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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets are at the bottom (although there aren’t any this month). 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.
30 June 2015 — Ain’t Superstitious — Third Flatiron
Theme involving superstition, e.g., luck, prophecy, magic, rational and irrational thinking, Spinoza, dark times, black cats, Orpheus, the Flying Dutchman, Sleepy Hollow, Tam O’Shanter, astrology, witchcraft, etc.
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.
Submit by email to email@example.com either as an attachment (Word) 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.
Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 3 cents per word (U.S.), in return for the digital 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, beginning July 1, 2014, we will pay a flat rate of 6 cents per word (SFWA professional rate), in return for the permission to podcast or give the story away as a free sample portion of the anthology.
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.
Authors selected for publication will also be entitled to one free online copy of the anthology.
30 June 2015 — The Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2 — ed. Mark Morris; Spectral Press
Mark Morris says: “I’m pleased to announce that The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own writing deadlines to meet, after all). PLEASE NOTE: NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS AND NO REPRINTS!! All submissions should be sent to:
and stories should be double-spaced in a clear, readable font. There’s no theme for the anthology – all I’m looking for are well-written, original, disturbing stories that push my buttons. If you want further clues as to the kinds of stories I like, I recommend you buy and read a copy of the inaugural volume of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, which is available from Spectral Press. Thanks – and good luck!
1 July 2015 — Defying Doomsday — ed. Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench; Twelfth Planet Press
Defying Doomsday will be an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with disability, we would love to read it.
== (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with disability, such as physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.
== We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have an impact on the character’s life and during the post-apocalyptic event. For example, a character with a deadly peanut allergy in a world where peanuts have been wiped out by a plague isn’t going to quite cut it. However, we are not looking for issue stories or stories where disability is the sole focus of the narrative.
== Some sort of cataclysmic event must have occurred or be in the process of occurring. We are open to a variety of events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! We are most interested in stories set in the near future, however, we will also consider stories set in the far future or an alternate timeline version of the recent past.
== We are not interested in fantasy (that means no magic).
== Stories can be young adult or adult stories. Graphic themes and content are okay, but we’re not looking for erotica or gratuitous violence.
== Stories should be between 3000 and 7000 words in length and submitted in standard manuscript format.
== No reprints, no simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions.
== Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want a varied anthology with stories that are fun, sad, adventurous or horrific etc. We are also looking for variety in both characters and apocalypse scenarios. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories.
Submissions are open from 1 May 2015 to 0:00 1 July 2015 Australian Eastern Standard Time (so maybe aim for submissions to close on 30 June if you live somewhere other than Australia or New Zealand).
Payment will be 7 cents per word (USD) to be paid on publication in exchange for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).
26 July 2015 — Clockwork Phoenix 5 — ed. Mike Allen; Mythic Delirium Books
CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 is the next volume in the anthology series edited by Mike Allen, tentatively scheduled to be published by Mythic Delirium Books of January 2016. It is open to the full range of speculative and fantastic genres.
Editor Mike Allen emphasizes, “We are committed to diversity, and are open to and encourage submissions from people of every race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation and religious belief.”
Allen says CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5, like its predecessors, “is a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques. But experimentation is not a requirement: the stories in the anthology must be more than gimmicks, and should appeal to genuine emotions, suspense, fear, sorrow, delight, wonder. I will value a story that makes me laugh in its quirky way more than a story that tries to dazzle me with a hollow exercise in wordplay.
“The stories should contain elements of the fantastic, be it science fiction, fantasy, horror or some combination thereof. A straight psychological horror story is unlikely to make the cut unless it’s truly scary and truly bizarre. The same applies to a straight adventure fantasy or unremarkable space opera — bring something new and genuine to the equation, whether it’s a touch of literary erudition, playful whimsy, extravagant style, or mind-blowing philosophical speculation and insight. Though stories can be set in this world, settings at least a hair or more askew are preferred. I hope to see prose that is poetic but not opaque. I hope to see stories that will lead the reader into unfamiliar territory, there to find shock and delight.
“Over the course of reading for the first volume, I developed some criteria for stories that aren’t likely to interest me (though exceptions are always possible). These include straightfoward retellings of well-known fairy tales; stories in which a Machine Discovers Its Humanity; stories that aim to prove Christianity/Religion Is Bad; stories about a Privileged Schmuck who comes to understand Oppression Is Bad; stories whose entire plot can be described as X Commits a Murder; stories of wish-fulfillment with little complication — i.e.: character longs for something; character is granted that something; end of story.
“My aim with the CLOCKWORK PHOENIX books is, somewhat selfishishly, to create books that satisfy my own tastes as a reader. And as a reader, I enjoy stories that experiment, that push the envelope, that dazzle with their daring, but I’m often personally frustrated when an experimental story ends without feeling complete, without leaving an emotional crater for me to remember it by. At the same time, I find myself increasingly bored with the traditional, conventionally-plotted and plainly-written Good Story Competently Told. For better or for worse, I envision the CLOCKWORK PHOENIX books as places where these two schools of story telling can mingle and achieve Happy Medium; where there is significance to both the tale that’s told and the style of the telling.
“For the second and third volumes, I received few stories with the rococo sf elements I enjoy seeing. I hope more people will try their hand at them this time around.”
UPDATE FOR 2015: “For Clockwork Phoenix 4 I saw more of the kind of sf I like, and hope the trend continues with this new book.”
RIGHTS PURCHASED: First English Language Rights, print and electronic. We will ask writers not to allow reprints for a year after publication, with exemptions made for “Best of the Year” anthologies. We do not ask for audio rights.
PAYMENT: $0.06 per word on return of counter-signed contract as an advance against royalties, then an evenly divided share of royalties after earnout, plus one print contributor copy and electronic copies in preferred formats.
WORD LENGTH: Stories should be no longer than 10,000 words; stories under 5,000 words STRONGLY PREFERRED.
READING PERIOD: We are open to submissions until July 26.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submissions are electronic only. Please submit your story via e-mail, as an RTF or DOC file attachment. (Please do not send DOCX files; we can’t read them.) Your e-mail subject line should say “Submission: Story Title”. Include a brief cover letter in the body of your email. It should have your name, address, e-mail address, title of story, number of words, and brief biographical information in case we don’t know you, with most recent publishing credits, if applicable. We are open to new writers and seasoned veterans alike. We do not accept reprints.
WILL MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS BE ALLOWED? Yes.
WILL SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS BE ALLOWED? No. “No one is going to get a formal acceptance from me until after the reading period ends. If you can’t wait that long to find out what I think, then please don’t waste my time or Inbox space.”
EDITORIAL ADDRESS: email@example.com
31 July 2015 — Hidden Youth (Long Hidden 2) — ed. Mikki Kendall and Sofia Samatar; Crossed Genres
Crossed Genres Publications will publish Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (expected release January 2016). Below are guidelines for submitting stories to Hidden Youth. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.
Direct all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not query asking for an exception to the guidelines. Do not send story submissions via this email – see below for how to submit without using the form.
We welcome stories by authors from all walks of life. We especially encourage submissions from members of marginalized groups within the speculative fiction community, including (but not limited to) people of color; people who are not from or living in the U.S.A.; QUILTBAG and GSM people; people with disabilities, chronic illness, or mental illness; and atheists, agnostics, and members of religious minorities. The protagonists of your story do not have to mirror your own heritage, identities, beliefs, or experiences.
We also especially encourage short story submissions from people who don’t usually write in this format, including poets, playwrights, essayists and authors of historical fiction and historical romance.
Submissions are due April 30, 2015. If it’s still April 30 in your time zone, you’re good. Acceptance notices will be sent by October 1. The anthology is tentatively slated for a January 2016 release.
We pay USD 6¢/word for global English first publication rights in print and digital format. The author retains copyright. Payment is upon publication.
==Length: 2000-8000 words (FIRM)
==Your story must be set before 1935 C.E. (NO exceptions), and take place primarily in our world or an alternate historical version of our world. (Travel to other worlds, other dimensions, Fairyland, the afterlife, etc. is fine but should not be the focus.)
==Your protagonists must be young people (under the age of 18) who were marginalized in their time and place. By “marginalized” we mean that they belong to one or more groups of people that were categorically, systematically deprived of rights and/or economic power. Examples in most times and places include enslaved people, indigenous people, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, and people who do not share the local dominant religion, language, or ethnicity. Many people belong to multiple marginalized groups, and many are marginalized in some ways and privileged in others. Your story should acknowledge the complexity and intersectionality of marginalization.
==Your story must contain a significant element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the weird, without which the story would not work or would be a substantially different story.
==All submissions must be in English.
==Please note: while we are looking for stories about young people, this is not specifically a YA anthology. We are interested in work that will appeal to a broad audience.
==No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.
We will not accept any story containing the following:
==Gratuitous or titillating depictions of violence.
==Gratuitous descriptions of bodies or body parts, or people described only in objectifying ways.
==Horror that relies on shocking or grossing out the reader.
==Stories that are all about how someone non-marginalized became an enlightened champion of marginalized people.
==A protagonist from a societally or technologically powerful group who happens to be temporarily or situationally powerless (e.g. a peasant who’s really a prince, a representative of the British East India Company shipwrecked on Ceylon).
==Depictions of marginalized people as being doomed to hopeless misery.
==Depiction of any group, no matter how powerful, as universally, inherently, or irredeemably evil.
If you decide to incorporate one or more of the following elements, please do so with caution and awareness of the ways that they can be problematic or difficult to write about.
==Violence, particularly sexual violence. We recognize that sexual violence is frequently used as a weapon against marginalized people, so we are not issuing a blanket prohibition against it, but please consider very carefully whether you need to include it in your story; and if you decide that you do, please consider very very carefully whether your story needs to show the violent act itself.
==Consensual sexual encounters. We’re not averse to sexual or erotic content, but it needs to further the story and incorporate awareness of the ways real-world power relationships affect sexual behavior and decision-making.
==Stereotypes and clichés.
==Alternate history that drops magic powers or anachronistic technology into a historical setting.
==A protagonist who is the only marginalized person in the story.
==A setting that’s already very commonly used in speculative fiction, especially one that’s often associated with stories featuring members of privileged/dominant/colonizing groups, e.g. Victorian England, the American “Wild West”.
==A rewrite of a common YA trope. No Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter reboots please. Yes that means we don’t want to see “If Bella was a Black girl in the 1800’s”.
Your story doesn’t need to have all these elements, but we’re especially interested in stories that have at least some of them.
==Accurate depictions of life on the margins.
==Thoughtful, sensitive incorporation of religion, superstition, and folklore.
==Depictions of historically accurate societal attitudes in the context of an authorial voice that does not condone or espouse bigotry. (For example, your female characters will probably have to deal with societal sexism, but your descriptions of them should not rely on sexist stereotypes.)
==An understanding of how economic, technological, political, and religious influences shape a time and place, especially in alternate historical settings.
==Research bibliographies and suggestions for further reading.
==Integration of friendships, family relationships, and community into the story.
==Protagonists who make conscious choices and take conscious action.
==Side characters who are real people.
==Personal triumphs and successes.
==Making us laugh, think, cheer, and weep.
To submit a story to Hidden Youth, please fill out the form [on our web page.] Be sure to:
==Address your submission “Dear Hidden Youth editors” or “Dear Ms. Kendall and Dr. Samatar” or “Dear Mikki and Sofia”. Include your story’s year and location at the beginning of your submission.
==Attach your story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount on the first page.
==There will be an email address to send submissions to if for any reason you’re unable to use the form.
31 July 2015 — Shadow People and Cursed Objects — ed. C. Le Mroch; Haunt Jaunts
We’re very excited to announce submissions are OPEN for our first ever anthology! It will be published in both paperback and ebook.
SHADOW PEOPLE & CURSED OBJECTS: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
== 13 fiction stories about ghosts or haunted objects. (As long as your story contains one or the other, we want to read it!)
== We’re open to any genre of fiction. Your story doesn’t have to be horror. It can be a paranormal romance, literary, humor. (Although, we’re not going to lie. We love horror. But we’re looking for the very best stories about ghosts and/or haunted objects that we can find.)
== It must, however, involve either a ghost or a haunted object. (We can’t reiterate this enough.)
== Word limit: 5,000
Our anthology is going to be a little different. We want readers to participate by trying to figure out if your tale of a ghost/shadow person or haunted object is based on a true story or not.
The print version will have a section at the back detailing whether the author based their tale on a true story…or if they culled it purely from their imagination.
The ebook version will have a link back to our site with the answer.
Your story does not have to be based on a true story.
If it is based on a true story, we’ll need you to supply the details. (You don’t have to send it with your submission, though. We can get this info later if your story is accepted. We want to try and guess whether it’s based on a true story or not. We’re not gonna lie. We’ll cheat if you supply it ahead of time.)
Authors will receive $50 upon acceptance for Non-Exclusive Rights, plus 10 print copies upon publication.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Use the Submission Form [Click through and scroll down.]
Please note a few things before submitting:
== It’s perfectly acceptable to copy & paste your story from a Word document into the form.
== If you do copy & paste, please take a moment to check the formatting before sending. If it’s all running together, please at least add spaces between paragraphs. This helps make it more readable on our end.
== We are looking for fiction.
== In case you missed it above, your story must contain either or ghost or haunted object. (Or both if you can manage that!)
[Click through for a FAQ list and submission form.]
1 August 2015 — SNAFU: Hunters — ed. Geoff Brown, Amanda J Spedding, and Dawn Roach; Cohesion Press
For this anthology, we want hunters of the supernatural. Sam and Dean… Grimm… Van Helsing… with soldiers, hunting along the edges of reality, watching their backs while others watch them from the shadows. Take us along for the ride while your soldiers or hunters take the fight to their enemies. Both hunter or hunted may die, but above all, show us the hunt.
We still want ORIGINAL military-style combat from any period, don’t get me wrong, but we also want fear… we want suspense and tension… we want originality in the monster/antagonist. Most of all we want action, action, ACTION! We want something jaw-droppingly amazing.
If there are no soldiers in the tale, make the hunters and the action military in nature. We STRONGLY suggest you read the first, second and/or third SNAFU volume to see what it is we like.
Edited by Geoff Brown, Amanda J Spedding, and Dawn Roach
Payment: AUD3c/word and one contributor copy in each format released
Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)
Submission window: May 1st 2015 to August 1st 2015 (anything submitted outside of this window will be deleted without being read)
Projected publication date: October/November 2015
Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
1. Please put your full contact details on the first page of the manuscript top left, with word count top right.
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 email@example.com as an attachment (.doc only – no .docx).
9. In the subject line of your email, please put HUNTERS: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to state this)
NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. The only variations to this 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 gobbled up by spam gremlins.
1 August 2015 — Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups) — ed. Jennifer Word; EMP Publishing
Did you ever go camping as a kid and sit around the fire at night listening to scary stories? Or how ’bout that classic scene in so many horror movies where the group of young friends decide to camp out, and before the killing spree begins, they sit around the fire telling creepy stories to effectively set the scene? EMP Publishing is calling for all lovers of the classic horror campfire story to send in your scariest, creepiest, most terrifying tales. We don’t want kid’s campfire ghost stories, though. We want truly terrifying, so scary it’s Rated R, horror stories. No comedy, please. Levity is fine, and can improve a story, but the main feel of the tale should be serious, so no campy horror melodrama, thanks. What we do want are scary stories that are as twisted and depraved as all you wonderful horror writers out there can imagine up. We want to be shocked. We want to be disgusted. We want to be terrified. We are looking for EXTREME horror here, folks.
Gore is fine, just as long as it’s fitting to the story. Gore for the sake of gore alone is not what we are looking for. Sex is fine, too, so long as it isn’t overly gratuitous. Save the graphic descriptions for the bloody scenes. Profanity is permitted, but too much of anything can ruin the effect. Other than that, censorship is off the table. Whatever your sick little minds dream up, send it in, as long as it’s good and scary.
What we don’t want: NO YA, please. If it’s something a person under age 18 can read, it’s not scary enough. This anthology is for ADULTS. Also, we are looking for mostly modern horror. Too many twisted tales set too far in the past will make it difficult for readers to connect with the horror. We want fresh horror. We want scary stories that a modern day reader can connect to. These stories should make the reader horrified that something similar could happen to them. If the horror is set in WWII, that becomes difficult to achieve, so we are hesitant to accept historical horror at this time. The bulk of these stories should be set in the year 2000 or sooner. We want modern horror campfire stories for this century. And if you cannot truly imagine your story actually being told around a campfire, then it doesn’t fit the campfire theme.
