Monday, February 19, 2018

Poe’s Shadows, Tales of Poe for the 21st Century

What they want:
His very name evokes images of a dismembered corpse, a paramour whose teeth have been pulled lovingly from her mouth, a rival bricked behind a cellar wall and, of course, a raven. These and many other iconic stories that forever altered the horror and mystery genres were all published in the mid-nineteenth century. Although Poe foresaw many things in heaven and hell, he could not have foreseen the twenty-first century. For our second anthology, Black Mirror Press invites you to join us as we adapt Poe’s classic stories, all of which are now in the public domain, to the twenty-first century.

Our intent is to release this collection of updated tales on October 7th, 2018, the 169th anniversary of Poe’s mysterious death. We are seeking modern—meaning present day (twenty-first century)—reinterpretations of Poe’s classic stories. Naturally, please also consider other stories besides the classic Poe standards The Tell-Tale Heart or The Fall of the House of Usher (although we are interested in your creative reinterpretations of those as well). Do take the time to consider Poe’s more obscure but equally compelling stories such as Hop-Frog, The Masque of the Red Death, and others.

Also, please consider Poe’s groundbreaking mystery and detective tales, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter and stories based on his poems as well. Clever modern-day reimaginings of Poe’s timeless poetry will be welcomed, but must have a unique 21st century perspective.

For Poe’s fiction, please do not simply retell the tale in today’s setting, but add a twist that reflects life today, whether technological or societal.
Deadline: Open until filled
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Payment: $10 + ebook contributor copy
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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Book Smugglers

What they want:
  • Topical essays about Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and YA in across all different kinds of media – books, TV, movies, gaming, comics, and podcasts. 
  • Essays concerning fandom, addressing topical issues in SFF. 
  • Contributions to a regular ongoing “Where to Start with [X]” feature–think manga, comics, extensive and confusing science fiction sagas, etc. 
  • Pitches for ongoing monthly columns–if you have an idea for a series of posts, we are happy to hear it! Lists–if you have an idea for a list – WHO DOESN’T LOVE LISTS – let us know! 
  • DIVERSITY. We want to read and publish essays that reflect the diverse world we live in, about and from traditionally underrepresented perspectives.
Length: Over 400 words
Payment: $80 per contribution
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

SNAFU - Resurrection

What they want:
Military horror, and lots of it. Think DOOM, RESIDENT EVIL, TERMINATOR, DOG SOLDIERS, ALIENS (the second movie, not the first)… Anything that can be called a high-action monster story. And soldiers! This volume is like the previous volumes squared. We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action. Can be mercs or ex-soldiers, though, so long as they are hardcases. And to say it again, full action. Nothing less. HOO-RAH!
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Payment: AUD 4C/WORD + contributor copy in every format released
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gothic Anthology (title TBD)

What they want:
FunDead Publications is now seeking traditional literary gothic stories with a non-traditional spin. We are looking to re-awaken a sleeping genre by putting a new spin on an old style.
Deadline: March 11, 2018
Length: 6,000-15,000 words
Payment: $25 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monsters of Any Kind

What they want:
We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.
Deadline: July 10, 2018
Length: 3,500-5,000 words
Payment: $100
Submission Guidelines: