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    Tales of Cartographic Wonders

    Maps, or graphical representations of spatial information, have shaped our world ever since people have put pen to paper, or stylus to a clay tablet, or chisel to stone. The focus of pirates searching for lost treasure or someone following a trail among the stars, maps in many guises have served humanity’s heroes and villains for a long time. What does the concept of maps inspire in you?
    Authors are invited to submit a story with a map, or maps, playing a central or pivotal role. You are open to interpret ‘map’ however you see fit, but you can use the following definitions to rein in your imagination.
    • A diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc.,
    • a picture or chart that shows the different parts of something,
    • something that represents with a clarity suggestive of a map (i.e. map of the mind),
    • the arrangement of genes on a chromosome (i.e. genetic map),
    • star charts, or
    • the correspondence of elements in one set to elements in the same set or another set (as in mathematics).
    Stories must include some elements of science fiction or fantasy, but can be of any sub-genre. In addition, if you would like to submit an accompany map with your story, that is fine. But keep in mind that we may not use it. The resulting anthology may include a limited number of graphical maps.
    Stories should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.
    Deadline for all submissions: July 31th, 2016
    To submit a story, email your story directly to nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com. Please double-space between paragraphs, single-space within. Also, do NOT tag your formatting. Simply use the italics, bold, centering commands of whatever program you use. Preferred file format is Google Document, Word DOC or DOCX, or RTF.
    • You must be a member of in good standing (no strikes) prior to submitting your story.
    • Your story must fall in the speculative fiction genre (including but not limited to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, etc.)
    • No fan-fiction
    • 5,000-10,000 words (firm)
    N. E. White (on behalf of will take exclusive, worldwide digital and print rights for 1 year. Payment is a flat $15 USD (paid via PayPal), plus an e-book copy of the anthology.
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  • #2
    Taking Submissions: The Prison Compendium

    Deadline: September 30th, 2016
    Payment: $0.01/per word and a contributor’s copy
    Reprints Allowed

    Bring us your best prison stories. Any genre. Any point of view. The story can be from the perspective of an inmate. It can be from the POV of a guard. It can be from the viewpoint of a family member visiting a lifer. It can be a prison ghost story. It can be about redemption, or a spiral down into oblivion. It can be about friendship, or prison gangs and rivalries. It can be about a riot. It can be about an ex-con, who’s gotten out and is struggling to reintegrate into an unforgiving society. As long as it holds true to the main theme of prison, it fits.
    Any genre works: historical fiction, paranormal, supernatural, drama, comedy, dark noir, mystery, etc. Just make certain your story has something to do with prison or confinement (incarceration). This can include inside a mental hospital, juvenile detention, or other correctional facility.
    Guidelines for Submissions:
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Payment: $0.01/per word + one contributor’s copy
    Word count: 1,500 – 6,000
    Acceptable file types: doc. and docx.
    Simultaneous/multiple submissions: Yes
    Reprints: Yes (payment is 1¢/per word)
    All submissions should be formatted 12 pt. Times New Roman. Please use auto-indent for paragraphs, and no space between paragraphs. In your cover letter, include your contact information and a brief bio. We are asking for six months exclusive rights for all accepted stories. All authors included in the anthology will receive two contributor’s copies. All authors will receive contributor listing on Amazon. We may send out rejections/acceptances before the deadline, but please do not query about your story’s status until October 11, 2016, or later. There is NO fee per submission.
    The final TOC of selected authors and stories will be announced on 10/10/2016. Again, authors may be contacted prior to this date, but please wait to query on the status of your story until 10/11/2016, if you haven’t already been contacted. Thank you.
    All submissions must be sent through our Submittable link here: Submittable.
    Questions? Please e-mail ‘Dear Editor’ at
    Here is a list of movies and books (or sometimes both) that helped inspire the idea for The Prison Compendium:
    The Green Mile (film and novel)
    Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (novella)
    The Shawshank Redemption (film)
    Dead Man Walking
    Escape From Alcatraz
    The Rock
    American History X
    The Longest Yard
    The Experiment
    Cool Hand Luke
    Orange is the New Black
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Caged Heat
    Dog Pound
    Amazing Stories – Life on Death Row (1986)
    The Twilight Zone – The Executions of Grady Finch (2003)
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    Scenes from ‘Walk the Line’
    An Innocent Man
    Return to Paradise
    Brokedown Palace
    Scenes from ‘Up Close & Personal’
    It’s Kind of a Funny Story
    Stir Crazy
    Boot Camp
    For regular updates and announcements on the Compendium, please join the Facebook page here:

    Via: EMP Publishing.
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    • #3
      Call Open: July 1- July 31
      Payment details: $30 per story
      Word count: 2000 - 8000 (flexible, but the longer the story the stronger it must be)
      Theme: Enchanted Forests
      Submission limit: Two stories per author max

      Take us deep into the forest and show us what we'll find within. Whether it's leafy branches hiding elfin lords or a steampunk graveyard covered in mechanical vines, we want to know what's hidden inside the forest and what dragons (or rogue robot monsters) our heroes will have to slay to make their way through. Paint us a vivid world that makes us want to explore the realm you create. Give us new heroes to love and villains we love to hate. We're looking for an eclectic mix of stories that give us a new view of the forest and features smart storytelling.

      Please no: Explicit violence or sex for shock value.

      Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. All submissions acknowledged within 5 days and acceptances notified by August 15. We look forward to reading your work.
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      • #4
        For the Brits here...

        for an anthology of new ghost stories due from IRON in 2017

        IRON Press is seeking submissions of previously unpublished ghost stories for a new anthology, Cold Iron, to be co-edited by Peter Mortimer and Eileen Jones. We're inviting writers resident in Great Britain or Ireland to submit a maximum of two short stories (1500 to 3000 words per story) by post only please and including SAE to 'Cold Iron', IRON Press, 5 Marden Tce, Cullercoats, North Shields, NE30 4PD.
        Traditionally, ghost stories are pleasurably scary, suitable for telling round the hearth or the campfire, but they can incorporate serious moral themes as well as humour and romance. We share M. R. James' views that ghost stories work best when set near the audience's/readers' own time, invoking a chilling contrast between the known world and the menace of the paranormal, and that gratuitous violence should be avoided. Submit ghost stories only please - we're not looking for stories that really belong in the sci-fi cosmos, vampire crypt, zombie graveyard or werewolf woodlands. Also we're not looking for poetry or (see minimum word count) flash fiction.
        Closing date: 30th September 2016. Contributing writers will receive a payment of £50 per included story and one free copy of the anthology, and will be able to buy further copies at trade price. And - advance warning to those of a nervous disposition - we're already investigating some suitably spooky options for launch events in 2017.
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        • #5

          HEART OF STEEL — LGBTQIA — Knights are a well-established presence in the fiction landscape, from historical fiction to fantasy to romance. Be they chivalrous or ruthless, high or low born, noble warriors or dishonored soldiers, tales of knights are endlessly appealing—for their loyalty, their love, and all that they will do to serve and protect those to whom they are sworn. Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about knights and all they are willing to do and endure for the sake of those they love and protect.
          Editor’s note: We would like for this anthology to cover the full range of the spectrum. While all stories will be considered, preference will be given to stories featuring characters that are not cis-gay.
          THE DETAILS:
          • Deadline is September 30, 2016 (give or take, we won’t kill you for sending it off the following morning).
          • Put SUBMISSIONS: HEART OF STEEL in the subject line.
          • Stories should be at least 10,000 words and should not exceed approx 20,000 words in length.
          • Stories must revolve around the theme of knights.
          • Stories may be any pairing except cisgender heterosexual M/F (trans* M/F, M/M, F/F, poly, ace/aro, and all permutations thereof are acceptable).
          • Stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) end.
          • Any sub-genre is gladly accepted: sci-fi, mystery, contemporary, steampunk, etc.
          • All usual LT3 submission guidelines apply.
          Heart of Steel is a general release anthology, which means authors will receive a flat payment of $200.00 once LT3 has a signed contract. Examples: Lovely, Dark and Deep, A Touch of Mistletoe. Authors will receive one copy each of the ebook formats LT3 produces and two copies of the paperback compilation.
          Stories should be complete before submitting, and as edited as possible—do not submit a first draft. They can be submitted in any format (doc, docx, rtf, odt, etc) preferably single spaced in an easy to read font (Times, Calibri, Arial) with no special formatting (no elaborate section separation, special fonts, etc). Additional formatting guidelines can be found here.
          Questions should be directed to the Editor in Chief, Samantha M. Derr, at (or you can ping her on twitter @rykaine). Submissions should be sent to
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          • #6

            Phobos has posted the theme for their next submission call for "Phobos Four: Deep Black Sea". Submissions open of May 1 and end July 31. Do not submit before May 1. They're looking for flash to 1000 words and shorts to 2500 words. Payment is 5cents a word. According to their FAQ page they want "short pulp fiction that could have fit between a story by Robert E. Howard and HP Lovecraft in a 1927 issue of Weird Tales". They also note that flash pieces have a better chance of acceptance as they'll be publishing more of those than the longer pieces. You can find the details here and be sure to check out their FAQ page for more details.
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            • #7
              -$2,000 PRIZE FOR FIRST PLACE, $1,000 PRIZE FOR SECOND PLACE
              -4 RUNNERS UP EACH RECEIVE PRIZE OF $500
              1. No entry fee is required to enter the contest.
              2. By entering the contest, contestants acknowledge that they have read the instructions.
              3. Prize money constitutes compensation to the winning authors in exchange for the purchase by the contest of exclusive print and electronic rights of the story for a period of one (1) year following the first date of publication of the story.
              4. All entries must be original works written in English. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated.
              5. Only citizens or legal residents of the United States are eligible to enter the contest.
              6. Professional authors are not eligible to enter the contest. A professional author is defined as someone who has accepted payment and/or signed contracts for published fiction in the amount of either a) three paid published works of short fiction at a minimum average compensation rate of 6 cents per word with a total compensation of at least $800; or b) a work of long fiction (40,000 words or greater) for which the author was paid at least $2,000 in compensation.
              7. Entries must by works of prose not to exceed 8,000 words in length.
              8. Excessive or gratuitous violence, language, or sexual content will not be tolerated.
              9. The story must be written on and conform to the official prompt of the contest year. The prompt for the 2016 contest year is: Cities of Empowerment.
              10. All entries must be submitted electronically through the submission form available on the contest website.
              11. Entries must be double-spaced, follow standard manuscript format, with the title and page number on each page. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere within the contest entry.
              12. Each contestant may submit only one entry per contest year.
              13. The prizes for the contest shall consist of one (1) first place prize in the amount of $2,000, one (1) second place prize in the amount of $1,000, and four (4) runner up prizes in in the amount of $500 each. As noted, prize money is considered compensation in exchange for the purchase of story publication rights by the contest. As such, compensation will consist of a minimum amount of $.0625 (6.25 cents) per published word.
              14. Winners will be individually notified by contest staff.
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              • #8
                Strigidae Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Ceto's Brine". They're looking for ocean themed horror stories of 5000 to 12,000 word. The genres for this one are Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Horror Erotica. The deadline is July 31, 2016 and payment is $30. You can find the details here.
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                • #9

                  Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins
                  Edited by Kelsi Morris and Derek Newman-Stille
                  Exile Editions

                  Fairy tales are often about the encounter with the strange, fantastic, and otherworldly. They are frequently used as texts of warning, inspiring conformity by telling people what they shouldn’t do. We want to explore the power of fairy tales as texts of resistance, as ways of speaking back to those power structures that try to get us to conform. Over the Rainbow will be an anthology that explores the power of fairy tales to introduce the under-represented. We encourage authors to explore Queer (LGBTIA2 and QUILTBAG) stories, tales of people with disabilities, tales of mental health, poly relationships, and bodily diversity. Our hope is to use fairy tales to smash tradition and reshape it with (dis)enchantment.
                  Over the Rainbow seeks to bring readers into the woods where transformations and new beginnings can happen. We hope to play with traditional fairy tale tropes in unconventional ways, offering a shattered mirror image of our world and our imagination. This includes an exploration of fairy tales through all genres – horror, humour, slipstream, steampunk, cyberpunk, science fiction, western, urban fantasy, magical realism, etc. We hope to see non-western fairy tales, fairy tales that explore new family dynamics and relationships, fairy tales that explore different bodies, and fairy tales that push boundaries into the strange and otherworldly.
                  We are interested in exploring new perspectives on traditional tales. For example:
                  • What is going through the minds of the kitchen staff while a traditional fairy tale is occurring?
                  • What if Cinderella lost her cybernetic leg?
                  • What are the traditional fairy tales that goblins tell their children?
                  • What do coffee sprites do when confronted with milk goblins?
                  • What if a dragon showed up in Toronto?
                  • What would happen if a fairy godmother became fed up with helping mortals with all of their problems?
                  • What if the internet manifested its own djinn?
                  • What if fairy tale creatures started their own freak show?
                  • What do we find on the other side of the Norse rainbow bridge Bifrost?
                  We want tales that will let us venture into the woods and encounter our Others, but they don’t need to be the Northern woods. There is a rich history of fairy tales in Canada, but the stories themselves don’t need to be set in Canada. We hope to provide an opportunity for writers to explore all types of real and fictional landscapes. We welcome creative revisions and reexaminations of folklore, legend, fable, and myth along with subjects traditionally considered fairy tales.

                  SUBMISSION DETAILS:
                  Your submission can be in any genre that suits the theme of your story.
                  Length: 2000 to 5000 words.
                  Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy.
                  All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada.
                  We are hoping to include a wide range of diverse voices and interpretations, including writers of colour and of indigenous/Native heritage, Francophone writers, writers with disabilities, LGBTQ2IA (or QUILTBAG or Queer-identified) writers, and new generation writers (aged 18-30). We encourage writing from authors who come from under-represented groups since Exile cares a lot about the multiplicity of voices and perspectives that make up Canada.
                  No multiple submissions. If you received a rejection before the deadline, you may submit a new work.
                  We are looking for original fiction only. No reprints, please.
                  Submit stories in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx, or RTF with indented paragraphs, italics in in italics, and bold in bold. Include full contact information and word count on the first page. Include a cover letter (name, story title, and word count, contact information, previous publications) in the body of the email.
                  Submissions in English only, although stories translated into English are also acceptable.
                  Rights purchased: First English-Language Rights & Non-exclusive Anthology Rights (Print and eBook).
                  Indicate in the subject line: Submission: Story Title, Last Name.
                  Deadline: August 31, 2016.
                  Reading Period: September 1- September 31 2016 and replies will come by October 15th, 2016.
                  Submit via submittable at

                  If you have any questions or would like to send us a query, please contact us at
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                  • #10
                    Deadline: July 31, 2016
                    Payment: $25 plus one contributor’s copy

                    Many of the Christmas stories we hold dear in Western culture focus around male figures – Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, the Krampus, Rudolph and Frosty. But if you look to the past, female figures were central to family and hearth celebrations occurring on or around the Winter Solstice. Do some research and tell us your own unique story about the feminine spirit in the Yuletide.
                    Here’s some links to get you started:
                    What we don’t want to see:
                    Gratuitous anything – violence, sex, profanity, doesn’t matter. If it is not integral to the story and it’s not advancing the plot or character development, we don’t want to see blood, gore, or sex just for shock value’s sake (this goes for language too). We are not opposed to violence, sex, or profanity – as long as it belongs in the story and it’s not just there to shock and titillate. Some things would be a very hard sell for us, like rape or torture of any sort, and torture of children or animals will get an immediate rejection. Think of how far we’re willing to go based on the well known movie rating system – if it would qualify for a PG, PG-13, or R rating, we’ll look at it. If it would be NC-17 or up, we’ll have to pass, thank you.
                    Word Count:
                    We’re looking for stories that fall in the 3,000 to 10,000 word range. We will consider looking at stories outside this range, but they need to be just too good for us to pass up. You have a much better chance if you keep the word count within our range. Please query us before sending a story outside of the word count guidelines.
                    We prefer unpublished, original fiction. You may query about reprints, but to be perfectly honest, unless 1) it’s an absolutely perfect fit for the book and so well-written that we can’t bear not to print it, or 2) you’re an author with a lot of name recognition and a significant publication history who can help drive book sales simply by being in the book, we’re not likely to accept it. Better to just send us something original.
                    We wish to purchase exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for one year, and non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for a period of five years after that, with the option to re-negotiate additional years of rights after that.
                    Onetime fee of $25 plus one contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Payment is on publication.
                    Sending your submission:
                    We will be accepting electronic submissions only. Make sure you put “Solstice” in your email subject line. No simultaneous or multiple submissions please. Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file to submissions at otterlibris dot com. Please include your name and contact information in the document.
                    Submission Window:
                    We will be open for submissions for the anthology beginning on May 1, 2016 and close to submissions on July 31, 2016. Any submissions received outside of this window will be deleted unread. We expect to respond to submissions throughout the window with a “no, thanks” or “we’d like to hold this for further consideration,” with final decisions going out approximately four to six weeks after the closing date.
                    Expected Publication Date:
                    We expect publish this anthology in November 2016 (just in time for the holiday shopping season).
                    Via: Otter Libris.
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                    • #11

                      What they want:
                      Krampus is the "corrective" to Saint Nick or Santa's indulgence and generosity. He carries a switch and chains, and sometimes throws very rotten children in a basket he carries on his back. He has horns, hooves, and a creepy, long tongue. He's horrible and fascinating at the same time. You can learn a lot about him from this site, and you should read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus as well, to see what we like. But we are interested in new, fresh stories, not retreads of what we have already published. We’re looking for short stories that explore every possible Krampus angle. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.
                      Submission Period: May 15, 2016 to August 15, 2016
                      Length: 1,000 to 10,000 words
                      Payment: $10 + contributor copy
                      Submission Guidelines:
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                      • #12

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                        • #13

                          Tales of the Sunrise Lands

                          An Anthology of Japanese Fantasy

                          Japan has a unique culture, with a deep tradition of legends and stories of the fantastic. This anthology seeks to explore that tradition, with stories set in fantasy Japan.
                          We seek stories set in the fantasy analogue of Japan. While many stories will be set in the legendary past, all styles of fantasy literature will be considered, such as modern/urban fantasy, magical realism, and weird fiction. No science-fiction for this anthology please, focus more on magic, mythology and legend rather than technology, science and future (although those boundaries are understandably fuzzy).
                          The anthology will be headlined with a story by Richard Parks - who is known for his Yamada Monogatari series among other works. I have several more stories for the anthology already, so remaining spaces are limited.
                          While I am open to any excellent story that fits the anthology, here are some things I would like to see in the remaining slots.
                          • Kishotenketsu and other Japanese styles of story structure differing from traditional Western forms. This article has a good discussion of Kishotenketsu.
                          • More generally, stories that follow a more Japanese rather than western modes and themes.
                          • A kitsune story. I have great one which will be in 'Myriad Lands' and I need another.
                          • Something with Japanese gardens.
                          • A few stories set in specific and varied periods of Japanese history.
                          While not a specific request, the editor likes the works of Hayao Miyazaki, as well as Kurosawa's 'Dreams'. One could do worse than emulating the spirit of these works by such master story-tellers.
                          LENGTH: 1500-6000 words. We will consider a select few longer works, but query first.
                          RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 1 year from date of release. Non-exclusive rights to keep the anthology in print afterwards.
                          PAYMENT: £0.03/word (approx. 5¢/word US). Contributor's copy. Payment will be made when story line-up is finalized.
                          SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1st August 2016.
                          PROCEDURE: attach an RTF or DOC or ODF or Plain Text file in an email. Send to
                          In the e-mail include your:
                          • Legal Name (to whom a payment would be made out)
                          • Pen Name (if any - how you would like to be credited in print)
                          • Mailing Address
                          • Word Count
                          • Brief summary of publication experience (no need to list all credits)
                          We will judge submissions based on the writing, not on your cover letter, so don't spend too much effort trying to impress us with it.
                          Please make the file name the same as the title of the story.
                          Authors with a personal or family connection to Japan are especially encouraged to apply.

                          If you have any questions, contact .
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                          • #14
                            NEW ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Tales of the Once and Future King

                            • Submission Period: May 16, 2016 – July 16, 2016
                            • We will accept .doc and .docx submissions ONLY
                            • Only standard manuscript format accepted
                            • Payment: Pro Rata depending on the number of stories accepted – an equal percentage of royalties will be split
                            • Word Count: Anywhere between 500-10,000 words
                            • Poetry WILL be considered
                            • Send stories to
                            • E-mail subject: SUBMISSIONS/Story Title
                            Calling all writers! As of today, I am opening up submissions to a new anthology: “Tales of the Once and Future King”. This will be an anthology of juvenile stories about King Arthur and all things Arthurian related. Juvenile is a broad term that can mean anything from a “Chronicles of Narnia” reading level to the later Harry Potter books.
                            The guidelines are very broad. Since it’s juvenile:
                            • No sex
                            • No unnecessary gore
                            • No nihilism
                            HOWEVER – “juvenile” is not the same as “sanitized”. So:
                            • There CAN be romance
                            • There CAN be fighting
                            • Things CAN get dark
                            We don’t want to see stories that talk down to children. Children are young, not morons.
                            No stories that insult the Arthurian tradition. This means nothing like “And King Arthur was really a BAD King and later scribes changed it!” or “Chivalry is sexist and horrible and the knights were all misogynist pigs”. This is one that’s more on our end than yours – if you think it might work, submit it, and we’ll see what we think.
                            Stories that insult Christianity probably won’t be accepted. I have no problem if you’re more interested in things like Druidic mysticism or Paganism than Christianity, it’s just flat-out insults I’m not really interested in. Once again, if you’re not sure, submit it and we’ll make the call.
                            “Arthurian” is a broad term. If any of the knights are mentioned, or the Holy Grail, or Merlin, we probably will count it. If you’re not sure, submit it and cross your fingers. The stories can be set literally anywhere or any time. If you want to submit a story where Arthur and his knights are fighting Lovecraftian Eldritch abominations, or Arthur is a pirate, or they’re all cave men, go to town.
                            The anthology will be edited by myself and my assistant editor, Mariel Marchetta. It will be released in September. Simultaneous submissions ARE permitted so long as you tell us IMMEDIATELY if you decide to go with another publisher.
                            Now go crazy! This should be fun.
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                            • #15

                              Penny Dread Tales v5

                              Penny Dread Tales Volume 5 is a GO!
                              This is a call for submissions for the next installment of the Penny Dread Tales series. The deadline for submissions is July 25th, 2016, and we’re shooting for a publication date of December, 2016.
                              The theme for this volume of steampunk short fiction is heroism and heroes. The story length can be anything from 1,000 to 10,000 words. We’re still pretty small, so it’s a token payment proposition, with a free copy for each accepted story. Also, contributors can get author copies for 10% over cost plus shipping, which gives you a good option for selling copies at your own events and making some money.
                              Send all submission to PDT5Submit (AT) RuneWright (DOT) com. (Yes, that’s an email. Fill in the stuff so SPAM web crawlers don’t bury me with bad submissions)
                              Submissions must be in Standard Manuscript Format:
                              • Title on first page
                              • By line on first page
                              • 1 Inch Margins
                              • Times Roman 12pt
                              • Double Spaced (No Tabs, use styles)
                              Include on your first page header:
                              • Legal Name
                              • Pen Name
                              • eMail
                              • Mailing Address
                              • eMail Address
                              Include on subsequent header:
                              • Last name of legal name
                              • Story Title
                              • Page Number
                              Attach your RTF or DOCX file to your email, and feel free to include a very brief cover letter in your email including story genre, word count, and log line.
                              Can’t wait to see your stories!

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