Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Anthology Markets

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Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, with "Always Open" and "Until Filled" markets (if any) at the bottom.

Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.

There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

NOTE: I've seen reports from various places that Future Visions has been unresponsive or mostly so for a while. Current mean average waiting time for pending submissions on Duotrope is 213 days, and the median is 240, with over 50% of submissions in the last 12 months reported as either "Never Responded" or "Withdrawn." ("Withdrawn" usually means the writer got tired of waiting.) This was always kind of experimental, so I'm removing it from the listing. It's closed to submissions right now anyway; if they can clear out their backlog and improve their processes, I'll consider including it again. Until then, it's just dead space, so it's gone.

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3 June 19 -- Recognize Fascism! -- Crossed Genres

Submissions are now open for our second micro-anthology, Recognize Fascism!

There will be a short crowdfunding project, and assuming it’s successful, we will publish Recognize Fascism! in fall of 2019.

FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We’re looking for personal stories of the moment when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored?

== Word Count: 250-5000 (FIRM)
== .doc, .docx or .rtf files only
== Times New Roman or Arial font preferred
== Name, contact information and submission word count on the first page
== No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.

PAY RATE & RIGHTS

Pay will be $0.08 per word (possibly more, depending on crowdfunded stretch goals). Authors will also receive a gratis print and ebook copy of the anthology.

Crossed Genres takes first worldwide English-language ebook and print rights, exclusively for one (1) year, and non-exclusively for an additional four (4) years. There will be an option to extend the non-exclusive rights for additional compensation.

[NOTE: Click through to submit; the submissions form is at the bottom of the guidelines page.]

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14 June 19 -- Across the Universe -- ed. Michael A. Ventrella and Randee Dawn

The anthology I am co-editing, Across the Universe, is now open for submissions!

Through a Kickstarter campaign, we were able to raise enough to go ahead with this project, and we have confirmations from authors Spider Robinson, David Gerrold, Jonathan Maberry, Alan Goldsher, Cat Rambo, Keith DeCandido, Jody Lynn Nye, Lawrence Watt-Evans and Gail Z. Martin with notes by Janis Ian and Nancy Holder.

We should have room for a few extra stories as well. But only a few.

Book Theme:

The theme of the anthology is "The Beatles – What if?" What if Brian Epstein hadn't managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American?

Story Concepts: What to Avoid

The confirmed authors have already begun their stories, so please avoid the following ideas:

== Beatles as zombies
== Beatles as super heroes
== Beatles as time travelers
== Beatles as "the Scooby Doo gang"
== Beatles as medieval fantasy adventurers
== Beatles as Tetrad wizards representing the elements
== Beatles as animatronic robots
== Beatles as paranormal investigators

This is not to say that you cannot do a variation on these, but keep in mind that if we get more than one story with the same theme, your chance of having your story accepted is reduced. That said, do not contact us with your idea first. After all, two authors can take the same basic idea and produce completely different stories.

Story Length:

The story should be no more than 4,000 words. This should be sufficient for what should most likely be a somewhat humorous tale. A 'short story' should be defined as not less than 1,000 words for the purpose of this book; we want you to write the story at the length it most makes sense, but we are not publishing drabbles or flash fiction, and prefer stories in the 2,000 – 4,000 range. This is not a strict cut-off, though.

Payment is $200 a story, so there is no advantage to padding your story. Take as many words as you need to make a great story, but if it is too long, it had better be so great that we can't refuse it. A good but padded story may get rejected over a concise, fast-moving one, because we want to fit in as many stories as possible.

No reprints. And only one submission. If you have two stories, send your best.

I’m Unpublished. Can I submit?

Yes! We encourage that. But you will still face the same standards for submissions as the published authors. (Pro tip: Check your spelling and grammar.)

Formatting:

Submit your story in 12-point, Times New Roman/Times Roman font, double-spaced.

If you have questions about other formatting (like setting up the story’s first page, and page numbering), refer to Shunn’s manuscript formatting guide.

The file should be RTF, not Word or DocX or anything else. The first page should be your cover letter – keep it brief – which will include your contact information and a 50-75 word bio. List previous publications or relevant experience in the bio.

Email:

Send your complete story/cover letter to WhatIfBeatlesAnthology@gmail.com – do not send to Michael or Randee personally. Your bio and story should be in the same document. We will accept submissions until June 14. Please continue to check this space for any updates. We will do our best to contact everyone who submits, but if you have not heard from us by August 1, you can safely assume that your story was not accepted.

[NOTE: Click through to the original guidelines page for a lengthy discussion of copyright issues.]

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30 June 19 -- SNAFU: Last Stand -- ed. Amanda J Spedding, Matthew Summers, and Geoff Brown; Cohesion Press

WHAT WE WANT:

Military action-based last-stand horror, and lots of it.

Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.

We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary. Hell, even a group of bodyguards protecting some arsehole druglord on his jungle property.

Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared. All action.

We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action.

And to say it again, full action. Nothing less. Hoo-rah!

Introduction by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator, Love, Death & Robots)

Payment: AUD5c/word and one contributor copy in each format released.

Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

Submissions open April 1 2019.
Closing date is June 30th 2019
Anything submitted outside this period will be deleted without being read or replied to.

No selections will be made until after the period closes.
Projected publication date: Late 2019

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

Please put your full contact details and word count top left of the first page of the manuscript.

Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.

Courier, Palatino Linotype, or Times New Roman set at 12pt.

Italics as they will appear. No underlining. Double spaced.

Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.

If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.

SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STYLES

NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.

Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).

Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)

In the subject line of your email, please put Last Stand: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to say this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.

Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to this format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story used to line kitty litter trays by Deadpool.

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30 June 19 -- Illicit -- Bronzeville Books

You’ve heard of illicit affairs, illicit sex, and illicit pictures. Bronzeville Books asks why our culture considers so many types of love, sex, and bodies illicit while we don't blink at the truly forbidden – theft, murder, fraud. In Illicit, the first erotic anthology from Bronzeville Books, we’re looking for stories that showcase the beauty of love once considered forbidden alongside actual crimes and criminal behavior. If you've got a kinky bank robber, a queer hitman looking for more than one way to score, or a disabled private eye looking to solve a case and get some lovin' along the way, we want your story. We want people, sex, and bodies not usually seen in mainstream ideas of sex and sexy, and we want tight, fun crime plots. Pro pay. 3,500 words or less.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but we will not consider multiple submissions under the same name or a pseudonym.

Sex in stories must be consensual, no minors, no animals, no exceptions.

Send submissions to submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com with the subject line: ILLICIT SUBMISSION.

See https://www.shunn.net/format/novel.html for formatting instructions.

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30 June 19 -- Chew on This! -- ed. Robert Essig; Blood Bound Books

Everything that is living EATS! Plants, animals, humans, aliens, monsters, sea creatures, they all eat in one form or another.

For the Chew on This! anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross. There's room for every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarro. Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.

Food Allergies:

== Cannibal stories- Sure they’re good enough to eat but not for this anthology.

== No zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other well-tread tropes. If it’s off the dollar menu we won’t be ordering.

== Pizza stories. We love a good pie but don’t want past anthology leftovers.

== Predator and prey without any substance. Reasoning is the seasoning!

== Fan fiction. Give us a fresh recipe!

Ingredients:

== Email: chewonthissubmissions@gmail.com

== Subject: Chew on this: Story Title by Author Name

== Length: 3k - 7K

== Multiple Submissions: No

== Simultaneous Submissions: No

== Reprints: No

== Format: Doc or Docx

== Payment: 3 cents per word

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30 June 19 -- Funny Queer -- Qommunicate Publishing

Seeking humorous original work by and/or about LGBTQ+ people and lives. This is a positive publication celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through the lens of humor. Only pieces supporting this mission will be considered. No homophobic, transphobic or hateful material will be considered.

[NOTE: That "and/or" in the paragraph above is ambiguous. It sounds like they'll consider work from straight/cis writers so long as it's about LGBTQ+ characters. But maybe not. If you're straight/cis, you might query before submitting.]

This premiere edition of our first LGBTQ+ humor anthology will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.
Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Funny Queer. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.
Theme

Humor by and/or about LGBTQ+ people. The only criteria is it makes us laugh!

Genres:

Anything meeting the theme, including:

== Fiction.
== Nonfiction.
== Jokes.
== Comics/graphic shorts (black and white only).
== Poems.
== Short scripts.

We will NOT consider:

== Erotica
== Work written for children

Length:

== Prose: up to 3,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 3 pages
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages

These length recommendations are flexible.

Formats:

== All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions:

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

== Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
== Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for More Queer Families: A LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology.

Reprints:

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

== We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
== NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
== We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Compensation:

== Contributors will receive, as a humble token of our appreciation, $5 per printed page.

[NOTE: There's no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they'll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I'm assuming a "printed" page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]

What to Submit:

== Your submission
== A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
== At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
== IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Where to Submit:

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com

or mailed to us at:
Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time:

== We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

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30 July 19 -- Not Far From Roswell -- ed. Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist; Pole to Pole Publishing

[NOTE: The deadline for this book is 30 July OR WHEN FILLED. If you want to submit, don't wait till the last minute.]

Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, original fiction for its upcoming anthology, Not Far from Roswell, to be published October 2019.

Not Far From Roswell will contain dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more -- let your imagination be your guide. We may also include one or two humorous pieces as long as the material is dark.

Update: We're looking for more stories that take place on Earth and have a strong connection to Roswell.

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).

Hard Sells:

Profane and vulgar language. Because we market to both adult and YA readers, if you use an F-Bomb, and we accept your story, we’ll probably ask you to change it.

First person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the stories were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that we’re going to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our preference.

Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.

Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.

Edition and Rights:

Not Far From Roswell will be published in electronic and trade paperback in English. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months only, and a non-exclusive right to keep your story in the anthology after that. The anthology may be included with other "Dark Stories Anthologies" in bundles.

Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word, paid at publication, via PayPal only.

If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.

Authors will also receive one copy of both the electronic and paperback versions of the anthology. (Authors can buy additional books at a discount.)

What We Don’t Want:

No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else. No reprints. No Poetry. Only one story from each author will be considered.

Formatting:

No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.

Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead and submit, and let our editors decide. (Word count is firm, however.)

Deadline: July 30, 2019, or until filled. Be aware that all of our anthologies have filled before the deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit.

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31 July 19 -- Blasphemous Rumors -- ed. David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell; Necro Publications

Blasphemous Rumors is a themed anthology of religious horror stories edited by David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell. We are seeking dark short stories that focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion.

Technical Details: Stories should be formatted in standard manuscript submission format. Stories should be no longer than 5000 words and should be original. Reprints are not accepted. We will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.

PAYMENT: $.03 per word up to 5000 words plus two copies of the trade paperback.

Stories should be submitted as an attachment to: blasphemoussubs@gmail.com

Examples of Blasphemy: The term blasphemy refers to saying something about God that is disrespectful. It can also refer to degrading religious concepts or literature. Blasphemy can be included in speech, an act, writing, music, or art.

Blasphemy in Everyday Life:

== Some consider rapper Kanye West's album name "Yeezus" and his consideration of himself as equal to Jesus to be blasphemous.
== Burning a religious document such as the Bible or the Qu'ran is considered blasphemy.
== Vandalizing a church is a form of blasphemy.
== Worshipping Satan is blasphemous.
== Committing suicide is a form of blasphemy.
== To state that God is unkind, unjust or cruel is a blasphemous.
== Artist Andres Serrano created what he called artwork by submerging a plastic replica of the crucified Jesus Christ in a container of his own urine and photographing it as a means, he stated, of exposing the ills of religion. However, this 1987 piece of work was considered highly blasphemous and was destroyed in 2011 during protests in France. The name of the work was Piss Christ.
== In the popular television show, Sex and the City, one episode featured what some considered to be blasphemous artwork. The episode revolved largely around a painting of a woman, crucified as Jesus Christ was, featured in a New York gallery.
== Pastor Terry Jones is the head of a church in Florida who, in 2010, is considered blasphemous of Islamic religion due to his suggestion to hold a "Burn the Qu'ran Day," his publication of a book entitled Islam Is of the Devil, and his purveyorship of shirts and cups that spread the same message.
== The animated American television show, The Simpsons, has been taken to task for blasphemy after broadcasting episodes in which the devil purportedly was bullying God, amongst various other perceived blasphemies.
== Also under fire for broadcasting blasphemous language is the American animated comedy, Family Guy. Known for its offbeat humor, Family Guy featured Jesus in one particular episode that painted Him in a perverted manner, causing a firestorm of protest.
== Islam's Prophet Mohammad is often the source of blasphemy. His image, according to Islamic law, is not to be printed yet many cartoonists and others around the world have been considered blasphemous for doing so. In 2006, Norwegian and Danish newspapers faced serious backlash and threats of retribution from Islamic nations for printing cartoons that featured Prophet Mohammad. While the act of printing the cartoons, themselves, would have been considered blasphemy unto itself, the cartoons also featured the Prophet in poses that were considered "unflattering," particularly one in which the Prophet's image was made to look like a terrorist.
== In 2010, American animated comedy South Park, also produced images of the Prophet Mohammad in an episode that featured the Prophet as a bear mascot. Angered by the perceived blasphemy, one Islamic website threatened the producers of the show for what they deemed as a high level of disrespect for the Prophet.

Now you have seen many different examples of blasphemy.

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31 July 19 -- Monsters in Spaaaace! -- The Dragon's Roost Press

[NOTE: The deadline for this book is 31 July OR UNTIL FILLED. If you have a great idea for a story, don't procrastinate in writing and subbing, or you might find that they've closed the book early, or that they've already accepted too many stories about the monster you've chosen.]

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest horror movies of all time: Alien. Yes, it is a horror movie, but set in space. There are also plans for a new branch of the military -- in space.

We’ve explored loneliness, isolation, and solitude in our first anthology. We Put the Love Back in Lovecraft in our second anthology. We explored the creatures of cryptozoology in our recent pair of anthologies. Now we will go where all good series eventually go...

...to space.

What We Want:

Finely crafted works of Dark Speculative fiction which feature one (or more) classic monsters. Vampires, mummies, creatures built from dead body parts, lycanthropes, mad scientists, and zombies -- yes, even zombies -- but we want to see them in space.

We want to see these creatures floating around in zero g, attacking astronauts and colonists, and generally menacing those brave enough to go beyond the confines of our pale blue dot.

Each story must take place somewhere other than the Earth. It can happen on a spaceship, on a colony, on a new terraformed planet. There should be humans involved, but they do not have to be the protagonists.

Each story must also feature (at least) one classic monster. We are looking for new takes on the old classics. Feel free to explore, but they should still be recognizable to the average reader.

What We Don’t Want:

Actual characters from other books or films. As much as we love the idea of Dracula in Space, we are pretty sure that Universal owns the rights to that particular vampire. The vampire doesn’t have to be Dracula in particular (for example: Bubba Ho-Tep has a great mummy, but not THE mummy).

We don’t like being sued.

Retreads of Alien/Aliens/etc. We love the Xenomorph, but we are looking for new interpretations of old monsters. The Xeno is only 40. That’s not old.

On a related note, stories where small bands of humans have to fend off a horde of creatures are going to be a hard sell. We love Aliens, but it’s really more of a sci-fi action movie. We’re looking for horror. We want you to evoke that sense of fear that will make us want to turn on a light and pull the covers up.

Important Note: We are looking for monsterial diversity. In other words, we don’t want a whole anthology filled with the same creatures. Two of the same may work, but not more than that. The earlier you submit, the earlier you can nail down that monster.

The Specifics: We are looking for short fiction up to 6,000 words. While we prefer original material, we will consider reprints. Please query before submitting reprints (editor@thedragonsroost.net). Naturally, we will only consider stories which you retain the rights to. Please provide original publication information for all reprints. Fan Fiction, Slash Fiction, and any other material containing characters or setting which you did not create, are not acceptable. Submissions should follow standard format. For an example of what we are looking for in terms of formatting, please visit link. The only addendum to this is that the editor prefers Times New Roman.

Please edit your material carefully. Common spelling errors (they’re/their/there, your/you’re) may be acceptable in social media posts, but not in works submitted for publication.

Word (.doc/.docx) format is preferred, but we will also accept submissions in Open Office (.odt), Pages (pages), and Rich Text Format (.rtf). Send your stories to submissions@thedragonsroost.net. In the subject line of your e-mail list "Monster in Space," the title of your story, and your last name. For example:

Monsters in Space / Really Awesome Story / I. M. N. Alien

E-mails which do not follow this format will be deleted unread.

Provide a short (500 words or less) biography in the body of your e-mail. Also, feel free to describe why you chose the particular monster that you did.

We are looking for North American Print and Digital Rights. Rights revert back to the author upon publication. Submissions accepted until 31 July 2019 or until filled. Our previous anthologies have each closed to submissions a month or more before the deadline. For this book, we are only looking for 13 - 15 stories. Don’t delay, start writing today!

Please wait four weeks before querying.

Multiple submissions are OK, but please wait until you have received a response on your first piece before submitting your second. Simultaneous submissions: no.

Estimated publication date Fall 2019 via POD (KDP) and on various digital formats.

At this time payment is three cents per word ($0.03/word) plus one contributor’s copy and one digital version in the format of the author’s choosing. We will be running a crowd sourcing campaign with the goal of providing higher monetary recompense to our authors. As with our previous anthologies, this is a charity anthology to raise money for the canine rescue organization Last Day Dog Rescue.

Note to New Authors: Most publications seek First North American Rights. While you may be able to sell your story again as a reprint, publication in this anthology may limit your story’s future marketability and may affect the amount of money you will be able to receive from other markets. Please take this into consideration before submitting.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Anthology Markets

If you've just wandered in off the internet, hi and welcome. :) I do these posts every month, so if this post isn't dated in the same month you're in, click here to make sure you're seeing the most recent one. If you want to get an e-mail notification when the listing is posted, get the list a week early, or get a full listing of everything I've found (as opposed to the two months' worth I post here) a week early, you can support my Patreon.

Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, with "Always Open" and "Until Filled" markets (if any) at the bottom.

Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.

There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

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30 April 19 -- Geek Out II! -- Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Queer Pop Lit & Art

Geek Out! – Queer Pop Lit & Art will be published in print & ebook (compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.)

Submission Guidelines:

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Geek Out. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme:

= Where queer meets geek. Whatever you geek out about, we want to read it!

Genres:

= Genre Fiction (e.g. scifi, fantasy, western, noir, horror)
= Poetry: slam poems and non-traditional formats
= Creative Nonfiction (non-memoir based): opinion essays, topical articles, reviews, comedy
= Comics / Graphic short stories (black & white only)
= Scripts: short stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, video scripts, etc.

Not Looking For:

We are not looking for work in the following genres for this particular publication. (See our other Submission Guidelines homepage for other publications with upcoming deadlines seeking work in these genres.)

= Literary Fiction
= Memoir-based Nonfiction
= Traditional Poetry

Additionally, we rarely accept work in the following genres:

= Erotica*
= Work written for children

( * Look for an upcoming call for submissions for our new adult series “Pan’s Ex: Queer Sex Poetry” – coming soon!)

Length:

= Prose: up to 5,000 words
= Flash Non-fiction: 1 page or less
= Poetry: up to 3 pages (per poem)
= Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
= Submissions of longer than 10 pages must be numbered.

Formats:

= All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
= If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions

= Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

= Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
= Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Geek Out!

Reprints:

= Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

= We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
= NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
= We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Compensation:

= Contributors will receive $5 per printed page.

[NOTE: There's no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they'll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I'm assuming a "printed" page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]

What to Submit:

= Your submission
= A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
= At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
= IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Where to Submit:

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time:

= We will respond to all submissions by June 1, 2019.

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30 April 19 -- Nox Pareidolia -- Nightscape Press

Nox Pareidolia will open to previously unpublished submissions on April 1st and will close to submission at the close of that month.

Payment

Payment will be 6 cents per word. I prefer shorter pieces but I will accept exceptional tales that are longer, however the payment will be capped 6,000 words.

Theme

The theme is heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction. Initially, I envisioned a book of stories where it is ambiguous as to whether the nature of the horror/weird element is supernatural or not. But I've recently decided to make that a more openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.

Formatting

Standard Shunn formatting is just fine, but we're finding more and more that we prefer single spaced manuscripts as we read submissions on our devices. And italics should preferably be italicized and not underlined. Single spaces between sentences is also a huge help when final formatting comes around. That said, we will not reject stories if the formatting isn’t perfect. First and foremost make it readable. And where stories require odd formatting for effect, certainly don’t change that on our account.

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30 April 19 -- Hatchet Job -- ed. Jerry L. Wheeler; Lethe Press

This horror anthology, to be edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, seeks stories under 10,000 words that involve one of the traditional tropes of campfire tales and slasher films: the axe murderer. Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Think Angela Carter's "The Fall River Axe Murders." Surprise us by breathing new life into this theme. That said, we anticipate most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.

Specs? Please submit Word docs only, standard formatting, 12 pt Times Roman to me at pfloydian806@gmail.com, using the title of the anthology as the subject line.

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30 April 19 -- Common Bonds -- ed. Claudie Arseneault, C. T. Callahan, B. R. Sanders and RoAnna Sylver

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Common Bonds is an upcoming anthology of speculative short stories and poetry featuring aromantic characters. At the heart of this collection are the bonds that impact our lives from beginning to end: platonic relationships. Whether with family, mentors, friends, colleagues, or found family, these links pepper our lives and their importance is often overlooked. We seek to highlight the various ways platonic relationships can enrich us. Furthermore, we want to explore the way aromantic people often redefine the relative importance of these platonic bonds, centering them in their lives over romantic ones. We dream of sisters on a roadtrip through space, of queerplatonic partners hunting dragons, of an alchemy teacher changing the course of their student's life, and of neighbours supporting each other through the apocalypse.

While it is not a requirement, we are particularly eager to receive submissions from aromantic writers, especially those who sit at the intersection of another marginalization. Regardless of whether they are aromantic, we will be thrilled to consider submissions from marginalized and under-represented groups in speculative fiction, including but not limited to people of colour, Indigenous people, disabled, chronically ill and/or neuroatypical people, as well as LGBTQIAP+ people. You do not have to disclose your marginalizations in the cover letter but are welcome to do so.

We’re looking for short stories between 3,000 to 6,000 words or poems of up to 100 lines. Both original fiction and reprints are welcome. Submissions must have a canon aromantic character and center a non-romantic relationship. This includes non-romantic relationships with a sexual component. While we welcome submissions with darker elements to them, we are ultimately looking for stories give space to the positive impact of these relationships.

Fiction will be paid at a rate of 6¢/word. Reprints will be paid 2¢/word. Poems would be paid a flat rate of $40. All of these are in USD, and these rates reflect the fact we have met our Kickstarter stretch goal to pay our writers better (yay!).

We will ask for worldwide digital and print rights (first exclusive for original pieces, non-exclusive for reprints).

No multiple submissions, although you're welcome to try with another story if a first submission was refused. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but let us know the story has been submitted elsewhere.

Please send your submissions in .doc, .docx, or .rtf to commonbondsantho@gmail.com with "[SUBMISSION]" in the e-mail title. If the story has an unusual formatting you wish to preserve, you may also include a PDF.

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14 June 19 -- Across the Universe -- ed. Michael A. Ventrella and Randee Dawn;

The anthology I am co-editing, Across the Universe, is now open for submissions!

Through a Kickstarter campaign, we were able to raise enough to go ahead with this project, and we have confirmations from authors Spider Robinson, David Gerrold, Jonathan Maberry, Alan Goldsher, Cat Rambo, Keith DeCandido, Jody Lynn Nye, Lawrence Watt-Evans and Gail Z. Martin with notes by Janis Ian and Nancy Holder.

We should have room for a few extra stories as well. But only a few.

Book Theme:

The theme of the anthology is "The Beatles – What if?" What if Brian Epstein hadn't managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American?

Story Concepts: What to Avoid

The confirmed authors have already begun their stories, so please avoid the following ideas:

== Beatles as zombies
== Beatles as super heroes
== Beatles as time travelers
== Beatles as "the Scooby Doo gang"
== Beatles as medieval fantasy adventurers
== Beatles as Tetrad wizards representing the elements
== Beatles as animatronic robots
== Beatles as paranormal investigators

This is not to say that you cannot do a variation on these, but keep in mind that if we get more than one story with the same theme, your chance of having your story accepted is reduced. That said, do not contact us with your idea first. After all, two authors can take the same basic idea and produce completely different stories.

Story Length:

The story should be no more than 4,000 words. This should be sufficient for what should most likely be a somewhat humorous tale. A 'short story' should be defined as not less than 1,000 words for the purpose of this book; we want you to write the story at the length it most makes sense, but we are not publishing drabbles or flash fiction, and prefer stories in the 2,000 – 4,000 range. This is not a strict cut-off, though.

Payment is $200 a story, so there is no advantage to padding your story. Take as many words as you need to make a great story, but if it is too long, it had better be so great that we can't refuse it. A good but padded story may get rejected over a concise, fast-moving one, because we want to fit in as many stories as possible.

No reprints. And only one submission. If you have two stories, send your best.

I’m Unpublished. Can I submit?

Yes! We encourage that. But you will still face the same standards for submissions as the published authors. (Pro tip: Check your spelling and grammar.)

Formatting:

Submit your story in 12-point, Times New Roman/Times Roman font, double-spaced.

If you have questions about other formatting (like setting up the story’s first page, and page numbering), refer to Shunn’s manuscript formatting guide.

The file should be RTF, not Word or DocX or anything else. The first page should be your cover letter – keep it brief – which will include your contact information and a 50-75 word bio. List previous publications or relevant experience in the bio.

Email:

Send your complete story/cover letter to WhatIfBeatlesAnthology@gmail.com – do not send to Michael or Randee personally. Your bio and story should be in the same document. We will accept submissions until June 14. Please continue to check this space for any updates. We will do our best to contact everyone who submits, but if you have not heard from us by August 1, you can safely assume that your story was not accepted.

[NOTE: Click through to the original guidelines page for a lengthy discussion of copyright issues.]

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1 May 19 -- Tiny Nightmares -- Soft Skull Press

Tiny Nightmares will be a collection of short and terrifying tales of monsters, madness, and nightmares. The anthology follows up on Tiny Crimes, an anthology of short crime fiction featuring stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Yuri Herrera, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and more.

For Tiny Nightmares, we're seeking short stories that play with and expand the boundaries of horror fiction -- think of the stretch of unlit highway between Jordan Peele's Get Out, Samanta Schweblin's Fever Dream, and Stephen King's IT. Stories that turn our understanding of "scary" on its (trembling) head. We're looking for:

== Stories of new monsters, and old ones that scare us in new ways
== Tiny, intimate horrors to make our hair stand on end
== Horror as cultural/political/environmental funhouse mirror
== Subversions of traditional horror tropes
== Something so scary we haven't thought of it yet

Guidelines:

Stories should be under 1200 words.

Stories should be previously unpublished.

Payment will be $100 dollars.

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30 June 19 -- SNAFU: Last Stand -- ed. Amanda J Spedding, Matthew Summers, and Geoff Brown; Cohesion Press

WHAT WE WANT:

Military action-based last-stand horror, and lots of it.

Think 300, the Alamo, the Battle of Mirbat, the First Battle of Mogadishu, the Battle of Hel, or Custer’s Last Stand (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be called a high-action potentially-last stand monster story. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.

We will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private security/paramilitary. Hell, even a group of bodyguards protecting some arsehole druglord on his jungle property.

Just ensure the last stand aspect is both overt and unique, and don’t forget monsters!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared. All action.

We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action.

And to say it again, full action. Nothing less. Hoo-rah!

Introduction by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator, Love, Death & Robots)

Payment: AUD5c/word and one contributor copy in each format released.

Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

No selections will be made until after the period closes.

Projected publication date: Late 2019

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

Please put your full contact details and word count top left of the first page of the manuscript.

Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.

Courier, Palatino Linotype, or Times New Roman set at 12pt.

Italics as they will appear. No underlining. Double spaced.

Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.

If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.

SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STYLES

NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.

Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).

Send your submission to Geoff Brown at editor@cohesionpress.com as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)

In the subject line of your email, please put Last Stand: [STORY TITLE] (Replace [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need to say this)

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
NO REPRINTS

Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.

Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.

For a guide to standard submission format, see: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

The only variations to this format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story used to line kitty litter trays by Deadpool.

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30 June 19 -- Illicit -- Bronzeville Books

You’ve heard of illicit affairs, illicit sex, and illicit pictures. Bronzeville Books asks why our culture considers so many types of love, sex, and bodies illicit while we don't blink at the truly forbidden – theft, murder, fraud. In Illicit, the first erotic anthology from Bronzeville Books, we’re looking for stories that showcase the beauty of love once considered forbidden alongside actual crimes and criminal behavior. If you've got a kinky bank robber, a queer hitman looking for more than one way to score, or a disabled private eye looking to solve a case and get some lovin' along the way, we want your story. We want people, sex, and bodies not usually seen in mainstream ideas of sex and sexy, and we want tight, fun crime plots. Pro pay. 3,500 words or less.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but we will not consider multiple submissions under the same name or a pseudonym.

Sex in stories must be consensual, no minors, no animals, no exceptions.

Send submissions to submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com with the subject line: ILLICIT SUBMISSION.

See https://www.shunn.net/format/novel.html for formatting instructions.

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30 June 19 -- Chew on This! -- ed. Robert Essig; Blood Bound Books

Everything that is living EATS! Plants, animals, humans, aliens, monsters, sea creatures, they all eat in one form or another.

For the Chew on This! anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross. There's room for every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarro. Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.

Food Allergies:

== Cannibal stories- Sure they’re good enough to eat but not for this anthology.

== No zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other well-tread tropes. If it’s off the dollar menu we won’t be ordering.

== Pizza stories. We love a good pie but don’t want past anthology leftovers.

== Predator and prey without any substance. Reasoning is the seasoning!

== Fan fiction. Give us a fresh recipe!

Ingredients:

== Email: chewonthissubmissions@gmail.com

== Subject: Chew on this: Story Title by Author Name

== Length: 3k - 7K

== Multiple Submissions: No

== Simultaneous Submissions: No

== Reprints: No

== Format: Doc or Docx

== Payment: 3 cents per word

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30 June 19 -- Funny Queer -- Qommunicate Publishing

Seeking humorous original work by and/or about LGBTQ+ people and lives. This is a positive publication celebrating the LGBTQ+ community through the lens of humor. Only pieces supporting this mission will be considered. No homophobic, transphobic or hateful material will be considered.

[NOTE: That "and/or" in the paragraph above is ambiguous. It sounds like they'll consider work from straight/cis writers so long as it's about LGBTQ+ characters. But maybe not. If your straight/cis, you might query before submitting.]

This premiere edition of our first LGBTQ+ humor anthology will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.
Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Funny Queer. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.
Theme

Humor by and/or about LGBTQ+ people. The only criteria is it makes us laugh!

Genres:

Anything meeting the theme, including:

== Fiction.
== Nonfiction.
== Jokes.
== Comics/graphic shorts (black and white only).
== Poems.
== Short scripts.

We will NOT consider:

== Erotica
== Work written for children

Length:

== Prose: up to 3,500 words
== Poetry: Up to 3 pages
== Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages

These length recommendations are flexible.

Formats:

== All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
== If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions:

== Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

== Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
== Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for More Queer Families: A LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology.

Reprints:

== Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

== We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
== NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
== We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Compensation:

== Contributors will receive, as a humble token of our appreciation, $5 per printed page.

[NOTE: There's no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they'll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I'm assuming a "printed" page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]

What to Submit:

== Your submission
== A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
== At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
== IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Where to Submit:

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com

or mailed to us at:
Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time:

== We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

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ALWAYS OPEN -- Future Visions Anthology Series -- ed. Brian J Walton; Camton House Publishing

[NOTE: Currently closed to submissions.]

The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.

Themes:

What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?

These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc...) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on...

Diversity:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

Terms:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.

Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $100. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $100 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.

Submission Guidelines:

== Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
== There is no fee to submit.
== Submissions must be original, never before published works.
== Submissions may be set in a larger universe, but should be a complete story; do not send excerpts, parts, or volumes.
== Word Count is 2k-7k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
== Submissions should be written to the best of the author's ability. Professional editing is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
== Adult language and sexual situations are permitted, but no hate speech, erotica or "X-rated" material.
== Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
== Include "Future Visions Short Story Submission" in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
o Author Name
o Story Title
o Word Count
o Brief Bio, written in the third person. 100-300 words.
== Submissions should be submitted in docx format as an attachment.
== Submissions should be emailed to futurevisionssubmissions@gmail.com

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

Deadlines:

Submissions are always open. Authors who have submitted will be notified within 4-6 weeks of submission regarding whether their story has been selected.

[Okay, this is different. I'll be treating this one like an "Until Filled" market, in that I'll be checking every month to make sure they're still alive. Unlike a UF, I'll keep posting this so long as it's still alive. (Unless it turns morbid or skeevy, the usual.) Note that this is a royalty split with a guaranteed minimum, which works out to pro rates up to 1666 words, and semi-pro after that. Best practice IMO is to assume that the minimum is all you'll ever get from this market; that way, so long as you do get paid, all your surprises will happy ones.

Interesting business model; it's basically a magazine that's being treated like an antho series, more or less. I'll be keeping an eye on this one, and may revisit the listing in the future.]

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Monday, April 8, 2019

New Release -- The Uncanny Valley

A new book -- my first to be indie published, yay! -- called The Uncanny Valley is finally available!

This is a novelette, a contemporary fantasy about 10K words long, set in Silicon Valley.

"Uncanny Valley" is part of a group project called The Uncollected Anthology. It started in 2015, with a group of writers who loved urban and contemporary fantasy and wanted to write for more theme anthologies in those areas. But putting an anthology together is a lot of work, and that work doesn't stop when the book comes out. Someone would have to play accountant, to collect sales data from the vendors, work out what everyone was owed, and make sure they all got paid regularly. Nobody wanted to do that.

Then Dayle Dermatis got the idea of doing an uncollected anthology, where they'd write to a theme, but each writer would publish their own story as a separate e-book. They could coordinate release dates, use a cover template so the stories all looked like they went together, and have everyone chip in on promoting the project.

Later on, when bundling became viable as a do-it-yourself process (mainly through BundleRabbit, which is a great service), they started collecting the Uncollected Anthology, so now if you want all the stories, you can buy an actual anthology of each of the thrice-yearly issues. Or you can buy one or more of the individual stories, whichever you prefer.


Individual story: "The Uncanny Valley:"

Darcy James, a Detective Sergeant with the recently-formed Uncanny Crime Division, always has more on her plate than there are hours in the day. Hysterical civilians are screaming "Magic!" every time they catch a cold or get a flat tire. Overdosing on a new uncanny drug called Turbo results in gruesome death. And what's up with the dogs commuting into downtown every day on the train?

Somehow Darcy has to figure out what's real and what's not in a world turned inside-out, hopefully before anyone else dies.

E-book on Amazon
E-book on Kobo
E-book on iTunes
E-book on Barnes & Noble



The whole anthology:

All sorts of things make their way into a city.

They come, they breed, they adapt. One day, you’re looking at a raccoon breaking into a garbage can.

The next day, you’re not sure what you’re looking at, but it has intelligent eyes, lizard scales, and tentacles.

Should you get rid of it, or try to tame it? Spray some repellant, set out cheese for a midnight snack, or set the whole city on fire?

Can you make friends? And if you can, will it be more trouble than it’s worth?

Or will it lead to something glorious?

E-book on Amazon
E-book on Kobo
E-book on iTunes
E-book on Barnes & Noble


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Anthology Markets

If you've just wandered in off the internet, hi and welcome. :) I do these posts every month, so if this post isn't dated in the same month you're in, click here to make sure you're seeing the most recent one. If you want to get an e-mail notification when the listing is posted, get the list a week early, or get a full listing of everything I've found (as opposed to the two months' worth I post here) a week early, you can support my Patreon.

Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, with "Always Open" and "Until Filled" markets (if any) at the bottom.

Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.

There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.

NOTE: Future Visions is now guaranteeing only $100 minimum rather than the previous $150. This might make a difference in your decision whether to submit, depending on the length of your story.

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31 March 19 -- Letters from the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror -- Orbannin Books

The epistolary form has a long, proud tradition in the horror genre. From the classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, through modern classics like World War Z. We want to see your fresh takes on the idea. Remember that the epistolary genre doesn't just include letters. It can be stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital "documents" such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more. Original stories only, no reprints.

Preferred word count: Up to 10,000 words

Payment and rights: $.05/word on acceptance, and one paperback contributor's copy. First Print and First Electronic Rights, exclusive for 1 year. The anthology will be published as an ebook and in paperback, and we reserve the right to produce a hardcover edition.

Stories should be submitted to editor@orbanninbooks.com, with the subject line "Letters from the Grave."

Please don’t send us:

== Fan-fiction or stories using other authors' characters, settings, etc, unless they are in the public domain.
== Gratuitous bestiality, incest, child sex, sexual assault, racism, etc. This is a horror anthology, of course, so "adult content" and horrific, disturbing incidents are certainly going to be there. Make sure, however, that any of these elements are necessary to the story and that their depiction makes sense in the context of the letter or other documents.
== Random horror stories that you’ve stuck a "Hey, you’ll never believe what happened to me!" email frame around.

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31 March 19 -- I Didn't Break the Lamp -- Mad Scientist Journal

We will be creating an anthology titled I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. It will be a collection of fictional stories about imaginary friends, imaginary enemies, and imaginary entities that fall somewhere in between. For this anthology, our pay will be 2 cents per word.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been near the imaginary acquaintance in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

== First person
== 500-8,000 words in length
== Focuses on an imaginary acquaintance
== Not a reprint

Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

== A monster under the bed or in the closet who helps or hinders the person they watch over.
== An imaginary friend who always gets their person into or out of trouble … but to what end?
== A creature that no one believes is real, until they prove their impact.

DO NOT send us poetry or screenplays.

Submissions should be in Standard Manuscript Format (Here’s an explanation of what that means) and sent via Submittable. As with our regular submissions, we are asking for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year.

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15 April 19 -- Alternative Apocalypses -- ed. Deborah Godfrey and Bob Brown; B Cubed Press

Stories of endings, beginnings, and change. As always, a political bent doesn’t hurt but not required. The apocalypse can be big or small, personal or world shattering. Humor is always good. Satire is excellent.

We will include some good poetry and thoughtful essays if you have them. For stories we’re looking for 500 to 5000 words.

We anticipate releasing at World Con in Dublin.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be in Word or RTF attachments, using SFWA manuscript format. Include your name AND email on the document. We’re pretty organized, but sometimes emails and stories get separated, and that is NEVER GOOD.

Email your submission to kionadad@aol.com. The subject should be: "SUBMISSION Alternative Apocolypse". Really. Just copy it – we’ve made it simple.

Pay is 2 cents a word and royalties for stories. For very short fiction, poems, and nursery rhymes, we offer an option of a flat $25 to the writer. Payment is made on publication.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions okay, reprints as well, but they are held to a higher standard.

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15 April 19 -- Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents -- ed. Diana Payton and Bob Brown; B Cubed Press

We’re looking for nursery rhymes, poetry, and stories that can be read and enjoyed by children of all ages. There is no lower word limit on poems or nursery rhymes.

The work can be completely original or derived from fairy tales, bible stories, folklore, myths, or similar so long as acknowledgement is made, but absolutely no fan fiction of work that is not in the public domain.

For stories we’re looking for 500 to 3000 words. We anticipate publishing in fall of 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be in Word or RTF attachments, using SFWA manuscript format. Include your name AND email on the document. We’re pretty organized, but sometimes emails and stories get separated, and that is NEVER GOOD.

Email your submission to kionadad@aol.com. The subject should be: "SUBMISSION Alternative Bedtime Reading for Progressive Parents". Really. Just copy it – we’ve made it simple.

Pay is 2 cents a word and royalties for stories. For very short fiction, poems, and nursery rhymes, we offer an option of a flat $25 to the writer. Payment is made on publication.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions okay, reprints as well, but they are held to a higher standard.

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15 April 19 -- Tales from the Space Force -- B Cubed Press

Okay, how could we not. Now that America has an official Space Force, we need to incorporate it into literature.

What to do we want? Camp? Satire? Bug Eyed Monsters? All good. We’ll do serious stories, too. Mostly we want good stories. And if I am to confess, we want campy stories. We want the golden age of pulp to live again.

Political bends are allowed.

Poetry and essays are allowed.

Ask yourself, what would an American Space Force do? Will there be a space wall around the International Space Station? Will NASA and the Space Force get along? I have no idea, but I’m leaving it up to you to tell us. Here at B Cubed, we leave the writing to you.

We’re looking for 500 to 5000 words.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be in Word or RTF attachments, using SFWA manuscript format. Include your name AND email on the document. We’re pretty organized, but sometimes emails and stories get separated, and that is NEVER GOOD.

Email your submission to kionadad@aol.com. The subject should be: "SUBMISSION Space Force". Really. Just copy it – we’ve made it simple.

Pay is 2 cents a word and royalties for stories. For very short fiction, poems, and nursery rhymes, we offer an option of a flat $25 to the writer. Payment is made on publication.

Multiple and Simultaneous submissions okay, reprints as well, but they are held to a higher standard.

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30 April 19 -- Geek Out II! -- Qommunicate Publishing

[NOTE: Submissions open to LGBTQ+ writers only.]

Queer Pop Lit & Art

Geek Out! – Queer Pop Lit & Art will be published in print & ebook (compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.)

Submission Guidelines:

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Geek Out. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme:

= Where queer meets geek. Whatever you geek out about, we want to read it!

Genres:

= Genre Fiction (e.g. scifi, fantasy, western, noir, horror)
= Poetry: slam poems and non-traditional formats
= Creative Nonfiction (non-memoir based): opinion essays, topical articles, reviews, comedy
= Comics / Graphic short stories (black & white only)
= Scripts: short stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, video scripts, etc.

Not Looking For:

We are not looking for work in the following genres for this particular publication. (See our other Submission Guidelines homepage for other publications with upcoming deadlines seeking work in these genres.)

= Literary Fiction
= Memoir-based Nonfiction
= Traditional Poetry

Additionally, we rarely accept work in the following genres:

= Erotica*
= Work written for children

( * Look for an upcoming call for submissions for our new adult series “Pan’s Ex: Queer Sex Poetry” – coming soon!)

Length:

= Prose: up to 5,000 words
= Flash Non-fiction: 1 page or less
= Poetry: up to 3 pages (per poem)
= Comics & Scripts: up to 10 pages
= Submissions of longer than 10 pages must be numbered.

Formats:

= All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
= If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions

= Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions:

= Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
= Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Geek Out!

Reprints:

= Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights:

= We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
= NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
= We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Compensation:

= Contributors will receive $5 per printed page.

[NOTE: There's no way to tell exactly how many cents/word they'll be paying; it depends on the size of the pages, the size of the typeface, and the density of the writing on any given page. (A page with many short lines of dialogue will have a lot fewer words than a page full of long paragraphs of description or narration.) A standard manuscript page is counted as approximately 250 words, which works out to about 2 cents per word. I'm assuming a "printed" page will be less than twice that, which means this market squeaks in just past my guidelines, to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep this in mind, though, when you decide whether to sub here.]

What to Submit:

= Your submission
= A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
= At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
= IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Where to Submit:

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com or mailed to us at:

Qommunity
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Response Time:

= We will respond to all submissions by June 1, 2019.

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30 April 19 -- Nox Pareidolia -- Nightscape Press

Nox Pareidolia will open to previously unpublished submissions on April 1st and will close to submission at the close of that month.

Payment

Payment will be 6 cents per word. I prefer shorter pieces but I will accept exceptional tales that are longer, however the payment will be capped 6,000 words.

Theme

The theme is heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction. Initially, I envisioned a book of stories where it is ambiguous as to whether the nature of the horror/weird element is supernatural or not. But I've recently decided to make that a more openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.

Formatting

Standard Shunn formatting is just fine, but we're finding more and more that we prefer single spaced manuscripts as we read submissions on our devices. And italics should preferably be italicized and not underlined. Single spaces between sentences is also a huge help when final formatting comes around. That said, we will not reject stories if the formatting isn’t perfect. First and foremost make it readable. And where stories require odd formatting for effect, certainly don’t change that on our account.

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30 April 19 -- Hatchet Job -- ed. Jerry L. Wheeler; Lethe Press

This horror anthology, to be edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, seeks stories under 10,000 words that involve one of the traditional tropes of campfire tales and slasher films: the axe murderer. Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Think Angela Carter's "The Fall River Axe Murders." Surprise us by breathing new life into this theme. That said, we anticipate most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.

Specs? Please submit Word docs only, standard formatting, 12 pt Times Roman to me at pfloydian806@gmail.com, using the title of the anthology as the subject line.

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ALWAYS OPEN -- Future Visions Anthology Series -- ed. Brian J Walton; Camton House Publishing

The Future Visions Anthologies is a science fiction anthology series, aiming to deliver excellent and diverse short story collections on a quarterly basis. In the tradition of great television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, the Future Visions Anthologies will broadly explore all genres and traditions of science fiction and speculative fiction, seeking in each story to explore deeply themes that are relevant to a modern audience.

Themes:

What do you hope the future will bring? What are you afraid we may become? How do our visions of the future inform and give shape to the hopes and fears that we have today?

These questions are what defines anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Rather than mandating a theme for each publication, (one publication for cyborgs, one for time travelers, etc...) I want authors to feel free to explore these larger questions using any and all of the popular science fiction tropes: new technology, exploration, nightmarish dystopians, alien species, baffling utopias, the list goes on...

Diversity:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to bring diversity to all aspects of their publications, from the stories and authors we publish, to the themes and genres we explore. All authors may apply regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

Terms:

The Future Visions Anthologies seeks to engage authors with fair and equitable terms through participation in the anthologies. The anthologies will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for an initial six-month term, during which stories will be exclusive to the anthology. After this, anthologies will continue be available as an ebook (not in KU) for an additional six-month term. During this term, partial publication rights will return to the author to publish as an ebook, except for in KU. After one year, the ebook will be unpublished, returning all rights to the author.

Payment will be based on a profit-share model with a guaranteed minimum payment of $100. Authors will receive royalties during the first six months of membership. At the end of the royalty period, if the author’s royalties do not meet the minimum payment of $100 then the remaining amount will be paid. There is no cap to the amount of royalties that may be earned. Earning reports for the anthology will be provided to all participating authors to ensure complete transparency. Specific terms will be available after initial acceptance of the author’s story.

Submission Guidelines:

== Authors must read and be in agreement with the above before submitting.
== There is no fee to submit.
== Submissions must be original, never before published works.
== Submissions may be set in a larger universe, but should be a complete story; do not send excerpts, parts, or volumes.
== Word Count is 2k-7k words (exceptions for up to one story per anthology can be made).
== Submissions should be written to the best of the author's ability. Professional editing is not required but may help in the consideration of your piece. Camton House Publishing will provide professional editing and proofreading, approved by the author, and a final, edited version will be submitted to the author upon publication.
== Adult language and sexual situations are permitted, but no hate speech, erotica or "X-rated" material.
== Formatting: 12pt Times New Roman font with 1.5-line spacing; 1-inch margins on all sides; no extra spaces between paragraphs; leading indentations, but no tabs.
== Include "Future Visions Short Story Submission" in the header and the following information in the body of the email:
o Author Name
o Story Title
o Word Count
o Brief Bio, written in the third person. 100-300 words.
== Submissions should be submitted in docx format as an attachment.
== Submissions should be emailed to futurevisionssubmissions@gmail.com

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.

Deadlines:

Submissions are always open. Authors who have submitted will be notified within 4-6 weeks of submission regarding whether their story has been selected.

[Okay, this is different. I'll be treating this one like an "Until Filled" market, in that I'll be checking every month to make sure they're still alive. Unlike a UF, I'll keep posting this so long as it's still alive. (Unless it turns morbid or skeevy, the usual.) Note that this is a royalty split with a guaranteed minimum, which works out to pro rates up to 1666 words, and semi-pro after that. Best practice IMO is to assume that the minimum is all you'll ever get from this market; that way, so long as you do get paid, all your surprises will happy ones.

Interesting business model; it's basically a magazine that's being treated like an antho series, more or less. I'll be keeping an eye on this one, and may revisit the listing in the future.]

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Release -- Wings of Change

A new anthology called Wings of Change released today!

Tales of wise, ancient dragons dispensing wisdom, hoarding treasure, terrorizing villages, and doing battle with noble heroes have long fascinated us. But dragons were not born old and wise, nor were heroes born brave and noble.

Wings of Change gathers tales of young dragons growing into their scales, and human youths making choices that shape their destinies -- destinies that will be forever changed by their interaction with the dragons.

My story in this book, "A Dragon's Hoard," is about a young dragon engaging on a rite of adulthood -- searching beyond the lands she knows for the first item that will form the basis of her adult hoard. Then things get weird....

This anthology contains:

"Scales of Lapis and Jasper" by Anj Dockrey
"The Greatest in Iceland" by Grayson Towler
"Trial by Fire" by Erin Fitzgerald
"Two Against the Skitters" by Jana S. Brown
"The Prize" by Melissa McShane
"The Shadow Dragon" by L.D.B. Taylor
"Care and Feeding" by Edward Ahern
"Old Enough to Volunteer" by Laura Ware
"Touch of the Silver Dragon" by Claire Davon
"Blossoms in the Desert" by Joni B. Haws
"Dragon's Hoard" by Angela Penrose
"A Most Unserious Dragon" by Annie Reed
"Dragon Jet Propulsion" by David H. Hendrickson
"Imuji" by Liz Pierce
"Green Camouflage" by Jamie Aldis
"Invincible" by Stephanie Barr
"Star Dragon" by C.M. Brennan
"The Soul By Which We Measure Ours" by C.H. Hung
"Of Dragons and Centaurs" by Deb Logan
"Claws of Change" by Deanna Baran
"The Last of a Thing" by Douglas Smith
"Saffron Dragon" by Jodi L. Milner
"A Dragon Bigger Than My Stories" by Jonathon Mast

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