Tagged: Anthology

Taking Submissions: Bleak Midwinter

Deadline: September 13th, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy
Theme: Gothic Winter Horror

Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our third anthology for 2022, Bleak Midwinter: An Anthology of Gothic Horror.

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) of winter horror. We are looking for stories that encompass the darkness of the season and literary themes over Christmas/Krampus gore. Think of stories like The Shining or even Dickens’s A Christmas Carol more than slasher-style Black Christmas.

Things we are looking for:


Taking Submissions: Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner

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Deadline: March 31st, 2022.
Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words
Theme: Speculative fiction food stories!

My grandpa had a drive-in diner in Rupert, Idaho in the 60s called Chuck’s In-and-Out. It was well known and all the kids went there. My aunt served the burgers (sans roller-skates—Grandma put a stop to that notion! ) and Grandma made the best french fry sauce in the galaxy. Grandpa taught me that food, from the production to the preparation to the partaking, could be a simple personal pleasure or a means of bringing groups together in a shared meal. This book is dedicated to him. Miss you, Grampsy.

Whether you’re growing your produce in a magical garden, storing your rations in your lunar bunker, or enjoying a delightful picnic in the outer rings of Saturn, we want your speculative fiction food stories!

Taking Submissions: Ghostlore: An Audio Fiction Anthology

Deadline: February 6th, 2022
Payment: £0.04 per word, with a minimum payment of £10 per accepted piece.
Theme: Original stories related to ghosts AND folklore
Note: Apologies for the short window, I only stumbled across this one just now

I’m delighted to launch an exciting new project in collaboration with the fantastic Alternative Stories & Fake Realities podcast:

GHOSTLORE: An Audio Fiction Anthology

And we’re now open to flash fiction submissions!

Ghostlore is a genre of folklore concerning ghosts, and I can’t wait to read creative responses to this. The anthology will form part of Alternative Stories & Fake Realities’ Season 6, in Spring 2022, and will link to a folklore discussion panel on a similar theme.


Taking Submissions: Winter Enchantment

Deadline: January 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.5 cent per word
Theme: Hopeful stories that take place during winter in the following genres: fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, and fabulism
Note: Apologies for the short window, this just hit my inbox.

Iridescent Words seeks short stories between 800 and 5000 words for our upcoming anthology.

Send us well-crafted, polished gems. Writing that is ethereal and dancing with imagery, evocative and enchanting. Stories that glitter with dark magic, exuberant, luscious, melancholic or hopeful.
We accept: fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, and fabulism.

Send us stirring tales of mischievous creatures, elves, fae or trolls, spell-weavers, or ancient gods. Winter goddesses such as Cailleach, Khione or Skadi. Frost demons and snow sprites. Sugar plum fairies, ice dragons or frost giants. Use creatures, gods or characters from mythology and folklore or make up your own.

We would like the stories to be set in this world (though portals to other worlds can certainly be opened), and represent a range of cultures and locations.

Consider: What would happen in an encounter with a barbagazi in the Alps?  What kind of bargain could you make with a frost-sprite?


Taking Submissions: Reader Beware!

Deadline: August 1st, 2022
Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints.
Theme: Fear Street appreciation. YA horror steeped in late 80s-90s nostalgia.
Note: Reprints Welcome



You’ve heard the stories about Fear Street—the unexplained mysteries, missing people, the things that lurk in the dark—but wouldn’t you rather experience them for yourself?

You aren’t scared, are you?

Briana Morgan, author of  TRICKER-TREATER AND OTHER STORIES, and Roxie Voorhees, co-editor of CAMP HORROR, comes a collection of super-chilling tales of teen horror. 


Taking Submissions: Elements Book One: Earth (Early Listing)

Submission Window: February 1st – 28th, 2022
Payment: ¢1 per word CAD
Theme: Horror stories with a theme of Earth

Earth Elements Book One:  Four-part series

Open date: February 1st

Close date: February 28th

Stories of horror with the theme of ‘earth’ – Rated R welcomed


Taking Submissions: Carnival Macabre

Deadline: March 13th, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy
Theme: Short horror stories that explore the “dark carnival” concept.

Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our second anthology for 2022, Carnival Macabre: An Anthology of Gothic Horror, due to be released in May.

For this collection, we are looking for short horror stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) that explore the “dark carnival” concept. Think H.H. Holmes during Chicago’s World Fair (Columbian Exposition), horror at a 1920s Boardwalk, or even an eerie Victorian tale.  This anthology will be more open to horror themes, but we’re looking for substance over gore. As always, keep those Gothic undertones.

Things we are looking for:


Taking Submissions: Valravn Anthology 2022 Spring Window

Deadline: March 31st, 2022
Payment: $0.10 USD per word
Theme: Fantasy
Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction


  • We love fiction from diverse, under-represented perspectives and cultures, well-researched and written by fresh and exciting voices.
  • Speculative fiction in the following genres 
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Espionage/Thriller
    • Science Fiction
  • Up to 80,000 words, minimum of 15,000 words (novellas)
  • Submitted to our submission email (submissions AT ravencanticlepress DOT com)
  • Only one submission per quarter, no simultaneous submissions, no submissions of previously rejected material without prior approval. Please wait until the next quarter (January 1st, April 1st,  July 1st, October 1st) before submitting anything again.
  • Please only send RTF, DOC or DOCX files, and must adhere best practices in manuscript formats: https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/
  • We’re open to previously published fiction in short story collections or other formats. Please provide a detailed list of previous publication (if necessary).



  • An advance based on the size of the work, as well as other factors.
  • Ongoing royalties (author friendly) for single author works: 
    • 15% net on retail sales, with increases based on copies sold up to 25%.
      • In this case, net means the cost of printing is counted against the profits, but nothing else is (such as editing, layout, etc. which is all carried by Raven Canticle Press.)
    • 50% net price of all ebook and electronic formats. Generally net price is less any payment processing fees or platform fees. Whatever we get here, you get half of.
  • Anthologies or products with multiple authors have different terms (generally a lesser commitment in terms of publishing rights and a one-time fee).