Thursday, November 21, 2019

It Calls From The Forest

What they want:
Give me your tales of monsters in the woods, urban legends, a family that mysteriously goes missing, a haunted cabin, a hiker that stumbles upon something unthinkable. Anything that happens in the woods or is from the woods is welcome. 
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Length: 1,000-4,000 words
Payment: Royalties
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

tdotSpec Magazine

What they want:
We are currently seeking exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written speculative fiction (broadly defined), without limitation on content or theme.

We believe there are many ways to write a good story, so we won't try to limit what we're asking for. In general, a good story keeps you turning pages until the end, and a great story keeps you thinking about it long after that. Of course it's subjective, and our editors represent diverse tastes, so the best thing to do is to submit and see if we like it. Aside from being a good story, with all that entails, some things that might earn you extra points include: innovative stories that grapple with important issues; diverse perspectives; complex or intellectually-stimulating ideas conveyed in a compelling way; stories that resist simple paraphrase and make the reader think; stories that have cool or exciting premises that readers want to share after reading.
Length: 100-10,000 words (2,000-5,000 words preferred)
Payment: Fiction: CAD 1.5c/word; Poetry: CAD 25c/line ($10 max for poetry)
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bloodshot Books

What they want:
Original unpublished horror novels (or long novellas) for our 2020/2021 schedule. I am looking for 8-10 novels, but I’m only going to choose 2-3 novellas, so the bar will be very high for that format.

Manuscripts in the following subgenres will be favored, but we are willing consider other subjects:
• Creature horror (cryptids/multicultural myths especially interest us)
• Weird west/other historical horror
• Coming of Age Horror
• SciFi Horror
• Supernatural horror
• Apocalyptic TEOTWAWKI scenarios
• I will consider YA, but it will have to blow me away for me to choose it.

* Limited submission windows. Currently open to submissions until December 31, 2019.
Length: 25K to 125K (with the sweet spot around 80K-90K). Please query for longer. I do have a soft spot for the fat horror books from the 80s (Think King’s IT or McCammon’s SWAN SONG), so it’s not a hard upper limit. Nothing shorter will be considered, though.
Payment: Royalty split and author copies (with the opportunity to buy more author copies at 50% of list price).
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, November 7, 2019


What they want:
For our second anthology we want stories that explore the horror of solitude. This does not mean your story has to have solitary characters, it definitely can, but any story that dives into the theme of isolation and solitude will work for this collection. It could be the terror of no one believing the monster chasing you is real, or being completely alone in something while surrounded by millions of people, or it could be being forgotten and alone in a desolate place.

Cosmic horror, creature horror, slasher horror, it can all work in this collection as long as you submit a creative story focusing on solitude.
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Length: 3,000-7,500 words
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words , $10 for anything over 5000 words
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Psychological Horror Anthology (title TBD)

What they want:
Bring us your blossoming sociopaths, your creepy ironies, your ruthlessly ambitious characters yearning to breathe free. We want to second guess that character’s mental stability. We want a closer glimpse at the dark corner of the brightly lit kitchen. We want an insider’s view of the method in the madness.

We want the unreliable narrators, the psychological breakdowns, the dangerous fixations, but leave the fantasy elements at the door: vampires, ghosts, zombies, and magic are on hiatus for this one; we are looking for realistic dark fiction.

Think Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado,” O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Jackson’s “The Lottery,” Oates’ “The Corn Maiden,” and King’s “Apt Pupil.” We want to hear your Session 9. We can’t wait to see your Audition.
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Length: 2000-7000 words, a little under or over is fine (but payment is capped at 7000)
Payment: .01 a word
Submission Guidelines: