Anthologies (listed alphabetically)

Alternate History

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What they want:

Our history has plenty to write about — the Roman Empire, the plague, Ancient Egyptians, dinosaurs and cavemen, civil wars, space travel; just to name a few. But what if you throw magic in or perhaps aliens, how would that change history?

The title of this anthology is yet to be determined, but it will be an anthology featuring speculative fiction short stories, with a strong connection to our history.

As always, we want stories with a difference. We do not want long descriptions and weather reports.

“Speculative fiction” includes fantasy, science fiction and horror elements. The stories can mix these genres and should be aimed at the adult market, but only stories with a connection to our history will be accepted.

Deadline: July 31, 2014
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Payment: AU$20 + digital contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.kayellepress.com/
submission-guidelines/alternate-history-anthology/

ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Alien Encounters

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What they want:

Given the popularity of our first B-Movie anthology, we are pleased to announce this follow up featuring Alien Encounters. The aliens have landed! Are they friendly? Are they planning world domination? Are they looking to have us as allies? Or maybe their preference is to have us for lunch?

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Length: 2,500-10,000 words
Payment: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.grinningskullpress.com/
Submissions-Guidelines.html

Black Beacons: Subtropical Suspense

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What they want:

We want your mysterious, strange, twisted and suspenseful tales set in Brisbane. Please note that supernatural tales will not be accepted. Ghostly happenings and spooky atmospheres (think Scooby Doo or The Hound of the Baskervilles) are fine, but no actual monsters or vampires or zombies, OK?

The story MUST be set in or have a strong connection to Brisbane, Australia. It can be set at any time in the present or past.

Deadline: Until filled
Length: 2,500-25,000 words
Payment: $10
Submission Guidelines: http://www.blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/
p/submissions.html

Boothworld Industries Anthology

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What they want:

Boothworld Industries is an anthology of short stories with a shared premise. (If you haven’t looked at the first couple of short stories yet, go ahead and do that now.)

All stories in the book start with the idea of a global corporation engaged in various nefarious activities. If you can imagine it, Boothworld Industries is probably doing it.

We welcome stories in all genres, all styles, all settings, and all tones. You don’t have to write a horror story if you don’t want to. Write the very best story that you know how to write, and do your best to surprise us with a new take on the premise! You don’t need to write your story in 1st person. Write it however you want. Want to write a newspaper article or scholarly essay on Boothworld Industries or its agents? Have fun. Really. Go nuts.

Deadline: July 1, 2014
Length: 1,500-7,500 words
Payment: $20 + PDF contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://iambloodworth.tumblr.com/
post/73471249173/reblog-if-you-have-any-writer-artist-friends-that

Corvidae

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What they want:

Corvidae are the family of birds which include such iconic species as crows, ravens, magpies, rooks and nutcrackers. They are known for their high intelligence (they use tools and recognize themselves in mirrors!) and appear in fiction and mythology all through the ages and in a great many different cultures as well.

Corvids are seen as mystical creatures, known to be companions to both Odin and Apollo, believed by the Haida to have created the earth and credited (in the form of Raven the Trickster) for stealing fire and bringing it to earth, but they are also associated with death, disease and madness. According to legend, the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens leave the Tower of London and so are a kind of good luck charm, but they are also associated with battle and war through their connection with The Morrigan and Badb from Irish mythology. Such paradoxical creatures, it’s easy to be fascinated by them, and a great many of us are.

We are looking for fantasy and well-written horror stories (nothing gratuitously gory or violent).

Submission Period: July 1, 2014-October 31, 2014
Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $10 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://worldweaverpress.com/
submissions/calls-for-anthologies/

Cranial Leakage – Tales From The Grinning Skull

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What they want:

CRANIAL LEAKAGE will be an annual publication from Grinning Skull Press. It is an unthemed horror anthology that will be published in both digital and print formats. Subject matter is open, but please NO sexual content involving children.

Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 1,000-7,000 words
Payment: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.grinningskullpress.com/
Submissions-Guidelines.html

DarkFuse Anthology Series

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What they want:

Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything with a dark slant. Original, never-before-published stories.  No reprints.

Deadline: Ongoing
Length:
2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $50, 5% royalties on ebook edition.  Print contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: https://darkfuse.submittable.com/submit/23126

Daylight Dims Vol. 2

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What they want:

We want unique, strange, and compelling horror fiction. The writing style should be unusual but mesmerizing. The characters should be believable. Awe us, make us cry, make us laugh, make us sigh. The ideal story should stay with us for a long time after reading.

Deadline: July 15, 2014
Length: 2,500-7,500 words
Payment:  $0.01/word + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: https://stealthfiction.submittable.com/submit/17877

Diabolic Tales IV – The Psychology of Death

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What they want:

We want the most deranged scary stories you have ever written about death. We are looking for original stories only in which some facet of death derived by the mind of the killer is the main focus, it needs to be physical, sociological, psychological. All stories must be strong and realistic, with believable characters. No brutality or overt blood and gore. We want to be afraid, really afraid.

Deadline: June 1, 2014
Length: 2,500-5,000 words
Payment: US$.05/word + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.diabolicpublications.com/current

Eve’s Requiem: Five Tales of Women, Crime and Horror

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What they want:

We are looking for literary, intense stories in which women actively face dangerous situations. We seek tales in which the plot strengthens the characterization. Any use of violence should be integral to the story (no gore).

(We regret that we cannot consider reprints, Science Fiction, YA fiction or prose poems. Please do not submit stories involving vampires or werewolves.)

Deadline: April 30, 2014
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $20 + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.spiderroadpress.com/
Submissions.html

From Out of the Dark

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What they want:

All stories are to he set in the gap between galaxies, the immense darkness of space and all the frightening aspects and contemplation of billions of light years of unseeable entities can bring. These are not just first encounter ideas as the bent is strong horror memes within science fiction framing. This is not horror added the SF or SF added to horror by slight of hand. What is required is a true as possible journey into a place we cannot and will never imagine outside of telescopes and maths. This is science fiction, so no fantasy worlds please. Space ships and rays guns are fine, but if I spot a dragon I might not reply.

From Out of the Dark requires some deep thinking and frightful manipulations of emotion and events to create fiction that can cause a sweat and a gasp for air lost to vacuum.

Deadline: October 31, 2014 (or until filled)
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Payment: $75 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ralan.com/listings/
hosted/fromoutdark.htm

Gothic Blue Book Vol 4

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What they want:

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 a new entry – legend, folklore or myth of the Americas.

When we think of legend, folklore or myth of the Americas the range is staggering, from the Jersey Devil in the East Coast, to the Wendigo, American werewolf, La Llorona, vanishing hitchhiker, the woman in white, abandoned mining towns and so much more.

Please submit a short story or poem that follows one of the following:

A single mention or setting in one of the original Gothic Blue Book settings:
a) Monastery
b) Convent
c) Castle

A single mention or setting in one of the modern Gothic Blue Book settings:
a) Cemetery
b) Funeral home or morgue
c) Haunted house

2014 Addition:
a) A story or poem dealing with a legend, folklore or myth of the Americas.

In addition to the above, the story or poem must instill fear using a supernatural element – ghosts, ghouls, monsters, myth, folklore or legend. Extreme violence, sexuality, gore, and profanity will not be considered.

For inspiration look to Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Emily Brontë, or Neil Gaiman.

Deadline: August 31, 2014
Length: Up to 3,500 words
Payment: $25 + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.burialday.com/submit/horror-anthology-submission

Grimdark Grimoire

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What they want:

The antihero: love them or hate them, they tend to get the job done. Sorcerers, gunslingers, assassins, outlaws, et al, come together in twisted tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense. When the end of the world is upon us, who will stand in your corner?

The Grimdark Grimoire idea is to focus on the antihero. Sometimes they lend a helping hand and at other times they take advantage of the situation.

What we are looking for is original fiction that takes place in unique and expansive landscapes and cultures that feature the antihero. We want adventure stories that don’t hold back and capture the imagination and run the gambit of speculative fiction.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://tmarquitz.com/blog/?p=1449

History and Horror, Oh My!

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What they want:

An anthology of historical horror stories. What we mean by ‘historical’: your story should be set in a time at least fifty years ago. You know how they recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing the Ed Sullivan show? Yeah, your story should be set during that time or before. Please strive for historical accuracy as needed. If you send us a story where a witch is burned in 1600s Massachusetts, it will be a strike against acceptance.

If your story seems better qualified for History and Mystery, Oh My! we will consider it for that anthology instead. Horror and mystery overlap sometimes.

Deadline: July 15, 2014
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $5 advance on royalties + paperback contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mysteryandhorrorllc.com/
submissions.html

HOCKOMOCK–Tales from the Bridgewater Triangle

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What they want:

According to Paranormal-Encyclopedia.com (http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/b/bridgewater-triangle/), the Bridgewater Triangle is likely one of the world’s most concentrated areas of diverse paranormal reports, so the subject matter is wide open so long as it takes place within this 200-mile square area. We advise you to do your research.

* Open to Massachusetts residents only

Deadline: April 30, 2014
Length: 1,000-7,000 words
Payment: 1 cent/word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.grinningskullpress.com/
Submissions-Guidelines.html