Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Trembles is a brand new horror magazine slated for its first release in January 2011 and released 5 times a year (Jan., Mar., May., July., and Sept.) with a double year-end issue in November. The publication will appear online and in electronic and print form and all stories accepted will cross into all three formats.
Horror. Simple as that. To give you an idea of what to send, some authors we like are Brian Keene, Peter Straub, Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Clive Barker, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft.
- Flash Fiction (1,000 words or less)
- Short Story (1,001 to 6,000 words)
- Poetry (up to 50 lines)
Please send manuscripts as a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF attachment email@example.com with a cover letter in the body of an e-mail. Do not send your manuscript in the body of an e-mail, it will automatically be deleted. Make sure your manuscript uses standard formatting like 12-pt New Time Roman font and double-spacing. On the first page of your manuscript, please include your name, address, phone and e-mail in the upper-left corner and the word count rounded to the nearest hundred in the upper-right.
Trembles provides a token payment of $5 for short stories and $2 for flash fiction and poetry in exchange for First North American Serial rights. You will also receive a contributor’s copy in electronic form.
Please send any questions to the above e-mail address.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Historical Lovecraft anthology opening this September to submissions. The anthology will be available in print and as an e-book in 2011, and is produced and edited by the eldritch duo of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles.
What They Want
Historical fiction with a Lovecraftian twist. Stories should be set in a variety of places, cultures and time periods. While they might buy one story set in 1920s New England, they want to stray far from the normal Lovecraft milieu. If you’re going to do 1920s, why not ship them off to China and tell the story from the point of view of a native of Shanghai? Some examples of ideas they’d like to see:
- There’s something afoot in Henry VIII’s court.
- A Mayan warrior discovers evil lurking in Tikal.
- A trader in Byzantium finds a rare artifact.
- The Pharaoh’s latest advisor is a man of vast knowledge and even vaster secrets.
- The Necronomicon! Take them to Damascus as Alhazred pens the manuscript. Or to the printing of the 17th century edition in Spain.
- Journey to Inuit Canada, where the ice holds prisoner an old foe.
- Political intrigue in Edo leads to blood, tragedy and a brush with a fearsome entity from beyond the stars.
- What happened to Machu Picchu? How bloody were its last days?
- How did the jungle really claim Angkor Wat?
- The rainforests of the Congo groan under Belgian tyranny at the turn of the 20th century. What deadly deals are made to free it?
Please note that for their purposes they consider historical anything up to 1937 (the year of Lovecraft’s death).
If you are curious to know what they enjoy reading, look at some of the fiction issues ofInnsmouth Free Press. The latest one is here.
From flash fiction (1,000 words or under) to novelette (10,000 words). Keep in mind they have a payment cap of $50 CAD, so your long novelette might be better served by finding another home.
One cent per word up to a maximum of $50 CAD. One physical copy of the anthology and one e-book copy.
Payment made via PayPal or Canadian check upon acceptance.
They are purchasing first English print and electronic rights for the anthology.
Considered, with a few caveats:
1. Indicate where and when the story was originally published in your cover letter.
2. Reprints offered should not be easily available in print or online.
3. Payment is a flat $25 CAD for reprints.
If you published it in a small collection in 1985 and it’s no longer on the market, that’s fine. If it was published in a German magazine and never translated to English, they’d like to see it. If it appeared in a now-defunct zine, that’s okay, too. If it was in a recent issue of an English-language zine that is currently online, no.
E-mail them at innsmouthfp AT gmail.com. Subject line: Historical Antho, [Title of your Story, Author's Name]. The subject line is important; otherwise, the story might go into the wrong pile.
Do not send simultaneous submissions. Do not send more than one submission. If they reject one story, you can send another one.
Include a cover letter with the story word count, salient writing credits and any reprint information (if applicable). Yes, they do read cover letters, so please include the information (Paula gets cranky when stories arrive sans byline, title or cover letter).
Attach story as RTF (preferred) or Word (doc, not docx) document. Use standard manuscript format. Italics as italics, bold as bold. No fancy fonts.
Stories can be sent in English, French or Spanish.
Submissions are accepted from September 1, 2010 to January 3, 2011. Do not send anything before or after that date.
They will reject some stories as they come in and send others to the hold pile. Final story selection will take place in January 2011.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
We leave the subject matter up to the writers, so long as the story is related in some way to the title of the anthology and especially to the tone of the title. It may be helpful to think of the title as that of a Roger Corman movie. We also hope to receive some humorous submissions, but please bear in mind that trying to be funny often falls flat. If you wish to write something humorous or off-beat, use a light touch. Subtlety and absurdity combine well for humor.
All submissions must contain contact information both in the e-mail and on the first page of the manuscript. D'you get that? We may delete without comment or reply any submission that does not contain this information.
Lead editor for the "Purse Project" is Karen L. Newman. The associate editor is Georgia Middleton. Just so you know . . .
Response time is expected to be one month. Stories will be either declined or held over for consideration; in either case you will be notified within a month. If your story is held over for consideration, it could be up to three months before a decision is made.
You may submit more than one piece, but please submit only one piece at a time. The subject line of each submission must read Submission: and the title of the submission.
We will consider reprint stories and poems. However, we will accept no more than two reprint stories and two reprint poems.
Stories should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Submit your story as a Word or rtf attachment to fromherpurse at yahoo dot com [you will have to combine the elements of this e-mail address. We're fighting spam].
Poems should be no longer than 100 lines. Submit your poem in the body of an e-mail to fromherpurse at yahoo dot com [you will have to combine the elements of this e-mail address. We're fighting spam].
Black & White illustrations should be submitted as jpeg attachments. The preferred size is 800 by 1100 and 300dpi. Submit your illustration as a jpeg attachment to fromherpurse at yahoo dot com [you will have to combine the elements of this e-mail address. We're fighting spam].
Again, submit your art as a jpeg attachment. The preferred size is 800 by 1100 and 300dpi. Submit your cover art as a jpeg attachment to fromherpurse at yahoo dot com [you will have to combine the elements of this e-mail address. We're fighting spam].
Stories: $10.00 each
Poems: $3.00 each
Illustrations: $5.00 each
Cover art: $20.00
If you have any questions, please query the submissions address and put query in the subject line. Good luck, and we're looking forward to reading your work.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Submissions are being accepted for the first annual “End of the World Contest.”
Deadline is September 30, 2010.
Contest winners will be notified by October 31, 2010 and published in the November 2010 issue of the Last Man Magazine.
Entry fee $5 (See below).
$75 cash prize
A free six week course on SF & Fantasy Writing, a $120 value.
A copy of the Last Man Anthology, a $15
Publication in the first edition of The Last Man Magazine, Winter, 2010.
Feature “author’s spotlight,” an interview with the writer about his or her craft, novels/short stories/work-in-progress.
A copy of the first issue of the LM Magazine, a $6 value.
Second and Third Prize:
A copy of the Last Man Anthology, a $15 value.
Publication in the Last Man Magazine.
A copy of the first issue of the LM Magazine, a $6 value
The theme of your submission should be the end of the world.
It can be Earth, or any other interstellar planet.
Genre is open. Bring us your best catastrophe, disaster, and woe.
Please include the following in your electronic submission:
- A cover letter with brief bio and contact information including your e-mail address
- A short fiction story up to 7500 words, as a Word doc. attachment
- In the body of the email please include your Unique Google Transaction Number
- Email submissions with the title and word “contest” in the header to LastManAnthology@aol.com.
-Writers who have submitted to the LMA prior to June 1st may send two stories for the one $5 entry fee. Just include the transaction
number on both submissions.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
submissions for “Distant Realms”, an anthology of novella length Fantasy.
Fantasy sometimes needs big brush strokes to paint a world, or room to
spread and grow to show the entire picture, and that can make the novella
the perfect length. It’s a length often neglected in modern genre fiction,
but it has the potential to deliver incredible stories. We believe very
strongly in that potential and invite you to help us find it.
There are a lot of different opinions on how many words it takes to make a
novella. For Distant Realms, we’re looking for stories that run between
20,000 and 30,000 words. Those two numbers make fairly solid barriers and
it makes us sad to reject things solely based on length.
We prefer your submission be in standard manuscript format and attached to
your e-mail as an rtf file. For a good reference on what standard
manuscript format entails, please see William Shunn’s web
Payment for inclusion in this anthology will be $100, two contributor’s
copies of the book, and the everlasting knowledge of being involved in
something special. In return, you’ll be giving Library of Science Fiction &
Fantasy Press two year exclusive print and electronic rights from the date
of publication; not to the world you’ve created, just to the story.
Submissions are open and will close at midnight on 31 Mar 2010. This is a
fairly large window, but we recognize the size and scope of a novella can
require a great deal more time than a short story. If you don’t have one
ready to go, we’d like to give you a chance to write and polish one from
Submissions and Queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with
‘Submission – Distant Realms’ or ‘Query – Distant Realms’ in the subject
line, as applicable.
Strange Horizons provides a wonderfully detailed (yet certainly
of overused themes and
We’re not saying don’t do it, because it’s always possible to bring
something new to a cliché, but if you’ve picked something from this list as
your main focus, try to stand it on its head.
Because there is only room for 4 or 5 stories in Distant Realms, submissions
will be taken in two stages, building a shortlist of possible inclusions.
Rejections will happen, but final decisions on acceptances won’t be made
until ALL submissions have been read.
The speculative elements you choose, whatever they are, must be integral to
the story. If you can write the same story without them, then it’s not a
genre story. That said, our definition of Fantasy is very broad. If you
can say Fantasy when you look at your story, please send it because we want
to read it.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Silver Boomer Books
Silver Boomer Books is looking for submissions for two upcoming anthologies:
A Pinch and A Dash: Recipes from Home and Long Ago
Flashlight Memories (childhood reading)
They are also interested in "speculative submissions for:
The Faith of Our Mothers (faith of real women at least a generation older)
Out of the Kitchen (women pioneers in professions)
Life Spinning Moments (comments or events that changed the course of a life)
Payment is US$5 for poetry, US$10 for prose plus a contributor' s copy.
Payment upon publication.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
What I'm looking for
The obvious points:
I'm looking for Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories. I am quite broad with definitions, but a fantasy story must have an element of fantasy, and a science fiction story must contain an element of science/technology and speculation about science. I like merged-genre stories, but be warned that I don't want the anthology dominated by 'slipstream' stories.
Story length is ideally between 2000 and 6000 words. However, I will consider stories outside of this range.
The unique points:
Music must be integral to the story: for example, the story might be about music, or the life of musicians, or the effect of a musical instrument, or perhaps a piece of music -- or anything else that I haven't thought of!
This next requirement is equally important. I'm not only looking for great characters, great plot, great entertainment and great prose, but I'm also looking for stories that are intellectually exciting. This is something Science Fiction and Fantasy is best equipped to deliver, so I am going to be explicit about wanting this in the anthology.
What I'm NOT looking for:
- A story where the author has changed the lead character from a schoolteacher to a musician, or where the magical object has been changed from a cursed handbag to a cursed violin. Music MUST be integral to the story. If the musical element can obviously be exchanged for something or someone else -- brilliant though the story may be -- it won't fit my anthology.
- Sword and Sorcery
- Fan fiction
- Mozart fighting zombies
Electronic submissions only. In RTF format. Email to
If you have an off-the-wall idea you would like to check out with me in advance, please do so. I can be contacted at
Background info for submitters: What's 'Strange Fiction'?
I'm using it as a convenient term to lump together Fantasy and Science Fiction. 'Speculative Fiction' would also do, but it has acquired snobby associations. I'm happy to celebrate The Geek.
Background info for submitters: The Anthology