Taking Submissions: Empire of Beasts

Deadline: December 1st, 2022
Payment: $40
Theme: Stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures

The prompt: Lost Boys is looking for 8-10 stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures.

This is your time to be utterly creative! What do you think, say, a society of cats would look like if they could walk and talk as humans do? What would their religion be? What would their world look like? What societal standards would they have? What would their homes be made of? Their favorite foods? You don’t have to use cats, you are free to use any creature you wish!


  1. Every genre qualifies.

  2. No rape, gore, incest, or child abuse.

  3. Must be at least 3k but no more than 9k.

  4. Submissions must be in Times New Roman, 12pt. No headers, please.

  5. List your story’s title and your author name at the top of the document, along with your email address – you don’t have to include your postal address!

  6. Submissions open on September 1st, 2022 and will close on December 1st, 2022.

  7. We encourage gender fluidity, gender-bending, LGBTQIA+ retellings, and whatever else feels appropriate to YOU for the story you want to tell.

  8. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line: “Empire of Beasts Submission”

  9. Submissions may be sent in the body of the email or via attachment. The choice is yours.

  10. PLEASE, pay attention to the guidelines, as any submission not adhering to them will be automatically disqualified.

  11. Accepted authors will receive $40 (30 days after publication date) and one free digital copy of the completed anthology.

Via: Lost Boys Press.

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