Friday, August 7, 2020

Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters

What they want:
Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. It is the tranquil azure of a tropical sea, the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an ocean embroiled, or the insidious progression of overflowing from a riverbed and encroaching on people’s homes. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

For this, the fourth and final anthology in this series, I’m looking for stories about shapeshifting selkies, deceptively beautiful sirens, all the monsters of the deep and any other magical water creature you can imagine—water dragons, naiads, kappa, kelpies… If it’s a magical being associated with water, I want to read about it.

I welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds (including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, gender/gender expression, age, disability, and national origin), and am always looking for submissions with diverse characters.

*Canadian spelling please.

Deadline: September 30, 2020
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Payment: $50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories. $20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, August 6, 2020

If I Die Before I Wake: Volume 4

What they want:
Submissions must feature non-human nightmare creatures and must be written in the horror genre. Creatures can be classic creatures, like werewolves, vampires, or mummies, or can be entirely unique or fresh/new.
Deadline: September 29, 2020
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Payment: $40 + print contributor copy
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3

What they want:
Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now!

Many things. Any things.

We are looking for stories featuring monsters for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters to be edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. To get a flavour of the type of writing we prefer, we suggest you check out volumes 1 and 2 of the series, available in print and eBook formats from Amazon and other sellers.

This is a loosely themed anthology. Just use that word – monster – and run with it. Avoid gratuitous sex, violence and gore. No overt religious themes. We are not fans of zombie stories, psychopathic killers, and we rather not see too many vampire tales.

Submission Period: January 1-January 31, 2021
Length: 3,000-6,000 words [+/- 10%]
Payment: 1p per word + contributor copy
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Frost Zone Zine

What they want:
We want character-driven stories that may incorporate quiet horror, elements of the unknown, strange tales, themes of isolation, extreme weather, supernatural. Poetry can tell a story, present an atmosphere or setting, or describe a character.

*Limited submission windows, check guidelines.
Length: Flash Fiction up to 1000 words, Short Stories 1000-2500 words, Novel Excerpts up to 2000 words, Poetry up to 30 lines per poem
Payment: $3.00 CAD for accepted fiction over 600 words, and accepted poetry that is one page or greater (this can be a total of 2 or 3 shorter poems. This is a FLAT fee, not per page). All work under 600 words or a single short poem may still be published, but without payment to the author.
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, August 3, 2020

Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo

What they want:
Denver Horror Collective is looking for stories inspired by the Wendigo. The point of view could be a person becoming the Wendigo, from a Wendigo, pursued by a Wendigo, or a witness to a Wendigo-esque situation unfolding.

Submissions may cover cannibalism, lust, plague, war, anxiety, greed, power, or any topic a person or animal could become obsessed with. Read the Wiki on the Wendigo at, then feel free to think outside the box and let your imagination run wild.

Submissions do not have to have characters turn into a literal Wendigo. Character(s) must go through some sort of a transformation due to the “hunger.” You do not have to use the term Wendigo. We just ask that authors use the core concept of the Wendigo as inspiration for their story.

Deadline: August 15, 2020
Length: 3,000-12,000 words
Payment: $20 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word + print contributor’s copy
Submission Guidelines: