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
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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:

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:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Terror Politico!

What they want:
This is a terrorizing anthology about the evils of politics, and the Capital Hill monsters that lurk in our political arena. Take on a favorite topic of debate (examples: firearms, contraception, women’s rights, racism) and escort it into the fiction arena. Put a paranormal, or monster spin on it, or take it into the future. You decide! Any aspect of politics that keeps you awake at night could have a home here. If you have a question about appropriate content, then message us!

This anthology may include one or more genres such as: horror, dark fiction, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, or bizarro. Your story may occur in any time, place or space. Mix it up, but make it thought provoking and disturbing to the human conscience. It’s up to you whether you offer the world an answer to political corruption, or end the tale with the death and destruction of stars and stripes on the very last page.
Submission Period: September 1 - December 31, 2017
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Payment: $30.00 (3000-4999 words) $50.00 (5000-5999 words) $60 (6000-6999 words) $70.00 (7000 words)
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mummy Knows Best

What they want:
Mummy Knows Best is an anthology about Mummies. Not Mothers! Though if you have a great idea about a Mummy who’s a mummy, why not give it a whirl?

Please consider the range of Mummies across the globe or even beyond! No place is anathema and no time is prohibited. I don’t want just Egyptian mummies! In fact, I will be accepting no more than two Egyptian mummy stories.

If you have a solid idea for an Egyptian based story, please approach me at the email address below with a brief outline of no more than 200 words by 22nd June 2017.

We would like to see a wide variety of stories from Eastern and Western cultures as well as anywhere your imagination takes you. However, I don’t want a rehash of Brendan Fraser or Tom Cruise blockbusters. Think Universal rather than Michael Bay – adventure and a sense of wonder are encouraged. A sense of humour would be good – if it doesn’t become a pastiche.

I am looking for diversity – not just single, white, male, middle class characters. Reflect the multi-cultural society in which we live. LGBT characters are encouraged. Consider #POC as protagonists. Breath life and substance into your characters and settings.
Deadline: July 16, 2017
Length: 3,500-7,000 words
Payment: £10 token payment, 5% royalty, a year’s subscription to receive all our 2017 eBooks, print & ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: