Friday, October 9, 2015

Death by Chocolate

What they want:
Chocolate. Some people crave it, some people hate it. It is given and used for many occasions, for celebratory reasons and for some as comfort in bad times and sad times.

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘death by chocolate’, and I want you to think about exactly what that could mean. We could go literal with the eventual cholesterol induced cardiac arrest of an over-indulging chocoholic, to someone being drowned in a chocolate fountain, maybe even encasing someone inside a chocolate filled sarcophagus. Maybe opening that Terry’s Chocolate Orange will open more than just orange-flavoured chocolate segments, what if Willy Wonka was the devil and had lured the children with delicious temptation that would end in their sticky demises?

I want soft centres, hard centres, maybe even a few fruity centres to get my teeth into, but I want chocolate horror.
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

rEvolution (x/0:4)

What they want:
Write a story that deals with change, with all the consequences, intended and unintended, that follow. Juxtapose revolution and evolution. Offer us the ascendant avant-garde, or the resurgent old guard. Entertain us. Enlighten us. Give us that moment of exhilaration that comes from the realization of the fantastic.

Any speculative fiction sub-genre intended for an adult or YA reader, including (but not limited to) science fiction, fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, real-world magic, etc. If it has a speculative element, we’ll read it.

While we have opened our doors to stories originating beyond the Michigan borders, we do still remain committed to showcasing great Michigan writers. Because of that, we will maintain a minimum 60/40 ratio of Michigan-to-non-Michigan authors.
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Length: 2,000-12,000 words
Payment: 1¢/word up to $50
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Prison Compendium

What they want:
Bring us your best prison stories. Any genre. Any point of view. The story can be from the perspective of an inmate. It can be from the POV of a guard. It can be from the viewpoint of a family member visiting a lifer. It can be a prison ghost story. It can be about redemption, or a spiral down into oblivion. It can be about friendship, or prison gangs and rivalries. It can be about a riot. It can be about an ex-con, who's gotten out and is struggling to reintegrate into an unforgiving society. As long as it holds true to the main theme of prison, it fits.

Any genre works: historical fiction, paranormal, supernatural, drama, comedy, dark noir, mystery, etc. Just make certain your story has something to do with prison or confinement (incarceration). This can include inside a mental hospital, juvenile detention, or other correctional facility.
Deadline: September 31, 2016
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Payment: $0.01/per word + one contributor's copy
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unintended Consequences

What they want:
What we’re looking for are speculative fiction stories involving the creation, manufacture, release etc. of some new technology (or magic) that is supposed to do one thing and later on down the road some unintended consequence is discovered. It can be product that is supposed to be ‘good’ but has a bad consequence or just has something different happen as well. Conversely, you can have something that is supposed to be dangerous or ‘evil’ and have it develop a ‘good’ consequence.

An example of unintended consequences from the novel Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh. Decades after the introduction of Birth Control Pills – there is a generation of women who are born asexual—no sex drive or interest in sex. (This would be an unintended consequence of something that supposed to help women take control of their reproduction)
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Length: 1,000-6,000 words
Payment: $5 + royalties
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Stiff Things

What they want:
Comet Press is seeking short stories for an erotic horror anthology to be published in the summer of 2016. We are looking for the most gruesome, twisted, disturbing, erotic stories that push the boundaries of sex and horror and we don't have any content restrictions (except for kiddie porn, of course).
Deadline: March 1, 2016 (or until filled)
Length: Up to 9,000 words
Payment: 3 cents/word (upped to 6 cents/word if Kickstarter campaign is successful)
Submission Guidelines:


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