Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gravely Unusual Magazine

What they want:
We accept all genres of fiction (ie: horror, crime, romance, sci-fi, fantasy) as long as the element of horror, supernatural, macabre, gothic, and/or occult are present within the overall plot of the story.
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: $5 + contributor copy
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Burnt Fur

What they want:
Furry: ‘noun informal enthusiast for animal characters with human characteristics, in particular a person who dresses up in costume as such a character or uses one as an avatar online.’

Furry can also mean actual anthropomorphic animal characters. Real animals acting like people (ie. WATERSHIP DOWN) or half-human/half-animal hybrids (ie. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

We’re looking for stories from the dark underbelly of Furry life. The Pooka who is not only invisible to everyone but Elwood Dowd (“Harvey”), but who is also slaughtering the neighborhood pets. The talking porcupine who uses an ancient form of acupuncture to mind-control the humans into a sex/blood cult. The couple who dress up as wolves, go to Furry cons, and actually eat people dressed as prey animals. You get the idea.

Show us the corruption of innocence. Give us fur matted with blood and semen. Make us squirm as we read. But, please, make sure you have a story to go with your gory. Please include a plot with your cum shot. If it’s all shock and no substance, we’ll likely pass.

Genres: All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—if it’s dark and it’s furry, we want it!
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Length: 1,500-7,000 words
Payment: 3 cents/word
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pink Triangle Rhapsody: Volume 1

* Open to gay male writers only.

What they want:
The Pink Triangle Rhapsody series is a non-themed anthology series, with the exception of the required genre and inclusion of one or more of Lycan Valley’s required elements. The series is intended to be a collection of stories written with “effusively rapturous or emotional expression.”

Volume 1 is a mixed genre volume and will feature 5 stories in each of 5 genres for a total of 25 stories — Horror, Sci Fi, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Pulp Mystery.

Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element (horror may include psychological horror with or without one of the other elements).

Regardless of genre and element, we’re looking for unrestrained and emotional writing, interpreted as you see fit for the story.
Submission Period: July 1 - December 31, 2018 (already open to HWA, SFWA, ITW, and MWA members)
Length: 2,500-8,000 words
Payment: $0.04 per word
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Don't Cry to Mama

What they want:
We’re all grown up right? Or are we? Do things in the night still make you wanna cry to mama? Well you can’t anymore, she doesn’t live here. Time to face your demons, man or woman. Mama ain’t here, but all she ever wanted was to hear your laughter, and to know you’re safe. You’re not safe. It’s just you now. But you won’t let mama down, right?

Did mama tell you if you did that thing with your face it would freeze that way? Or that pop rocks and cola would make your stomach explode? Give us your funniest, grossed out horrors about the things and creatures you were warned about by your mama, God rest her soul (if applicable, of course). We want stories that tread that line between cringe worthy and shudder filled, tales that will make you laugh uncomfortably while being genuinely terrified. If you can strike that balance, we want your story. Your story must include a reference to Mama, or it won't fit the anthology theme.
Deadline: August 1, 2018
Length: 2,500-6,000 words
Payment: $25
Submission Guidelines:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Test Patterns: Creature Features

What they want:
We're looking for stories that involve monsters! Our loose theme is based on the SF/F TV programs of the late 50s/early 60s, (Twilight Zone, Outer Limits; but think of the vibe, not literal pastiche; i.e. twist endings, weird situational reveals, moral / allegorical messages told through a spec-fic lens) but we will consider any well-written speculative tale.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Length: 2,500-7,000 words
Payment: $100
Submission Guidelines: