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Taking Submissions: Strange Sunrises

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: $30USD
Theme: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet.

Title: Strange Sunrises: Tales from Distant Planets
Theme: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. The setting should feel alive and have some influence on the plot. Any subgenre is welcome, but please submit horror stories to the Sunsets collection.
Word Count: Preferred 2500-7500. Hard cap on 10,000 words for exceptional stories.
Payment: $30USD
Rights: First time publishing rights for one year after publication. The author is free to publish the story elsewhere afterwards.
Reprints: No. Original stories only.
Multiple Submissions: Welcome.
Simultaneous Submissions: No. If you do not hear back within eight weeks, you may submit the story elsewhere.
How to submit: Email manuscript to [email protected] attached as a Word (.docx) document. In the subject line, please write Sunrises_Your_Name. In the body, please include a few sentences summarizing the story.

Via: War And Whiskey.

Taking Submissions: Contrary Summer 2022 Issue

Deadline: June 1st, 2022
Payment: $20
Theme: We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. Can your story stay that finger to the end?

“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and recombine and fabricate and juggle until something that I have never experienced is experienced. The process is alchemical. The process is violent. It goes to the heart of creativity. It disrupts and shatters. It is splendid with provocation. It is an aggression against banality. It is sharp and loud like a janitor scraping frost from a window. The hectic bounce of steam on a street after a truck roars by. The anarchy of waters, the comedy of the face, dangerous feelings vented from a cage of skin.” ~ John Olson


Taking Submissions: The Big Book of Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Collection of Utah Horror

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: Poetry – $10 USD,. Flash – $15 USD, Short Fiction – $35 USD
Theme: Well-crafted stories and poems suitable for a middle-grade audience
Note: All entries must have a Utah connection (Either the author or the story.)

Timber Ghost Press is proud to present The Big Book of Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Collection of Utah Horror. With the help of the Utah Horror Writers*, Timber Ghost Press is excited to be publishing the ninth collection of Utah horror.

We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems suitable for a middle-grade audience. We’re looking for stories and poems in the same vein as Neil Gaiman, Victoria Schwab, Patrick Ness, Holly Black, and R.L. Stine. Please ensure your story/poem is suitable for a younger audience. If we deem the story too extreme for children, it will be rejected. For this anthology, all entries must have a Utah connection, either on the part of the author or the story itself (it is called Utah horror for a reason).

Taking Submissions: Strange Sunsets: Terrors on Distant Planets

Deadline: August 31st, 2022
Payment: $30USD
Theme: Terrors on Distant Planets

Title: Strange Sunsets: Terrors on Distant Planets
Theme: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Gore and splatterpunk is welcome, but may not be a first choice.
Word Count: Preferred 2500-7500. Hard cap on 10,000 words for exceptional stories.
Payment: $30USD


Taking Submissions: Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice (Early Listing)

Submission Window: April 1st-April 30th, 2022
Payment: $25 and a contributors copy
Theme: Tales of stone cold villains (literally on the cold!)

From castles atop snow crested mountains to the cold isolation of the frozen tundra, the lure of darkness beckons us all.

For Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice, Tourmaline & Quartz seeks your tales of stone cold villains. Show us the frosty ice queens, the conniving fae lords we love to hate and hate to love. Give us your dragons with hearts as cold as their gold, or the witch who summons a snowstorm to save herself from the hunters. Tell us about your morally gray outcasts that crave vengeance while the heroes are seeking warmth.

The winter months are dark, the snows are deep, and the ice is treacherous. But what if the bitter cold wasn’t the only villain?


Taking Submissions: THEMA – The Crumpled Yellow Paper

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10
Theme: The Crumpled Yellow Paper

To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here .


NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. NOTE: Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. Response time: 3 months after premise deadline.  NO READER’S FEE.


Taking Submissions: Midnight in the Dying Garden: Fairy Tales for the End of the World

Deadline: April 30th, 2022
Payment: Literary horror with a fantastical twist
Theme: $25 – $150 CAD for original work depending on length, $10 – $70 CAD for reprints
Note: Reprints welcome

Nestled in a forgotten wood deep within a shadowed valley lies the hidden heart of the world: A dark, enchanted garden where every blossom holds a secret, every tree bursts with ten thousand memories, and each mushroom pulses in an endless relay, transmitting tales from half a world away. The wind itself whispers forgotten sorrows to the only creature left in the garden: The terrifying and enchanting Storyteller.

But the garden’s lushness is a lie. Its explosion of ferns and flowers hides a terrible secret: the garden is dying. Without listeners to sustain it – without imagination, hearts, and souls to feed it – the heart is fading, and taking the world with it.

Taking Submissions: Madame Gray’s Poe-Pourri Of Terror

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: Stories that pay homage to Edgar Allan Poe fan

Lifelong Edgar Allan Poe fan, Madame Gray, is in search of horror tales that pay homage to one of the greats of the genre. Whether you gravitate toward The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, Murders in the Rue Morgue, or the Masque of the Red Death, she wants to read your story…

Compiled and edited by Gerri R. Gray (Madame Gray’s Creep Show, Blood & Blasphemy, Vault of Gore) and published by Hellbound Books, this anthology is open to undiscovered writers and established voices alike.