If you’ve just wandered in off the internet, hi and welcome. 🙂 I do these posts every month, so if this post isn’t dated in the same month you’re in, click here to make sure you’re seeing the most recent one.
Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, “Until Filled” markets 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 antho guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.
30 January 2015 — Monsters — Grey Matter Press
For our next anthology of horror, MONSTERS (this is the working title and is likely to change), weâ€™re looking for your best original horror fiction that investigates the evil that lives among usâ€”the monster that is man.
MONSTERS will include a selection of dark fiction focusing on ‘man as monster.’ We are looking for your most horrifying, most dreadful, most frightening tales that highlight the creatures that haunt your nightmares, or even those who may live down the block. For this anthology we want your dark, chilling, character-driven tales portraying the deadliest monsters of allâ€”mankind.
While we are not specifically looking for stories whose characters, setting or plot include classic horror monstersâ€”werewolves or vampires and their ilkâ€”we will not disqualify such tales as, on the most basic of levels, these classic monsters are still (or once were) human. Although, stories that include such famous fiends should, at minimum, put a new spin on the theme or have a brand new take on the chosen horror monster.
What we most definitely do want to read are stories that encapsulate the dark and demented behavior of the monster that lives next door (or maybe even the one who lives in your own houseâ€¦) Serial killers. Demented clowns. Vengeful mothers-in-law. The possibilities are, literally, endless.
As with our current catalog of bestselling anthologies, we do not want to limit your creativity with a narrow theme. We expect MONSTERS will include a wide range of stories of monsters from every category, with the common denominator being that they must have some connection with their humanity.
Anywhere your mind takes, so long as it takes you on a journey to investigate the darkness with mankind, will be considered for this anthology that is planned for publication in 2015.
Please review our Complete Submissions Guidelines below. Feel free to contact us here on the site with any questions with a message to email@example.com.
We thank you for your interest in considering Grey Matter Press as a potential home for your work.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
WORD COUNT: 3,000 â€“ 7,500 words
REPRINTS: We are not accepting reprints for MONSTERS
DEADLINE: Friday, January 30, 2015
PAYMENT: $0.05US/per word (5 cents per word) up to 5,000 words, for each edited manuscript accepted into the anthology
FORMATS: *.docx, *.doc, *.txt, *.rtf
CONTACT ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptable File Formats: Grey Matter Press wants to make your submission process easy and painless. We accept manuscripts that are *.docx, *.doc, .txt or .rtf file formats. If you have any questions about the formatting of your manuscript, feel free to contact us directly at email@example.com
Digital Submissions: Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints. (Reprints also include any work that has appeared online in magazines, journals, personal websites or any other online location.) Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. We will accept your submission via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject lines should contain name of Anthology and the title of the story being submitted. (ex: MONSTERS â€“ ‘Title of Story.’)
Font Usage and General Formatting: We request that all files be submitted double-spaced, using either Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font. Page margins should be no less than .5 inch on all borders. Please do not MANUALLY INSERT HEADERS and/or FOOTERs. If using headers/footers, please employ standard Word header/footer tools rather than manually inserting such into the body of your Word document.
Proofreading: As with any professional communication, all manuscripts should be edited and proofread prior to submission.
Distribution: Upon acceptance, Grey Matter Press will hold all exclusive worldwide publishing rights for the period defined within the author contract (generally 18 months from original publication date). Copyright remains that of the author. At the end of that term, publishing rights revert to the original author, with Grey Matter Press retaining distribution rights for the format(s) originally contracted.
Contributor Copies: All contributors whose work is accepted and published in the anthology will, in the case of digital publishing, receive a digital copy of the complete anthology, and in the case of paperback publishing, will receive one copy of the anthology. (Additional copies may be purchased by contributing authors at greatly reduced cost and will be outlined in contributor contract.)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
31 January 2015 — Dreams from the Witch House — ed. Lynne Jamneck; Dark Regions Press
I will be editing an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction written by women, to be published by Dark Regions Press in 2015.
We have already solicited a selection of established authors to contribute work to the collection. As of 1 October 2014, I am officially accepting unsolicited submissions for an open call period that ends 31 January 2015.
The only set requirement for the anthology is that all submissions must be written by women. Submissions from international, multi-cultural and LGBT/GSD perspectives are encouraged, as this collection will aim to present the diversity of voices within the field of Lovecraftian fiction. All stories must be submitted in English.
There is no restriction on setting, so don’t feel like you have to remain within the 1920’s/1930’s – far future stories, contemporary, steampunk, psychological, horror, fantasy/sf and, of course, historical settings are all welcome.
I am open to a wide interpretation of ‘Lovecraftian’, but I’m not looking for pastiche work. Nuanced weirdness welcome, as is the overtly strange.
Word count for submissions is set between 2000 and 10 000 words. If you would like to submit something shorter or longer, please query.
No simultaneous submissions or reprints.
Payment for accepted stories will be 5c per word up to 5k, then 3c per word over 5k.
Email submissions in Word .doc or .rtf file, formatted to standard manuscript specifications to:
witchesdreams AT gmail DOT com
28 February 2015 — Silver & Gold — ed. Amanda Jean; Less Than Three Press
All love faces challenges, but one of the most difficult can be time. The distance of generations can be a hard one to cross, and judgment is frequent and heavy when a lover is too old or too young for societyâ€™s tastes. But love is also precious, and timeless, and worth all obstacles. Less Than Three Press invites authors to submit stories of people not afraid to bridge the span of time.
Editorâ€™s Note: No stories about vampires, etc., where the age difference is hundreds of years.
== Deadline is February 28, 2015 (give or take, we wonâ€™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 feature a MAY/DECEMBER relationship, budding or established. This means an age difference of at least ten years.
== Stories may be any pairing except cisgender heterosexual M/F (trans* M/F, M/M, F/F, poly, and all permutations thereof are acceptable).
== 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.
Silver and Gold 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 possibleâ€”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 on the above-linked submissions page.
IMPORTANT: This anthology is being coordinated and edited by one of LT3â€™s senior editors, Amanda Jean. To submit, please send your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following in your email:
== Put SUBMISSIONS 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.
Any questions/concerns should be directed to the Editor, Amanda Jean, at email@example.com.
28 February 2015 — Triangulation: Lost Voices — ed. Jamie Lackey; Parsec Ink
Theme: Lost Voices
Word Count: We will consider fiction up to 6,000 words. There is no minimum word count.
Genre: We are a speculative fiction market. We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Please do not send stories without any speculative element.
Compensation: We pay 2 cents per word. Authors will also receive an e-book and print version of the anthology and wholesale pricing for additional printed copies (typically 50% of cover price).
Rights: We purchase North American Serial Rights, and Electronic Rights for downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.
Submissions: 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 that stories fit the current theme.
We will run mature content if we like the story and if the mature content is integral to the story.
We will not accept fanfic, even if itâ€™s of a fictional universe that has passed into public domain.
How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time submitting to a publication that utilizes Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. Itâ€™s free.
Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. Weâ€™re not testing you to see if you can follow each and every niggling detail, we just 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 â€” generic document format that most word processors can create)
Editorial Process: We will aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesnâ€™t work for us, weâ€™ll reject it. If we think the story has great potential but isnâ€™t quite there yet, we might do a rewrite request. If we love it, weâ€™ll accept it. If we canâ€™t make up our minds, we will request to hold onto it for a while for further consideration. If we send you a hold request and you have something else that would fit the theme, feel free to submit it. After a story is accepted, the only changes that we will make will be minor line edits and formatting fixes.
Response: We aim to make final decisions by March 31st.
Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or even related to the editorial staff, are permitted to submit to the Triangulation anthology. That doesnâ€™t mean weâ€™ll automatically publish them; just that weâ€™re willing to look at their work.
31 March 2015 — Only Disconnect — Third Flatiron
Presentism as a theme: the pitfalls of distraction, overstimulation, attention thieves. Too much to do, too little time, fear of the singularity. Advantages of being bored or being “in the present.” Are we becoming ADD? Should we disconnect–or connect even further?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
UNTIL FILLED — The Lost Worlds — Eldritch Press ** First Posted August 2014
Please refer to the Submission Guidelines page for information on how and where to submit.
Include in the subject line of your submission Sub_The Lost Worlds_authors name
Updated Payment: Eight cents a word.
Story Length: Up to 20,000 novella length stories.
Rights Requested: One year exclusive rights upon publication.
This will be released in paperback, Limited Hardcover and E-book format.
Cover art will be revealed soon.
Steampunk is a difficult and demanding genre to write in. Therefore we are only accepting the best stories you can bring to the plate. To be published early next year.
“The Lost Worlds” will be a anthology in the Steampunk Horror Genre devoted to the post-apocalyptic theme. Send us worlds rebuilt by steam powered engines and mechanical marvels. Send us characters we can root for as they fight the good fight.
Send us worlds our readers can romanticize about, characters that jump off the page. We want to set the Steampunk world ablaze with “The Lost Worlds.” So we only want your best.