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Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.
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30 June 19 — Chew on This! — ed. Robert Essig; Blood Bound Books
Everything that is living EATS! Plants, animals, humans, aliens, monsters, sea creatures, they all eat in one form or another.
For the Chew on This! anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross. There’s room for every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarro. Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.
== Cannibal stories- Sure they’re good enough to eat but not for this anthology.
== No zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other well-tread tropes. If it’s off the dollar menu we won’t be ordering.
== Pizza stories. We love a good pie but don’t want past anthology leftovers.
== Predator and prey without any substance. Reasoning is the seasoning!
== Fan fiction. Give us a fresh recipe!
== Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
== Subject: Chew on this: Story Title by Author Name
== Length: 3k – 7K
== Multiple Submissions: No
== Simultaneous Submissions: No
== Reprints: No
== Format: Doc or Docx
== Payment: 3 cents per word
30 June 19 — Funny Queer — Qommunicate Publishing
Seeking humorous original work by and/or about LGBTQ+ people and lives. This is a positive publication celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through the lens of humor. Only pieces supporting this mission will be considered. No homophobic, transphobic or hateful material will be considered.
This premiere edition of our first LGBTQ+ humor anthology will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.
Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Funny Queer. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at email@example.com and we will be happy to answer.
Humor by and/or about LGBTQ+ people. The only criteria is it makes us laugh!
Anything meeting the theme, including:
== Comics/graphic shorts (black and white only).
== Short scripts.
We will NOT consider:
== Work written for children
== Prose: up to 3,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 3 pages
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
These length recommendations are flexible.
== All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.
== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
== Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
== Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw it from consideration for More Queer Families: A LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology.
== Reprints will NOT be considered.
== We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
== NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
== We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).
== Contributors will receive, as a humble token of our appreciation, $5 per printed page.
[NOTE: There’s no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they’ll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I’m assuming a “printed” page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]
What to Submit:
== Your submission
== A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
== At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
== IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.
Where to Submit:
Submissions may be emailed to us at: email@example.com
or mailed to us at:
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223
AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED
== We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.
30 July 19 — Not Far From Roswell — ed. Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist; Pole to Pole Publishing
[NOTE: The deadline for this book is 30 July OR WHEN FILLED. If you want to submit, don’t wait till the last minute.]
Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, original fiction for its upcoming anthology, Not Far from Roswell, to be published October 2019.
Not Far From Roswell will contain dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more — let your imagination be your guide. We may also include one or two humorous pieces as long as the material is dark.
Update: We’re looking for more stories that take place on Earth and have a strong connection to Roswell.
Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).
Profane and vulgar language. Because we market to both adult and YA readers, if you use an F-Bomb, and we accept your story, we’ll probably ask you to change it.
First person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the stories were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that we’re going to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our preference.
Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.
Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.
Edition and Rights:
Not Far From Roswell will be published in electronic and trade paperback in English. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months only, and a non-exclusive right to keep your story in the anthology after that. The anthology may be included with other “Dark Stories Anthologies” in bundles.
Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word, paid at publication, via PayPal only.
If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.
Authors will also receive one copy of both the electronic and paperback versions of the anthology. (Authors can buy additional books at a discount.)
What We Don’t Want:
No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else. No reprints. No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.
No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.
If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead and submit, and let our editors decide. (Word count is firm, however.)
Deadline: July 30, 2019, or until filled. Be aware that all of our anthologies have filled before the deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit.
31 July 19 — Blasphemous Rumors — ed. David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell; Necro Publications
Blasphemous Rumors is a themed anthology of religious horror stories edited by David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell. We are seeking dark short stories that focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion.
Technical Details: Stories should be formatted in standard manuscript submission format. Stories should be no longer than 5000 words and should be original. Reprints are not accepted. We will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
PAYMENT: $.03 per word up to 5000 words plus two copies of the trade paperback.
Stories should be submitted as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Blasphemy: The term blasphemy refers to saying something about God that is disrespectful. It can also refer to degrading religious concepts or literature. Blasphemy can be included in speech, an act, writing, music, or art.
Blasphemy in Everyday Life:
== Some consider rapper Kanye West’s album name “Yeezus” and his consideration of himself as equal to Jesus to be blasphemous.
== Burning a religious document such as the Bible or the Qu’ran is considered blasphemy.
== Vandalizing a church is a form of blasphemy.
== Worshipping Satan is blasphemous.
== Committing suicide is a form of blasphemy.
== To state that God is unkind, unjust or cruel is a blasphemous.
== Artist Andres Serrano created what he called artwork by submerging a plastic replica of the crucified Jesus Christ in a container of his own urine and photographing it as a means, he stated, of exposing the ills of religion. However, this 1987 piece of work was considered highly blasphemous and was destroyed in 2011 during protests in France. The name of the work was Piss Christ.
== In the popular television show, Sex and the City, one episode featured what some considered to be blasphemous artwork. The episode revolved largely around a painting of a woman, crucified as Jesus Christ was, featured in a New York gallery.
== Pastor Terry Jones is the head of a church in Florida who, in 2010, is considered blasphemous of Islamic religion due to his suggestion to hold a “Burn the Qu’ran Day,” his publication of a book entitled Islam Is of the Devil, and his purveyorship of shirts and cups that spread the same message.
== The animated American television show, The Simpsons, has been taken to task for blasphemy after broadcasting episodes in which the devil purportedly was bullying God, amongst various other perceived blasphemies.
== Also under fire for broadcasting blasphemous language is the American animated comedy, Family Guy. Known for its offbeat humor, Family Guy featured Jesus in one particular episode that painted Him in a perverted manner, causing a firestorm of protest.
== Islam’s Prophet Mohammad is often the source of blasphemy. His image, according to Islamic law, is not to be printed yet many cartoonists and others around the world have been considered blasphemous for doing so. In 2006, Norwegian and Danish newspapers faced serious backlash and threats of retribution from Islamic nations for printing cartoons that featured Prophet Mohammad. While the act of printing the cartoons, themselves, would have been considered blasphemy unto itself, the cartoons also featured the Prophet in poses that were considered “unflattering,” particularly one in which the Prophet’s image was made to look like a terrorist.
== In 2010, American animated comedy South Park, also produced images of the Prophet Mohammad in an episode that featured the Prophet as a bear mascot. Angered by the perceived blasphemy, one Islamic website threatened the producers of the show for what they deemed as a high level of disrespect for the Prophet.
Now you have seen many different examples of blasphemy.
31 July 19 — Monsters in Spaaaace! — The Dragon’s Roost Press
[NOTE: The deadline for this book is 31 July OR UNTIL FILLED. If you have a great idea for a story, don’t procrastinate in writing and subbing, or you might find that they’ve closed the book early, or that they’ve already accepted too many stories about the monster you’ve chosen.]
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest horror movies of all time: Alien. Yes, it is a horror movie, but set in space. There are also plans for a new branch of the military — in space.
We’ve explored loneliness, isolation, and solitude in our first anthology. We Put the Love Back in Lovecraft in our second anthology. We explored the creatures of cryptozoology in our recent pair of anthologies. Now we will go where all good series eventually go…
What We Want:
Finely crafted works of Dark Speculative fiction which feature one (or more) classic monsters. Vampires, mummies, creatures built from dead body parts, lycanthropes, mad scientists, and zombies — yes, even zombies — but we want to see them in space.
We want to see these creatures floating around in zero g, attacking astronauts and colonists, and generally menacing those brave enough to go beyond the confines of our pale blue dot.
Each story must take place somewhere other than the Earth. It can happen on a spaceship, on a colony, on a new terraformed planet. There should be humans involved, but they do not have to be the protagonists.
Each story must also feature (at least) one classic monster. We are looking for new takes on the old classics. Feel free to explore, but they should still be recognizable to the average reader.
What We Don’t Want:
Actual characters from other books or films. As much as we love the idea of Dracula in Space, we are pretty sure that Universal owns the rights to that particular vampire. The vampire doesn’t have to be Dracula in particular (for example: Bubba Ho-Tep has a great mummy, but not THE mummy).
