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Saturday, May 10th, 2014
2:19 pm
Call for submissions: Strange Little Girls

Belladonna Publishing is looking for short stories (2 000 - 8 000 words) featuring strange little girls.

The strange little girl is not like the other little girls. She might look like the other girls and act like the other girls, but be very strange at heart – or she might be just plain weird altogether. Sometimes she is a scary little girl, other times a dreamer, always treading the fine line between reality and imagination… We want to meet new strange little girls, and read strong and original stories about them.

What we want: Strong storytelling, clever plot and a polished manuscript

Deadline: July 15th 2014

Payment: $120 upon publication

Please visit our submissions page for guidelines and more information:

Belladonna Publishing

Saturday, November 9th, 2013
4:36 pm
Hadley Rille Books Call for Submissions

Hadley Rille Books Call for Submissions
Book Title: Ruins Excavation
Editor: Eric T. Reynolds
Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
Publication: 2014
Formats: Ebook, Print, and maybe Audio.

Genre: An anthology of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Historical, and Mainstream stories with an Archaeology theme.
I'll keep it simple and let you, the author, figure out how to do it, but there are some requirements to follow.  (Note, these are *requirements* so if these aren't satisfied, then I can't accept the story, even if it's fantastically fantastic.) How you want to handle these requirements is up to you, just make it good!

Story requirements:
1) The protagonist is a Woman of Color who is an Archaeologist. (The cover art will reflect this.)
2) The protagonist will encounter/be working in Ruins somewhere on Earth.
3) ...

See Full Details for more info.

Hadley Rille Books
Friday, October 25th, 2013
12:27 pm
Call for submissions: Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope is an anthology of contemporary YA science fiction and fantasy with a focus on diverse perspectives. Alisa Krasnostein (founder of Twelfth Planet Press, and winner of the World Fantasy Award in 2011) and Julia Rios (fiction editor at Strange Horizons, and host of the Outer Alliance Podcast) are co-editing this project, which we hope to fill with a variety of exciting tales, happy and sad, adventurous and meditative. We’re not simply looking for cookie-cutter vampire or urban fantasy stories, but for things that transport us and subvert our expectations.

Full guidelines here.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
10:34 am
Call for submissions: Infinite Science Fiction
Infinite Science Fiction will be a collection of short science fiction stories. We are looking for good SF that breaks away from the tired tropes of the genre. We define SF as broadly as possible. However, please note that fantasy, horror and magic realism are NOT science fiction.

Submissions open September 20, 2013 and end December 31, 2013. Publication date is scheduled in the first quarter of 2014.

Word Count: Up to 6000, 4000 or less preferred.
Pay rate: €.01/word for the first 4000 words
Guidelines: http://www.infiniteacacia.com/submission/infinite-science-fiction-1/

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
9:28 am
The Other Side of Horror
A start up of a magazine looking for submissions of articles and reviews of all things horror. As well as a limited amount of fiction.

Submission Information: http://www.hauntofhorrors.com/the-other-side-of-horror/
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
11:22 pm
Call for Submissions: Journal of Unlikely Cryptography

The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography will be an annual publication of Unlikely Story, and a sibling of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

JoUC is expected to be primarily cyberpunk (not exclusively) in flavor, with a preference for stories about cryptography, ciphers, data privacy, surveillance, hacking/cracking, and so on. See guidelines for more details.

Submissions open July 1, 2013 - November 1, 2013. Publication date is January or February 2014.

Word Count: Up to 8000, up to 5000 preferred.
Pay rate: $.05/word
Guidelines: http://www.unlikely-story.com/?page_id=6

11:08 pm
Call for Submissions: Journal of Unlikely Entomology
Submissions open now for Issue #6 of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

We have new pay rates: $.05/word. (reprints: $.01/word)
Word count: Up to 8000, up to 5000 preferred
Guidelines: http://www.grumpsjournal.com/subs.html
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
9:42 am
All-female SF & Fantasy anthology: Liberating Earth
I'm editing Liberating Earth, a fantasy and science fiction anthology, for Obverse Books - and I'm looking for female writers. You don't need to be an established author, and you don't need to be a Faction Paradox expert, to pitch your story.

Here are the complete submission guidelines. Questions welcome (in comments or in email!).

Submission guidelinesCollapse )

The crucial information

Pitches: email an outline of your story, up to 1000 words (if you have not yet been published, please also include the first 1000 words of your story) to korman@spamcop.net, in Word (.doc, .docx) or RTF format, or as plain text in the body of your email.
Story length: 7,000-8,000 words
The money: £25
Deadline for pitches: end of June 2013
Deadline for final drafts: end of December 2013
Friday, May 10th, 2013
10:47 am
Speculative Anthology : Dissonance
everywhen press is seeking submissions for its speculative fiction anthology "Dissonance".

