Monday, February 8, 2016

Nightscript Vol. 2

What they want:
N. is a venue for ‘strange tales’, a term used to describe fictions supernatural, uncanny, weird, and so forth. In other words, I am looking for subtle and darksome literary horror. If you feel that your work has been inspired in no small part by authors such as Robert Aickman, Shirley Jackson, Dennis Etchison, Flannery O’Connor, Terry Lamsley, Lisa Tuttle, Thomas Owen, Mary Shelley, Arthur Machen, then N. is probably the venue for you.
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: $30 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://chthonicmatter.wordpress.com/nightscript/

Monday, January 25, 2016

Horrors of Hudson Valley

What they want:
We want original, supernatural horror stories set within the Hudson Valley Region within the State of New York (please note that New York City is NOT considered a part of the Hudson Valley). The time period for your story is up to you–past, present, future, alternate history–but it must take place whole or in part within the Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley is a real place, with a real history, so please respect the reality of the setting.

Scare us, creep us out, give us the shivers, make us laugh. Be Gothic, modern, Lovecraftian, Victorian, Steampunk, whatever. Just set your story in the Hudson Valley.
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Payment: $25 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://neilsenparty.wordpress.com/hvhorrors/

Friday, January 22, 2016

After the Happily Ever After

What they want:
Do you think the Happily Ever After ending in clichéd and overdone? Ever wonder what happened to Snow White after she met her prince? Did Jasmine and Aladdin disagree on how to rule? Was Ariel happy with a man that fell in love with a pretty, mute, little girl? Was Sleeping Beauty really an undercover agent that secretly infiltrated the kingdom? Did Goldilocks get sent to the insane asylum after her encounter with the three bears? Take on both perspectives. Keep the happily ever after ending, make the characters fight and fall in love again, send the princes on challenging new missions, give the princesses a mission, or make the couples divorced and trying to maneuver child custody in their new lives. Whatever your idea, be sure these characters experience something new so that the reader will, too.

We are looking for a variety of submissions that transform well-known fairytales into modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. What we want is to see them given new life. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher; don’t make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences. Sex and profanity are acceptable; however, not in excess. If gory for gore’s sake, or vulgar just to be crude, your story will be rejected. Themes must be central to plot and character.
Deadline: February 20. 2016
Length: 100-7,500 words
Payment: $5 for stories under 2,000 words and between $10 and $20 for 2,000 and up, depending on the severity of editing needed + 2 print & 1 ebook contributor copies.
Submission Guidelines:http://www.transmundanepress.com/current-calls-for-submissions.html

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kill Those Damn Cats – Cats of Ulthar Lovecraftian Anthology

What they want:
The First United Church of Cthulhu is looking for horror fantasy involving the titular creatures from H. P. Lovecraft's story The Cats of Ulthar. The original is set in the Dreamlands and is part of a series of short stories and novellas called the Dream Cycle.

Everybody's got a story about those cats.
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Payment: $5 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://firstunitedchurchofcthulhu.blogspot.com/p/kill-those-damn-cats-submission.html

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Evil Girlfriend Media - Speculate!

What they want:
Magic and mystery. Murder and mayhem. These are the things we want for Evil Girlfriend Media’s new Speculate! feature. Once a month, we will feature a dark speculative fiction story that embodies the EGM aesthetic.

2016 Theme:
Curiosity Killed the Cat. Someone gets curious about something and all sorts of chaos, madness, mayhem, and badness happens. (I.E. Who left me this note? What does this button do? Where are those cries for help coming from? Why do we sprinkle salt around the house once a month? How did she get there?)
Length: 4,000-7,000 words
Payment: $100
Submission Guidelines: http://www.evilgirlfriendmedia.com/submissions/

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