Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Agents & Spies

What they want:
From Machiavelli to James Bond, the intrigue of the Tudor court, the avarice of the Medicis, the poisons, the secret letters, the betrayal of lovers and governments, the smuggling of plans and formula for new weapons and inventions: this is the murky world of the official saboteur, plausible deniability and quiet knife in the back.
Deadline: July 7, 2017
Length: Prefer 2,000-4,000 words
Payment: 6 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-pirates-ghosts-and-agents-spies

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pirates & Ghosts

What they want:
Adventures and hauntings at sea, shipwrecks and buried treasure, treacherous waters, sea spirits, ghostly galleons, giant squid, kraken and a myriad of deadly sea monsters, sailors gone mad, revenge and madness, romance and the ancient skulls of desperate mariners…
Deadline: July 7, 2017
Length: Prefer 2,000-4,000 words
Payment: 6 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/short-story-submissions-pirates-ghosts-and-agents-spies

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stairs in the Woods

What they want:
There are stairs in the woods - as if you cut and pasted stairs from a house. The stairs are usually in good shape - strong and sturdy and not rotted. Sometimes they are in immaculate condition, as if somebody is maintaining them. ​They're locations don't follow any understood pattern. ​

You might or might not be able to find the same stairs twice (up to the individual author). ​Approaching and/or climbing the stairs gives a sense of foreboding and weirdness. ​Sometimes really bad things happen if you approach or climb the stairs. ​The authorities (notably the park service) is keeping quiet about the stairs. Officially, they don't exist. The authorities do not talk about them - even among themselves. ​

You can explain the stairs or leave them unexplained - up to you. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are most likely - but your story can be in any genre. One author I contacted told me I wasn't likely to get many Romantic Comedies - but if you've got a good one, submit it!
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Length: 3,000-20,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: https://silverempire.org/submissions/stairs-in-the-woods/

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths

What they want:
“Life asked Death: ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.’” ~Anonymous

The above quote will appear on the first page of the book. Let the title and quote take your imagination and your story, wherever it wants to go.

Open to Speculative Fiction (works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements); Mystery/Thriller; Horror; Western; Fantasy; or Science Fiction. Some Literary Fiction (only involving social commentary or reflection on the human condition) is acceptable.
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Payment: $25 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://lefthandpublishers.com/anthology-call-for-submissions1/

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hardened Hearts

What they want:
Hardened Hearts will be an anthology of difficult love stories. Preferably romantic, but difficult families are an option.

Please no unrequited passions with stalking on the mind, or kidnapping. I don't mind those things, but not for this anthology. Hardened Hearts is not about nutcases running around trying to sell their love to an unwilling customer.

The love need not work out and needn't last. It can be weird, bloody, outlandish, taboo, horror, science-fiction, crime (no cop dramas unless hardboiled, so leaning more to P.I.), fantasy, or literary.

Must be DARK.
Deadline: Until filled
Length: 600-3,500 words
Payment: $0.01/word
Submission Guidelines: https://unnervingmagazine.submittable.com/submit/75593/hardened-hearts-anthology

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