Friday, September 23, 2016

Carnival of Madness

What they want:
Seeking authors with a penchant for the Twilight Zone, X-Files, Dark Mirror, Alfred Hitchcock, Night Gallery, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Buy the ticket and step into the last Carnival you will ever attend! Authors, let your darkest ideas and fantasy unite at the Carnival of Madness. Psycho-thrillers invite their audience to be a part of the nightmare that you create! So….Wanna go for a ride?
Deadline: October 20, 2016
Length: 5,000-7,000 words
Payment: $25 + contributor copy
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Monday, September 19, 2016

JournalStone Publishing

What they want:
JournalStone is currently accepting manuscripts with the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal in the Young Adult and Adult markets. We reserve the right to consider the subject matter and how best to utilize it. JournalStone does not practice censorship of any author’s work.
Length: Minimum word count for novellas: 17,000. Minimum word count for novels and fiction collections: 50,000
Payment: Possible advance, royalties
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Friday, September 16, 2016


What they want:
Dark. Brooding. Tortured. Sexy.

Vampires are a mystery, morphing through history from maligned villains to sparkling saviors and back again. They can be the ultimate bad boys, the supreme seductresses, or the evil monsters. They fascinate and repel us at the same time. What other creature can steal into your bedroom in the depths of the night to stalk or protect? What other ancient being is so accessible yet so powerful? What other enigma is desired as much as feared?

RAVENOUS will explore the paradox that are vampires. We want your romantic stories where vampire men and women, noble or troubled, are worthy of love and hungry for their happily ever after. We want sexy stories about vampire hunters who track down the beasts and, while neck deep in the war against the undead, find comfort and happiness in each other. We want a far future planet populated by only vampires; we want a Victorian city re-imagined with vampires as a dying breed; we want a current world where vampires and humans live in harmony and peace. We want all of that and more—let your imagination run wild.

All heat levels accepted, although plot is important if you want to survive the slush!
Submission Period: November 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Length: 1,000-15,000 words (query for longer)
Payment: $10 + print contributor copy
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Between the Tracks

What they want:
Stories should be dark, and include a train or something similar - a tram, a cart, some other kind of vehicle that requires a track. Perhaps metaphorical tracks. Whatever track your mind takes, but it must be integral to the story. This will be targeted at a mature audience, but we're not looking for sex fantasies... unless pivotal to the plot of course!
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: 2¢ per word (AUD) + ebook contributor copy
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From the Depths of Jersey: 22nd Annual Short Story Contest

What they want:
Theme: What if the jersey devil still lurks in the bogs of the Pine Barrens? What if the ghost of Jimmy Hoffa roams the marshes of the Meadowlands? What if the souls of the deceased wander the air station where the Hindenburg went down? What if Snooki was human? What really happens on Clinton Road?

This year’s stories must feature a product, person, or place from New Jersey. You may want to take an existing myth or legend from New Jersey and make it your own. Or take a historical event from NJ, and give it a fresh alt-ending. All that we ask is that your story be speculative in nature, meaning it must contain an element of horror, fantasy, science fiction, or any combination thereof.
Deadline: October 23, 2016
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Award: The 1st Place story will be published in a future issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine, as per editor’s timeline and discretion, and the author will receive the Graversen Award ($75), in honor of the GSSW’s founder, Patricia Graversen. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $40 and $25, respectively.
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