Friday, October 21, 2016

9Tales Told in the Dark

What they want:
We accept Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction stories. We do not publish erotic works or romance. Use these elements sparingly if at all in your submissions.

Ongoing Collections:

TALES TOLD IN THE DARK – This is our ongoing horror series. Horrify, Grossify or Scarify us.
Length: 1,000-15,000 words
Payment: $5
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Asterisk Anthology Contest

What they want:
Nosetouch Press is starting an ongoing short fiction contest, starting with a ghoulish Halloween-themed short story request.
Deadline: October 29, 2016
Length: 3,000-9,000 words
Payment: We will choose two winners. The first place winner will receive $10 and e-publication of their story on The runner-up will also have e-publication on the website. The stories will remain online until the next round of winners is announced. Winning stories will be part of the upcoming ASTERISK ANTHOLOGY, to be published in twelve months. A paperback contributor’s copy will be provided to the winning contributors once the book is published.
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Story Quest Contest

What they want:
2016 Theme: Growth

What is it that denotes life? What do we yearn for in our favourite narratives, when we see how our favourite character could achieve their dreams if only they might extended themselves, shift and change.

We thought it apt to look at stories of growth. It may be literal growth, a coming of age story; a metaphysical or spiritual growth. It may be the stretch, the reach for more. Make it an undeniable story of life.

Above all, as with all stories SQ Mag publishes, it must be original speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror; or a story that fits in the peripheries, like one of the –punks.
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Award: Five or six stories will be short-listed, all of which will be published in SQ Mag in early 2017 – contract conditions for unsolicited entries strictly apply. Within the short list, 1st place will also be awarded US$100.00, 2nd place: US$50.00, 3rd place: US$25.00. All published short-listed stories will receive the standard US$15.00 SQ Mag payment.
Submission Guidelines:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird

What they want:
Send us into space, away from earth, and bring the weird! Give us adventure and wonder, spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror. Whether sprawling in scope or tightly focused and personal, make sure to give us a taste of the greater universe of your story, such as the culture and politics. Make us long to know more of your universe.

We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities ahead for weird horror. We want to forge ahead and explore the new and the strange. 
Submission Period: October 31, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Length: 3,000-6,000 words for short fiction, flash fiction under 1,000 words
Payment: 8 cents/word
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Friday, October 7, 2016


What they want:
Pseudopod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.

Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered.

Dark humor is just fine, and we run it on occasion; but we are more interested in tragedy than comedy, and comedy is better received the more sick and morbid it is. Above all, we want stories that make us think, that stick with us, that make us catch ourselves checking the locks a second time before bed.
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Payment: $.06/word
Submission Guidelines: