Monday, October 20, 2014

Local Legends

What they want:
Where do legends begin? Loch Ness Monster, Bloody Mary, Big Foot, Elvis ….

Rumor is, legends begin as local talent. They become larger than life through word of mouth as more people learn of them and spread the news about their greatness. From Godzilla to Maude, legends start in a dark corner of the universe – whether it be Japan or a penumbra of someone’s candlelit bedroom – and grow to be bigger than life through well-run media campaigns and rubberneckers with unimpressive visual technology – you know, point-and-shoot cameras, primitive camcorders, and smartphones.

Well, today is your lucky day. The garden gnomes are looking for your local legends.

Is there a ghost with a machine gun running loose in your town? Maybe a drowned granny from the 19th century is roaming the countryside looking for souls to devour. Or perhaps a dog was run over on a major thoroughfare and now can be heard barking at passing cars on the loop around town late at night. Tell us your local legend.

Make it scary or make it funny. Just tell it well. We don’t care if you embellish. Hell, we likely won’t know. Just make us want to tell it to our children. If it’s good enough, maybe George Lucas will want to buy the movie rights (no promises; we’re not agents, you know).
Deadline: Until filled?
Length: 321-1,234
Payment: $5
Submission Guidelines:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Comet Press

What they want:
Comet Press is now accepting novella and novel length stories in the following genres:
  • Horror 
  • Dark Crime 
  • Erotic Horror and Crime 
We don't have content restrictions. Some erotic horror titles will be cross promoted on SeX Files, the erotica imprint of Comet Press.
Length: 15,000-90,000
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunny With A Chance Of Zombies

What they want:
Knightwatch Press are putting together a brand new zombie anthology, and we need your brains.

Sunny with a Chance Of Zombies is set for release in Summer 2015, and we’re looking to fill it with a collection of strangely uplifting stories to go with the lighter season.

Have you got what it takes to bring something new to the walking dead?

We want original ideas that defy the expectations of our readers. Surprise us with your settings, bring us some new or skewed perspectives, horrify us by all means, but above all make us smile.
Deadline: December 10, 2014
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Payment: Royalties + eBook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dirge Magazine

What they want:
Dirge is looking for speculative fiction with a dark angle. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history and related genres are welcome.

While dark fantasy and horror are the safest bets, we're interested in any narrative which contains elements of the surreal, or disturbing. We like to feel unsettled after reading your story, whatever it's about.

What we're interested in: Creep (Writing fiction that makes people uncomfortable? We want to see it.). Fresh takes on old tales. Non-Lovecraftian cosmic horror (think Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy). Dark fantasy, and experimental horror. Kick us in the feels.
Length: 500-4,000 words
Payment: Rates vary .01-.05/word.
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


What they want:
Do you remember your childhood? Are all those memories happy ones? What about that creepy little doll that always seemed to be lying under your bed… the one that made you tuck your blanket around your feet so that it couldn’t climb in during the night to GET you? Do you remember that as well? What about the scary old caretaker who shouted at you on your first day of school… what exactly was it that he didn’t want you to see in the cleaning cupboard?

PLAYROOMS is an anthology where all childhood fears become real. Submissions should feature spaces associated with young children (bedrooms, tree houses, schools, nurseries, etc.) and/or toys, items, objects associated with childhood. Stories should also contain elements of the fantastical or supernatural. Let your fears run rampant with this!

Tales dealing with children suffering sexual assault in any manner are likely to be rejected. If something of this nature is integral to the plot of your story then proceed with extreme caution and tackle it as tastefully as possible. It is best avoided altogether.
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: