsis to give you a bit of context before we dive into the questions.

Synopsis: In this chilling supernatural horror novel set in a mysterious hotel, a woman fleeing her abusive ex finds herself running from more than just her past.

A historic hotel long past its prime and huddled along The Cut, a questionable Lake Erie beach, isn’t Sadie Miles’ ideal place to raise a toddler while also navigating her second pregnancy. After finally fleeing her abusive ex-fiancé, though, Sadie’s new housekeeping position and free room at L’Arpin Hotel are the best she can manage.

On her first night, Sadie runs to help a guest struggling in the hotel’s pool only to find the water calm and empty when she gets there, leaving her with a lingering unease. When a guest then goes missing and her manager insists they simply left without checking out, Sadie suspects he’s covering up darker goings-on in the hotel.

After her ex, Sadie won’t let anyone convince her that what she’s experiencing isn’t real again. So, she keeps digging, quickly uncovering suspicious interactions with the staff, mysteriously vanishing security cameras, more missing guests, and things that go bump in the night…and drip in the walls, slither in the tub, and squirm in the halls. Everything isn’t as it seems within the dim hallways of L’Arpin. Sadie has nowhere to go and nowhere to hide; she’ll need to keep her wits about her to survive and keep her toddler and unborn child safe from whatever lurks nearby.


Taking Submissions: Tales of Winter Shadows

Submission Window: July 4 – September 6th, 2024
Payment: $20.00 for original fiction, $10.00 for poems , $5.00 for reprints
Theme: As cold and silence envelopes the earth, and all things lie dormant, we all move inward and lean toward hibernation, shadow work and self-reflection.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Opens for Submissions July 4

The next edition to our popular YULE anthology will be opening this summer for submissions.

Submissions open July 4 – September 6

Send manuscripts to [email protected]


Word Count: 2,000 to 7,000 for stories

Up to 4 pages for poetry

$20.00 for original fiction

$10.00 for poems

$5.00 for reprints


Taking Submissions: Chthonic Matter June/July 2024 Window

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: 2 Contributors Copies
Theme: Tales from the darkside. Its contents range in tone from the quiet horror of Shirley Jackson to the bleak stylings of Thomas Ligotti — and everything in between.

Note: Chthonic Matter Quarterly is open to submissions. Close date is July 31st, 2024.

Chthonic Matter is a quarterly offering of tales from the darkside. Its contents range in tone from the quiet horror of Shirley Jackson to the bleak stylings of Thomas Ligotti — and everything in between.