Thursday, May 18, 2017

Strange Beasties

What they want:
Slipstream. Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures? Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange.
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Length: 1,500-3,000 words
Payment: 6 cents/word + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.thirdflatiron.com/liveSite/

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Death's Garden - A Black Book Series Anthology

What they want:
Reaper has a hobby – gardening. In a garden sowed by the seeds of the damned, Reaper tends to the plant’s every need. These black seeds bloom in the shadows, petals unfolding as the vile, mortifying tale takes root in your mind.

Like Mandrake, you only need touch it and the poison absorbs into your skin, penetrating your soul; and like mandrake, these tales should be locked up – never to be told – but we disagree.

Put on your protective gloves and delve into this garden of prose. Add your own black seed, your tale that would not be shared elsewhere. Dig deep into your darkness and come back with a tale you may be too afraid or ashamed to admit came from you, do your worst.

Just remember… you reap what you sow.
Deadline: Open until filled.
Length: Short stories: 3,000-10,000 words; Poetry: up to 50 lines.
Payment: $25 for short ficion, $5 for poetry.
Submission Guidelines: https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit/83595/deaths-garden-a-black-book-series-anthology

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Untimely Frost - Dark Poetry Anthology

What they want:
Shakespeare’s Capulet said:

“She’s cold.
Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff.
Life and these lips have long been separated.
Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”

The beauty and sadness of the imagery in these words grabs your heart like the cold hand of death. You can imagine the darkness as it closed in on Juliette, and the anguish she must have felt in those final moments.

Darkness and death can be beautiful and terrifying. Fear wears many masks, and is the strongest of our emotions when it comes to survival. Send us your darkest poetry, reach out and grasp our very souls with your words and make your mark like an untimely frost.
Deadline: Open until filled.
Length: Up to 75 lines.
Payment: $0.05 per line for reprints and $0.10 per line for original poetry
Submission Guidelines: https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit/83594/untimely-frost-dark-poetry-anthology

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hinnom Magazine

What they want:
Hinnom Magazine is a bi-monthly e-zine that publishes high quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror on the last day of every other month, starting in February. We seek authors who have a unique voice, interesting writing styles, and unparalleled storytelling talents. We do not shy from topics or concepts of a darker nature and, actually, encourage it.
Length: 250-5,000 words
Payment: Flash fiction (250-1,000 words): $10; Short Stories (1,001-5,000 words): $15. If selected and approved to be republished in an anthology in the future, the author whose piece is submitted will be paid $0.005 cents per word with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum cap of $25.00.
Submission Guidelines: https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-bi-monthly-science-fiction-fantasy-and-horror/

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum Volume 2

What they want:
We loved our first Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum call so much, we’re opening another for Volume 2 with the exact same details! Have at it wordsmiths, and send us true depravity to read!

Sanatorium, mental ward, psychiatric hospital – they’re all the same. Places where the infirm, the crazy, and the certifiable go for treatment… Or what passes for ‘treatment’.

We want stories of bedlam taking place within the padded walls of an institution. Give us stories of experiments gone wrong, patients revolting against the staff, or tales from the perspective of those charged with offering care. Make them sick, make them depraved, make them atrocious – these should be the kind of stories that rarely reach the light of day.

Are you brave enough to see what your mind conjures up… Or are you afraid you’ll be locked up for trying?
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Payment: $25 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://sirenscallpublications.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/opensubmissions-mentalwardstoriesfromtheasylum-volume2-horror-asylum/

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