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  • April/May/June Submission Calls

    All of these have deadlines for April/May/June
    Deadline: June 1, 2016
    Payment: $.06/word

    Much like the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, Steampunk Universe will be a multicultural anthology of steampunk stories. But this time, the anthology will focus on characters with exceptionalities.*
    This call for submissions is aimed particularly at marginalized writers, especially those who are identify as members of a minority, LGBTQ, or living with exceptionality. Whether or not you qualify and feel this call for submission is appropriate for your work is at your discretion.
    Stories are due by June 1, 2016 to steampunkuniverseantho@gmail.com. Ideally, decisions will be made by July 1, and the anthology will be crowdfunded shortly thereafter. Writers will be paid $.06/word for original stories. I’m not looking for reprints at this time. Deadline extensions will not be granted. Your story should be submitted in Standard Manuscript Format (please check and double-check that your name and email address are on the first page!) as an email attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format. The subject of your message should read [Submission: Story Title by Author Name]. If your submission doesn’t conform to these specifications it may be deleted unread.
    What I’m looking for:
    Your story should take place in a non-Western culture. I’d love to have a variety of stories that take place in the diverse cultures of Central/South America, Asia, and Africa.
    Your story should contain a character with at least one exceptionality. It should be a major element of the story, providing the character with extra challenges but maybe also special insight or abilities. I want to explore how steampunk technology changes the lives of people with exceptionalities, for better or for worse. I’d love to see characters who are also members of other marginalized groups (such as LGBTQ characters).
    Your story should contain steampunk elements. I get a lot of submissions with steampunk exoskeletons and dirigibles, but not many with spaceships or submarines. I’d really like authors to stretch themselves and instead of just writing alternate history, set the story in a parallel universe or on another planet. Read Tobias Buckell’s excellent story “Love Comes to Abyssal City” for an example.
    If your story lacks one of these three elements, it will very likely be rejected, even if it’s an excellent story.
    I’m unlikely to buy stories that:
    -Take place in North America, England or China (or feature characters from those cultures)
    -Feature characters with prosthetic limbs, steam-powered hearts, or who are blind
    -Involve the protagonist bravely sacrificing himself/herself at the end of the story so the characters without exceptionalities can survive (seriously, this is becoming a cliché)
    -Are longer than 5,000 words (bonus points if you can keep it under 4,000)
    -Contain graphic sex or violence, rape, women in refrigerators, etc. If the content of your story means you wouldn’t be comfortable reading it to your eleven-year-old, don’t submit it to me.
    -Have only magical elements and no technological ones. I love a good gaslamp fantasy, but this is not the market for it. I want gadgets and goggles!
    If you have questions, please comment here or hit me up on twitter @steampunkpanda. You can also email me but I respond faster to blog comments and tweets. The best way to tell what kind of story I’m likely to buy is to read Steampunk World.
    Now, go get your write on! ^_____^
    *The publisher and I prefer the term “exceptionality” to the term “disability,” because disability is often heavily influenced by perception and culture.
    Via: Alliteration Ink Publishing.
    **

    Deadline: June 15, 2016
    Payment: Authors receive 40% royalties on short stories and novels. Anthologies pay a share of the royalties based on number of authors.

    Myths exist to expain the world to people. But the world has changed since the old myths were created. We know where rainbows come from now, and science has replaced mythology on many fronts. So now, we need new myths to explain new ideas. Examples would include Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Ananzi Boys or Harlan Ellison’s Deathbird stories. Whether new stories with old gods or entirely new ones, give us your interpretation of deity in the modern age.
    
    Pairing: None required (Non-erotic, though romance is fine).
    Happy Ending For Now required.
    Submission Guidelines
    Standard Manuscript Format
    –.5 indentation
    — Double Spaced
    — One Space after each period.
    — Times New Roman, 12pt, in English.
    — .doc format
    A Sample of Standard Manuscript Format may be found Here.

    Name, Mailing Address, E-mail Address, Phone Number, and Word Count should be included on the front page.
    If your work is a reprint, please include the information indicating that the rights have reverted to you.

    Manuscript should be sent to inkstainedsubmissions@gmail.com
    Note: No hardcopies, .pdf, .rtf, or .docx submissions.

    We take fiction in the following genres:
    
    ​+ Horror, including erotic Horror
    + Science Fiction, including SF Romance
    + Fantasy (High, Low, Urban, and Dark)
    + All the -punks (Steampunk, Bronzepunk, Clockpunk, Dieselpunk, Atompunk, CyberPunk, and post-Cyberpunk)
    + Erotica, any combination including menage. QUILTBAG stories encouraged. BDSM and multiple-partner stories also encouraged.
    + Non-fiction on a case-by-case basis. Craft books, cookbooks, and game source books welcomed.
    + Christian Inspirational
    + Young Adult
    + Cross-Generational Incest as titillation. It may be a formative plot point for the characters, but may not be explicitly shown.
    + Underage characters in sexual situations.
    + Necrophilia. This is defined as sex with the dead who cannot consent. Vampires or other forms of undead are considered capable of consent.
    + Explicit Bestiality. Werewolves and other shifters are considered capable of consent, even in shifted forms.
    + Gratuitous Violence
    + Feces or Vomit play
    + Snuff. Killing a partner during sex is deeply discouraged outside the erotic horror category.
    +Rape. While rape is an act of power and violence, fictional lines of consent can be much blurrier. Non-con and dub-con, where consent is given every way but verbally, are acceptable. Eroticized rape is not. Rape scenes should express the violation and awfulness of the act.
    
    Anthology Stories: 5000-10,000 words, published in print and e-book
    Via: Ink Stained Succubus.

    ***
    Deadline: June 30th, 2016
    Payment: Contributor’s Copy

    Submission Guidelines

    What are we looking for? We are looking for the macabre. We love horror, supernatural, paranormal, dark fantasy, and all things that go bump in the night.
    In addition to novel and novella length fiction, we also seek short fiction for horror anthologies.
    Short Fiction Submissions

    Guidelines:
    Our normal open submission period for short fiction varies on anthology and dark art genre.
    “The Dead Walk”

    Volume 3 – A collection of zombie tales to satisfy the hunger of any zombie (fan).
    DEADLINE: June 30th, 2016
    Short Fiction submitted to be apart of our anthologies must be between 1,000 to 15,000 words. We pay in contributor copies.

    In the subject line of the email, please include the title of the anthology you would like to be included. If not included in the subject, submissions may be lost or confused with other anthologies.
    Novel and Novella Submission

    Guidelines:
    Our annual open submission period is from October 1st to May 31st.
    We look for all types of dark art fiction.
    Works can be anywhere from 20,000 to 100,00 words (work under 80,000 words will be deemed novella and may become a part of an anthology for print publication)
    We only accept email submissions. Please ensure that they are in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf formats. Submissions can be emailed tosubmit@fofpublishing.com. Please when emailing a submission, to please include a short cover email with synopsis, and a brief bio (including previous publication credits, if any).

    Via: FOF Publishing.

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    Deadline: June 30, 2016
    Payment: $10.00 ($5.00 per story) plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties. (you must submit 2 stories –
    with complete opposite narratives)

    In a world with ever increasing video surveillance and instant release of information it is easy to make snap judgements
    based on excerpts, sound-bites or some sort of attention grabbing headline. Without the full story it can be difficult to
    know the facts of a situation. As Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius is credited as saying: “Everything we hear is an
    opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Or as Obi Wan Kenobi said in Return of the Jedi:
    “…many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”
    Authors – here’s your chance to tell BOTH sides of a story. What we are looking for are speculative fiction stories that tell
    a story that when told from one perspective come across in favor of one narrative and when told from another perspective
    comes across in favor of another narrative. Watching a video of police interaction with someone that erupts into violence
    and someone being injured or killed. That part can be easy (depending on the narrative you want to support) – Now the
    hard part. Retell that story from another perspective – but it has to take the reader in the complete opposite direction and it
    has to ring true to the facts that would be KNOWN by the viewpoint character. Using the ‘police’ video for example –
    write one story showing the officer used excessive force, was targeting specific individuals, etc. Now for the second one
    – write a story again using the video as the basis and write it so the officer is 100 percent justified in their actions. It can
    all be a matter of perspective and having access to different sets of facts.
    BOTH stories must be realistic and ring 100 percent true to the reader as they read.
    Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way.
    Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.
    ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out, or
    a teenager – please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and a
    quick one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so the editor doesn’t
    edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
    In the Subject line please put Submission: Perspectives : Title of your story : Your name.
    Attach as an .rft file, please send to: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com
    Submissions Open: Jan 1, 2016 (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
    Submissions Close: Jun 30, 2016
    Release Date: Late 2016/Early 2017
    Payment: $10.00 ($5.00 per story) plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties. (you must submit 2 stories –
    with complete opposite narratives)
    Will accept Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Steampunk, Alternate History, Space Opera, Dieselpunk.
    No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. PG-13 rating, please. No erotica.
    No simultaneous submissions.
    Length 1000-6000 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written. Times Roman 12.
    Standard manuscript submission form must be used. Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.
    Bios will be required if your story is accepted. Please write them in third person. Approximate length under 250 words.
    Via: Wolf Singer Publications.


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    Deadline: April 1st, 2016
    Payment: $5 per poem and a contributor’s copy

    Apex is accepting poetry submissions for the following anthology:
    Apex Publications seeks submissions for Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More. Editors Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Apex Magazine’s poetry editor) and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer welcome your specters, apparitions, zombies, wraiths, phantoms, thought forms and anything (or anyone) animate but no longer living. Email 1-3 poems to undeadpoetryanthology@gmail.com byApril 1st, 2016. Previously published work is eligible, as long as you own the rights.
    Payment is $5 per poem and one comp of the anthology.
    Via: Apex Publications.

    **

    Deadline: April 30th, 2016
    Payment:$.06 per word and half of royalties distributed among the writers after the recovery of initial cost

    The evocative painting to your left is the work of Sergio Diaz. It will be the art for the cover of the upcoming Horror Anthology, LET US IN.
    LET US IN. will be the first horror anthology released by TIME ALONE PRESS.
    Payment $.06 per word.
    *PLUS* Half of royalties distributed among the writers after the recovery of initial costs (paid twice per year).
    The submission period for stories will run from December 24th 2015 until April 30th 2016
    Official acceptances will be announced on July 1st 2016. Join award-winning author Ray Garton on our table of contents! His new story “Shadow Children” has already been purchased to appear [*UPDATE* we have also accepted a story by another prominent Horror writer who is also a well known editor. Full announcement after the contract is official] .
    We are looking for stories of Approx 4000 wds (but, let the story decide). Poetry that keeps to the theme may have a chance, as well.
    The theme of the anthology will be lightly shaped as we go, but here is the gist:
    Write for us the horrors that we invite into our lives, whether willingly or with reluctance. These are horrors that need our permission to enter.
    Why do we allow them into our lives?
    Because they entice us?
    Because we need to escape a current hell?
    Because we are curious?
    Because we want them to save us?
    Because we want vengeance against someone else?
    The Monsters here may be human or non-human.
    Open your imagination to *anything*.
    We’ll take traditional vampires or werewolves, demons, or forces from other dimensions. Give us abusive spouses, or “saviors” from outer space with tricks up their sleeves. Any of that, or anything else that I may have missed, anything that you think fits.
    Style: Go wild. I don’t care how loud and nasty it gets or how quiet and deep. Just make it Good.
    TIME ALONE PRESS accept submissions beginning at Midnight, December 24th 2015. You may send submissions through SUBMITTABLE.
    Have Fun

    Via: Time Alone Press.
    ***


    Deadline: May 31st, 2016
    Payment: CAN 6 cents per word. The payment is an advance against royalties. A contributor’s copy is included.
    Note: Author must have an Asian heritage

    Proposed Anthology Title: Where the Stars Rise (working title)
    Proposed Sub-Title: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories
    Proposed Series Title: Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction
    Genre: All original short speculative fiction
    Anthology Editors: Lucas K. Law & Derwin Mak
    Theme:
    This speculative fiction anthology contains original stories to celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage.
    We consider Asian countries as those defined by United Nations in Wikipedia. Authors do not need to reside in Asia to participate in this anthology.
    We welcome translated story from other languages to English (no English reprints, please).
    Proposed Anthology:
    We are looking for stories to celebrate character diversity (ethnic, age, walks of life/socio-economics, sexuality, etc.). We leave the question as to what determine Asian theme open so not to restrict creativity. No stereotypes or clichéd portrayal of cultures or stories based purely on showing the strangeness or exoticism of a culture. No erotica. Cross-genre is encouraged. This anthology is geared towards Young Adult and Adult.
    Project Objectives:
    • A portion of Laksa Media’s net revenue from this anthology will go directly to support Kids Help Phone.
    • Laksa Media will donate CAN$500 upon the publication of this anthology to Kids Help Phone.
    Submission Guidelines:
    Length: <7,000 words
    File Format: .doc, .docx, or .rtf only
    Use Submittable to submit your story for this anthology (DO NOT USE the Laksa Media online submission form). Submittable opens on December 1, 2015.
    No reprints: No simultaneous submissions: No multiple submissions.
    We want to have a balance between science fiction and fantasy, with at least 50% science fiction.
    However, anthology editors tend to receive more fantasy than science fiction submissions. Therefore, we encourage more science fiction stories of all varieties (space opera, time-travel thrillers, interesting new approaches to classic themes, near-future technology, techno-thrillers, science mystery, Asian-punk) because, for an ethno-cultural based anthology, they would help to mitigate the Orientalism that influences Western perceptions of cultures east of Constantinople.
    Our media is already filled with mystical gurus, genies, and kung-fu monks. We are not saying our anthology has no room for fantasy-based stories, but we are saying that we need to expand the perception and show that Asians do know science and engineering, that they’re not just mystics with magical powers.
    We are happy to accept fantasy-related fiction, but we are prioritizing the reading of the SF submissions.
    We encourage submissions to feature the following:
    • Protagonists with diverse experiences including (but not limited to) QUILTBAG, gender diversity, neuro-diverse, mentally ill, people with disability, chronic illness and other impairments, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities, any marginalized and under-represented group.
    • Speculative fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position. Any political issues should be addressed in complex and nuanced ways, resisting the temptation to oversimplify or stereotyping the situations.
    Reading Period (open for submission): December 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016
    Advance Payment to Contributors: Contributors will be paid CAN 6 cents per word. The payment is an advance against royalties. A contributor’s copy is included. Payment will be on acceptance of final edited story.
    Rights:
    First World Rights for anthology in the English-language. Exclusive rights prior to publication and for a period of one year after the publication and non-exclusive rights for the anthology thereafter where the contributors are free to resell. Exception to the exclusive rights is when the story is accepted for a “best of the year” anthology.
    All rights granted will revert to the Author if Laksa Media fails to publish the Work within 24 months of the date of the signed Agreement (between anthologists/editors and authors).
    Format: Print, Digital & Audio
    ISBNs:
    Paperback: 978-0-9939696-5-2
    ePub: 978-0-9939696-6-9
    PDF: 978-0-9939696-7-6
    Kindle: 978-0-9939696-8-3
    Tentative Release Date: Fall 2017 (tentative)
    Editors:
    Lucas K. Law:
    Lucas K. Law is a Malaysian-born freelance editor, published author, engineering consultant and business coach who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. He is currently co-editing Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us anthologies with Susan Forest. He had been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart awards.
    Memberships: SFWA, Codex Writer’s Group, Sisters-in-Crime, Crime Writers of Canada
    Derwin Mak:
    Derwin Mak writes science fiction and fantasy stories with quirky characters. In addition to writing fiction, Derwin also wrote articles about anime and East Asian pop culture for Parsecmagazine and RicePaper magazine. His short story, Transubstantiation, won the 2006 Aurora Award for Best Short-Form Work in English. His anthology, The Dragon and the Stars, co-edited with Eric Choi, won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. He has two published novels, The Moon under Her Feet, and The Shrine of the Siren Stone. His short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Tesseracts, Tales From the Wonder Zone, Spaces Inc. and Shanghai Steam.
    About Kids Help Phone
    Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader known for their expertise and continuous innovation as Canada’s only free and anonymous 24/7 counselling and information service for young people between the ages of 5 and 20 in both English and French. Since 1989, their trained, professional counsellors have been listening to kids, often when no one else can or will. Their service supports young people as they build the skills and abilities they’ll need to improve their emotional health and well-being. In addition to an array of counselling options, they offer young people a wide range of online resources and they work tirelessly to share young people’s perspectives on a societal level – locally, nationally, and globally.
    They do not receive any government funding. All support comes from donations.

    Via: Laksa Media.

    ***
    Deadline: May 31st, 2016
    Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies.

    What kind of stories is One Story looking for?
    One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.
    Does One Story pay money?
    Yes. One Story is offering $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication.
    Does One Story accept previously published material?
    One Story is looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in print outside of North America, it will be considered. No stories previously published online will be accepted.
    Does One Story accept simultaneous submissions?
    Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
    What file types can I submit?
    We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.
    Will you send me comments on my story?
    No. One Story receives close to 100 submissions each week. Please understand that we do not have time to comment on individual stories.
    Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?
    No.
    Do you consider translations?
    Yes. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission.
    How do I submit to One Story?
    We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to have a One Story account.
    If you have subscribed, joined our mailing list, given One Story as a gift or submitted a story using our new system, you already have an account. If not, the first time you submit a story your account will be automatically created.
    Using this account you will be able to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page.
    When you are ready to submit please visit our Submission Manager.

    When can I submit to One Story?
    We accept submissions from September 1st through May 31st.
    How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
    We do our very best to respond to submissions between 8-12 weeks after they are received, but are sometimes slower in responding.
    Can I check the status of my submission?
    You can check the status of your submissions at any time by going to the login page. “Received” means that your story has been received and is in our database. “Under consideration” means that your story has been assigned to a member of our editorial staff. We usually can respond within 8-12 weeks, but it sometimes takes longer. If you don’t hear back within that time, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure each submission gets a good read.
    Via: One Story.

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    • #3
      Level Best Books - Anthology Call


      Level Best Books has opened submissions for their 2016 crime anthology (no title yet). They're seeking crime/mystery stories up to 5000 words set in the New England states (they have a list of the acceptable states). The deadline is May 31, 2016 and payment is $25. You can find the details here.



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      18th Wall Publications - Anthology Call



      18th Wall Publications has posted an anthology call for "After Avalon". They're looking for stories of 1000 to 15,000 words that come after the fall of Camelot. You can set your stories in any time period from the death of Arthur to present day but you must stay true to Arthurian legend. And I don't see any reason why your knights can't be police officers or PI's if you want to give this one a shot with a crime story set in present day. It could definitely put a different spin on the legend. The deadline is April 2 and payment is a royalty split. You can find the details here.

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      Mocha Memoirs Press - Anthology Call



      Mocha Memoirs Press has posted an anthology call for "Ghosts, Gears, and Grimoires". They're looking for steampunk stories featuring the supernatural of 1500 to 6000 words. The deadline is April 1 and payment is $10. You can find the details here, just scroll down the page.

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      Dreaming Robot Press - Anthology Call



      Dreaming Robot Press has opened submissions for the "2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide". They are looking for adventure stories of 3000 to 6000 words in the genres of science fiction and fantasy geared toward middle grade readers. The deadline is May 15 and payment is 6cents a word. You can find the details here.

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      Dark Clouds

      What they want:
      Did you know that humans emit clouds of microbes? Over a million particles an hour. With that sort of chaos something is likely to go very, very wrong. Stories must relate strongly to the theme, and be primarily science fiction, although genre mashups with horror, romance, mystery, etc. will be accepted.
      Deadline: April 30, 2016
      Length: 3,000-10,000 words
      Payment: 3 cents/word
      Submission Guidelines: http://graythorn.com/blogpub/anthology/
      Last edited by Bruno; 01-20-2016, 02:06 PM.
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      • #4
        Taking Submissions: Circuits and Slippers

        Deadline: April 8th 2016
        Payment: Royalties
        Link: Lyssa Chiavari
        Labyrinths of thorns and wires. Castles in the sky, held there with jet thrusters. Anything is possible with a magic spell—or with alien technology.
        Submissions are now open for an anthology that explores the fantastic realms of fairy tales through the lens of science fiction. We welcome fairy tales, fables and myths from around the world, and are looking for new twists and fresh perspectives with a modern, diverse audience in mind.
        Co-edited by Jaylee James, editor-in-chief of Vitality magazine and author of Choosing You, and Lyssa Chiavari, author of Fourth World and editor of Perchance to Dream.
        Submission Details
        • Story Length: Approximately 2,000 to 10,000 words.
        • Deadlines: Submissions are open through April 8, 2016. Target publication date is September 15, 2016.
        • Exclusivity: Six-month exclusivity for print and digital. Stories must be original and never-before published.
        • Compensation: Royalties divided evenly per story (co-authors for one story split their share).
        Other important things: we are endeavoring to include no more than one version of each fairy tale, though exceptions will be made if two spectacular stories are submitted for the same tale. To help you in the planning of your story, please note that Cinderella and Pygmalion have already been claimed by your editors!

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        Taking Submissions: Black Power: The Superhero Anthology

        Deadline: June 30th 2016
        Payment: $25
        Link: Chronicles of Harriet (Roaring Lions Productions blog)
        Stories of superheroes in film and comic books capture essential truths about human nature. We relate to – and identify with – the characters and themes in these stories; we empathize with the dilemmas and problems that superheroes face, and we admire – and often mimic – their heroic acts.
        The definition of a hero is someone who rises above his or her fears and limitations to achieve something extraordinary. A hero embodies what we believe is best in ourselves.
        The clearest difference between a hero and what we tend to consider a superhero is that superheroes possess fantastic powers, fight their battles with advanced technology, or possess uncanny beauty, bravery, skill, or luck.
        No costume is necessary; but it is cool.
        We – Black / Afrikan adults AND youth – need our stories told; and WE need to tell them. We need to read about and see ourselves as superheroes from OUR perspective. We need and want this.
        We at Roaring Lions Productions are going to meet that need. Following the worldwide release of the Rococoa anthology in February, 2016, we will release Black Power: The Superhero Anthology in December, 2016!
        What We Are Looking For
        When it comes to superheroes, we think of sweeping themes that deal with the central issues of heroism and, of course, superpowers. We welcome authors to subvert these tropes, to expand upon what “superhero” means, and to mash-up the superhero tropes with the tropes of other genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.
        We seek original stories with more depth than simple origin tales or superhero-versus-supervillain battles. Who are these people who have strange and wonderful powers and choose to use them to exact justice? What makes them tick?
        We must emphasize that your characters should be original creations. We will not consider work utilizing licensed characters or knockoffs of licensed characters unless your story is clearly a parody or spoof.
        Rules
        • The main character in your story must be Black / of Afrikan descent. The character can be from the continent of Afrika or anywhere in the Diaspora.
        • The characters can be of any age.
        • If your story is about a superhero team, the team members should be majority Black / Afrikan descent.
        • Length: 1500-10000 words. This is firm.
        • Payment: $25.00 per story.
        • Type of submissions accepted: Electronic only.
        • Reprints? No
        • Multiple Submissions? No
        • Simultaneous Submissions? Yes
        • Submissions close: June 30, 2016. This is firm, as each story will have original artwork attached and the artists need time to do the illustrations.
        • Response time after submission of story: 4 weeks or sooner.
        • Publication date: December, 2016.
        Submission Requirements
        Failure to follow these requirements pretty much guarantees your work will be rejected.
        • Email your submissions to blackscififantasy@gmail.com. Put in the subject line: Black Superhero. Give us a short summary of your story in the email body (no more than two or three sentences) and a short summary of who you are (previous publishing credits, etc.). Include your word count in the email.
        • Send in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats only.
        • Your manuscript should follow standard formatting protocol. Times New Roman or Courier fonts only. Please ensure your story is free from typos, spelling and grammatical errors.
        Good luck! We look forward to seeing what you have for us!
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        • #5
          Deadline: April 30th 2016 Payment: £10
          Link: Alternative Realities
          Summer’s End is an anthology of fantastical stories that will be about the end of ages, civilisations, golden times that decline inexorably or suddenly. Think the fall of the men of Numenor, the end of the first age of Yggdrasil, the sacking of Rome or the swallowing of Anhkor Watt by the forests as its people disappeared.
          We’re looking for original, previously unpublished pieces of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
          Submissions will be open until midnight April 30 2016.
          Normal submissions formats are an absolute requirement – so if in doubt go to our submissions guidelines page for guidance.
          We are committed to providing a small, token, payment to each author (£10) and contributors copies. Further payments will be royalties based on profit after costs – it’s not ideal we know and as we build a base of books then we expect to change that but for now that’s the gig.
          Submissions should be sent to: submissions@alternative-realities.co.uk
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          • #6
            http://handbasketproductions.com/call-for-submissions/
            Call For Submissions – Trans Fiction Anthology

            Trans Fiction Anthology (with a focus on sexuality)*
            Editor: Tobi Hill-Meyer
            Publisher: Instar Books
            Deadline: April 4th, 2016 – Early submissions encouraged
            Payment: $50.00 & a copy of the book (there are plans for a kickstarter campaign, which if successful, will raise the payment to be $100)
            The theme of this anthology is to address the personally and politically significant issues around sexuality and dating in trans community through erotic fiction. Too often trans erotica has been written from a cis perspective, with a cis reader in mind, addressing cis concerns about trans people, but not trans concerns. Let’s create fiction that truly feels like trans people’s stories, addressing the issues and concerns you see as significant in your trans communities.
            Stories might have characters dealing directly with trans issues related to sex, like dysphoria, ignorant hook up partners, or things that come up when dating another trans person. Or perhaps a story might have a strong trans community setting, like in a trans activist group, or at a queer and trans event. Maybe your characters discuss local politics, sex workers’ rights, and black lives matter. But also, feel free to have it be more subtle. Maybe your characters are dealing with a sense of being de-valued that they can’t put their finger on. Maybe your story isn’t about them being trans at all, and your characters have deep and unique backgrounds, yet their experiences are still influenced by being trans. Or perhaps your story takes a common trope about trans people and turns it on it’s head.
            My goal is to have a wide spectrum of stories, so don’t be afraid to submit something painful alongside more positive content. Reading a story that powerfully illuminates a hard experience many of us have had to deal with can be just as affirming as having positive models for how things can turn out well. So feel free to cover topics like abuse, a friend’s suicide, and violence. Happy endings are definitely appreciated, but not required. The resilience of the trans community is a big part of our strength. At the same time, fiction is a great opportunity to envision the how we would like to see the world.
            To that point, sci-fi, fantasy, and other genres of speculative fiction are happily welcomed. Just be careful to avoid the common trap of putting characters that are essentially cis in unusual gender experiences and expecting it to speak to trans audiences. I’m excited to see how you might imagine trans experiences in alternative societies, trans-humanist genders, post apocalyptic survival, and gender in a world of super powers and magic — as long as the story itself remains relevant to actual trans people’s experiences.
            Requirements
            • All submissions must be sent through the submission form below
            • Cis people are welcome to submit, please indicate your connection to trans community in the submission form
            • Preferred Length: 2000-5000 words
            • Word documents are preferred and should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font, and one inch margins.
            • txt and rtf files are suitable alternatives to word documents
            • Multiple submissions are accepted, at a maximum of three per author.
            • Late submissions accepted on rolling basis
            • Inquiries can be sent to Tobi@HandbasketProductions.com
            Additional notes
            • Stories with asexual characters are welcomed.
            • Please avoid having an all white cast of characters unless you have a reason for it and address race in the story
            • Stories written from a trans perspective are usually preferred. If you’re writing from a cis perspective, be sure you have a clear reason and avoid long inner monologues of transphobic thinking.
            • Be sure to avoid reproducing common tropes about trans characters (or twist them in meaningful ways)
            • Be creative, draw inspiration from your experiences or the experiences of the trans people in your life, but don’t submit memoir or manifesto.
            *Note: The title in this call was originally “Trans Erotic Fiction with Substance (Working Title).” The anthology itself is still, as of yet, untitled. I took out the word “erotic” because it seemed like too many people were being discouraged from contributing something because they saw “erotica” as a specific genre that their work falls outside of. What I am looking for is trans fiction, with a focus on themes of sexuality and relationships. Sex scenes don’t have to be intricate (although they certainly can be). If you want to write a story that only describes sex with a sentence or two, and instead focuses on the role of sexuality in the relationship the characters are in, please submit it. You don’t have to deliver a blow by blow of their sex, and your story doesn’t have to be something the reader will masturbate to – Although it certainly could be. I hope to receive a range of submissions. Traditional erotica is certainly welcomed and encouraged, but even in those cases stories with well developed and compelling characters who’s experiences and relationships impart something meaningful will be prioritized. Hopefully shifting of this call to Trans Fiction Anthology will help clarify the broader range of what I am looking for.
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            • #7
              Deadline: April 30th 2015 Payment: $10
              Link: Alternative Realities
              Broken Bones & Ten Dollar Bills is an anthology of science fiction stories that explore our relationship with body altering technology, be that genetics or other techs. We want to see stories that explore our relationship with technology but also those people who traffic in these goods, those scientists who invent them and the corporations who profit from our awkwardness about being embodied.
              We’re looking for original, previously unpublished pieces of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
              Submissions will be open until midnight April 30 2016.
              Normal submissions formats are an absolute requirement – so if in doubt go to our submissions guidelines page for guidance.
              We are committed to providing a small, token, payment to each author (£10) and contributors copies. Further payments will be royalties based on profit after costs – it’s not ideal we know and as we build a base of books then we expect to change that but for now that’s the gig.
              Submissions should be sent to: submissions@alternative-realities.co.uk
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              • #8
                http://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/OpenCalls.html

                Wolfsinger Publications has quite a few anthologies in the works. Most are due in June but as always, check the submission deadline dates. General guidelines are 1000-6000 words with payment being $5 plus royalties.

                Incarceration
                SUBMISSION PERIOD: March 31, 2016 to August 31, 2016

                Crime. Punishment. Justice. Order. Security. Community. Safety. Rehabilitation.

                Crime and punishment has been a part of human history since the earliest days of man. And will (unfortunately) be a part
                as we move forward into the future.

                Incarceration (tentative title) is looking for stories that feature incarceration in the future. Be it some form of innovation
                rehabilitation, a return to public shaming, an evolution of the prison system—whatever form it takes. We want to see ideas
                of where the system can go to do a better job at separating out those who truly must be separated from society as a
                whole. Rehabilitating those who can be rehabilitated and re-integrated into society. Punishing those who deserve to be
                punished for their crimes.

                Will current crimes no longer be crimes in the future? What will be considered a crime? What types of punishments will
                exist for what crimes? What will incarceration be like in the future?

                Warning the editor worked for ten years as a Deputy Sheriff in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and will be
                looking for realistic scenarios. I am also looking at the possibly of writing an introduction to each story selected that
                compares the story’s incarceration setting to what is current practice in some areas today.

                Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way.
                Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.

                ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out, or
                a teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and a
                quick one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so the editor doesn’t
                edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.

                In the Subject line please put Submission: Incarceration : Title of your story : Your name.
                Attach as an .rft file, please send to: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com

                Submissions Open: Mar 31, 2016 (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
                Submissions Close: Aug 31, 2016

                Release Date: Late 2016 / Early 2017
                Payment: $5.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties.
                Will accept: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Alternate History, Space Opera, Dieselpunk.
                No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. PG-13 rating, please. No erotica.
                No simultaneous submissions.


                Length 1000-6000 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written. Times Roman 12.
                Standard manuscript submission form must be used. Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

                Bios will be required if your story is accepted. Please write them in third person. Approximate length under 250 words.
                Unintended Consequences
                SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016

                It seems like in today’s world that anytime a new something or other comes out – a few years down the road there are
                lawyers advertising to get clients because of something that happened regarding that drug, product etc. In some cases
                there is evidence that the manufacturer new about the issues and opted to ignore. In some cases, it is something that is
                finally confirmed decades down the road and wasn’t even foreseeable.

                What we’re looking for are speculative fiction stories involving the creation, manufacture, release etc. of some new
                technology (or magic) that is supposed to do one thing and later on down the road some unintended consequence is
                discovered. It can be product that is supposed to be ‘good’ but has a bad consequence or just has something different
                happen as well. Conversely, you can have something that is supposed to be dangerous or ‘evil’ and have it develop a
                ‘good’ consequence.

                An example of unintended consequences from the novel
                Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh. Decades after the
                introduction of Birth Control Pills – there is a generation of women who are born asexual—no sex drive or interest in sex.
                (This would be an unintended consequence of something that supposed to help women take control of their reproduction)

                Give us the whole story regarding the original intended purpose as well as the good, the bad and the unintended
                consequences thereof.

                Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it in an original and interesting way.
                Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.

                ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out, or
                a teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and a
                quick one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so the editor doesn’t
                edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.

                In the Subject line please put Submission: Consequences : Title of your story : Your name.
                Attach as an .rft file, please send to: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com

                Submissions Open: Oct 1, 2015 (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
                Submissions Close: Mar 31, 2016

                Release Date: Mid to late 2016
                Payment: $5.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties.

                Will accept Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Steampunk, Alternate History, Space Opera, Dieselpunk.
                No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. PG-13 rating, please. No erotica.
                No simultaneous submissions.


                Length 1000-6000 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written. Times Roman 12.
                Standard manuscript submission form must be used. Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

                Bios will be required if your story is accepted. Please write them in third person. Approximate length under 250 words.

                Just Desserts
                SUBMISSION PERIOD: June 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016

                “Revenge is a dish best served cold..” Eugène Sue, Memoirs of Matilda, (1848)

                Indeed revenge is sweet! How about served with a big scoop of ice cream, with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a gleaming
                drop of blood red cherry on top?

                Just Desserts is all about vengeance. Whether your character is dishing it out or tasting the well-deserved (or not) fruits of
                their actions, we want to hear stories of revenge. We’ll accept most genres, including science fiction, fantasy, mystery,
                horror (but keep the PG-13 rating in mind), romance, steampunk, Weird Western, and poetry of various types.
                We are especially looking for DIVERSE protagonists and characters, all races, including aliens, sexual orientations,
                disabilities, etc.

                RESTRICTIONS: No fan-fic or erotica. Keep the content PG-13, please. Limit profanity, seriously gory violence, and
                erotic content. We want to make this book available to young adult readers as well as adults. If you have questions about
                content, please feel free to email: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com

                SUBMISSION EMAIL: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com
                READING PERIOD: June 1 2016 to July 31, 2016 (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO JUNE 1, 2016)
                RELEASE DATE: October 2016

                SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Make this your best work. If we see spelling,
                grammar, and punctuation errors, we’ll reject your story. We will accept reprints if you have the current rights to them.

                LENGTH: Up to 7,000 words, but the “sweet” spot is between 3,000 and 5,000.

                FORMATTING: Standard manuscript formatting, please. Margins should be 1” to 1.5” sides, top, bottom. Indent the first
                lines of each paragraph, double space, italics for thoughts, etc. Please, use italics for italics not underlining. (This makes
                unnecessary work for your editors) Font should be 12 point Times New Roman or Courier. File should be in .doc format.
                No .docx.

                Include the following information on the first page:
                Full name (indicate your correct name in this header. If you are writing under an assumed name, list that beneath the title)
                Address
                Phone number
                Email
                Word Count
                Be Careful What You Wish For...
                SUBMISSION PERIOD: May 1, 2016 to June 15, 2016

                With all the various labels we apply to each other – and ourselves – more polarization is taking place in the world. So we
                are challenging you to create a universe where two opposing groups (i.e., conservatives, liberals, or any others) have
                colonized worlds in the same solar system. They can be on the same planet, but geographically separated. The idea is
                adversarial groups have separated themselves and set up new societies along their own ideological lines.

                We're not looking for stories making an argument for a position. We want stories harkening back to the golden age of
                Speculative fiction. Stories asking, WHAT IF?

                What if ideologues are able to set up their perceived utopias? What could go wrong?

                Here are some ideas:
                • Now that the old 'monsters' are gone — who (or what) become the new monsters?
                • What becomes of ideologues when they're responsible for running things? Not grand social issues, but mundane
                things (like getting parts for the sewer plant from the hated others)?
                • What does your own ideology taken too far look like?
                • When utopias turn into ‘private Idahos,’ do you try to fix or flee? Where's the decision point?
                • What holes in ideologies were covered by conflict that — now the conflict is gone —society is left to deal with?
                Facing such problems, how to remain true to the ideology? Or, to remain in power, does it turn to lip service?
                • Give the characters the utopia they want then put a monster (human or other) into the mix.
                • How does the new utopia handle someone who violates its beliefs?
                • Historically revolutions have been over control of established societies. How will the needs of colonizing a new
                planet change an ideology?

                Caveat: If you choose to write about the side opposite your own ideology —you must do your research. But it must come
                from sources from that side — not just yours. (When everything we ‘know’ about the motivations of the other side
                comes from our own sources, we end up with mustache-twiddling villains.)

                Be creative, be brave. Ask WHAT IF? Break the story-writing rules if you want. If you use a tried and true plotline, twist it
                in an original and interesting way. Original stories are preferred. Query for reprints.

                We're splitting questions and submissions.
                Questions. To set up a phone consultation, contact: marcmacyoung@earthlink.net
                Submission. In the Subject line please put Submission: Careful What You Wish For : Title of your story : Your name.
                Attach as an .rft or .doc file, please send to: editor@wolfsingerpubs.com

                Length 1,000-7,000 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well-written. Font should be Times Roman 12. Standard
                manuscript submission form must be used (e.g., double-space) Any manuscripts submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

                This will primarily be an anthology by invitation – but we will consider unsolicited stories, as well.
                Unsolicited submissions: May 1, 2016 (DO NOT SUBMIT PRIOR TO THIS DATE)
                Submissions close: June 15, 2016

                Release Date: Oct 2016
                Payment: $5.00 plus equal share of 50% of the anthology’s royalties.

                Will accept: Science fiction, Fantasy, Science fantasy, Steampunk, Alternate history, Space opera, Dieselpunk.
                No fan fiction, shared universes, or continuing serials. No erotica. No simultaneous submissions.

                ALL writers are encouraged to submit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting out,
                or a teenager, please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover e-mail, please tell the editor a bit about yourself and
                give a quick one-line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type so the editor doesn’t edit
                out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
                Love 'em, Shoot 'em
                SUBMISSION PERIOD: Feb 28, 2016 to June 30, 2016

                “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.” Quote is attributed to Annie Oakley and is the entire theme of
                anthology. The quote, NOT Annie Oakley. The famed western heroine is NOT required to be any of the stories. In fact, it
                would be better if she wasn’t.

                Writers have a lot of freedom to express the theme in any manner they want, and any variation on it. Does she love him and
                then shoot him? Does she shoot him and then love him? Does she love him and think about shooting him? Does she shoot
                him because she’ll never love him? Did she shoot him, he died, and then she falls in love with his ghost? Just some
                springboards to get everyone started.

                Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Western, Weird Western, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Fantasy,
                Steampunk, Mystery, Romance or combinations thereof.

                Editor wants parents to be able to hand the anthology to their teenage children with no fear of the content. So stories must
                be a PG13 rating, family friendly, no gore, no graphic violence, no sex or erotica, and limited cuss words, damn, hell are
                acceptable, but the F word is not. S word is borderline. NO fanfiction.

                Pieces expressing one’s faith, any belief system, are acceptable, as long it is part of the character or plot and not preachy.
                Submissions open 2/28/2016 and close 6/30/2016.

                In the subject line: Submissions : Love ‘em, Shoot ‘em. Title of your story and your name. Include in your cover email the
                number of words, a one to three sentence synopsis of your story and a little about yourself.

                Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, your contact info on the top left hand side and word count on the right.
                Attach as rtf document only!

                Word count from 1000-6000, but will consider longer stories if I’ve worked with you before and you ask permission. Query
                for reprints or questions.

                This is an open call so whether you’re previously published, or never have been, feel free to submit a story.

                Please, realize your story will be edited if chosen and the editor reserves the right to unaccept a story, if the writer fights over
                every single edit.

                Bios will be requested after all selections have been made from authors whose stories were accepted.

                Send submissions to: Dana Bell at dragonlots@yahoo.com

                Anthology will be published by WolfSinger Publications. Pays $5 advance and a percentage of the royalties.
                Contributor’s copies will be ebook copies.

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                • #9
                  Lethe Press has posted their anthology calls for 2016. This is a gay press looking to fill three original and one reprint anthology all with different themes (mostly in the speculative fiction genre). The deadlines vary, and payments range from 3cents a word to flat rates depending on length. You can find the details here.
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                  • #10
                    MVmedia's Dieselfunk! Anthology is now open for submissions!

                    Dieselfunk!
                    The Anthology
                    Submission Guidelines
                    Following the amazing success of the Steamfunk! Anthology, MVmedia, LLC, a small publisher specializing in speculative fiction by and about people of African/African Diaspora is opening submissions for our latest anthology, Dieselfunk!
                    What is Dieselfunk?
                    In the words of Balogun Ojetade, Dieselfunk is a type of fiction, film and fashion that combines the style and mood of the period between World War I and the early 1950s with Afrofuturistic inspiration. Dieselfunk tells the exciting untold stories of people of African descent during the Jazz Age. Think the Harlem Renaissance meets Science Fiction…think Chalky White (from “Boardwalk Empire”) doing battle with robots run amok in his territory…that is Dieselfunk!
                    MVmedia is seeking stories representative of this special genre, stories that combine science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal fiction with the feel and attitude of the historical area. Stories must contain a person or persons of African/African Diaspora descent as the main character or characters. Stories can take place in any part of the world and any time period between WWI and the 1950’s. Stories can also take place in alternate history landscapes as well as totally fictional worlds that contain the same visual and technological aesthetic.
                    Author Payment terms
                    Each writer will be paid $25.00 and receive a complimentary copy of the Dieselfunk! Anthology. MVmedia retains first publishing rights; ownership of the story returns to the writer after release of the anthology. Authors will also offered discount rates on future purchases of the anthology.
                    Submission Details
                    1). Word Count: 1,000 – 10,000 words
                    2). Font: Times New Roman
                    3). Format: Microsoft Word. Rich Text format
                    4). Pages must be numbered, with author’s name in the header of each page.
                    Note: Manuscripts not meeting the above requirements will not be accepted.
                    5). Manuscripts can be submitted either by snail mail or e-mail.
                    E-mail submissions: mv_media@bellsouth.net
                    Snail mail submissions: MVmedia, LLC, P.O. Box 1465, Fayetteville, GA 30214
                    6). Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

                    Dieselfunk Art
                    MVmedia is also seeking artists interested in illustrating scenes from stories selected for the Dieselfunk! anthology. Artwork will be black and white or grayscale, minimum 300 dpi in 6 x 9 dimensions. Payment rates will be negotiable based on the number of images assigned. If interested, contact us at mv_media@bellsouth.net and submit samples representative of the work.

                    Release Date information
                    The tentative release date for Dieselfunk is August 1, 2016. The actual date will be determined based on turnaround time by our print on demand provider. Thank you for your interest in this ground-breaking project. Good luck and most of all, have fun!

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                    • #11
                      Horrors of Hudson Valley

                      What they want:
                      We want original, supernatural horror stories set within the Hudson Valley Region within the State of New York (please note that New York City is NOT considered a part of the Hudson Valley). The time period for your story is up to you–past, present, future, alternate history–but it must take place whole or in part within the Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley is a real place, with a real history, so please respect the reality of the setting.

                      Scare us, creep us out, give us the shivers, make us laugh. Be Gothic, modern, Lovecraftian, Victorian, Steampunk, whatever. Just set your story in the Hudson Valley.
                      Deadline: June 1, 2016
                      Length: 2,000-8,000 words
                      Payment: $25 + contributor copy
                      Submission Guidelines: https://neilsenparty.wordpress.com/hvhorrors/
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                      • #12
                        http://ticonderogapublications.com/w...culative-tales

                        Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures Edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks

                        To be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2017

                        Human activity has forced the Earth into a new geological epoch. By 2050 the world’s population is expected to rise from the current seven billion to around 9.5 billion. The worst impacts will be felt by the world’s poorest people, victims of the developed world’s excesses. The Earth must brace itself for enormous changes in patterns of global temperature and rainfall, significant sea level rise, with huge effects on water and food security. Engineers and industrialists are currently faced with the challenge of inventing new sustainable technologies and the means of implementing them: technologies that may well improve our lives in ways we cannot yet anticipate. We are looking for optimistic stories envisioning the future of our world as we are impacted by and adapt to climate change. New narratives of radical transformation and sustainability. Stories exploring the end of carbon-capitalism, combatting inertia in our political systems, interrogating the technical and organisational challenges of clean energy generation, storage and distribution. Stories investigating nascent technologies and fossil fuel divestment, imagining pathways to the low-carbon world. Encouraging the belief that we will survive not only as a species, but as a civilisation by proposing alternatives to how we live. Stories showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite looming uncertainty. We are not looking for post-apocalyptic stories of dystopia and wretchedness, but of confidence in our ability to meet the challenges our future will bring us.

                        Guidelines Stories should be between 2000-10,000 words. Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions. Stories should be emailed to ecopunk@ticonderogapublications.com in .doc or .rtf format. The submissions period for unsolicited submissions is 15 May to 30 June 2016. Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, Times New Roman font, Australian English spelling.

                        Payment: 2 copies of print anthology and Aus 5 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment AUD$500) on publication.

                        Useful links: The End of Nature and Post-Naturalism: Fiction and the Anthropocene by James Bradley http://cityoftongues.com/2015/12/30/...-anthropocene/ Solarpunk: a new movement sees the future in a positive light http://www.abc.net.au/environment/ar...10/4122309.htm A ‘Third Way’ to Fight Climate Change by Tim Flannery http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/op...te-change.html If enough of us decide that climate change is a crisis worthy of Marshall Plan levels of response, then it will become one - Naomi Klein http://www.theguardian.com/environme...isis-needs-you - See more at: http://ticonderogapublications.com/w....bo2zny0H.dpuf
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                        • #13
                          http://www.sanguine.press/submission-requirements/

                          Sanguine Press is currently open for submissions to our first anthology, Transitions & Awakenings.
                          Deadline: June 30, 2016
                          Theme: I Regret Nothing
                          Too many characters spend their time brooding about the past, whether it’s missed opportunities or mistakes that led to misfortune down the line. For our first anthology, we want your stories with at least one character who has no regrets – either for a specific moment, or in general. Your story must feature a predominantly POC cast to be considered.
                          Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy, or Horror (no poetry, please)
                          Story Length: For this anthology, we’re looking for original, short fiction up to 10,000 words. While we’ll read a piece that’s slightly longer, we will absolutely not consider any story over 12,000 words. Your story must be complete within the stated word count – no serials or other multi-part pieces.
                          Pay: We pay .10/word for the first 1,000 words, .05/word for the next 5,000 words and .03/word after that.
                          Contract Overview: Our contract covers the right to publish your story within our digital and print anthology, as well as online at Sanguine Press for paying members. We ask for exclusive rights for one year, and non-exclusive after that. A full contract will be provided upon acceptance into the anthology.
                          No multiple submissions: Please only send us one story at a time, and wait for a response before sending another. We’re excited to get to read your work, but as a two-person team we have to do all we can to give as many authors as possible a fair chance to be read.
                          No simultaneous submissions: If you decide to submit to another publisher, please send us a note and withdraw your submission here, first. We ask this only because of time constraints, and this policy may change in the future when our staff expands.
                          No previously-published works: We’re thrilled to have published authors submit their work for consideration! But please, no work that has already been published elsewhere.
                          We solemnly swear we will respond to you whether your work is accepted or not, but please give us at least 2 (two) months to read and get back to you. If you haven’t heard from us by then, by all means, send us a note to see what’s up. We know that’s a long time to wait, and we thank you for being so patient with us!
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                          • #14
                            http://horrortree.com/taking-submiss...rs-at-my-door/
                            Deadline: June 1st, 2016
                            Payment: $25 CAN and a contributor’s copy

                            The Stars at my Door?
                            Yes – we think this is a suitable title for an anthology that celebrates the optimistic science fiction of yesteryear.
                            So you are looking for Olde Worlde writing?
                            Not at all (unless that is your thing). We just want stories that embrace the enthusiasm and optimism of ‘old school’ science fiction – stories that aren’t afraid to dream big, get a little weird, not bothered too much with being scientifically accurate, and still have a bit of a sting in the tail.
                            What should I be looking at to get a flavor of the sort of subs you are looking for?
                            Well, this anthology was born out of the publisher’s love for the short writing of Fredric Brown and Harry Harrison among others, specifically Brown’s extraordinary short stories to be found in ‘Nightmares and Geezenstacks’ and Harrison’s amazing tales based around the use of a ‘matter transmitter’ in ‘One Step from Earth’.
                            Aside from these, you should delve into the authors that sprung up during the ‘Golden Age’, folks like Heinlein, Brackett, Vance, E.E. Smith, Pohl, Bradbury, and anything John W. Cambell greenlit before he became too immersed in realism. Think Captain Video, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, with a dash of Verne.
                            That doesn’t mean we just want period pieces – your story can still be contemporary if you so desire, but it will be much harder to shrug off the shackles of modern cynicism and realist goals…
                            What should my story be about?
                            The sky’s the limit, however, we would prefer stories that deal with exploration, new discoveries, a yearning to reach beyond the stars. Meeting our preferred topic is half the battle.
                            The nitty-gritty
                            We are looking for stories around the 5000-7000 mark – we can be negotiated with if you go over or under this amount.
                            Payment will be a flat fee of $25 CAN plus one contributor copy of the paperback, a digital copy and 50% off future purchases of the anthology.
                            The submission period will open on February 1st and close on June 1st.
                            Stories can be sent to aprilmoonbooks@gmail.com – please use ‘Stars-storytitle-yourname-wordcount’ as the subject header.
                            Please refer to our ‘Submissions’ page for all of the other technical stuff, and feel free to contact us if you want more information.
                            Thank you, and good luck!
                            Via: April Moon Books.
                            http://horrortree.com/taking-submiss...-quarter-2016/
                            Deadline: May 31st, 2016
                            Payment: 5¢ a word

                            Before submitting to SpeckLit, please read the submission details below carefully, then fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to let us know a bit about yourself. Do not send us your submissions directly. We want to get to you know you first. Include your pen name, website, Twitter, and a link to your most recently published work (if you have one) in your initial contact.
                            Fiction: We are suckers for plot. If it ain’t got plot, it ain’t a story. We want each piece to have the feeling of a beginning, a middle, and an end (or inciting incident, attempt(s) to fix it, and climax). All fiction must be original. There are lots of places for fanfic – this isn’t one of them. And finally, of course, it also has to be speculative – fantasy, science fiction, myth fairy tale, dark fantasy, etc… – but no erotica and no gore. A well-placed swear word, the recognition that we are sexual beings, and off-camera violence are all okay, but within limits, eh? Besides, with the focus on plot, there’s no time to get all graphic.
                            Titles do not count as part of the 100 words, and after your drabble, add a bit of an explanation of how you got there from the topic (but remember to keep it short!).
                            Non-fiction: We also publish drabble-length reviews of spec-fic containing media – books, movies, video games, comics, TV shows (or even specific outstanding episodes of TV shows), etc… Make sure your reviews are non-nasty (negative reviews are fine, but be nice!), and of course, spoiler free. Again, you don’t have much space, so get to the point. Your hundred words do not need to include the title, author, director, stars, etc… Provide as much of that as you wish before the review itself.
                            As with fiction submissions, include your pen name, website, Twitter, and a link to your most recently published work (if you have one).
                            Payments: We believe that art is a business, and that content creators should be compensated, however, so fiction submissions are paid for at a professional rate (5¢ a word). Non-fiction submissions, however, do not receive compensation.
                            Multiple submissions: Given the brevity of the drabble form, we will accept up to 10 submissions at a time.
                            Publishing schedule: SpeckLit currently publishes approximately 150 stories a year (about one drabble every two days).
                            Submission periods: Decisions are made 4 times a year. The deadlines for each quarter are as follows:
                            • 1st Quarter (Jan-Mar): November 30
                            • 2nd Quarter (Apr-Jun): February 28
                            • 3rd Quarter (July-Sep): May 31
                            • 4th Quarter (Oct-Dec): August 31
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                              http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/open_subs.htmMonster Brawl!

                              Anthology: Horror
                              It's time to let the monsters loose!
                              We're looking for stories of monsters, either classical or spawned from your own imagination, fighting other monsters. Make the scale as grand or as simple as you like, however there must be a clear winner at the end - one of your creatures must die!
                              Nothing says you have to pit a single monster against another. Get creative, make this a fight for the ages! Go campy or serious; just make sure you're not infringing on the copyright or trademark of others. And please, no fan fiction that points directly to a specific pre-defined trope. A descendant of Van Helsing versus a werewolf or a vampire won't make the cut for this one.
                              It's time to get your game face on and craft a tale worthy of a Monster Brawl!
                              Deadline: May 1, 2016
                              Word Count: 4,000 - 8,000 words
                              All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
                              Reading & Evaluation Period: Two to three months after close of the deadline
                              NO REPRINTS WILL BE CONSIDERED
                              Payment: Each story selected for inclusion will receive a one-time payment of $25US plus one print copy of the book.
                              As per our standard guidelines, there will be no stories containing pedophilia, bestiality, or graphic rape accepted.



                              Anthology Submission guidelines:
                              Submission Deadline - May 1, 2016 Word Count: 4,000 - 8,000 words.
                              Payment: $25US per story selected for inclusion, plus one print copy of the book.
                              Copyright: First time worldwide copyright for a period of one year after publication.
                              Reprints will NOT be considered.
                              Graphic gore should be kept to a minimum unless it is integral to the story; absolutely no pedophilia, human bestiality or overtly descriptive and graphic rape scenes will be considered.
                              Only previously unpublished stories may be submitted. Upon acceptance into the anthology, you agree that Sirens Call Publications holds exclusive publishing rights for twelve (12) months from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Sirens Call Publications retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted anthology.
                              Formatting - all submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files formatted as follows: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, single line spacing, first line indent. Italicize what you would like italicized, bold what you would like bolded. We will not interpret formatting as anything other than it appears in the submitted document. Dialogue requires quotes ( " ), inner thought should be italicized, and spoken or remembered quotes should be encapsulated in single ticks ( ' ). Headers and Footers are not necessary, please do not include them. If there is any question about formatting, please contact our editor through the submission email address. submissions@sirenscallpublications.com
                              One print copy will be sent to each contributing authors; an unlimited number of discounted copies will be available to each contributing author for the lifetime of the book. Details are outlined in the contract.
                              Email your submission as an attachment to: submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
                              Submissions are to be directed to our submissions email address only. The subject line should contain: "SUBMISSION - (anthology title)' - (your story title)" or your submission will not be considered for this anthology.
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