Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. And starting this month, there’s a new category, because I found an anthology series that’s “Always Open.” Find it right above the “Until Filled” listings.

There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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1 July 2018 — Baby, It’s Cold Outside — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 2-3 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside the invited authors.

We are looking for holiday (I.E. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) themed CRIME stories ONLY. No Sci-Fi, no Fantasy

Payment currently listed at $150.00 CAD/story.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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1 July 2018 — Knucklehead Noir — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong.

Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford ain’t got nothin’ on these dipshits.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside 6-8 stories from some well-known and extremely talented authors.

We are specifically looking for darkly humorous CRIME stories.

No Sci-fi, no Fantasy.

Payment currently listed at $0.03/word CAD.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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10 July 2018 — Monsters of Any Kind — ed. Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti; Independent Legions Publishing

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology Monsters of Any Kind, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.

We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.

Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.

We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, nor do we accept unsolicited reprints.

Submissions should follow standard manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman or Courier fonts, 1″ margins all around, line spacing 1½ or 2 spaces). It must be in .doc or .docx format or it will not be considered. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Page numbers with author’s last name and/or partial story name on subsequent pages would be appreciated.

Cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, please add a short bio (up to 200 words).

Response time is currently within four weeks. After that, if you haven’t heard from us, please query. We will not be sending confirmations of receipt.

Stories must be submitted as email attachments; to submit, put “SUBMISSION – MONSTERS OF ANY KIND” in the subject line and send to: independent.legions@aol.com

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15 July 2018 — Terra! Tara! Terror! — Third Flatiron

Terra! Tara! Terror! — SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13).

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018. DO NOT SUBMIT before 15 June.
Publication Date: September 20, 2018.

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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15 July 2018 — Alternative Truths: Endgame — ed. Jess Faraday and Bob Brown; B Cubed Press

The Premise

How will the current political nightmare end? The “Endgame” referenced in the title may be that it doesn’t end. It may be that it transitions, or it there may be a paroxysm of indictments (or a spaceship landing on the lawn, or a zombie apocalypse, or we wake from a dream).

What We Want

The third and likely final book in the best selling Alternative Truths series is looking for stories, poems, and essays. We welcome both serious works and works of humor, light and dark. In addition, we would love to see stories that cover the entire spectrum of race, sexual orientation, politics, etc. We’ll even publish Canadians!

Your vision is what we want — just no assassination fantasies, please.

As always, a share of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to the ACLU of Washington.

How to Submit

Send submissions in standard manuscript format to Kionadad@aol.com. Files can be .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Be sure to include the words “Alternative Truths Endgame Submission” in the email subject line.

Word Count: 300 to 5000 words

Payment: Poems and flash fiction are paid by the piece. Everything else will be paid at $0.02 cent/word, paid on publication, plus shared royalties.

Queries encouraged.

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31 July 2018 — Innsmouthbreathers — Martian Migraine Press

There are folks for whom the question of whether Cthulhu has two eyes or six is a vitally important one. Individuals that believe, somehow, that a dinner of tinned spaghetti and ice cream with a reanimated H. P. Lovecraft would be the height of both culinary and intellectual pleasure. Scholars who feel that The Horror at Red Hook is a timely warning about, well, you know… those other people. Esteemed biographers of weird fiction luminaries who reveal their foaming insecurity at the changing of the guard, or the form of a literary award. Entities who dissolve with glee at the slapping of some tentacles on a meme, thus rendering it “Lovecraftian”.

Yes, they’re out there, in their seeming thousands, trolling social media, fawning over the dead, podcasting their paranoia. Yes, they are slouching roughly towards Arkham and Providence and fabled Y’ha-nthlei, to dwell in fossilized canon and geeky glory, forever.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS.

Martian Migraine Press announces an open call for submissions to our latest anthology project, INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! We are looking for humourous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. (The 20th, for those keeping track of such things!) We’re looking for tales that pit Innsmouthbreathers against all manner of real and imagined horrors: shoggoths with Social Justice agendas, politically active Deep Ones, enlightened Mi-Go, and Nick Mamatas*. Make them lovable, make them loathsome, make us feel their triumphs and defeats! Put us in their basements, their garrets, their comic shops and conventions and pop-culture covens, and put us in their Cthulhu parody t-shirts while you’re at it. Mmm, is that a cotton/poly blend? Only in black, you say? SOLD.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS will be a mostly funny book. We’re going for light-hearted ribbing here, a send-up, a roast. Stories that are outright mean and nasty won’t play well within these pages. Remember, let they who have not geeked out over Lovecraft, even a little, even once, throw the first Shining Trapezohedron into the bay! And sure, we’re asking for yuks, but please don’t feel you need to dial back the weird horror. Mix it up, thrill us, chill us, make us laugh at ourselves.

Submission period closes 31 JULY 2018. The anthology will be released in early October 2018.

SUBMITTING

Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.

We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.

To submit a story to INNSMOUTHBREATHERS send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: submissions@martianmigrainepress.com, with subject line: INNSMOUTH, title of your story, and your name.

LENGTH

For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 5,000 words. If your story goes over 5k, please inquire first. Honestly, we’d prefer to see shorter, punchier stories.

FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

NO POETRY.

PAYMENT

All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to complete access to all titles in the MMP ebook catalogue.

REPLIES AND QUERIES

We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on 31 JULY 2018 and we should be responding to all submissions, yay or nay, by early August 2018. If you haven’t heard from us by 15 September 2018, please query.

* We use Mr Mamatas here as a stand-in for any writer who dares to push weird and horror fiction into new, interesting places. Sorry, Nick, but you made your bed, sir.

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31 July 2018 — Life After All — Less Than Three Press

Life After All — an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pastoral apocalyptic LGBTQIA+ romance anthology — The end of the world is a dark, bleak place. Life is full of grit, misery, and barely scraping by. But if humans excel at anything, it’s making the best of a bad situation, and the end of the world would be no different.

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about life after the end of the world being far from bleak and hopeless. We want to see stories of hardened apocalypse survivors building new lives and homes with their found families; gentle robots terraforming the ruined remains of the Earth; your post-Earth space settlers slice-of-life.

THE DETAILS:

== Put SUBMISSIONS: TITLE (where TITLE is your title) in the subject line.
== Stories should be at least 8000 words and should not exceed approx 15000 words in length.
== Stories must be about a post-apocalyptic society.
== Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
== Any sub-genre is gladly accepted: sci-fi, mystery, contemporary, steampunk, etc.
== LT3 always welcomes representation of all genders and nonbinary or agender characters.
== All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.

Life After All is a general release anthology, which means authors will receive a flat payment of $150.00 once LT3 has a signed contract. Authors will receive one copy each of the ebook formats LT3 produces and two copies of the paperback compilation.

Stories should be complete before submitting, and as edited as possible — do not submit a first draft. They can be submitted in any format (doc, docx, rtf, odt, etc) preferably single spaced in an easy to read font (Times, Calibri, Arial) with no special formatting (no elaborate section separation, special fonts, etc). Additional formatting guidelines can be found here.

Questions should be directed to the anthology editor, J., at jhong.writes@gmail.com (or you can ping them on twitter @heykaunlay).

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15 August 2018 — A Punk Rock Future — Zsenon Publishing

Welcome to A Punk Rock Future. Get ready for an anthology from Zsenon Publishing that will feature flash fiction as fast as a punk rock song as well as longer stories, all with a gut punch and revealing a punk rock future.

You may ask yourself: Are we already in this punk rock future or did it die in the late 1970s? Or is it still coming?

We’ll find out soon in this anthology…

So you may have thought Punk Rock was going to change the world. That Punk RULES.

Or are we still here with [pic of a The Clash album cover].

Either way, we’re looking for stories from you that will explore this future, whether it’s near or far away. We’d like to see dystopias, utopias, or something in-between; anything with a punk rock sensibility/ethos; alternative history; the promise of punk; the failure of punk; music-inspired stories; science fiction; fantasy; or horror. No matter the genre label, stories must have a speculative element. This isn’t an anthology of steampunk, solarpunk, silkpunk, ecopunk (those are all fine genres), or whatever punk. We won’t rule out stories that touch on those niches but be warned: Stories should be the real deal, punk punk.

Surprise and amaze us. A punk strain runs through SFFH so we know that great stories are out there. Want a recent fantastic example? The Big So-So by Erica Satifka. Unfortunately, you can’t get Satifka’s short story online but you might pick up this issue of Interzone to see what we like. Or read Sarah Pinsker’s 2015 Nebula Award winner Our Lady of the Open Road, published in Asimov’s. It, too, has the vibe we want.

In A Punk Rock Future, the shortest of these stories will be confined to the 350-500 word range, which would span about three minutes if the story is read aloud. We want stories that howl like Exene Cervenka, charge ahead like Death’s drums, and roar out on a quick, high note like a Clash solo. After all, the Ramones rarely wrote songs over three minutes—although the seminal punk band penned a couple songs over four minutes long, so we might stretch it some. These flash fictions still must be stories though, which is indeed possible to do well in 500 words. Short stories, which will make up the bulk of the anthology, will top out at 6,000 words.

Almost all of the stories will come straight outta the garage, the slush pile, which seems like the punk thing to do. A few stories may be solicited from the punkiest of punk writers.

We want diverse fiction from any and all demographics of people and about any and all demographics of people.

Some sorta kickstarter-y thing is in the plans to help pay the writers, or maybe pay ‘em more. We will pay pro rates of at least 6 cents a word.

Hey, ho. What are you waiting for? Get writing and submit starting now until the August 15, 2018 deadline. Let’s go.

IN SHORT

Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror (all stories must have a speculative element, even the horror).

Word count: 350-6000 words.

Pay rate: 6 cents per word, professional rate as deemed by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Multiple submissions: No.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Reprint submissions: Don’t submit reprints. In rare cases maybe, but query first and only if it’s an exceptional story.

Estimated Response Time: Fast as possible.

Estimated Publication Date: Summer 2019.

BIG NO-NO’s:

No torture, porn or tortureporn.

Stay away from the well-trodden, so:
1. No Vampires
2.No Zombies

Slush piles are overrun by zombies and vampires. Don’t submit those stories. They’ll be rejected instantaneously.

HOW WILL IT BE PUBLISHED?

The anthology will be published as a book, both paper and ebook.

We’ll be buying first worldwide print and electronic rights in English, with an exclusivity period of six months. Payment on publication.

HOW DO I SUBMIT?

Submissions to: zsenonpublishing@gmail.com.

Standard Manuscript Format please. Doc, docx or rtf.

Subject line of email should read: SUBMISSION – Your Name – Your Story Title

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1 September 2018 — Burnt Fur — Ken Macgregor; Blood Bound Books

Furry: ‘noun informal 1. an enthusiast for animal characters with human characteristics, in particular a person who dresses up in costume as such a character or uses one as an avatar online.’

Furry can also mean actual anthropomorphic animal characters. Real animals acting like people (ie. Watership Down) or half-human/half-animal hybrids (ie. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

We’re looking for stories from the dark underbelly of Furry life. The Pooka who is not only invisible to everyone but Elwood Dowd (“Harvey”), but who is also slaughtering the neighborhood pets. The talking porcupine who uses an ancient form of acupuncture to mind-control the humans into a sex/blood cult. The couple who dress up as wolves, go to Furry cons, and actually eat people dressed as prey animals. You get the idea.

Show us the corruption of innocence. Give us fur matted with blood and semen. Make us squirm as we read. But, please, make sure you have a story to go with your gory. Please include a plot with your cum shot. If it’s all shock and no substance, we’ll likely pass.

What we’re looking for:

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark and it’s furry, we want it!

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email: burntfursubmissions@gmail.com

Length: 1,500 words up to 7K

Multiple Submissions: No

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 3 cents/word

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ALWAYS OPEN — Future Visions Anthology Series — Brian J Walton; Camton House Publishing

The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.

Themes:

What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?

These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc…) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on…

Diversity:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

Terms:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.

Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $150. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $150 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.

Submission Guidelines:

== Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
== There is no fee to submit.
== Submissions must be original, never before published works.
== Submissions may be set in a larger universe, but should be a complete story; do not send excerpts, parts, or volumes.
== Word Count is 2k-7k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
== Submissions should be written to the best of the author’s ability. Professional editing is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
== Adult language and sexual situations are permitted, but no hate speech, erotica or “X-rated” material.
== Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
== Include “Future Visions Short Story Submission” in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
o Author Name
o Story Title
o Word Count
o Brief Bio, written in the third person. 100-300 words.
== Submissions should be submitted in docx format as an attachment.
== Submissions should be emailed to futurevisionssubmissions@gmail.com

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

Deadlines:

Submissions are always open. Authors who have submitted will be notified within 4-6 weeks of submission regarding whether their story has been selected.

[Okay, this is different. I’ll be treating this one like an “Until Filled” market, in that I’ll be checking every month to make sure they’re still alive. Unlike a UF, I’ll keep posting this so long as it’s still alive. (Unless it turns morbid or skeevy, the usual.) Note that this is a royalty split with a guaranteed minimum, which works out to pro rates up to 2500 words, and semi-pro after that. Best practice IMO is to assume that the minimum is all you’ll ever get from this market; that way, so long as you do get paid, all your surprises will happy ones.

Interesting business model; it’s basically a magazine that’s being treated like an antho series, more or less. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one, and may revisit the listing in the future.]

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

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31 May 2018 — Apotheosis 2 — ed. Jason Andrew

Apotheosis 2 – More Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods. Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world. Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.

What do we mean by Lovecraft Mythos stories in relation to Apotheosis? We’re looking for stories inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and associated writers such as August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smit, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long. We’re also interested in writers that inspired Lovecraft such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. We’re interested in classic mythos gods and monsters and originals that have inspired by the mythos.

Good Fiction Examples:

== Apotheosis: Stories of Human Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
== “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
== “A Colder War” by Charlie Stross
== In the Hall of the Yellow King by Peter Rawlik

What type of stories are we looking for? We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns. How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? Surprise us. Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before. We want worlds that feel real populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities. Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy.

What types of submissions should I avoid? We’re not as interested in the moment the ancient horrors return and conquer the world, but how humanity survives after the war is lost. Flashbacks are OK, but the story should not be about that time. We enjoy historical mythos fiction, but this is not the anthology for it. Stories must be set in the future. We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.

Submission Details:

== Word-count: 2,000 to 7,000 Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months).Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for “Best Of” anthologies. Apotheosis will be available in both Print on Demand and e-book formats.
== Submissions open April 1, 2018, and will close at 11:59 PST on May 31, 2018. You may submit at: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (Do not submit before April 1st 2018 or your submission will be deleted.)
== Queries and questions may be sent to: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (You may send queries and questions anytime.) All responses will be accepted or rejected by August 15th, 2018. Please do not query about submitted stories before then. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Our word count limits are hard for open submissions. Reprints may be submitted, but we’re only accepting three or four at the most. (It should be clearly stated that the submission is a reprint in your cover later or this will be an automatic rejection later.)
== Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page. Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.
== We’re only accepting a limited number of reprints. If you are submitting a reprint, please tag the subject with #Reprint. If we find out later your submission is a reprint and it wasn’t tagged, it will be dropped from the anthology.
== Payment: 3 cents per word (or 1 cent per word for reprints), paid within 90 days after publication. Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.

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31 May 2018 — Best of Blood Bound Anthology — Blood Bound Books

On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we opened to our first anthology. Ten years later we plan to celebrate this long strange—and wonderful—trip, with our biggest anthology yet! Our “Best Of” will feature your favorite Blood Bound stories from the last decade upgraded in a limited edition, illustrated hardcover. The hardcover will also be loaded with brand new stories to lead us into the next decade of horror. That’s where you come in:

What we’re looking for:

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark, we want it!

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email: submissions@bloodboundbooks.net

Length: 500 words up to 6K—query for longer works

Deadline: May 31st 2018

Multiple Submissions: Yes–two max–but please attach them in one email

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 5¢ – 8¢ per word (We’re shooting for 8¢ if we get a few more Patreon supporters before contracts go out, but it will NEVER be lower than 5¢)

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31 May 2018 — Gehenna and Hinnom Chapbooks: Nightscapes, Have You Ever Seen a Portal? and Void Beckoning — Gehenna and Hinnom

CHAPBOOK 1:

NIGHTSCAPES — Three to four tales of nightmares, night terrors, the unfathomable dreams. All stories for this chapbook must fit into the previously mentioned concepts. Think the fiction of Thomas Ligotti and Jon Padgett meeting the artwork of Zdzisław Beksiński.

WHAT WE WANT:

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your most trippy, disturbing tales that question our notions of reality. Shock us with your imagination, show us how unique and weird your nightmares really are.

CHAPBOOK 2:

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PORTAL? — Three to four tales of inter-dimensional horror. Portals, gateways, archaic and ancient worlds. All stories submitted must follow these themes. Think The Void meets Event Horizon with a little Lovecraft and Barker tossed into the mix.

WHAT WE WANT:

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your most otherworldly tales. Show us dimensions made of nightmares, ancient god-like entities breaking into our world, mankind unlocking denizens of ethereal planes. Enthrall us with the horrors that lie beyond our universe.

CHAPBOOK 3:

VOID BECKONING — Three to four tales of deep space horror. Terrifying monstrosities on ancient moons, malevolent spirits aboard spaceships, mining facilities on other worlds uncovering ancient evils, infectious body-morphing diseases plaguing orbital stations. Think Dead Space meets Alien and Prometheus.

WHAT WE WANT:

We are seeking three to four short stories (1,500 to 5,000 Words FIRM). We want your cautionary tales of deep space travel, what could possibly lie ahead in the cosmos. Thrill us with the claustrophobia of space in the event of invading creatures, terrify us with tales of ancient evils found deep in the recesses of the universe. Show us what true horror is in deep space.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT:

== Fiction that isn’t speculative. We don’t want any stories that could possibly be based in reality. All fiction must be otherworldly, supernatural, etc.
== Short stories that employ the second person narrative voice.
== Short stories that have been previously published. NO REPRINTS.
== Erotica, fan fiction, or stories with heavy sexual content.
== Fiction that is unoriginal or uses recycled themes. Surprise us!
== As always, the most taboo topics are fine, as long as they are used professionally and respectably. Anything with overuse of vulgarity or purposely gross language for the sake of being gross will not be considered.
== NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS TO A SINGLE CHAPBOOK. You are more than welcome to submit one story to each theme, but be aware that no author will appear in more than one chapbook.
== NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS UNLESS YOU QUERY FIRST.
== Stories with numerous errors. This should be a given. Always read through your work or have your editor or a friend read through it before sending it anywhere.
== Artwork submissions. We have already hired the artists for the covers.
== Anything that has been rejected previously for a separate submissions call.

Submit fiction in proper manuscript format. If you need help regarding the formatting, follow this link. We cannot state how severely it will affect your chances if your story has poor formatting. We are expecting a massive volume of submissions for this call, and if it’s not formatted properly, it will slow down the entire process for us. Please consider this when submitting.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

Semi-professional rate of 2 cents per word, minimum of $30 and maximum of $100, which will be paid before publication.

ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH PAYPAL

HOW TO SUBMIT:

== Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
== Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
== Title email as follows: (Type of Submission/Chapbook Theme)/(Title of Story)/(Name) Example: Novella/Fragile Dreams/Fracassi, or Nightscapes/Origami Dreams/Padgett
== Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
== Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.

RESPONSE TIME:

We are expecting a MASSIVE amount of submissions for these calls. Please allow 3-5 months for a response before querying. These titles will be released over the next 12 months, so it will take some time to get back to everyone who has submitted. If you don’t receive a story receipt confirmation within 48 hours, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. The story may have been filtered into our spam. We will more than likely respond to all submissions long before the 5 month point, but we are setting these times as a precaution.

LEGALITIES:

By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

== You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted.
== You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, and reprint rights.
== All information submitted is accurate and truthful.
== You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission. These releases will be for an adult audience, and because of this, we require all authors to be of legal age to read and/or submit to it.

Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to cite the release in which you were published.

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1 June 2018 — Tales from the Crust — ed. David James Keaton and Max Booth; Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

We know we have a tendency to say, “Attention writers! Some new hotness!” but this is literally some new burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hotness. Inspired mostly by David James Keaton’s struggle to find good pizza in California and pitching ideas to Max Booth when he’s hungry after working a 12-hour shift at the Overlook, get ready for…

TALES FROM THE CRUST: An Anthology of Pizza Horror

edited by Keaton and Booth and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Originally Keaton was thinking of calling it PIZZA MY SKULL because there’s a pizza place around San Jose called Pizza My Heart, meaning “piece of my heart,” and so he thought a “piece of my skull” joke would be hilarious. Turns out that’s a lot of assumptions to make about a gag. Also their pizza is gross. Luckily, George Cotronis brainstormed a much better title (though it might make people wonder if there’s a “Crustkeeper/Cryptkeeper” hosting the show). Speaking of Mr. Cotronis! Holy lord look at the cover art he’s come up with. WE WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD…

This is exactly the vibe we’re going for here. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.

Now, you may be thinking: pizza horror taken seriously? What the good goddamn could I possibly write?

Good question! We don’t know. But we sure would like to read it.

That’s where you come in.

Write us a pizza story, and make it scary.

Story length: 1k – 5k
Payment: $0.03 per word
Multiple submissions: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Reprints: Query first
Deadline: June 1, 2018

Send submissions to pizzamyskull@gmail.com with “[STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR NAME] – [WORD COUNT]” in the subject line.

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5 June 2018 — The Working Zealot’s Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America

I am FearBot3000.

I was programmed to notice breathless confusion across social media. Confusion often follows the infallible decrees of Lord Commander Patagonia.

Albeit infallible, sometimes his decrees require an algorithm to reach a state of clarity.

The title of Cockroach Conservatory Vol. 1 is: The Working Zealot’s Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America.

What are we looking for? Weird stories about cults, capitalism, working stiffs, and weirdos. We like bizarro. We like horror. We like our sci-fi and fantasy on the weirder side. We like humor. Think Joe R. Lansdale. Think Victor Pelevin. Think Brian Keene. Think Jessica McHugh. Really. This is a loosey-goosey guideline. The title obfuscates as much as it reveals. We know. It was done on purpose. Cults! Murder! Capitalism! Take it and run.

Word count: no more than 3000 words.

Payment: 6 cents per word.

Is that weird Soviet era sci-fi illustration of a robot the cover? No, it’s just a public domain placeholder for this website. We have commissioned a local Austin, TX artist for the cover.

Poetry: Send no more than 3 poems. If accepted, we’ll pay a flat rate of $10 per poem.

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUNE 5, 2018. Anything submitted after that will go unread unless we announce an extension.

Send your stuff as a doc or docx file to RaceForTheRoaches@gmail.com. rtf file format will not be opened.

Subject line should read: SUBMISSION – [Your Name] – [Story Name/or Poetry]

Include a short bio in your email.

Try to follow this format. We don’t need your physical mailing address.

We want first North American rights to your story on acceptance. Payment will be on publication. We’ll send contracts out and exchange payment information on acceptance.

FearBot3000 returns to Sleep Mode.

[NOTE: Okay, this one’s a little weird. There’s no publisher mentioned. The Cockroach Conservatory seems to be the title of their anthology series. Might also be the publisher? I dunno; it doesn’t say. There’s no editor mentioned. Two people are listed as contributors to the blog; one or both might be editing the book, but they don’t say. My sense is that these are a couple of newbies making it up as they go along, and trying for a “concept” sort of project. That’s not necessarily bad. And they’re paying pro rates, so there’s that. Check out their site and see what you think.]

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1 July 2018 — Baby, It’s Cold Outside — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 2-3 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside the invited authors.

We are looking for holiday (I.E. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) themed CRIME stories ONLY. No Sci-Fi, no Fantasy

Payment currently listed at $150.00 CAD/story.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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1 July 2018 — Knucklehead Noir — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong.

Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford ain’t got nothin’ on these dipshits.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside 6-8 stories from some well-known and extremely talented authors.

We are specifically looking for darkly humorous CRIME stories.

No Sci-fi, no Fantasy.

Payment currently listed at $0.03/word CAD.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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10 July 2018 — Monsters of Any Kind — ed. Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti; Independent Legions Publishing

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology Monsters of Any Kind, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.

We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.

Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.

We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, nor do we accept unsolicited reprints.

Submissions should follow standard manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman or Courier fonts, 1″ margins all around, line spacing 1½ or 2 spaces). It must be in .doc or .docx format or it will not be considered. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Page numbers with author’s last name and/or partial story name on subsequent pages would be appreciated.

Cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, please add a short bio (up to 200 words).

Response time is currently within four weeks. After that, if you haven’t heard from us, please query. We will not be sending confirmations of receipt.

Stories must be submitted as email attachments; to submit, put “SUBMISSION – MONSTERS OF ANY KIND” in the subject line and send to: independent.legions@aol.com

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15 July 2018 — Terra! Tara! Terror! — Third Flatiron

Terra! Tara! Terror! — SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13).

Reading Period: June 15 – July 15, 2018. DO NOT SUBMIT before 15 June.
Publication Date: September 20, 2018.

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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15 July 2018 — Alternative Truths: Endgame — ed. Jess Faraday and Bob Brown; B Cubed Press

The Premise

How will the current political nightmare end? The “Endgame” referenced in the title may be that it doesn’t end. It may be that it transitions, or it there may be a paroxysm of indictments (or a spaceship landing on the lawn, or a zombie apocalypse, or we wake from a dream).

What We Want

The third and likely final book in the best selling Alternative Truths series is looking for stories, poems, and essays. We welcome both serious works and works of humor, light and dark. In addition, we would love to see stories that cover the entire spectrum of race, sexual orientation, politics, etc. We’ll even publish Canadians!

Your vision is what we want — just no assassination fantasies, please.

As always, a share of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to the ACLU of Washington.

How to Submit

Send submissions in standard manuscript format to Kionadad@aol.com. Files can be .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Be sure to include the words “Alternative Truths Endgame Submission” in the email subject line.

Word Count: 300 to 5000 words

Payment: Poems and flash fiction are paid by the piece. Everything else will be paid at $0.02 cent/word, paid on publication, plus shared royalties.

Queries encouraged.

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31 July 2018 — Innsmouthbreathers — Martian Migraine Press

There are folks for whom the question of whether Cthulhu has two eyes or six is a vitally important one. Individuals that believe, somehow, that a dinner of tinned spaghetti and ice cream with a reanimated H. P. Lovecraft would be the height of both culinary and intellectual pleasure. Scholars who feel that The Horror at Red Hook is a timely warning about, well, you know… those other people. Esteemed biographers of weird fiction luminaries who reveal their foaming insecurity at the changing of the guard, or the form of a literary award. Entities who dissolve with glee at the slapping of some tentacles on a meme, thus rendering it “Lovecraftian”.

Yes, they’re out there, in their seeming thousands, trolling social media, fawning over the dead, podcasting their paranoia. Yes, they are slouching roughly towards Arkham and Providence and fabled Y’ha-nthlei, to dwell in fossilized canon and geeky glory, forever.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS.

Martian Migraine Press announces an open call for submissions to our latest anthology project, INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! We are looking for humourous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. (The 20th, for those keeping track of such things!) We’re looking for tales that pit Innsmouthbreathers against all manner of real and imagined horrors: shoggoths with Social Justice agendas, politically active Deep Ones, enlightened Mi-Go, and Nick Mamatas*. Make them lovable, make them loathsome, make us feel their triumphs and defeats! Put us in their basements, their garrets, their comic shops and conventions and pop-culture covens, and put us in their Cthulhu parody t-shirts while you’re at it. Mmm, is that a cotton/poly blend? Only in black, you say? SOLD.

INNSMOUTHBREATHERS will be a mostly funny book. We’re going for light-hearted ribbing here, a send-up, a roast. Stories that are outright mean and nasty won’t play well within these pages. Remember, let they who have not geeked out over Lovecraft, even a little, even once, throw the first Shining Trapezohedron into the bay! And sure, we’re asking for yuks, but please don’t feel you need to dial back the weird horror. Mix it up, thrill us, chill us, make us laugh at ourselves.

Submission period closes 31 JULY 2018. The anthology will be released in early October 2018.

SUBMITTING

Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.

We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.

To submit a story to INNSMOUTHBREATHERS send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: submissions@martianmigrainepress.com, with subject line: INNSMOUTH, title of your story, and your name.

LENGTH

For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 5,000 words. If your story goes over 5k, please inquire first. Honestly, we’d prefer to see shorter, punchier stories.

FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

NO POETRY.

PAYMENT

All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to complete access to all titles in the MMP ebook catalogue.

REPLIES AND QUERIES

We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on 31 JULY 2018 and we should be responding to all submissions, yay or nay, by early August 2018. If you haven’t heard from us by 15 September 2018, please query.

* We use Mr Mamatas here as a stand-in for any writer who dares to push weird and horror fiction into new, interesting places. Sorry, Nick, but you made your bed, sir.

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31 July 2018 — Life After All — Less Than Three Press

Life After All — an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pastoral apocalyptic LGBTQIA+ romance anthology — The end of the world is a dark, bleak place. Life is full of grit, misery, and barely scraping by. But if humans excel at anything, it’s making the best of a bad situation, and the end of the world would be no different.

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about life after the end of the world being far from bleak and hopeless. We want to see stories of hardened apocalypse survivors building new lives and homes with their found families; gentle robots terraforming the ruined remains of the Earth; your post-Earth space settlers slice-of-life.

THE DETAILS:

== Put SUBMISSIONS: TITLE (where TITLE is your title) in the subject line.
== Stories should be at least 8000 words and should not exceed approx 15000 words in length.
== Stories must be about a post-apocalyptic society.
== Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
== Any sub-genre is gladly accepted: sci-fi, mystery, contemporary, steampunk, etc.
== LT3 always welcomes representation of all genders and nonbinary or agender characters.
== All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.

Life After All is a general release anthology, which means authors will receive a flat payment of $150.00 once LT3 has a signed contract. Authors will receive one copy each of the ebook formats LT3 produces and two copies of the paperback compilation.

Stories should be complete before submitting, and as edited as possible — do not submit a first draft. They can be submitted in any format (doc, docx, rtf, odt, etc) preferably single spaced in an easy to read font (Times, Calibri, Arial) with no special formatting (no elaborate section separation, special fonts, etc). Additional formatting guidelines can be found here.

Questions should be directed to the anthology editor, J., at jhong.writes@gmail.com (or you can ping them on twitter @heykaunlay).

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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30 April 2018 — Unidentified Funny Objects 7 — ed. Alex Shvartsman

Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

For UFO7 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: April 1 – April 30, 2018

LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request image descriptiona check.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).

SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link.

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form or e-mail us: ufopublishing at gmail dot com.

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward. Preview sample contract.

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. Do not send any stories we already considered for a previous UFO volume or any other anthology edited by Alex Shvartsman. You may query after 30 days. Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.

WHAT WE WANT:

We’re looking for speculative stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny.

Puns and stories that are little more than vehicles for delivering a punch line at the end aren’t likely to win us over. The best way to learn what we like in general is to read a previous volume.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

These are the tropes we see entirely too much of in the slush pile. You will improve your odds if you steer clear of these:

* Zombies
* Vampires
* Deals with the Devil / Djinn in a bottle variants
* Stereotypical aliens probing people, abducting cattle, and doing other stereotypical alien things.

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30 April 2018 — SNAFU — Resurrection — ed. Geoff Brown, Amanda J. Spedding, & Matthew Summers; Cohesion Press

Theme – Military Horror.

What we want: Military horror, and lots of it. Think Doom, Resident Evil, Terminator, Dog Soldiers, Aliens (the second movie, not the first)… anything that can be called a high-action monster story. And SOLDIERS!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared.

We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action. Can be mercs or ex-soldiers, though, so long as they are hardcases.

And to say it again, full action. Nothing less.

Hoo-rah!

Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy in each format released

Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

No selections will be made until after the period closes.

Projected publication date: Late 2018

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details and word count on the first page of the manuscript.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.
6. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
7. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
8. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)
9. In the subject line of your email, please put Resurrection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to Shunn’s format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story shredded by mutant zombie-like creatures.

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30 April 2018 — Battling in All Her Finery — Mad Scientist Journal

We are creating an anthology titled Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders. It will be a collection of speculative fiction stories about women leaders in any field. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and we welcome stories about anyone who identifies as a woman on some level. For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents/word.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been around the woman leader in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

== First person
== 500-8,000 words in length
== Focuses on a woman leader
== Contains a speculative element
== Not a reprint
== Not a simultaneous submission

Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

== A general leading her dragon armada into battle.
== A CEO defending her megacorp from a hostile takeover.
== A woman-led, vampire-hunting biker gang.
== A senator in an intergalactic republic.

DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.

Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format and submitted through our Moksha portal. Stories must be submitted no later than midnight Pacific time (GMT -8), April 30, 2018.

As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year. We will send an electronic contract for signature, and we pay via PayPal.
Questions?

Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.

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1 May 2018 — Midnight Hour Vol. 1 & 2 — ed. Vincent V. Cava; Midnight Hour Media

Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…

Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​: 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.

Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.

Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

Multiple Submissions​​: Yes.

Send submissions to: submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

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1 May 2018 — Midnight Before Christmas — ed. Vincent V. Cava; Midnight Hour Media

There’s no doubt that the Holidays are the most magical time of year, but that doesn’t mean dark happenings aren’t lurking beneath your Christmas tree as well.

These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for holiday related horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk stories. We like stories with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza themes. Alternatively, they can simply take place during the holidays (like how Die Hard isn’t really about Christmas) or even just involve wintery or snowy settings. Please read the general submissions for more details.

A word of advice: If you plan on sending us a Krampus story, please make sure it’s a great one! We’ll only have room for one in our collection and we’re anticipating a lot of submissions so send something original!

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​: 1000-10,000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

​Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 10K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $200 per story for this project.

​Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.

​Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

​Multiple Submissions​​: Yes.

​Deadline​​: May 1st

​Send submissions to: submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

​Put “Christmas Submission” in the subject line.

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13 May 2018 — Sword & Sorceress 33 — ed. Elisabeth Waters

The reading period for Sword & Sorceress 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will end on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See previous volumes of Sword and Sorceress for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read What is a Short Story? and Why Did my Story Get Rejected? before submitting to us.

Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.

Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.

Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.

Cover Letter/e-mail: We don’t actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So…

Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:

Dear Miss Waters,

Attached is my 4000-word story “The Dark Intruder” for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.
Sincerely,

(Ms.) Marion Bradley

If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We’re not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)

Formatting and Submission:

Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.

Please do not use a header or footer.

Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.

Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.

The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.

If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.

Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.

Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.

Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to mzbworks@gmail.com. The subject line should be “SS33, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don’t guarantee success.

Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.

Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

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15 May 2018 — Scourge of the Seas and Time (and Space) — ed. Catherine Lundoff; Queen of Swords Press

Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? We’re looking for stories about pirates who sailed the Caribbean under the Jolly Roger, Barbary Corsairs, pirates in the China Sea, pirates in the Irish Sea, pirates in the ancient Mediterranean, pirates in outer space, pirates in fantastical settings, you name it. We’d like to have a diverse range of stories in terms of locale, time period and protagonists. We’re big fans of women pirates, queer pirates and pirates from diverse and interesting backgrounds, but if you’ve got an original spin on Sir Henry Morgan, Blackbeard or a equivalent historical figure, send them our way. We’re not looking for erotica for this anthology and would prefer adventure to romance but romantic subplots are fine. Protagonists of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities welcome.

The Details:

We’re looking primarily for stories in the 5000-6000 word range; no stories over 7500 words or less than 4000 words, please. Reprints will be considered as long as their most recent publication date is a year or more in the past before submission date and you have full rights to them.

Payment: $100 for new fiction, $50 for reprints. We’re asking for first North American print/ebook rights for the new fiction. This book is scheduled for a December 2018 release.

Timeline: Submissions are due May 15th, 2018. Stories should be submitted in standard manuscript format as .doc or .docx email attachments to submissions@queenofswordspress.com. Please include “Pirate Anthology” and the title of your submission in the subject line. Want to query about ideas or just ask questions? Please do! You can reach us at this email address for those too.

Thanks and we look forward to reading your work!

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30 May 2018 — Blood in the Rain 4 — ed. Cecilia Duvalle and Mary Trepanier; Cwtch Press

Release Date: October 15, 2018
WORD COUNT: 2500 – 7000
PAYMENT: $75, one print copy to US authors, e-book to all
SUBMIT TO: submissions@bloodintherain.com

We are seeking erotic vampire tales that go beyond the one-handed read. Your work needs to entertain us in multiple ways–we want to flip those pages while squirming in our seat. Make us cringe, make us hot, make us want to finish your story! Ideally your story will contain some element of horror. Go dark. Go scary. Go deep.

Give us a new take on vampires. Got a science fiction or fantasy piece? Send it our way. How about something historical? Yes, please. Make your story interesting and scorching hot–there must be explicit sex.

Note: Do not start your tale with a thumping-loud bar or club scene. Actually, we never need to see another vampire in a club, ever again. If you use this tired trope, you better do it in a way that blows our minds.

If you are unfamiliar with the series, please familiarize yourself with what we are looking for.

Rights: We would like new material only for this anthology. If your story is accepted, Cwtch gains nonexclusive right to publish your story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories, but we ask you to not republish until after January 2020.

GUIDELINES (please follow these closely):

1: Submit only 2500-7000 word stories that are previously unpublished and not being considered elsewhere.

2: Attach a Word .doc or .docx file ONLY to your email. (NO OTHER FORMATS WILL BE CONSIDERED. RTFs will be unopened and not considered.) Make sure your document is double spaced, Times New Roman, black font. Indent half an inch at the start of each paragraph and use double spacing for the entire file; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or use any other irregular spacing.

3: Include your legal name and pseudonym (if any), clearly indicating which is which, your mailing address, and your best email address in the header of your Word file.

4: Include a 50 word-or-under third person bio at the end of your story. PLEASE, do not submit multiple files.

5: Submit your story with the title and byline (centered at the beginning of your story) as you would want them published if the story’s accepted. Make sure to thoroughly proofread your story before submitting.

6: No stories featuring bestiality or sex with underage characters. Keep it adult.

Please send the story from an email address you check frequently. We will usually confirm that we have received your submission within 72 hours. Offers of acceptance will be made by July 15, 2018.

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31 May 2018 — Apotheosis 2 — ed. Jason Andrew

Apotheosis 2 – More Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods. Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world. Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.

What do we mean by Lovecraft Mythos stories in relation to Apotheosis? We’re looking for stories inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and associated writers such as August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smit, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long. We’re also interested in writers that inspired Lovecraft such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. We’re interested in classic mythos gods and monsters and originals that have inspired by the mythos.

Good Fiction Examples:

== Apotheosis: Stories of Human Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
== “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
== “A Colder War” by Charlie Stross
== In the Hall of the Yellow King by Peter Rawlik

What type of stories are we looking for? We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns. How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? Surprise us. Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before. We want worlds that feel real populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities. Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy.

What types of submissions should I avoid? We’re not as interested in the moment the ancient horrors return and conquer the world, but how humanity survives after the war is lost. Flashbacks are OK, but the story should not be about that time. We enjoy historical mythos fiction, but this is not the anthology for it. Stories must be set in the future. We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.

Submission Details:

== Word-count: 2,000 to 7,000 Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months).Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for “Best Of” anthologies. Apotheosis will be available in both Print on Demand and e-book formats.
== Submissions open April 1, 2018, and will close at 11:59 PST on May 31, 2018. You may submit at: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (Do not submit before April 1st 2018 or your submission will be deleted.)
== Queries and questions may be sent to: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (You may send queries and questions anytime.) All responses will be accepted or rejected by August 15th, 2018. Please do not query about submitted stories before then. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Our word count limits are hard for open submissions. Reprints may be submitted, but we’re only accepting three or four at the most. (It should be clearly stated that the submission is a reprint in your cover later or this will be an automatic rejection later.)
== Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page. Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.
== We’re only accepting a limited number of reprints. If you are submitting a reprint, please tag the subject with #Reprint. If we find out later your submission is a reprint and it wasn’t tagged, it will be dropped from the anthology.
== Payment: 3 cents per word (or 1 cent per word for reprints), paid within 90 days after publication. Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.

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31 May 2018 — Best of Blood Bound Anthology — Blood Bound Books

On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we opened to our first anthology. Ten years later we plan to celebrate this long strange—and wonderful—trip, with our biggest anthology yet! Our “Best Of” will feature your favorite Blood Bound stories from the last decade upgraded in a limited edition, illustrated hardcover. The hardcover will also be loaded with brand new stories to lead us into the next decade of horror. That’s where you come in:

What we’re looking for:

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark, we want it!

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email: submissions@bloodboundbooks.net

Length: 500 words up to 6K—query for longer works

Deadline: May 31st 2018

Multiple Submissions: Yes–two max–but please attach them in one email

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 5¢ – 8¢ per word (We’re shooting for 8¢ if we get a few more Patreon supporters before contracts go out, but it will NEVER be lower than 5¢)

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1 June 2018 — Tales from the Crust — ed. David James Keaton and Max Booth; Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

We know we have a tendency to say, “Attention writers! Some new hotness!” but this is literally some new burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hotness. Inspired mostly by David James Keaton’s struggle to find good pizza in California and pitching ideas to Max Booth when he’s hungry after working a 12-hour shift at the Overlook, get ready for…

TALES FROM THE CRUST: An Anthology of Pizza Horror

edited by Keaton and Booth and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Originally Keaton was thinking of calling it PIZZA MY SKULL because there’s a pizza place around San Jose called Pizza My Heart, meaning “piece of my heart,” and so he thought a “piece of my skull” joke would be hilarious. Turns out that’s a lot of assumptions to make about a gag. Also their pizza is gross. Luckily, George Cotronis brainstormed a much better title (though it might make people wonder if there’s a “Crustkeeper/Cryptkeeper” hosting the show). Speaking of Mr. Cotronis! Holy lord look at the cover art he’s come up with. WE WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD…

This is exactly the vibe we’re going for here. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.

Now, you may be thinking: pizza horror taken seriously? What the good goddamn could I possibly write?

Good question! We don’t know. But we sure would like to read it.

That’s where you come in.

Write us a pizza story, and make it scary.

Story length: 1k – 5k
Payment: $0.03 per word
Multiple submissions: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Reprints: Query first
Deadline: June 1, 2018

Send submissions to pizzamyskull@gmail.com with “[STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR NAME] – [WORD COUNT]” in the subject line.

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1 July 2018 — Baby, It’s Cold Outside — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Dark, deadly and noirish tales of holiday havoc and yuletide woe.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 2-3 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside the invited authors.

We are looking for holiday (I.E. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) themed CRIME stories ONLY. No Sci-Fi, no Fantasy

Payment currently listed at $150.00 CAD/story.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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1 July 2018 — Knucklehead Noir — ed. Robert Bose; Coffin Hop Press

Tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong.

Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford ain’t got nothin’ on these dipshits.

Projected launch date is November 2018. We will be accepting open submissions for 3-5 stories (of up to 5,000 words) to be featured alongside 6-8 stories from some well-known and extremely talented authors.

We are specifically looking for darkly humorous CRIME stories.

No Sci-fi, no Fantasy.

Payment currently listed at $0.03/word CAD.

Please send in .doc or .docx format, in standard formatting.

See our STYLE GUIDE for more information.

***ANY SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED FORMATTING MAY BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED WITHOUT REPLY***

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

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31 March 2018 — Weird Nature Anthology — ed. Lynne Jamneck

What are we doing?
Where are we going?
What will we find?

Though some among us have realised the importance of sustainable living, in the broad sense of everyday life, we still demand too much. Our capitalist dispositions have driven a wedge between ourselves and nature; we have become transfixed by the shine of chrome, the luxury of packaged lives, no longer seemingly aware of the solid earth beneath our feet.

At an ever-advancing tipping point, humanity persists in its war against the natural world. Running a trail of extinction and cutting down vast swathes of oxygen-producing forests, we breed at an alarming pace, overpopulating a planet we seem hell-bent on reigning in – but at what cost? It seems we’re playing a cruel joke on the system that sparked our existence, and which has sustained us ever since.

Or could the joke be on us?

There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words
Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K

Send submissions to: forceofnaturesubs AT gmail DOT com

Please send files in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Though our scientific knowledge has increased exponentially alongside technological development, there remains much about the natural world we still do not understand. Stories for Force of Nature should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them. Comedic stories will be a tougher sell but by all means, if you have a story that otherwise fits the guidelines, don’t hesitate to submit it. Try to avoid anything that is overtly cautionary. While the idea for the anthology was significantly inspired by climate change and the impact wrought on the planet by human habits, I don’t want stories that lecture. That said, I’m not opposed to stories in which the human factor gets served the short end of the stick.

While I don’t want a collection full of quiet stories, I will mention here that I am a big fan of the sublime. Wordsworth with a modern sensibility. Or just Wordsworth.

In terms of genre, I have no stipulations. Use a blank canvas and fit your story to the genus that suits it best.

I look forward to reading your work!

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31 March 2018 — Battling in All Her Finery — Mad Scientist Journal

We are creating an anthology titled Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders. It will be a collection of speculative fiction stories about women leaders in any field. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female,” and we welcome stories about anyone who identifies as a woman on some level. For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents/word.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been around the woman leader in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

== First person
== 500-8,000 words in length
== Focuses on a woman leader
== Contains a speculative element
== Not a reprint
== Not a simultaneous submission

Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

== A general leading her dragon armada into battle.
== A CEO defending her megacorp from a hostile takeover.
== A woman-led, vampire-hunting biker gang.
== A senator in an intergalactic republic.

DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.

Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format and submitted through our Moksha portal. Stories must be submitted no later than midnight Pacific time (GMT -8), March 31, 2018.

As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year. We will send an electronic contract for signature, and we pay via PayPal.
Questions?

Queries can be sent to madscientistjournal@gmail.com.

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1 April 2018 — The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now — Paper Dog Books

Expected Publication: Late 2018
Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )

We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.

No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .

We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.

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15 April 2018 — Galileo’s Theme Park — Third Flatiron

Galileo’s Theme Park — Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter’s moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams.

Reading Period: March 1 – April 15, 2018. DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 March.
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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15 April 2018 — Speculative Masculinities — ed. Jay Wolf, Ronan Sadler, Brandon O’Brien, D Franklin; Galli Books

Masculinity has, almost since the category of speculative fiction emerged in the early 20th century, been a concern of fiction written in the genre. A culturally dominant, Western, toxic form of masculinity has dominated storytelling in speculative fiction. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.

We are particularly looking for submissions from authors from marginalised identities and backgrounds, especially where those identities complicate the author’s relationship with masculinity, including but by no means limited to disabled writers, trans writers, and writers of colour.

Reading Period: January 15th-April 15th 2018. No responses to submissions will be sent out before May 2nd, 2018.

Fiction editors: Jay Wolf & Ronan Sadler

Masculinity, as so much of our media defines it, is discouragingly narrow; the constructs that define “masculinity” are often rigid and unforgiving. Toxic masculinity engenders violence to those marginalized by, as well as to those contained within, it. This violence looks and feels different to everyone, depending on their social location. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?
We’re looking for speculative short fiction that looks past the fitted mold of masculinity, the known and assumed qualities of what constitutes “manliness” that enforce an artificial exclusion. We want to see thoughtful futures, alternate histories, or far-flung fantasies that examine masculinity without boxing it in. We’re not looking for gender-based “gotcha” moments or punchlines. What can masculinity be when it is not a rigid social construct? The stories we are looking for will examine what it means to be masculine while leaving pre-judgments at the door.

Length: 1,000-7,500 words.
Payment: £0.08/word
Fiction Submissions Procedure:
•Please submit your essays as 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond), double spaced, .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format documents.
•The subject line of your email should read FICTION SUBMISSION: [Title], where [Title] is the title of your story.
•Please include the wordcount of your story in the email.
•Email your submission to galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk
•Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted to another market or anthology.

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30 April 2018 — Unidentified Funny Objects 7 — ed. Alex Shvartsman

[NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 April!]

Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

For UFO7 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: April 1 – April 30, 2018

LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request image descriptiona check.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).

SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link.

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form or e-mail us: ufopublishing at gmail dot com.

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward. Preview sample contract.

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. Do not send any stories we already considered for a previous UFO volume or any other anthology edited by Alex Shvartsman. You may query after 30 days. Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.

WHAT WE WANT:

We’re looking for speculative stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny.

Puns and stories that are little more than vehicles for delivering a punch line at the end aren’t likely to win us over. The best way to learn what we like in general is to read a previous volume.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT

These are the tropes we see entirely too much of in the slush pile. You will improve your odds if you steer clear of these:

* Zombies
* Vampires
* Deals with the Devil / Djinn in a bottle variants
* Stereotypical aliens probing people, abducting cattle, and doing other stereotypical alien things.

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30 April 2018 — SNAFU — Resurrection — ed. Geoff Brown, Amanda J. Spedding, & Matthew Summers; Cohesion Press

Theme – Military Horror.

What we want: Military horror, and lots of it. Think Doom, Resident Evil, Terminator, Dog Soldiers, Aliens (the second movie, not the first)… anything that can be called a high-action monster story. And SOLDIERS!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared.

We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action. Can be mercs or ex-soldiers, though, so long as they are hardcases.

And to say it again, full action. Nothing less.

Hoo-rah!

Payment: AUD4c/word and one contributor copy in each format released

Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

No selections will be made until after the period closes.

Projected publication date: Late 2018

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details and word count on the first page of the manuscript.
2. Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
3. Courier or Times New Roman set at 12pt. Italics as they will appear. No underlining.
4. Double spaced.
5. Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.
6. NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.
7. Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).
8. Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)
9. In the subject line of your email, please put Resurrection: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.
Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to Shunn’s format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story shredded by mutant zombie-like creatures.

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1 May 2018 — Midnight Hour Vol. 1 & 2 — ed. Vincent V. Cava; Midnight Hour Media

Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…

Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​: 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.

Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.

Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

Multiple Submissions​​: Yes.

Send submissions to: submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

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1 May 2018 — Midnight Before Christmas — ed. Vincent V. Cava; Midnight Hour Media

There’s no doubt that the Holidays are the most magical time of year, but that doesn’t mean dark happenings aren’t lurking beneath your Christmas tree as well.

These books will be available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for holiday related horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk stories. We like stories with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza themes. Alternatively, they can simply take place during the holidays (like how Die Hard isn’t really about Christmas) or even just involve wintery or snowy settings. Please read the general submissions for more details.

A word of advice: If you plan on sending us a Krampus story, please make sure it’s a great one! We’ll only have room for one in our collection and we’re anticipating a lot of submissions so send something original!

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​: 1000-10,000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

​Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 10K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $200 per story for this project.

​Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.

​Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

​Multiple Submissions​​: Yes.

​Deadline​​: May 1st

​Send submissions to: submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

​Put “Christmas Submission” in the subject line.

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13 May 2018 — Sword & Sorceress 33 — ed. Elisabeth Waters

The reading period for Sword & Sorceress 33 will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018. It will end on SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018.

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See previous volumes of Sword and Sorceress for examples. We do not want stories with explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or profanity. We are NOT a market for poetry, horror, or dark fantasy. We are willing to consider stories set in modern times (urban fantasy), but we don’t buy more than one or two of those for the anthology. We always want something short and funny for the last story.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

With regard to multiple submissions, do not submit more than one story at a time. If we’ve rejected your first one, you may send one more, as long as it’s before the deadline. We have occasionally bought someone’s second submission. We have never bought a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth submission. If you send us two stories, and we don’t hold either of them, wait until next year to try again. Please do not re-submit stories we have already rejected (including stories rejected in previous years).

If you have not previously sold to Sword & Sorceress, please read What is a Short Story? and Why Did my Story Get Rejected? before submitting to us.

Reading period: Monday, April 23 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Stories received before or after this period will be deleted unread.

Response time is expected to follow MZB’s traditional standards: you should hear within a week if we’re holding your story for the final line-up or rejecting it.

Length: up to 9,000 words, with preference given to shorter stories. The longer a story is, the better it has to be. Long stories should be submitted early in the reading period.

Cover Letter/e-mail: We don’t actually need a cover letter, but our e-mail program does. It puts any e-mail with no body in the spam folder. So…

Please do not explain or describe your story in the e-mail. If your story can’t stand on its own, fix the story. The e-mail should be brief. For example:

Dear Miss Waters,

Attached is my 4000-word story “The Dark Intruder” for consideration for Sword and Sorceress 33.
Sincerely,

(Ms.) Marion Bradley

If your name could be either male or female, please indicate whether you prefer Ms./Miss/Mrs., Mr., or Mx. in our reply. We’re not asking for the details of your personal life, we just want to use the correct form of address. (MZB once did an entire story intro thinking a male writer called Terry was female.)

Formatting and Submission:

Format with one-inch margins on all four sides of page.

Please do not use a header or footer.

Your legal name, full mailing address, and email address must be in the upper left corner, single spaced.

Skip two lines, center the text, then put the title, with your name (or byline) on the next line. We’re not as rigid as MZB was about pen names, but we expect them to be reasonable, rather than cute.

The rest of the manuscript should be single-spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented 1/2 inch.

If you need to indicate a break, put “#” on a line by itself, centered.

Do not underline; use italics instead. Do not use bold face. We prefer Courier New font, size 12.

Word count will be determined by our word processor; that way it will be the same for everyone.

Save your document as an .RTF file (rich text format or interchange format, depending on what your computer calls it). E-mail as it as an attachment to mzbworks@gmail.com. The subject line should be “SS33, your last name, story title” (e.g.: SS33, Bradley, Dark Intruder) — we don’t want submissions caught in the spam filter. Remember that a computer is sorting this, so follow the format exactly. Use commas, not slashes, hyphens, etc. Do NOT change SS33 to something similiar (e.g.: S&S 33). We do our best to find stories that have not been sorted properly, but we don’t guarantee success.

Rights purchased: first rights, non-exclusive eBook and audio book rights.

Payment: 6 cents per word as an advance against a pro rata share of royalties and foreign or other sales.

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30 May 2018 — Blood in the Rain 4 — ed. Cecilia Duvalle and Mary Trepanier; Cwtch Press

Release Date: October 15, 2018
WORD COUNT: 2500 – 7000
PAYMENT: $75, one print copy to US authors, e-book to all
SUBMIT TO: submissions@bloodintherain.com

We are seeking erotic vampire tales that go beyond the one-handed read. Your work needs to entertain us in multiple ways–we want to flip those pages while squirming in our seat. Make us cringe, make us hot, make us want to finish your story! Ideally your story will contain some element of horror. Go dark. Go scary. Go deep.

Give us a new take on vampires. Got a science fiction or fantasy piece? Send it our way. How about something historical? Yes, please. Make your story interesting and scorching hot–there must be explicit sex.

Note: Do not start your tale with a thumping-loud bar or club scene. Actually, we never need to see another vampire in a club, ever again. If you use this tired trope, you better do it in a way that blows our minds.

If you are unfamiliar with the series, please familiarize yourself with what we are looking for.

Rights: We would like new material only for this anthology. If your story is accepted, Cwtch gains nonexclusive right to publish your story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories, but we ask you to not republish until after January 2020.

GUIDELINES (please follow these closely):

1: Submit only 2500-7000 word stories that are previously unpublished and not being considered elsewhere.

2: Attach a Word .doc or .docx file ONLY to your email. (NO OTHER FORMATS WILL BE CONSIDERED. RTFs will be unopened and not considered.) Make sure your document is double spaced, Times New Roman, black font. Indent half an inch at the start of each paragraph and use double spacing for the entire file; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or use any other irregular spacing.

3: Include your legal name and pseudonym (if any), clearly indicating which is which, your mailing address, and your best email address in the header of your Word file.

4: Include a 50 word-or-under third person bio at the end of your story. PLEASE, do not submit multiple files.

5: Submit your story with the title and byline (centered at the beginning of your story) as you would want them published if the story’s accepted. Make sure to thoroughly proofread your story before submitting.

6: No stories featuring bestiality or sex with underage characters. Keep it adult.

Please send the story from an email address you check frequently. We will usually confirm that we have received your submission within 72 hours. Offers of acceptance will be made by July 15, 2018.

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31 May 2018 — Apotheosis 2 — ed. Jason Andrew

Apotheosis 2 – More Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods. Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world. Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.

What do we mean by Lovecraft Mythos stories in relation to Apotheosis? We’re looking for stories inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and associated writers such as August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smit, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long. We’re also interested in writers that inspired Lovecraft such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. We’re interested in classic mythos gods and monsters and originals that have inspired by the mythos.

Good Fiction Examples:

== Apotheosis: Stories of Human Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
== “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
== “A Colder War” by Charlie Stross
== In the Hall of the Yellow King by Peter Rawlik

What type of stories are we looking for? We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns. How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? Surprise us. Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before. We want worlds that feel real populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities. Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy.

What types of submissions should I avoid? We’re not as interested in the moment the ancient horrors return and conquer the world, but how humanity survives after the war is lost. Flashbacks are OK, but the story should not be about that time. We enjoy historical mythos fiction, but this is not the anthology for it. Stories must be set in the future. We are not looking for poetry for this anthology.

Submission Details:

== Word-count: 2,000 to 7,000 Worldwide print and e-book rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months).Exceptions will be made for stories accepted for “Best Of” anthologies. Apotheosis will be available in both Print on Demand and e-book formats.
== Submissions open April 1, 2018, and will close at 11:59 PST on May 31, 2018. You may submit at: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (Do not submit before April 1st 2018 or your submission will be deleted.)
== Queries and questions may be sent to: apotheosis.anthology@gmail.com. (You may send queries and questions anytime.) All responses will be accepted or rejected by August 15th, 2018. Please do not query about submitted stories before then. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Our word count limits are hard for open submissions. Reprints may be submitted, but we’re only accepting three or four at the most. (It should be clearly stated that the submission is a reprint in your cover later or this will be an automatic rejection later.)
== Please use standard format guidelines. If it is difficult to read, we will reject your story. Your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page. Your cover letter should include your complete contact information, story title, approximate word count, and a short bio.
== We’re only accepting a limited number of reprints. If you are submitting a reprint, please tag the subject with #Reprint. If we find out later your submission is a reprint and it wasn’t tagged, it will be dropped from the anthology.
== Payment: 3 cents per word (or 1 cent per word for reprints), paid within 90 days after publication. Plus contributor copy of print and e-book.

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31 May 2018 — Best of Blood Bound Anthology — Blood Bound Books

On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we opened to our first anthology. Ten years later we plan to celebrate this long strange—and wonderful—trip, with our biggest anthology yet! Our “Best Of” will feature your favorite Blood Bound stories from the last decade upgraded in a limited edition, illustrated hardcover. The hardcover will also be loaded with brand new stories to lead us into the next decade of horror. That’s where you come in:

What we’re looking for:

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark, we want it!

Stories must be previously unpublished in any form

Email: submissions@bloodboundbooks.net

Length: 500 words up to 6K—query for longer works

Deadline: May 31st 2018

Multiple Submissions: Yes–two max–but please attach them in one email

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Payment: 5¢ – 8¢ per word (We’re shooting for 8¢ if we get a few more Patreon supporters before contracts go out, but it will NEVER be lower than 5¢)

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1 June 2018 — Tales from the Crust — ed. David James Keaton and Max Booth; Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

We know we have a tendency to say, “Attention writers! Some new hotness!” but this is literally some new burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hotness. Inspired mostly by David James Keaton’s struggle to find good pizza in California and pitching ideas to Max Booth when he’s hungry after working a 12-hour shift at the Overlook, get ready for…

TALES FROM THE CRUST: An Anthology of Pizza Horror

edited by Keaton and Booth and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Originally Keaton was thinking of calling it PIZZA MY SKULL because there’s a pizza place around San Jose called Pizza My Heart, meaning “piece of my heart,” and so he thought a “piece of my skull” joke would be hilarious. Turns out that’s a lot of assumptions to make about a gag. Also their pizza is gross. Luckily, George Cotronis brainstormed a much better title (though it might make people wonder if there’s a “Crustkeeper/Cryptkeeper” hosting the show). Speaking of Mr. Cotronis! Holy lord look at the cover art he’s come up with. WE WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD…

This is exactly the vibe we’re going for here. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.

Now, you may be thinking: pizza horror taken seriously? What the good goddamn could I possibly write?

Good question! We don’t know. But we sure would like to read it.

That’s where you come in.

Write us a pizza story, and make it scary.

Story length: 1k – 5k
Payment: $0.03 per word
Multiple submissions: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Reprints: Query first
Deadline: June 1, 2018

Send submissions to pizzamyskull@gmail.com with “[STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR NAME] – [WORD COUNT]” in the subject line.

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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28 February 2018 — Making Monsters — ed. Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad; Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies

Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

We are particularly interested in stories and poems that explore the marginality and transgressiveness of female monsters and monstrous women such as Medusa, Scylla, Lilith, Kiyohime or Krasue, in the context of disadvantaged and marginalized women, including intersections with other axes of oppression and violence such as race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, language and religion. We especially welcome “own voices” fiction and stories by authors from marginalized groups, but we do not require authors to self-identify in any way.

Making Monsters will pay:

== £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
== £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry

Rules:

== Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words).
== Maximum of 50 lines poetry.
== No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Please only send one story and up to three poems (in separate documents, but a single email) at one time.
== We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
== Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to makingmonsters.cfp@gmail.com, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.

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28 February 2018 — Triangulation: The Music Edition — ed. Frank Oreto & Douglas Gwylim; Parsec Ink

Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s themed speculative fiction annual, is now in its 14th year, and open for submissions. Whether you’re a new or established author, we hope you’ll send us your outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, or speculative horror. Just tell us a story we won’t forget.

Theme: This year’s theme is “music”. Tentative title, Triangulation: The Music Edition. We’re looking for stories where music, a musical instrument, the parts of music, or musical culture make an appearance in a meaningful way. As a thematic element, you can apply a light touch or go “full tuba”. Be aware that we may retool the title of the collection, depending on the exact quality and character of the submissions we receive. If you’ve got a better title than “Triangulation: The Musical”, don’t forget to let us know in your cover letter.

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.


SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

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28 February 2018 — Red Rabbit Presents: Military Sci-Fi — Red Rabbit Publishing

Red Rabbit Publishing is seeking submissions for Red Rabbit Presents, a new anthology of sci-fi short stories. I’m looking for action-filled stories told well. That simple.

NOTE: Please Like Red Rabbit’s Facebook group for just-in-time information.

THEME: The first issue will release around mid-2018 and the theme will be military sci-fi. Professional soldiers, command structure, mechs beating down aliens, things like that. Explosions and heroes. Think of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers as an example of military sci-fi.

PAY & LENGTH: Rate is $.03 cents a word, original content (no reprints) only. A minimum of 3,000 words and up to 6,000. Story length can go beyond (up to 8,000), but pay will only be to 6,000. ($90.00 to $180.00). Payment will be at time of publication through PayPal. If print books are created, all contributing authors will receive a copy.

RIGHTS: First Worldwide print (unpublished) and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 180 days from date of release. Red Rabbit retains non-exclusive reprint and e-book rights afterward.

DEADLINE: Story deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. Story selection will be made by April 1, 2018. All entrants will be notified around that time or shortly thereafter.

EDITING: A professional editor will work with all authors to ensure a quality story is published. If you prefer, you can secure professional editing at your own expense. (BYOE – Bring Your Own Editor)

BOOK COVERS & PRODUCTION: Red Rabbit Publishing will handle all aspects of design, formatting, and story placement.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: That’s fine, as long as I’m notified (by email) if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

SUBMISSION: Send an email to RRPsubmissions (at) akmeek.com with story attached as a Word document. Please use “Mid-2018 Submission” for email subject. Include the following in the email: story name, word count, author name, along with a blurb of any other information you think I’d like to know. Examples are: awards, social reach, newsletter subscriber count, etc. I’ll leave it up to what you feel is important.

QUESTIONS: Please check out Red Rabbit’s Facebook group (link above). If you prefer, send an email to the submissions email address (above). Please use “question” in the subject line.

Peace out,

A.K. (Red Rabbit Publishing)

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28 February 2018 — The Twisted Book of Shadows — Twisted Publishing

The editors of The Twisted Book of Shadows want your very best horror story. That’s it. We’re making this call as open as we can make it. Just scare us.

We will be paying professional rates — a minimum of six cents per word, with a cap on advances of $300 per story. We will also be paying royalties — a pro rata share of 50% of all royalties earned.

Stories should be 3,000 words and up. Payment will be capped at 5,000 words, but we won’t reject a story for exceeding that length. (Though stories above 10,000 words will be frowned upon.)

All submissions must be original, previously unpublished stories (i.e. no reprints).

Don’t send us trunk stories. You’re wasting your time and ours.

Don’t send multiple submissions. We want your best. If you’ve got more than one story hanging around, chances are at least one is a trunk story. If you just happen to have recently written more than one story, only send the one you think is best.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you inform us immediately at the following email address if you’ve sold the story elsewhere.

All stories must be submitted via the following email address, attached as either an MS Word or RTF file. We prefer to receive stories that follow “standard professional formatting;” in other words, double-spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman (or a similar font). CLICK HERE for a concise formatting checklist (although again, we’d prefer Times New Roman as a font, but that’s a minor request). All stories will be received by our web-master, who will log your submission, strip any personal information from your file, and then forward it to the editors.

We’re going to repeat ourselves because this part is that important — all stories must be submitted via the following email address. Don’t attach your submission to a personal email or a Facebook message to one of the editors or the publisher. This is how we’re keeping the submission process truly blind, so it is therefore the one and only portal to have your story considered for The Twisted Book of Shadows.

Please email your submission to: bookofshadows@haverhillhouse.com

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!

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1 March 2018 — If This Goes On — ed. Cat Rambo; Parvus Press

A Visionary Look at America’s Future

If This Goes On is dedicated to inclusiveness and is open to all writers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to read it. Please do not self-reject.

Who:

== Genre writers
== Literary writers
== Writers from under-represented communities and groups
== Established writers, new writers, pro and amateur.
== All are welcome to contribute to If This Goes On.

We are looking for unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers.

Open our eyes to our future.

What:

== Stories must be 5,000 words or less (Flash fiction is accepted)
== Must be set at least one generation in the future (You are welcome to write an epic fantasy in the Friedman tradition, so long as it is in the far future!)
== Must include the impact of current political policy (social, scientific, legal, criminal, etc.) as a meaningful aspect of the story.
== Stories are strongly encouraged to avoid focusing on current political personalities and, instead, to focus on the policy impacts and long-term changes to our world.
== Stories must be original
== Publisher requires worldwide first electronic and first print English-language rights
== Pay is $0.08 per word (half on delivery, half on publication) and a royalty share for contributors

How:

Submissions and queries should be emailed to submissions@parvuspress.com and addressed to Cat Rambo. Attach your manuscript as Word (.doc or .docx), PDF, or RTF files only. Your submission should include your name and relevant contact information in the attached file as well as the body of the email. Attach only your submission document. Submissions containing any other files will not be opened.

In your email, we ask that you identify the particular policy, trend, or shift which your story involves. You are encouraged, but not required, to tell us if there is any personal connection between yourself and the anthology topic.

Please feel free to email for an update if you have not heard a submission response within 90 days.

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

This project is born of rage and sorrow and hope. Rage at the way America has been stolen and how those thieves have been eating away at its infrastructure. Sorrow at the lives being destroyed in the sorrow as well as for the earth as its protections are stripped away by a kleptocratic and corrupt regime. Sorrow for the way words themselves have been distorted and twisted away from truth.

And hope. Because humans continue to progress and evolve, even though that climb is a rocky one and we slide back sometimes. We seem to have done so recently. And so this anthology, an attempt to rally, to inspire, and to awaken. Some stories will despair, but others will have the light we seek, lamps to light the path and show the pitfalls as we continue upwards.

This anthology is part of my resistance. I hope it will be part of yours as well.

– Cat Rambo

20 September 2017

FROM THE PUBLISHER

The idea for IF THIS GOES ON came as a reaction to the isolationism, divisiveness, anti-science rhetoric, and fear-mongering that we saw all-too-frequently from our national leaders after the 2016 election. I was finally called to action by the hateful rally in Charlottesville, VA this summer.

This project is very personal to me. A mezuzah is nailed to the doorframe of my house, here in Virginia, and I proudly top my Christmas tree with a Star of David every year. When I watched Vice’s powerful documentary on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, as I watched a mob in broad daylight chanting anti-Semitic messages in my relative back yard, I could no longer ignore the fear I felt for the future of my country and the safety of my family.

This anthology is my contribution to the effort to preserve the America I know, love, and believe in. An America where all children can grow up without fear and where love is more powerful than hate. To paraphrase (poorly) President Obama, I believe in an America where we all recognize that there is more that binds us together than sets us apart. I know this America doesn’t exist beyond an ideal, but I see this anthology as one small brick in the long road to that ideal.

– Colin Coyle

October 27, 2017

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1 March 2018 — Sword and Sonnet — ed. Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones, and E. Catherine Tobler

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.

Word Count: Up to 5000 words
Payment: US 6c per word
Originals only. No reprints.
No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions.
Standard Manuscript Format. Doc, Docx or RTF.

The Sword & Sonnet Kickstarter successfully funded and a wonderful group of writers have agreed to write for us. We’ll be holding an open submission period in February 2018 and actively encourage writers from all backgrounds to send us their stories.

== What kind of stories are you looking for?

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Although we envision the bulk of the stories will be fantasy, we’re also open to science fiction or horror. We’re looking for lyrical Shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Although they don’t feature battle poets (and we’re not looking for carbon copies) here are some stories which give some examples of some of the flavors we’re looking for:

Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints by Alex Dally MacFarlane
The Half Dark Promise by Malon Edwards
Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse by Rati Mehrotra

== What do you mean by battle poet?

A poet who fights. We’re flexible on the definition.

== Does my story have to have lines of actual poetry in it?

No. We’re looking for stories, not poems.

== Can I submit a poem?

No. Your story can have some lines of poetry in it, but it doesn’t have to. We want stories, not poems.

== Are you accepting reprints?

No. Original stories only. (Or a translation where the story hasn’t been published in English before).

== What rights are you buying?

First worldwide print and electronic rights in English, with an exclusivity period of 6 months. The right to keep the story in print in the anthology. This is what our contract template looks like.

== What are you paying?

US 6c a word + contributor copy. Payment via PayPal or TransferWise.

== What length of story are you looking for?

Up to 5000 words. Between 2000-5000 is ideal. Flash fiction will be a harder sell.

== Manuscript Format

Something approaching standard manuscript format please. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html Doc, docx or rtf. (No PDF).

== Multiple Submissions

Please only submit one story at a time. If you get a response back before the submission window closes, you’re welcome to submit another story.

== Simultaneous Submissions

Please don’t. (Don’t send the story to another market at the same time you send it to us).

== Response Time

You’ll have a response (perhaps a hold notice) before the end of March.

== Do you actually have any space left in your anthology for open submissions?

Yes. We have a wonderful group of writers who have agreed to write us stories, but we wanted to leave room for the open submission period too! We don’t know exactly how many stories (that will depend on the word count), but we’ll be looking to take around 8-10 stories from the open submission period.

== When is the anthology being published?

The second half of 2018.

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4 March 2018 — War on Christmas — ChiZine Publications

If it isn’t perfectly clear by now, we are looking for Ho ho, oh hell, is it that time of year again? Already? When the muzak starts cranking out lousy Casio versions of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” non-stop? When the flavour du jour switches from pumpkin spice to eggnog every goddamn thing? When everything gets all twinkly and glittery and your eyes just want to roll out of your skull from the sparkle overload?

We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous, but that covers a lot of ground. But basically, if it would piss off Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or that stuffy old grandma that always gave you hideous socks for Christmas, we’re in. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

Some guiding stars, if you like:

== The Ice Harvest
== Robert Devereaux’s Santa novels
== Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” (not the wussed-out version they did on the Twilight Zone, neither!)
== Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles”
== Neil Gaiman’s “Nicholas Was . . .”
== Joe Hill’s NO54A2
== Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas”
== Don Bassingthwaite’s Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

== Submission window: Monday, January 15, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
== Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
== Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/war-on-christmas.

== Length:
– Fiction: 500–5,000 words. This isn’t super-firm (we won’t impale you with a candy cane for 5,100 words, even if you ask us to) but do try to keep it in the ballpark.
– Poetry: No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as our system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
== Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published material.
== Stories published in languages other than English, but MUST come accompanied by a good English translation.
== Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
== NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
== We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
== Final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
== Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds) for original submissions, 1 cent per word in Canadian funds for reprints.
== Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
== File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
== Formatting: Standard Manuscript format: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, etc. Times New Roman 12 point or other readable serifed font (NOT Courier); indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian or U.S. spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page.
== Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
== Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
== To be published by ChiZine Publications in late 2018. Yup, this one’s going right to press!

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30 March 2018 — 2018 Halloween Anthology — Corpus Press

Corpus Press is now accepting submissions for a new Halloween-themed horror anthology. Submissions will be accepted according to our publishing needs, regardless of author publication history or status. Submissions should appeal to a wide audience (late teen to adult).

What we are looking for:

Not previously published short stories of 4,500-8,500 words that have a central theme associated with Halloween and can be characterized within the broad realm of “horror” fiction.

Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.

Stories can be frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale.

What we are NOT looking for:

Stories that have been hastily retrofitted with a coating of “Halloween” references to fit the submission guidelines. These are easily spotted and will be immediately rejected.

Stories that contain excessively explicit language, sexuality and violence, or that have a main goal of shocking the audience with poor taste (language, sexuality and violence is acceptable, however, if it is essential to the story and is handled in a tasteful manner). This IS NOT an “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” anthology.

Abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged. We are not accepting poems.

Stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.

We will not be accepting epistolary fiction for this anthology.

Document Requirements: Submissions must be in an editable format. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for author name, email address and word count information to be placed at the end of the document to assist in blind review process.

Submission window: October 29, 2017 – March 30, 2018. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please disclose this in your submission. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than May 31, 2018.

Pay Rate: $.03 per word. Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.

Anthology target length: 300-350 pages. Title TBD.

Terms: Corpus Press maintains exclusive paperback, hardcover and eBook publishing rights from date of publication until November 2019, at which time full republication rights revert back to the author. Author retains all audiobook rights. Publisher retains future publishing rights to maintain the submitted work in print as part of the published anthology. Final contract required to be signed upon acceptance which may contain additional terms and conditions.

CLICK to Submit

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31 March 2018 — Weird Nature Anthology — ed. Lynne Jamneck

What are we doing?
Where are we going?
What will we find?

Though some among us have realised the importance of sustainable living, in the broad sense of everyday life, we still demand too much. Our capitalist dispositions have driven a wedge between ourselves and nature; we have become transfixed by the shine of chrome, the luxury of packaged lives, no longer seemingly aware of the solid earth beneath our feet.

At an ever-advancing tipping point, humanity persists in its war against the natural world. Running a trail of extinction and cutting down vast swathes of oxygen-producing forests, we breed at an alarming pace, overpopulating a planet we seem hell-bent on reigning in – but at what cost? It seems we’re playing a cruel joke on the system that sparked our existence, and which has sustained us ever since.

Or could the joke be on us?

There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words
Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K

Send submissions to: forceofnaturesubs AT gmail DOT com

Please send files in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Though our scientific knowledge has increased exponentially alongside technological development, there remains much about the natural world we still do not understand. Stories for Force of Nature should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them. Comedic stories will be a tougher sell but by all means, if you have a story that otherwise fits the guidelines, don’t hesitate to submit it. Try to avoid anything that is overtly cautionary. While the idea for the anthology was significantly inspired by climate change and the impact wrought on the planet by human habits, I don’t want stories that lecture. That said, I’m not opposed to stories in which the human factor gets served the short end of the stick.

While I don’t want a collection full of quiet stories, I will mention here that I am a big fan of the sublime. Wordsworth with a modern sensibility. Or just Wordsworth.

In terms of genre, I have no stipulations. Use a blank canvas and fit your story to the genus that suits it best.

I look forward to reading your work!

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1 April 2018 — The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now — Paper Dog Books

Expected Publication: Late 2018
Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )

We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.

No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .

We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.

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15 April 2018 — Galileo’s Theme Park — Third Flatiron

Galileo’s Theme Park — Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter’s moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists. Suggested reading: “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams.

Reading Period: March 1 – April 15, 2018. DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 March.
Publication Date: June 15, 2018

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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15 April 2018 — Speculative Masculinities — ed. Jay Wolf, Ronan Sadler, Brandon O’Brien, D Franklin; Galli Books

Masculinity has, almost since the category of speculative fiction emerged in the early 20th century, been a concern of fiction written in the genre. A culturally dominant, Western, toxic form of masculinity has dominated storytelling in speculative fiction. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.

We are particularly looking for submissions from authors from marginalised identities and backgrounds, especially where those identities complicate the author’s relationship with masculinity, including but by no means limited to disabled writers, trans writers, and writers of colour.

Reading Period: January 15th-April 15th 2018. No responses to submissions will be sent out before May 2nd, 2018.

Fiction editors: Jay Wolf & Ronan Sadler

Masculinity, as so much of our media defines it, is discouragingly narrow; the constructs that define “masculinity” are often rigid and unforgiving. Toxic masculinity engenders violence to those marginalized by, as well as to those contained within, it. This violence looks and feels different to everyone, depending on their social location. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?
We’re looking for speculative short fiction that looks past the fitted mold of masculinity, the known and assumed qualities of what constitutes “manliness” that enforce an artificial exclusion. We want to see thoughtful futures, alternate histories, or far-flung fantasies that examine masculinity without boxing it in. We’re not looking for gender-based “gotcha” moments or punchlines. What can masculinity be when it is not a rigid social construct? The stories we are looking for will examine what it means to be masculine while leaving pre-judgments at the door.

Length: 1,000-7,500 words.
Payment: £0.08/word
Fiction Submissions Procedure:
•Please submit your essays as 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond), double spaced, .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format documents.
•The subject line of your email should read FICTION SUBMISSION: [Title], where [Title] is the title of your story.
•Please include the wordcount of your story in the email.
•Email your submission to galli-books [at] galli-books [dot] co [dot] uk
•Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted to another market or anthology.

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1 May 2018 — The Decadents — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press

[NOTE: Deadline is currently just “May 2018,” so I’ve listed it as May 1st. It’ll probably be set more precisely as the deadline gets closer. Be sure to check the guidelines before you submit.

ETA: Lethe’s Submissions page currently (as of 8 Feb, when I’m assembling this post) lists no anthologies, and says they’re not accepting submissions at all. I poked around and also noticed there hasn’t been a new post to their blog since late 2016. I dropped them a note asking about The Decadents, and whether they’ve cancelled the book, or are shutting down their anthology line. I’ll post when/if I get a reply. Something’s squirrely here; I’m hoping it’s just whoever’s supposed to keep their site updated dropping the ball.]

Wan poets with ink-stained fingers and laudanum-tainted breath. Hirsute bankers embezzling funds to pay for nightly trysts at less-than-savory clubs. Lethe Press is seeking gay male short stories, either reprints or original works, for an anthology of historical fiction that embraces the Decadent Movement. Stories may have fantastical or horrific elements. All work must be queer positive (i.e., the men and trans-men in the tale cannot be self-loathing, cannot be punished because they have same-sex attraction). Stories should be set during the 18th or 19th century. Stories need not be set in European cities.

Other details: stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Payment for reprints is 1.5 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2019.

Deadline is May of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress @aol.com with the Subject line of The Decadents – Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any).

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1 May 2018 — Midnight Hour Vol. 1 & 2 — Midnight Hour Media

Strange things happen when the clock strikes twelve…

Our flagship anthology is now open for submissions. These books will be available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook format. The title page of each story will be illustrated. We are looking for horror, dark sci-fi, dark speculative fiction, neo-noire, and cyberpunk themes. Please read the general submissions for more details.

Below is a little more about the project.

Word Count​​: 1500-8000 words. This is not a hard word count. If you think you have a story that fits what we’re looking for, but is a little long or a little short, send it our way.

Payment: We are offering 2 cents per word up to 8K words. You are free to send us longer stories, but we cap payments at $160 per story for this project.

Rights: We are not asking for ownership of your story. Just the right to print it.

Reprints: Yes, we accept reprints. Beggars can’t be choosers and we understand we’re a fledgling brand. If your work appears elsewhere, please make sure you double check with the other publication to make sure your story is eligible to print.

Multiple Submissions​​: Yes.

Send submissions to: submissions@midnighthourmedia.com

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

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31 January 2018 — Mind Candy — Myriad Paradigm

Payment for acceptance is 6 cents a word.

I am looking for original short speculative fiction, up to 5000 words, that in some way address the intricacies of the mind. Mind control, mind augmentation, multiple memories, mental powers, or any other idea where mental oddities are key to the story line. I prefer science fiction, but will consider any speculative fiction that is not too depressing, violent or graphic. Email submissions to hig4s09@gmail.com.

I prefer .doc or .rtf, but will accept .docx Standard double space formatting. Please include contact information (name, address, email, and phone) on both the email and in the header of the work. No simultaneous submissions.

I Keep getting submissions saved at 150% and 200%, please stop. Save them at 100% before submitting.

I will not be accepting reprints for this anthology.

[NOTE: I debated including this listing, and finally decided to do so with a note. There are definite signs of newbie-itis in the original post, particularly the formatting, which my middle-aged eyes find particularly hard to read. But it’s an interesting theme, and they’re paying six cents per word, so maybe it’s worth considering. Click through and make your own decision about submitting.]

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31 January 2018 — Strange Economics — ed. David F. Shultz

Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.

The stories contain world-building that probes alternative economies; fantastic scenarios with economic implications; engaging plots that show the effect of alien economic systems on the lives and relationships of individuals within. In short, these are gripping stories set in fantastic worlds with intriguing and imaginative economic arrangements.

Editorial Vision

We are compiling high-quality science fiction and fantasy stories to contribute to the literature of ideas. We want stories that stick with you long after you’re done reading—stories you want to talk about and share with your friends. We want stories with depth that demonstrate a different way of looking at the world, stories that envision an alternative reality or explore philosophical concepts, presented in the form of a compelling narrative.

All of our stories explore ideas through personal drama. They feature characters we care about caught in difficult struggles. They are page-turners with a strong hook, gripping narrative momentum, and a satisfying resolution.

We believe diversity is a strength, especially in storytelling. We encourage submissions from individuals from marginalized communities or historically disenfranchised groups. We want a diverse range of voices. We want to hear stories from people who can speak on behalf of perspectives that have been underrepresented in the genre, and in society at large. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.

General Submission Information:

== Payment: we pay a semi-professional rate of CDN 1.5 c/w. Payments will be made via Paypal within a month of publication.
== Revised Submission window: submissions open until January 31, 2018, 11:59PM.
== Reprints: we are accepting original, unpublished stories only.
== Length: we are looking for stories up to 10,000 words. We are more interested in stories in the 2k to 5k range.
== Poetry: we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, sorry. Keep your eyes open for our future anthologies, though. We have a few editors interested in poetry.
== Simultaneous submissions: simsubs are okay, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
== Multiple submissions: please send us only your best work, and wait for a response before submitting something else.
== Rights purchased: we are seeking 6 month exclusive world rights in print and electronic formats; non-exclusive rights thereafter.
== Formatting: we ask for standard manuscript format.
== Anonymity: please include your name and contact information in your manuscript, as per standard manuscript format.
== Cover letter: a short cover letter is fine.
== E-mail header for submissions: ‘Submission: “”, by ’. note: formatting your header incorrectly may result in your story being automatically deleted by e-mail filter.
== Include your story as an attachment in rtf format (if converting your story to rtf creates formatting problems for you, it will for us, too).
== Send submissions to strangeeconomics at gmail dot com.
== Projected date of anthology completion: August 2018

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1 February 2018 — Sunny Places, Shady People: Bouchercon 2018 Anthology — Diversion Books

Florida. Just the state’s name inspires a reaction when heard. It is a state of pristine white sand beaches, green water, abundant wildlife, strip clubs, bait shops, theme parks and transients. From the Spanish moss-festooned live oaks of the panhandle to the Everglades, from the Keys to the oldest European-established settlement in the United States, Florida has been inspiring crime writers for decades, from the noir of John D. MacDonald to the hijinks of Carl Hiaasen’s bestsellers.

We are looking for stories set in, or inspired by, Florida and its eccentricity and complexity. We want diverse voices and characters, tales of darkness and violence, whether they are noir, cozy, hard-boiled or suspense. Push the boundaries of your creativity and the theme! NOTE: The stories don’t have to actually be set in Florida, but can be “inspired” by it—so a character can be from here, it can be built around a piece of music about Florida; etc. If you have any questions as to whether your idea fits the theme, do not be afraid to ask!

Specifics

== The maximum word count is 5,000 words; the minimum is 1,500.
== The stories should be crime-oriented; whether it’s the commission, planning or solving of one. It can also be about the after-effects of one. Murder, mayhem, blackmail, embezzlement, robbery—get as creative as you can!
== Sunny Places, Shady People will be published by Diversion Books.

Submissions

== All submissions will go through a blind-reading process for inclusion. So, do not include your name anywhere on the file; there should simply be a title on the first page.
== Pages should also be numbered, and the header should include the title of the story as well.
== Please use Microsoft Word; double spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font.
== The name of your file should also be the title of the story, i.e. The Lottery.docx.
== Please include your name, address, and contact information in the body of your email.
== All submissions should be emailed to anthology@bouchercon2018.com no later than February 1, 2018.

Payment

Each contributor will be paid $75 for one-time use rights.

Any questions and all submissions can be sent to Greg Herren at anthology@bouchercon2018.com.

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4 February 2018 — Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People — ed. Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum; ChiZine Publications

Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) claimed that the Jews invented the very concept of history. They were the first, he said, to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere.

However, what if time is not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes?

Award-winning author/editors Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum propose to answer this question in Other Covenants, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history, to be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

== Submison window: August 28, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time to Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
== Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
== Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/other-covenants.
== Stories must be in the alternate history genre and must be clearly relevant to the theme of the anthology.
== Length: 500–15,000 words. There are relatively few spots for stories at the high end, so please query first if you think your story will go long.
== Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published stories on a case-by-case basis.
== NEW: Also open to poetry submissions. Original poems on theme. No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
== Submissions may be made in English or French. Author is responsible for translations into English after acceptance.
== English-language translations of stories from other languages (published or unpublished) are welcome, but we can only accept submissions in English or French.
== Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
== We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
== Initial responses (rejections, holds, and rewrite requests) within 30 days of submission; final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
== Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds. (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds).
== File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
== Formatting: indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no headers, footers, or pagination; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page. That said, don’t fret too much about formatting; good fiction is what’s most important. (Correct spelling also counts.)
== Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
== Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
== To be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019.
== Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
== NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
== NOTE ON SUBJECT MATTER: Any book dealing with the Jewish people, Jewish history and Israel will, by definition, be controversial. We welcome controversy and politics, but don’t forget that this is a fiction anthology. Telling good stories takes first, second and third place. Submissions that grind axes loud enough to drown out the story are unlikely to be accepted.
== Questions or queries: othercovenants@gmail.com. Please don’t submit stories via email, as noted above.

[Click through for a discussion of what alternate history is.]

THE KIND OF THEMES WE MIGHT EXPLORE:

Please don’t take these as prescriptive or proscriptive either, the whole canvas of Jewish history is open to you—Biblical, historical and mythological:

What if the Holocaust had never happened?
What if Joseph’s brothers had not sold him into slavery in Egypt?
What if the State of Israel had been established in Uganda? Or Germany?
What if Jesus’ followers had not broken with Judaism?
What if the Jews had proselytized their faith door-to-door for a thousand years?
What if the Romans had not destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple?
What if Judaism became the dominant Western religion, but was riven by conflicts between the Temple priesthood and reformist rabbis who put the Torah and prayer before Temple ritual and sacrifice?
What if the Spanish Inquisition had never occurred?
What if Napoleon had not smashed down Europe’s ghetto walls?
What if the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were reality . . . in some other universe?

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15 February 2018 — Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction — ed. Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; Uncanny

Reading period: January 15th, 2018 to February 15th 2018. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)

Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Reading Elsa’s essay Disabled Enough from our Kickstarter may help if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!

A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction:
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced. This is an accommodation for Elsa so she does not have to reformat every submission.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.

Fiction

Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We would certainly love to see a wide range of disabilities explored across a variety of SF settings and scenarios. We’re looking for the stories you’ve been trying to tell your whole life, for the stories that don’t fit elsewhere. We are also looking for a range of stories, for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

We are looking for essays which explore the relationship between disability and SFF. These essays should interrogate or explain some part of the relationship, whether it is about the genre itself, a character, a specific trope or narrative, or even the experience of being a disabled member of the SFF community. Creative nonfiction, academic essay, personal essay, or other non-fiction styles are all welcome. Please complicate the narrative for our readers, we don’t just want easy answers in this issue.

We want to know what frustrates you about the genre, or the industry, but also what brings you joy. If there’s a character you love with a disability, or a story you want to praise – we want to read those as well.

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure that it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

Length: Between 1k-2.5k

Payment: $50 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Poetry

Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Fiction Reprints

Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr

As with original fiction submissions, we do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for diverse, thoughtful, well-written stories that challenge readers to think outside their usual boxes.

Fiction Reprints Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny’s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. HOWEVER, as noted above, please use 14pt serifed font and not the standard 12pt.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, the date and venue of its original publication, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, and please make sure that you have reprint rights for your story.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Length: 750-6000 words

Payment: $.01 per word

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

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28 February 2018 — Making Monsters — ed. Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad; Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies

Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

We are particularly interested in stories and poems that explore the marginality and transgressiveness of female monsters and monstrous women such as Medusa, Scylla, Lilith, Kiyohime or Krasue, in the context of disadvantaged and marginalized women, including intersections with other axes of oppression and violence such as race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, language and religion. We especially welcome “own voices” fiction and stories by authors from marginalized groups, but we do not require authors to self-identify in any way.

Making Monsters will pay:

== £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
== £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry

Rules:

== Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words).
== Maximum of 50 lines poetry.
== No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Please only send one story and up to three poems (in separate documents, but a single email) at one time.
== We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
== Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to makingmonsters.cfp@gmail.com, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.

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28 February 2018 — Triangulation: The Music Edition — ed. Frank Oreto & Douglas Gwylim; Parsec Ink

Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s themed speculative fiction annual, is now in its 14th year, and open for submissions. Whether you’re a new or established author, we hope you’ll send us your outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, or speculative horror. Just tell us a story we won’t forget.

Theme: This year’s theme is “music”. Tentative title, Triangulation: The Music Edition. We’re looking for stories where music, a musical instrument, the parts of music, or musical culture make an appearance in a meaningful way. As a thematic element, you can apply a light touch or go “full tuba”. Be aware that we may retool the title of the collection, depending on the exact quality and character of the submissions we receive. If you’ve got a better title than “Triangulation: The Musical”, don’t forget to let us know in your cover letter.

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.


SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

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28 February 2018 — Red Rabbit Presents: Military Sci-Fi — Red Rabbit Publishing

Red Rabbit Publishing is seeking submissions for Red Rabbit Presents, a new anthology of sci-fi short stories. I’m looking for action-filled stories told well. That simple.

NOTE: Please Like Red Rabbit’s Facebook group for just-in-time information.

THEME: The first issue will release around mid-2018 and the theme will be military sci-fi. Professional soldiers, command structure, mechs beating down aliens, things like that. Explosions and heroes. Think of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers as an example of military sci-fi.

PAY & LENGTH: Rate is $.03 cents a word, original content (no reprints) only. A minimum of 3,000 words and up to 6,000. Story length can go beyond (up to 8,000), but pay will only be to 6,000. ($90.00 to $180.00). Payment will be at time of publication through PayPal. If print books are created, all contributing authors will receive a copy.

RIGHTS: First Worldwide print (unpublished) and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 180 days from date of release. Red Rabbit retains non-exclusive reprint and e-book rights afterward.

DEADLINE: Story deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. Story selection will be made by April 1, 2018. All entrants will be notified around that time or shortly thereafter.

EDITING: A professional editor will work with all authors to ensure a quality story is published. If you prefer, you can secure professional editing at your own expense. (BYOE – Bring Your Own Editor)

BOOK COVERS & PRODUCTION: Red Rabbit Publishing will handle all aspects of design, formatting, and story placement.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: That’s fine, as long as I’m notified (by email) if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

SUBMISSION: Send an email to RRPsubmissions (at) akmeek.com with story attached as a Word document. Please use “Mid-2018 Submission” for email subject. Include the following in the email: story name, word count, author name, along with a blurb of any other information you think I’d like to know. Examples are: awards, social reach, newsletter subscriber count, etc. I’ll leave it up to what you feel is important.

QUESTIONS: Please check out Red Rabbit’s Facebook group (link above). If you prefer, send an email to the submissions email address (above). Please use “question” in the subject line.

Peace out,

A.K. (Red Rabbit Publishing)

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1 March 2018 — If This Goes On — ed. Cat Rambo; Parvus Press

A Visionary Look at America’s Future

If This Goes On is dedicated to inclusiveness and is open to all writers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to read it. Please do not self-reject.

Who:

== Genre writers
== Literary writers
== Writers from under-represented communities and groups
== Established writers, new writers, pro and amateur.
== All are welcome to contribute to If This Goes On.

We are looking for unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers.

Open our eyes to our future.

What:

== Stories must be 5,000 words or less (Flash fiction is accepted)
== Must be set at least one generation in the future (You are welcome to write an epic fantasy in the Friedman tradition, so long as it is in the far future!)
== Must include the impact of current political policy (social, scientific, legal, criminal, etc.) as a meaningful aspect of the story.
== Stories are strongly encouraged to avoid focusing on current political personalities and, instead, to focus on the policy impacts and long-term changes to our world.
== Stories must be original
== Publisher requires worldwide first electronic and first print English-language rights
== Pay is $0.08 per word (half on delivery, half on publication) and a royalty share for contributors

How:

Submissions and queries should be emailed to submissions@parvuspress.com and addressed to Cat Rambo. Attach your manuscript as Word (.doc or .docx), PDF, or RTF files only. Your submission should include your name and relevant contact information in the attached file as well as the body of the email. Attach only your submission document. Submissions containing any other files will not be opened.

In your email, we ask that you identify the particular policy, trend, or shift which your story involves. You are encouraged, but not required, to tell us if there is any personal connection between yourself and the anthology topic.

Please feel free to email for an update if you have not heard a submission response within 90 days.

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

This project is born of rage and sorrow and hope. Rage at the way America has been stolen and how those thieves have been eating away at its infrastructure. Sorrow at the lives being destroyed in the sorrow as well as for the earth as its protections are stripped away by a kleptocratic and corrupt regime. Sorrow for the way words themselves have been distorted and twisted away from truth.

And hope. Because humans continue to progress and evolve, even though that climb is a rocky one and we slide back sometimes. We seem to have done so recently. And so this anthology, an attempt to rally, to inspire, and to awaken. Some stories will despair, but others will have the light we seek, lamps to light the path and show the pitfalls as we continue upwards.

This anthology is part of my resistance. I hope it will be part of yours as well.

– Cat Rambo

20 September 2017

FROM THE PUBLISHER

The idea for IF THIS GOES ON came as a reaction to the isolationism, divisiveness, anti-science rhetoric, and fear-mongering that we saw all-too-frequently from our national leaders after the 2016 election. I was finally called to action by the hateful rally in Charlottesville, VA this summer.

This project is very personal to me. A mezuzah is nailed to the doorframe of my house, here in Virginia, and I proudly top my Christmas tree with a Star of David every year. When I watched Vice’s powerful documentary on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, as I watched a mob in broad daylight chanting anti-Semitic messages in my relative back yard, I could no longer ignore the fear I felt for the future of my country and the safety of my family.

This anthology is my contribution to the effort to preserve the America I know, love, and believe in. An America where all children can grow up without fear and where love is more powerful than hate. To paraphrase (poorly) President Obama, I believe in an America where we all recognize that there is more that binds us together than sets us apart. I know this America doesn’t exist beyond an ideal, but I see this anthology as one small brick in the long road to that ideal.

– Colin Coyle

October 27, 2017

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1 March 2018 — Sword and Sonnet — ed. Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones, and E. Catherine Tobler

[Note: DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 February!]

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.

Word Count: Up to 5000 words
Payment: US 6c per word
Originals only. No reprints.
No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions.
Standard Manuscript Format. Doc, Docx or RTF.

The Sword & Sonnet Kickstarter successfully funded and a wonderful group of writers have agreed to write for us. We’ll be holding an open submission period in February 2018 and actively encourage writers from all backgrounds to send us their stories.

== What kind of stories are you looking for?

Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. Although we envision the bulk of the stories will be fantasy, we’re also open to science fiction or horror. We’re looking for lyrical Shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Although they don’t feature battle poets (and we’re not looking for carbon copies) here are some stories which give some examples of some of the flavors we’re looking for:

Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints by Alex Dally MacFarlane
The Half Dark Promise by Malon Edwards
Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse by Rati Mehrotra

== What do you mean by battle poet?

A poet who fights. We’re flexible on the definition.

== Does my story have to have lines of actual poetry in it?

No. We’re looking for stories, not poems.

== Can I submit a poem?

No. Your story can have some lines of poetry in it, but it doesn’t have to. We want stories, not poems.

== Are you accepting reprints?

No. Original stories only. (Or a translation where the story hasn’t been published in English before).

== What rights are you buying?

First worldwide print and electronic rights in English, with an exclusivity period of 6 months. The right to keep the story in print in the anthology. This is what our contract template looks like.

== What are you paying?

US 6c a word + contributor copy. Payment via PayPal or TransferWise.

== What length of story are you looking for?

Up to 5000 words. Between 2000-5000 is ideal. Flash fiction will be a harder sell.

== Manuscript Format

Something approaching standard manuscript format please. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html Doc, docx or rtf. (No PDF).

== Multiple Submissions

Please only submit one story at a time. If you get a response back before the submission window closes, you’re welcome to submit another story.

== Simultaneous Submissions

Please don’t. (Don’t send the story to another market at the same time you send it to us).

== Response Time

You’ll have a response (perhaps a hold notice) before the end of March.

== Do you actually have any space left in your anthology for open submissions?

Yes. We have a wonderful group of writers who have agreed to write us stories, but we wanted to leave room for the open submission period too! We don’t know exactly how many stories (that will depend on the word count), but we’ll be looking to take around 8-10 stories from the open submission period.

== When is the anthology being published?

The second half of 2018.

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30 March 2018 — 2018 Halloween Anthology — Corpus Press

Corpus Press is now accepting submissions for a new Halloween-themed horror anthology. Submissions will be accepted according to our publishing needs, regardless of author publication history or status. Submissions should appeal to a wide audience (late teen to adult).

What we are looking for:

Not previously published short stories of 4,500-8,500 words that have a central theme associated with Halloween and can be characterized within the broad realm of “horror” fiction.

Successful submissions will be highly original, well written and cleanly edited.

Stories can be frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale.

What we are NOT looking for:

Stories that have been hastily retrofitted with a coating of “Halloween” references to fit the submission guidelines. These are easily spotted and will be immediately rejected.

Stories that contain excessively explicit language, sexuality and violence, or that have a main goal of shocking the audience with poor taste (language, sexuality and violence is acceptable, however, if it is essential to the story and is handled in a tasteful manner). This IS NOT an “extreme horror” or “Splatterpunk” anthology.

Abstract mood pieces, vignettes, and highly experimental approaches to literature are discouraged. We are not accepting poems.

Stories featuring exaggerated dialects, colloquialisms or excessive references to pop culture or current fads are discouraged.

We will not be accepting epistolary fiction for this anthology.

Document Requirements: Submissions must be in an editable format. No PDFs or scanned documents sent as image files will be accepted. Preference is for author name, email address and word count information to be placed at the end of the document to assist in blind review process.

Submission window: October 29, 2017 – March 30, 2018. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please disclose this in your submission. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than May 31, 2018.

Pay Rate: $.03 per word. Two (2) free contributor copies (paperback) will be provided, with contributors having the option to buy additional quantities at cost post-publication. Payment on publication.

Anthology target length: 300-350 pages. Title TBD.

Terms: Corpus Press maintains exclusive paperback, hardcover and eBook publishing rights from date of publication until November 2019, at which time full republication rights revert back to the author. Author retains all audiobook rights. Publisher retains future publishing rights to maintain the submitted work in print as part of the published anthology. Final contract required to be signed upon acceptance which may contain additional terms and conditions.

CLICK to Submit

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31 March 2018 — Weird Nature Anthology — ed. Lynne Jamneck

What are we doing?
Where are we going?
What will we find?

Though some among us have realised the importance of sustainable living, in the broad sense of everyday life, we still demand too much. Our capitalist dispositions have driven a wedge between ourselves and nature; we have become transfixed by the shine of chrome, the luxury of packaged lives, no longer seemingly aware of the solid earth beneath our feet.

At an ever-advancing tipping point, humanity persists in its war against the natural world. Running a trail of extinction and cutting down vast swathes of oxygen-producing forests, we breed at an alarming pace, overpopulating a planet we seem hell-bent on reigning in – but at what cost? It seems we’re playing a cruel joke on the system that sparked our existence, and which has sustained us ever since.

Or could the joke be on us?

There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words
Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K

Send submissions to: forceofnaturesubs AT gmail DOT com

Please send files in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Though our scientific knowledge has increased exponentially alongside technological development, there remains much about the natural world we still do not understand. Stories for Force of Nature should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them. Comedic stories will be a tougher sell but by all means, if you have a story that otherwise fits the guidelines, don’t hesitate to submit it. Try to avoid anything that is overtly cautionary. While the idea for the anthology was significantly inspired by climate change and the impact wrought on the planet by human habits, I don’t want stories that lecture. That said, I’m not opposed to stories in which the human factor gets served the short end of the stick.

While I don’t want a collection full of quiet stories, I will mention here that I am a big fan of the sublime. Wordsworth with a modern sensibility. Or just Wordsworth.

In terms of genre, I have no stipulations. Use a blank canvas and fit your story to the genus that suits it best.

I look forward to reading your work!

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1 April 2018 — The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now — Paper Dog Books

Expected Publication: Late 2018
Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )

We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.

No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .

We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.

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UNTIL FILLED — Black Superheroes Do It Too! — Black Books Publishing — First Listed January 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for our Black Erotica/Superhero Anthology (Working Title: Black Superheroes Do It Too!). Submissions should be full stories, not just sex scenes and between 3500 and 10,000 words. Writers, feel free to query to ensure your story idea hasn’t already been submitted.

This anthology pays $100US. The submission period will remain open until our goal of a 225+ page anthology has been reached.

Thoroughly edited material has the best chance of acceptance. You don’t need to pay someone to edit your material, but if you’re serious about your writing, we do recommend it. At a minimum, we suggest you have others read over your work for typos and grammatical errors.

All manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word and should be double spaced with an extra space between each paragraph. THIS EXTRA SPACE SHOULD BE DONE IN MICROSOFT WORD, THROUGH YOUR PARAGRAPH SETTINGS, NOT BY YOU ACTUALLY HITTING “ENTER” TWICE. There should be no indention at the start of each paragraph.

Send to: submissions@blackbookspublishing.com with “Superhero Erotica” in the subject heading.

Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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31 December 2017 — 2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide — ed. Corie and Sean Weaver; Dreaming Robot Press

We’re looking for stories that:

== Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with;
== Show a diverse set of real characters;
== Are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction;
== Tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy; Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine;
== Are between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

To be super clear – we’re looking science fiction, in all its variants. While we love fantasy as well, please don’t submit fantasy stories for this anthology.
We’re especially looking for stories:

== Of adventure! We love a good dystopia as much as the next robot, but remember – this is the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide;
== Where the main character is of a population that has traditionally been under-represented in science fiction, e.g. girls, people of color, differently abled people;
== Where the main character has agency, exercises it, and isn’t just along for the ride.

We are strong supporters of both the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements.

We’re not interested in:

== Stories where the female characters primarily exist to be rescued or as a prize for the males;
== Stories where the primary plot or subplot is romantic in nature;
== Stories with graphic violence or any form of sexual activity;
== Stories with any violence towards animals;
== Stories about the first girl to do X, surprising everyone;
== Stories that depict any ethnicity or gender as universally bad or stupid.

Please note: although we’re aware kids have a wide and varied vocabulary, we’d prefer not to have swearing in the stories. If your story has swearing, please rephrase before submitting.

Submission deadline, mechanics and planned schedule:

== Anthology will be open for submissions from July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017, with a reading period of January and February 2018.
== While we prefer original stories, if you have something perfect that had a limited run elsewhere, query us and we’ll talk;
== Acceptance notices will be sent by March 30, 2018;
== In the summer we will launch a crowd-funding campaign to help with pre-publication costs. Regardless of results of crowd-funding campaign, we are committed to publishing the anthology. We’ve successfully funded the previous three anthologies this way, chances are favorable.

Rights and Payments:

== Authors will be provided with a complete Anthology Contract for review and consideration with the notice of accepted submissions.
== In keeping with SWFA’s guidelines, we pay $0.06/word on final edited word count for one-year exclusive worldwide English rights and nonexclusive right to republish, print, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format after the first year, print and electronic, and two contributor copies. Payment upon final edit.
== If the crowd-funding fails, please note that we are still committed to this anthology, and will find other ways to fund the project. However, there may be delays. If authors feel the need to withdraw their submission due to delays, we understand.
== We will provide professional editing, primarily for issues of grammar and spelling.
== If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.

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31 December 2017 — The Razor’s Edge; Guilds & Glaives; Second Round: A Return to the Urbar — Zombies Need Brains LLC

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899

“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

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31 December 2017 — A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press

Avarice and a fealty to Mammon are elements of this forthcoming anthology slated for January of 2018. Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we’re celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life…they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend “Dirty American”by Lara Elena Donnelly or “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales. No vampire or zombie tales.

Stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Original fiction is more important to us, but we will make an offer on exceptional reprints. Payment for reprints is 2 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2018. We’ll be doing a lovely, off-set, hardback edition of this book, perhaps a trade paperback, digital and audiobook versions.

Deadline is January of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress@aol.com with the Subject line of Midas Clutch Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any).

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31 December 2017 — Monstrosities — Third Flatiron

Monstrosities — Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don’t scale. Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest–share with us your favorite monstrosities.

Reading period: December 1 – December 31, 2017. DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 December.
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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31 January 2018 — Mind Candy — Myriad Paradigm

Payment for acceptance is 6 cents a word.

I am looking for original short speculative fiction, up to 5000 words, that in some way address the intricacies of the mind. Mind control, mind augmentation, multiple memories, mental powers, or any other idea where mental oddities are key to the story line. I prefer science fiction, but will consider any speculative fiction that is not too depressing, violent or graphic. Email submissions to hig4s09@gmail.com.

I prefer .doc or .rtf, but will accept .docx Standard double space formatting. Please include contact information (name, address, email, and phone) on both the email and in the header of the work. No simultaneous submissions.

I Keep getting submissions saved at 150% and 200%, please stop. Save them at 100% before submitting.

I will not be accepting reprints for this anthology.

[NOTE: I debated including this listing, and finally decided to do so with a note. There are definite signs of newbie-itis in the original post, particularly the formatting, which my middle-aged eyes find particularly hard to read. But it’s an interesting theme, and they’re paying six cents per word, so maybe it’s worth considering. Click through and make your own decision about submitting.]

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31 January 2018 — Strange Economics — ed. David F. Shultz

Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.

The stories contain world-building that probes alternative economies; fantastic scenarios with economic implications; engaging plots that show the effect of alien economic systems on the lives and relationships of individuals within. In short, these are gripping stories set in fantastic worlds with intriguing and imaginative economic arrangements.

Editorial Vision

We are compiling high-quality science fiction and fantasy stories to contribute to the literature of ideas. We want stories that stick with you long after you’re done reading—stories you want to talk about and share with your friends. We want stories with depth that demonstrate a different way of looking at the world, stories that envision an alternative reality or explore philosophical concepts, presented in the form of a compelling narrative.

All of our stories explore ideas through personal drama. They feature characters we care about caught in difficult struggles. They are page-turners with a strong hook, gripping narrative momentum, and a satisfying resolution.

We believe diversity is a strength, especially in storytelling. We encourage submissions from individuals from marginalized communities or historically disenfranchised groups. We want a diverse range of voices. We want to hear stories from people who can speak on behalf of perspectives that have been underrepresented in the genre, and in society at large. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.

General Submission Information:

== Payment: we pay a semi-professional rate of CDN 1.5 c/w. Payments will be made via Paypal within a month of publication.
== Revised Submission window: submissions open until January 31, 2018, 11:59PM.
== Reprints: we are accepting original, unpublished stories only.
== Length: we are looking for stories up to 10,000 words. We are more interested in stories in the 2k to 5k range.
== Poetry: we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, sorry. Keep your eyes open for our future anthologies, though. We have a few editors interested in poetry.
== Simultaneous submissions: simsubs are okay, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
== Multiple submissions: please send us only your best work, and wait for a response before submitting something else.
== Rights purchased: we are seeking 6 month exclusive world rights in print and electronic formats; non-exclusive rights thereafter.
== Formatting: we ask for standard manuscript format.
== Anonymity: please include your name and contact information in your manuscript, as per standard manuscript format.
== Cover letter: a short cover letter is fine.
== E-mail header for submissions: ‘Submission: “”, by ’. note: formatting your header incorrectly may result in your story being automatically deleted by e-mail filter.
== Include your story as an attachment in rtf format (if converting your story to rtf creates formatting problems for you, it will for us, too).
== Send submissions to strangeeconomics at gmail dot com.
== Projected date of anthology completion: August 2018

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1 February 2018 — Sunny Places, Shady People: Bouchercon 2018 Anthology — Diversion Books

Florida. Just the state’s name inspires a reaction when heard. It is a state of pristine white sand beaches, green water, abundant wildlife, strip clubs, bait shops, theme parks and transients. From the Spanish moss-festooned live oaks of the panhandle to the Everglades, from the Keys to the oldest European-established settlement in the United States, Florida has been inspiring crime writers for decades, from the noir of John D. MacDonald to the hijinks of Carl Hiaasen’s bestsellers.

We are looking for stories set in, or inspired by, Florida and its eccentricity and complexity. We want diverse voices and characters, tales of darkness and violence, whether they are noir, cozy, hard-boiled or suspense. Push the boundaries of your creativity and the theme! NOTE: The stories don’t have to actually be set in Florida, but can be “inspired” by it—so a character can be from here, it can be built around a piece of music about Florida; etc. If you have any questions as to whether your idea fits the theme, do not be afraid to ask!

Specifics

== The maximum word count is 5,000 words; the minimum is 1,500.
== The stories should be crime-oriented; whether it’s the commission, planning or solving of one. It can also be about the after-effects of one. Murder, mayhem, blackmail, embezzlement, robbery—get as creative as you can!
== Sunny Places, Shady People will be published by Diversion Books.

Submissions

== All submissions will go through a blind-reading process for inclusion. So, do not include your name anywhere on the file; there should simply be a title on the first page.
== Pages should also be numbered, and the header should include the title of the story as well.
== Please use Microsoft Word; double spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font.
== The name of your file should also be the title of the story, i.e. The Lottery.docx.
== Please include your name, address, and contact information in the body of your email.
== All submissions should be emailed to anthology@bouchercon2018.com no later than February 1, 2018.

Payment

Each contributor will be paid $75 for one-time use rights.

Any questions and all submissions can be sent to Greg Herren at anthology@bouchercon2018.com.

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4 February 2018 — Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People — ed. Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum; ChiZine Publications

Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) claimed that the Jews invented the very concept of history. They were the first, he said, to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere.

However, what if time is not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes?

Award-winning author/editors Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum propose to answer this question in Other Covenants, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history, to be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

== Submison window: August 28, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time to Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
== Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
== Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/other-covenants.
== Stories must be in the alternate history genre and must be clearly relevant to the theme of the anthology.
== Length: 500–15,000 words. There are relatively few spots for stories at the high end, so please query first if you think your story will go long.
== Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published stories on a case-by-case basis.
== NEW: Also open to poetry submissions. Original poems on theme. No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
== Submissions may be made in English or French. Author is responsible for translations into English after acceptance.
== English-language translations of stories from other languages (published or unpublished) are welcome, but we can only accept submissions in English or French.
== Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
== We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
== Initial responses (rejections, holds, and rewrite requests) within 30 days of submission; final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
== Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds. (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds).
== File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
== Formatting: indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no headers, footers, or pagination; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page. That said, don’t fret too much about formatting; good fiction is what’s most important. (Correct spelling also counts.)
== Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
== Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
== To be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019.
== Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
== NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
== NOTE ON SUBJECT MATTER: Any book dealing with the Jewish people, Jewish history and Israel will, by definition, be controversial. We welcome controversy and politics, but don’t forget that this is a fiction anthology. Telling good stories takes first, second and third place. Submissions that grind axes loud enough to drown out the story are unlikely to be accepted.
== Questions or queries: othercovenants@gmail.com. Please don’t submit stories via email, as noted above.

[Click through for a discussion of what alternate history is.]

THE KIND OF THEMES WE MIGHT EXPLORE:

Please don’t take these as prescriptive or proscriptive either, the whole canvas of Jewish history is open to you—Biblical, historical and mythological:

What if the Holocaust had never happened?
What if Joseph’s brothers had not sold him into slavery in Egypt?
What if the State of Israel had been established in Uganda? Or Germany?
What if Jesus’ followers had not broken with Judaism?
What if the Jews had proselytized their faith door-to-door for a thousand years?
What if the Romans had not destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple?
What if Judaism became the dominant Western religion, but was riven by conflicts between the Temple priesthood and reformist rabbis who put the Torah and prayer before Temple ritual and sacrifice?
What if the Spanish Inquisition had never occurred?
What if Napoleon had not smashed down Europe’s ghetto walls?
What if the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were reality . . . in some other universe?

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15 February 2018 — Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction — ed. Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; Uncanny

Reading period: January 15th, 2018 to February 15th 2018. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)

Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Reading Elsa’s essay Disabled Enough from our Kickstarter may help if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!

A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction:
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced. This is an accommodation for Elsa so she does not have to reformat every submission.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.

Fiction

Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We would certainly love to see a wide range of disabilities explored across a variety of SF settings and scenarios. We’re looking for the stories you’ve been trying to tell your whole life, for the stories that don’t fit elsewhere. We are also looking for a range of stories, for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

We are looking for essays which explore the relationship between disability and SFF. These essays should interrogate or explain some part of the relationship, whether it is about the genre itself, a character, a specific trope or narrative, or even the experience of being a disabled member of the SFF community. Creative nonfiction, academic essay, personal essay, or other non-fiction styles are all welcome. Please complicate the narrative for our readers, we don’t just want easy answers in this issue.

We want to know what frustrates you about the genre, or the industry, but also what brings you joy. If there’s a character you love with a disability, or a story you want to praise – we want to read those as well.

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure that it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

Length: Between 1k-2.5k

Payment: $50 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Poetry

Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Fiction Reprints

Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr

As with original fiction submissions, we do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage them. We are looking for diverse, thoughtful, well-written stories that challenge readers to think outside their usual boxes.

Fiction Reprints Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny’s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. HOWEVER, as noted above, please use 14pt serifed font and not the standard 12pt.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, the date and venue of its original publication, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, and please make sure that you have reprint rights for your story.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.

Length: 750-6000 words

Payment: $.01 per word

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

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28 February 2018 — Making Monsters — ed. Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad; Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies

Futurefire.net Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

We are particularly interested in stories and poems that explore the marginality and transgressiveness of female monsters and monstrous women such as Medusa, Scylla, Lilith, Kiyohime or Krasue, in the context of disadvantaged and marginalized women, including intersections with other axes of oppression and violence such as race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, language and religion. We especially welcome “own voices” fiction and stories by authors from marginalized groups, but we do not require authors to self-identify in any way.

Making Monsters will pay:

== £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
== £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry

Rules:

== Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words).
== Maximum of 50 lines poetry.
== No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Please only send one story and up to three poems (in separate documents, but a single email) at one time.
== We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
== Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to makingmonsters.cfp@gmail.com, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.

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28 February 2018 — Triangulation: The Music Edition — ed. Frank Oreto & Douglas Gwylim; Parsec Ink

Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s themed speculative fiction annual, is now in its 14th year, and open for submissions. Whether you’re a new or established author, we hope you’ll send us your outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, or speculative horror. Just tell us a story we won’t forget.

Theme: This year’s theme is “music”. Tentative title, Triangulation: The Music Edition. We’re looking for stories where music, a musical instrument, the parts of music, or musical culture make an appearance in a meaningful way. As a thematic element, you can apply a light touch or go “full tuba”. Be aware that we may retool the title of the collection, depending on the exact quality and character of the submissions we receive. If you’ve got a better title than “Triangulation: The Musical”, don’t forget to let us know in your cover letter.

Word Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count.

Genre: We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be considered.

Compensation: Pay is semi-pro: 2 cents a word. Authors will receive an e-book and one print copy of the anthology, plus wholesale pricing for additional print copies (typically 50% off the cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American serial rights, and electronic rights for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: We are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time for dinner.

We do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period, feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Don’t worry: it’s free.


SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

Editorial Process: We aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most, we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing: you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out amongst themselves until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

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1 March 2018 — If This Goes On — ed. Cat Rambo; Parvus Press

A Visionary Look at America’s Future

If This Goes On is dedicated to inclusiveness and is open to all writers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to read it. Please do not self-reject.

Who:

== Genre writers
== Literary writers
== Writers from under-represented communities and groups
== Established writers, new writers, pro and amateur.
== All are welcome to contribute to If This Goes On.

We are looking for unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers.

Open our eyes to our future.

What:

== Stories must be 5,000 words or less (Flash fiction is accepted)
== Must be set at least one generation in the future (You are welcome to write an epic fantasy in the Friedman tradition, so long as it is in the far future!)
== Must include the impact of current political policy (social, scientific, legal, criminal, etc.) as a meaningful aspect of the story.
== Stories are strongly encouraged to avoid focusing on current political personalities and, instead, to focus on the policy impacts and long-term changes to our world.
== Stories must be original
== Publisher requires worldwide first electronic and first print English-language rights
== Pay is $0.08 per word (half on delivery, half on publication) and a royalty share for contributors

How:

Submissions and queries should be emailed to submissions@parvuspress.com and addressed to Cat Rambo. Attach your manuscript as Word (.doc or .docx), PDF, or RTF files only. Your submission should include your name and relevant contact information in the attached file as well as the body of the email. Attach only your submission document. Submissions containing any other files will not be opened.

In your email, we ask that you identify the particular policy, trend, or shift which your story involves. You are encouraged, but not required, to tell us if there is any personal connection between yourself and the anthology topic.

Please feel free to email for an update if you have not heard a submission response within 90 days.

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

This project is born of rage and sorrow and hope. Rage at the way America has been stolen and how those thieves have been eating away at its infrastructure. Sorrow at the lives being destroyed in the sorrow as well as for the earth as its protections are stripped away by a kleptocratic and corrupt regime. Sorrow for the way words themselves have been distorted and twisted away from truth.

And hope. Because humans continue to progress and evolve, even though that climb is a rocky one and we slide back sometimes. We seem to have done so recently. And so this anthology, an attempt to rally, to inspire, and to awaken. Some stories will despair, but others will have the light we seek, lamps to light the path and show the pitfalls as we continue upwards.

This anthology is part of my resistance. I hope it will be part of yours as well.

– Cat Rambo

20 September 2017

FROM THE PUBLISHER

The idea for IF THIS GOES ON came as a reaction to the isolationism, divisiveness, anti-science rhetoric, and fear-mongering that we saw all-too-frequently from our national leaders after the 2016 election. I was finally called to action by the hateful rally in Charlottesville, VA this summer.

This project is very personal to me. A mezuzah is nailed to the doorframe of my house, here in Virginia, and I proudly top my Christmas tree with a Star of David every year. When I watched Vice’s powerful documentary on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, as I watched a mob in broad daylight chanting anti-Semitic messages in my relative back yard, I could no longer ignore the fear I felt for the future of my country and the safety of my family.

This anthology is my contribution to the effort to preserve the America I know, love, and believe in. An America where all children can grow up without fear and where love is more powerful than hate. To paraphrase (poorly) President Obama, I believe in an America where we all recognize that there is more that binds us together than sets us apart. I know this America doesn’t exist beyond an ideal, but I see this anthology as one small brick in the long road to that ideal.

– Colin Coyle

October 27, 2017

Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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30 November 2017 — Holy C.O.W.! — ed. D. Avraham

Holy C.O.W.! SF stories from the Center Of the World is an anthology of Speculative Fiction stories rooted in the ancient Fertile Crescent, Levant and the Middle East, but stretch into the near and distant future. Holy C.O.W.! is seeking all styles and sub-genre, including humorous speculative fiction. Addition consideration will also be given to artists who live or are from the region.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: November 1 – November 30, 2017

LENGTH: 500-6000 words.

PAYMENT: $0.07 – $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request a check.

FORMAT: ODT RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or some close approximation.

SEND TO: Upload your stories via the Submission Link.

Please Report your Submission Stats to The Submission Grinder and to Duotrope!

Limit of 1 submission per author — even if you receive a response before the submission window closes please do not send another story unless directly invited to do so.

Please do not respond to rejections. The email address associated with submissions is not monitored. If you wish to query for any reason, please use the contact form or e-mail us: editor at holycowpublishing dot com.

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights afterward.

POLICIES & RESPONSE TIME: No reprints, multiple or simultaneous submissions please. You may query after 30 days. Please send only one submission per author unless directly invited to send more.

WHAT WE WANT: We’re looking for speculative stories rooted in the Fertile Crescent, Levant and the Middle East. The region should be an integral part of the story, and not simply a transplant. For ideal example think of how Mike Resnick’s story “Kirinyaga” relates to Africa culture and issues. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Authorized English translations of original stories, particularly from regional artists, are also welcomed and encouraged.

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1 December 2017 — Tales from the Lake Volume 5 — ed. Kenneth W. Cain; Crystal Lake Publishing

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

== We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
== We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
== Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
== Ground your stories in the REAL world.
== Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
== Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
== Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
== Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

== Stories sent before or after the submission window. These will not be read.
== Rape stories or sexual abuse or any explicit abuse toward children or animals is expressly forbidden. This can be mentioned or remembered by your main character, but be subtle.
== Stories that are not short horror stories.
== Novels or novellas.
== Stories with flat worlds.
== Stories about serial killers.
== Stories about zombies, vampires, werewolves or ghosts need to bring something new to the table. You must have a unique premise.
== To avoid too many writers writing about lakes, please keep in mind this is a non-themed anthology.

PAYMENT:

For this anthology we are paying 3 cents (USD) per word up to 6000 words via PayPal.

REPRINTS:

We DO NOT accept reprints.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions:

We prefer you do not submit your story elsewhere while it’s being considered by us, especially if it’s been shortlisted. No multiple submissions, either. You get one shot. Make it count.

RESPONSE TIME:

For the most part, acceptances will not go out until some time after the deadline. Rejections and shortlisting notices will go out sooner. Feel free to query if longer than 3 months.

RIGHTS:

We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as film rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.

FORMATTING:

Submit your manuscript in Shunn Format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) as a .doc or .docx attachment. Keep your cover letter brief, but relay any pertinent information. You should also include a short bio. Subject of your email should start with SUBMISSION and then the title of your story.

Please email your submission to: Lake5subs@gmail.com

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15 December 2017 — After the Orange — B Cubed Press

B Cubed Press is accepting short story submissions for “After the Orange,” an original science fiction and fantasy anthology about the post-Trump world.

THE PREMISE:

The Trump Presidency has come and gone. Has this invoked the Trump Dynasty or has it spawned a return to core values, a hedonistic paradise or what? Truly, what does the future, the post Trump future hold?

WHAT WE WANT:

We are looking for near- or farther-future stories, society as it is AFTER 2032 – at least two presidential election cycles after Donald Trump’s last eligibility. Show us America or the world in a new era, or look at world politics changed by the actions of US policies and people. Or go beyond.

Stories may present an optimistic or pessimistic, utopian or apocalyptic visions of the future, with some clear connection to current events and the world as it is in 2017. Political shenanigans would be interesting, as well as romance, spooks, robots and evil overlords, satire or parodies. But remember, the world has moved on. The editors generally favor character- and/or plot-driven stories.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Send submissions IN STANDARD MANUSCRIPT FORMAT to: m.j.frishberg@gmail.com in .doc., .docx, . or rtf.

Deadline — 12/15/2017

Publication Date — Spring/Summer 2018

Word Counts — 500-5000 words

Pay US $0.02 cent a word paid on publication + shared royalties.

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31 December 2017 — 2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide — ed. Corie and Sean Weaver; Dreaming Robot Press

We’re looking for stories that:

== Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with;
== Show a diverse set of real characters;
== Are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction;
== Tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy; Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine;
== Are between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

To be super clear – we’re looking science fiction, in all its variants. While we love fantasy as well, please don’t submit fantasy stories for this anthology.
We’re especially looking for stories:

== Of adventure! We love a good dystopia as much as the next robot, but remember – this is the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide;
== Where the main character is of a population that has traditionally been under-represented in science fiction, e.g. girls, people of color, differently abled people;
== Where the main character has agency, exercises it, and isn’t just along for the ride.

We are strong supporters of both the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements.

We’re not interested in:

== Stories where the female characters primarily exist to be rescued or as a prize for the males;
== Stories where the primary plot or subplot is romantic in nature;
== Stories with graphic violence or any form of sexual activity;
== Stories with any violence towards animals;
== Stories about the first girl to do X, surprising everyone;
== Stories that depict any ethnicity or gender as universally bad or stupid.

Please note: although we’re aware kids have a wide and varied vocabulary, we’d prefer not to have swearing in the stories. If your story has swearing, please rephrase before submitting.

Submission deadline, mechanics and planned schedule:

== Anthology will be open for submissions from July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017, with a reading period of January and February 2018.
== While we prefer original stories, if you have something perfect that had a limited run elsewhere, query us and we’ll talk;
== Acceptance notices will be sent by March 30, 2018;
== In the summer we will launch a crowd-funding campaign to help with pre-publication costs. Regardless of results of crowd-funding campaign, we are committed to publishing the anthology. We’ve successfully funded the previous three anthologies this way, chances are favorable.

Rights and Payments:

== Authors will be provided with a complete Anthology Contract for review and consideration with the notice of accepted submissions.
== In keeping with SWFA’s guidelines, we pay $0.06/word on final edited word count for one-year exclusive worldwide English rights and nonexclusive right to republish, print, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format after the first year, print and electronic, and two contributor copies. Payment upon final edit.
== If the crowd-funding fails, please note that we are still committed to this anthology, and will find other ways to fund the project. However, there may be delays. If authors feel the need to withdraw their submission due to delays, we understand.
== We will provide professional editing, primarily for issues of grammar and spelling.
== If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.

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31 December 2017 — The Razor’s Edge; Guilds & Glaives; Second Round: A Return to the Urbar — Zombies Need Brains LLC

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899

“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

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31 December 2017 — A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press

Avarice and a fealty to Mammon are elements of this forthcoming anthology slated for January of 2018. Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we’re celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life…they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend “Dirty American”by Lara Elena Donnelly or “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales. No vampire or zombie tales.

Stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Original fiction is more important to us, but we will make an offer on exceptional reprints. Payment for reprints is 2 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2018. We’ll be doing a lovely, off-set, hardback edition of this book, perhaps a trade paperback, digital and audiobook versions.

Deadline is January of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress@aol.com with the Subject line of Midas Clutch Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any).

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31 December 2017 — Monstrosities — Third Flatiron

Monstrosities — Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don’t scale. Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest–share with us your favorite monstrosities.

Reading period: December 1 – December 31, 2017. DO NOT SUBMIT before 1 December.
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Stories should be submitted in either Microsoft Word (using double spacing), RTF, or plain text. They should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600 words.

Please don’t send simultaneous or multiple submissions. If a story has been rejected, you can then send another (limit 2 per reading period).

Submit by email to:

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).

In the Subject: line of the email, please put:

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

to avoid being deemed a canned meat product based on ham.

If the work is for the humor section, please note that in the body of your email. A brief bio and a one- or two-sentence synopsis in the body of your email would also be helpful to us.

Use the following template (basically, follow William Shunn’s Standard Manuscript Format):

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).

REMUNERATION

As of: November 1, 2016

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 6 cents per word (U.S./SFWA professional rate), in return for the first publication rights to the story for six months after publication. All other rights will remain with the author. We no longer offer royalties. If your story is selected as the lead story, we request permission to podcast the story as a free sample portion of the anthology. We welcome new writers.

Third Flatiron will price and market your story to various e-publishing venues. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

For non-U.S. submissions, we prefer to pay via PayPal, if you have such an account.

Most books (except “year’s best” collections) will be available for sale in trade paperback.

Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.

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31 January 2018 — Mind Candy — Myriad Paradigm

Payment for acceptance is 6 cents a word.

I am looking for original short speculative fiction, up to 5000 words, that in some way address the intricacies of the mind. Mind control, mind augmentation, multiple memories, mental powers, or any other idea where mental oddities are key to the story line. I prefer science fiction, but will consider any speculative fiction that is not too depressing, violent or graphic. Email submissions to hig4s09@gmail.com.

I prefer .doc or .rtf, but will accept .docx Standard double space formatting. Please include contact information (name, address, email, and phone) on both the email and in the header of the work. No simultaneous submissions.

I Keep getting submissions saved at 150% and 200%, please stop. Save them at 100% before submitting.

I will not be accepting reprints for this anthology.

[NOTE: I debated including this listing, and finally decided to do so with a note. There are definite signs of newbie-itis in the original post, particularly the formatting, which my middle-aged eyes find particularly hard to read. But it’s an interesting theme, and they’re paying six cents per word, so maybe it’s worth considering. Click through and make your own decision about submitting.]

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31 January 2018 — Strange Economics — ed. David F. Shultz

Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology.

The stories contain world-building that probes alternative economies; fantastic scenarios with economic implications; engaging plots that show the effect of alien economic systems on the lives and relationships of individuals within. In short, these are gripping stories set in fantastic worlds with intriguing and imaginative economic arrangements.

Editorial Vision

We are compiling high-quality science fiction and fantasy stories to contribute to the literature of ideas. We want stories that stick with you long after you’re done reading—stories you want to talk about and share with your friends. We want stories with depth that demonstrate a different way of looking at the world, stories that envision an alternative reality or explore philosophical concepts, presented in the form of a compelling narrative.

All of our stories explore ideas through personal drama. They feature characters we care about caught in difficult struggles. They are page-turners with a strong hook, gripping narrative momentum, and a satisfying resolution.

We believe diversity is a strength, especially in storytelling. We encourage submissions from individuals from marginalized communities or historically disenfranchised groups. We want a diverse range of voices. We want to hear stories from people who can speak on behalf of perspectives that have been underrepresented in the genre, and in society at large. Diversity enriches our stories, and it enriches our lives.

General Submission Information:

== Payment: we pay a semi-professional rate of CDN 1.5 c/w. Payments will be made via Paypal within a month of publication.
== Revised Submission window: submissions open until January 31, 2018, 11:59PM.
== Reprints: we are accepting original, unpublished stories only.
== Length: we are looking for stories up to 10,000 words. We are more interested in stories in the 2k to 5k range.
== Poetry: we are not accepting poetry for this anthology, sorry. Keep your eyes open for our future anthologies, though. We have a few editors interested in poetry.
== Simultaneous submissions: simsubs are okay, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
== Multiple submissions: please send us only your best work, and wait for a response before submitting something else.
== Rights purchased: we are seeking 6 month exclusive world rights in print and electronic formats; non-exclusive rights thereafter.
== Formatting: we ask for standard manuscript format.
== Anonymity: please include your name and contact information in your manuscript, as per standard manuscript format.
== Cover letter: a short cover letter is fine.
== E-mail header for submissions: ‘Submission: “”, by ’. note: formatting your header incorrectly may result in your story being automatically deleted by e-mail filter.
== Include your story as an attachment in rtf format (if converting your story to rtf creates formatting problems for you, it will for us, too).
== Send submissions to strangeeconomics at gmail dot com.
== Projected date of anthology completion: August 2018

Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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31 October 2017 — This Side of the Divide — ed. Baobab Press

Baobab Press and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction by emerging and established authors exploring the United States West.

This exciting project will speak to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. We’re seeking fresh, original views of the western U.S. Our aim is to capture this region’s unique essence in all of its cultural and geographic diversity.

All submissions will be reviewed, and accepted works will be edited by a committee of readers from Baobab Press and the UNR MFA Program in Creative Writing. Selected writers will receive a complimentary copy of the book and a payment of $100. Submitted stories should be around 3,000 to 5,000 words, and will need to be submitted for review no later than October 31st, 2017. Please send us your story via Submittable.

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31 October 2017 — Lost Films — ed. Max Booth III

Attention, writers of horror fiction.

We’re currently seeking short stories for an upcoming anthology titled Lost Films. In 2016 we released Lost Signals, which has done very well for us. Think of Lost Films as its sequel.

We are looking for horror stories involving films, Hollywood, projectors & projectionists, home movies, webcams, television, documentaries, and other themes involving recorded visual disturbances. We want these stories to be weird and terrifying.

Some good examples of what we’re after: Cigarette Burns by John Carpenter, Starry Eyes by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Experimental Film by Gemma Files, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, “Ardor” by Laird Barron, Videodrome by David Cronenberg, Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz, and everything else discussed in this LitReactor article.

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Payment: $0.02 per word

Word count: 1,000-8,000

Reprints: No

Send all submissions to submit@perpetualpublishing.com with “LOST FILMS – [STORY] by [AUTHOR]” in the subject line. If you haven’t heard back from us by December 1st, feel free to query. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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1 November 2017 — TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue — ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins; Rosarium Publishing

She moves with deliberate grace.

Mami Wata, Momu Watu, La Sirene, Sedna, Coventina, Suijin, Mother of Waters
She is the water between us, the water within us, the water that slakes thirst, from which we were born. Water is the natural and the sacred, the functional and the necessary. All over the world, in cultures young and old, water is life and from this force, great adventures, quests, and legacies begin. And whether it is still, moves, rises, or falls, water fills us. Imagine what stories and strange tales can be told from the depths of its depths.

TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome. We are seeking original stories in English (2500 – 7000 words; pays 6 cents per word) from writers of all walks of life from this beautiful planet and will accept some select reprints (pays 2 cents per word). Deadline: November 1, 2017. Projected publication: November 2018, Rosarium Publishing, www.rosariumpublishing.com. Please send submissions as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in standard mss formatting with your name, title, and word count to: TroubletheWaters2018@gmail.com.

Please note that we are unable to accept simultaneous submissions.

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1 December 2017 — Tales from the Lake Volume 5 — ed. Kenneth W. Cain; Crystal Lake Publishing

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

== We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
== We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
== Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
== Ground your stories in the REAL world.
== Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
== Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
== Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
== Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

== Stories sent before or after the submission window. These will not be read.
== Rape stories or sexual abuse or any explicit abuse toward children or animals is expressly forbidden. This can be mentioned or remembered by your main character, but be subtle.
== Stories that are not short horror stories.
== Novels or novellas.
== Stories with flat worlds.
== Stories about serial killers.
== Stories about zombies, vampires, werewolves or ghosts need to bring something new to the table. You must have a unique premise.
== To avoid too many writers writing about lakes, please keep in mind this is a non-themed anthology.

PAYMENT:

For this anthology we are paying 3 cents (USD) per word up to 6000 words via PayPal.

REPRINTS:

We DO NOT accept reprints.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions:

We prefer you do not submit your story elsewhere while it’s being considered by us, especially if it’s been shortlisted. No multiple submissions, either. You get one shot. Make it count.

RESPONSE TIME:

For the most part, acceptances will not go out until some time after the deadline. Rejections and shortlisting notices will go out sooner. Feel free to query if longer than 3 months.

RIGHTS:

We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as film rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.

FORMATTING:

Submit your manuscript in Shunn Format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) as a .doc or .docx attachment. Keep your cover letter brief, but relay any pertinent information. You should also include a short bio. Subject of your email should start with SUBMISSION and then the title of your story.

Please email your submission to: Lake5subs@gmail.com

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15 December 2017 — After the Orange — B Cubed Press

B Cubed Press is accepting short story submissions for “After the Orange,” an original science fiction and fantasy anthology about the post-Trump world.

THE PREMISE:

The Trump Presidency has come and gone. Has this invoked the Trump Dynasty or has it spawned a return to core values, a hedonistic paradise or what? Truly, what does the future, the post Trump future hold?

WHAT WE WANT:

We are looking for near- or farther-future stories, society as it is AFTER 2032 – at least two presidential election cycles after Donald Trump’s last eligibility. Show us America or the world in a new era, or look at world politics changed by the actions of US policies and people. Or go beyond.

Stories may present an optimistic or pessimistic, utopian or apocalyptic visions of the future, with some clear connection to current events and the world as it is in 2017. Political shenanigans would be interesting, as well as romance, spooks, robots and evil overlords, satire or parodies. But remember, the world has moved on. The editors generally favor character- and/or plot-driven stories.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Send submissions IN STANDARD MANUSCRIPT FORMAT to: m.j.frishberg@gmail.com in .doc., .docx, . or rtf.

Deadline — 12/15/2017

Publication Date — Spring/Summer 2018

Word Counts — 500-5000 words

Pay US $0.02 cent a word paid on publication + shared royalties.

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31 December 2017 — 2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide — ed. Corie and Sean Weaver; Dreaming Robot Press

We’re looking for stories that:

== Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with;
== Show a diverse set of real characters;
== Are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction;
== Tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy; Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are all fine;
== Are between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

To be super clear – we’re looking science fiction, in all its variants. While we love fantasy as well, please don’t submit fantasy stories for this anthology.
We’re especially looking for stories:

== Of adventure! We love a good dystopia as much as the next robot, but remember – this is the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide;
== Where the main character is of a population that has traditionally been under-represented in science fiction, e.g. girls, people of color, differently abled people;
== Where the main character has agency, exercises it, and isn’t just along for the ride.

We are strong supporters of both the #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices movements.

We’re not interested in:

== Stories where the female characters primarily exist to be rescued or as a prize for the males;
== Stories where the primary plot or subplot is romantic in nature;
== Stories with graphic violence or any form of sexual activity;
== Stories with any violence towards animals;
== Stories about the first girl to do X, surprising everyone;
== Stories that depict any ethnicity or gender as universally bad or stupid.

Please note: although we’re aware kids have a wide and varied vocabulary, we’d prefer not to have swearing in the stories. If your story has swearing, please rephrase before submitting.

Submission deadline, mechanics and planned schedule:

== Anthology will be open for submissions from July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017, with a reading period of January and February 2018.
== While we prefer original stories, if you have something perfect that had a limited run elsewhere, query us and we’ll talk;
== Acceptance notices will be sent by March 30, 2018;
== In the summer we will launch a crowd-funding campaign to help with pre-publication costs. Regardless of results of crowd-funding campaign, we are committed to publishing the anthology. We’ve successfully funded the previous three anthologies this way, chances are favorable.

Rights and Payments:

== Authors will be provided with a complete Anthology Contract for review and consideration with the notice of accepted submissions.
== In keeping with SWFA’s guidelines, we pay $0.06/word on final edited word count for one-year exclusive worldwide English rights and nonexclusive right to republish, print, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format after the first year, print and electronic, and two contributor copies. Payment upon final edit.
== If the crowd-funding fails, please note that we are still committed to this anthology, and will find other ways to fund the project. However, there may be delays. If authors feel the need to withdraw their submission due to delays, we understand.
== We will provide professional editing, primarily for issues of grammar and spelling.
== If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.

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31 December 2017 — A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press

Avarice and a fealty to Mammon are elements of this forthcoming anthology slated for January of 2018. Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we’re celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life…they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend “Dirty American”by Lara Elena Donnelly or “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales. No vampire or zombie tales.

Stories should be from 4,000 to 14,000 in length. Original fiction is more important to us, but we will make an offer on exceptional reprints. Payment for reprints is 2 cents per word. Payment for original fiction is 5 cents a word. All payment is upon publication in Summer of 2018. We’ll be doing a lovely, off-set, hardback edition of this book, perhaps a trade paperback, digital and audiobook versions.

Deadline is January of 2018. Please submit to Steve Berman at lethepress@aol.com with the Subject line of Midas Clutch Submission. Include an embedded copy letter with biographical details, if the story is original, and some sense of prior publications (if any).

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31 December 2017 — The Razor’s Edge; Guilds & Glaives; Second Round: A Return to the Urbar — Zombies Need Brains LLC

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories, and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical themes will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with the general fighting insurgents who joins their cause at the end. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. So be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

GUILDS & GLAIVES is to feature sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow. Obviously most such stories will be fantasy, but we are interested in science fiction takes on this theme. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the guilds, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with the standard thieves guild or assassins guild. So be creative and use your guild in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE URBAR is to feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story. So be creative and use bar in an unusual and unexpected way, preferably in an unusual or unexpected era of history. In particular, you cannot use the same time period used in the anthology AFTER HOURS or that will be used by an anchor author of the current anthology (see the end of the post for time periods that are off limits). We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2018. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2018.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2018. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2018. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $10,000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $20,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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The following time periods were used in the AFTER HOURS anthology and are off limits for SECOND ROUND’s open call:

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate – Ancient Sumeria, circa 2000 BC

“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler – Viking Daneland, circa 9th century AD (reign of King Harald Fairhair)

“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne – Bar is in Venice, Italy, 1001 AD, story covers 1001-1002 AD

“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford – Scotland, 14th century

“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder – Feudal Japan, a fishing village near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. 15th-16th century.

“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring – Paris, 1675-1680 (affaire des poisons time period)

“The Tavern Fire” by DB Jackson – Boston, Mass 1760

“Last Call” by Patricia Bray – Time period spans Georgian/Regency England and Europe, the Ur-Bar is in Switzerland, in 1816

“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire — San Francisco, CA, 1899

“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna – Austria, 1910

“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman – Paris, France 1924 (Olympics)

“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis – London, England, 1940 (Blitz)

“Forbidden” by Avery Shade – New York City, late 1980s

“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler – Present day(ish), location not specified but somewhere U.S., possibly near NYC

“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout- Near future, post-zombie apocalypse, somewhere near Albany, NY

The following time periods have been claimed by the anchor authors of SECOND ROUND and are off limits for the open call:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E. McKenna (Mars, near future)
C.E. Murphy (undetermined)
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring (Wales, 1400-1415)
Jean Marie Ward (1420s Nanjing, China)

Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets (if any) are at the bottom. There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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29 September 2017 — Alien Invasion — Flame Tree Publishing

Visitors from other planets have long obsessed us. H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds spawned a huge wave of speculative fiction but the roots of such fears run deep in our literature, where the mysteries of other cultures have long threatened the familiar and the comfortable. Did aliens build the ancient pyramids? Do they live amongst us today? What happens when they invade? Would it be an inevitable act of aggression, one of assistance and care, or simply a reminder of our paltry existence in a crowded universe?

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range.

Submit by email to 2017@flametreepublishing.com
Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

== We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
== We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
== Payment will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website, flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
== Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
== Please submit in .doc or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
== We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
== The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
== You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.

Submit by email only to: 2017@flametreepublishing.com

SELECTION PANEL

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor) and Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A WORD ABOUT THE SFWA

To confirm, we became an SFWA qualifying market last year, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

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29 September 2017 — Endless Apocalypse — Flame Tree Publishing

Stories of the end of civilized life have always fascinated us, from the mythological world endings – Armageddon and Ragnarok – to the flood stories from across the Ancient world. They make us wonder what we would do if all around us came to an end – no transport, no fuel, no communications, a retreat into the desperation, the onslaught of disease – how would we survive?

We are looking for new and recent short stories. We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication. We don’t mind if your story has been previously published online or in print (though we do need to know publication and date). Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.

Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range.

Submit by email to 2017@flametreepublishing.com
Fees, Copyright and Other Terms

== We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 6 cents per word.
== We would prefer to pay via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada in particular can be crippling for all concerned.
== Payment will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website, flametreepublishing.com for details), although we might choose to pay some early.
== Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
== Please submit in .doc or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
== We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 30 working days of the submission deadline.
== The anthologies will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.
== You can submit more than one story, and to each collection.

Submit by email only to: 2017@flametreepublishing.com

SELECTION PANEL

The selection will be made by our group of life-long, in-house enthusiasts: Nick Wells (Publisher), Laura Bulbeck (Senior Editor) and Josie Mitchell, Gillian Whitaker and Cat Taylor. If required, the final selection will be mediated by our series editors. We try to keep everyone up-to-date as much as possible with occasional email updates.

A WORD ABOUT THE SFWA

To confirm, we became an SFWA qualifying market last year, so being published by us will help your status with them of course, but also with other readers and writers.

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30 September 2017 — Tribe Anthology — ed. Lois Peterson

TRIBE: A print anthology about the lives of older single women seeks work by emerging and experienced writers, providing insights into the situations and roles of older single women in our times.

Contributors:

Women aged 55+
From anywhere in the world
Single, which for our purposes means:
== You are single – by choice or circumstance – widowed or divorced
== Do not currently live, or plan to live, in a permanent domestic relationship with a partner of either gender

We are looking for well-written prose, poetry, prose poems, memoir, personal narrative, fiction ….Your submission could be about sexuality, health, music, family, reading and writing, travel, the outdoors and nature, dating, finances, art, creativity, loneliness, community, volunteerism, work, politics…

Your work could be serious, humorous, self-reflective, dramatic — about the condition of single life in modern times – your own experience and those of women you know, philosophical, sociological, analytical, revelatory…

We especially welcome work that reflects diversity.

Previously published work will be considered.

Prose submissions 1,200 words to 3,000.
Poetry max 45 lines

Submit:

Completed work – no queries

A maximum of two pieces of prose and/or two piece of poetry from each submitting writer

Complete submissions sent at one time as a single Word attachment

Include in the attachment:

== Your name
== Mailing address
== Email and phone#
== Month and year of birth
== If your submission has been published previously, please include info. about where and when

Rights: First North American Serial rights… the rights to the work return to the author 30 days after publication.

Email to tribeanthology@outlook.com with ‘Submission ^your last name^’ in the subject line.

Submissions accepted period May 1 – September 30, 2017

Remuneration: Initially* $25.00 CAN per piece (paid on acceptance), plus two copies of the anthology. *Sales/profits will determine further royalties paid to contributors.

50% of net profits will be donated to a charity, tbc.

Authors of work accepted for the anthology will be given the opportunity to sign off on any editorial changes made to their work prior to publication.

Tribe will be published by LPwordsolutions of Nanaimo, BC.

Submitting authors will be periodically informed of the progress of the project.
The publisher retains the right to cancel the project if the work submitted is not of the caliber required.

We are unable to provide specific editorial comment on submissions that are not accepted for the anthology, but will try to respond in a timely manner to all writers’ submissions and enquiries

We will also be seeking line drawings for the cover art and inside pages. Please contact tribeanthology@outlook.com for further details.

[NOTE: there’s more info on what the editor is looking for on the project web site. If you’re interested, click through and poke around.]

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30 September 2017 — Our Golden Gang: The He-Man Woman-Haters Club — EMRE Publishing

This will be an anthology of short stories that depicts “Our Gang-type” plots using the above characters. [Click through for a long list of names with photos.] President Trump’s rich pals will be playing inside the luxurious confines of Mar-a-Lago. Every summer, Donnie “Golden Boy” Trump invites all his friends to spend a couple of months at his big club in Palm Beach, Florida. Guests from around the world stay there, and the kids in Trump’s “Our Golden Gang” get into plenty of mischief. Although they will be depicted as children, these characters will keep their adult names (on left). Each child will be a mixture of the adult’s persona and the Our Gang character’s persona. He or she will be a child, however, and the troubles they get into at Mar-a-Lago will be childish in nature. Satire is accepted, but humor will be the thread of enjoyment throughout each story in this anthology.

Writers who submit can use old plots from the Our Gang films and update them to fit the present (technology, clothing, etc.). Stories are set in present day, although don’t give specific dates. Villains can be people from the present (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladamir Putin, etc.), or you can invent others.

The first anthology in the series is called “The He-Man Woman-Haters Club.” All stories must mention this club in the story, although the club need not be the main emphasis in the plot.

Payment: 6 cents per word (Paid by Paypal only upon publication)

Anthology #1: He-Man Woman-Haters Club

Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words

Use Standard Manuscript Formatting.

Submit to: Submittable Online System

Socialize and get ideas at our Facebook Page.

For those authors who intend to submit to our anthology, then join this group.

Print and Digital Anthology

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30 September 2017 [or Until Filled] — Tales of Blood and Squalor — Dark Cloud Press

Wretched, low-class characters living in filth and poverty. With lots of misery and blood.

Dark Cloud Press is cobbling together a short fiction anthology of horror and psychological thrillers in ebook and trade paperback. The subject matter can be anything you want, so long as it includes both blood and squalor.

We all know what blood is. It’s spilled accidentally. Or worse, on purpose—often ending in death. But squalor…


SQUALOR: n. A quality or state marked by filthiness
and degradation from neglect or poverty.
Synonyms: sordid, wretched, seamy, seedy.

What We’re Looking For

The best example of what we’re looking for in stories for this antho is season 4, episode 2 of The X-Files, titled “Home,” which aired October 11, 1996. Find it. Watch it.

Literary examples include:

== Jack Ketchum’s Off Season
== Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God
== Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

Write an original story that adheres to the guidelines detailed here. Don’t be limited by this list, but here are a few examples:

== Murder in a trailer park
== Blackmail gone awry in the inner city
== Revenge in a failed mining town
== Sinister events on the rural farm
== Deadly dealings on the other side of the tracks in small-town America

NOTE: We’re not looking for anything as hardcore as Off Season (be sure to study our general submission guidelines). And no slasher stories with buckets of blood, either. But blood and squalor, yes.

We want atmospheric horror in a squalid setting, or scenes under squalorous conditions, wretched characters, and a psychologically thrilling conclusion spattered with blood.

Scare us. Shock us. Make us reel.

HINT: You’ve got a better chance at hooking the editor if you write like Donald Westlake instead of H.P. Lovecraft.
Submission Guidelines

The anthology will contain 40,000+ words of original psychological thrillers and horror, 2500–5000 words each (3000–4000 preferred). It will be published in trade paperback and Kindle format, both available on Amazon.com.

== No previously published works.
== No multiple submissions.
== Electronic submissions only (.doc or .docx format).
== In your cover email, briefly introduce yourself, list your publication credits, and share what you’ll do to help market the book.

Format

Your manuscript must follow the format guidelines listed under Manuscript Format. Microsoft Word .doc or .docx files only.

Content Standards

DCP’s books entertain readers with meaningful dark fiction—spellbinding stories with a minimum of adult language and sex. DCP anthologies give readers an entertaining, thrilling, scary, imaginative read, leaving them with something important to ponder.

If you want your story to pass muster, follow Content Standards.

Submission Period

August 1 to September 30, 2017, or until filled.

Rejections may come sooner, but acceptance responses will be sent starting in October 2017.

Publication is slated for Spring/Summer 2018.

Rights Purchased

First World English (print) and First World Electronic (ebook) rights for a term of three years from date of publication.

Payment

Three cents a word upon acceptance, no royalties. For more information, see Payment.

Submission Email

Email your story as an attachment (.doc or .docx only) to editordarkcloudpresscom with “TBS Submission: Story Title by Author Name” in the subject line.

Questions?

Contact the editor at the above email address.

Good luck, and write well!

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30 September 2017 — Fantastic Trains: An Anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders — ed. Jerome Stueart and Neil Enock; EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Inc.

Does a train whistle in the distance make you excited, wistful, or afraid? Trains have fired the imaginations of many people, especially writers. Anna Karenina, Night on the Galactic Railroad, The Signal Man, Strangers on a Train, The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express all use trains as their main setting, not to mention the trains in children’s books—like Thomas the Tank Engine, The Little Engine that Could, and The Polar Express.

As travelers, we’ve been spurred to go farther because of trains, see new things, take chances. Trains have also, sometimes, pushed us too far, sliced the wilderness, inserted us into places to draw out resources, assisted in invasion. Trains, in a sense, even created Time as we know it. Trains altered our perceptions of identity, place, even of destiny. Suddenly, people could travel far away quickly, leave their families and homes for a better life, or opportunity—or people could escape the destiny of location. Step on a train, and you never know what you might find, or with whom you might cross paths. In essence, trains are Change.

We’re looking for your stories of trains—fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, horror, slipstream, urban fantasy, apocalyptic, set in any time, any place,—we’ll buy a ticket on all of them. We’d like to see what you can do with a train. A good part of your story should take place on a train—or most, if you can do it. We don’t care what era, what planet, or how the train might look differently there (it might even be alive!) or even if the train is moving. We just want that train—what you do with it is your magic.

This book will be both for lovers of the fantastic, and train aficionados. Think about how trains change the lives of people who travel on them, or how trains are used. Think about those people who love them, and know so much about trains, and why as children we were amazed. We want good character stories. We also want to see that you’ve thought about how your train runs. Make us feel like we’re on it. Make it fantastic!

THE TWIST: The Locomotifs

We’re looking for an author to choose one or more archetypal minor characters from the following list and interpret them through the lens of their story (their time, place, genre, etc.) as purely background characters, or, if you want, a main or POV character.

They can be combined too into a composite type character. An author would not HAVE to choose more than one, but one of these must pass through your story. (You will need to mention who you’ve chosen on your submission, under your contact information, using the letter(s) appropriate.) These characters are not named, nor is there any requirement for nationality, gender, race, ability/disability, gender expression, etc. You are free to interpret.

Here are the ten we’d like you to consider:

A) The Schemers: a couple with a plan
B) The Dreamer: someone who speaks about, or gives value to, his/her dreams;
C) The Detective: a person trying to solve something—a riddle, a puzzle, a mystery;
D) The Reluctant: someone who doesn’t want to get on, or perhaps, leave the train;
E) The Adventurer: someone who believes they are on an adventure;
F) The Guide: a mentor, a knowledgeable person about place, trains, etc.
G) The Box: a mysterious piece of cargo with important implications to someone.
H) The Lovers: a couple at any stage of love
I) The Knight: someone who will fight for a cause, theirs, or one they are given
J) The Seeker: someone who doesn’t know, but who wants to learn

We think the recurring nature of these “locomotif” characters through the collection will have an effect on the reading brain. We think readers will create connections and stories of the minor characters between these very different stories; they will link them up like train cars. Readers will make connections and see arcs by the juxtaposition of stories. (Think Cloud Atlas.)

You are invited NOT to take them literally. The Detective probably shouldn’t be a detective, but someone who is trying to solve a puzzle, a personal mystery, with a detective’s sensibilities. (And damned if Murder on the Orient Express’ trailer didn’t just use a similar concept by introducing characters as “types”—ignore that. We’d love to be original, but archetypes are very very old, and they’re not necessarily job-oriented, as they are in that trailer. But Christie’s MotOE is a great example of a train story!) Also, do not think that you need to try to fit in all ten. That’s like trying to meet everyone riding on your train. You can do it, but it takes too much time away from you.

Authors, of course, are free to develop their story on their own—but they should allow one of these kinds of characters to board their train, even if for a fleeting reference.

If you have a “train trunk” story and can retcon one of these characters into it seamlessly, without it looking like a shoehorn, awesome. Ultimately, we’re looking for you to tell us a good story.

We invite you to take us on a journey.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

== We’re looking for your stories of trains—fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, horror, slipstream, urban fantasy, apocalyptic, set in any time, any place,—we’ll buy a ticket on all of them. We’d like to see what you can do with a train. A good part of your story should take place on a train—or most, if you can do it. We don’t care what era, what planet, or how the train might look differently there (it might even be alive!) or even if the train is moving. We just want that train—what you do with it is your magic.

== The Fantastic Trains anthology will reflect as broad a spectrum of stories as possible; highlighting unique styles and manners.

== Stories should contain a train in them. We don’t really believe you missed that one, but we’re just making sure. The whole story doesn’t have to be on the train, but a train should figure in the story. It can be moving, broken, stalled, a relic in a museum, or a prototype, even a toy train. But it needs to be there. Because people will buy this anthology because your story uses a train!

== We are aiming towards two audiences, those who love speculative literature and people who love trains—remember that. Train aficionados are amazing people who love every detail about trains—the history, the specs, the technical parts. Capture that kind of love too if you can! Be accurate about trains, as much as fiction can be.

== Stories must contain one of the “locomotif” minor characters as a walk on, or used however you want to use them. You should indicate the letters (A,B,C, etc) of the locomotifs you’re using below your contact information on the first page of the submission story itself.

== Submissions must be speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, supernatural horror, modern fantasy, fantasy noir, weird tales, alternate history, space opera, planetary adventure, surrealism, superheroes, mythic fantasy, etc.

== Submissions should be short fiction.

== The maximum length for stories is 5,000 words, with shorter works preferred.

== The Fantastic Trains anthology is open to submissions from everyone, from every country, and we specifically encourage historically-underrepresented groups, of any race, gender or gender expression, LGBT, class, or ability.

== Authors who write in languages other than English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the author. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.

== Deadline: September 30, 2017 (midnight EST).

== Do not query before submitting.

== Email submissions to: fantastictrains@gmail.com

== Emails MUST contain the word “submission” in the subject line, or they will be deleted automatically by the server. Please also include the story title in the subject line.

== Submissions MUST come in an attachment: only .RTF and/or .DOC formats are acceptable.

== Emails MUST contain a cover letter in the body of the email; for security reasons, email attachments with no cover letter will be deleted unread and unanswered.

== Cover letter: include your name, the title of your story, your full contact information (address, phone, email), and a brief bio. Also include the locomotif(s) you are using.

== Do not describe or summarize the story.

== Reprints (stories having previously appeared in English in any format, print or electronic, including but not limited to any form of web publication) will not be considered.

== Submission format: no strange formatting, color fonts, changing fonts, borders, backgrounds, etc. Leave italics in italics, NOT underlined. Put your full contact information on the first page (name, address, email address, phone). No headers, no footers, no page numbering. DO NOT leave a blank line between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs. ALWAYS put a # to indicate scene breaks (a blank line is NOT enough).

== ALWAYS include your full contact information (name/address/email/phone number) on the first page of the attached submission.

== Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words.

== Rights: for original fiction, first World English publication, with a two-month exclusive from publication date; for all, non-exclusive anthology rights; all other rights remain with the author.

== Spelling: please use standard American English spelling.

== Response time: initial responses (no / rewrite request / hold for further consideration) will be prompt, usually within fifteen days. Please query if you’ve not heard back within 30 days. Final responses no later than 15 December 2017.

== Submit only one story. Multiple submissions will not be accepted.

== Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted.

== Publication: May (e-book) and Sept/Oct for trade paperback.

== Email submissions to: fantastictrains@gmail.com

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30 September 2017 — Tales of Ruma — Azure Keep

Tales of Ruma is an anthology of stories inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Some of the stories are set in the world of the Ruma: Dawn of Empire tabletop role playing game, while others are in worlds of their own, perhaps even alternate versions of Earth. The anthology will be released in paperback and electronic (epub and mobi) format, with potentially a hardcover limited edition.

LENGTH: 500-5000 words.

WHAT WE WANT: Original stories set in the world of Ruma, Earth, or another world, which build upon the themes (such as heroism, the gods, and the arcane) and imagery of Greek and Roman mythology. Please see below for additional details on the world of Ruma. Stories set in the world of Ruma do not have to meet any exact criteria as the world is fluid so anything can fit somewhere. Preference is for stories of the fantasy genre rather than modern, steampunk, or sci-fi.

WHAT WE DON’T WANT: We would rather not see anything overly sexual or with excessive violence/swearing. The audience level is teen and above.

FORMAT: RTF or DOC/DOCX in Standard Manuscript Format, or as close as possible.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Please send submissions to seneschal at azurekeep dot com, with “Tales of Ruma Submission” in the subject line. Limit of 1 submission per author.

PAYMENT: $0.06 per word + contributor copy (paperback and electronic). Payment upon acceptance via PayPal.

RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English language rights. Exclusivity for 90 days from date of release. Non-exclusive print, ebook, and audio rights afterward. Copyrights for stories set in the world of Ruma remain with the author.

ABOUT THE WORLD OF RUMA: Ruma is an alternate Roman Empire set on an alternate version of Earth where the gods and magic are real. The RPG is set at the beginning of the Ruman Empire, somewhat akin to 0 A.D. on Earth. Hellas (Greece) has been reduced to ruins as Hellene magi opened portals to Hel and the Outer Realms to stop a Persyan invasion (known as the Sundering). Aegypt, also known as the Eternal Kingdom, has been ruled by the Pharaoh (rumored to be a Lich) for centuries. Their armies are archaic but augmented by magi and massive stone constructs. The Kell or Kellic people (based on Celtic society) and their mystical forests encroach upon Ruma from the west. Other cultures include the Normen (precursor to Vikings), Heermen (Germanic tribes), and the missing people of Atlantys.

The Ruman pantheon is the same as the Roman pantheon, with Iuppiter ruling Mount Olympos (which has been moved to the hills south of the city of Ruma after the Sundering of Hellas). The only big difference is Mars, who is more of a god of violence and murder than a god of war. Minerva (Athena) is the prominent goddess of war and tactics, and is venerated by the Ruman military.

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7 October 2017 — Cosmic Caravans — ed. Bob Brown, Cheyenne Brown, and Nathan Ockerman; B Cubed Press

B Cubed Press is proud to open Cosmic Caravans for submissions. Cosmic Caravans is a science fiction anthology that will focus on Pre-Teen readers. The work will be illustrated.

We are looking for stories or poems that re-enforce strength of character and scientific principles in a way children can relate to. We want to entertain and challenge curious readers to learn more about the universe, life, and the science that makes it all possible.

See our Facebook Group, Cosmic Caravans Anthology.

Your sci-fi story or poem can be funny, scary, somber, mystery, wibbly-wobbly, thriller, or a fantastical romp through time and space. Whatever it is, you should be sure to explain the science behind it. Leave the reader learning something.

Cosmic Caravans, from B Cubed Press: we’re putting the science back in fiction.

Guidelines + Other Info

== Submissions can range from 300-3,000 words. We’re looking for quality over quantity.
== Stories must be presented in age appropriate ways. Anything over a “PG-13” rating will be automatically rejected. If Star Trek wouldn’t air it, it’s too risky.
== Fanfiction is not allowed. Sorry/not sorry.
== Payment is $.02 a word, plus a royalties share. Poetry pays $0.25 per-line (up to $25).
== Submissions are open from July 1-October 7. Please allow 2-3 weeks for our editors to review your stories.
== Manuscript format is required. Unsure what that means? Feel free to ask!
== Reprints are accepted.
== Multiple submissions are accepted, however we ask that you notify the publisher if your story is bought elsewhere.
== Cosmic Caravan will be edited by Bob Brown, Cheyenne Brown, and Nathan Ockerman
== Submissions can be sent to kionadad@aol.com, with the subject line “Cosmic Caravan Submission; [story title].”

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31 October 2017 — This Side of the Divide — ed. Baobab Press

Baobab Press and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction by emerging and established authors exploring the United States West.

This exciting project will speak to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. We’re seeking fresh, original views of the western U.S. Our aim is to capture this region’s unique essence in all of its cultural and geographic diversity.

All submissions will be reviewed, and accepted works will be edited by a committee of readers from Baobab Press and the UNR MFA Program in Creative Writing. Selected writers will receive a complimentary copy of the book and a payment of $100. Submitted stories should be around 3,000 to 5,000 words, and will need to be submitted for review no later than October 31st, 2017. Please send us your story via Submittable.

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1 November 2017 — TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue — ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins; Rosarium Publishing

She moves with deliberate grace.

Mami Wata, Momu Watu, La Sirene, Sedna, Coventina, Suijin, Mother of Waters
She is the water between us, the water within us, the water that slakes thirst, from which we were born. Water is the natural and the sacred, the functional and the necessary. All over the world, in cultures young and old, water is life and from this force, great adventures, quests, and legacies begin. And whether it is still, moves, rises, or falls, water fills us. Imagine what stories and strange tales can be told from the depths of its depths.

TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome. We are seeking original stories in English (2500 – 7000 words; pays 6 cents per word) from writers of all walks of life from this beautiful planet and will accept some select reprints (pays 2 cents per word). Deadline: November 1, 2017. Projected publication: November 2018, Rosarium Publishing, www.rosariumpublishing.com. Please send submissions as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in standard mss formatting with your name, title, and word count to: TroubletheWaters2018@gmail.com.

Please note that we are unable to accept simultaneous submissions.