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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, with “Always Open” and “Until Filled” markets (if any) at the bottom.
Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.
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.
NOTE: Monsters in Spaaaace! by Dragon’s Roost Press has closed. Their deadline was 31 July or until filled, and they presumably filled.
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.
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, orâ€¦ ? We are seeking well-written, imaginative tales that explore this idea to its fullest. Use your own interpretation as to the meaning of â€˜lost.â€™ 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.
31 August 19 — Miscreations — ed. Doug Murano and Michael Bailey; Written Backwards
What happens when we make monsters? What happens when we confront the monsters inside ourselves? These are the grotesque things that should never have been. These are the beasts that stalk our twisted pasts. These are the ghosts of our own making that haunt our regrets. Theyâ€™re the blood on our hands. Theyâ€™re the obsessions in our heads. Theyâ€™re the vengeance in our hearts. These are Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors.
Bram Stoker Award-winning editors Doug Murano and Michael Bailey welcome you to submit your best work for consideration in this anthology, which will launch in early 2020. Weâ€™ve already announced two of our contributorsâ€”Ramsey Campbell and Usman T. Malikâ€”and will be making more announcements in the coming weeks!
Pay: 5c / word U.S.
Length: 2,000 â€“ 5,000 words. FIRM.
Reprints? No thanks.
Anything you should avoid? Graphic, gratuitous depictions of child abuse, sexual abuse and animal abuse are generally unwelcome.
Where to send: firstname.lastname@example.org
30 September 19 — AfroMyth 2: A Fantasy Collection — Afrocentric Books
AfroMyth 2: A Fantasy Collection is open for submissions.
We want adult stories. No erotica, though some erotic or romance elements are acceptable. Magic, gods, mysticism, mythical creatures. Bring us old fairy tales with an Afrocentric twist. We are interested in new gods or ancient ones, old religions, houngans, potions, and spells. Your story can be adapted from African folklore or modern tales. You arenâ€™t restricted in your chosen setting, but priority will be given to stories featuring human characters who live in this world or some version of it.
We want diverse characters in diverse settings, with a main character of indigenous African descent. Please read our general submission guidelines prior to submitting. 1,000-7,500 words, although weâ€™ll consider pieces that fall outside those parameters on a case-by-case basis. Multiple and simultaneous submissions ok. No reprints.
If accepted, pay is $0.015 (1.5 cents) per word PLUS one print copy of the novel (you must provide an address to which the US Postal Service can deliver).
AfroMyth short stories MUST be submitted via Submittable.
UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press
[NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT until 1 August.]
This anthology, to be edited by Steve Berman, seeks short stories and novellettes that adapt classic fairy tales. But we want them populated with Bears! Strapping heroes are fine as long as they are stout. All the stories should have a measure of whimsy and/or wonder.
Before submitting your story, please consult this page – we would rather not double-up on any original fairy tale idea (we fear we’d end up with a book that was mostly about a gang of male Goldilocks roaming the woods and asking one another “Too hot? Too cold? More please!”) – so I will be listing any fairy tale that we no longer are interested in reading. Yes, rather than wait a year to hear from us, the entire open period will have “rolling acceptances.”
â€¦â€¦â€¦please no stories based on Little Red Riding Hood
All stories should be romantic (HEA or HFN). Erotic content is not a necessity but our burly men should be sex-positive about their lives.
Specs: Please submit Word docs only, standard formatting, 12 pt Times Roman to me at email@example.com, using the title of the anthology as the subject line. No stories below 5k and none greater than 15. Reading period begins August 1st, 2019. Payment is 5 cents a word for original fiction, considerably less for reprints.
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