Anthology Markets

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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 that Going Viral has closed to submissions.

NOTE that the deadline for Something Good to Eat is 21 August, not 22 August as previously posted. I don’t know whether they changed or I typoed, but either way, be aware of the deadline if you were thinking of subbing.

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30 June 20 — And Lately, The Sun — Calyx

Bushland is burning. Forecasts say the Arctic will be ice-free in the summers to come. Oceans are swelling with the run-off, and heaving with plastics and endocrine disruptors. Coral is dying, and the knock-on effects have barely begun.

Climate change is here. Now what are we going to do about it?

Do we need to help the environment change as fast as the climate? Release chemical mutagens into the ecosystem to drive natural selection at a hundred miles an hour so we can see what survives on the other side?

Is it time to reinvent our social, political, and economic systems from the top down – or the bottom up? Our current lifestyles could become as alien to the next generation as the Aztec civilisation now is to us. In a world of guerrilla-style eco warriors, or digitised barter economies, or robot socialism, or ageographical nation states, what will we preserve? Which threads will we weave forward?

Or could it be that a more gradual transformation of our destructive policies is the way to safety, taking each set of problems one box at a time? Our future could look much like our present, but with supercharged carbon sequestration, genetically modified bacteria safely breaking down plastics, and next-generation smart phones. How does it start? What drives it onward?

Or do we need to move backwards? Our answers may not lie in the new, but in the old. Perhaps our best future is a radical rebuilding of history, and all we need to decide on is whose.

And Lately, The Sun explores such ideas in a short story anthology slated for publication in November 2020. We are currently calling for submissions until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of June, 2020.

Word count: 2000-8000 words per story. Stories with word counts falling outside these limits will be considered, if exceptionally crafted.

Stories should be for readers of the English language. We are flexible in our use of English and invite a broad range of vernaculars. Be considerate of your audience but stay true to your world.

We encourage a diversity of authors, characters, and settings. We want to hear from and about all cultures, locations, genders, orientations and abilities.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each story separately (one story per submission), and let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We accept previously unpublished works only (please do not submit material which has been published on personal websites).

What we’re looking for:

We want to see stories which thoughtfully investigate potential futures under our changing climate.

Give us substantial characters, vivid worlds, shiny (and not-so-shiny) wonders. Let us see not only new technology, but how society works with it – how we think, how we relate, how we live under its influence. Show us how we’ll obtain or produce our material needs. How we’re born, how we’ll grow, what will ail us, how we’ll die.

Show us how we’ll play and work. Who we are, and who we could be.

Please submit completed, polished work.

What we’re not looking for:

Stories designed to alarm people into taking notice of climate change. Your story must explore functional solutions, and not simply highlight problems. Show us a future with future in it.

Violence, sex, or gore, if present, must be integral to the story, and must not be the main point of the story.

Pitches are not accepted. Unedited work, or work littered with errors of spelling, punctuation, or grammar will not be accepted.

Stories should not rely on footnotes or glossaries. To a reasonable degree, please guide your reader by using context and structure. For everything else there’s search engines.

We are not looking for essays. Please send us fiction only.

Formatting guidelines:

Standard manuscript format. Please remove all author information from the manuscript, including headers and footers.

Payment and rights:

We pay AUD$80 per accepted story as our standard rate. One story will receive an “editor’s pick” payment of AUD$500. All authors will receive a contributor copy of the e-book. This buys us first world electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, plain text, and MP3 (audio) formats, and non-exclusive anthology rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work according to the conditions offered is what you want to do.

The collection will be published in eco-friendly e-book format.

How to submit:

Submissions are accepted via email at latelythesun@gmail.com.

Please send your story as an email attachment. Make sure all author information is removed from the attachment. Attachments may be in .txt or .doc format.

The subject of the email should contain the title of your story and your name. The body of the email should contain your name and contact details, plus any relevant information about yourself, your previous publications, or experience or qualifications relating to the story.

You will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received.

Open for submissions until midnight (GMT) on 30th of June, 2020. Responses will be sent within one calendar month from the submission deadline.

We regret that we cannot give personal feedback on submissions.

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30 June 20 — Tales from OmniPark — House Blackwood

Call For Submissions: weird fiction set in the strange world of OmniPark.

This anthology will feature stories from Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, Orrin Grey, Jesse Bullington, and other leading lights of the weird fiction community.

We are paying $100 for weird tales of 2,000 to 5,000 words, set in and around OmniPark.

You’ll find much more background information on the OmniPark Wiki, which documents all the park’s original Realms and attractions, as well as many of the personalities who shaped its development.

This is a weird fiction anthology. If you’re unfamiliar with the weird fiction genre, we strongly recommend visiting its Wikipedia page and familiarizing yourself with the work of its most influential authors before submitting.

Send submissions as Word docs, formatted according to Shunn manuscript format, to:
tales from omnipark @gmail.com (remove spaces)

Only manuscripts submitted as Word docs, following Shunn format, will be considered.

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30 June 20 — The Muskeg Press coronavirus story collection — Muskeg Press

Send us your stories, be they poetry or prose, to be published in a forthcoming compilation.

In 1348, the Black Plague hit Florence, Italy, and it would kill tens of thousands of the city’s residents by the time the pandemic was over in 1351. Among those who lived in Florence at the time was Giovanni Boccacio, who would become famous for writing The Decameron. A collection of 100 short stories, The Decameron‘s main narrative tells the tale of seven young women and three young men who escape the plague by travelling to a countryside villa. There, they each tell one story each night for ten nights. The title “Decameron” combines the Greek words for “ten” and “day.”

The stories themselves were not about the plague. The 10 characters wanted to escape its horrors mentally as well as figuratively. They told stories of love, of lust, greed, of the fickleness of fortune, of the power of the human will. These stories would inspire the likes of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Moliere, to name a few.

We’re now living through a similar moment in time, as we each do our part in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. At Muskeg Press, we look back and admire the attitude of Boccacio, who, in the midst of a terrible pestilence, wrote a great work of art that survives to the present day.

With that in mind, we are putting out a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for any author out there who would like to spend this time in self-isolation to write a story for a forthcoming publication of Muskeg Press. We’ll select 10 stories from all the submissions, and publish them in a book around Christmastime of 2020. If your story is chosen for the book, we’ll pay you $350.

Please note that our preference is to receive stories that have nothing to do with this strain of the coronavirus. Instead of a personal history of how you dealt with being isolated from your community, we would prefer stories of a more distracting nature, similar to those 10 storytellers in The Decameron.

If you’re up for this challenge, we salute you! The details for submission are below. We look forward to reading your manuscripts! And remember, the only limit is your imagination.

The Muskeg Press coronavirus story collection

Length: Up to 5,000 words

To submit, send a Word document or a PDF to books@muskegpress.com

We will read all submissions, but we will only select 10 for submission. We will let you know whether or not your story has been selected.

Thank you, and stay safe.

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1 July 20 — The Binge Watching Cure: Science Fiction Edition — ed. Bill Adler Jr. and Sarah Doebereiner; Binge Watching Cure

[NOTE: It’s not obvious unless you read carefully, but this market DOES take reprints, which makes the flat-rate payment much more acceptable.]

The first edition of The Binge Watching Cure encompassed a huge variety of genres. The second edition centered on horrific themes that kept us up at night. For the third volume, we are abandoning earthly conventions entirely in favor of the weird, wild worlds of science fiction.

So what is science fiction? SF features stories based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social, environmental, and evolutionary changes. That is just a textbook definition.

Science fiction has a huge range of subgenres, and I’d love to see them all. Alien races, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, colonization, cyberpunk, etc. Remember, first and foremost, this is a science fiction anthology. It’s okay if your story has some genre crossover, but we are less likely to accept an alien invasion that reads like zombie novella.

For the SF volume, we are offering a one-time payment of $100 for each story. We will be licensing the non-exclusive print and electronic book rights, including foreign-language rights (but not audio, film rights, or magazine rights). Your name and bio will be included along with your story.

Use “Last name – SF – word length category” as the subject line of your email.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page. Our FAQ page has more detail about the kind of stories we’re looking for as well as details on formatting and publication details.

Please email us your story at bingecurebook@gmail.com in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF format, double spaced with human being-readable margins, and in a sensible font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Don’t put your story in the body of the email.

Include the exact word count, along with your contact information at the top of the manuscript. (Click here for a good guide on how to format your story.)

Our FAQ has more information on what kind of stories we’re looking for and what kind of stories are not a match for The Binge-Watching Cure.

Please include a brief bio in your cover letter, as well as your contact information in both the manuscript and cover letter. Briefly summarize the plot or provide a synopsis of your story and let us know what genre or subgenre, if any, your story is. If your story has been published elsewhere, let us know where and when. (Previously published stories are perfectly okay, but stories that are currently online are not okay.) Content is more important than format, so don’t sweat things like line breaks.

Please submit only one story at a time and read our FAQ about multiple submissions.

If you have a query about your submission, please use our contact page. If you write to us at the submissions address we might not see your message for a long while.

We are looking for stories within 15 percent of the following word counts, and within 20 percent for stories 10,000 words and longer. If a number has been crossed out, that story length has been filled.

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15,000 — Groomers by Andrew Thompson
20,000
25,000

[NOTE: Make sure you click through to the publisher’s page to make sure they haven’t filled the wordcount slot you want since this post went up; I won’t be updating in realtime.]

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter. We can’t consider your story without:

1. A short synopsis or summary– a sentence to a paragraph is fine. It’s okay to include spoilers in your synopsis.

2. What genres or sub-genres your story fits into.

3. Your bio. If you have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page or other internet presence, include that, too.

4. If your story has been previously published, let us know where and when.

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5 July 20 — Gothic Blue Book VOL 6: A Krampus Carol — Burial Day Books

Gothic Blue Books were short fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century. They were descendants of the chap book trade and are now a thing of the past. Burial Day Books is now open for submissions for Gothic Blue Book Vol. 6 to be available October 31st 2020.

What was a Gothic Blue Book?

Gothic Blue Books were abridgements of full-length Gothic novels. The subjects of these books fell into one of two categories; the first being set in a monastery or convent and the second being set in a castle.

In terms of the physicality of the book, they were three and a half to four inches in width and six to seven inches in height, with a page count of thirty-six to seventy-two pages.

These little pieces of terror were popular at the time because they were affordable, a sixpence or a shilling each. Their cost affordability led them to be nicknamed Shilling Shockers or Sixpenny Shockers.

What are we looking for?

Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added a new theme – Krampus, Christmas, and ghosts/lore from the globe revolving around a major celebration. Christmas ghost tales have a history stretching back that includes Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and more.

Please submit a short story or poem no longer than 3,500 words that follows one of the following:

A single mention or setting in one of the original Gothic Blue Book settings:

a) Monastery
b) Convent
c) Castle

OR –

A single mention or setting that includes one of 2020’s Gothic Blue Book theme:

a) Krampus
b) Christmas
c) And more – see below ‘2020 Addition’

2020 Addition:


a) A story or poem about Krampus, Christmas, Winter, Winter Solstice, Christmas ghosts or Christmas demons, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Three Kings Day, or any folklore, legend or myth surrounding winter, etc. For inspiration think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and give us cold, darkness, maybe even a demonic Ebenezer Scrooge, a tortured ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future, etc. We are also excited to read haunted tales about any other major celebrations from various backgrounds and belief systems; Djinn, Ghosts of Diwali, Chinese Winter Festival and so on. We hope that A Krampus Carol can take the old tradition of Christmas ghost tales, mixed with the spirit of Blue Books, and give readers something terrifying and new.

In addition to the above, the story or poem must instill fear using a supernatural element – ghosts, ghouls, monsters, myth, folklore or legend.

Extreme violence, sexual violence, derogatory language, hateful and harmful language of groups, people, or belief systems will not be considered.

For inspiration look to Ann Radcliffe, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Helen Oyeyemi, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Emily Brontë, Daphne Du Maurier, Victor LaValle, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Tananarive Due, Charles Dickens and more.

The collection will be published October 31st 2020 in eBook and traditional book format.

LEGAL DETAILS

If accepted you are giving Burial Day Books:

A. The exclusive first right to publish your story.

B. The right to republish the story in or in connection with Burial Day, including electronic or hard copy form, including in promotional material or compilations – provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.

After your story appears on Burial Day and in the Gothic Blue Book you are free to republish your piece elsewhere as long as you communicate to potential buyers that they are buying your story as a non-exclusive piece.

Payment details:

$50.00 (USD)

One (1) Contributor copy of the anthology

You can submit here at Submittable.

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15 July 20 — Reclaim the Stars — ed. Zoraida Córdova; Wednesday Books

[NOTE: submissions are open to Afro-Latinx writers only.]

RECLAIM THE STARS is a YA science fiction and fantasy anthology that will be published by Wednesday Books an imprint of St. Martin’s Press and be edited by Zoraida Córdova (Labyrinth Lost). The collection features YA speculative fiction exploring the Latinx diaspora through the lens of SFF, with stories likely included by Elizabeth Acevedo, Vita Ayala, David Bowles, Zoraida Córdova, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Maya Motayne, Daniel José Older, Claribel Ortega, Mark Oshiro, and Lilliam Rivera. Publication is expected for winter 2022.

The collection is one of the first of its kind, bringing much needed representation to the world of science fiction & fantasy! Along with the anthology, we are launching a submission call in search of an Afro-Latinx author writing speculative fiction. The anthology editor will review submissions for potential publication and inclusion in the anthology.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY AFRO-LATINX?

The Latinx diaspora is vast, but certain kinds of stories overwhelm the narrative, often leading to stereotypes and caricatures about. Afro-Latinx storytellers are disproportionately marginalized or erased in the Latinx communities. According to the Pew Research Center, 24% of polled U.S. Hispanic adults identified as Afro-Latino. In no way do we believe there is a single definition of who gets to be Afro-Latinx.

We recognize Afro-Latinx as Latin-American people of African descent living in a diaspora or Latin-America.

ELIGIBILITY

== Open to Afro-Latinx writers 18 years of age or older (as defined above). Applicants must include this information in their bio.
== Open to Afro-Latinx writers published and unpublished, so long as the short story entry has never been previously commercially published.
== Open to Afro-Latinx authors of all genders.
== Open to to Afro-Latinx authors eligible to work in the United States.

GENERAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

== Submissions Call will open on April 15th, 2020 at 9:00AM EST and will close on July 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. Any submission made prior to or after the submissions period may not be considered.
== Making a submission is free.
== All submissions must include three separate attachments to be considered. The attachments include:

==== A short story of 4,000 words or less, attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
==== A 150 words or less bio that tells us a about you, and includes an explanation of how the applicant is Afro-Latinx (as described above), attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
==== A photo/headshot, attached as a .jpg or .png file.

== Submissions will not be returned. There is no guarantee that your submission will be published. Comments will not be provided on your submission. If there are a large volume of submissions, submissions may not be read in full, and not every submission may be read. The anthology editor has no obligation to applicants whose submissions are not selected.
== If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology, then you agree upon request to cooperate with the anthology editor and publisher in the editing process and any legal review requested by the publisher. You further understand that you will be asked to sign a contributor agreement in a standard form acceptable to the anthology editor and publisher, and your submission may not be published if you elect not to sign. You further agree that the submission may be edited for length, format or otherwise by the anthology editor or publisher.
== If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology and then actually published as a short story in the anthology, the anthology editor will pay you a contributor a fee of $1600 USD, and you will receive credit as an author in the publication.

SHORT STORY REQUIREMENTS

== All submissions must be an original work of speculative fiction written in English by the applicant and never before published in any commercial medium, print or digital, audio, or translated from a foreign language.
== The submission must not have been previously submitted for commercial publication or in connection with any sweepstakes or contest.
== Submissions must be no longer than 4000 words.
== All submissions must be electronic and sent to the following email address as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file attachment: latinxsffantho@gmail.com
== All submissions must also be appropriate for a young adult audience, ages 12 to 18.
== The submission must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark or right of privacy or publicity, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable law or regulation, or the use of which as described in this call for submissions by the anthology editor or publisher would require a license or permission from or payment to any third party; and the submission must not contain any material that is defamatory.
== By submitting a submission, the applicant represents and warrants that the applicant owns the copyright in the submission, has complied with all of the requirements and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary for the submitting of the submission and to the use of the submission by the anthology editor and publisher and their licensees. The anthology editor reserves the right in the editor’s sole discretion to disqualify any submission that the editor determines does not comply with these requirements, or to require the applicant to make such changes to any submission as are necessary to make it compliant.

Click through and scroll down for a FAQ.

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1 August 2020 — Violent Vixens — Dark Peninsula Press

Our second fiction anthology, Violent Vixens, will focus on Grindhouse horror films, made famous by movies such as Night of the Living Dead, Death Proof, and Suspiria. Since this genre encompasses so many different styles and mashups, we have decided to focus solely on Grindhouse horror stories featuring a strong female lead. The lead may be the protagonist or the antagonist.

In 2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez set out to revitalize this genre with their excellent double-feature, Grindhouse. Although it was met with critical success, it ultimately failed at the box office. However, in recent years, the genre has gone through a resuscitation of sorts, and a new era of filmmakers are now creating homage-style exploitation films using the borrowed aesthetics of the 70s and 80s–successful films like House of the Devil, Turbo Kid, and Mandy. This is exactly what we are looking for in your stories; we want to see your particular homage to this style of storytelling in narrative form.

We are looking to publish twelve pieces of original fiction for this anthology. Overall, we tend to lean more toward fun, action-oriented stories like Army of Darkness, Planet Terror, and Blood Drive over anything too serious and brooding. Genre mashups are HIGHLY encouraged. All stories and characters must be original works.

Fiction Submissions: Giallo/Slasher, Sci-fi Horror, 80’s Splatter, Japanese Body Horror, 50’s B-Movie Creature Feature, Southern Gothic, Satanic Cult, Lost World, Lost Tribe. Other sub-genres could apply as well, but must have a strong horror connection, including: Carsploitation, Blacksploitation, Spaghetti Western, Women in Prison, Vigilante, etc.

Word Count: 2,000 – 8,000 words.

Payment: $50.00 + digital copy.

Rights: We are seeking first time rights for 1 year after publication. After that time all rights revert back to the author. The publication will appear in both print and digital formats.

Reprints: None. Previously unpublished only.

Multiple Submissions: None.

Simultaneous Submissions: None. Please wait until you hear back from us before submitting your piece to another market.

File Format: Include your story as an attachment in MS Word (DOC or DOCX), LibreOffice, or Rich Text Format.

Manuscript Format: Use the Shunn Format, but use Times New Roman font. Italics should be italicized instead of underlined. Include a short bio in the body of your email. Your subject line should read VV Submission: (“Title”) by (Author’s Name). For instance, VV Submission: “The Black Phone” by Joe Hill. Attach the story as a separate document.

Response Time: 4-6 weeks after submissions close. A confirmation email will be sent within one week of receiving your submission.

Submission Period: All submissions must be received between May 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020 EST. Any story sent before or after will be deleted unread.

Send Submissions to: darkpenpress (at) gmail (dot) com

Influential Horror Movies: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Black Christmas, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Evil Dead 1 & 2, Bad Taste, Tremors, Cemetery Man, Lifeforce, Motel Hell, Rubber, The Hills Have Eyes, Cannibal Holocaust, An American Werewolf in London.

Influential Grindhouse Movies (homage/tribute): Turbo Kid, Planet Terror, Death Proof, Sin City, Mandy, Doomsday, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Blood Drive (TV Series), Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series), Drive Angry, Tokyo Gore Police, Crimson Peak, Army of Darkness, Sharknado, Slither, Cabin in the Woods, House of the Devil.

Influential Video Games: Wet, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw.

Influential Books/Comics: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight (comic series) by Dark Horse Comics (more books to be listed soon…)

Read more about the Grindhouse genre HERE.

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1 August 20 — Third Flatiron: Brain Games: Stories to Astonish — Third Flatiron

The right side of the brain is associated with logical and analytical characteristics, while the left brain with creativity. We’d welcome stories from both sides of the brain. Stories could feature puzzle solving and ingenuity, inverted tv tropes, inventions (clockwork, practical, or Rube Goldberg), masterful creations (like JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations), and social commentary

Reading period: July 1 – August 1, 2020
Writer deadline: August 1, 2020
Publication date: October 15, 2020

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Alastair Gray, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

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. Be sure they are the final version (any Review comments removed). Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600-1,000 words.

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

Submit by email to

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

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

In the Subject: line of the email, please put

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

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

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

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

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

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

Remuneration

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 8 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 as part of an anthology. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

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

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

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

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1 August 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — [Local Lore Anthology] — ed. Joe Sullivan; Cemetery Gates Media

We’re currently looking for previously unpublished horror stories, 3-6k words, for a themed anthology to be released September 2020.

The theme is: your personal local lore/oddities. Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation. Is there a landmark in your town that you can write a nightmare into? Have you ever legend tripped somewhere and thought, well, that cave, mausoleum, torture tree was neat, but I wish there was more to the story?

If so, you’re welcome to send us (1) submission at cemeterygatesmedia@gmail.com in DOC or RTF form. Deadline August 1, 2020. However, we’ll begin reading and accepting stories well before August, so the window may close earlier.

Paying .05/word per accepted submission for First Rights Publishing, and asking that you don’t republish your story until August 1, 2021.

In our fifth year of publishing we’re looking to expand our reach into 21st Century folklore, urban legends, and the space between creepypasta and literary horror. We will favor stories that name real locations one can visit in person. Our tales often give brief histories for locations. For examples of what we’re looking for, see Other Voices, Other Tombs; At the Cemetery Gates: Year One and Volume 2; or Corpse Cold: New American Folklore.

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21 August 2020 — Something Good to Eat — Demon’s Dreaming Press

Halloween: a night when the dead roam freely among the unsuspecting living; when the boundary between reality and fantasy, between this world and the next, is as thin as paper mache; when monsters both human and daemonic stalk the shadows, seeking easy prey…

All Hallow’s Eve: a night to hide behind your best mask, lock your doors, and keep your Jack-o’-lantern burning till dawn. Because Something is knocking at the door, boys and girls…

And it’s hungry.

DEMON’S DREAMING PRESS PRESENTS: SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT

Guidelines:

What I’m looking for: Great horror, well written. Send me literary horror, pulp, dark fantasy, gore, magical realism – whatever suits you as a writer so long as your story is set on or around Halloween, or relates in some way to the holiday and its customs. Give me your Samhain-inflected stories of vampires, witches, werewolves, ghouls, zombies, ghosts, serial killers, aliens, revenge from beyond the grave, mirrors at midnight, etc. Or maybe something more personal, more idiosyncratic – experimentation and uniqueness are always a plus! For an idea of the sort of tone I’m looking for think classic E.C. Comics (Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror) Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside, Trick ‘r’ Treat, Monsters, The Twilight Zone, etc.

What I’m not looking for: homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism or any other ism free of narrative context. No rape, excessive torture or sexual violence (especially toward children).

How to Submit: Please send all submissions to mr.j_89@hotmail.com in either a .docx or .rtf file. Include the word Submission in subject, as well as your name and the title of your story. Include a brief bio in the body of your e-mail listing any previous publishing credits.

Length: 2000-10,000 words

Reprints, Multiple Submissions and Simultaneous Submissions: I will be accepting a limited number of reprints. Multiple submissions are okay, but in the end I will select the story of yours that tugs at my cold heart the most. Simultaneous submissions are also okay; please just tell me if your story is placed elsewhere.

Payment: $100 upon acceptance (via PayPal or e-transfer) + royalties

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28 August 2020 — Motherland — Lethe Press

During a panel discussing a number of topics, including queering weird fiction, editor and publisher Steve Berman recalled an article in the New York Times: “Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Live in This Perfect Place?” The notion of a dying lesbian community instantly seemed an ideal setting for weird fiction. And so Lethe Press is accepting submissions for Motherland.

All stories must be set in Motherland, a landyke community founded on the Delmarva Peninsula in 1968 by Ida Marmer and Robinia Atwell. We are currently working on more details about Motherland that authors can include in their story. Please check back to this listing and page.

Stories can be set during any time period, from the founding of Motherland to the current day. All stories must feature lesbian or bisexual protagonists. We recommend authors read the NY Times article and the book Landykes of the South before writing their submission.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words.

Payment is 6¢ a word, split between a sum upon acceptance (up to $100) with the remainder upon publication.

Email stories as attachments (MS Doc or RTF files only) to lethepress@aol.com with the Subject Line: MOTHERLANDSUBMISSION. Include in the body of your email a brief synopsis of the story and a couple lines about yourself.

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31 August 2020 — Spawn — ed. Deborah Sheldon; IFWG Publishing Australia

NOTE: Submissions are open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats).

Payment: 6c per word for original stories, 2c per word for reprints (Australian currency)

Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia (co-published in North America through the IFWG Publishing International imprint)

Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)

To be edited by award-winning author Deborah Sheldon, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained via commission and open callout. The commissioned writers are the multi-award-winning and bestselling authors Isobelle Carmody, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams.

On-spec submissions are welcome from Australian writers of every persuasion including non-parents. Ideally, stories should be between 1500 and 5000 words, give or take. (Stories significantly longer than 5000 words would have to be outstanding.) Reprints will be considered, but must not be available for free anywhere online—the anthology will have only a small number of reprints, regardless. Artwork by commissioned Australian artists will complement selected stories.

The anthology will be a visceral, frightening read. Each story must nominally tick the box of “body horror” but there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to supernatural to psychological and beyond will be given equal consideration. Feel free to play with the theme and not take it too literally. Ideally, your story should make the reader feel uncomfortably aware of their physicality, morbidity or mortality.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent. Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies aims to deliver an elegant—and elevated—anthology of body horror.

What to avoid:

== Gratuitous gore used purely for shock value.
== Familiar tropes, such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Handmaid’s Tale, the face-hugger/chest-burster from the Alien film franchise, Martians kidnapping and impregnating female Earthlings, and so on.
== The submission of first drafts, often indicated by spelling and grammatical errors.

Required rights:

== First worldwide electronic and print rights in the English language, exclusive for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
== For reprints, non-exclusive rights apply.
== If the story is subsequently reprinted, please credit Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies (IFWG Publishing Australia) as the original publisher.

How to submit:

== Your story must be in a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman in 12pt.
== Your name, contact details and word count should be on the first page above the title.
== Use double-quotation marks, single space after full stops, first-line indents, page numbers, and Australian-English spelling. No tabs and no double-returns between paragraphs.
== Send to Deborah Sheldon at spawnsubmissions@gmail.com with the story title and your name as the Subject heading.
== In the body of your email, provide an author bio of about 100 words (give or take), and include your Australian citizen/resident/ex-pat status.
== If your story is a reprint, provide the full details of its first publication in the body of your email, with links if possible.
== You can submit more than one story. Submit each story in a separate email.
== Stories that require anything more than line editing or adjustments for house style will be rejected. Please submit only polished work of a high standard.
== No simultaneous submissions, which means do not submit your story to another market at the same time.
== Give yourself the best possible chance—please do not ignore these guidelines.

Response issues:

== All acceptance and rejection emails will be sent by 31 October 2020.
== No feedback will be offered for rejected stories. Please don’t ask.
== Do not resubmit a rejected story, even if you have made substantial changes.
== Accepted writers will receive payment via PayPal or bank transfer within 30 days of the contracts being signed, rather than on publication.
== Accepted writers will also receive an ebook and one complimentary paperback.

Important note about the publication date

Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies was originally slated for release in February 2021. In response to the economic turndown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, IFWG Publishing Australia has decided to delay release of every upcoming new title. Therefore, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies will be released later in 2021, with a strong likelihood of a mid-year publishing date.

Crowd-funding for a hardback edition, which would include illustrations for each story, is also being considered.

IFWG Publishing Australia will provide further updates on the anthology’s publication schedule in due course.

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………please no stories based on Little Red Riding Hood

[NOTE: They’ve added to the “please no” list; I’m not going to update it in realtime, so please click through to see the current list of based-on stories they’ve already accepted. And hurry, because as of next month this listing will have been hanging out “until filled” for a year, and after that I’ll be dropping it.]

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 lethepress@aol.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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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 that Rigor Morbid 2 and Happy Hellidays are closed to submissions.

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30 June 20 — And Lately, The Sun — Calyx

Bushland is burning. Forecasts say the Arctic will be ice-free in the summers to come. Oceans are swelling with the run-off, and heaving with plastics and endocrine disruptors. Coral is dying, and the knock-on effects have barely begun.

Climate change is here. Now what are we going to do about it?

Do we need to help the environment change as fast as the climate? Release chemical mutagens into the ecosystem to drive natural selection at a hundred miles an hour so we can see what survives on the other side?

Is it time to reinvent our social, political, and economic systems from the top down – or the bottom up? Our current lifestyles could become as alien to the next generation as the Aztec civilisation now is to us. In a world of guerrilla-style eco warriors, or digitised barter economies, or robot socialism, or ageographical nation states, what will we preserve? Which threads will we weave forward?

Or could it be that a more gradual transformation of our destructive policies is the way to safety, taking each set of problems one box at a time? Our future could look much like our present, but with supercharged carbon sequestration, genetically modified bacteria safely breaking down plastics, and next-generation smart phones. How does it start? What drives it onward?

Or do we need to move backwards? Our answers may not lie in the new, but in the old. Perhaps our best future is a radical rebuilding of history, and all we need to decide on is whose.

And Lately, The Sun explores such ideas in a short story anthology slated for publication in November 2020. We are currently calling for submissions until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of June, 2020.

Word count: 2000-8000 words per story. Stories with word counts falling outside these limits will be considered, if exceptionally crafted.

Stories should be for readers of the English language. We are flexible in our use of English and invite a broad range of vernaculars. Be considerate of your audience but stay true to your world.

We encourage a diversity of authors, characters, and settings. We want to hear from and about all cultures, locations, genders, orientations and abilities.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each story separately (one story per submission), and let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We accept previously unpublished works only (please do not submit material which has been published on personal websites).

What we’re looking for:

We want to see stories which thoughtfully investigate potential futures under our changing climate.

Give us substantial characters, vivid worlds, shiny (and not-so-shiny) wonders. Let us see not only new technology, but how society works with it – how we think, how we relate, how we live under its influence. Show us how we’ll obtain or produce our material needs. How we’re born, how we’ll grow, what will ail us, how we’ll die.

Show us how we’ll play and work. Who we are, and who we could be.

Please submit completed, polished work.

What we’re not looking for:

Stories designed to alarm people into taking notice of climate change. Your story must explore functional solutions, and not simply highlight problems. Show us a future with future in it.

Violence, sex, or gore, if present, must be integral to the story, and must not be the main point of the story.

Pitches are not accepted. Unedited work, or work littered with errors of spelling, punctuation, or grammar will not be accepted.

Stories should not rely on footnotes or glossaries. To a reasonable degree, please guide your reader by using context and structure. For everything else there’s search engines.

We are not looking for essays. Please send us fiction only.

Formatting guidelines:

Standard manuscript format. Please remove all author information from the manuscript, including headers and footers.

Payment and rights:

We pay AUD$80 per accepted story as our standard rate. One story will receive an “editor’s pick” payment of AUD$500. All authors will receive a contributor copy of the e-book. This buys us first world electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, plain text, and MP3 (audio) formats, and non-exclusive anthology rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work according to the conditions offered is what you want to do.

The collection will be published in eco-friendly e-book format.

How to submit:

Submissions are accepted via email at latelythesun@gmail.com.

Please send your story as an email attachment. Make sure all author information is removed from the attachment. Attachments may be in .txt or .doc format.

The subject of the email should contain the title of your story and your name. The body of the email should contain your name and contact details, plus any relevant information about yourself, your previous publications, or experience or qualifications relating to the story.

You will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received.

Open for submissions until midnight (GMT) on 30th of June, 2020. Responses will be sent within one calendar month from the submission deadline.

We regret that we cannot give personal feedback on submissions.

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1 July 20 — The Binge Watching Cure: Science Fiction Edition — ed. Bill Adler Jr. and Sarah Doebereiner; Binge Watching Cure

[NOTE: It’s not obvious unless you read carefully, but this market DOES take reprints, which makes the flat-rate payment much more acceptable.]

The first edition of The Binge Watching Cure encompassed a huge variety of genres. The second edition centered on horrific themes that kept us up at night. For the third volume, we are abandoning earthly conventions entirely in favor of the weird, wild worlds of science fiction.

So what is science fiction? SF features stories based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social, environmental, and evolutionary changes. That is just a textbook definition.

Science fiction has a huge range of subgenres, and I’d love to see them all. Alien races, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, colonization, cyberpunk, etc. Remember, first and foremost, this is a science fiction anthology. It’s okay if your story has some genre crossover, but we are less likely to accept an alien invasion that reads like zombie novella.

For the SF volume, we are offering a one-time payment of $100 for each story. We will be licensing the non-exclusive print and electronic book rights, including foreign-language rights (but not audio, film rights, or magazine rights). Your name and bio will be included along with your story.

Use “Last name – SF – word length category” as the subject line of your email.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page. Our FAQ page has more detail about the kind of stories we’re looking for as well as details on formatting and publication details.

Please email us your story at bingecurebook@gmail.com in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF format, double spaced with human being-readable margins, and in a sensible font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Don’t put your story in the body of the email.

Include the exact word count, along with your contact information at the top of the manuscript. (Click here for a good guide on how to format your story.)

Our FAQ has more information on what kind of stories we’re looking for and what kind of stories are not a match for The Binge-Watching Cure.

Please include a brief bio in your cover letter, as well as your contact information in both the manuscript and cover letter. Briefly summarize the plot or provide a synopsis of your story and let us know what genre or subgenre, if any, your story is. If your story has been published elsewhere, let us know where and when. (Previously published stories are perfectly okay, but stories that are currently online are not okay.) Content is more important than format, so don’t sweat things like line breaks.

Please submit only one story at a time and read our FAQ about multiple submissions.

If you have a query about your submission, please use our contact page. If you write to us at the submissions address we might not see your message for a long while.

We are looking for stories within 15 percent of the following word counts, and within 20 percent for stories 10,000 words and longer. If a number has been crossed out, that story length has been filled.

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15,000 — Groomers by Andrew Thompson
20,000
25,000

[NOTE: Make sure you click through to the publisher’s page to make sure they haven’t filled the wordcount slot you want since this post went up; I won’t be updating in realtime.]

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter. We can’t consider your story without:

1. A short synopsis or summary– a sentence to a paragraph is fine. It’s okay to include spoilers in your synopsis.

2. What genres or sub-genres your story fits into.

3. Your bio. If you have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page or other internet presence, include that, too.

4. If your story has been previously published, let us know where and when.

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5 July 20 — Gothic Blue Book VOL 6: A Krampus Carol — Burial Day Books

Gothic Blue Books were short fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century. They were descendants of the chap book trade and are now a thing of the past. Burial Day Books is now open for submissions for Gothic Blue Book Vol. 6 to be available October 31st 2020.

What was a Gothic Blue Book?

Gothic Blue Books were abridgements of full-length Gothic novels. The subjects of these books fell into one of two categories; the first being set in a monastery or convent and the second being set in a castle.

In terms of the physicality of the book, they were three and a half to four inches in width and six to seven inches in height, with a page count of thirty-six to seventy-two pages.

These little pieces of terror were popular at the time because they were affordable, a sixpence or a shilling each. Their cost affordability led them to be nicknamed Shilling Shockers or Sixpenny Shockers.

What are we looking for?

Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added a new theme – Krampus, Christmas, and ghosts/lore from the globe revolving around a major celebration. Christmas ghost tales have a history stretching back that includes Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and more.

Please submit a short story or poem no longer than 3,500 words that follows one of the following:

A single mention or setting in one of the original Gothic Blue Book settings:

a) Monastery
b) Convent
c) Castle

OR –

A single mention or setting that includes one of 2020’s Gothic Blue Book theme:

a) Krampus
b) Christmas
c) And more – see below ‘2020 Addition’

2020 Addition:


a) A story or poem about Krampus, Christmas, Winter, Winter Solstice, Christmas ghosts or Christmas demons, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Three Kings Day, or any folklore, legend or myth surrounding winter, etc. For inspiration think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and give us cold, darkness, maybe even a demonic Ebenezer Scrooge, a tortured ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future, etc. We are also excited to read haunted tales about any other major celebrations from various backgrounds and belief systems; Djinn, Ghosts of Diwali, Chinese Winter Festival and so on. We hope that A Krampus Carol can take the old tradition of Christmas ghost tales, mixed with the spirit of Blue Books, and give readers something terrifying and new.

In addition to the above, the story or poem must instill fear using a supernatural element – ghosts, ghouls, monsters, myth, folklore or legend.

Extreme violence, sexual violence, derogatory language, hateful and harmful language of groups, people, or belief systems will not be considered.

For inspiration look to Ann Radcliffe, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Helen Oyeyemi, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Emily Brontë, Daphne Du Maurier, Victor LaValle, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Tananarive Due, Charles Dickens and more.

The collection will be published October 31st 2020 in eBook and traditional book format.

LEGAL DETAILS

If accepted you are giving Burial Day Books:

A. The exclusive first right to publish your story.

B. The right to republish the story in or in connection with Burial Day, including electronic or hard copy form, including in promotional material or compilations – provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.

After your story appears on Burial Day and in the Gothic Blue Book you are free to republish your piece elsewhere as long as you communicate to potential buyers that they are buying your story as a non-exclusive piece.

Payment details:

$50.00 (USD)

One (1) Contributor copy of the anthology

You can submit here at Submittable.

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15 July 20 — Reclaim the Stars — ed. Zoraida Córdova; Wednesday Books

[NOTE: submissions are open to Afro-Latinx writers only.]

RECLAIM THE STARS is a YA science fiction and fantasy anthology that will be published by Wednesday Books an imprint of St. Martin’s Press and be edited by Zoraida Córdova (Labyrinth Lost). The collection features YA speculative fiction exploring the Latinx diaspora through the lens of SFF, with stories likely included by Elizabeth Acevedo, Vita Ayala, David Bowles, Zoraida Córdova, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Maya Motayne, Daniel José Older, Claribel Ortega, Mark Oshiro, and Lilliam Rivera. Publication is expected for winter 2022.

The collection is one of the first of its kind, bringing much needed representation to the world of science fiction & fantasy! Along with the anthology, we are launching a submission call in search of an Afro-Latinx author writing speculative fiction. The anthology editor will review submissions for potential publication and inclusion in the anthology.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY AFRO-LATINX?

The Latinx diaspora is vast, but certain kinds of stories overwhelm the narrative, often leading to stereotypes and caricatures about. Afro-Latinx storytellers are disproportionately marginalized or erased in the Latinx communities. According to the Pew Research Center, 24% of polled U.S. Hispanic adults identified as Afro-Latino. In no way do we believe there is a single definition of who gets to be Afro-Latinx.

We recognize Afro-Latinx as Latin-American people of African descent living in a diaspora or Latin-America.

ELIGIBILITY

== Open to Afro-Latinx writers 18 years of age or older (as defined above). Applicants must include this information in their bio.
== Open to Afro-Latinx writers published and unpublished, so long as the short story entry has never been previously commercially published.
== Open to Afro-Latinx authors of all genders.
== Open to to Afro-Latinx authors eligible to work in the United States.

GENERAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

== Submissions Call will open on April 15th, 2020 at 9:00AM EST and will close on July 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. Any submission made prior to or after the submissions period may not be considered.
== Making a submission is free.
== All submissions must include three separate attachments to be considered. The attachments include:

==== A short story of 4,000 words or less, attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
==== A 150 words or less bio that tells us a about you, and includes an explanation of how the applicant is Afro-Latinx (as described above), attached as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file.
==== A photo/headshot, attached as a .jpg or .png file.

== Submissions will not be returned. There is no guarantee that your submission will be published. Comments will not be provided on your submission. If there are a large volume of submissions, submissions may not be read in full, and not every submission may be read. The anthology editor has no obligation to applicants whose submissions are not selected.
== If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology, then you agree upon request to cooperate with the anthology editor and publisher in the editing process and any legal review requested by the publisher. You further understand that you will be asked to sign a contributor agreement in a standard form acceptable to the anthology editor and publisher, and your submission may not be published if you elect not to sign. You further agree that the submission may be edited for length, format or otherwise by the anthology editor or publisher.
== If your submission is selected for potential inclusion in the anthology and then actually published as a short story in the anthology, the anthology editor will pay you a contributor a fee of $1600 USD, and you will receive credit as an author in the publication.

SHORT STORY REQUIREMENTS

== All submissions must be an original work of speculative fiction written in English by the applicant and never before published in any commercial medium, print or digital, audio, or translated from a foreign language.
== The submission must not have been previously submitted for commercial publication or in connection with any sweepstakes or contest.
== Submissions must be no longer than 4000 words.
== All submissions must be electronic and sent to the following email address as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file attachment: latinxsffantho@gmail.com
== All submissions must also be appropriate for a young adult audience, ages 12 to 18.
== The submission must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark or right of privacy or publicity, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable law or regulation, or the use of which as described in this call for submissions by the anthology editor or publisher would require a license or permission from or payment to any third party; and the submission must not contain any material that is defamatory.
== By submitting a submission, the applicant represents and warrants that the applicant owns the copyright in the submission, has complied with all of the requirements and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary for the submitting of the submission and to the use of the submission by the anthology editor and publisher and their licensees. The anthology editor reserves the right in the editor’s sole discretion to disqualify any submission that the editor determines does not comply with these requirements, or to require the applicant to make such changes to any submission as are necessary to make it compliant.

Click through and scroll down for a FAQ.

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1 August 2020 — Violent Vixens — Dark Peninsula Press

Our second fiction anthology, Violent Vixens, will focus on Grindhouse horror films, made famous by movies such as Night of the Living Dead, Death Proof, and Suspiria. Since this genre encompasses so many different styles and mashups, we have decided to focus solely on Grindhouse horror stories featuring a strong female lead. The lead may be the protagonist or the antagonist.

In 2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez set out to revitalize this genre with their excellent double-feature, Grindhouse. Although it was met with critical success, it ultimately failed at the box office. However, in recent years, the genre has gone through a resuscitation of sorts, and a new era of filmmakers are now creating homage-style exploitation films using the borrowed aesthetics of the 70s and 80s–successful films like House of the Devil, Turbo Kid, and Mandy. This is exactly what we are looking for in your stories; we want to see your particular homage to this style of storytelling in narrative form.

We are looking to publish twelve pieces of original fiction for this anthology. Overall, we tend to lean more toward fun, action-oriented stories like Army of Darkness, Planet Terror, and Blood Drive over anything too serious and brooding. Genre mashups are HIGHLY encouraged. All stories and characters must be original works.

Fiction Submissions: Giallo/Slasher, Sci-fi Horror, 80’s Splatter, Japanese Body Horror, 50’s B-Movie Creature Feature, Southern Gothic, Satanic Cult, Lost World, Lost Tribe. Other sub-genres could apply as well, but must have a strong horror connection, including: Carsploitation, Blacksploitation, Spaghetti Western, Women in Prison, Vigilante, etc.

Word Count: 2,000 – 8,000 words.

Payment: $50.00 + digital copy.

Rights: We are seeking first time rights for 1 year after publication. After that time all rights revert back to the author. The publication will appear in both print and digital formats.

Reprints: None. Previously unpublished only.

Multiple Submissions: None.

Simultaneous Submissions: None. Please wait until you hear back from us before submitting your piece to another market.

File Format: Include your story as an attachment in MS Word (DOC or DOCX), LibreOffice, or Rich Text Format.

Manuscript Format: Use the Shunn Format, but use Times New Roman font. Italics should be italicized instead of underlined. Include a short bio in the body of your email. Your subject line should read VV Submission: (“Title”) by (Author’s Name). For instance, VV Submission: “The Black Phone” by Joe Hill. Attach the story as a separate document.

Response Time: 4-6 weeks after submissions close. A confirmation email will be sent within one week of receiving your submission.

Submission Period: All submissions must be received between May 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020 EST. Any story sent before or after will be deleted unread.

Send Submissions to: darkpenpress (at) gmail (dot) com

Influential Horror Movies: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Black Christmas, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Evil Dead 1 & 2, Bad Taste, Tremors, Cemetery Man, Lifeforce, Motel Hell, Rubber, The Hills Have Eyes, Cannibal Holocaust, An American Werewolf in London.

Influential Grindhouse Movies (homage/tribute): Turbo Kid, Planet Terror, Death Proof, Sin City, Mandy, Doomsday, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Blood Drive (TV Series), Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series), Drive Angry, Tokyo Gore Police, Crimson Peak, Army of Darkness, Sharknado, Slither, Cabin in the Woods, House of the Devil.

Influential Video Games: Wet, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw.

Influential Books/Comics: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight (comic series) by Dark Horse Comics (more books to be listed soon…)

Read more about the Grindhouse genre HERE.

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1 August 20 — Third Flatiron: Brain Games: Stories to Astonish — Third Flatiron

The right side of the brain is associated with logical and analytical characteristics, while the left brain with creativity. We’d welcome stories from both sides of the brain. Stories could feature puzzle solving and ingenuity, inverted tv tropes, inventions (clockwork, practical, or Rube Goldberg), masterful creations (like JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations), and social commentary

Reading period: July 1 – August 1, 2020
Writer deadline: August 1, 2020
Publication date: October 15, 2020

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Alastair Gray, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

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. Be sure they are the final version (any Review comments removed). Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600-1,000 words.

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

Submit by email to

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

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

In the Subject: line of the email, please put

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

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

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

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

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

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

Remuneration

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 8 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 as part of an anthology. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

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

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

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

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1 August 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — [Local Lore Anthology] — ed. Joe Sullivan; Cemetery Gates Media

We’re currently looking for previously unpublished horror stories, 3-6k words, for a themed anthology to be released September 2020.

The theme is: your personal local lore/oddities. Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation. Is there a landmark in your town that you can write a nightmare into? Have you ever legend tripped somewhere and thought, well, that cave, mausoleum, torture tree was neat, but I wish there was more to the story?

If so, you’re welcome to send us (1) submission at cemeterygatesmedia@gmail.com in DOC or RTF form. Deadline August 1, 2020. However, we’ll begin reading and accepting stories well before August, so the window may close earlier.

Paying .05/word per accepted submission for First Rights Publishing, and asking that you don’t republish your story until August 1, 2021.

In our fifth year of publishing we’re looking to expand our reach into 21st Century folklore, urban legends, and the space between creepypasta and literary horror. For examples of what we’re looking for, see Other Voices, Other Tombs; At the Cemetery Gates: Year One and Volume 2; or Corpse Cold: New American Folklore.

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Going Viral — Impulsive Walrus Books [First posted in May ’20]

The COVID-19 quarantine has us all shut up in our homes. Businesses have ground to a halt, the economy is slowed to a snail’s pace, and nobody is entirely certain how long it is going to last.

In the middle of all of this, black market businesses have begun to operate: underground hair salons, photography studios, businesses once completely legitimate and now illegal simply for operating.

If I’d written this call a year ago, it would stop there–but that’s no longer speculative fiction. That’s happening. So instead, Impulsive Walrus is asking for stories about the long haul. What does our world look like if the quarantine just…stays? We’re looking for near-future science fiction stories exploring the comedy, horror, and human drama of a life spent six feet away from each other, and a world where our interaction is done digitally, lest we be ravaged by disease.

Impulsive Walrus Books will be paying a semi-pro rate of two cents per word. Reading period will begin on May 5, 2020, and will end when the anthology has hit its goal of 80,000 words. Looking for stories of between 2,000 and 8,000 words. Please submit by e-mailing a .doc or .rtf file to frog@jonestales.com with the subject line GOING VIRAL SUBMISSION.

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If you’ve found this listing useful, and especially if you’ve sold a story to a market you found here (score!) I’d love to hear about it. You can e-mail me at angiepen at gmail dot com.

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Anthology markets

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. If you want to get an e-mail notification when the listing is posted, get the list a week early, or get a full listing of everything I’ve found (as opposed to the two months’ worth I post here) a week early, you can support my Patreon.

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 that Disturbia has closed early.

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31 March 20 — Midnight in the Pentagram — Silver Shamrock Publishing

IT’S TIME TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…

With the success of our first Midnight anthology, Midnight in the Graveyard, it’s time to roll out the 2nd in the series, Midnight in the Pentagram.

Silver Shamrock Publishing is now accepting submissions for the Midnight in the Pentagram anthology.

We are looking for original Occult/Demons/Possession/Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/The Omen/Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

Submit by email to: kmckinley@silvershamrockpublishing.com
Length: up to 6000 words
Format: Preferred format is Doc or Docx, double-spaced with author email at the top of the first page.

— Please use the anthology title, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, in the subject heading of your email.
— A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, recognition, influences hometown and social media links.
— The word count.
— Acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript will be emailed within 3 business days
— Successful authors will receive a contract upon acceptance. Once we have a signed contract by the author and Silver Shamrock Publishing, payment will be made within 30 days via PayPal.

Payment: Professional rate of $0.06/word.

Note: This is an invitation AND open-submission anthology (approx. 75% invitation/25% open-submission). With the All-Star cast of horror writers we assemble, this will prove to be a very competitive open-submission, with us only taking the very best entries.

Good luck!

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31 March 20 — Geek Out! III — ed. Sage Kalmus; Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to GLBT+ writers only.]

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Geek Out! III If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme

Where queer meets geek. Whatever you geek out about, we want to read it!

Genres

== Genre Fiction: Scifi, fantasy, western, noir, horror, romance, etc.
== Creative Nonfiction (non-memoir based): opinion essays, topical articles, reviews, interviews, profiles, humor, etc.
== Poetry: Experimental, slam and non-traditional formats
== Comics / Graphic short stories (black & white only)
== Scripts: short stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, video scripts, etc.
== Visual Art: LGBTQ+ themed (non-erotic).

Not Looking For

We are not looking for work in the following genres for this particular publication. (See our other Submission Guidelines homepage for other publications with upcoming deadlines seeking work in these genres.)

== Literary Fiction
== Memoir-based Nonfiction
== Traditional Poetry

Additionally, we rarely accept work in the following genres:

== Erotica
== Work written for children

Length (all word/page counts are loose)

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: up to 3 pages (per poem)
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
== Visual Art: Submit up to 5 images.

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats

== All submissions of writing must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== Digital art files should be at least 300 dpi resolution.
== PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
== 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

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Geek Out! III

Reprints

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights

== 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).

Compensation

== Writing contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
== Artwork contributors will receive $15 per piece.

[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.
== Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.

Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

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.

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31 March 20 — SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — Mocha Memoirs Press

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire will follow the steps of our previous published bestseller anthologies An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters (A Bram Stoker nominee).

What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.

If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Seriously, read the guidelines. Follow them.

Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.

Still interested? Here are the guidelines.

== Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must be from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.

== Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

== Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com

== Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name

== Save your File as STORY TITLE-AUTHOR NAME

Here is our list of don’t:

== No revenge stories.
== No erotica.
== No Bestiality.
== No underage sex with minors, bestiality, or racist rants/racist storylines.

Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.

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30 April 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered — ed. Steven R. Southard; Pole to Pole Publishing

Opening January 1, 2020 [DO NOT SUBMIT until this date]

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking fictional short stories for its upcoming anthology, Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered, to be published in June 2020, on the sesquicentennial of Jules Verne’s work.

Since June 20, 1870, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been hailed as a classic, translated and reprinted in numerous book versions, transcribed for stage, movies, and TV miniseries, made into video games and a theme park ride. The book has inspired countless submariners, undersea explorers, and ship designers, not to mention armchair adventurers. We can’t let this anniversary pass unnoticed, so will launch this anthology as our tribute to the Father of Science Fiction and his masterwork. Pole to Pole Publishing welcomes Steven R. Southard as a co-editor of this anthology.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel. Set your story in any time or place; use characters from Verne’s novel or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. The mood of your story need not be dark, as other Pole to Pole Publishing anthologies have been. Aim to capture, in your own way, the sense of wonder and adventure for which Jules Verne is famous. The connection between your story and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be obvious and significant, and your story must not disparage either the novel or its author.

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).

Hard Sells:
== 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:
==Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered 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.
==Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word for original stories ($15 flat rate for reprints), 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. (Note: both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island are in the public domain.) No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.

Formatting:
==No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
==Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.
==Please, no headers or footers. Use italics, not underlines. No boldface. Use Times New Roman font.

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.) If your story is a reprint, please give us details of its publication history.

Opens: January 1, 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020, 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.

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30 April 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — Historic Fantasy — 87 Bedford

What we want

Five original, previously unpublished, literary fantasy short stories between 1000 to 5000 words for our Historic Fantasy Anthology. We are seeking stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic. As always, we prefer stories with a literary quality built upon strong characters, spellbinding language, and believable world-building.

If your work is accepted, we will ask you to send us an author’s note (around few hundred words) related to the story that we can include in the anthology.

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Deadline

We will be accepting submissions until April 30, 2020, or whenever the anthology is filled. The anthology will be published within ninety (90) thereafter.

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Response Time, Simultaneous, & Multiple Submissions

We will do our best to respond to your submission within one month. Please feel free to check-in with us if you have not heard back after four weeks.

We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere

We do not accept multiple submissions. You are welcome to submit again as soon once we have responded to a previous submission.

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Editing, Rights, & Payment

If we accept your work, we may request minor line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.

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We ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for ninety (90) days from the date of first publication. We also ask for Non-exclusive Anthology Rights. Lastly, we ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose. Stories will be published on both our website and as part of the anthology.

The author retains copyright and ownership of the work. All rights revert back to the author after ninety (90) days.

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We pay $0.08 per word. Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred) or mailed by check, upon publication. We will also send you a digital copy of the final anthology.

All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors Page.

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Formatting and Submitting

All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Most important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.

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Please email all submissions to submit87bedford@gmail.com and include in the subject field the word “Anthology,” the name of the piece, and approximate word count. Example: Anthology – “The Loyal Samurai” (6000). Please include your work as a separate attachment (.DOC, .DOCX., .RTF) to the email.

We look forward to receiving your work!

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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If you’ve found this listing useful, and especially if you’ve sold a story to a market you found here (score!) I’d love to hear about it. You can e-mail me at angiepen at gmail dot com.

If you’d like to support these listings in a more concrete way, here are a couple of ways to do it:

Become a Patron!

Anthology Markets

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. If you want to get an e-mail notification when the listing is posted, get the list a week early, or get a full listing of everything I’ve found (as opposed to the two months’ worth I post here) a week early, you can support my Patreon.

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.

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29 February 20 — Triangulation: Extinction — Parsec Ink

Triangulation is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.

THEME: Triangulation: Extinction

Every day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

WORD COUNT: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be rejected unread.

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

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

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

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

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

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

HOW WE CHOOSE

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

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

RESPONSE: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

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

IF YOUR STORY IS ACCEPTED

COMPENSATION: We pay 3¢ per word. Payment will be either via PayPal or check.

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

HOW TO SUBMIT

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

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1 March 20 — Genderful — ed. Madison Scott-Clary; HYBRID Ink

As furries, we base large swaths of our identity around species. We search for what fits, we let our species choose us, and find ways to be happy as such.

Species isn’t the only portion of identity that we explore within this subculture, though; given the relative safety of our community, gender is also something that we frequently explore. More than 8% of furries describe themselves as non-cisgender, and a further 6% describe their gender as ‘complicated’ (via the 2016 Furry Survey).

Furry is often a means of wish-fulfillment for us, the players of our characters and the bearers of our avatars, so we often present ourselves as we desire to be seen. Within a fictional furry world, though, there’s little reason to expect that similar statistics around gender identity and expression would not also be the case.

Genderful: Green and Gold — How would those in a such a world explore their gender in a day-to-day context? What are the mechanics of hormone replacement therapy – transdermal patches obviously being out of the question – or of gender affirming surgery? What are the social implications of gender transition in a society already differentiated by species?

Genderful: Blue and Silver — How would those in a such a world explore their gender in a sexual context? What are the effects of hormone replacement therapy or of gender affirming surgery on one’s sexuality? How does sex and sexuality work in a setting with complex scents and sensitive noses? Dating, already scary, gains a new layer of tension; romance, already complex, gains a new layer of difficulty; and sex, already fraught with gender, becomes even more complicated.

About the Anthology

Genderful is an anthology of short fiction in two parts edited by Madison Scott-Clary. It will comprise several pieces from diverse authors. The anthology will be released in both physical and e-book formats, as well as, depending on interest, audiobook format.

Genderful: Green and Gold is the general side of the anthology, and Genderful: Blue and Silver is the adult side. Stories for general audience and adult stories will be offered in separate sections or books (the exact details will be determined when we receive submissions) to allow readers to curate their experience.

Here is what HYBRID will be looking for:

Submission Content

We are looking for short story submissions that explore the implications of non-cisgender life within the context of furry. There is no restriction on gender of characters or perceived orientation, including anywhere on the asexuality spectrum. Though the set and setting may be tough and the plot may involve hardships, the characters should be treated with sensitivity and care. We are particularly keen on featuring #OwnVoices authors.

Stories should focus on characters struggling or living with a non-cisgender identity. There are no further restrictions on genre. No preference will be given to stories with any character:

== on any stage of their chosen path of transition,
== of any gender identity or gender assigned at birth, or
== of any orientation

We would like a balance of expressions, and will be publishing an anonymous list of what is represented in each submission as they come in!

HYBRID Ink will not, under any circumstances, publish content that portrays any of the following without justification or in a positive light:

== Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discrimination
== Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
== Rape, torture, dubious consent, or forced seduction
== Gratuitous violence, gore, or death

For more information, please see here, and remember that we’re all governed by our code of conduct.

Submission Genre

While there is no restriction on genre of submitted stories, we will aim for a cohesive anthology after the fact. For instance, if we receive more speculative fiction stories than contemporary fiction, that may play a role in accepting stories. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, murder mystery…give us your best!

Submission Rating

G-X — stories of an erotic or violent nature and stories written for a general audience will be presented in separate sections/books (specifics to be determined) to allow readers to curate their experience.

Submission Length

2,000–15,000 words — if you feel like you will fall outside this range, let us know!

Rate

2½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story. Why?)

Simultaneous Submissions

Yes, but please inform us if you are also submitting to other sources.

Multiple Submissions

Yes — limit 2. A maximum of 1 will be published.

Prior Publication

Previously published works are allowed, but preference given to entries that have not yet been published.

Schedule

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019

Submissions Close: March 1, 2020

Submissions Read and Responded to: Within four weeks

Anthology Available for Sale: within six months of contracts

Submission contracts will include a sunset clause. You may see an example contract here.

Submitting to HYBRID

Please submit via email to hybrid+submit@hybrid.ink.

Include your name and what you are submitting for in the subject line in the format [Submission type] Submission name (for X) by Author. For example, Jace Doe is submitting their story “Something Awesome,” to the Great Stories anthology, they would use the subject line:

[Story] Something Awesome (for Great Stories) by Jace Doe.

Alternately, for longer work queries, if Anna Doe is submitting a query for her novel Holy Crap, Birds!, she would use the subject line:

[Query] Holy Crap, Birds! by Anna Doe.

Please submit a synopsis of your work, plus the entire short work, or the first 10,000 words or so (about twenty pages) for longer work queries. We will accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Open Document Format/LibreOffice/Calligra Words (.odt), Markdown, TeX of various flavors. We can also accept Google Docs, but would prefer a standalone file.

If you are submitting to a call for submissions, please be sure to note the following in your submission email:

== Whether or not you are submitting simultaneously to other markets
== Whether or not your submission has already been published elsewhere
== Whether or not you are submitting multiple submissions to the call

We appreciate you following these guidelines, as they help all of us keep submissions organized!

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15 March 20 — Third Flatiron: Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses — Third Flatiron

The future we all want. Examples might include effects of technology on the young (online learning, socialization), climate mitigation and adaptation, new opportunities to boldly go where none have gone before

The untented Kosmos my abode, I pass, a willful stranger
My mistress the open road
And the bright eyes of danger
(Robert Louis Stevenson, Youth and Love)

Reading period: February 15 – March 15, 2020
Writer deadline: March 15, 2020
Publication date: June 1, 2020

Third Flatiron Publishing is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland. We are looking for submissions to our (approximately) quarterly themed anthologies. Our focus is on science fiction and fantasy and anthropological fiction. We want tightly plotted tales in out-of-the-ordinary scenarios. Light horror is acceptable, provided it fits the theme.

Please send us short stories that revolve around age-old questions and have something illuminating to tell us as human beings. Fantastical situations and creatures, exciting dialog, irony, mild horror, and wry humor are all welcome. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Inquire if longer.

Role models for the type of fiction we want include Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Alastair Gray, and Ken Kesey. We want to showcase some of the best new shorts available today.

For each anthology, we will also accept a few very short humor pieces on the order of the “Shouts and Murmurs” feature in The New Yorker Magazine (600 words or so). These can be written from a first-person perspective or can be mini-essays that tell people what they ought to do, how to do something better, or explain why something is like it is, humorously. An SF/Fantasy bent is preferred.

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. Be sure they are the final version (any Review comments removed). Flash humor pieces (Grins and Gurgles) should be short, around 600-1,000 words.

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

Submit by email to

flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com

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

In the Subject: line of the email, please put

flatsubmit:Title_of_Your_Work

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

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

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

Your Name

Address (mailing)

Email address

Word count

[10 blank lines]

Title

Byline

Body of story

——–

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

Remuneration

Your story must be original work, with the digital rights unencumbered. Accepted stories will be paid at the flat rate of 8 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 as part of an anthology. We will format the story for the most popular electronic readers and platforms. You agree that we may distribute a sample (portion of the story) to potential customers.

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

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

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

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25 March 20 — Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country — Swallow Publishing

Swallow Publishing, in association with Mythic Picnic, is soliciting works for HUMANS IN THE WILD: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country.

The anthology features Kathy Fish, author of Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild. We will choose approximately 30 additional works from other authors, artists, and people at large.

Submissions must be original, but may be previously published works, and should be no more than 2,500 words in length.

Selected authors will be paid $50 each.

The anthology will be sold in print and eBook. We’ll be donating a percentage of net proceeds from sales to charity, and encourage you to do the same.

If you choose to donate your $50, please tell us about your chosen charity and why you choose to donate.

Though the editors of HUMANS IN THE WILD prefer donations to anti-gun violence charitable organizations, we understand there are many problems in the 21st century that may be nearer to your heart, and if you’ve lost faith in charities, you can tell us about that if you want to as well.

An index at the back of the anthology will include a bio on each contributor, including your explanation of where the $50 is going and why, but only if you wish to include that information.

Paste your submission into the body of the email, or attach it as a PDF/Docx/Doc.

Include your contact info and bio in the body of the email, remember to tell us about your preferred charity, your reason for donating, or your reason for choosing not to donate.

Donation, and explaining your donation, is totally optional and is not a requirement for acceptance.

Please send submissions to jen@rrusson.com.

The last day for submissions is March 25, 2020.

We hope to notify selected contributors via email by April 1, 2020.

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31 March 20 — Midnight in the Pentagram — Silver Shamrock Publishing

IT’S TIME TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…

With the success of our first Midnight anthology, Midnight in the Graveyard, it’s time to roll out the 2nd in the series, Midnight in the Pentagram.

Silver Shamrock Publishing is now accepting submissions for the Midnight in the Pentagram anthology.

We are looking for original Occult/Demons/Possession/Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/The Omen/Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

Submit by email to: kmckinley@silvershamrockpublishing.com
Length: up to 6000 words
Format: Preferred format is Doc or Docx, double-spaced with author email at the top of the first page.

— Please use the anthology title, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, in the subject heading of your email.
— A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, recognition, influences hometown and social media links.
— The word count.
— Acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript will be emailed within 3 business days
— Successful authors will receive a contract upon acceptance. Once we have a signed contract by the author and Silver Shamrock Publishing, payment will be made within 30 days via PayPal.

Payment: Professional rate of $0.06/word.

Note: This is an invitation AND open-submission anthology (approx. 75% invitation/25% open-submission). With the All-Star cast of horror writers we assemble, this will prove to be a very competitive open-submission, with us only taking the very best entries.

Good luck!

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31 March 20 — Geek Out! III — ed. Sage Kalmus; Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to GLBT+ writers only.]

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Geek Out! III If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme

Where queer meets geek. Whatever you geek out about, we want to read it!

Genres

== Genre Fiction: Scifi, fantasy, western, noir, horror, romance, etc.
== Creative Nonfiction (non-memoir based): opinion essays, topical articles, reviews, interviews, profiles, humor, etc.
== Poetry: Experimental, slam and non-traditional formats
== Comics / Graphic short stories (black & white only)
== Scripts: short stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, video scripts, etc.
== Visual Art: LGBTQ+ themed (non-erotic).

Not Looking For

We are not looking for work in the following genres for this particular publication. (See our other Submission Guidelines homepage for other publications with upcoming deadlines seeking work in these genres.)

== Literary Fiction
== Memoir-based Nonfiction
== Traditional Poetry

Additionally, we rarely accept work in the following genres:

== Erotica
== Work written for children

Length (all word/page counts are loose)

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: up to 3 pages (per poem)
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
== Visual Art: Submit up to 5 images.

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats

== All submissions of writing must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== Digital art files should be at least 300 dpi resolution.
== PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
== 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

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Geek Out! III

Reprints

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights

== 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).

Compensation

== Writing contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
== Artwork contributors will receive $15 per piece.

[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.
== Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.

Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

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.

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31 March 20 — SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — Mocha Memoirs Press

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire will follow the steps of our previous published bestseller anthologies An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters (A Bram Stoker nominee).

What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.

If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Seriously, read the guidelines. Follow them.

Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.

Still interested? Here are the guidelines.

== Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must be from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.

== Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

== Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com

== Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name

== Save your File as STORY TITLE-AUTHOR NAME

Here is our list of don’t:

== No revenge stories.
== No erotica.
== No Bestiality.
== No underage sex with minors, bestiality, or racist rants/racist storylines.

Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.

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4 April 20 — Disturbia — ed. Sandra Ruttan; Bronzeville Books

Take a hard left turn from normal. Bring us your unsettling stories. If a common activity leads to violations of the laws of man or nature, your story may be perfect for this collection. Ideal genres: horror, crime.

Note: We will not process or respond to submissions sent to the wrong email address. Only submissions sent to thebronzevillebee@gmail.com will be processed.

Note: Each story should be submitted in its own email. Do not send a submission as a response to a rejection or email query. Do not send multiple stories in the same email.

Pro Tip: Read Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become to get a sense of what the editor is looking for in stories. The tone is appropriate for Disturbia and Rigor Morbid 2.

We welcome submissions from diverse authors. We encourage individuals to opt to include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo that can be used with the publication when submitting.

*Diverse can refer to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or those that are specially abled

Payment

$0.08 U.S. per word

We will not publish stories that are donated — all writers must be prepared to receive payment through one of our approved payment methods. All payments to U.S. writers will be made by check. All payments to international writers will be made by Paypal to a verified Paypal address that is in the writer’s name.

Guidelines

== Stories should be 3000 words or less
== Stories should be attached as a .doc or .docx file
== Text in stories should be in black ink
== No underlined text in stories
== Use a standard font (Times New Roman or Courier)
== stories should be sent to the proper email address
== submissions should be addressed to Sandra Ruttan
== submissions should have the requested information in the subject line
== submissions do not need to be accompanied by an email. An author bio is preferred.

Email

Send submissions to Sandra Ruttan thebronzevillebee@gmail.com

Your Email Should:

== Have a subject line that indicates the name of the submission call, the name of the story, the author’s name, the word count of the story and the genre of the story
==== Example: Disturbia – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – by Author Name – 2725 words – horror
== Be addressed to the editor, Sandra Ruttan
== Include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo*
== Your bio can indicate if this is an #ownvoices story — we welcome #ownvoices submissions

Deadlines

Submissions will close on April 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern or when 175 submissions are received. In the event that we are approaching our submission limit for this call we will post a two-week warning with a revised deadline here. We will also update people through our newsletter.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Auto Reply

== We use an auto reply to confirm we have received submissions
== You should receive an auto reply that will remind you of the submission guidelines to ensure that your submission will be processed
== We will not process submissions that produce a ‘failure to deliver’ message when we send the auto reply (Why? It can indicate the email account is not working. We have sent more than a dozen direct emails about submissions in the past three months that have failed delivery. They continued to fail delivery after repeated attempts. The time spent processing those submissions and attempting correspondence impedes our ability to spend time on serious submissions we could potentially publish.)
== If you notice you missed something, resend the entire submission and note in your email that you are replacing a prior submission because some material requested was not included. Please do not send separate emails with pieces of a submission.