Come over and visit us for more information. General submission guidelines can be found here.

The deadline is 30th August, and the scope is pretty wide. Stick with the theme (Dissonance) and the genre (any speculative) and we're interested. Let's see what you can do!
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
8:41 pm
Call for Submissions: Masque Books
Masque Books, the new digital imprint from Prime Books, is looking for novellas and novels.

Genres: SF/F and SF/F/Romance
Payment: $100 - $250 advance, 50% royalties of net digital receipts
Submission Guidelines: http://www.masque-books.com/submissions.html

Current Mood: blah
Friday, February 8th, 2013
11:17 am
Open call for Novel submissions - Fable Press
Fable Press is looking for speculative fiction novel submissions. Head on over to the site for information and background.

Some highlights:
- We *will* respond to your submission
- We ask for no $ from you to publish, ever
- We will edit, format and publish your work if accepted
- Our royalty rate is amongst the best out there

If you have a story to share, we want to hear from you! :)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
12:19 pm
Call for Submissions: The Flesh Made Word - Adult Market
Call for Submissions: The Flesh Made Word: Erotic Tales About Writing
Edited by Bernie Mojzes
Publisher: Circlet Press
Deadline: March 1, 2013

In the age of communication – where words are cheap, easy, and disposable – it’s easy to forget the sheer physicality of the written word. The inscription, through will and intention, through the press and flow of pen and ink expressing what’s hidden within ourselves upon a surface that is transformed through the process: what is more intimate than that?

The Flesh Made Word is an erotic anthology about the act of writing, and of being written upon. Old typewriters, the tattooist’s pen, the press of fountain-pen nib to flesh. The sensuality of the words themselves, both the sound and the shape of them. The clack of typewriter keys and the shuffle-clank of the printing press. The intersection of the expression of the idea and the physicality of the body. The transformation or transcendence of the flesh through written language.

I am looking for strong, edgy stories that don’t exist merely as an excuse for a great sex scene. Send me stories that take me to surprising places, and stories that don’t flinch.

While this anthology is expected to be primarily comprised of Science Fiction & Fantasy, it is open to (almost) all genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Western, Mainstream and the ever-popular-though-always-misunderstood Slipstream.

More details:

Length: Up to 8000 words.
Pay: $.01/word up to $25
Response Time: 1 month. Please query if you do not receive an acknowledgement within 3 days.

For more details, and general Circlet Press guidelines: http://www.circlet.com/?p=4395
Friday, November 16th, 2012
3:42 am
Call for submissions - Black Apples - Belladonna Publishing's fairytale anthology
Black Apples is an anthology of gothic fairytales starring the classic fairytale princess – but her ending is maybe not so happy, her quest is perhaps more grim and the darkness of the tale might just come from within…

The Princess might be someone we know, but she can also be a princess we’ve never heard of before. She may come from ancient times, or far into the future. She can be the heroine, or we might not see her on the pages at all – but the story must somehow evolve around the fairytale princess and/or her role as such – and have a dark twist… We’re looking for the beautiful, sensuous and sinister.

What we want: Originality is treasured, so is strong storytelling, clever plot and a polished manuscript.

Don’t be afraid to experiment – we do like the strange.

Payment: $120 upon publication and royalties on e-book sales.

Please visit our submissions page for full details and questions.

Belladonna Publishing
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
11:57 am
HP Lovecraft Swords and Sorcery Anthology

Not one that Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is putting together, but one we are interested in nonetheless. 

Innsmouth Free Press is doing a Swords and Mythos anthology in early 2013.  From their website:

Sword and Mythos. This includes any element of the Cthulhu Mythos (creatures such as shoggoths, characters like the King in Yellow, locations like Leng) combined with sword and sorcery (heroic fantasy). Stories can be told from the viewpoint of sorcerers or other non-traditional heroic characters, although fighters with brawn and brains will also be accepted.

More at their website.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
8:22 pm
White List Update
It's been awhile since a White List update. Haven't forgotten it, life just got...crazy, overwhelming, and a whole lot of other things that made it hard to focus on much else. Things are better now, and finally, an update! It's a small one—only a few additions, a couple updates, and quite a few removals. I think life's been busy for a few people this year. ;)

The White List

If you have any updates you want added to the list, please post at the entry above NOT HERE.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
12:48 pm
Call for submissions: Spellbound - a fantasy magazine for children, reopened and now electronic

Spellbound, a quarterly fantasy magazine for children 8-12, ran from 1999-2002.  We've reopened, changed the format from print to electronic, and raised funds for our first year of publication.  Now we're looking for stories, poetry and artwork to fill the issues.

