Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Dark Frontier

What they want:
The Dark Frontier is a grim wasteland dangling on the edge of an apocalypse. Teetering on the precipice of civilization breakdown, the inhabitants of this bleak wilderness must do whatever is necessary to survive the sinister forces surrounding them.

We are looking for short stories to fit this narrative. The tales are to be western with horror, sci-fi, and/or fantasy incorporated into them. Black magic, demonic entities, and technology gone wrong are the kind of elements we are seeking. However, they are not limited to these conflicts. Whatever wicked forces you can devise to devastate the world is welcome.
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Payment: $25 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/wildwestpress1/photos/a.401069807313313/471683426918617/?type=3&theater

Monday, June 17, 2019

Darkness Wired

What they want:
Give us your take on the intersection of elder gods, old monsters and new technology.

Are the old monsters too far behind us? In this era where almost everyone can instant share to the web, where almost everyone carries in their pockets a powerful computer that can take movies, and record events, in a time when we are a few years away from colonizing planets — are the Elder Gods defeated? Quaint? A joke?

Would you live tweet Dagon’s forces rising from the depth to put an end to your cruise ship special? Maybe vlog Shib-Nigurath tromping trough your city park? Or would they use the new technology to conquer this blue marble, corrupt social apps databases to elect unfit to serve, orange hued puppets. Would they alter vaccines or launch nuclear warheads?
Deadline: September 01, 2019
Length: 2000-8,000 words
Payment: $15.00 to $20.00 based on story length and quality + 2 print & 1 ebook contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: https://nphzone.com/anthologies-and-contests/darkness-wired-anthology-2019/

Friday, June 14, 2019

Signal Horizon

What they want:
Signal Horizon is a horror and science fiction media conglomerate. We’re looking for horror: or science fiction with a dark or weird edge. We are not interested in parsing through what exactly that means we are very open to whatever. If your story uses older horror tropes or concepts our expectation is that you will offer a unique perspective on them. We want something different.

There is a audio aspect to what we publish so authors should pay close attention to what your story sounds like. Black comedy is fun. We are down for that. However it's difficult to be funny. Be aware. If you offer smart and nuanced takes chances are you will appeal to us much more. Bring us your literary horror works, and we will read them. We also want to read the wide range and diverse members of the horror world. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ authors are particularly welcome.

* Limited submission windows, check guidelines for details.
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: .03 cents a word (payment capped at $90)
Submission Guidelines: https://www.signalhorizon.com/submission-guidelines

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Secret Lunar Wars

What they want:
The Secret Lunar Wars is an anthology of alternate history short stories that explains what was really going on during the period of time from the first suborbital rocket launches in 1956 to the fall of Skylab from orbit in 1979.

Your story will explain what was actually going on during (or at some key point[s]) of that time period, with two requirements: the public perception of events remains that of the actual historical record (hence, “secret”), and the fate of humanity has to somehow be at stake. It also would explain – or at least hint at – why humans have not been back to the Moon, or even outside of low Earth orbit (LEO), since 1972 (Apollo 17).

The genre can be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or some combination thereof. Tone can range from tongue-in-cheek humor to stark Lovecraftian despair. In any case, explanation must be given as to why the true events occurred and the grave threat to humanity remained secret.
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Payment: Royalties + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://andstillipersist.com/2019/05/the-secret-lunar-wars-anthology/

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

All Dark Places 2

What they want:
In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Length: 5,000-15,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/