Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

What they want:
As with the first volume of Transcendent, Lethe Press is seeking the best work of transgender-themed fiction with elements of the strange, the weird, the fantastic, horror and science-fiction. Stories must be related to gender and/or sex minorities - transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, etc. Intersex stories are welcome. Stories with ethnically/culturally specific minority genders/sexes are also welcome. We are very interested in stories where the author shares the characters' marginalization (#ownvoices), but it is not a requirement.

All stories must have been originally published during the calendar year of 2016 (either in print or available in digital editions - self-published work is also included).
Deadline: May 30, 2017
Length: Up to 15,000 words
Payment: $25-$100 (depending on length)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror

What they want:
Avarice and a fealty to Mammon are elements of this forthcoming anthology slated for January of 2018. Lethe is seeking weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we're celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life...they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot. For an excellent example, we recommend "Dirty American" by Lara Elena Donnelly or "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite. Our preference is for stories that are contemporary but we are willing to read and purchase a few historical tales. No vampire or zombie tales.
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Length: 4,000-14,000 words
Payment: 5 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html

Thursday, April 20, 2017


What they want:
Release the monster within.

Nothing is quite so deliciously freeing as caving to your instincts. For centuries, shapeshifters have personified our impulse to bow to our animalistic nature. From lycans to skin-walkers and everything in between, shapeshifters give us a chance to connect with our inner-selves and celebrate our intriguing differences, our passions, and ultimately our humanity through their necessity of striking a balance between their human selves and supernatural selves.

We are seeking romantic and heated stories that delve into the different challenges all shifters face while navigating the mysterious paths of love and forbidden attraction.

Transformed will be an exploration of our dark side through characters that challenge the human experience by simply being different. We would love to follow the tale of a misunderstood lycan just trying to find his true place beside the woman he loves. We want to experience the angst of a pair of shapeshifting lovers who must fight against their curse to shift into predator and prey every lunar cycle. We would love for you to explore the endless undercurrents of romance, intrigue, and passion that bubble under the surface of not only human and shapeshifter relationships but also those of star-crossed shapeshifting partners. Give us your misunderstood werewolves and gentle fawn-folk. Build us a world where anything goes and the term “humanity” is a loose distinction. We would love for you to write with passion and energy, but please keep violence to a respectful and tasteful level. All heat levels accepted, but strong emphasis on plot is a must if you wish to succeed.
Submission Period: June 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017
Length: 1,000-15,000 words
Payment: $10 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.penandkinkpub.com/home/call-for-submissions/

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good

What they want:
Announcing an open call for submissions for Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books.
Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.

This anthology will be themed around the idea of knowledge (learning/science/education/training/etc). Stories may be funny or serious, set anywhere on or off the world, in any time period, but must feature female protagonists whose knowledge is integral to the plot/conflict.
Deadline: May 30, 2017
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: 6 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.upperrubberboot.com/open-call-broad-knowledge/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Misbehaving Dead

What they want:
Death is permanent. This is the falsehood that we tell ourselves so that we can sleep at night. It's the lie that we tell our children so they don't carry their little kitten's corpse to the old cemetery deep in the forest, in the grove where nothing living grows. It's the myth that we wrap ourselves in so we can ignore the gut-wrenching terror of what really comes after all this rigmarole.

If the afterlife's so great, why do the dead keep getting up?

The Misbehaving Dead is an anthology about rebels--the dead that won't stay down. Maybe their business isn't finished, or maybe Hell spat them back out, but no matter how strong the grave, they just refuse to stay in it. These are the misfits of biology, abominations that aren't alive but don't care. They'll get shit done anyway. They'll get what they want.
Deadline: June 13, 2017
Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $15 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://www.amurderofstorytellers.com/submissions/