Please do not send stories over 6000 words. We’d also prefer stories be a minimum 1500 words in length, so no flash fiction, please. Make sure your manuscript is 12 pt. Times New Roman, double spaced. No headers, please. Simply include a title page with story title, author name, total word count, and author contact information, including e-mail and phone number. You do not need to include page numbers, as long as you adhere to the word count limit. An author bio can be included, if you like, but it is not necessary. We accept .doc and .docx files only.
Please take the time to re-read the above paragraph, and follow these guidelines. It is a sign of great disrespect to our company for authors to clearly not take the time to properly prepare your manuscript to submit to our anthology, following our specified guidelines. PLEASE run a basic spelling and grammar check as well before submitting your story. We also strongly suggest you simply read through it one time, to catch any glaring typos or other simple errors. Thank you. When we receive stories with sentences missing periods at the end, or an obvious typo in the opening sentence, it gives us the impression you didn’t take the time to do a basic edit.
Payment for accepted stories will be 6¢ per word. Limit is $360 per story. EMP Publishing is asking for exclusive print and epublishing rights of selected work for six months from publication date. Selected authors will receive two contributor’s copies as well as payment. Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups) will be distributed in paperback and Kindle e-book versions. The book is set for release on October 20, 2015.
Multiple submissions are okay, but please send only previously unpublished works, this includes online published works, including personal blogs and website. We will not accept stories that have been previously published in any form. Please no simultaneous subs, if we like your story, we don’t want to worry about it being pulled for acceptance elsewhere a week before we announce our lineup.
We’d like the stories to have that classic campfire feel to them, but other than that (and that’s fairly subjective), there’s no limit. Use your imagination, and scare the socks off of us! We want to be thoroughly creeped out!! We are looking for original scares, or completely new takes on old classics. Ghosts, monsters, aliens, paranormal phenomena, the sky is the limit, so long as your story is scary, not silly, and hopefully unpredictable. EMP Publishing wants to put out an anthology of creepy tales that will become the new classic campfire stories for this century.
Deadline for submission is Saturday, August 1, 2015 by midnight EST. All selected authors will be notified no later than September 20, 2015. However, our response time currently is 1-2 weeks or less. Payment to selected authors, however, will be sent out on September 20. Payment will be by check from EMP Publishing, or through Paypal if author prefers.
[Click through and scroll down for a link to their Submittable page.] Thank you and good luck!
8 August 2015 — Tales from the Miskatonic Library — ed. John Ashmead and Darrell Schweitzer; PS Publishing
The small press anthology Tales From the Miskatonic Library is now soliciting stories for submission. This is an anthology of tales about, found in, inspired by, or stolen from the Miskatonic University Library.
Your editors are Darrell Schweitzer & myself, and we are looking for tales that:
1. Are good stories.
2. Can be included in an anthology titled Tales From the Miskatonic Library without involving us in elaborate explanations.
3. Aren’t “Boy Reads Book; Book Eats Boy.”
So, your chance to have a bit of grim fun:
== What sort of tales might be found in the Miskatonic University Library? Kept perhaps in the secure reading room? Shared by Chief Librarian Henry Armitage over faculty sherry with only a trusted few?
== And how did Dr. Henry Armitage acquire his position as Chief Librarian? And what of his successor(s)?
== What unexpected problems might be faced by an acquisitions librarian at Miskatonic University? Or a cataloger? Is the Necronomicon quite as rare as it is made out to be?
== What is the real explanation for the curious gaps in the Dewey Decimal System?
== What might it take to see the unexpurgated account of the Pabodie’s 1930 expedition to The Mountains of Madness? Together with their troubling cross-correlations with Shackleton’s private diary? The US Treasury Departments internal report on the incident at Devil Reef off Innsmouth?
== Why are no students allowed within the stacks? Are rumors of non-Euclidean spaces within merely rumors? Why was Einstein called in for a consult in 1944? And his frequent correspondent Schrödinger brought over secretly from Ireland that same year?
