Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Calls for Submissions: Anthologies, June - Aug 2015: Science fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, General Fiction, Poetry

Anthologies are themed collections of short stories and/or poems by various authors and published as a single book.

It is a good idea to get your work into a print anthology for several reasons: 1) Anthologies generally get a wider distribution than magazines; 2) Print anthologies don't preclude publishing your story online, or on Amazon, later on;  3) Establishing a relationship with a publisher may pan out later when you are ready to publish your novel; 4) Anthologies are a great writing credit; 5) Many anthologies accept reprints, which will extend the life of your stories.

Please read the submissions pages carefully. All of these are paying markets.

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Living with Fibromyalgia (Fibrostrong)


Genre: Nonfiction
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Reprints: Not specified
Simultaneous submissions: Not specified
Payment: $25
Length: 2,000 max

"Each story should about one single event or a couple of closely related events. The premise behind the book is to deliver hope, humor, joy, and a hearty dose of personal success into the readers living with Fibromyalgia and their loved ones."



World Traveler Press

Genre: Travel
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Reprints: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Not specified
Payment: $75
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words

WTP is looking for submissions in the following two categories:

Women’s Travel: "The best travel essays follow both an inner and external journey. Tell us about travel that changed you, touched you or just left an impression you’ll never forget. Your submission can be funny, scary, exciting, thoughtful or even inspirational. The common threads are travel, a woman’s point of view and excellent writing."

Adventure Travel: "Our first adventure travel book, Adventures of a Lifetime, was well received, so we’re publishing another anthology focused on adventure travel. We’re seeking true life tales of unforgettable adventure, from swimming with beluga whales in the Arctic to climbing in Nepal. We’re especially interested in stories that offer an emotional or personal connection with adventure travel."


Defying Doomsday


Genre: Speculative fiction
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Reprints: No
Simultaneous submissions: No
Payment: 7 cents per word
Length: 3000 - 7000 words

"(One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with disability, such as physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities. However, we are not looking for issue stories or stories where disability is the sole focus of the narrative. Some sort of cataclysmic event must have occurred or be in the process of occurring. We are open to a variety of events, including apocalypses, alien invasions, devastating war, natural disasters etc. Be creative! We are most interested in stories set in the near future, however, we will also consider stories set in the far future or an alternate timeline version of the recent past. We are not interested in fantasy (that means no magic)."


The Emby Bestiary

Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Sci-fi for children
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Reprints: No
Simultaneous submissions: No
Payment: 7 cents per word
Length: 2000 - 8000 words

"An Emby Bestiary is looking for stories like that: yarns about monsters that will make a big impression on young imaginations. They can be good monsters that help upon a tale of discovery or evil monsters that lurk in a cautionary tale. The two requirements are that the creatures be original and that the tale be suitable for children (think middle-grade fiction up to pg-13) Take us back to the campfires of our youth as you spin a tale that you can tell your own kids."


Chicken Soup for the Soul "Random Acts of Kindness"

Genre: Nonfiction story or poem
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Reprints: No
Simultaneous submissions: No
Payment: $200 per story or poem
Length: 1200 words max

"Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person."


Clockwork Phoenix

Genre: Speculative fiction.
Deadline: July 26, 2015
Reprints: No
Simultaneous submissions: No
Payment: $0.06 per word on return of counter-signed contract as an advance against royalties, then an evenly divided share of royalties after earnout, plus one print contributor copy and electronic copies in preferred formats.
Length: Stories should be no longer than 10,000 words; stories under 5,000 words preferred.

CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5 is the next volume in the anthology series edited by Mike Allen, tentatively scheduled to be published by Mythic Delirium Books of January 2016. It is open to the full range of speculative and fantastic genres. “The stories should contain elements of the fantastic, be it science fiction, fantasy, horror or some combination thereof. A straight psychological horror story is unlikely to make the cut unless it’s truly scary and truly bizarre."




Genre: Any fiction
Deadline: July 31
Payment: $50
Reprints: Yes
Length: 5,000 words or less

Submit: Fiction stories about ghosts or haunted objects.






Gothic Blue Book

Genre: Dark fiction
Deadline: August 15
Payment: $25
Length: 3,500 words max

"Original Gothic Blue Books typically took place in either a monastery, convent or castle. In years past we have asked for short stories that take place in one of these locations, or a modern day location such as a morgue, haunted house or cemetery. This year, we have added new location recommendations – hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast. The haunted hotel has a long, complex history in the field of horror and we look forward to your entries."






Wicked Tales "Corner of the Eye


Genre: Dark fiction
Deadline: August 31
Payment: $0.01 per word (after editing) up to a maximum of $150.00.
Length: 3,000 to 20,000 words

"The life blood of an author, short stories can fuel the imagination with so few words. If you have a knack for horror, I invite you to try and scare us a little."









Futuristica Volume 1

Genre: Science fiction
Deadline: August 31
Payment: 6 cents per word against a pro rata share of royalties
Reprints: No
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Length: 3,000 - 10,000 words

"Stories should explore science fiction, scientific fantasy, space opera, emerging technologies, etc. We prefer near future, near Earth settings. No high fantasy. No dragons or dinosaurs, unless they also have lasers."

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