We don’t like being sued.
Retreads of Alien/Aliens/etc. We love the Xenomorph, but we are looking for new interpretations of old monsters. The Xeno is only 40. That’s not old.
On a related note, stories where small bands of humans have to fend off a horde of creatures are going to be a hard sell. We love Aliens, but it’s really more of a sci-fi action movie. We’re looking for horror. We want you to evoke that sense of fear that will make us want to turn on a light and pull the covers up.
Important Note: We are looking for monsterial diversity. In other words, we don’t want a whole anthology filled with the same creatures. Two of the same may work, but not more than that. The earlier you submit, the earlier you can nail down that monster.
The Specifics: We are looking for short fiction up to 6,000 words. While we prefer original material, we will consider reprints. Please query before submitting reprints (email@example.com). Naturally, we will only consider stories which you retain the rights to. Please provide original publication information for all reprints. Fan Fiction, Slash Fiction, and any other material containing characters or setting which you did not create, are not acceptable. Submissions should follow standard format. For an example of what we are looking for in terms of formatting, please visit link. The only addendum to this is that the editor prefers Times New Roman.
Please edit your material carefully. Common spelling errors (they’re/their/there, your/you’re) may be acceptable in social media posts, but not in works submitted for publication.
Word (.doc/.docx) format is preferred, but we will also accept submissions in Open Office (.odt), Pages (pages), and Rich Text Format (.rtf). Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your e-mail list “Monster in Space,” the title of your story, and your last name. For example:
Monsters in Space / Really Awesome Story / I. M. N. Alien
E-mails which do not follow this format will be deleted unread.
Provide a short (500 words or less) biography in the body of your e-mail. Also, feel free to describe why you chose the particular monster that you did.
We are looking for North American Print and Digital Rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication. Submissions accepted until 31 July 2019 or until filled. Our previous anthologies have each closed to submissions a month or more before the deadline. For this book, we are only looking for 13 – 15 stories. Don’t delay, start writing today!
Please wait four weeks before querying.
Multiple submissions are OK, but please wait until you have received a response on your first piece before submitting your second. Simultaneous submissions: no.
Estimated publication date Fall 2019 via POD (KDP) and on various digital formats.
At this time payment is three cents per word ($0.03/word) plus one contributor’s copy and one digital version in the format of the author’s choosing. We will be running a crowd sourcing campaign with the goal of providing higher monetary recompense to our authors. As with our previous anthologies, this is a charity anthology to raise money for the canine rescue organization Last Day Dog Rescue.
Note to New Authors: Most publications seek First North American Rights. While you may be able to sell your story again as a reprint, publication in this anthology may limit your story’s future marketability and may affect the amount of money you will be able to receive from other markets. Please take this into consideration before submitting.
10 August 19 — Longevity — Third Flatiron
NOTE: reading period opens 10 July. Don’t submit before that date.
Legends tell of people who lived a long time, like Methuselah. Some are just lucky (Lazarus Long), some have it thrust upon them (Lestat), some just naturally come by it (cats and bristlecone pines), and some rightfully earn their immortality (Shakespeare). Is life extension possible via diets or genetic manipulation, and will there be side effects? Give us your speculative take (SF/F/H) on longevity and how it is achieved.
Reading period: July 10 – August 10, 2019
Publication date: October 15, 2019
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:
either as an attachment (Word, RTF) or in the body of the mail (text).
In the Subject: line of the email, please put:
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):
[10 blank lines]
Body of story
Our response time is expected to be about 8 weeks (or less if the writer deadline is coming up soon).
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.
31 August 19 — Little Girl Lost — ed. Ronald Linson and Deirdre J. Owen; Mannison Press
[NOTE: The deadline for this book is 31 August OR WHEN FILLED. If you want to submit a story, don’t wait until the last minute or you might find it’s closed early.]
Publication format: print (POD), digital
Word count for submissions: 2,000-7,500 (with exception; see below)
Compensation: authors will receive a free contributor copy (print and digital) as well as a modest monetary compensation; details below.
LITTLE GIRL LOST: THIRTEEN TALES OF YOUTH DISRUPTED will be an anthology of original stories centering around the idea of the lives of young girls being disrupted in some way. It could be through vanishing mysteriously, experiencing a life-altering event, or… ? We are seeking well-written, imaginative tales that explore this idea to its fullest. Use your own interpretation as to the meaning of ‘lost.’ Surprise us!
We are seeking original, previously unpublished stories of the highest quality between 2,000 and 7,500 words. We are willing to look at stories up to (but not exceeding) 10,000 words, but they are less likely to be accepted. There are a few slots open for reprints, however (see “Reprints” below).
GENRE: Your story can be in any genre so long as it fits the theme of the anthology, with the firm exception of erotica/pornography.
Subjects we WILL NOT accept include (but are not limited to):
== Erotica or pornography
== Pedophilia or bestiality
== Depictions of rape
== Graphic descriptions of sexual activity involving persons under the age of eighteen (18)
== Gratuitous or excessive violence or gore
== Racism, bigotry, or slander towards anyone
== Fan Fiction
(If you are unsure whether your story crosses any lines, please feel free to submit it anyway. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.)
SUBMITTING: Please send your submission to email@example.com as an attachment. The subject line must read: “LGL [title of story], [your name]”
In the body of the email, please provide a brief cover letter which must include your name, pen name (if you use one), the title of your story, the word count, and a short bio.
Stories should be carefully edited and polished. Excessive amounts of typos and grammatical errors will count against you.
No multiple or simultaneous submissions. However, once you have received a response you are welcome to submit another story.
Submissions must be in English.
REPRINTS: We have a few slots available for reprints. If you have a story that you feel would be a good fit for LITTLE GIRL LOST that was previously published, please submit it. Simply note that it is a reprint in your cover letter, tell us when and where it was previously published, and confirm that you retain all rights to the work.
FORMAT: Manuscripts should be sent as an email attachment. Please submit your work in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, 12 point font, Times New Roman or Garamond, and double spaced. Please put your name, contact information, and the word count at the top of the first page. DO NOT paste your story into the body of the email; this will result in an immediate rejection.
PUBLICATION: Print on Demand and ebook formats will be published via KDP (including expanded distribution) and Smashwords. Kindle Select will not be enabled to allow for multi-platform publication. Our goal for publication is mid-October 2019.
RESPONSE TIME: We will respond to all submissions within three to four weeks of receipt. If you do not receive a response after six weeks, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org with “QUERY” and your story title in the subject line.
(If you do not receive acknowledgement of your submission within 48 hours, please check your junk mail folder. If you still have not received confirmation of receipt, please feel free to reach out to us at the email above or through our Contact page.)
COMPENSATION: Authors will receive free contributor copies (one print and one digital) and a payment as yet to be determined. Monetary compensation will be dependent upon the outcome of the crowdfunding campaign associated with the project. Our tentative crowdfunding goal is to be able to pay our authors $0.02/word (two cents per word, USD). If we exceed our crowdfunding goals, this rate will increase accordingly. Payment will be issued upon publication.
Our tentative goal for the crowdfunding campaign is currently $1,500 (USD). This may increase if there is sufficient public interest in the project prior to the launch of the campaign. Mannison Press will allocate 80% of the crowdfunding proceeds for author compensation. The remaining 20% will go toward fulfilling supporter rewards and to cover production costs. Updates will be posted to keep our prospective contributors informed.
As the editors of Little Girl Lost, Ronald Linson and Deidre J Owen will each be contributing a story of their own to the anthology. However, they will not be claiming any author compensation from the proceeds of the crowdfunding campaign.
RIGHTS AND EXCLUSIVITY: Authors must hold all rights to their work at the time of submission. Mannison Press will ask for worldwide first print and first digital rights, exclusive for six months; rights shall be reverted back to the author six months after initial publication. Mannison Press then retains continuing rights to print the anthology, but authors are welcome to publish their story in other markets moving forward (with the understanding that the anthology may still be in print with Mannison Press).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
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