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  • April/May/June 2018 Submission Calls

    https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unide...funny-objects/


    Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous SF/F. Past headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc. For UFO6 we’re seeking all style and sub-genres of speculative humor.
    SUBMISSION WINDOW: April 1 – April 30, 2017
    LENGTH: 500-5000 words.
    PAYMENT: $0.10 per word + contributor copy. Payment will be made upon acceptance. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal, but you may request a check.
    FORMAT: RTF or DOC. Standard Manuscript Format or something close to it (We won’t take points off if you prefer Courier over Times New Roman or some such).
    SEND TO: Upload your stories via this submissions link.
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  • #2
    http://www.darkmoondigest.com/open-c...-pizza-horror/
    We know we have a tendency to say, “Attention writers! Some new hotness!” but this is literally some new burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hotness. Inspired mostly by David James Keaton’s struggle to find good pizza in California and pitching ideas to Max Booth when he’s hungry after working a 12-hour shift at the Overlook, get ready for…
    TALES FROM THE CRUST: An Anthology of Pizza Horror
    edited by Keaton and Booth and published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
    Originally Keaton was thinking of calling it PIZZA MY SKULL because there’s a pizza place around San Jose called Pizza My Heart, meaning “piece of my heart,” and so he thought a “piece of my skull” joke would be hilarious. Turns out that’s a lot of assumptions to make about a gag. Also their pizza is gross. Luckily, George Cotronis brainstormed a much better title (though it might make people wonder if there’s a “Crustkeeper/Cryptkeeper” hosting the show). Speaking of Mr. Cotronis! Holy lord look at the cover art he’s come up with. WE WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD…

    This is exactly the vibe we’re going for here. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.
    Now, you may be thinking: pizza horror taken seriously? What the good goddamn could I possibly write?
    Good question! We don’t know. But we sure would like to read it.
    That’s where you come in.
    Write us a pizza story, and make it scary.

    Story length: 1k – 5k
    Payment: $0.03 per word
    Multiple submissions: Yes
    Simultaneous submissions: Yes
    Reprints: Query first

    Deadline: June 1, 2018

    Send submissions to pizzamyskull@gmail.com with “[STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR NAME] – [WORD COUNT]” in the subject line.
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    • #3
      http://albanlake.com/city-in-the-ice/

      City in the Ice

      CITY IN THE ICE
      Timeline
      There are very few places left in this world that haven’t been explored, mapped, and inhabited. The majority of the surface of the earth is known down to the millimeter. However, a few mysteries do remain. The depths of the oceans evade discovery simply because of their inaccessibility. Likewise, the icy stretches of the last great continent that continues to resist human knowledge: Antarctica. Recent archeological finds confirm that Antarctica was once at least temperate if not subtropical millennia ago. Various authors have recounted, through their fictions, stories relayed to them by survivors of the few successful forays into the icy continent’s heart. In 1819, the San Telmo, a Spanish ship of the line, was lost off the coast of Antarctica with all 644 aboard. Since then, tales have surfaced in rumor, fiction, and legend about the terrors haunting the vast wasteland surrounding the nether pole of the world.
      The place was one of singular wildness, and its aspect brought to my mind the descriptions given by travellers of those dreary regions marking the site of degraded Babylon. Not to speak of the ruins of the disruptured cliff, which formed a chaotic barrier in the vista to the northward, the surface of the ground in every other direction was strewn with huge tumuli, apparently the wreck of some gigantic structures of art; although, in detail, no semblance of art could be detected. Scoria were abundant, and large shapeless blocks of the black granite, intermingled with others of marl, and both granulated with metal. Of vegetation there were no traces whatsoever throughout the whole of the desolate area within sight. Several immense scorpions were seen, and various reptiles not elsewhere to be found in the high latitudes.
      from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)
      …I beheld a schooner-rigged vessel lying in a sort of cradle of ice, stern-on to the sea. A man bulked out with frozen snow, so as to make his shape as great as a bear, leaned upon the rail with a slight upwards inclination of his head, as though he were in the act of looking fully up to hail me…and the instant I saw him I knew him to be dead. He was the only figure visible. The whole body of the vessel was frosted by the snow into the glassy aspect of the spars and rigging, and the sunshine striking down made a beautiful prismatic picture of the silent ship.
      She was a very old craft. The snow had moulded itself upon her and enlarged without spoiling her form. I found her age in the structure of her bows, the headboards of which curved very low round to the top of the stem, forming a kind of well there, the after-part of which was framed by the forecastle bulkhead, after the fashion of ship-building in vogue in the reign of Anne and the first two Georges. Her topmasts were standing, but her jibboom was rigged in. I could find no other evidence of her people having snugged her for these winter quarters, in which she had been manifestly lying for years and years. I traced the outlines of six small cannons covered with snow, but resting with clean-sculptured forms in their white coats; a considerable piece of ordnance aft, and several petararoes or swivel-pieces upon the after-bulwark rails. Gaffs and booms were in their places, and the sails furled upon them. The figuration of the main hatch showed a small square, and there was a companion or hatch-cover abaft the mainmast. There was no trace of a boat. She had a flush or level deck from the well in the bows to a fathom or so past the main-shrouds; it was then broken by a short poop-deck, which went in a great spring or rise to the stern, that was after the pink style, very narrow and tall.
      Though I write this description coldly, let it not be supposed that I was not violently agitated and astonished almost into the belief that what I beheld was a mere vision, a phenomenon. The sight of the body I examined did not nearly so greatly astound me as the spectacle of this ice-locked schooner. It was easy to account for the presence of a dead man… But the ship, perfect in all respects, was like a stroke of magic.
      from The Frozen Pirate, William Clark Russell (1887)
      …we beheld on the distant horizon ahead the spires of a mighty city; and the bearded man said to me: “This is Thalarion, the City of a Thousand Wonders, wherein reside all those mysteries that man has striven in vain to fathom.” And I looked again, at closer range, and saw that the city was greater than any city I had known or dreamed of before. Into the sky the spires of its temples reached, so that no man might behold their peaks; and far back beyond the horizon stretched the grim, grey walls, over which one might spy only a few roofs, weird and ominous, yet adorned with rich friezes and alluring sculptures. I yearned mightily to enter this fascinating yet repellent city, and besought the bearded man to land me at the stone pier by the huge carven gate Akariel; but he gently denied my wish, saying: “Into Thalarion, the City of a Thousand Wonders, many have passed but none returned. Therein walk only daemons and mad things that are no longer men, and the streets are white with the unburied bones of those who have looked upon the eidolon Lathi, that reigns over the city.”
      from The White Ship, H.P. Lovecraft (1919)
      For this place could be no ordinary city. It must have formed the primary nucleus and center of some archaic and unbelievable chapter of earth’s history whose outward ramifications, recalled only dimly in the most obscure and distorted myths, had vanished utterly amidst the chaos of terrene convulsions long before any human race we know had shambled out of apedom. Here sprawled a Palaeogaean megalopolis compared with which the fabled Atlantis and Lemuria, Commoriom and Uzuldaroum, and Olathoë in the land of Lomar, are recent things of today—not even of yesterday; a megalopolis ranking with such whispered pre-human blasphemies as Valusia, R’lyeh, Ib in the land of Mnar, and the Nameless city of Arabia Deserta. As we flew above that tangle of stark titan towers my imagination sometimes escaped all bounds and roved aimlessly in realms of fantastic associations—even weaving links betwixt this lost world and some of my own wildest dreams concerning the mad horror at the camp.
      from At the Mountains of Madness, H. P. Lovecraft (1931)
      Ideas that something still lies waiting to be discovered in the wilds of the last continent run rife. We explore the real and unreal in this volume, fiction and fact, as hard as they are to separate in the miasma of mystery that surrounds the City in the Ice.
      1900
      A (fictional) British polar expedition discovers a rift in the Antarctic ice after a massive earthquake, revealing the ruins of a city designed by something other than humans. A single survivor of the expedition is found wandering the coast by a passing ship, nearly dead and totally insane.
      1904
      A (fictional) British expedition is sent to determine the fate of the 1900 expedition. None return.
      1908
      A second (fictional) British expedition is sent to determine the fate of the two previous expeditions. A single survivor relates what was found – a city in the ice, the remains of the previous expeditions – but the survivor is later found dead under mysterious circumstances, the body mutilated almost beyond recognition.
      1915
      A (fictional) British survey expedition observes what appears to be a glacier of blood pouring into the sea off the Antarctic coast. Investigation reveals a huge cavern entrance. The ship is later found drifting at sea without a crew. The ship’s log indicates a landing party brought back something from the cavern, then the log ends.
      1918
      A (fictional) Norwegian polar expedition disappears. Some of its dogs make it back to base, covered in a strange substance that causes those who handle them to hallucinate violently.
      1933
      A (possibly true) secret Nazi expedition, following up on the reports of previous expeditions, ventures into the area and disappears. {based somewhat on Der Fuerher’s want of artifacts or relics to help him rule}
      1946
      A (possibly true) secret Argentine expedition consisting of German expats and Argentine locals tries to find out what happened to the 1933 group. At the first sight of the city, the Argentines turn back. The Germans go on and disappear.
      1946-1947
      A (fictional) follow-up German aerial survey loses radio contact as it approaches the site of the city. Operation Highjump (actual event) leads to establishment of American base on continent but suffers extensive casualties. One plane lost “during a blizzard,” December 1946.
      1952
      A (fictional) United Nations polar aerial survey sights evidence of German 1947 crash, sends out land party to investigate which vanishes.
      1969
      A (fictional) French-Italian archeological expedition stumbles on information about the previous German expeditions and debates investigating the truth behind the reports. They decide to try but at their base three days later, they hear “a distant noise similar to an unearthly howling” that continues for several days, echoing across the icy landscape. The French decide not to pursue the reports. The Italians decide to go on and do not return.
      2002
      Satellites find a massive gravitational anomaly in Wilkes Land, indicating a gigantic mass over one kilometer under the ice. (True story!)
      2003
      While observing the November solar eclipse (actual event), some at (fictional) Jundo Station in Antarctica believe they see what appears to be something falling to earth in the direction of the pole. Investigators sent out from the base hear “strange sounds” and report by radio before disappearing.
      2004-2008
      Actual increasing global volcanic activity – some hypothesize it indicates subterranean movement, but what kind?
      2005
      January 10 = a (fictional) Indian research vessel traveling near the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the real disastrous tsunami observes an island rise from the sea. Telescopic observation reveals the possibility of artificial structures on the island but by the time the ship reaches the location, the island has sunk back into the sea.
      2011
      March 11 = A (fictional) Philippine ship off the coast of Japan sees an island rise from the sea and believes there is evidence of artificial structures on it. Again, the island sinks before it can be further investigated. Cause of Japanese tsunami.
      2017
      September 30 = Vanuatu island Ambae is evacuated because of volcanic activity (true).
      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
      We want to know about the denizens and history of the City in the Ice. Is it a dwelling-place of the Old Ones? Are they still resident or have they abandoned its hoary edifices to the mercilessness of time?
      Refer to the timeline. Your submission must fall somewhere therein and mention at least two previous events, whether fictional or actual. There are some other things to remember, things to avoid.
      • Sexual content not inherent to the storyline. No pornography.
      • Explicit description of torture or sacrifice, human or otherwise. As a plot device, there is a way to present this without resorting to splatter.
      • Violence or abuse against a minor, infant to teenager.
      • Overuse of profane language. People curse. But not every sentence.
      • Hate language against a race, creed, or gender. Against monstrous races and gods, that’s okay.
      • Quoting previously published material not in the public domain. This is a legal issue and will not be tolerated at all.
      HOW TO SUBMIT
      Please be advised, any stories that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted unread
      ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
      • 3,000 to 10,000 words, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font.
      • First page of manuscript must contain name, mailing address, and word count.
      • Email subject line to read “Story submission – [title]” and must contain a short biography (no more than 200 words), previous publications if any, word count and contact information.
      • No reprints, simultaneous or multiple submissions.
      • No poetry.
      • Email submissions in RTF or DOC format only. Absolutely no DOCX files.
      Email all submissions to cityintheice@yahoo.com with manuscript as an attachment.
      Do not include the story in the body of the email.
      Closing date for submissions is 30 June 2018.
      Payment will be $25.00 per story, regardless of word count and will be made via PayPal whenever possible. If not, please advise upon receipt of contract as to preferred method. Direct any questions to cityintheice@yahoo.com. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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      • #4
        http://edgewebsite.com/books/tess22/t22-catalog.html
        Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two), will be OPEN for submissions from January 15, 2018 - May 15, 2018.
        Submissions will close May 15, 2018.
        FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE

        About the Series:


        ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:

        Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two) is an anthology of short fiction which examines the magic behind the history, the myths arising from the artifacts, the mysteries missed (or dismissed), but which lie at the root of world events. The editors want tales that explore laws magical as well as physical, the manipulation of reality in the past, resulting in the present. History, sorcery, alchemy, mystery. All with the sense of 'what if?'
        For example:
        • What if a curse unleased by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales?
        • What if Egyptian hieroglyphics were incantations that moved pharaohs into the future instead of an afterlife?
        • What if the terracotta army from the Qin Shi Huang dynasty were golem soldiers, waiting to be animated through magic
        • What if Picasso's Guernica was a magical attempt to fight Franco during the Spanish Civil War?
        • What if Paul Revere's silversmithing was a spell enacted to fight England during the American Revolution?
        • What if Elizabeth I was a witch, employing Drake to find a forgotten, powerful artifact to grant her godhead?
        • What if Haida totems animated and walked the coast?
        • These are only a sampling of the sorts of story ideas the editors are looking for.
        Alternate histories will be considered, but we are inclined to choose work that considers actual world events and characters, and how some form of magic has manipulated history in a subtle way.
        SUBMISSION Guidelines (See details below):

        • Alchemy and Artifacts will reflect as broad a spectrum of stories as possible, highlighting unique styles and manners. The greater the magic or magical event and the subtler (yet dramatic) effect it has on history, the better. The editors want to raise questions about the reality of magic behind events.
        • The editors are looking to represent as many historical periods as possible, from places all over the world.
        • Submissions must be speculative in nature, including fantasy, dark fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, supernatural horror, weird tales, surrealism, mythic fantasy, etc. We will consider steampunk, but with an emphasis on magic rather than technology.
        • Short fiction may be up to 5,000 words in length;shorter works preferred.
        • The editors will also consider short poetry.
        • The Tesseracts anthology series is only open to submissions from Canadians, landed immigrants living in Canada, long time residents of Canada, and Canadian expatriates living abroad.
        • Canadian authors who write in languages other than English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the author. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.
        The submission period is from January 15 to May 15, 2018.
        ABOUT THE EDITORS:

        Susan MacGregor is the author of The Tattooed Witch trilogy, a historical fantasy set in an alternate Spain in 1550. The first book of the trilogy, The Tattooed Witch was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award. A prior editor of 20+ years with On Spec magazine, she has also edited the anthologies Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, and Divine Realms . Her short fiction has appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies, the most recent being in Equus and Fire. Her non-fiction book, The ABC’s of How NOT to Write Speculative Fiction has been the basis of writing workshops and is also featured on her blog at suzenyms.blogspot.com.
        As well as being a writer and an editor, Susan devotes much of her time practicing and performing her other passion – flamenco – in both dance and song.
        Lorina Stephens established her own publishing house, Five Rivers Publishing, in 2008 — a direct response to the changing face of publishing. She brings with her over 30 years of experience as a freelance writer, author and editor, and a commitment to publishing new Canadian voices which might otherwise remain silent. She is the author of three novels, a collection of short speculative fiction, two chapbooks of poetry, a cookbook, and a travel guide she wrote with her photographer husband. Her articles have appeared in regional and national print media, and her short fiction in Polar Borealis, On Spec, Neo-Opsis, Postscripts to Darkness, Deluge: Stories of Survival & Tragedy in the Great Flood, Strangers Among Us, and Sword and Sorceress X.
        In addition to her work in the literary arts, she has been a visual artist all her life, producing work primarily in watercolour, but also pen and ink, oil, acrylic and textiles, as well as digital media. Her work has been commissioned by both public and private patrons, and hangs in government, corporate and private spaces. Her personal website can be found at lorinastephens.com.
        SUBMISSION DETAILS:

        • Do not query before submitting.
        • Email submissions to: submissionstess22@gmail.com[/EMAIL]
        • Emails MUST contain the word "submission" in the subject line, or they will be deleted automatically by the server. Please also include the story title in the subject line.
        • Submissions MUST come in an attachment: only .RTF and/or .DOC formats are acceptable.
        • Emails MUST contain a cover letter in the body of the email; for security reasons, email attachments with no cover letter will be deleted unread and unanswered.
        • Cover letter: include your name, the title of your story, your full contact information (address, phone, email), and a brief bio. If you do not live in the place where you were born, please also include your place of birth.>/LI>
        • Do not describe or summarize the story.
        • If your address is not within Canada, please indicate in the cover letter your status vis-à-vis Canada. Submissions are ONLY open to Canadians and expat Canadians.
        • Reprints (stories having previously appeared in English in any format, print or electronic, including but not limited to any form of web publication) can be considered but will be a hard sell; reprints must come from a source not easily available in Canada. If your submission is a reprint, please supply full publication history of the story. If your story appeared previously, including but not limited to anywhere on the web, and you do not disclose this information to the editor upon submission, you will be disqualified from consideration.
        • Submission format: no strange formatting, colour fonts, changing fonts, borders, backgrounds, etc. Leave italics in italics, NOT underlined. Put your full contact information on the first page (name, address, email address, phone). No headers, no footers, no page numbering. DO NOT leave a blank line between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs. ALWAYS put a # to indicate scene breaks (a blank line is NOT enough).
        • ALWAYS include your full contact information (name/address/email/phone number) on the first page of the attached submission.
        • Payment for short poetry is $20.00. Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words (longer stories are paid a slightly higher fee, but in order to exceed the word length limit of 5,000 words, the editor must judge a story to be of surpassing excellence.)
        • Rights: for original fiction, first World English publication, with a two-month exclusive from publication date; for all, non-exclusive anthology rights; all other rights remain with the author.
        • Spelling: please use American spelling.
        • Response time: initial responses (no / rewrite request / hold for further consideration) will be prompt, usually within thirty days. Please query if you've not heard back within 60 days.
        • Submit only one story at a time. You can submit up to five poems and a story simultaneously. We do not advise that you submit more than one story.
        • Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged but are acceptable. Should you receive a "rewrite request" or "hold for further consideration" response, please indicate immediately whether your story is under consideration anywhere else.
        Publication: Spring 2019 (trade paperback & e-Book)
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        • #5
          https://horrortree.com/taking-submis...now-anthology/
          Dealine: April 1st, 2018
          Payment: 6 cents per word

          Open for Submissions: Jan 1 – Apr 1 2018
          Expected Publication: Late 2018
          Story Length: 1500 – 5000 words
          Payment: .06 / word ( SFWA professional rates )
          We’re looking for works of short speculative fiction that consider the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.
          Please, no YA dystopian, robots will destroy the world, high fantasy tropes. Take a more original and nuanced view on the subject.
          No multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. No reprints.
          Submission Method: Send a brief cover letter in the body of an email with the story name, approximate word count, and author contact info. Attach your piece to the email in Rich Text ( .rtf ) format. Send all submissions to paperdogbooks [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com .
          We try to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard a response from us in that time please send a query.
          Via: Paper Dog Books.
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