Briefly we're looking for fiction to 2,500 words, poetry and artwork.  We pay upon acceptance for World Electronic English-language rights (2.5 cents a word for fiction, $10-20 per poem, and various for artwork).  Full guidelines are below.  You can contact me (Raechel Henderson, the publisher) with questions at eggplant@eggplantproductions.com.

Guidelines for Spellbound
Spellbound is a publication for 8-12 year olds.  Each issue will be published in ePub format.  This is a quarterly publication with reading periods.
Themes and Reading Periods
Winter 2012: Rings & Other Magic Things, Reading Period: July 1 – September 30, 2012
Spring 2013: Changelings & Doppelgangers, Reading Period: October 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013
Summer 2013: Dragons, Reading Period:  January 1 – March 31, 2013
Fall 2013: Creatures of the Deep Dark Woods, Reading Period: April 1 – June 30, 2013 

Fiction Editor: Raechel Henderson
Word limit = 2,500
Payment = 2.5 cents per word
Rights bought: First World English-language Rights
We’re looking for stories involving magic, myth, legend and adventure in a fantasy setting. We’re especially interested in young protagonists and showing girls in a “heroic” role are welcome. Please send fiction submissions to submissions@eggplantproductions.com. Send submissions in the body of the e-mail. No attachments!
We’re not looking for stories with morals. We want Spellbound to introduce children to fantasy in all its wonderful forms. And please, no profanity.
Some guidelines for juvenile literature: The protagonists should be children and the plot should revolve around them, they should not be passive actors in the story. Stories should not have ambiguous endings. And dialog should be natural.  Let your inner child out to play when you write a story for younger readers. Write the kind of story that you would have like to read when you were younger, rather than the kind of story you think kids should read.
Poetry Editor: Marcie Tentchoff
Payment = $20 / poem; $10 for poems under 8 lines
Rights bought: First World English-language Rights
We are looking for short poems, no longer than 36 lines maximum. All submissions must fit one of the upcoming themes to be considered.
We will gladly read either free verse or traditionally rhyming poetry, but we are not interested in poems which toss masses of meaningless and conflicting imagery at the reader, in the hope that he or she will be able to make some sense out of the muddled result. We expect rhymes and meter in traditional poetry to be neither forced nor strained. Likewise, all poetry, even free verse, should flow well and have a musical quality.
As Spellbound is a fantasy magazine for children, poetry should have a strong speculative element.  We’ll look at up to five (5) poems at one time from poets.
Send poetry submissions to poembound@eggplantproductions.com
Art Director: Samantha Press
1. ALL forms of art welcome – painting, digital art, photography, papercraft, felted dioramas, anything.
1.1. Remember, this is for a children’s e-zine: we are looking for fun, visually-arresting images without explicit violence, gore, or adult-themed nudity.
1.2. We are accepting submissions for both cover art (1 artist per issue) and spot illustrations (color or b&w; multiple artists per issue).
1.3. If you are mailing in your application, please do not include originals – all physical applications will be kept on file.
1.4. Please, do not attach really high-resolution files to your email or submit images with watermarks that obscure the fine detail of your work. Any art you send us will not be used by the company without your express permission to do so.
2. Please tailor your submissions to the upcoming “themes” of each issue, and keep in mind the deadlines for each.
2.1. Each deadline ends at midnight of the evening specified. Submissions received for each issue past the deadline will be dismissed, although all artists will receive a response and their submission will be kept on file for future reference.
3. Please include your resume &/or pricing guide / standard rates, if you have either.
4. Please be patient. You will receive a response within 2-4 weeks after we receive your submission.
We look forward to seeing your work!
Email us at artdirector@eggplantproductions.com or send physical applications to: Eggplant Literary Productions c/o Sam Haney Press, 5333 Century Ave. #6, Middleton, WI 53562.
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
12:31 am
Call for Submissions: The Journal of Unlikely Architecture
The Journal of Unlikely Entomology is posting a call for submissions for a one-off issue: The Journal of Unlikely Architecture. Where JoUE is a zine dedicated to stories about bugs, JoUA will feature tales in which something pertaining to buildings is integral or significant. The building element can be literal or metaphorical, hallucinatory or behavioral or metaphysical, or any combination thereof. Your story may focus on a single building, or a city, but the constructed environment must be crucial to the narrative.

Word count: Up to 8000 words, though we prefer if they're under 5000.
Pay: $.01/word up to 5000 words, paid upon publication.
Submissions open today and stay open until the issue is filled.

http://www.grumpsjournal.com/subs-architecture.html for details.

( The Journal of Unlikely Entomology remains open for submissions; we're currently looking for submissions for Issue 4. http://www.grumpsjournal.com/subs.html )
Friday, June 1st, 2012
8:17 pm
Heroic Fantasy Quartery Open for Submissions!
Greetings, all!

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is open for fiction and poetry submissions for the month of June.  Be a part of our fourth year of publication!   

We pay $100 for fiction and $25 for poetry.  That makes us one of the HIGHEST PAYING poetry markets in the USA, if not this world, and maybe even the next!

Check out our guidelines here
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
10:39 pm
Friday, February 17th, 2012
12:37 am
ForbiddenFiction - Calls for Submissions
ForbiddenFiction is a publisher devoted to writing that breaks the boundaries of original erotic fiction. Our stories combine intense sexuality with quality writing. Stories here will not only arouse readers through sensations, but also engage them emotionally and mentally through storytelling as well-crafted as the sex is hot.

Every Thursday ForbiddenFiciton.com posts a new themed calls for submissions meant to create anthologies and special online library collections with ForbiddenFiction.com. Stories accepted for the Special Collections will be gathered by theme into ebook/print anthologies and posted to our site with collection tags to mark their themes.

See our website for more information about and a list of other Special Collections calls for submissions.

Or for: Submissions Information and Guidelines

Subtle Devices – Erotic stories of wicked steampunk. Sex toys of brass, gears and steam? (Open call Nov. 3, 2011 – extended to Feb. 17, 2012.)

Wicked Fairy Tales – Erotic, edgy fairy tales.  Naught tales from Grimms, Anderson and more. What did the wolf do to Red Riding Hood, or even grandma? What kind of services did Cinderella give her stepmother and sisters? Did the prince do more than kiss Sleeping Beauty? What happened once Rapunzel pulled him into her tower? (Open call Nov. 17, 2011 – Feb. 17, 2012.)

Mind Over Body – Erotic tales of mind control – spells, technology, anything that leaves the person in another's control. (Open call Nov. 24, 2011 – Feb. 24, 2012.)

Privates Eyes and Naughty Dicks – Erotic stories of private detectives. (Open call Dec. 1, 2011 – March 1, 2012.)

Going Down in History – Erotic stories of historical figures. Take on Napoleon, Belle Star, Lincoln, Buddha, or Catherine the Great? Give us sexy stories with famous, notable or infamous men and women in history. (Open call Dec. 8, 2011 – March 8, 2012.)

Striking a Chord – Erotic tales of rock stars, jazz players or other musicians. (Open call Dec. 15, 2011 – March 15, 2012.)

Clandestine Desires – Erotic illicit meetings, masquerades and other secret affairs. (Open call Dec. 22, 2011 – March 22, 2012.)

Spring Rites – Erotic tales of spring – melting thaws, rising sap, May revelry and exhilarating hunts. (Open call Dec. 29, 2011 – March 29, 2012.)

Taken – Erotic stories  of abductions and kidnapping. Held hostage, sold into prostitution, stripping to survive? (Open call Jan. 5, 2012 – April 5, 2012.)

Zero-G Spot – Erotic encounters in space. Pushing the limits out of our world. (Open call Jan. 12, 2012 – April 12, 2012.)

Modified for Pleasure – Erotic tales of tattoos, piercing, scars and other body modifications. (Open call Jan. 19, 2012 – April 19, 2012.)

She's Boss – Erotic stories of dominant women. Lesbian, bi or straight – give us stories of women who take charge of their pleasure. (Open call Jan. 26, 2012 – April 26, 2012.)

Swords and Sandals – Erotic tales of ancient Greece and Rome. We'd love to see decadent stories  from behind the pages of history – Gladiators, slaves, Senators, warriors, Centurions, brothels, orgies – inspired by the stories of these ancient cultures.(Open call Feb. 2, 2012 – May 2, 2012.)    

Midsummer Nights – Erotic stories of summer nights. Sometimes it's just too hot to sleep. Naughty summer vacations? Steamy nights in the open? Wet waters? Skinny dipping? Sports events that get too sweaty? Camping trips that get wild? Make the summer hot. (Open call Feb. 9 – May 9, 2012.)

Bending the Bard – Erotic tales inspired by William Shakespeare. Take the stage, take it further. A look behind the scenes of one of Shakespeare's stories? A modern interpretation? An alternate universe where Romeo falls in love with Tibalt? A story of the players from Shakespeare's company? Bend the bard to your imagination. (Open call Feb. 16 – May 16, 2012.)

Carnal Carnivals – Erotic tales of fairs, carnivals and festivals – Mardi Gras, Renaissance, Folsom, Pride, Oktoberfest, more. (Open call Feb. 23 – May 23, 2012.)

Desk Job – Erotic explorations of unbalanced erotic power in the workplace, from the traditional boss/secretary to modern politician/interns. (Open call March 1 – June 1, 2012.)

Taking Flight – Erotic tales of beings with wings - angels, demons, fairies, dragons & more. (Open call March 8 - June 8, 2012.)

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