Review Process

== We normally review submissions in the order received, with the exception of material lacking the word count or not conforming to the submission guidelines
== Suspected troll submissions may be eliminated before submission review begins
== Submissions that do not state the word count will not be prioritized for review
== Submissions with significant formatting issues that do not follow our guidelines will also not be prioritized for review
== Stories that are not prioritized will only be reviewed if space is still available when all other submissions have been reviewed

Submissions That Will Not Be Processed

== Stories that exceed the word count limit
== Submissions of PDF, RTF or other document formats, or that include the story in the body of the email
== Submissions sent via DM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform
== Submissions addressed to persons other than Sandra Ruttan
== Stories with colored text

Multiple Submissions

Are not permitted for this open call

Simultaneous Submissions

Are permitted. Please withdraw your story ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere.

Reprints

Are not permitted for this open call at this time except by invitation

Resubmission Policy

Stories that have been rejected cannot be submitted to the same open call. They may be submitted to a different open call with a different editorial team.

Contracts

No content is guaranteed publication until an agreement is signed by both parties.

Failure to return the signed contract in a timely manner can result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication

If edits aren’t completed within one week from the time issued it may result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication

Forbidden Content

== Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, or anyone having sex with animals.

== We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.
== To clarify, a story touching on racism may require a racist character that makes a racist statement. These should be used sparingly, and carefully. When the narrative is peppered with racist insults the story has gone beyond establishing that a character is racist and may read as a presentation of the author’s views. Anyone who is not prepared to work with a sensitivity reader or have this content addressed in edits should not submit to us.
== “While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan

Policy

We will work with sensitivity readers if we feel their insight is required for a story we’re considering. If you are a writer who is not willing to complete edits and work with a sensitivity reader, if required, do not submit to us.

Disclaimer

This information is for forthcoming submission calls for three anthologies. There is no guarantee of publication. The editor reserves the right to select the stories they wish to publish. The editor will not send editorial notes and detailed explanations about the stories not selected. That is a service an editor-for-hire or a beta reader provides. When you are submitting to a publication call you are, in a manner of speaking, auditioning for a job. You either get it, or you don’t. The editor’s decision is final. We will not debate or discuss our decisions with you. We routinely post tips and writing insights at Bronzeville Bee to help writers refine their work or determine if our publications are a good fit for them. We publish fiction at Bronzeville Bee. We have published Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become. A good way to determine what we publish is to read what we have published.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Correspondence should be directed to the email address provided here. Do not submit stories via Facebook or other social media DM channels. Do not send a message request to an editor’s personal social media account to argue about a submission. This is harassment. The editor reserves the right to ban you from consideration for future projects if you harass them.

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30 April 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered — ed. Steven R. Southard; Pole to Pole Publishing

Opening January 1, 2020 [DO NOT SUBMIT until this date]

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking fictional short stories for its upcoming anthology, Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered, to be published in June 2020, on the sesquicentennial of Jules Verne’s work.

Since June 20, 1870, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been hailed as a classic, translated and reprinted in numerous book versions, transcribed for stage, movies, and TV miniseries, made into video games and a theme park ride. The book has inspired countless submariners, undersea explorers, and ship designers, not to mention armchair adventurers. We can’t let this anniversary pass unnoticed, so will launch this anthology as our tribute to the Father of Science Fiction and his masterwork. Pole to Pole Publishing welcomes Steven R. Southard as a co-editor of this anthology.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel. Set your story in any time or place; use characters from Verne’s novel or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. The mood of your story need not be dark, as other Pole to Pole Publishing anthologies have been. Aim to capture, in your own way, the sense of wonder and adventure for which Jules Verne is famous. The connection between your story and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be obvious and significant, and your story must not disparage either the novel or its author.

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).

Hard Sells:
== 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:
==Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered 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.
==Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word for original stories ($15 flat rate for reprints), 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. (Note: both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island are in the public domain.) No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.

Formatting:
==No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
==Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.
==Please, no headers or footers. Use italics, not underlines. No boldface. Use Times New Roman font.

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.) If your story is a reprint, please give us details of its publication history.

Opens: January 1, 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020, 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.

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30 April 2020 [OR UNTIL FILLED] — Historic Fantasy — 87 Bedford

What we want

Five original, previously unpublished, literary fantasy short stories between 1000 to 5000 words for our Historic Fantasy Anthology. We are seeking stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic. As always, we prefer stories with a literary quality built upon strong characters, spellbinding language, and believable world-building.

If your work is accepted, we will ask you to send us an author’s note (around few hundred words) related to the story that we can include in the anthology.

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Deadline

We will be accepting submissions until April 30, 2020, or whenever the anthology is filled. The anthology will be published within ninety (90) thereafter.

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Response Time, Simultaneous, & Multiple Submissions

We will do our best to respond to your submission within one month. Please feel free to check-in with us if you have not heard back after four weeks.

We allow simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere

We do not accept multiple submissions. You are welcome to submit again as soon once we have responded to a previous submission.

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Editing, Rights, & Payment

If we accept your work, we may request minor line-edits for grammar, punctuation and clarity. You will have the opportunity to review and discuss all edits with us before the final version of your work is published.

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We ask for First World Serial Rights, First World Electronic Rights and Exclusive Rights for ninety (90) days from the date of first publication. We also ask for Non-exclusive Anthology Rights. Lastly, we ask for Non-exclusive Audio Rights to publish an audio podcast of the work if we so choose. Stories will be published on both our website and as part of the anthology.

The author retains copyright and ownership of the work. All rights revert back to the author after ninety (90) days.

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We pay $0.08 per word. Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred) or mailed by check, upon publication. We will also send you a digital copy of the final anthology.

All published works will be credited with a byline, and contributors will be featured on our Contributors Page.

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Formatting and Submitting

All fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Most important: double-spaced, 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.

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Please email all submissions to submit87bedford@gmail.com and include in the subject field the word “Anthology,” the name of the piece, and approximate word count. Example: Anthology – “The Loyal Samurai” (6000). Please include your work as a separate attachment (.DOC, .DOCX., .RTF) to the email.

We look forward to receiving your work!

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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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.

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31 January 2020 — Hashtag Queer, Volume 4 — Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 will be released in June of 2020 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 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 digital formats.

Submission Guidelines:

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme:

== By and/or about LGBTQ+.

Genres:

== Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
== Creative non-fiction & memoir.
== Poetry.
== Scripts (including plays and screenplays).

For this book, we are NOT considering:

== Erotica.
== written for children.

Length:

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 5 pages
== Scripts: Up to 10 pages

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats:

== 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:

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4.

Reprints:

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

== 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).

Compensation:

== Contributors will receive $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: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

== We will respond to all submissions by March 31, 2020.

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31 January 2020 — Rebuilding Tomorrow — Twelfth Planet Press

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a followup anthology to Defying Doomsday, which was an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.

We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with a disability, we would love to read it.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

== (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with a disability or physical impairment, chronic illness, mental illness or neurodiversity etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and illness and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.
== We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have a frequent (if not daily) impact on the character’s life. 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 well before the start of the story. We are open to a variety of past events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! The important thing is that these events should be in the past, although characters may still be dealing with some longterm consequences.
== 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 2000 and 6000 words in length and submitted in some approximation of standard manuscript format. We will happily accept .rtf, .doc and .docx files.
== No reprints, no simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions.

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 worldbuilding. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories. Note that, while we value #ownvoices stories, we do not require authors to disclose personal information to us.

Some things we already have covered (hard sells to steer away from):

== Stories featuring protagonists with upper limb deficiencies
== Stories where the central plot involves a happy community being temporarily disrupted by belligerent outsiders

Submissions are open until 23:59 on 31 January 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Payment will be 8 cents per word (USD) to be paid on acceptance in exchange for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).

Email submissions to: defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com.

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1 February 20 — Multispecies Cities — Worldweaver Press

A science fiction anthology in partnership with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan

Story Length: 500 to 5,000 words
Payment: $0.03 per word (USD) + contributor copy

In order to attain better futures, we first must imagine them. But at this crucial tipping point for our planet, it’s important to imagine futures that include the many other species we share our world with. Cities tend to be anthropocentric—designed for the comfort and convenience of humans, often with little regard for the plants, animals, and insects local to that area. Science fiction tends toward anthropocentric as well, concerned with either the great achievements or failures of humankind. For this anthology, we want to see more-than-human stories that investigate humanity’s relationship with the rest of the natural world. We’re looking for stories that acknowledge humans as part of a larger ecosystem, for characters who strive for balance with (rather than dominance over) the creatures surrounding them, for settings that depict an optimistic balance of nature and technology.

Authors may wish to envision futuristic cities where people and wildlife can thrive together, or urban landscapes re-designed to heal past ecological destruction. Characters might need to make tough decisions to maintain the multispecies ecosystem of a city, struggle to negotiate coexistence between human and non-human residents, or fight back against a project that would threaten the balance of that ecosystem. Stories could focus on conservation efforts for currently living species, or explore de-extinction processes for species lost due to human impact. Or perhaps an encounter with an extraterrestrial species could serve as a metaphor for how humans interact with the non-human species of Earth.

Because this project is inspired by the solarpunk movement, we prefer stories to end on a positive or hopeful note. We want narratives that engage with fundamental political ideas and problems, such as non-human citizenship and ecological justice. Far-fetched situations are acceptable as long as they’re based in some realistic biology and/or climate science. We encourage authors to set their stories in the Asia-Pacific region, or at least include some thematic tie to that part of the world.

Submissions must be in English; translations are welcome, provided the original author has given permission.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

How to submit: Send story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf to solarpunk[at]worldweaverpress[dot]com.

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16 February 20 — Inverted Fairy Tales & Folklore — ed. KC Alpinus and Sean Gerace; Goal Publications

We’ve all heard the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, the Princess and the Pea, and other faithful classics. We’re sure that more than a few are familiar with the mythology of ancient Greece, Egypt, and others.

Great! That’s NOT what we’re looking for, with a few exceptions.

We’re looking for folklore, mythology, or fairy tales from other places, and fantasy stories that invoke these, that can have a furry (anthropomorphic animal) twist. Have a story about Baba Yaga? Toss it over here. One about Raw Head and Blood Bones? Sure, would love to see it! We want tales that have been lost to time, but we want you to twist it into being your own story. Give us something new and imaginative!

What we DO NOT want:

Explicit Gore – You’ll have a much better shot at being selected if we can make it through your story without feeling physically ill. Horror without explicit gore is more than fine.

Explicit Sex/Erotica – Not that kind of anthology. Romance or alluded intimacy among characters is fine, but nothing that would require us to use a brown paper covering. The intended audience for this is 14+, so if you wouldn’t feel comfortable with a 14-year-old reading the story, don’t send it in.

“Zipperbacks” (meaning characters that are animal-people, and the fact that they are part animal has no significance to the story) – Some examples of what you can do to avoid having “zipperbacks”: if your story has wolves in it and they don’t engage in canine behavior (the occasional scratching, boundless energy, a fixation on scents, etc), then they might be an issue. If you have a cat character, maybe sometimes it grooms itself when it’s bored during a conversation. If you have an otter, maybe it has an affinity for water and is extremely athletic. Animal-people may have different social customs (like they worry about shedding in fancy places), or their clothing might be unique to their species and has to be hand-made. Please make your fuzzy animals do fuzzy animal things so we know that they’re not just humans playing at being animals.

Thor, Loki, Odin, Horus, Osiris, Anubis, Zeus, Hades, Apollo, etc. We know these guys are a big part of culture, but their mythology is over-represented. We’re not completely against Greek/Roman, Egyptian, or Norse stories, but just not these guys, and they need to be stories that aren’t all over western pop culture. There are some lovely myths and fairy tales from these cultures that are often overshadowed, and we want to bring them to the front.

Any Disney princess ala Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel or etc., with a few notable exceptions, are also over-represented and are not what we’re looking for.

Dull, listless characters – Our editors both really prefer stories that feature unforgettable characters that make us love or hate to love them. If there’s nothing memorable about your character or their exploits, chances are there won’t be anything memorable about your story.

What we DO want:

First and foremost, we want fantasy and fantastical elements. We want a sense of wonder, enchantment, and thrill at being immersed in the world that you’ve created. Please find the stories that need to be told and submit them. We love seeing diverse characters in diverse settings, so keep that in mind too.

One of the biggest goals with this anthology is to bring the stories from other cultures to the forefront. If you have a specific question, think, does this celebrate/give a voice to a nonwhite culture/a marginalized group of people? If it does, there’s a good chance that some of these story guidelines may bend (such as, we may consider an original story written in the style of a fairy tale/folklore).

This is also a furry anthology, so please make sure your main character(s) fall somewhere into this! We don’t want a “man runs with wolves”; we’d rather know what’s going on with the wolf, and their thoughts on why the strange monkey-man is running with them.

The Twists:

Like we said, we want stories that feature folklore, fantasy, and mythology, but not just a rehashing of the original tale (unless it’s a retelling of story totally unknown to western culture, and then we MIGHT be willing to take it. For example, we would be willing to take a “Vasilisa the Beautiful” retelling, especially if it features a location that isn’t a derivative of western civilization, versus a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”.) We’re especially fond of fairy tales or folklore that have twists within them. Good surprises and memorable characters are quick sells with us. If you have questions about what this all means, please use our query form with the subject “submissions” and mention this anthology. Our editors will give you their thoughts.

Themes:

Anything with wonder, amazement, mystery, intrigue, or the fantastical.

Submission Requirements and Formatting:

Submit your story using the form at the bottom of this page. Make sure that all submissions follow our submission guidelines for formatting. In the “How does your story fit the anthology theme?” field, please include the fairy tale, myth, or folklore story that you were inspired by in the body of the email (We may want to look it up for future reading). Failure to follow these submission guidelines may result in your story not even being read.

Word Count: 1,000 – 8,000 words. This is a fairly hard limit, and stories outside of this limit will have a very low chance of being accepted. If your story goes off the rails and ends up over 10k words, we have a separate, standalone market for that. Don’t submit that to this anthology, as it won’t get read.

Payment: $0.04 per word (maximum of $100 for a story) for original stories, or $0.01 per word (maximum of $25 for a story) for a reprint. You will also receive a copy of the finished book.

Rights: We are asking for first rights on all original stories, exclusive for six months from the publication date, and then non-exclusive after that as long as the anthology remains for sale. For reprints, non-exclusive rights as long as the anthology remains for sale.

Multiple Submissions: Maximum two submitted stories per author. We will only be accepting a maximum of one story per author.

Response Time: Initial responses will be sent out by Sean within 48 hours of submission (please note that if you don’t receive a response in this time frame that your response may either be in your junk mail box, or your email has blocked our reply, so get in touch with @goalpublication on Twitter). Final responses should be sent out within eight weeks of the submission closing, by KC Alpinus.

Expected Release: Late-summer or fall. More details to come!

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22 February 20 — Silk and Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies — ed. Janine A. Southard; Cantina Publishing

Princess and swordswoman. Scholar and mecha pilot. Warrior women… and the courtly ladies who love them.

The Silk and Steel anthology was initially inspired by artwork from Al Norton. She’s put so much tension into these characters! Yet, among all that edginess and conflict, there are also romantic feelings… and a definite sense that both women have the upper hand.

We’re looking for stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic.

You can expect to share a Table of Contents with distinguished authors such as: Ellen Kushner, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Arkady Martine, Claire Bartlett, Django Wexler, Freya Marske, Jennifer Mace, JY Yang, K.A. Doore, Kelly Robson, Nibedita Sen, and Yoon Ha Lee.

Editor’s Note: I’m looking for all speculative genres except straight-up erotica or hard-core horror. (We’re aiming this anthology at general audiences, after all. Erotic and horror elements within your story’s context are definitely okay! But if they’re the thrust of the story, then you’ve gone off genre.) I think the idea lends itself well to swashbuckling romance and operatic comedy, but it’s really up to you.

Other Inclusions: Yes! I would love to see trans women, bi, pan, and ace characters.

How to submit: Send your story in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Janine A. Southard at silky.subs@cantinapublishing.com

Note about conflict: Yes, this is an f/f anthology, but that doesn’t mean your women need to be fighting against homophobia! While this is one option, it’s not the only one. Consider also having them fight for their countries, their loves, or their right to wash their cars on Wednesdays in flagrant disregard of their HOA’s rules. Silk and Steel is about romance and optimism, so moving on to the next big fight after homophobia will be a much easier sell.

Rights and compensation: Originals only, no reprints. We will purchase first publishing rights for inclusion in this anthology (ebook and print) and one year of exclusivity for 8 cents/word. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Cantina Publishing exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.

General Guidelines for Submissions:

We are currently only considering submissions for active calls.

Do send: Your story with your contact details, name (and pseudonym, if applicable), and word count on the first page of a .doc, .docx, or .rtf document. Please use italics instead of underlining. Cantina Publishing recommends using a really common workhorse font like Times New Roman or Calibri at whatever the default setting is for your word processor. (Font selections are subject to change before publication. Still, the submissions reader will remember you as “the jerk who sent something all in wingdings.” So we don’t recommend that particular level of creativity.) 3,000-7,000 words recommended.

Don’t send: Fanfic of any kind. (Unless specified by the call for submissions.) Grotesque horror. Anything over 10,000 words without querying first.

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29 February 20 — Triangulation: Extinction — Parsec Ink

Triangulation is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.

THEME: Triangulation: Extinction

Every day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

WORD COUNT: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be rejected unread.

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

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

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

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

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

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

HOW WE CHOOSE

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

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

RESPONSE: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

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

IF YOUR STORY IS ACCEPTED

COMPENSATION: We pay 3¢ per word. Payment will be either via PayPal or check.

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

HOW TO SUBMIT

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

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1 March 20 — Genderful — ed. Madison Scott-Clary; HYBRID Ink

As furries, we base large swaths of our identity around species. We search for what fits, we let our species choose us, and find ways to be happy as such.

Species isn’t the only portion of identity that we explore within this subculture, though; given the relative safety of our community, gender is also something that we frequently explore. More than 8% of furries describe themselves as non-cisgender, and a further 6% describe their gender as ‘complicated’ (via the 2016 Furry Survey).

Furry is often a means of wish-fulfillment for us, the players of our characters and the bearers of our avatars, so we often present ourselves as we desire to be seen. Within a fictional furry world, though, there’s little reason to expect that similar statistics around gender identity and expression would not also be the case.

Genderful: Green and Gold — How would those in a such a world explore their gender in a day-to-day context? What are the mechanics of hormone replacement therapy – transdermal patches obviously being out of the question – or of gender affirming surgery? What are the social implications of gender transition in a society already differentiated by species?

Genderful: Blue and Silver — How would those in a such a world explore their gender in a sexual context? What are the effects of hormone replacement therapy or of gender affirming surgery on one’s sexuality? How does sex and sexuality work in a setting with complex scents and sensitive noses? Dating, already scary, gains a new layer of tension; romance, already complex, gains a new layer of difficulty; and sex, already fraught with gender, becomes even more complicated.

About the Anthology

Genderful is an anthology of short fiction in two parts edited by Madison Scott-Clary. It will comprise several pieces from diverse authors. The anthology will be released in both physical and e-book formats, as well as, depending on interest, audiobook format.

Genderful: Green and Gold is the general side of the anthology, and Genderful: Blue and Silver is the adult side. Stories for general audience and adult stories will be offered in separate sections or books (the exact details will be determined when we receive submissions) to allow readers to curate their experience.

Here is what HYBRID will be looking for:

Submission Content

We are looking for short story submissions that explore the implications of non-cisgender life within the context of furry. There is no restriction on gender of characters or perceived orientation, including anywhere on the asexuality spectrum. Though the set and setting may be tough and the plot may involve hardships, the characters should be treated with sensitivity and care. We are particularly keen on featuring #OwnVoices authors.

Stories should focus on characters struggling or living with a non-cisgender identity. There are no further restrictions on genre. No preference will be given to stories with any character:

== on any stage of their chosen path of transition,
== of any gender identity or gender assigned at birth, or
== of any orientation

We would like a balance of expressions, and will be publishing an anonymous list of what is represented in each submission as they come in!

HYBRID Ink will not, under any circumstances, publish content that portrays any of the following without justification or in a positive light:

== Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discrimination
== Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
== Rape, torture, dubious consent, or forced seduction
== Gratuitous violence, gore, or death

For more information, please see here, and remember that we’re all governed by our code of conduct.

Submission Genre

While there is no restriction on genre of submitted stories, we will aim for a cohesive anthology after the fact. For instance, if we receive more speculative fiction stories than contemporary fiction, that may play a role in accepting stories. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, murder mystery…give us your best!

Submission Rating

G-X — stories of an erotic or violent nature and stories written for a general audience will be presented in separate sections/books (specifics to be determined) to allow readers to curate their experience.

Submission Length

2,000–15,000 words — if you feel like you will fall outside this range, let us know!

Rate

2½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story. Why?)

Simultaneous Submissions

Yes, but please inform us if you are also submitting to other sources.

Multiple Submissions

Yes — limit 2. A maximum of 1 will be published.

Prior Publication

Previously published works are allowed, but preference given to entries that have not yet been published.

Schedule

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019

Submissions Close: March 1, 2020

Submissions Read and Responded to: Within four weeks

Anthology Available for Sale: within six months of contracts

Submission contracts will include a sunset clause. You may see an example contract here.

Submitting to HYBRID

Please submit via email to hybrid+submit@hybrid.ink.

Include your name and what you are submitting for in the subject line in the format [Submission type] Submission name (for X) by Author. For example, Jace Doe is submitting their story “Something Awesome,” to the Great Stories anthology, they would use the subject line:

[Story] Something Awesome (for Great Stories) by Jace Doe.

Alternately, for longer work queries, if Anna Doe is submitting a query for her novel Holy Crap, Birds!, she would use the subject line:

[Query] Holy Crap, Birds! by Anna Doe.

Please submit a synopsis of your work, plus the entire short work, or the first 10,000 words or so (about twenty pages) for longer work queries. We will accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Open Document Format/LibreOffice/Calligra Words (.odt), Markdown, TeX of various flavors. We can also accept Google Docs, but would prefer a standalone file.

If you are submitting to a call for submissions, please be sure to note the following in your submission email:

== Whether or not you are submitting simultaneously to other markets
== Whether or not your submission has already been published elsewhere
== Whether or not you are submitting multiple submissions to the call

We appreciate you following these guidelines, as they help all of us keep submissions organized!

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25 March 20 — Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country — Swallow Publishing

Swallow Publishing, in association with Mythic Picnic, is soliciting works for HUMANS IN THE WILD: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country.

The anthology features Kathy Fish, author of Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild. We will choose approximately 30 additional works from other authors, artists, and people at large.

Submissions must be original, but may be previously published works, and should be no more than 2,500 words in length.

Selected authors will be paid $50 each.

The anthology will be sold in print and eBook. We’ll be donating a percentage of net proceeds from sales to charity, and encourage you to do the same.

If you choose to donate your $50, please tell us about your chosen charity and why you choose to donate.

Though the editors of HUMANS IN THE WILD prefer donations to anti-gun violence charitable organizations, we understand there are many problems in the 21st century that may be nearer to your heart, and if you’ve lost faith in charities, you can tell us about that if you want to as well.

An index at the back of the anthology will include a bio on each contributor, including your explanation of where the $50 is going and why, but only if you wish to include that information.

Paste your submission into the body of the email, or attach it as a PDF/Docx/Doc.

Include your contact info and bio in the body of the email, remember to tell us about your preferred charity, your reason for donating, or your reason for choosing not to donate.

Donation, and explaining your donation, is totally optional and is not a requirement for acceptance.

Please send submissions to jen@rrusson.com.

The last day for submissions is March 25, 2020.

We hope to notify selected contributors via email by April 1, 2020.

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31 March 20 — Midnight in the Pentagram — Silver Shamrock Publishing

IT’S TIME TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…

With the success of our first Midnight anthology, Midnight in the Graveyard, it’s time to roll out the 2nd in the series, Midnight in the Pentagram.

Silver Shamrock Publishing is now accepting submissions for the Midnight in the Pentagram anthology.

We are looking for original Occult/Demons/Possession/Satanism horror stories with an Exorcist/The Omen/Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary meets EC Comics/ Creepshow/Tales From the Crypt kind of vibe.

Specific submission guidelines:

Submit by email to: kmckinley@silvershamrockpublishing.com
Length: up to 6000 words
Format: Preferred format is Doc or Docx, double-spaced with author email at the top of the first page.

— Please use the anthology title, MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM, in the subject heading of your email.
— A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications, awards, recognition, influences hometown and social media links.
— The word count.
— Acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript will be emailed within 3 business days
— Successful authors will receive a contract upon acceptance. Once we have a signed contract by the author and Silver Shamrock Publishing, payment will be made within 30 days via PayPal.

Payment: Professional rate of $0.06/word.

Note: This is an invitation AND open-submission anthology (approx. 75% invitation/25% open-submission). With the All-Star cast of horror writers we assemble, this will prove to be a very competitive open-submission, with us only taking the very best entries.

Good luck!

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31 March 20 — Geek Out! III — ed. Sage Kalmus; Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to GLBT+ writers only.]

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Geek Out! III If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme

Where queer meets geek. Whatever you geek out about, we want to read it!

Genres

== Genre Fiction: Scifi, fantasy, western, noir, horror, romance, etc.
== Creative Nonfiction (non-memoir based): opinion essays, topical articles, reviews, interviews, profiles, humor, etc.
== Poetry: Experimental, slam and non-traditional formats
== Comics / Graphic short stories (black & white only)
== Scripts: short stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, video scripts, etc.
== Visual Art: LGBTQ+ themed (non-erotic).

Not Looking For

We are not looking for work in the following genres for this particular publication. (See our other Submission Guidelines homepage for other publications with upcoming deadlines seeking work in these genres.)

== Literary Fiction
== Memoir-based Nonfiction
== Traditional Poetry

Additionally, we rarely accept work in the following genres:

== Erotica
== Work written for children

Length (all word/page counts are loose)

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: up to 3 pages (per poem)
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
== Visual Art: Submit up to 5 images.

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats

== All submissions of writing must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== Digital art files should be at least 300 dpi resolution.
== PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
== 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

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Geek Out! III

Reprints

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights

== 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).

Compensation

== Writing contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
== Artwork contributors will receive $15 per piece.

[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.
== Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.

Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

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.

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31 March 20 — SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — Mocha Memoirs Press

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire will follow the steps of our previous published bestseller anthologies An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters (A Bram Stoker nominee).

What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.

If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Seriously, read the guidelines. Follow them.

Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.

Still interested? Here are the guidelines.

== Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must be from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.

== Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

== Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com

== Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name

== Save your File as STORY TITLE-AUTHOR NAME

Here is our list of don’t:

== No revenge stories.
== No erotica.
== No Bestiality.
== No underage sex with minors, bestiality, or racist rants/racist storylines.

Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns — TANSTAAFL Press [First Posted in September ’19]

[NOTE: Updated December ’19]

We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns.

Guidelines:

1. We have received enough stories EXCEPT ones featuring wyverns. No additional stories will be considered where they are not the focus.

2. We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.

== All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.

== All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)

== Email address is submissions@tanstaaflpress.com

3. We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.

4. All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere

== If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights.

==== Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.

==== This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.

== Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

5. Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

6. Stories considered for Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns must be high fantasy.

== We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.

==== To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.

== Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.

== We also advise against any of the following:

==== Write-ups of your role playing sessions.

==== Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.
==== Avoid werewolves and vampires.

7. TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.

8. TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

1. Acceptance of your edited work

== This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.

2. Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work

== Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.

3. All works for publication have been accepted and signed.

== That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.

== You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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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.

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31 December 19 — Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora — Aurelia Leo

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora seeks speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. More specifically, we want horror, science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history in the following sub-genres: Horror Noire, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Sword and Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, and Dieselfunk.

SUBMIT

Format using Shunn’s manuscript style. Track your submissions using Duotrope and The Submission Grinder. Submit via email with the subject line “Dominion Anthology: [TITLE]: [FORMAT]: [LENGTH]” at subs [at] aurelialeo.com. All of the following information should be in one .doc, .docx (preferred) or .rtf document.

A short cover letter is required submitted above the text of your submission in the same document. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, PayPal email address (if different), recent publications/awards (if any), preferred contributor’s copy (.epup, .mobi for Kindle™ or .pdf), and a third person bio of 50-150 words. A photo may be requested.

We take 2-3 weeks to respond to submissions. If you haven’t received a response by then, please query. If you have any questions, email info [at] aurelialeo.com.

POETRY: Any length paid $50USD per poem.
REPRINTS: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 1,000-17,500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word.
FICTION: 1,000-17,500 words paid $0.08USD per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01USD above 1,000 words.

RULES

== Translations are accepted
== Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted
== Only four submissions allowed in total (one original poem, one original story, one reprinted poem, and one reprinted story)

RIGHTS

== Copyright remains with the author and poet at all times
== Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
== First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 12 months from the date of publication
== If selected to be republished in another anthology in the future, payment in royalties is $0.01USD per word
== If selected for a podcast or audiobook, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights

HARD SALES

== Excerpts out of a novel
== Poorly formatted and edited work
== Overtly racist, sexist, or violent work

ABSOLUTE NO

== Fanfiction of any kind
== Works above the word count
== Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST

== Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it
== Protagonists that are African(s), African Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) or members of the African Diaspora
== Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on

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31 December 19 — Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 — ed. John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith; Excalibur Books

Excalibur Books is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 for print and electronic publication to be published in 2020, and we are asking for authors of any background to get involved.

Because Excalibur Books is an independent publisher based in Tokyo, this anthology is intended to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, and will be published around the time of that event. With this in mind, we are seeking short stories written by both established and upcoming writers from around the world with an Olympic theme.

These are the guidelines:

The work must be in the genre of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror).

The work must have a thematic connection to Japan and/or the Olympics. This could include:

Works set in cities during their Olympic years; for example – Paris 1924, Berlin 1936, the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Barcelona 1992, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and so on (We are also willing to accept non-fiction memoirs of Olympic years, depending on the circumstances).

Works of fiction with a theme and setting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics specifically.

Works mainly based on aspects of Japanese society and culture with a tangential connection to the Olympics.

If you have an idea for a story connected to Japan or the Olympics that doesn’t fit any of the points above, then contact us on the email address below and we’ll be very happy to discuss it with you.

Reprints WILL be considered, so don’t worry if your story fits the guidelines but has already been published somewhere else.

== Word Count: Strictly 2,500 to 10,000 words.

All submissions should:

== Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12
== Be typed in line with Standard Manuscript Format.
== Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address). Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
== Be saved as in Word format and emailed to: excaliburbooks@gmail.com

Your email subject header should read EXCALIBUR 2020/TITLE/WORD COUNT (include word count)

Contracts/Payments

Payment will be $100 for each story via PayPal, to be paid after the final acceptance. Contributors MUST have a PayPal account. Contributors will also receive a free, electronic contributor’s copy of the anthology.

Each contributor will need to sign a contract to be emailed to authors whose work is accepted. Initial contract length will be for exclusive print and electronic rights for one year.

We are not looking for stories that include racism, racist or sexist stereotypes, abuse, excessive sex, violence or swearing, political or religious proselytizing. We will not accept any fan fiction.

Please submit only one story at a time.

The anthology will be edited by John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology, their decision is final. Please do not resubmit a rejected submission as it will be rejected unseen without further consideration.

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31 December 19 — Seasons of Rot — Carrion Blue 555

2020 will see the release of four quarterly anthologies of original fiction, poetry, and art from Carrion Blue 555 collectively titled Seasons of Rot. These volumes hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, festering ways.

Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.

Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting. Less is more. We seek horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, bizarro work.

The first volume, Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms, will be released March 20, 2020. The following volumes will be released on their respective equinox/solstice, with subtitles to be determined.

Fiction:
No word limit, but we are only offering payment up to 5,000 words.
$0.02USD per word. $5 minimum, $100 maximum.

Poetry:
We are open to single poems or multi-poem cycles.
$10USD per poem, longer cycles will be negotiated.

Art:
Black-and-white only.
$10USD per piece.

All accepted authors and artists will receive one contributor copy of the volume(s) they appear in. We are asking for six month exclusivity for accepted works from time of the respective volume’s release. Important: due to payment issues in the past, we will only make payments via Paypal.

Attach word document (doc or docx) or image files as an email to carrionblue555 [at] gmail [dot] com. In your subject, please include the season you are submitting to and your name. We aren’t picky, but something like this will work:

AUTUMN SUBMISSION: three poems by Oswald Hullad

In the body of the email, please include your legal name, your name as it appears in print (if different), the title(s) of your submission(s), and a short bio that will be included in the anthology. We endeavor to respond to submissions within a couple weeks of receipt, but may ask to shortlist work until the end of the submission period.

No simultaneous submissions please. Multiple submissions are allowed, including for different volumes. Please attach all submissions to a single email. No reprints.

We have worked hard to make Carrion Blue 555 a home for diversity, and eagerly invite creators of all racial, sexual, and neurological bearings to submit.

By submitting, you are agreeing to all of the above, and acknowledge that the work is wholly yours to submit.

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31 December 19 — Apocalyptic; Galactic Stew; My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark — ed. Joshua Palmatier, S.C. Butler, David B. Coe, Crystal Sarakas; Excalibur Books

The APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK anthology Kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

A writing tip on coming up with an idea for a themed anthology can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/generating-ideas-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Some thoughts on common problems with stories that we see in the slush pile can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/open-submissions-for-anthologies-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

APOCALYPTIC is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse. Stories featuring more interesting apocalypses, settings, and twists on the typical apocalypse will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a zombie apocalypse. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We are interested in all kinds of apocalypses: zombies, meteors, flus, robots, climate changes, space critters, alien invasions, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.lauraannegilman.net/guest-post-zombies-need-writer-brains/.

GALACTIC STEW is to feature stories involving food, whether it be poisoning, a cultural or societal ritual, a trade meeting over dinner, etc. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the use of food regarding the story will receive more attention than those that are more mundane. Make certain the story is centered on the food! If the food element is removed, the story should fall apart. We do NOT want to see stories about cannibalism. So be creative and use food in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.stephanieburgis.com/2019/08/guest-post-galactic-stew/.

MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK is to feature stories where some type of tech has outlived its time and yet, during the course of the story, it discovers a new purpose or is used in a new, purposeful way. This theme is inspired by the Opportunity rover, which functioned long past its prime. As an example, we want stories that would take the rather sad fate of Opportunity and give it new life—a new, useful purpose—when we reach Mars, whether it be as a repaired resource for a colony or a critical piece of equipment used by spacecraft crash survivors or whatever. Submissions do NOT need to feature the Opportunity rover; in fact, we will likely only include one or two stories involving Opportunity. Submissions also do NOT need to be set in the future or include any kind of sentient tech. Stories featuring more interesting outdated technologies and twists on the resurgent use of those technologies will receive more attention than those with more standard tech. So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected use of an outdated technology. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.almaalexander.org/my-battery-is-low-and-its-getting-dark/.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2019. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2020. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2020.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2020. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2020. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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31 December 19 — Again, Hazardous Imaginings — ed. Andrew Fox

Science fiction is often called “speculative fiction.” Speculation and extrapolation -– asking what if? and why? or how? –- is the life’s blood of science fiction. Science fiction writers can’t wrap themselves in yellow CAUTION tape. They need to be free to follow their what ifs? wherever those speculative rabbit-holes may lead… even if they lead to dark, dank, unpleasant places.

Recent controversies within the science fiction and pop culture fields illustrate a dramatic and worrisome reversal of what has traditionally been science fiction’s greatest strength: the freedom it has granted its creators to confront, extrapolate, and dissect technological and social trends, from a panoply of viewpoints, using a full arsenal of intellectual and literary tools. Writers who were once lionized as key contributors to the science fiction field are now being drummed out of the community by online zealots who stir up instant outrage mobs in hopes of “canceling” those voices who do not fall in line with the current progressive zeitgeist.

Science fiction should always make room for contrarians, for heretics, for the unfashionable and unpopular, for dreamers at the fringe. Without them, the centuries-long conversation at the heart of science fiction becomes a sterile echo chamber. Writers holding viewpoints from across the political spectrum must all feel welcome. In this era of accelerating technological and social change, we need a healthy, vigorous, daring and courageous science fiction, more than ever. One with no ideological handcuffs or defensive self-censoring.

Guidelines for AGAIN, HAZARDOUS IMAGININGS:

== Stories can be up to 7,000 words, maximum. (Although if the story is truly outstanding, I’m willing to be a bit flexible on word length.)

== Stories cannot have been previously published (this is an ORIGINAL anthology).

== No simultaneous submissions (I don’t want to get all hot-and-bothered about your wonderful story, only to learn it’s been sold to Clarkesworld Magazine).

== I intend for this anthology to serve as a cultural snapshot in time. With this in mind, shoot for the stars –- submit your very best work, work you are proud of.

== I am looking for stories that, due to their content, viewpoint, and/or subject matter, have little or no chance of being published in the commercial market. Yesterday’s transgressions (those spotlighted in Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions) are today’s cultural virtues and/or commonplaces. What are TODAY’S taboos? What kinds of science fiction stories are verboten in today’s commercial publishing market? What just won’t fly, whether due to shared social beliefs and aversions common to editors, assumptions that editors make about their readerships’ beliefs and aversions, or the commercial pressures of the corporate publishing world? How can these modern-day taboos be illuminated and explored using the unique extrapolative tools of science fiction?

== No troll submissions! I am looking for stories of high literary merit. No stories that merely (or primarily) seek to shock, insult, or provoke will be accepted. The subject matter may be outrageous by the standards of today’s marketplace. But keep in mind, the more outrageous or disturbing the material, the more incisively it needs to be explored using the cognitive tools of science fiction. Your story may be humorous or satirical; the subject matter may greatly benefit from that approach. But your goals should be to induce your readers to care about your characters, their conflicts, and their predicaments, to leave your readers with something memorable to think about, and, last but not least, to entertain.

== Use of a pseudonym is acceptable. You have my word that I will not reveal your true identity if you do not wish it to be revealed, and I will be happy to disguise your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in any story introductions.

== Payment is $.03 (three cents) per word, payable upon acceptance.

== Email submissions to: fantasticalandrewfox Atsymbol gmail.com.

== Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), Word Perfect format (.wp), or Rich Text format (.rtf), double-spaced with one-inch margins and a 12 point font.

== Again, Hazardous Imaginings will be published as both an ebook and a print-on-demand trade paperback by MonstraCity Press. It is anticipated the anthology will be about 50,000 words in length. It is being published as a companion volume to Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction, which will be a collection of novellas and stories by Andrew Fox, author of Fat White Vampire Blues and The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501.

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1 January 2020 — The Way of the Laser — ed. Eric M. Bosarge and Joe M. McDermott; Vernacular Books

What we’re looking for:

Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.

Wow us with your original idea and blow us away with your writing.

In addition to the contributing authors on the cover, this anthology will have a limited number of slots open for submissions from the public. We welcome submissions from authors who are from traditionally under-represented communities, and also authors writing about non-traditional gender situations of all kinds.

Length: 4,000-8,000 words

Payment: $.05/word advance + royalties.

Rights: World English in print, digital, and audio, exclusive for five years.

Send submissions to vernacularbookssubmissions at gmail dot com.

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1 January 2020 — The Resiliency Anthology — The Selkie Collective

[NOTE: Submissions open to Canadian writers only.]

LIMITED DEMOGRAPHIC

The Resiliency project is open only to Canadian residents, citizens, or landed immigrants and asylum seekers. Canadian citizens living abroad are also eligible to submit. We will accept submissions in French as well as Indigenous or First Nations languages if an English translation can be provided. The project is funded by Calgary Arts Development and was awarded to The Selkie Collective.

The Selkie is committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only consider work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women or non-binary; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit communities; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.

THEME

The theme for the anthology is resiliency. The theme evokes recovery, what happens after profound change and upheaval, and how we carry on. The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose and artistic work does not have to be specifically set in Canada or feature Canadian symbols or themes. We accept all genres that fall under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and submissions are open to writers of all ages.

COMPENSATION AND RIGHTS

Successful contributors will be paid $50 CAD and will receive one physical copy of the anthology ($15 value).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but previously published material is not considered. For each selected story, we ask for exclusive first world English anthology rights in all print and electronic forms, and in all editions of the book. This means that the The Selkie Publications CIC has the right to publish the story first and in subsequent versions of the anthology, and contributors will retain rights to their stories and are free to submit their stories for reprint twelve months after the publication date. By submitting your story to The Selkie Publications CIC, you agree to these terms.

Art and illustration contract to be determined upon acceptance.

DEADLINE

The submission deadline is 1 January 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT), and the anthology will be published in Summer 2020. You can read our 2019 anthology, Transformation, here. There is no fee to submit, but we ask for one submission per artist.

BOOK LAUNCH

A book launch will be held in Calgary, Alberta with invited guests of local literary and artistic communities. Successful contributors will be invited to attend however, travel costs will be at their own expense.

WORKSHOPS

Online and in-person workshops will be available during the submission period to provide mentorship assistance and editorial feedback. Dates to be announced shortly.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please fill out the submission form HERE and follow the instructions on sending your file.

FORMAT

Literary submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word compatible document. Please include the subject as ‘Resiliency anthology submission’ in your email. Please ensure you fill out the submission form prior to sending your file.

Fiction and Nonfiction 1,000 – 2,000 words
Flash Fiction: 250–1,000 words
Short Story (no excerpts): 1,000–2,000 words
Poetry: up to three pages (8.5 x 11)
Art and Illustration: High resolution JPEG

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6 January 2020 — Coppice and Brake; Stories We Tell After Midnight (Vol. 2) — ed. Rachel A. Brune; Crone Girls Press

Anthology: Coppice and Brake
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, Eerie Horror
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Word Count:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-8,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Wanted: Seeking stories that explore the darker side of speculative fiction. We want stories that are scary or disturbing or upsetting, or that wouldn’t be out of place in a collection of Gothic prose or Grimm folktales or dark contemporary fantasy or a dark forest as night comes on … While horror is the name of the game, this anthology is for those stories that might not hit all of the tropes, but still leave us unsettled when the night settles in.

Anthology: Stories We Tell After Midnight (Vol. 2)
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 21, 2020
Word Count:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-8,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Wanted: Send me your chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.

Submission Guidelines

== Send all submissions to: cronegirlspress@gmail.com, addressed to the Editor, Rachel A. Brune.

== Follow submission guidelines and use the Crone Girls Press Style Guide to format your manuscript before submitting. Please.

== If you have any questions, a good place to get a feel for who we are is the Crone Girls Press Facebook Group. Come on in. We won’t bite. Most of us won’t, anyway.

== Each anthology will be anchored by one novella, with a mix of short stories and flash fiction. I am primarily looking for short stories to make up the bulk of each anthology, but don’t let that discourage you from submitting if you have flash fiction or a novella.

== Reprints, multiple, and simultaneous submissions are absolutely welcome! If it is a reprint, please be prepared to let us know where it was previously published so we can include that correctly in the anthology. If it is accepted elsewhere, congrats! (But please, let us know.) I will only be accepting one story per author per anthology, but if you have more than one that might fit, I’m happy to take a look at what you’ve got.

== We would like exclusive electronic and print publication rights for six months from the date of publication, and non-exclusive rights after that. We prefer worldwide, but are willing to discuss if an author sells, for example, in a foreign-language literary magazine. Once accepted, we ask our authors not to publish their work before the date of publication. Our end goal is to produce a collection of new horror fiction that will have minimal competition for six months; with that end in mind, we are open to any conversations about rights negotiation that an author may wish to have.

== One note about diverse protagonists (and characters in general): I find as a writer, sometimes it helps for the anthology call to explicitly indicate their inclusive status. That is what I am doing here.

== The determining factors in acceptance or rejection will always be quality of writing, adherence to genre, and general fit with the other stories selected for publication. If you have a story that fits those parameters, send it my way.

== Cover letters are not necessary, but if you would like to include one, what I would like to see is a one-sentence logline, word count, and genre. We publish debut and established authors, so I don’t need to see any previous publications; however, if you have any bona fides in the genre, such as membership in HWA, feel free to include those as well.

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7 January 2020 — Fiends in the Furrows II — Nosetouch Press

Folk Horror continues to stalk sunlit fields and shadowed groves with its grafting of the mundane and the sublime. The pervasive themes of isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness captivate and terrify audiences.

Nosetouch Press is pleased to conjure up Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror, a call for submissions for Folk Horror from around the world—from Britain and Ireland, to continental Europe, to North and South America, Africa, and Asia.

We encourage writers to continue to explore the wilderness of Folk Horror, while honoring the elemental essence of this subgenre’s tangled, grasping roots.

Send your best original Folk Horror stories of 4,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions that are chosen will be paid $.04 a word. No poems or reprints, please.

Email entries to submissions@nosetouchpress.com .doc or .rtf format. Please state “FIENDS 2” in the subject line.

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31 January 2020 — Hashtag Queer, Volume 4 — Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 will be released in June of 2020 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 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 digital formats.

Submission Guidelines:

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme:

== By and/or about LGBTQ+.

Genres:

== Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
== Creative non-fiction & memoir.
== Poetry.
== Scripts (including plays and screenplays).

For this book, we are NOT considering:

== Erotica.
== written for children.

Length:

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 5 pages
== Scripts: Up to 10 pages

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats:

== 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:

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4.

Reprints:

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

== 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).

Compensation:

== Contributors will receive $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: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

== We will respond to all submissions by March 31, 2020.

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31 January 2020 — Rebuilding Tomorrow — Twelfth Planet Press

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a followup anthology to Defying Doomsday, which was an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.

We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with a disability, we would love to read it.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

== (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with a disability or physical impairment, chronic illness, mental illness or neurodiversity etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and illness and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.
== We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have a frequent (if not daily) impact on the character’s life. 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 well before the start of the story. We are open to a variety of past events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! The important thing is that these events should be in the past, although characters may still be dealing with some longterm consequences.
== 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 2000 and 6000 words in length and submitted in some approximation of standard manuscript format. We will happily accept .rtf, .doc and .docx files.
== No reprints, no simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions.

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 worldbuilding. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories. Note that, while we value #ownvoices stories, we do not require authors to disclose personal information to us.

Some things we already have covered (hard sells to steer away from):

== Stories featuring protagonists with upper limb deficiencies
== Stories where the central plot involves a happy community being temporarily disrupted by belligerent outsiders

Submissions are open until 23:59 on 31 January 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Payment will be 8 cents per word (USD) to be paid on acceptance in exchange for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).

Email submissions to: defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com.

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22 February 20 — Silk and Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies — ed. Janine A. Southard; Cantina Publishing

Princess and swordswoman. Scholar and mecha pilot. Warrior women… and the courtly ladies who love them.

The Silk and Steel anthology was initially inspired by artwork from Al Norton. She’s put so much tension into these characters! Yet, among all that edginess and conflict, there are also romantic feelings… and a definite sense that both women have the upper hand.

We’re looking for stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic.

You can expect to share a Table of Contents with distinguished authors such as: Ellen Kushner, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Arkady Martine, Claire Bartlett, Django Wexler, Freya Marske, Jennifer Mace, JY Yang, K.A. Doore, Kelly Robson, Nibedita Sen, and Yoon Ha Lee.

Editor’s Note: I’m looking for all speculative genres except straight-up erotica or hard-core horror. (We’re aiming this anthology at general audiences, after all. Erotic and horror elements within your story’s context are definitely okay! But if they’re the thrust of the story, then you’ve gone off genre.) I think the idea lends itself well to swashbuckling romance and operatic comedy, but it’s really up to you.

Other Inclusions: Yes! I would love to see trans women, bi, pan, and ace characters.

How to submit: Send your story in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Janine A. Southard at silky.subs@cantinapublishing.com

Note about conflict: Yes, this is an f/f anthology, but that doesn’t mean your women need to be fighting against homophobia! While this is one option, it’s not the only one. Consider also having them fight for their countries, their loves, or their right to wash their cars on Wednesdays in flagrant disregard of their HOA’s rules. Silk and Steel is about romance and optimism, so moving on to the next big fight after homophobia will be a much easier sell.

Rights and compensation: Originals only, no reprints. We will purchase first publishing rights for inclusion in this anthology (ebook and print) and one year of exclusivity for 8 cents/word. Authors retain the rights to the individual stories; Cantina Publishing exercises rights to the anthology as a whole.

General Guidelines for Submissions:

We are currently only considering submissions for active calls.

Do send: Your story with your contact details, name (and pseudonym, if applicable), and word count on the first page of a .doc, .docx, or .rtf document. Please use italics instead of underlining. Cantina Publishing recommends using a really common workhorse font like Times New Roman or Calibri at whatever the default setting is for your word processor. (Font selections are subject to change before publication. Still, the submissions reader will remember you as “the jerk who sent something all in wingdings.” So we don’t recommend that particular level of creativity.) 3,000-7,000 words recommended.

Don’t send: Fanfic of any kind. (Unless specified by the call for submissions.) Grotesque horror. Anything over 10,000 words without querying first.

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29 February 20 — Triangulation: Extinction — Parsec Ink

Triangulation is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we won’t forget.

THEME: Triangulation: Extinction

Every day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

WORD COUNT: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is 3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be rejected unread.

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

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

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

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

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

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:
== .doc or .docx (MS Word)
== .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

HOW WE CHOOSE

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

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

RESPONSE: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

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

IF YOUR STORY IS ACCEPTED

COMPENSATION: We pay 3¢ per word. Payment will be either via PayPal or check.

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

HOW TO SUBMIT

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

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns — TANSTAAFL Press [First Posted in September ’19]

We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns.

Guidelines:

We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.

== All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.

== All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)

==== Email address is submissions@tanstaaflpress.com

== We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.

== All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere

==== If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights.

====== Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.

====== This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.

== Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

== Stories considered for “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns” must be high fantasy.

==== We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.

====== To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.

==== Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.

==== We also advise against any of the following:

====== Write-ups of your role playing sessions.

====== Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.

====== Avoid werewolves and vampires.

== TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.

== TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

== Acceptance of your edited work

==== This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.

== Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work

==== Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.

== All works for publication have been accepted and signed.

==== That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.

==== You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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

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30 November 19 — The Black Beacon Book of Mystery — Black Beacon Books

Here are the details:

Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!

Length:
Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted:
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp

In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– The use of italics. Do NOT replace them with an underline.

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.

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30 November 19 — Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die — Neon Hemlock Press

The compensation level for original stories accepted to this anthology is $0.06/word. You can view the current list of contributors here.

Please submit stories to Glitter + Ashes using the submission form here.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

== Wordcount: Under 6,000 words. 1-4,000 words is probably the sweet spot.

== Concept: They joked that the only things left would be cockroaches and Twinkies, but they were wrong. They underestimated us. Tell us stories of queer resilience and queer survival, stories set after the end of a world that could be ours but might not be. Tell us about new queer beginnings born amidst the broken promises of the future.

Be inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, yes, but the visions of the apocalypse we love also include The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Apocalypse World by Vincent & Meguey Baker, Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

== What we want to see: We are looking for speculative stories that explore ramifications of the apocalypse through queer narratives. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want indefinable stories. We welcome a broad interpretation of the post-apocalyptic genre; give us your scraps of hope in every ruined future (we love genre elements from fantasy, horror and science fiction). Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.

== What we don’t want to see: Don’t tell us directly how it ended. You can draw implications from the sunless sky or the poison water, but don’t give us a road map. We revel in the vagueness of possibility, so rather than Lady Liberty buried the sand, give us ambiguous landmarks and amalgamations of real places.

We’re not interested in unexamined bigotry or sexual violence; pieces that include such should be nuanced or looking at the post-event experience of the survivors.

Also, no zombies please, unless you have some very unconventional ones!

GUIDELINES:

== Please submit your story in .doc or .docx file, formatted in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format. The editor has a slight aversion to Courier and a fondness for Georgia.

== Please include a cover/query letter with the title, length, and a brief bio. You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any. Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them.

== Simultaneous submissions are fine, please withdraw immediately if you take another offer. Stories should be previously unpublished.

== Please no multiple submissions. If you receive a rejection within the submission window, you may submit another story.

Submissions are open to all. Neon Hemlock Press is particularly interested in queer stories and authors. Authors from all underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to submit. Please don’t self-reject.

You should receive a confirmation of your submission via email. Please query after January 31st if you haven’t heard back from us yet about this project.

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1 December 19 — Bodies in the Library (Crime & Mystery); Footsteps in the Dark (Horror & Suspense) — Flame Tree Publishing

Two new titles in our long-standing series of 480-page short story collections. As always, we combine fantastic new writing with curated classic texts. For Bodies in the Library we need tales of crime in stately houses, lonely mansions, ancient castles. Footsteps in the Dark will tease out the terror of the alleyways, the edges of the town, the frontier shacks, the winter forests and lonely mountain hideaways. An emphasis on heightened senses would differentiate the best stories from the rest! Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. Payment will be 8 cents for each word (SFWA qualifying market rate) and 6 cents for reprints.

Please send to 2019@flametreepublishing.com.

We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 3 months of the submission deadline.

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31 December 19 — Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora — Aurelia Leo

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora seeks speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. More specifically, we want horror, science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history in the following sub-genres: Horror Noire, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Sword and Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, and Dieselfunk.

SUBMIT

Format using Shunn’s manuscript style. Track your submissions using Duotrope and The Submission Grinder. Submit via email with the subject line “Dominion Anthology: [TITLE]: [FORMAT]: [LENGTH]” at subs [at] aurelialeo.com. All of the following information should be in one .doc, .docx (preferred) or .rtf document.

A short cover letter is required submitted above the text of your submission in the same document. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, PayPal email address (if different), recent publications/awards (if any), preferred contributor’s copy (.epup, .mobi for Kindle™ or .pdf), and a third person bio of 50-150 words. A photo may be requested.

We take 2-3 weeks to respond to submissions. If you haven’t received a response by then, please query. If you have any questions, email info [at] aurelialeo.com.

POETRY: Any length paid $50USD per poem.
REPRINTS: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 1,000-17,500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word.
FICTION: 1,000-17,500 words paid $0.08USD per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01USD above 1,000 words.

RULES

== Translations are accepted
== Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted
== Only four submissions allowed in total (one original poem, one original story, one reprinted poem, and one reprinted story)

RIGHTS

== Copyright remains with the author and poet at all times
== Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
== First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 12 months from the date of publication
== If selected to be republished in another anthology in the future, payment in royalties is $0.01USD per word
== If selected for a podcast or audiobook, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights

HARD SALES

== Excerpts out of a novel
== Poorly formatted and edited work
== Overtly racist, sexist, or violent work

ABSOLUTE NO

== Fanfiction of any kind
== Works above the word count
== Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST

== Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it
== Protagonists that are African(s), African Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) or members of the African Diaspora
== Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on

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31 December 19 — Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 — ed. John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith; Excalibur Books

Excalibur Books is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 for print and electronic publication to be published in 2020, and we are asking for authors of any background to get involved.

Because Excalibur Books is an independent publisher based in Tokyo, this anthology is intended to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, and will be published around the time of that event. With this in mind, we are seeking short stories written by both established and upcoming writers from around the world with an Olympic theme.

These are the guidelines:

The work must be in the genre of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror).

The work must have a thematic connection to Japan and/or the Olympics. This could include:

Works set in cities during their Olympic years; for example – Paris 1924, Berlin 1936, the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Barcelona 1992, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and so on (We are also willing to accept non-fiction memoirs of Olympic years, depending on the circumstances).

Works of fiction with a theme and setting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics specifically.

Works mainly based on aspects of Japanese society and culture with a tangential connection to the Olympics.

If you have an idea for a story connected to Japan or the Olympics that doesn’t fit any of the points above, then contact us on the email address below and we’ll be very happy to discuss it with you.

Reprints WILL be considered, so don’t worry if your story fits the guidelines but has already been published somewhere else.

== Word Count: Strictly 2,500 to 10,000 words.

All submissions should:

== Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12
== Be typed in line with Standard Manuscript Format.
== Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address). Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
== Be saved as in Word format and emailed to: excaliburbooks@gmail.com

Your email subject header should read EXCALIBUR 2020/TITLE/WORD COUNT (include word count)

Contracts/Payments

Payment will be $100 for each story via PayPal, to be paid after the final acceptance. Contributors MUST have a PayPal account. Contributors will also receive a free, electronic contributor’s copy of the anthology.

Each contributor will need to sign a contract to be emailed to authors whose work is accepted. Initial contract length will be for exclusive print and electronic rights for one year.

We are not looking for stories that include racism, racist or sexist stereotypes, abuse, excessive sex, violence or swearing, political or religious proselytizing. We will not accept any fan fiction.

Please submit only one story at a time.

The anthology will be edited by John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology, their decision is final. Please do not resubmit a rejected submission as it will be rejected unseen without further consideration.

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31 December 19 — Seasons of Rot — Carrion Blue 555

2020 will see the release of four quarterly anthologies of original fiction, poetry, and art from Carrion Blue 555 collectively titled Seasons of Rot. These volumes hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, festering ways.

Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.

Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting. Less is more. We seek horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, bizarro work.

The first volume, Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms, will be released March 20, 2020. The following volumes will be released on their respective equinox/solstice, with subtitles to be determined.

Fiction:
No word limit, but we are only offering payment up to 5,000 words.
$0.02USD per word. $5 minimum, $100 maximum.

Poetry:
We are open to single poems or multi-poem cycles.
$10USD per poem, longer cycles will be negotiated.

Art:
Black-and-white only.
$10USD per piece.

All accepted authors and artists will receive one contributor copy of the volume(s) they appear in. We are asking for six month exclusivity for accepted works from time of the respective volume’s release. Important: due to payment issues in the past, we will only make payments via Paypal.

Attach word document (doc or docx) or image files as an email to carrionblue555 [at] gmail [dot] com. In your subject, please include the season you are submitting to and your name. We aren’t picky, but something like this will work:

AUTUMN SUBMISSION: three poems by Oswald Hullad

In the body of the email, please include your legal name, your name as it appears in print (if different), the title(s) of your submission(s), and a short bio that will be included in the anthology. We endeavor to respond to submissions within a couple weeks of receipt, but may ask to shortlist work until the end of the submission period.

No simultaneous submissions please. Multiple submissions are allowed, including for different volumes. Please attach all submissions to a single email. No reprints.

We have worked hard to make Carrion Blue 555 a home for diversity, and eagerly invite creators of all racial, sexual, and neurological bearings to submit.

By submitting, you are agreeing to all of the above, and acknowledge that the work is wholly yours to submit.

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31 December 19 — Apocalyptic; Galactic Stew; My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark — ed. Joshua Palmatier, S.C. Butler, David B. Coe, Crystal Sarakas; Excalibur Books

The APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK anthology Kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

A writing tip on coming up with an idea for a themed anthology can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/generating-ideas-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Some thoughts on common problems with stories that we see in the slush pile can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/open-submissions-for-anthologies-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

APOCALYPTIC is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse. Stories featuring more interesting apocalypses, settings, and twists on the typical apocalypse will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a zombie apocalypse. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We are interested in all kinds of apocalypses: zombies, meteors, flus, robots, climate changes, space critters, alien invasions, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.lauraannegilman.net/guest-post-zombies-need-writer-brains/.

GALACTIC STEW is to feature stories involving food, whether it be poisoning, a cultural or societal ritual, a trade meeting over dinner, etc. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the use of food regarding the story will receive more attention than those that are more mundane. Make certain the story is centered on the food! If the food element is removed, the story should fall apart. We do NOT want to see stories about cannibalism. So be creative and use food in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.stephanieburgis.com/2019/08/guest-post-galactic-stew/.

MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK is to feature stories where some type of tech has outlived its time and yet, during the course of the story, it discovers a new purpose or is used in a new, purposeful way. This theme is inspired by the Opportunity rover, which functioned long past its prime. As an example, we want stories that would take the rather sad fate of Opportunity and give it new life—a new, useful purpose—when we reach Mars, whether it be as a repaired resource for a colony or a critical piece of equipment used by spacecraft crash survivors or whatever. Submissions do NOT need to feature the Opportunity rover; in fact, we will likely only include one or two stories involving Opportunity. Submissions also do NOT need to be set in the future or include any kind of sentient tech. Stories featuring more interesting outdated technologies and twists on the resurgent use of those technologies will receive more attention than those with more standard tech. So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected use of an outdated technology. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.almaalexander.org/my-battery-is-low-and-its-getting-dark/.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2019. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2020. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2020.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2020. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2020. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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31 December 19 — Again, Hazardous Imaginings — ed. Andrew Fox

Science fiction is often called “speculative fiction.” Speculation and extrapolation -– asking what if? and why? or how? –- is the life’s blood of science fiction. Science fiction writers can’t wrap themselves in yellow CAUTION tape. They need to be free to follow their what ifs? wherever those speculative rabbit-holes may lead… even if they lead to dark, dank, unpleasant places.

Recent controversies within the science fiction and pop culture fields illustrate a dramatic and worrisome reversal of what has traditionally been science fiction’s greatest strength: the freedom it has granted its creators to confront, extrapolate, and dissect technological and social trends, from a panoply of viewpoints, using a full arsenal of intellectual and literary tools. Writers who were once lionized as key contributors to the science fiction field are now being drummed out of the community by online zealots who stir up instant outrage mobs in hopes of “canceling” those voices who do not fall in line with the current progressive zeitgeist.

Science fiction should always make room for contrarians, for heretics, for the unfashionable and unpopular, for dreamers at the fringe. Without them, the centuries-long conversation at the heart of science fiction becomes a sterile echo chamber. Writers holding viewpoints from across the political spectrum must all feel welcome. In this era of accelerating technological and social change, we need a healthy, vigorous, daring and courageous science fiction, more than ever. One with no ideological handcuffs or defensive self-censoring.

Guidelines for AGAIN, HAZARDOUS IMAGININGS:

== Stories can be up to 7,000 words, maximum. (Although if the story is truly outstanding, I’m willing to be a bit flexible on word length.)

== Stories cannot have been previously published (this is an ORIGINAL anthology).

== No simultaneous submissions (I don’t want to get all hot-and-bothered about your wonderful story, only to learn it’s been sold to Clarkesworld Magazine).

== I intend for this anthology to serve as a cultural snapshot in time. With this in mind, shoot for the stars –- submit your very best work, work you are proud of.

== I am looking for stories that, due to their content, viewpoint, and/or subject matter, have little or no chance of being published in the commercial market. Yesterday’s transgressions (those spotlighted in Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions) are today’s cultural virtues and/or commonplaces. What are TODAY’S taboos? What kinds of science fiction stories are verboten in today’s commercial publishing market? What just won’t fly, whether due to shared social beliefs and aversions common to editors, assumptions that editors make about their readerships’ beliefs and aversions, or the commercial pressures of the corporate publishing world? How can these modern-day taboos be illuminated and explored using the unique extrapolative tools of science fiction?

== No troll submissions! I am looking for stories of high literary merit. No stories that merely (or primarily) seek to shock, insult, or provoke will be accepted. The subject matter may be outrageous by the standards of today’s marketplace. But keep in mind, the more outrageous or disturbing the material, the more incisively it needs to be explored using the cognitive tools of science fiction. Your story may be humorous or satirical; the subject matter may greatly benefit from that approach. But your goals should be to induce your readers to care about your characters, their conflicts, and their predicaments, to leave your readers with something memorable to think about, and, last but not least, to entertain.

== Use of a pseudonym is acceptable. You have my word that I will not reveal your true identity if you do not wish it to be revealed, and I will be happy to disguise your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in any story introductions.

== Payment is $.03 (three cents) per word, payable upon acceptance.

== Email submissions to: fantasticalandrewfox Atsymbol gmail.com.

== Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), Word Perfect format (.wp), or Rich Text format (.rtf), double-spaced with one-inch margins and a 12 point font.

== Again, Hazardous Imaginings will be published as both an ebook and a print-on-demand trade paperback by MonstraCity Press. It is anticipated the anthology will be about 50,000 words in length. It is being published as a companion volume to Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction, which will be a collection of novellas and stories by Andrew Fox, author of Fat White Vampire Blues and The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501.

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1 January 2020 — The Way of the Laser — ed. Eric M. Bosarge and Joe M. McDermott; Vernacular Books

What we’re looking for:

Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.

Wow us with your original idea and blow us away with your writing.

In addition to the contributing authors on the cover, this anthology will have a limited number of slots open for submissions from the public. We welcome submissions from authors who are from traditionally under-represented communities, and also authors writing about non-traditional gender situations of all kinds.

Length: 4,000-8,000 words

Payment: $.05/word advance + royalties.

Rights: World English in print, digital, and audio, exclusive for five years.

Send submissions to vernacularbookssubmissions at gmail dot com.

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1 January 2020 — The Resiliency Anthology — The Selkie Collective

[NOTE: Submissions open to Canadian writers only.]

LIMITED DEMOGRAPHIC

The Resiliency project is open only to Canadian residents, citizens, or landed immigrants and asylum seekers. Canadian citizens living abroad are also eligible to submit. We will accept submissions in French as well as Indigenous or First Nations languages if an English translation can be provided. The project is funded by Calgary Arts Development and was awarded to The Selkie Collective.

The Selkie is committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only consider work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women or non-binary; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit communities; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.

THEME

The theme for the anthology is resiliency. The theme evokes recovery, what happens after profound change and upheaval, and how we carry on. The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose and artistic work does not have to be specifically set in Canada or feature Canadian symbols or themes. We accept all genres that fall under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and submissions are open to writers of all ages.

COMPENSATION AND RIGHTS

Successful contributors will be paid $50 CAD and will receive one physical copy of the anthology ($15 value).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but previously published material is not considered. For each selected story, we ask for exclusive first world English anthology rights in all print and electronic forms, and in all editions of the book. This means that the The Selkie Publications CIC has the right to publish the story first and in subsequent versions of the anthology, and contributors will retain rights to their stories and are free to submit their stories for reprint twelve months after the publication date. By submitting your story to The Selkie Publications CIC, you agree to these terms.

Art and illustration contract to be determined upon acceptance.

DEADLINE

The submission deadline is 1 January 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT), and the anthology will be published in Summer 2020. You can read our 2019 anthology, Transformation, here. There is no fee to submit, but we ask for one submission per artist.

BOOK LAUNCH

A book launch will be held in Calgary, Alberta with invited guests of local literary and artistic communities. Successful contributors will be invited to attend however, travel costs will be at their own expense.

WORKSHOPS

Online and in-person workshops will be available during the submission period to provide mentorship assistance and editorial feedback. Dates to be announced shortly.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please fill out the submission form HERE and follow the instructions on sending your file.

FORMAT

Literary submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word compatible document. Please include the subject as ‘Resiliency anthology submission’ in your email. Please ensure you fill out the submission form prior to sending your file.

Fiction and Nonfiction 1,000 – 2,000 words
Flash Fiction: 250–1,000 words
Short Story (no excerpts): 1,000–2,000 words
Poetry: up to three pages (8.5 x 11)
Art and Illustration: High resolution JPEG

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6 January 2020 — Coppice and Brake; Stories We Tell After Midnight (Vol. 2) — ed. Rachel A. Brune; Crone Girls Press

Anthology: Coppice and Brake
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, Eerie Horror
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Word Count:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-8,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Wanted: Seeking stories that explore the darker side of speculative fiction. We want stories that are scary or disturbing or upsetting, or that wouldn’t be out of place in a collection of Gothic prose or Grimm folktales or dark contemporary fantasy or a dark forest as night comes on … While horror is the name of the game, this anthology is for those stories that might not hit all of the tropes, but still leave us unsettled when the night settles in.

Anthology: Stories We Tell After Midnight (Vol. 2)
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 21, 2020
Word Count:
* Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
* Short Stories (3,000-8,000 words)
* Novella (12,000-25,000 words)
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater.
Wanted: Send me your chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.

Submission Guidelines

== Send all submissions to: cronegirlspress@gmail.com, addressed to the Editor, Rachel A. Brune.

== Follow submission guidelines and use the Crone Girls Press Style Guide to format your manuscript before submitting. Please.

== If you have any questions, a good place to get a feel for who we are is the Crone Girls Press Facebook Group. Come on in. We won’t bite. Most of us won’t, anyway.

== Each anthology will be anchored by one novella, with a mix of short stories and flash fiction. I am primarily looking for short stories to make up the bulk of each anthology, but don’t let that discourage you from submitting if you have flash fiction or a novella.

== Reprints, multiple, and simultaneous submissions are absolutely welcome! If it is a reprint, please be prepared to let us know where it was previously published so we can include that correctly in the anthology. If it is accepted elsewhere, congrats! (But please, let us know.) I will only be accepting one story per author per anthology, but if you have more than one that might fit, I’m happy to take a look at what you’ve got.

== We would like exclusive electronic and print publication rights for six months from the date of publication, and non-exclusive rights after that. We prefer worldwide, but are willing to discuss if an author sells, for example, in a foreign-language literary magazine. Once accepted, we ask our authors not to publish their work before the date of publication. Our end goal is to produce a collection of new horror fiction that will have minimal competition for six months; with that end in mind, we are open to any conversations about rights negotiation that an author may wish to have.

== One note about diverse protagonists (and characters in general): I find as a writer, sometimes it helps for the anthology call to explicitly indicate their inclusive status. That is what I am doing here.

== The determining factors in acceptance or rejection will always be quality of writing, adherence to genre, and general fit with the other stories selected for publication. If you have a story that fits those parameters, send it my way.

== Cover letters are not necessary, but if you would like to include one, what I would like to see is a one-sentence logline, word count, and genre. We publish debut and established authors, so I don’t need to see any previous publications; however, if you have any bona fides in the genre, such as membership in HWA, feel free to include those as well.

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7 January 2020 — Fiends in the Furrows II — Nosetouch Press

Folk Horror continues to stalk sunlit fields and shadowed groves with its grafting of the mundane and the sublime. The pervasive themes of isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness captivate and terrify audiences.

Nosetouch Press is pleased to conjure up Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror, a call for submissions for Folk Horror from around the world—from Britain and Ireland, to continental Europe, to North and South America, Africa, and Asia.

We encourage writers to continue to explore the wilderness of Folk Horror, while honoring the elemental essence of this subgenre’s tangled, grasping roots.

Send your best original Folk Horror stories of 4,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions that are chosen will be paid $.04 a word. No poems or reprints, please.

Email entries to submissions@nosetouchpress.com .doc or .rtf format. Please state “FIENDS 2” in the subject line.

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31 January 2020 — Hashtag Queer, Volume 4 — Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 will be released in June of 2020 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 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 digital formats.

Submission Guidelines:

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme:

== By and/or about LGBTQ+.

Genres:

== Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
== Creative non-fiction & memoir.
== Poetry.
== Scripts (including plays and screenplays).

For this book, we are NOT considering:

== Erotica.
== written for children.

Length:

== Prose: up to 7,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 5 pages
== Scripts: Up to 10 pages

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats:

== 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:

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

== 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 submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4.

Reprints:

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

== 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).

Compensation:

== Contributors will receive $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: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time

== We will respond to all submissions by March 31, 2020.

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31 January 2020 — Rebuilding Tomorrow — Twelfth Planet Press

Rebuilding Tomorrow is a followup anthology to Defying Doomsday, which was an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters. Rebuilding Tomorrow will again focus on disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists but, rather than focussing on survival in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse, we want stories set a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. We want stories that show society getting back on its feet and people who have moved past (or are in the process of moving past) subsistence-level existence into a new, sustainable world, even though it’s one that has been irrevocably changed by an apocalypse.

We already have some fantastic stories lined up, but we want more! If you have an apocalypse story featuring a character with a disability, we would love to read it.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

== (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with a disability or physical impairment, chronic illness, mental illness or neurodiversity etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and illness and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.
== We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have a frequent (if not daily) impact on the character’s life. 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 well before the start of the story. We are open to a variety of past events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! The important thing is that these events should be in the past, although characters may still be dealing with some longterm consequences.
== 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 2000 and 6000 words in length and submitted in some approximation of standard manuscript format. We will happily accept .rtf, .doc and .docx files.
== No reprints, no simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions.

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 worldbuilding. Most of all, we are looking for good quality, well written stories. Note that, while we value #ownvoices stories, we do not require authors to disclose personal information to us.

Some things we already have covered (hard sells to steer away from):

== Stories featuring protagonists with upper limb deficiencies
== Stories where the central plot involves a happy community being temporarily disrupted by belligerent outsiders

Submissions are open until 23:59 on 31 January 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Payment will be 8 cents per word (USD) to be paid on acceptance in exchange for First World Publication Rights, with an exclusivity period of 12 months (with the exception of Year’s Best reprints).

Email submissions to: defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com.

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns — TANSTAAFL Press [First Posted in September ’19]

We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns.

Guidelines:

We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.

== All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.

== All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)

==== Email address is submissions@tanstaaflpress.com

== We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.

== All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere

==== If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights.

====== Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.

====== This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.

== Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

== Stories considered for “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns” must be high fantasy.

==== We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.

====== To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.

==== Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.

==== We also advise against any of the following:

====== Write-ups of your role playing sessions.

====== Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.

====== Avoid werewolves and vampires.

== TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.

== TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

== Acceptance of your edited work

==== This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.

== Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work

==== Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.

== All works for publication have been accepted and signed.

==== That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.

==== You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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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.

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31 October 19 — Monsters, Movies & Mayhem — ed. Kevin J. Anderson; WordFire Press

Lights! Camera! Monsters?

We’ve all experienced a night out at the movies. Are you old enough to remember the drive in? Do you dare build a movie theater in your basement and invite monsters and mayhem to your home? Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem is a collection of tales involving monsters and the chaos they create in the movie world.

Your monster may be that unidentifiable substance growing at the back of the popcorn popper at your local theater concession stand; the zombie who wants to be a movie star but is tired of being typecast; the scriptwriter’s muse who turns out to be an alien with an agenda; the diva director who comes in to “save” your latest film. The monster does not have to be the main character, but does have to be vital to the story. (No copyrighted characters or REAL movies, please!) Movies can be interpreted as a story set within a fully conscious cinematic world, or involving the act of watching a film, or having a character who thoroughly enjoys movies. And mayhem should speak for itself.

Unleash your inner beast and keep the rest of us awake at night with your stories of humor, horror, or plain ol’ weirdness. Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy, we are open to anything. Make us laugh! Make us sigh! Make us scream!

Genre: Original short stories that feature a monster in a movie setting, to include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alien, magical, witchcraft, AI, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters and no real movies.

Length: up to 6000 words

Rate: 6¢/word on acceptance

Rights: First Anthology Rights; rights revert to author one month after publication; publisher retains non-exclusive right to include in anthology as a whole

Submit stories in a Microsoft Word or RTF file in standard manuscript format to submissions@western.edu

One submission per person, please.

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson with an editorial team provided by Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Publishing MA students.

Anthology made possible by a generous contribution from Draft2Digital.

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31 October 19 — Pulp Horror Phobias Vol. 2 — Lycan Valley Press

If you’re interested in submitting to Volume 2, we suggest taking a look at the stories in Volume 1 for a general idea on theme and style. Also, check out our Resources page on our website regarding pulp and the types of stories we are looking for in this series.

All stories must be considered pulp/noir and fit the theme.


Theme: Anything you might find, or come into contact with, inside or around a house or home. Please note, this is a very broad theme so get creative and come up with something new and unusual. Common phobias such as arachnophobia, claustrophobia and agoraphobia, although relevant to the theme, must bring something new. Likewise, hauntings and possessions must bring more than your average ghost story.

Stories deliberately set inside a house or in a yard/farm/etc near a house if it’s fitting for the story as well.(stretching the theme is fine but simply mentioning there is a house nearby isn’t enough to fit the theme).

ABSOLUTELY NO PIZZA STORIES. Sorry, bring us something new.

Details: Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.

What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Make them come alive. Take them from irrational to rational. Give us, the readers, a reason to be scared, not just the characters.

We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed (or undiagnosed) phobias necessarily. Your story should focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality. We don’t want therapy sessions.

There must be a strong pulp/noir element to the story as well. If you’re unfamiliar with the original pulp magazines and stories, please do some research before submitting. Check out Black Mask Magazine http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/ and here’s a pulp archive to get you started (warning: reading on this website may be addictive).
http://www.pulpmags.org/ and also here https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive.

Although you are free to write in your own style and that which best suits the story, Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot is here for reference should you wish to use it. http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html

Word count: 4,000 to 6,000

Payment: $0.04 per word

Titles: Please do not use the name of the phobia itself in your story titles. Submission titles must follow the format as shown on the submission form.

Formatting: Blind submissions are not required. Please follow Shunn Short Story Manuscript formatting which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. Or use the downloadable template for Word found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author for two different phobias will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for greater variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested by the editor.

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3 November 19 — After Sundown — ed. Mark Morris; Flame Tree Publishing

After Sundown is an eclectic, vibrant collection of tales by contemporary writers, both established and new. Mark has approached an impressive range of authors (to be revealed at a later date…) but we’ve reserved space for four new stories from the online submissions. This is a prestigious anthology and will be published worldwide in hardcover, paperback, and later in a stunning, Flame Tree-style decorated edition. We’re looking for thrilling stories of suspense, delving into the dark spaces of the night, ideally 4000 words. Our standard rates apply.

Please send to 2019@flametreepublishing.com.

We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.

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26 November 19 — Twisted Love — ed. Sandra Ruttan; Bronzeville Books

Bronzeville is now open to submissions for an anthology called Twisted Love. Twisted Love will feature stories with unsettling and unconventional relationships. Give us stories of toxic relationships or lovers bound by crime or fetish. Think Soldier and Angel from Hap and Leonard, season 1.

PAYMENT POLICY

We pay $0.05 U.S. per word for first Worldwide English publication rights for stories up to 3,000 words in length. We have no minimum length requirements for submissions; however, we will not consider submissions that exceed 3,150 words.

PREFERRED GENRES

Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA.

SIMULTANEOUS AND MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS

Writers may submit one story to all open Bronzeville platforms. Those who submit a story to Twisted Love may also, for example, submit a story to Bronzeville Bee if it is open to submissions.

Writers may not submit more than one story to Twisted Love.

Writers may simultaneously submit to other venues. We ask that you notify us if the story is accepted elsewhere and withdraw the story from consideration.

FORMATTING

Format your subject line as follows: Twisted Love Submission – Story Name – word count – genre

Example: Twisted Love Submission – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – 2725 words – horror

Your story should be sent as an attached Word Document. We will not read PDFs, shared Google Doc files, RTF documents or any other type of document. Submissions that do not include an attached .doc or .docx file will not be processed.

The text in your story should be black.

The font should be a standard font, such as Times New Roman.

The text should be 12 pt or 14 pt.

The first line of every paragraph should either be flush left, with a blank line between paragraphs, or it should be indented half an inch using the format settings feature, not space-space-space-space-space or tab.

Do not underline text in your story. If text is intended to be in italics, put it in italics.

Refer to the guidelines found here for the information to present at the top of your story document.

Submissions that do not include the word count will be deprioritized for review.

Take time to study submission guidelines. Many publications use comparable guidelines; there is nothing unusual about ours, but we receive many submissions that have sloppy formatting (with some paragraphs indented and others not) and other abnormalities. Presentation matters. We’re paying pro rates per Duotrope guidelines; we expect writers to strive for professional presentation.
The best submissions include:

== the story title in the subject line with the word count and genre
== the words Bee Fiction Submission in the subject line
== no more than a short introductory line or paragraph citing the word count and genre of the story — NOTE: multiple paragraph queries for short fiction will not be read. You do not need to tell us about the inspiration for the story, which authors inspire you, what size shoes you wear, or anything else.
== again, the word count of the story in the email and/or subject line
== the author’s bio (approx. 100 words written in third person)

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors or anyone having sex with animals.

We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.

“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” -– Sandra Ruttan

WORD COUNT LIMIT

3,150 words

CHECKLIST

Include your story as a .doc or .docx attachment, a bio written in third person that is 80 words or less, and a high resolution photograph you own the rights to that can be published with your work.

CONTACT

Email Sandra Ruttan: thebronzevillebee@gmail.com

CONFIRMATION

An auto-reply will be sent to every email received at the appropriate email account. Receiving the auto-reply is confirmation that your submission has been delivered.

Please read the auto-reply and double-check your submission to ensure that you included your attachment and all the requested material.

REPRINTS

We are not currently considering reprints for Twisted Love.

Please note: Submissions with multiple stories or sent to the wrong address or that exceed the word count will not be processed. Writers will not be notified.

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30 November 19 — The Black Beacon Book of Mystery — Black Beacon Books

Here are the details:

Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!

Length:
Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted:
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp

In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– The use of italics. Do NOT replace them with an underline.

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.

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30 November 19 — Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die — Neon Hemlock Press

The compensation level for original stories accepted to this anthology is $0.06/word. You can view the current list of contributors here.

Please submit stories to Glitter + Ashes using the submission form here.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

== Wordcount: Under 6,000 words. 1-4,000 words is probably the sweet spot.

== Concept: They joked that the only things left would be cockroaches and Twinkies, but they were wrong. They underestimated us. Tell us stories of queer resilience and queer survival, stories set after the end of a world that could be ours but might not be. Tell us about new queer beginnings born amidst the broken promises of the future.

Be inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, yes, but the visions of the apocalypse we love also include The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Apocalypse World by Vincent & Meguey Baker, Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

== What we want to see: We are looking for speculative stories that explore ramifications of the apocalypse through queer narratives. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want indefinable stories. We welcome a broad interpretation of the post-apocalyptic genre; give us your scraps of hope in every ruined future (we love genre elements from fantasy, horror and science fiction). Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.

== What we don’t want to see: Don’t tell us directly how it ended. You can draw implications from the sunless sky or the poison water, but don’t give us a road map. We revel in the vagueness of possibility, so rather than Lady Liberty buried the sand, give us ambiguous landmarks and amalgamations of real places.

We’re not interested in unexamined bigotry or sexual violence; pieces that include such should be nuanced or looking at the post-event experience of the survivors.

Also, no zombies please, unless you have some very unconventional ones!

GUIDELINES:

== Please submit your story in .doc or .docx file, formatted in something approaching Standard Manuscript Format. The editor has a slight aversion to Courier and a fondness for Georgia.

== Please include a cover/query letter with the title, length, and a brief bio. You may include links to your website/social media, and previous publications if any. Please don’t stress about this cover letter, if we have additional questions about your submission, we’ll ask them.

== Simultaneous submissions are fine, please withdraw immediately if you take another offer. Stories should be previously unpublished.

== Please no multiple submissions. If you receive a rejection within the submission window, you may submit another story.

Submissions are open to all. Neon Hemlock Press is particularly interested in queer stories and authors. Authors from all underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to submit. Please don’t self-reject.

You should receive a confirmation of your submission via email. Please query after January 31st if you haven’t heard back from us yet about this project.

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1 December 19 — Bodies in the Library (Crime & Mystery); Footsteps in the Dark (Horror & Suspense) — Flame Tree Publishing

Two new titles in our long-standing series of 480-page short story collections. As always, we combine fantastic new writing with curated classic texts. For Bodies in the Library we need tales of crime in stately houses, lonely mansions, ancient castles. Footsteps in the Dark will tease out the terror of the alleyways, the edges of the town, the frontier shacks, the winter forests and lonely mountain hideaways. An emphasis on heightened senses would differentiate the best stories from the rest! Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range. Payment will be 8 cents for each word (SFWA qualifying market rate) and 6 cents for reprints.

Please send to 2019@flametreepublishing.com.

We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 3 months of the submission deadline.

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31 December 19 — Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora — Aurelia Leo

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora seeks speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. More specifically, we want horror, science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history in the following sub-genres: Horror Noire, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Sword and Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, and Dieselfunk.

SUBMIT

Format using Shunn’s manuscript style. Track your submissions using Duotrope and The Submission Grinder. Submit via email with the subject line “Dominion Anthology: [TITLE]: [FORMAT]: [LENGTH]” at subs [at] aurelialeo.com. All of the following information should be in one .doc, .docx (preferred) or .rtf document.

A short cover letter is required submitted above the text of your submission in the same document. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, PayPal email address (if different), recent publications/awards (if any), preferred contributor’s copy (.epup, .mobi for Kindle™ or .pdf), and a third person bio of 50-150 words. A photo may be requested.

We take 2-3 weeks to respond to submissions. If you haven’t received a response by then, please query. If you have any questions, email info [at] aurelialeo.com.

POETRY: Any length paid $50USD per poem.
REPRINTS: Any length of poetry paid $15USD and 1,000-17,500 words of fiction paid $0.01USD per word.
FICTION: 1,000-17,500 words paid $0.08USD per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01USD above 1,000 words.

RULES

== Translations are accepted
== Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted
== Only four submissions allowed in total (one original poem, one original story, one reprinted poem, and one reprinted story)

RIGHTS

== Copyright remains with the author and poet at all times
== Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
== First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 12 months from the date of publication
== If selected to be republished in another anthology in the future, payment in royalties is $0.01USD per word
== If selected for a podcast or audiobook, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights

HARD SALES

== Excerpts out of a novel
== Poorly formatted and edited work
== Overtly racist, sexist, or violent work

ABSOLUTE NO

== Fanfiction of any kind
== Works above the word count
== Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases

OF INTEREST

== Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it
== Protagonists that are African(s), African Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) or members of the African Diaspora
== Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on

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31 December 19 — Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 — ed. John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith; Excalibur Books

Excalibur Books is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, Excalibur 2020: Tales from Beyond Tomorrow Volume 3 for print and electronic publication to be published in 2020, and we are asking for authors of any background to get involved.

Because Excalibur Books is an independent publisher based in Tokyo, this anthology is intended to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, and will be published around the time of that event. With this in mind, we are seeking short stories written by both established and upcoming writers from around the world with an Olympic theme.

These are the guidelines:

The work must be in the genre of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror).

The work must have a thematic connection to Japan and/or the Olympics. This could include:

Works set in cities during their Olympic years; for example – Paris 1924, Berlin 1936, the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Barcelona 1992, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and so on (We are also willing to accept non-fiction memoirs of Olympic years, depending on the circumstances).

Works of fiction with a theme and setting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics specifically.

Works mainly based on aspects of Japanese society and culture with a tangential connection to the Olympics.

If you have an idea for a story connected to Japan or the Olympics that doesn’t fit any of the points above, then contact us on the email address below and we’ll be very happy to discuss it with you.

Reprints WILL be considered, so don’t worry if your story fits the guidelines but has already been published somewhere else.

== Word Count: Strictly 2,500 to 10,000 words.

All submissions should:

== Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12
== Be typed in line with Standard Manuscript Format.
== Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address). Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
== Be saved as in Word format and emailed to: excaliburbooks@gmail.com

Your email subject header should read EXCALIBUR 2020/TITLE/WORD COUNT (include word count)

Contracts/Payments

Payment will be $100 for each story via PayPal, to be paid after the final acceptance. Contributors MUST have a PayPal account. Contributors will also receive a free, electronic contributor’s copy of the anthology.

Each contributor will need to sign a contract to be emailed to authors whose work is accepted. Initial contract length will be for exclusive print and electronic rights for one year.

We are not looking for stories that include racism, racist or sexist stereotypes, abuse, excessive sex, violence or swearing, political or religious proselytizing. We will not accept any fan fiction.

Please submit only one story at a time.

The anthology will be edited by John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology, their decision is final. Please do not resubmit a rejected submission as it will be rejected unseen without further consideration.

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31 December 19 — Seasons of Rot — Carrion Blue 555

2020 will see the release of four quarterly anthologies of original fiction, poetry, and art from Carrion Blue 555 collectively titled Seasons of Rot. These volumes hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, festering ways.

Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.

Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting. Less is more. We seek horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, bizarro work.

The first volume, Seasons of Rot: A Scourge of Storms, will be released March 20, 2020. The following volumes will be released on their respective equinox/solstice, with subtitles to be determined.

Fiction:
No word limit, but we are only offering payment up to 5,000 words.
$0.02USD per word. $5 minimum, $100 maximum.

Poetry:
We are open to single poems or multi-poem cycles.
$10USD per poem, longer cycles will be negotiated.

Art:
Black-and-white only.
$10USD per piece.

All accepted authors and artists will receive one contributor copy of the volume(s) they appear in. We are asking for six month exclusivity for accepted works from time of the respective volume’s release. Important: due to payment issues in the past, we will only make payments via Paypal.

Attach word document (doc or docx) or image files as an email to carrionblue555 [at] gmail [dot] com. In your subject, please include the season you are submitting to and your name. We aren’t picky, but something like this will work:

AUTUMN SUBMISSION: three poems by Oswald Hullad

In the body of the email, please include your legal name, your name as it appears in print (if different), the title(s) of your submission(s), and a short bio that will be included in the anthology. We endeavor to respond to submissions within a couple weeks of receipt, but may ask to shortlist work until the end of the submission period.

No simultaneous submissions please. Multiple submissions are allowed, including for different volumes. Please attach all submissions to a single email. No reprints.

We have worked hard to make Carrion Blue 555 a home for diversity, and eagerly invite creators of all racial, sexual, and neurological bearings to submit.

By submitting, you are agreeing to all of the above, and acknowledge that the work is wholly yours to submit.

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31 December 19 — Apocalyptic; Galactic Stew; My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark — ed. Joshua Palmatier, S.C. Butler, David B. Coe, Crystal Sarakas; Excalibur Books

The APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK anthology Kickstarter has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I’ve posted the guidelines below.

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies APOCALYPTIC, GALACTIC STEW, and MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

A writing tip on coming up with an idea for a themed anthology can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/generating-ideas-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Some thoughts on common problems with stories that we see in the slush pile can be found here: jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/open-submissions-for-anthologies-a-guest-post-by-joshua-palmatier/.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

APOCALYPTIC is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories set during or after an apocalypse. Stories featuring more interesting apocalypses, settings, and twists on the typical apocalypse will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a zombie apocalypse. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We are interested in all kinds of apocalypses: zombies, meteors, flus, robots, climate changes, space critters, alien invasions, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use the apocalypse in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.lauraannegilman.net/guest-post-zombies-need-writer-brains/.

GALACTIC STEW is to feature stories involving food, whether it be poisoning, a cultural or societal ritual, a trade meeting over dinner, etc. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the use of food regarding the story will receive more attention than those that are more mundane. Make certain the story is centered on the food! If the food element is removed, the story should fall apart. We do NOT want to see stories about cannibalism. So be creative and use food in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.stephanieburgis.com/2019/08/guest-post-galactic-stew/.

MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK is to feature stories where some type of tech has outlived its time and yet, during the course of the story, it discovers a new purpose or is used in a new, purposeful way. This theme is inspired by the Opportunity rover, which functioned long past its prime. As an example, we want stories that would take the rather sad fate of Opportunity and give it new life—a new, useful purpose—when we reach Mars, whether it be as a repaired resource for a colony or a critical piece of equipment used by spacecraft crash survivors or whatever. Submissions do NOT need to feature the Opportunity rover; in fact, we will likely only include one or two stories involving Opportunity. Submissions also do NOT need to be set in the future or include any kind of sentient tech. Stories featuring more interesting outdated technologies and twists on the resurgent use of those technologies will receive more attention than those with more standard tech. So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected use of an outdated technology. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark. Additional comments can be found at: www.almaalexander.org/my-battery-is-low-and-its-getting-dark/.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2019. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2020. Please send submissions to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2020.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2020. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2020. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to contact@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

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31 December 19 — Again, Hazardous Imaginings — ed. Andrew Fox

Science fiction is often called “speculative fiction.” Speculation and extrapolation -– asking what if? and why? or how? –- is the life’s blood of science fiction. Science fiction writers can’t wrap themselves in yellow CAUTION tape. They need to be free to follow their what ifs? wherever those speculative rabbit-holes may lead… even if they lead to dark, dank, unpleasant places.

Recent controversies within the science fiction and pop culture fields illustrate a dramatic and worrisome reversal of what has traditionally been science fiction’s greatest strength: the freedom it has granted its creators to confront, extrapolate, and dissect technological and social trends, from a panoply of viewpoints, using a full arsenal of intellectual and literary tools. Writers who were once lionized as key contributors to the science fiction field are now being drummed out of the community by online zealots who stir up instant outrage mobs in hopes of “canceling” those voices who do not fall in line with the current progressive zeitgeist.

Science fiction should always make room for contrarians, for heretics, for the unfashionable and unpopular, for dreamers at the fringe. Without them, the centuries-long conversation at the heart of science fiction becomes a sterile echo chamber. Writers holding viewpoints from across the political spectrum must all feel welcome. In this era of accelerating technological and social change, we need a healthy, vigorous, daring and courageous science fiction, more than ever. One with no ideological handcuffs or defensive self-censoring.

Guidelines for AGAIN, HAZARDOUS IMAGININGS:

== Stories can be up to 7,000 words, maximum. (Although if the story is truly outstanding, I’m willing to be a bit flexible on word length.)

== Stories cannot have been previously published (this is an ORIGINAL anthology).

== No simultaneous submissions (I don’t want to get all hot-and-bothered about your wonderful story, only to learn it’s been sold to Clarkesworld Magazine).

== I intend for this anthology to serve as a cultural snapshot in time. With this in mind, shoot for the stars –- submit your very best work, work you are proud of.

== I am looking for stories that, due to their content, viewpoint, and/or subject matter, have little or no chance of being published in the commercial market. Yesterday’s transgressions (those spotlighted in Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions) are today’s cultural virtues and/or commonplaces. What are TODAY’S taboos? What kinds of science fiction stories are verboten in today’s commercial publishing market? What just won’t fly, whether due to shared social beliefs and aversions common to editors, assumptions that editors make about their readerships’ beliefs and aversions, or the commercial pressures of the corporate publishing world? How can these modern-day taboos be illuminated and explored using the unique extrapolative tools of science fiction?

== No troll submissions! I am looking for stories of high literary merit. No stories that merely (or primarily) seek to shock, insult, or provoke will be accepted. The subject matter may be outrageous by the standards of today’s marketplace. But keep in mind, the more outrageous or disturbing the material, the more incisively it needs to be explored using the cognitive tools of science fiction. Your story may be humorous or satirical; the subject matter may greatly benefit from that approach. But your goals should be to induce your readers to care about your characters, their conflicts, and their predicaments, to leave your readers with something memorable to think about, and, last but not least, to entertain.

== Use of a pseudonym is acceptable. You have my word that I will not reveal your true identity if you do not wish it to be revealed, and I will be happy to disguise your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in any story introductions.

== Payment is $.03 (three cents) per word, payable upon acceptance.

== Email submissions to: fantasticalandrewfox Atsymbol gmail.com.

== Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), Word Perfect format (.wp), or Rich Text format (.rtf), double-spaced with one-inch margins and a 12 point font.

== Again, Hazardous Imaginings will be published as both an ebook and a print-on-demand trade paperback by MonstraCity Press. It is anticipated the anthology will be about 50,000 words in length. It is being published as a companion volume to Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction, which will be a collection of novellas and stories by Andrew Fox, author of Fat White Vampire Blues and The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501.

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1 January 2020 — The Way of the Laser — ed. Eric M. Bosarge and Joe M. McDermott; Vernacular Books

What we’re looking for:

Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.

Wow us with your original idea and blow us away with your writing.

In addition to the contributing authors on the cover, this anthology will have a limited number of slots open for submissions from the public. We welcome submissions from authors who are from traditionally under-represented communities, and also authors writing about non-traditional gender situations of all kinds.

Length: 4,000-8,000 words

Payment: $.05/word advance + royalties.

Rights: World English in print, digital, and audio, exclusive for five years.

Send submissions to vernacularbookssubmissions at gmail dot com.

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1 January 2020 — The Resiliency Anthology — The Selkie Collective

[NOTE: Submissions open to Canadian writers only.]

LIMITED DEMOGRAPHIC

The Resiliency project is open only to Canadian residents, citizens, or landed immigrants and asylum seekers. Canadian citizens living abroad are also eligible to submit. We will accept submissions in French as well as Indigenous or First Nations languages if an English translation can be provided. The project is funded by Calgary Arts Development and was awarded to The Selkie Collective.

The Selkie is committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only consider work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women or non-binary; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit communities; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.

THEME

The theme for the anthology is resiliency. The theme evokes recovery, what happens after profound change and upheaval, and how we carry on. The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose and artistic work does not have to be specifically set in Canada or feature Canadian symbols or themes. We accept all genres that fall under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and submissions are open to writers of all ages.

COMPENSATION AND RIGHTS

Successful contributors will be paid $50 CAD and will receive one physical copy of the anthology ($15 value).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but previously published material is not considered. For each selected story, we ask for exclusive first world English anthology rights in all print and electronic forms, and in all editions of the book. This means that the The Selkie Publications CIC has the right to publish the story first and in subsequent versions of the anthology, and contributors will retain rights to their stories and are free to submit their stories for reprint twelve months after the publication date. By submitting your story to The Selkie Publications CIC, you agree to these terms.

Art and illustration contract to be determined upon acceptance.

DEADLINE

The submission deadline is 1 January 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT), and the anthology will be published in Summer 2020. You can read our 2019 anthology, Transformation, here. There is no fee to submit, but we ask for one submission per artist.

BOOK LAUNCH

A book launch will be held in Calgary, Alberta with invited guests of local literary and artistic communities. Successful contributors will be invited to attend however, travel costs will be at their own expense.

WORKSHOPS

Online and in-person workshops will be available during the submission period to provide mentorship assistance and editorial feedback. Dates to be announced shortly.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please fill out the submission form HERE and follow the instructions on sending your file.

FORMAT

Literary submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word compatible document. Please include the subject as ‘Resiliency anthology submission’ in your email. Please ensure you fill out the submission form prior to sending your file.

Fiction and Nonfiction 1,000 – 2,000 words
Flash Fiction: 250–1,000 words
Short Story (no excerpts): 1,000–2,000 words
Poetry: up to three pages (8.5 x 11)
Art and Illustration: High resolution JPEG

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns — TANSTAAFL Press [First Posted in September ’19]

We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns”.

Guidelines:

We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.

== All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.

== All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)

==== Email address is submissions@tanstaaflpress.com

== We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.

== All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere

==== If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights.

====== Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.

====== This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.

== Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

== Stories considered for “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns” must be high fantasy.

==== We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.

====== To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.

==== Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.

==== We also advise against any of the following:

====== Write-ups of your role playing sessions.

====== Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.

====== Avoid werewolves and vampires.

== TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.

== TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

== Acceptance of your edited work

==== This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.

== Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work

==== Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.

== All works for publication have been accepted and signed.

==== That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.

==== You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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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.

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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 aren’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 we’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.

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11 October 19 — Return to San Cicaro — Thunderbird Studios

Earlier this year we did an open call and produced Welcome to San Cicaro, the first of Thunderbird Studios’ original anthologies. We got some great stories and exciting new writers, and had a blast doing it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much… we’re doing it again!

Once more, we’re taking another plunge into the mysterious, paranormal jewel of the Golden State—San Cicaro. Want to play in our city? Here’s another chance.

As before, we’re looking for yarns of dark urban fantasy, the weird, the macabre and the hopeful. Tell us of unassuming teenagers stumbling upon witch meetups, who weave spells for good or ill. Of hell-born creatures leaving scenes of carnage that confound the police. Of trolls trying to fit into the society of the homeless. We want them all.

The best way of course to understand the vibe and atmosphere of the stories we are looking for is to pick up a copy of Welcome to San Cicaro, and give it a read. You can also check our prior call for more details.
Details:

Submitted short stories should have a minimum of around 5,000 words up to a soft limit of 8,000 words. We can go as high as 10,000 but will be looking to whittle that down. Formatting should follow William-Shunn guidelines.

Aside from editing and proofreading your work, the editors will also make very minor changes to fit your tale into San Cicaro itself. We may recommend street names, slightly modify passages to mention landmarks, or other such continuity tweaks. Most importantly, we may connect your story not only to the prior anthology, but to stories published in this release. Our ultimate goal is to add tiny details that join your story into a greater, connected narrative.

Authors will be recompensed with a one-time payment of $135 for five-year publication rights, with exclusive rights for the first year, non-exclusive after that. Note that this is an improvement over last year, and that we’re also retroactively increasing the pay for the prior anthology’s authors. If we do a third anthology, we will likely increase payment again to match.

Please submit to the open call at admin@tbirdstudios.com with the subject line “San Cicaro.” In the body please include a cover letter about yourself, including links to your bibliography and any details about your story. The story itself should be an attachment of file type RTF, DOC or DOCX. No multiple submissions (just one story per person) and no simultaneous submissions (don’t submit the same story to other publishers) please. We also want original stories only; nothing that has been published before. This includes stories hosted on your blog or published for your Patreon followers.

Thematic Rules:

== Please invent. If your story calls for a landmark, business or ethnoburb (like a Koreatown), just create it. Please create your own characters and avoid reusing existing ones.

== Don’t explain the mystery. Hypothesize all you like, but keep the supernatural stuff fairly underground. We’re really not wild about a POV character who shows up with all the answers.

== Play with next generation technologies. Despite the times, San Cicaro’s hospitals and research firms are still cutting edge. What if fairy livers had powerful medicinal properties? Or if troll muscle fibers were the key to human regeneration? Just keep it under serious NDA.

== No world-destroying monsters. A werewolf or vampire who stalks the night is great. Zombies are fine. But the zombie apocalypse is not.

== Get cultural. We love diving into the origins of supernatural creatures. The etymology, how superstitions have changed, how Hollywood got it wrong. Although our focus is to entertain, discovery of true-to-life folklore is a bonus.

== Don’t go too big. We’re not here for dragons, giants or anything too noticeable. We’ve done so once and we’d rather not repeat it. San Cicaro works best when the magic is at least a little ambiguous.

== Reference the first anthology. We encourage links to past stories, as it creates a sense of continuity and history. However, be conscious of what outsider POVs would actually know about. A good rule of thumb; if an event would be big enough to make it into the local newspaper, it’ll probably be referenced elsewhere. We don’t want characters who are omniscient about all San Cicaro’s mysteries.

== No aliens. No UFOs, no invasions.

== Use extreme subject matter with care. Vivid gore doesn’t wow us. Consensual gratuitous sex scenes are a tough sell. The non-consensual variety are a hard no. We want stories, not shock.

Closing Notes:

If you have further questions or want to ask about an idea or landmark (akin to the San Diego Zoo or the Golden Gate Bridge), feel free to inquire with us. Just send an email to admin@tbirdstudios.com with the subject line “San Cicaro Question.” Likewise if you want to make a dedication to someone, let us know with your submission and we’ll name a street after them. We’d like to give a huge thanks to Cerqueira over on Unsplash for the great picture we used for the banner. And be sure to check out the San Cicaro Pulse for more open call tips. Good luck to everyone submitting, we can’t wait to read your work and re-immerse ourselves in the strange and exotic world of San Cicaro!

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31 October 19 — Monsters, Movies & Mayhem — ed. Kevin J. Anderson; WordFire Press

Lights! Camera! Monsters?

We’ve all experienced a night out at the movies. Are you old enough to remember the drive in? Do you dare build a movie theater in your basement and invite monsters and mayhem to your home? Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem is a collection of tales involving monsters and the chaos they create in the movie world.

Your monster may be that unidentifiable substance growing at the back of the popcorn popper at your local theater concession stand; the zombie who wants to be a movie star but is tired of being typecast; the scriptwriter’s muse who turns out to be an alien with an agenda; the diva director who comes in to “save” your latest film. The monster does not have to be the main character, but does have to be vital to the story. (No copyrighted characters or REAL movies, please!) Movies can be interpreted as a story set within a fully conscious cinematic world, or involving the act of watching a film, or having a character who thoroughly enjoys movies. And mayhem should speak for itself.

Unleash your inner beast and keep the rest of us awake at night with your stories of humor, horror, or plain ol’ weirdness. Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy, we are open to anything. Make us laugh! Make us sigh! Make us scream!

Genre: Original short stories that feature a monster in a movie setting, to include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alien, magical, witchcraft, AI, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters and no real movies.

Length: up to 6000 words

Rate: 6¢/word on acceptance

Rights: First Anthology Rights; rights revert to author one month after publication; publisher retains non-exclusive right to include in anthology as a whole

Submit stories in a Microsoft Word or RTF file in standard manuscript format to submissions@western.edu

One submission per person, please.

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson with an editorial team provided by Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Publishing MA students.

Anthology made possible by a generous contribution from Draft2Digital.

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31 October 19 — Pulp Horror Phobias Vol. 2 — Lycan Valley Press

If you’re interested in submitting to Volume 2, we suggest taking a look at the stories in Volume 1 for a general idea on theme and style. Also, check out our Resources page on our website regarding pulp and the types of stories we are looking for in this series.

All stories must be considered pulp/noir and fit the theme.


Theme: Anything you might find, or come into contact with, inside or around a house or home. Please note, this is a very broad theme so get creative and come up with something new and unusual. Common phobias such as arachnophobia, claustrophobia and agoraphobia, although relevant to the theme, must bring something new. Likewise, hauntings and possessions must bring more than your average ghost story.

Stories deliberately set inside a house or in a yard/farm/etc near a house if it’s fitting for the story as well.(stretching the theme is fine but simply mentioning there is a house nearby isn’t enough to fit the theme).

ABSOLUTELY NO PIZZA STORIES. Sorry, bring us something new.

Details: Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.

What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Make them come alive. Take them from irrational to rational. Give us, the readers, a reason to be scared, not just the characters.

We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed (or undiagnosed) phobias necessarily. Your story should focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality. We don’t want therapy sessions.

There must be a strong pulp/noir element to the story as well. If you’re unfamiliar with the original pulp magazines and stories, please do some research before submitting. Check out Black Mask Magazine http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/ and here’s a pulp archive to get you started (warning: reading on this website may be addictive).
http://www.pulpmags.org/ and also here https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive.

Although you are free to write in your own style and that which best suits the story, Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot is here for reference should you wish to use it. http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html

Word count: 4,000 to 6,000

Payment: $0.04 per word

Titles: Please do not use the name of the phobia itself in your story titles. Submission titles must follow the format as shown on the submission form.

Formatting: Blind submissions are not required. Please follow Shunn Short Story Manuscript formatting which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. Or use the downloadable template for Word found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author for two different phobias will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for greater variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested by the editor.

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31 November 19 — The Black Beacon Book of Mystery — Black Beacon Books

Here are the details:

Response time: We’ll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for late 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You’ll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their “little grey cells”, as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend… it’s up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game’s afoot!

Length:
Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

Rates:
1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND DETAILS

Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted:
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d’édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We’re choosing stories for our anthology, but you’re also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you’ve made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.

– Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

– Only one space at the end of sentences.

– Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

– The use of italics. Do NOT replace them with an underline.

Once you’ve finished your tale and edited it… and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at) gmail.com
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: “BBB Submission”.

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press [First posted in July ’19]

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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UNTIL FILLED — Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns — TANSTAAFL Press [First Posted in September ’19]

We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns”.

Guidelines:

We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.

== All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.

== All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)

==== Email address is submissions@tanstaaflpress.com

== We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.

== All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere

==== If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights.

====== Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.

====== This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.

== Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.

== Stories considered for “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns” must be high fantasy.

==== We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.

====== To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.

==== Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.

==== We also advise against any of the following:

====== Write-ups of your role playing sessions.

====== Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.

====== Avoid werewolves and vampires.

== TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.

== TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

== Acceptance of your edited work

==== This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.

== Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work

==== Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.

== All works for publication have been accepted and signed.

==== That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.

==== You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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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: Little Girl Lost by Mannison Press has closed. Their deadline was 31 August or until filled, and they filled.

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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. They’re the blood on our hands. They’re the obsessions in our heads. They’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. We’ve already announced two of our contributors—Ramsey Campbell and Usman T. Malik—and will be making more announcements in the coming weeks!

Pay: 5c / word U.S.
Length: 2,000 – 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: miscreationsbook@gmail.com

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13 September 19 — Latinx Screams — ed. V. Castro and Brian Lindenmuth; Bronzeville Books

[NOTE: This market is only open to Latinx and AfroLatinx writers.]

People scream when they’re afraid. They scream when they are in the heat of battle. They scream in the wake of victory.

This is a place to scream our pain, fears, worry, frustrations, nightmares and dreams. – Co-editor V. Castro.

Latinx Screams is looking for stories by Latinx and AfroLatinx writers with protagonists facing overwhelming fears and rising to fight horrifying foes. Some will thrive, some with survive, and some will die. Give us your vanquished, and your victors.

Horror is the parent genre; speculative fiction horror, sci-fi horror, or pure horror, including real-world horror, will all be considered. Whether your horror story takes place on a spaceship, in an alternate dimension, or in the real world, it qualifies.

Payment: $0.05 U.S. per word for previously unpublished stories

Story length: Stories up to 3,500 are preferred, but stories up to 5,000 words in length will be considered

Multiple submissions are accepted. Each writer may submit up to 3 stories for consideration. This applies to all stories by the same person, whether they use a pseudonym for some of them or not.

While we would prefer a short exclusive window of consideration, simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please indicate your submission is a simultaneous submission in the email.

Reprints may be considered; payment rate to be determined. Please indicate it is a reprint in your email.

Submissions:

Please include your story as an attached word doc and email to submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com (We do not review PDF documents or RTF documents. Please send .doc or .docx only.)

Your email should have the name of the project and story in the subject line. For example: Latinx Screams: My Story’s Title

Your email should include your bio (up to 100 words written in third person) and an author photo.

Do not include a query letter for your story. We do ask that you note if the submission is a reprint, advise us of the total word count of the story, and let us know if this is a simultaneous submission.

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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 aren’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 we’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.

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11 October 19 — Return to San Cicaro — Thunderbird Studios

Earlier this year we did an open call and produced Welcome to San Cicaro, the first of Thunderbird Studios’ original anthologies. We got some great stories and exciting new writers, and had a blast doing it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much… we’re doing it again!

Once more, we’re taking another plunge into the mysterious, paranormal jewel of the Golden State—San Cicaro. Want to play in our city? Here’s another chance.

As before, we’re looking for yarns of dark urban fantasy, the weird, the macabre and the hopeful. Tell us of unassuming teenagers stumbling upon witch meetups, who weave spells for good or ill. Of hell-born creatures leaving scenes of carnage that confound the police. Of trolls trying to fit into the society of the homeless. We want them all.

The best way of course to understand the vibe and atmosphere of the stories we are looking for is to pick up a copy of Welcome to San Cicaro, and give it a read. You can also check our prior call for more details.
Details:

Submitted short stories should have a minimum of around 5,000 words up to a soft limit of 8,000 words. We can go as high as 10,000 but will be looking to whittle that down. Formatting should follow William-Shunn guidelines.

Aside from editing and proofreading your work, the editors will also make very minor changes to fit your tale into San Cicaro itself. We may recommend street names, slightly modify passages to mention landmarks, or other such continuity tweaks. Most importantly, we may connect your story not only to the prior anthology, but to stories published in this release. Our ultimate goal is to add tiny details that join your story into a greater, connected narrative.

Authors will be recompensed with a one-time payment of $135 for five-year publication rights, with exclusive rights for the first year, non-exclusive after that. Note that this is an improvement over last year, and that we’re also retroactively increasing the pay for the prior anthology’s authors. If we do a third anthology, we will likely increase payment again to match.

Please submit to the open call at admin@tbirdstudios.com with the subject line “San Cicaro.” In the body please include a cover letter about yourself, including links to your bibliography and any details about your story. The story itself should be an attachment of file type RTF, DOC or DOCX. No multiple submissions (just one story per person) and no simultaneous submissions (don’t submit the same story to other publishers) please. We also want original stories only; nothing that has been published before. This includes stories hosted on your blog or published for your Patreon followers.

Thematic Rules:

== Please invent. If your story calls for a landmark, business or ethnoburb (like a Koreatown), just create it. Please create your own characters and avoid reusing existing ones.

== Don’t explain the mystery. Hypothesize all you like, but keep the supernatural stuff fairly underground. We’re really not wild about a POV character who shows up with all the answers.

== Play with next generation technologies. Despite the times, San Cicaro’s hospitals and research firms are still cutting edge. What if fairy livers had powerful medicinal properties? Or if troll muscle fibers were the key to human regeneration? Just keep it under serious NDA.

== No world-destroying monsters. A werewolf or vampire who stalks the night is great. Zombies are fine. But the zombie apocalypse is not.

== Get cultural. We love diving into the origins of supernatural creatures. The etymology, how superstitions have changed, how Hollywood got it wrong. Although our focus is to entertain, discovery of true-to-life folklore is a bonus.

== Don’t go too big. We’re not here for dragons, giants or anything too noticeable. We’ve done so once and we’d rather not repeat it. San Cicaro works best when the magic is at least a little ambiguous.

== Reference the first anthology. We encourage links to past stories, as it creates a sense of continuity and history. However, be conscious of what outsider POVs would actually know about. A good rule of thumb; if an event would be big enough to make it into the local newspaper, it’ll probably be referenced elsewhere. We don’t want characters who are omniscient about all San Cicaro’s mysteries.

== No aliens. No UFOs, no invasions.

== Use extreme subject matter with care. Vivid gore doesn’t wow us. Consensual gratuitous sex scenes are a tough sell. The non-consensual variety are a hard no. We want stories, not shock.

Closing Notes:

If you have further questions or want to ask about an idea or landmark (akin to the San Diego Zoo or the Golden Gate Bridge), feel free to inquire with us. Just send an email to admin@tbirdstudios.com with the subject line “San Cicaro Question.” Likewise if you want to make a dedication to someone, let us know with your submission and we’ll name a street after them. We’d like to give a huge thanks to Cerqueira over on Unsplash for the great picture we used for the banner. And be sure to check out the San Cicaro Pulse for more open call tips. Good luck to everyone submitting, we can’t wait to read your work and re-immerse ourselves in the strange and exotic world of San Cicaro!

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UNTIL FILLED — Burly Tales — ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press

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.”

………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 lethepress@aol.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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