== And are series like Warehouse 13 or The Librarian or Charlie Stross’s The Laundry really just cover stories for the MUL? precautions taken to make sure if a bit of the truth gets out, it will be seen as merely a publicity stunt?
And, there is absolutely no requirement to mention the Necronomicon or even the Cthulhu Mythos at all! So long as its appearance in our anthology makes sense, we’re good with it.
Our publisher is PS Publishing, which has just published Darrell’s That is Not Dead: Tales of the Cthulhu Mythose Through the Centuries, and which has a very strong line of Lovecraftian titles. As this is small press, maximum 1000 copies, the rate is — alas — correspondingly small: 3¢/word max $100. Sigh. But, Honour & recognition! Or, even better, a chance to warn the world of untimely horrors!
Please send stories in electronic form only! RTF, Word, or Pages are OK. Not PDF, which is not editable.
No reprints. Your original work only.
Send to me, John Ashmead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions, ask!
31 August 2015 — Enchanted Soles — Less Than Three Press
ENCHANTED SOLES — Bisexual Anthology Call — Many a tale is filled with enchanted objects that help to overcome insurmountable challenges. Swords, mirrors, pots, books—but none is more famous than the enchanted shoe, from a slipper made of glass to boots that walk seven leagues in a single step.
Less Than Three Press invites you to submit your tales of people assisted on their way by magical footwear.
==Deadline is August 31, 2015 (give or take, we won’t kill you for sending it off the following morning).
==Stories should be at least 10,000 words and should not exceed approx 20,000 words in length.
==Stories must revolve around the theme of magic shoes, feature a bisexual character, and contain a romance*.
==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.
==All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.
*Aromantic & queer platonic relationships are accepted; email the editor for more info.
Enchanted Soles is a general release anthology, which means authors will receive a flat payment of $200.00 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 Sasha L. Miller at email@example.com (or you can ping her on twitter @nikerymis). Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following in your email:
==Put SUBMISSIONS: ENCHANTED SOLES in the subject line! Emails without this subject line run the risk of not being seen or read, so please, do not forget this!
==Your real name, pen name (if you use one), and preferred email address.
==The approximate total length of the completed story.
==A brief summary of the story, not to exceed approximately 200 words in length.
==Attach the complete manuscript in .doc, .docx, or .odt format.
31 August 2015 — Futuristica — Meta Sagas
We are currently accepting submissions for our first anthology of short fiction, Futuristica Volume 1.
Submissions Guidelines & Payment Information:
== We pay 6 cents per word against a pro rata share of royalties.
== We buy first rights and exclusive eBook rights for 6 months after the date of publication.
== We do not purchase reprints.
== We accept simultaneous submissions.
== Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format.
== Manuscripts should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words.
== No prior publishing experience is required.
== Story content must be original. We do not accept fan fiction or derivative works.
== We prize diversity, specifically stories that include multicultural backgrounds or lead characters of atypical ethnic origins. Basically, while we have nothing against heterosexual white American males, we feel they are already adequately represented in science fiction and we want stories about the rest of humanity.
== We are interested in character-oriented fiction.
== We want stories with awesome female protagonists.
== Zoë Washburn? YES!
== Princess Leia? Definitely!
== That blonde girl from The Temple of Doom? No!
== Bella? Hahahaha. No.
== Can the story contain sexual content? Absolutely! However, the sexual content should be integral to the story, but not the whole story.
== Does there have to be sex in the story? Nope.
== No demeaning sex acts.
== No rape. Period.
== Stories should explore science fiction, scientific fantasy, space opera, emerging technologies, etc…
== We have a preference for near future, near Earth settings.
== No high fantasy, please.
== No dragons or dinosaurs, unless they also have lasers.
We are committed to responding to submissions as quickly as possible. Manuscripts will be evaluated in the order in which they are received. We will update [the guidelines] page regularly with the date for which we are currently reviewing manuscripts.
If the review date listed at the top of this page has passed the date on which your manuscript was submitted and you haven’t heard from us, you may query us using the Contact page. Please include a subject line of “Submission Query” and the author and title of the manuscript.