Taking Submissions: Dark Heroes

Dark Heroes

Deadline: July 2nd 2011
Payment: ¼¢ per word, Contributor’s copy depending on word count

Edited by Jessy Marie Roberts
Submission Deadline: 2 July 2011

To submit, please use our online submissions manager. Our standard writer’s guidelines apply.

We are looking for

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Expected response time is under THREE months (please query if you have not received a response within 90 days). We regret that, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to give personal criticism.

No reprints, no multiple submissions, no simultaneous submissions

Word count should be approximately 1,500-15,000 words;

Payment:

5,000 words & under –
¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; no contributor’s copy

5,001 words & above –
¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; one contributor’s copy

[via: Pill Hill Press.]

Taking Submissions: There Was A Crooked House

There Was A Crooked House

Deadline: June 3rd 2011
Payment: ¼¢ per word

Edited by Jessy Marie Roberts

DEADLINE SET!
DEADLINE: 3 JUNE 2011

To submit, please use our online submissions manager. PLEASE include a brief biography with every submission (either in the email or at the end of the story). Our standard writers guidelines apply.

We are looking for stories that are inspired by the prompt THERE WAS A CROOKED HOUSE or by the cover art (see above). Any genre of speculative fiction (except erotica) is welcome and will be considered.

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Expected response time is under THREE months from opening of the reading period (please query if you have not received a response within 90 days within the opening of the reading period). We regret that, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to give personal criticism.

No reprints, no multiple submissions, no simultaneous submissions.

Word count should be UNDER 5,000 words (firm).

Payment:

¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; no contributor’s copy

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Taking Submissions: The ePocalypse: e-mails at the end CONTEST

The ePocalypse: e-mails at the end

DEADLINE: May 6th 2011
PAYMENT: Editor’s Choice: $150, Contributor’s Choice: $100, Runner’s Up: $50.00, Ten free contributor’s copies for other runner ups

The ePocalypse: e-mails at the end
Compiled by Jessy Marie Roberts
CLICK TO SUBMIT (VIA OUR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS MANAGER)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6 MAY 2011

The world is ending. Humanity is on the brink of extinction. Read the electronic communications of Earth’s last survivors…

What are we looking for?
The ePocalypse will feature apocalyptic collaborative stories told/narrated exclusively through e-mail. Each story MUST have 2 or more collaborating authors. All e-mails must take place as the world as we know it is ending… earthquakes, floods, virus/disease, meteors, aliens, etc. We’re not really looking for zombie stories, though we will consider them if unique to the apocalyptic genre.

About the contest…
Editor’s Choice Award: $150.00 (split between teammates)
The Editor’s Choice Award will be picked by the editor/compiler of the anthology; decision will be at her sole discretion

Contributor’s Choice Award: $100.00 (split between teammates)
The Contributor’s Choice Award will be picked by the contributing authors of the anthology. When the anthology is compiled, copyedited and typeset, we will send out an interior proof to the authors to check their stories for last minute copyediting/formatting errors. At this time, contributing authors have the option to read through the other stories and vote for their favorite story. Authors can’t vote for their own story, and each contributing author can only vote once. No contributing author is required to vote, but all authors who do are entered into a “consolation drawing” for a free copy of the anthology.

Contributor’s Choice Runner-Up Award: $50.00 (split between teammates)
The team with the second highest Contributor’s Choice Award votes will win the Contributor’s Choice Runner-Up Award.

Consolation Drawing:
Every contributing author who casts a vote for the Contributor’s Choice Award will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the anthology. We will draw TEN names from the hat upon publication and mail out a free copy of The ePocalypse to the winning authors.

ALL OTHER SELECTED STORIES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE ANTHOLOGY FOR EXPOSURE ONLY. NO PAYMENT, NO CONTRIBUTOR’S COPY.

***If the same story is selected for the Editor’s Choice Award and the Contributor’s Choice Award, the winning story will receive The Editor’s Choice Award prize ONLY; The second highest votes in the Contributor’s Choice Award will win the Contributor’s Choice Award and the third highest votes will win the Contributor’s Choice Runner-Up Award***

How do I submit?
Each collaborative writing team must select a TEAM CAPTAIN. The Captain will be responsible for submitting the story and will be the contact person between the collaborative team and Pill Hill Press; The Captain will be responsible for obtaining signatures for the contract; The Captain will receive the prize money and will be responsible for distributing the winnings amongst the team. Remember, teams MUST have at least 2 or more collaborating authors.

SUBMIT VIA ONLINE SUBMISSIONS MANAGER. In your COVER LETTER, please include the title of the story, the word count, list of collaborating authors, and a brief bio (third person) for each collaborating author to be printed in the back of the anthology if selected for publication.

Additional Info… PLEASE READ!!!
Original collaborative e-mail stories only, please. No reprints.
No simultaneous submissions, No multiple submissions.

As this is supposed to represent email communications, punctuation and grammar can by stylized to reflect the nature of the story – if the emails are between friends, they should be conversational; if the emails are between professionals, jargon is acceptable…

Stories MUST be in email format! Please include the following information for EACH email in the story (an example only – please substitute with correct information/details from your story):

From: ePocalypse Anthology [email protected]
To: Veggie Pizza Monster [email protected]
Date: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM
Subject: Wanna buy a pizza slicer?

Write email message here…

Completed stories should be approximately 2,000-10,000 words

[Pill Hill Press.]

Taking Submissions: How The West Was Wicked

How The West Was Wicked

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2011
PAYMENT: ¼¢ per word, and if 5001+ words 1 contributor copy

Edited by Jessy Marie Roberts
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: 31 MARCH 2011

To submit, please use our online submissions manager. PLEASE include a brief biography with every submission (either in the email or the attachment). Our standard writer’s guidelines apply.

How the West Was Wicked is an anthology of WEIRD WESTERN fiction with dark overtones and elements of horror; Let the imagination go crazy. Think little haunted houses on the prairie, demonic gunslingers, creatures unearthed while panning for gold, vampire brothels, vengeful Indian spirits such as the Wendigo, etc.—a complete dark & weird free for all in an old west setting.

The central ingredients should be:
1) Takes place in the American Old West (Wild West)
2) Has a dark, horror element
3) Is weird, disturbing and/or unsettling

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Expected response time is under THREE months (please query if you have not received a response within 90 days). We regret that, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to give personal criticism.

No reprints, no multiple submissions, no simultaneous submissions.

Word count should be approximately 1,500-15,000 words

Payment:

5,000 words & under –
¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; no contributor’s copy

5,001 words & above –
¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; one contributor’s copy

[via: Pill Hill Press.]

Taking Submissions: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

A Horror Cliché Parody

Edited by Shane McKenzie
With Introduction by Jeff Strand (Tentative)

Submission Deadline: 28 Feb 2011

To submit, please use our ONLINE SUBMISSIONS MANAGER. Our standard writer’s guidelines apply.

Clichés. As horror writers, we have all been warned to avoid them at all costs. Whether your character is trapped in a shack in the woods surrounded by zombies while his partner slowly deteriorates from the bite he got on the arm during their struggle out of the military camp where the virus started when a scientist knocked over a vial… Or your character is a vampire that is depressed about being alone for eternity, staring forlornly out of his castle window, sipping a virgin’s blood from a wine glass… Or a serial killer’s story told through first person point of view where we get to see into his sick mind as he hacks his teenage, female, prostitute cheerleader victims into bits, all the while thinking back on his abused childhood and how his druggy parents beat and raped him. You know, the usual. Clichés have been so widely used that even avoiding them has become a cliché of its own. And don’t even get me started on the twist endings. It was all a dream, right?

Well, Pill Hill Press is giving you the chance to stab these clichés in the stomach and twist the blade. We want you to lay into them, really have fun with it. We are looking for comedic, slapstick stories that poke fun at these aphorisms; let out all that aggression you’ve built up as a horror writer working around these clichés. The more ridiculous, the better. Make me laugh. All horror fans have a natural sense of humor, so bring it out and have fun with this. Think Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead 2, even Scary Movie.

We are not looking for cliché stories here; we are looking for funny-on-purpose parodies of them. That old zombie or vampire or werewolf story you haven’t been able to get published because it had overused themes won’t cut it.

Now…make me laugh, cackle, chuckle, giggle, and snort!

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Expected response time is under THREE months (please query if you have not received a response within 90 days). We regret that, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to give personal criticism.

No reprints, no multiple submissions, no simultaneous submissions

Word count should be approximately 3,000-7,000 words;

Payment:

5,000 words & under – ¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; no contributor’s copy

5,001 words & above – ¼¢ per word, payable upon publication; one contributor’s copy

[via: Pill Hill Press.]

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