Updated on January 24, 2016
Current Houses Open To Submissions
Your stories are needed!
I’ve been browsing around seeking out some of the best writing opportunities for you all to peruse…
One Buck Horror are looking for shorts of 3,000 words or less for e publication in e book anthologies:
‘We strongly suggest that, before you submit to us, you check out a copy of One Buck Horror to get a better idea of what we’re all about. Copies can be purchased through Amazon andBarnes & Noble, and you can download free apps from each of these outlets so you can read them on any device, including phones and PCs.
What we’re looking for:
- Classic horror that doesn’t feel stale or dated.
- Short, sharp shocks that stay with you long after you’ve stopped reading, and leave you wanting more.
- We’re open to nearly all settings and themes, from historical to modern, from supernatural to the real world. What’s most important is the quality of the story.
What we’re NOT looking for:
- No supernatural romance or other pseudo-horror. Vampires and werewolves are okay, but they must be monsters, not suitable dating material.
- No “torture porn”. Gore and adult themes are fine, but they should serve the story, and not the other way around.
- No stories based on characters that are not your own. No fan fiction or fiction based on existing copyrighted characters or worlds (unless, of course, you’re the one who owns that copyright.)
- No chapters or excerpts of longer works (unless the excerpt works as a stand-alone story.)
- No non-fiction or poetry, we are only accepting short story fiction submissions and cover art submissions at this time.
- No reprints. We can only accept stories if they have not been published elsewhere (this includes online publishing).
- Manuscripts should be less than 3000 words in length (this is a firm limit, so please, nothing longer). There is no minimum (flash fiction is welcome).
- Please follow proper manuscript formatting, and thoroughly proofread your manuscript before submitting it. For an excellent example of proper formatting, please follow this link.
- We accept electronic submissions only through our Fiction Submissions Page. Submissions sent through other means will not be read.
- Manuscripts should be submitted in DOC, DOCX, or RTF formats.
- All submissions must be in English.
- Please, only one submission at a time. No multiple submissions.
- We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
We’re always on the lookout for talented artists to create our cover images, as well as other artwork on the One Buck Horror website. If you are interested in contributing art to One Buck Horror, contact us directly. Please include links to samples of your work, when possible.
One Buck Horror pays a professional rate of 5 cents per word for First Worldwide Electronic Rights and First Serial Rights. Payment is made upon publication.’
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Samhain are looking for novels:
‘Samhain is now accepting submissions for our line of horror novels. We are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.
We are looking for novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.
- Between 12,000 and 100,000 words, for print eligibility minimum 50,000.
- A fresh premise that can be conveyed in a marketing hook of 2 – 3 sentences
- Believable, three-dimensional characters
- A gripping, suspenseful style
- Credible world-building that can make even the strangest creatures believable
- Within the horror genre, not fantasy or science-fiction, though borders often blur
- Email the complete manuscript and a full synopsis that takes the plot from beginning to end as two separate Word attachments.
- In the body of your email include a brief description of the novel, estimated word count, and your publishing history (if any) such as previous books, awards, and quotes from other authors or reviews.
- Include contact info, and if the manuscript is agented, please provide agent info as well.
- Include the title of the novel in the email’s subject line.
Submissions should be sent to: [email protected]‘
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Black Static want your tales to terrify:
‘We are always open to submissions of new horror and dark fantasy short stories of up to about 10,000 words in length. Please follow these simple guidelines:
- Send your manuscript mailed flat or folded no more than once, in standard manuscript format — typed (not handwritten!), double spaced, good margins all round, printed in black ink on one side of white paper, numbered pages, a key word from story title and author’s name on each page — with a covering letter and adequate means of reply (ie a stamped, self-addressed envelope or a working email address if outside the UK).
- Please include a covering letter but don’t worry too much about it, just introduce yourself and list any relevant credits, things like that. If you’ve never been published before tell us that too — we’ve published many debut stories over the years.
- Use a paper clip to hold pages together, not staples or any kind of binder. There is no need to put your manuscript in a folder. An ordinary paper envelope is sufficient, don’t use bulky padded envelopes.
- Don’t send a submission by recorded delivery.
- Make sure you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return of your manuscript, or send a disposable manuscript (clearly marked as such) with a small SAE for reply. Overseas submissions should always be disposable and accompanied by an email address for reply. Any submission that arrives without means of reply won’t be read, just recycled.
- Never send simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions or reprints.
- All submissions must be sent in hard copy only.
- Please don’t continually query receipt or progress. If you haven’t received a response it’s likely that you failed to enclose appropriate means of reply. If you feel you’ve waited too long for a decision regardless, simply send your story elsewhere.
Don’t be offended by a form rejection. It simply means that we’re really busy, with lots of stories to read. But even a form rejection means what it says: send the rejected story somewhere else and try us with something new…and keep on trying! Don’t submit a rejected story to another of our magazines though, as we will already have considered that option.
Where to Send Your Stories
5 Martins Lane
Cambs CB6 2LB
The editor’s name is Andy Cox.’
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Clarkesworld are also open:
‘Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on our website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription.Original fiction is also published in an annual trade paperback series from Wyrm Publishing. We are currently open for art, non-fiction and short story submissions.
Word Limit: 1000-8000 words (preferred length is 4000)
Pay Rate: 10¢ per word up to 4000 words, 5¢ per word after
Genres: Science fiction and fantasy
Rights: We claim first world electronic rights (text and audio), first print rights (author must be willing to sign 100+ chapbooks), and non-exclusive anthology rights for Realms, the yearly Clarkesworldanthology.
Stories must be:
- Well-written. Language is important. There is no distinction between “style” and “substance” or “story” and “writing.”
- Convenient for on-screen reading. Very long paragraphs or typographical trickery may work against you.
Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, medieval, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them.
Though no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, the following are likely hard sells:
- stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory
- stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear
- talking cats
- talking swords
- stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
- stories where FTL travel is as easy as is it on television shows or movies
- time travel too
- stories that depend on some vestigial belief in Judeo-Christian mythology in order to be frightening (i.e., Cain and Abel are vampires, the End Times are a’ comin’, Communion wine turns to Christ’s literal blood and it’s HIV positive, Satan’s gonna getcha, etc.)
- stories about rapist-murderer-cannibals
- stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING. (a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING).
- stories about the stuff we all read in Scientific American three months ago
- stories where the Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians, or the Spartacist League, etc. take over the world and either save or ruin it
- your AD&D game
- “funny” stories that depend on, or even include, puns
- sexy vampires, wanton werewolves, or lusty pirates
- zombies or zombie-wannabes
- stories originally intended for someone’s upcoming theme anthology or issue
- stories where the protagonist is either widely despised or widely admired simply because he or she is just so smart and/or strange
- stories that take place within an artsy-fartsy bohemia as written by an author who has clearly never experienced one
- your trunk stories
Fiction Submissions Process
Clarkesworld uses an online submissions system that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We do not accept email or paper submissions. Go here to submit your stories.
Our submissions form asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre and story. Your cover letter should contain your publishing history (if any) and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a lusty pirate story and happen to BE a lusty pirate, mention that). All stories should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in either .RTF or .DOC format. No simultaneous submissions. If you have questions, concerns or technical issues, please contact Neil via email.
After you have submitted your story, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within 24 hours, please email us. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission via our website, so please don’t lose it. NOTE: Yahoo.com occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.
Our average response time is under two days, but we occasionally hold submissions for longer periods. We ask that you:
- don’t send queries until after two-weeks have passed. Use your tracking number to check on the status prior to that.
- don’t send revisions to a submission unless they have been requested.
- don’t submit another story for a period of seven days after receiving a rejection.
- don’t re-submit stories that have been rejected. Do not query for permission.
- don’t argue with rejection slips. You’re only wasting time.
If you are uncertain about anything above, we recommend following the most conservative interpretation.’
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Flesh and Blood are also seeking fiction:
We will look at fiction up to 5,000 words. We are no longer considering reprints. Stories must possess a strong sense/feel of the strange, offbeat, darkly fantastic, unnatural, and/or surreal. We will not consider stories without at least one or more of these elements. Fiction that deals with serial killers, stereotypical plots (zombies, vampires, cats, etc), revenge, blatant gore, and sex will not be the proper match for F&B magazine. Contrary to the magazine’s title, we’d rather steer clear of the “flesh” and “blood” in fiction and place a bigger emphasis on the subtle and strange. Nevermind sending a proposal/synopsis. Instead, send the complete manuscript with mention of your background (if any) in the cover letter. We accept electronic submissions in the body of email (preferably) and as MS Word attachments.
We will only consider UP TO four submissions per author per year.
Same guidelines for fiction apply to poetry: strange, unnatural, and plain old weird is what we want. Keep poems down to at least one typed page or less, and please send no more than five poems at a time. Poems that rhyme will have very little chance at being bought; poems with themes about love, desire, heartache, vampires, etc will also not be considered.
We generally solicit artwork from one or more of our Staff Artists, but we’re also looking to add to this list. Feel free to send a portfolio of color/B&W art to the submissions address or attached as JPEG’s to Jack Fisher. Should we decide to assign you a job, payment will be negotiated.
F&B is staffed with nonfiction contributors, but you may send your book or magazine to one of our reviewers for possible review in an issue of Flesh & Blood magazine. For further information, see the Reviewerssection. If you have any questions, contact Jack Fisher or that reviewer individually.
Fiction: $.02-$.05 cents/word on publication
Poetry: $10 – $20/poem
Plus one contributor’s copy.
Response time: 2-3 months, but averaging 1-2 weeks at present. There is the possibility that your submission may not make it to us via email. To avoid this, send it USPS. As redundant as this may sound to you, we DO get A LOT of email every day and do not appreciate having to match names to stories in an attempt to confirm receipt of a submission. Despite this and despite what you may hear about our swift response times, this is subject to change. DO NOT QUERY ON THE STATUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION BEFORE 90 DAYS.
Please include a SASE with all paper submissions. All stories must abide by “proper manuscript format.” Please send only one submission at a time and wait for a reply before sending another. All email submissions should be sent to the attention of Jack Fisher only and emailed to the appropriate address below. We are no longer considering reprints. If you have any additional questions in any regard, please contact Teri A. Jacobs, Assistant Editor. You may also contact Flesh & Blood Press directly at (848) 992-2230.
Email submissions to [email protected]
USPS submissions should be mailed to:
Flesh & Blood Press
Attn: Jack Fisher
121 Joseph Street
Bayville, NJ 08721
Jack Fisher, Editor in Chief/Publisher
Teri A. Jacobs, Senior Editor
Sean Wallace, Assistant Editor
Jon Hodges, Copyeditor
Jon Rietan, Assistant Fiction Editor
Flesh & Blood Press
Attn: Jack Fisher
121 Joseph Street
Bayville, NJ 08721′
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Evil Jester Press have a few openings for all of your delightful horrifically diabolical tales:
CARNIVAL OF THE DAMNED
Carnivals. Everything you could imagine from traveling entertainment – food, games of chance, sideshows, dancing girls, funhouses, fortune tellers, rides . . . and the seeds for nightmarish realities made flesh. Give us tales of monstrosities underneath boardwalks, circuses in the middle of nowhere, inner-city performances that boggle the imagination and sideshows containing what nature never intended.
Please supply a basic log line (1-2 sentences) about the story you’re submitting and mention any recent publications in your cover letter. If writing under a pseudonym, please include that information as well.
- DEADLINE: July 31st, 2012
- WORD COUNT: 4,000-12,000 words (query for shorter / longer)
- PAYMENT: 40% of anthology’s net-profit divided equally among authors + 1 contributor’s copy
- REPRINTS: No
- MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Limit of two, Maximum of one accepted
- SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No
- FORMAT: RTF
- JUSTIFICATION: Left-justify only
- FONT: 12 point Times New Roman or Courier New
- TAB INDENT: ¼ inch and use margins rather than manual paragraph indents
- SPACING: Double-Spaced
- PAGE NUMBERING / HEADERS: No page numbers headers or footers
- CONTACT INFORMATION: Name, Address, Phone Number and E-mail at top-left of first page
- SUBMISSION: Send to [email protected] with “Last Name / Submission Title / Word Count” in the subject line
- We welcome any questions for clarification. E-mail them to [email protected]
- We will only be accepting a maximum of two (2) stories involving a sideshow.
- No present-tense stories
- Confirmation e-mails will be sent out once per week.
- Some stories within the anthology will have artwork based on their work created. Those chosen are required to sign a release.
- Do not put your story in the body of your e-mail. Send it as an attachment.
- Rejection letters will contain a basic explanation. We will do our best to be available for any questions.
- Accepted stories will be hand-edited and returned to authors via PDF for correction.
- Accepted stories will need an author bio (3-6 sentences) and any contact information desired for publication (website / Facebook / Twitter / etc.).
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Henry Snider is a founding member of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writer’s Group. For over fifteen years he’s worked with writers to hone their craft, taught creative writing at the high school and adult levels, organized contests and lectured on writing. More at http://www.henrysnider.com
David C. Hayes is a writer/editor/filmmaker type. He is creepy and enjoys creepy things. His films, like The Frankenstein Syndrome, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Back Woods and many more, are available worldwide. He has placed fiction in multiple magazines and anthologies including those published by Evil Jester Press, Bloodbound Books and StrangeHouse, among others and has written for national magazines like Outre, Brutarian and Cult Movies. David is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dramatists Guild. Please visit him online at http://www.abnormalent.blogspot.com and try not to leave a mess.
HELP! WANTED TALES OF ON-THE-JOB HORROR
We’re seeking twisted, terrifying tales of corporate/institutional horror. From retail showrooms to stuffy boardrooms; government offices to taco stands; we want employees in peril. The workplace needs to be integral to your tale’s terror. In other words, don’t give us bank tellers held at gunpoint or ditch-diggers discovering malevolence underground. We want evil of an institutional, not incidental, nature. We don’t offend easily, but bear in mind: shock without substance is not what we’re looking for.
Zombies and vamps need not apply. We love the undead as much as the next dark fiction fiend, but we’re looking to blaze new trails. Supernatural stories will receive special consideration, but realistic stories can work, too. In addition, we’re not looking for poetry, flash-fiction, YA, or fan-fiction. Beyond these limits, take your mind’s eye to the max. Scare us! Enlighten us! Think Bentley Little’s The Store, Thomas Ligotti’s My Work is Not Yet Done, and Stephen King’s The Shining. Think whatever gets you through the night, but focus, dear scribes, on keeping the rest of us awake. Give us your best!
Please note: Do not use real names of business entities. Also, don’t disseminate proprietary information from previous or current employers. This isn’t the place to spill the secret sauce recipe.
Payment: ½ cent per word + one contributor copy
Reading Period: May 26th, 2011 until filled (Deadline TBD)
Word Count: 1,200 – 5,500 words
POV Limitations: Steer clear of 2nd person unless you’re Stewart O’Nan, Jay McInerney, or have penned the greatest 2nd person story ever told. 3rd or 1st person, past tense, preferred. Present tense can be problematic, but if you know what you’re doing, and the choice enhances your voice, go for it!
Reprints: Negotiable but rare
Multiple submissions: No. But if your story is rejected you may submit a new one.
Simultaneous submissions: No
Response time: 1-2 weeks
Font: Times New Roman size 12
Spacing: Double Space
Margins: 1”, left justified
File: .rtf or .doc (.rtf preferred)
Page number/headers: None
Contact information: Place contact information in the top left of the first page (Name, Address, Phone Number and E-Mail). Place approximate word count at the top right of the first page.
Send the story to spiderbond325 (at) hotmail (dot) com with the story title, your name and approximate word count in the subject line. Include a short bio in the body of the email. Confirmation emails will be sent within 72 hours of receiving your submission. Questions may be posted here or emailed to the aforementioned address (place the words “Anthology Question” in the subject line.)
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Blood Bound Books have a couple of opportunities:
GUIDELINES: NOVELLA, NOVELETTE, AND NOVEL SUBMISSIONS
We are now open to year-round submission queries.
1. We are looking for manuscripts of 10,000 – 80,000 words.
2. We are publishers of dark fiction. This includes science fiction, horror, thrillers, erotic horror, suspense, and other uncategorized works. We are not fond of limitations so explore your darkest side. For more info on what we want, please visit this section of our forum.
3. You MUST submit a query letter and the first chapter (or first 50 pages) before we will consider your manuscript. DO NOT send the whole manuscript.
4. If we think your proposal is for us, we will request the manuscript. If not, we will send you an email stating such.
Manuscripts requested should be formatted in the manner:
- 12-point font, Times New Roman or Courier New
- Contact information in the upper left (name, address, phone number, email)
- Word Count of entire manuscript in upper right
- 1 Space after punctuation
- Underline everything you would like to italicize at publication
4. No Multiple Submissions.
5. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you alert us beforehand and advise us if accepted elsewhere.
6. We are unable to pay advances at this time. Royalties are based at 40% net–we can negotiate more depending on author’s background. We ask for North American print rights for a three year period from the date of release. There will NEVER be any fees charged to authors for being published by us.
7. We pay royalties quarterly.
8. We provide editorial services, ISBN numbers, and artwork (but will take input for artwork or preferred artists for publication).
9. We will promote your books from our end using our own resources but expect our authors to be proactive in promoting their own work. Together we will work hard to market your book to our readers.
We accept queries all year.
Send submissions to [email protected].
Subject should read: “Novel Sub: story title/author last name”
D.O. A. II: EXTREME HORROR COLLECTION
You were warned…but you just didn’t listen! So after the horrific success of D.O.A., we have decided to please the masses by releasing a second volume.
Volume II will be a more disturbing anthology (if that’s even possible), unsuitable for the easily offended, disgusted, or those prone to vomiting. We want stories, 750 – 5,000 words, that push the limits. The stranger and gorier the better. If you read the first installment, than you know that no subject is too taboo. However, we’re looking for you to exploit a lesser know taboo.
Keep in mind that we are not simply looking for torture porn or scenes of gratuitous violence lacking a point or direction. Blood and guts only work if there is a great story and creative twists to back it up. Imagine that the band Cannibal Corpse got together with Richard Matheson and penned a story. The result would be D.O.A. Think Edward Lee, think Bizarro, think…well, you get the picture. So if you ever had a story idea that you felt was too extreme or offensive for a sane publisher, send it our way. We want your worst!
Accepted stories will be paid a rate of 1 cent a word plus a contributors copy.
Stories will be accepted from May 1, 2012 until August 1, 2012. We will not make final selections until the end of the submission period. Please do not query about the status of your submission until September 1, 2012.
Send submissions to [email protected].
Subject should read: “D.O.A. II: story title/author last name”
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Lovecraft eZine are also looking for subs:
UPDATE: April 3, 2012: I am once again accepting submissions, but please read the entire page below for the guidelines. ALSO, I am currently accepting submissions for the following themes:
- Lovecraftian time-travel stories for an issue sometime this year.
- Lovecraftian Halloween stories for the October issue.
- Lovecraftian Christmas stories for the December issue.
- Deep Ones/Dagon/Innsmouth stories for an issue sometime this year.
- AND, I want to do a Lovecraftian “Woman-theme” issue, for lack of a better term. For this issue, I want female writers only.
I am also now considering non-fiction Lovecraftian philosophy articles.
ART: I publish original and previously unpublished Lovecraftian art. If you’re an artist, please feel free to submit your work for the new art section. Please note that “previously unpublished” includes the internet. At this time I’m unable to pay for artwork, but you will receive a link back to your website and/or online art gallery. The Lovecraft eZine receives a high volume of traffic and it will certainly bring attention to your work.
ALSO, I would like some Lovecraftian female art submissions; both males and females may submit art. Risqué is fine, but no nudity.
This concludes the April 3, 2012 update; please read below for general guidelines.
Please read below for submission guidelines. The Lovecraft eZine pays $50 for accepted stories over 3,000 words and $25 for stories under 3,000 words, poetry, or flash fiction.
The Lovecraft eZine wants well-written, original Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos fiction. While we enjoy and appreciate pastiche, best read works will feature an original voice and new takes on old themes, not simply mimicking Lovecraft’s style. Simple mentions of Cthulhu or the Necronomicon do not make a story Lovecraftian. For us, the bestLovecraftian fiction share the tone and themes of Lovecraft: Cosmic horror, the discovered knowledge of the unnameable terrible things behind the curtain of reality, etc.
It’s important to understand that we do not reject stories that mention or feature Cthulhu and others, neither do we reject stories that do not mention them. This is important enough to repeat: We are interested in the themes of Lovecraft. Cosmic horror. Hopelessness. The madness that comes when you realize what’s behind the curtain. Isolated and old locations. Unanswered questions about reality. If you are still not sure what this means, read the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound, Dead But Dreaming, and Dead But Dreaming 2 — these books are excellent examples.
We prefer stories under 5000 words but there is no maximum word-count; longer stories accepted may be serialized.
Reprints, Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
The Lovecraft eZine does accept reprints but we prefer original fiction. We do not accept simultaneous submissions; if you submit a work, please wait until you have received a reply before submitting again. Please do not submit the same story to us and other magazines at the same time.
Graphic scenes and obscenity are acceptable if they are integral to the piece, within reason. The Lovecraft eZine has no interest in stories that are only gratuitous depictions of sex or gore. We may reject a story for any reason. Submission does not equal automatic acceptance.
How To Submit
Send submissions to MichaelDavisWriter AT gmail.com:
– Attach the story in RTF or DOC formats.
– In the subject line put the STORY TITLE (in all caps), your name and word count.
– In then body of the email, put your name, pen-name (if any), contact information, a short bio, two to three lines, as well as any credits or relevant websites you wish to plug.
– The story should be double-spaced, in a readable font, and as you originally formatted it; paragraphs indented, italicized words in italics, etc. It is helpful to our editors if you follow the standard manuscript guidelines (Though no story will be rejected for not following them to the letter)
The Lovecraft eZine will respond to your submission as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of submissions, it may take several months for a response, but I WILL reply to your submission within a day or two to let you know it has been received.
Stories should be thoroughly proofread before submission. We do understand that minor mistakes will slip by and we will correct them before publication on the website. Minor grammatical changes may be made to the story; however, we will seek the author’s permission before publication.
The Lovecraft eZine pays via PayPal upon publication on the website.
The Lovecraft eZine buys non-exclusive rights to publish your work on the website. The author retains all other rights and all responsibilities of the piece. This means you are free to have it published elsewhere at any other time and are responsible if the rights to the story are questioned or if there are accusations of plagiarism.
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Dark Moon Books are looking for submissions from female writers:
Working Title: Mistresses of the Macabre
Edited by: Lori Michelle, Max Booth III, Stan Swanson
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Projected Publishing Date: Late Summer 2012
Contact info: [email protected]
No doubt about it, woman view the world differently than men. When something scares us, it tends to hit all of our senses and get us emotionally charged. We tend to try to think things through, but are not afraid to kick ass to protect those we love. Dark Moon is looking for stories written by women for a special women’s only anthology. The type of story isn’t important (ghost, zombie, vampire, spider, ghoul, ex-husband) as long as it scares us.
Please no over-the-top gore or erotica. Just make sure you frighten us and show everyone that women know how to make those dark nights a little darker and scarier with the best of them.
• DEADLINE: June 30th, 2012
• PAYMENT: Authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology and payment of $20.00.
• Submissions should fall between 1500-6000 words, but a few words over or under is fine. However, submissions that are excessively long will not be considered.
• Submissions will only be accepted as attachments in either .doc or .rtf format e-mailed to [email protected] Please do not embed your story in the e-mail.
• E-mails should have the title of the anthology, the author’s last name and the title of the story. i.e. Vampires_Johnson_Fangs for the Memories.
• Include your real name (and pen name if using one), address, phone, email, story title and word count on the title page of the submission as well as in the body of your email. Include a brief bio (50 words or less) in the body of the email.
• Original works only, no reprints
• Format your masterpiece as it will be read, meaning use italics, bold, etc. when appropriate. Avoid the use of underlining and all caps.
• No headers or page numbers.
• Please use Times New Roman, Courier, Verdana, Arial or Georgia 12 point for submissions.
• Please do not use tabs or space for indentation. (Use the paragraph indent features of Word or Open Office, etc. instead. And remember, whatever word processor you use, save in Word or Rich Text Format.
• We reserve the right to reject any submissions not following these guidelines.
• By submitting your horror short fiction work to Dark Moon Books, you are assigning Dark Moon Books exclusive First World Rights for both print and electronic versions for a period of six months after publication. After that time period, you are free to resell your story as a reprint as long as first publication information is included. You keep all other rights including the original copyright.
• No gratuitous sex or foul language should be used unless it is integral to the story. Throwing in extraneous sex and four-letter words is not a formula for instant success. However, this is a publication for mature audiences and will contain blood, guts, violence, sex and mature language.
• You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any time, but this request must be made in writing (e-mail acceptable).
• Multiple submissions are accepted, but please send each story in its own email.
• Simultaneous Submissions: Since the majority of our staff are also writers, we understand how frustrating the submission process can be. For this reason, we have no problem with simultaneous submissions. However, please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. And, if we accept your story, please inform anyone else you may have submitted to.
• Entrants selected for publication will be contacted prior to publication with further instructions. There are some instances in which we might ask the author for a re-write (with suggestions) if we feel it would improve the story and its chances of being published. We also reserve the right to edit submitted stories for length and content. Authors will always be contacted in advance if we choose to use their story. Authors will also always receive an edit of their story for approval prior to publication.
Questions? [email protected]
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Mixer Publishing are looking for work that stretches social structures & norms:
Size limit: Flash/short stories (15k limit)
mixer character arcs/plots — subvert the epiphany!
As a genre, realist stories tend to overvalue the epiphany–ah, our Joycean legacy, and curse!–character arcs almost always follow the trajectory of problems and yearnings that end in realization, understanding—the bright light of Truth that changes everything, forever, usually for the betterment of the protagonist (really?). mixer is more interested in the Chekovean arc; plots that challenge the notion that people are able to change in fundamental and long-lasting ways; or that question the assumption that all change is good or that insight and understanding are possible at all (or for all). mixer seeks stories that explore the ways and whys of stasis—the reasons why people (and cultures) don’t change; or how change can occur so rapidly and repeatedly that the notion of a stable identity is challenged. Charles Baxter’s essay “Against Epiphanies” and David Jauss’ “Returning Characters to Life: Chekhov’s Subversive Endings” are required reading for mixer realists.
Here’s a link to the Jauss article: http://www.writersdigest.com/qp7-migration-books/jauss-essay
I don’t want to say that we will never publish an epiphany, but if we do, it better be a hard-earned, cynical, or darkly comic.
mixer “reality” — subvert “Nature” and “Truth!”
Naïve realism also too often accepts social constructions as “natural.” mixer realism is more interested in stories that interrogate the naturalness of what is socially and historically constructed. mixer wants contingent and relative truth, not big T absolutism.
postmodern style — mix realism with other styles and genres!
mixer also likes realist stories that mix in elements from other styles or genres: comedy (especially farce), black comedy, satire, parody, surrealism, fabulism, horror, noir, etc. The artful deployment of comedy or surrealism in a realist piece can go a long way in defamiliarizing typical realist motifs and assumptions about human nature and “reality.”
It is also highly recommended that you read about mixer’s general aesthetic of “literary genre”: http://mixerpublishing.com/?page_id=262
Payment: $25-$100 for online (i.e., Website) publication, depending on length and quality; $25-$100 for print publication, based on the same standard–some stories will be online only while others will be chosen for online and print publication; and at the end of each year, an additional $500 will be paid to the story that best represents Mixer’s aesthetic of literary genre–i.e., The Focus Story.
Electronic Publication (Kindle, iPad, and eBooks): 50/50 split of sales.
Important! *Advice on the submission process*
Please do not query us on the status of your submission. Response time on short stories and poems usually takes 3-4 months (sometimes earlier), but will fluctuate to 5-6 months if the submissions level is high. Novels and novellas are different: 5-6 month response time is normal but that can extend during busy periods to 10-12 months.
Queries are acceptable only if submissions pass the 6 month mark for short stories/poems and the 12 month mark for novels and novellas.
It’s not that we don’t like chatting with you, but if we answered everyone individually we’d never have time to put the magazine out!
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Dark River Press Are also open:
We are currently reading submissions for upcoming Dark River Anthologies, its Stories pages, and Poetry pages.
We do not specialize in splatter and gore for the sake of it. Intelligent, thought-provoking horror is favoured over shock.
Art submissions should be sent here, and should be in .jpeg, .png, or .gif formats. (We have to do it this way to avoid tonnes of spam. If you want to see the address where your mail will be sent, just hover your mouse over the link and it will show up at the bottom of your browser window.)
Important, please note: We expect a short cover email with synopsis, brief bio (including previous publication credits, if any), and whether or not, if published, you would like readers to be able to contact you. If so, let us know how. Any material/details shared with us will be kept strictly confidential.
If you can’t be bothered doing this, it is only fair to assume we might not bother to read your submission.
For written work, we DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions. However, we will consider reprints, but they must be exceptional.
We are looking for the following:
*Short Stories/Novellas (up to 15,000 words), no more than three per submission;
*Poetry (up to 100 lines), no more than 5 per submission (additional guidance for poets below);
*Cover Art (no more than three per submission);
*Art Portfolios (for eGalleries, three samples only please);
*Photography (for eGalleries or anthology covers, no more than three per submission);
*Academic articles (horror related, fully referenced, bibliography, etc.), again, no more than three;
*Serial novels (contact us first with a query letter); and,
*Short films/serials (again, contact us with a query and we will get back to you).
Payment will be made of 1 contributor’s copy. We will supply a written critique where we can. Each submission will receive a personal response from the editor
We require one-time print/electronic rights and print/electronic archive rights. Many magazines will not publish pieces that have been published in print or on the web. Once your work has been published, it can only ever be re-marketed as a reprint severely limiting the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide whether giving up first print/electronic rights for no payment other than exposure is really what you want to do. It is our intention to publish anthologies in the future. We will contact you with a separate contract for this if your work is chosen. If you have any questions/queries, contact us here.
The editor would also like to note that there is no difference in the quality of work chosen for the website or the anthologies. Selections are usually made thematically and stylistically so that your work will receive maximum exposure.
Additional Guidance for Poetry
1. Send no more than 5 poems. The extreme cap is 100 lines–but if it’s long, it had better be good.
2. Must be exquisitely dark.
3. Formalism is welcome and highly encouraged. We love to see use of rhyme, meter, and especially both. However, we’ll look at anything–we can be won over by delightfully outré imagery; perilous and poignant turns of phrase; ravishing, bewitching vocabulary…. Whatever you send, it should utilize gorgeous language–it is supposed to be poetry, after all.
4. Poetry is not exempt from proper punctuation–we want to see periods, commas, semicolons, etc., all where they would be if the piece were laid out as prose. True, arranging lines as poetry sometimes changes things a little–but please make an effort. However, we do understand that to create some poetic effects, ‘correct’ punctuation is the enemy.
5. We are not afraid of uncommon vocabulary–you will not lose points for utilizing any word in the English language (why else do we have them?!) Neither do we shy away from antiquated or ‘obsolete’ words and usages. However, if you’re going to go this route–tread carefully, and be consistent.