Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My American Nightmare

What they want:
We will be creating an anthology titled My American Nightmare. It will be a collection of fictional short stories in which the protagonist will be between the ages of 13-19 (we’re aiming for the YA horror genre), the setting MUST take place in the United States (hence the title of the anthology), AND the author submitting MUST BE FEMALE. The author must retain full rights to the work intended for our consideration and that the work itself is complete and not published anywhere else (including personal websites or social media). Having been previously published isn’t a requirement, if you have a compelling story, send it to us!

The short stories must also be inspired by horror stories drawn from literature, television, film, or music, to create a unique spin on classic tales of terror (please include the source of inspiration of the short story at the end). Think Slasher Girls and Monster Boys YA anthology to get an idea of what we’re looking for.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $10
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth

What they want:
We are looking for weird fiction that explores the mystique and terror of caverns, abyssal spaces, and subterranean worlds. As with previous MMP anthologies, we will be including a seed story from H. P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre (in this case, The Rats in the Walls, though many of his stories went underground). We want to see bizarre civilizations, mind-boggling physical and biological phenomena, horrific rituals, mad science and madder sorcery. We want to feel the tunnel floors beneath our feet shake with the passage of beasts, machines, and gods that have never seen the light of the sun; sentient oils, intelligent muck, living rock, molemen, formless spawn and Efts of the Prime, worms, Dholes, and ghastlier things. But CHTHONIC won’t be just a serving of pop culture “surface” material, if you’ll pardon the pun. We like to see stories with depth (oh god, another one, sorry!); emotional and psychological explorations of the internal spaces of the human mind and soul, as well as the ground below. Write us stories that induce crushing claustrophobia or open us wide to new dimensions of thought and being. If your story can do both, so much the better.
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Length: Up to 7,000 words (short fiction and flash)
Payment: .03CAD/word + 2 print contributor copies & ebook copies in all formats
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Corporate Cthulhu

What they want:
"Corporate Cthulhu" is a Lovecraftian horror anthology of original, previously unpublished stories about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies. Stories must include at least a passing connection to the Cthulhu Mythos and/or Lovecraft's other work. The stronger the connection, the more likely the story is to be accepted.

Although the primary focus is on corporate bureaucracies, ANY large private-sector bureaucracy is fair game. This could include (among others) charities, nonprofits, NGOs, private universities, for-profit hospitals, labor unions, large churches, fraternal organizations, youth groups, etc.

We're particularly interested in submissions from writers traditionally underrepresented in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction. This includes racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, LGBT+ individuals, and people living with disabilities.
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: 0.03/word
Submission Guidelines:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dark Luminous Wings

What they want:
Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, original fiction for its upcoming anthology, Dark Luminous Wings, to be published October 2017. The volume draws inspiration from Richard Henry Stoddard’s poem, Mors et Vita, particularly stanza two:

Under the awful wings
Which brood over land and sea,
And whose shadows nor lift nor flee—
This is the order of things,
And hath been from of old:
First production,
And last destruction;
So the pendulum swings,
While cradles are rocked and bells are tolled.

Send us your stories about angels and demons, dragons and fairies, airplanes and ornathopters—and more. Let your imaginations soar, but let your stories be found in the darkest of places.
Deadline: May 30, 2017 (or until filled)
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: 2 cents/word + paperback & ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Salem Poetry Anthology

What they want:
FunDead Publications is now accepting poetry submissions about Salem,MA, or poems SET IN Salem, MA. While we enjoy many forms of poetry, we are specifically looking for classic styles, especially poems that tell a story, history, lore, or folk tale revolving around our home city of Salem. We welcome poems about witch culture in Salem, but we’d also love story poems about the spice trade, pirates, or literary history. We’d also love poems about the cemeteries, or or other spooky locations in Salem. Remember, we are a horror publisher, so the darker the better!
Deadline: April 30, 2017
Length: Up to 2,200 words
Payment: $5 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: (scroll halfway down the page)