Saturday, December 27, 2008

Horror Anthology 2009

Comet Press is seeking short stories for an extreme horror anthology to be published in the summer of 2009 (trade paperback). We are looking for your most gruesome, disturbing, and scary tales. Some dark humor is acceptable.

Here is the twist on this collecton: We will prefer to see stories set in various times of past history. Including a historical or notorious figure, or legendary beast connected with that period would be a bonus. Below are just some examples:

Old West, WWII Nazi Germany, Ancient, Pre-Columbian, Biblical Era, Medieval, Pre-civilization, etc.

With that said, if your story is great, but has a modern setting, we won't reject for that reason.

Reading period: From December 15, 2008–February 28, 2009 (or until filled).

Word length: 3,000–10,000 words.

Multiple submissions: Up to two stories per author can be submitted.

Payment: 1/4 cent per word, $25 max. Payment will be made upon publication.

Reprints: We may consider reprints, please send previous publishing information with submission.

Return Time: Rejections will be sent as soon as possible. Stories that make the first cut will be kept until the end of the reading period. Authors will be notified right away if their story makes the first cut, then the final stories will be selected at the end of the reading period.

Artwork: We are accepting submissions for cover art for this book. Either email your artwork in .jpeg format (300 DPI) as an attachment, or provide a link to the art online. Put “ARTWORK SUBMISSION: HORROR ANTHOLOGY” in the subject of the email. Payment is $25.00. Email to the address at the bottom of this page.

Title Contest: Send us your ideas for the title! If we use it, we'll send you a free copy of the book! Put “TITLE CONTEST: HORROR ANTHOLOGY” in the subject of the email. Send as many as you like in the email. Email to the address at the bottom of this page.

Attach the entire manuscript as an rtf attachment. First page of manuscript should include your name, pen name if any, address and email address, and word count. Please include that first page info in the body of your email along with a brief blurb summing up the story and a brief bio. Manuscript should be in a standard format—double spaced, standard font and size. First line of paragraphs indented using word processor function (not tabs), no extra spaces between paragraphs, except for scene breaks. Italics should be italized, bold in bold. No headers or footers are necessary. Put “SUBMISSION: HORROR ANTHOLOGY” in the subject of the email.

Email to Comet Press.

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