Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Breaking Bizarro

What they want:
Have you watched Eraserhead? Have you read The Breast by Philip Roth? These things are WEIRD! Bizarro is a genre that thrives on absurdity and satire and often grotesqueness. It’s surreal and imaginative. Breaking Bizarro will scream weirdness to its readers.

The short stories MUST BE BIZARRO FICTION. If you’re unsure what that means, look it up. Or read pretty much anything by Carlton Mellick III or Danger Slater.

We are not scared away by graphic content. Although, this anthology does not necessarily require such content. Whatever it is, make it weird!
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Payment: $10 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods

What they want:
We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns. How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters? Surprise us. Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before. We want worlds that feel real populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities. Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy.
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: 3 cents/word + print & ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Creeping Corruption

What they want:
From the slow degradation of society to the rotting of holy places. We want your stories about the corruption of basically good things into something far worse. Stories about cultists transforming into monsters, or undeath spreading across the land. We want to experience the inescapable dread of oncoming corruption that can’t be escaped.
Deadline: December 30, 2018
Length: 1,500-5,000 words preferred (stories under or over must be exceptional)
Payment: $5.00 for stories under 5000 words and $10 for stories over.
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, November 19, 2018

Who Knocks?

What they want:
We accept primarily mystery, weird tales, suspense and horror. If you are not sure what category your story falls into feel free to send it anyway.
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Payment: We pay 1¢ per word to contributors. Maximum $50 for original stories, $25 for reprints.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Thuggish Itch: Theme Park

What they want:
Theme park, amusement park, fun fair or carnival - no matter what you call them, they are always a great way to escape from the ho hum of your regular life. From roller coasters to dodgem cars, ring toss to log flumes, there is always plenty of fun and excitement to be had (and plenty of opportunities for you to write some terrific speculative fiction).

Think roller coasters and amusement rides. Think loose lap-bars and dark tunnels. Think long lines, carousels and food poisoning. Try to think outside the box and give us something that would wouldn't have seen before.

Thuggish Itch is our horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction collection. Please make sure that your story falls within one of these genres. Be original. We also encourage new and unpublished writers to take the leap and get in touch.
Deadline: December 28, 2018
Length: 1,000-4,000 words
Payment: AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words
Submission Guidelines: