Friday, December 2, 2016

A Fool for You

What they want:
A Fool for You—LGBTQIA—Clowns. Pick pockets. Magicians. Jesters. Witches. Demons. Even gods. Tales of Tricksters abound in every culture, sometimes as fools, sometimes as sly schemers too smart for anyone’s good. They are often known as shape shifters and gender fluid—and they are always up to something. Sometimes for good, sometimes for evil, sometimes simply to see what happens…

Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories of tricksters and all the mischief they can manage—and what happens when they meet their match.

Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Length: 10,000-20,000 words
Payment: $200 + 2 paperback & ebook contributor copies
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Descansos Anthology

What they want:
Descansos, or roadside memorials, mark an interrupted journey; the spot where a drunk driver struck a beloved son, or where a fatigued mother fell asleep at the wheel and veered herself and her family into eternity.

While the word “descanso” means simply, rest, in Spanish, it has come to represent all kinds of memorials that mark the place where an intended path came to an unintended end. Descansos take many forms: from crosses festooned with ribbons and pinwheels, to a shattered motorcycle helmet nailed to a tree; from a collection of teddy bears affixed to a roadside fence, to a stone alter filled with photographs, candles, and milagros; to a stark white bicycle anchored in concrete.

Consider the descansos of the heart, the smell, or song, or thought that brings us back for a moment to a time or a person now lost.

While born of grief and loss, descansos memorialize love, and as such, represent the terrible beauty we all contend with as creatures who, by living, are condemned to die.

Darkhouse Books is looking for flash fiction, traditional short stories, poetry, and essays that embrace the spirit of the descanso. There are no restrictions on genre. We just want your best work.
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Length: Up to 3,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Under the Bed

What they want:
The goal of Under the Bed is to give readers horror stories that are fresh, tightly written, and most of all, scary. Reading with your back to the wall, occasionally getting up to check all the locks, hiding under the blankets--scary.
Length: 4,250-7,500 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mrs Rochester's Attic

What they want:
In 'Jane Eyre' Mr Rochester kept his mad first wife locked away in his attic. Inspired by this, 'Mrs Rochester's Attic' will be an anthology of gothic-tinted tales about mad love and terrible secrets. What awful things do your characters keep hidden away?

We are interested in publishing well crafted, and beautifully written stories. We prefer work that has not been published elsewhere but will accept reprints if they are a strong fit for the collection. If you are based in the UK Midlands that is an advantage.

We welcome stories with a historical setting and a ghost or two is always fun, but neither are essential. There doesn't have to be any connection to Jane Eyre (although there can be), but the story must contain a dark, dark secret and/or doomed love.
Deadline: December 18, 2016
Length: 1,000-6,000 words
Payment: 1p per word up to £50 max per story
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 2

What they want:
Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 2, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Length: Short stories/novelettes.
Payment: 1 cent/word
Submission Guidelines: