Length: up to 10k words
Payment: A paper back copy of the anthology and a book cover for author’s next project, print, and ebook
Submission Guidelines: https://reshwity.wixsite.com/publishing/submissions
Liminal is searching for stories of a particular tone and tenor, regardless of form. We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative. Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres. Liminal stories should linger in the mind and evoke emotion in the reader.
We will consider stories up to 10,000 words, and pay 6c/word on publication.
Liminal isn’t a market for reprints, or non-fiction. We don’t accept simultaneous or multiple submissions of fiction.
The editors of Liminal believe that fiction is enriched by diverse voices. We welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, sexual orientation, religion, and gender.
Send submissions in .DOC or .RTF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use Submission: [Story Title] as your subject line. Include your story’s title and length in your cover letter. Don’t stress over what to call us. We’ll answer to Editors, Shannon and Kelly, or Ms. Peavey and Ms. Sandoval.
Please use Standard Manuscript Format for all Liminal submissions.
Liminal is currently open for poetry submissions. We’ll close on January 15.
Like its fiction, Liminal is searching for poems of a particular tone. We like poems with strong imagery and precise language. Fantastical elements are encouraged, but not required. Some of the editor’s favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Claudia Emerson, Jamaal May, Judy Jordan, Jack Gilbert, Ai, and David Kirby.
We will consider poems of any length, and pay $50 per poem on publication.
To submit, send 1-3 poems in DOC format with the subject line POETRY SUBMISSION: [Poem Title(s)] to email@example.com. If you include a cover letter, please address it to Editor, Helena, or Ms. Bell.
We try to respond to all stories and poems within 30 days. Please query if you haven’t heard from us. Use Query: [Story/Poem Title] as your subject line. Send queries to the same email you used for your original submission.
Are you a poet? An essayist? A short story writer? An artist? If you have a piece you’d like to submit for the next issue of The Violet Hour, we want to see it!
Send us an email to the address listed below and attach any written work in PDF or Word.doc format, and all artwork in jpeg format to submit it for consideration. With the exception of submissions for the open December anthology, don’t forget to use at least one of the themes chosen for each issue. (For details about issue themes, launch dates and more, see the above “News & Events” posts.)
The Violet Hour Magazine is published quarterly, with three themed issues (published at the end of April, August and October) and one anual open-themed anthology (published at the end of December). Submission periods for the issues are as follows:
1. December 15th to March 31st (for April issue)
2. April 15th to July 31st (for August/September issue)
3. Septebmer 7th to October 14th (for October issue – *IMPORTANT:
October is a flash-submission issue – see News & Events post for details.)
4. Submissions accepted throughout the year (for December issue)
*Please Note: Submissions made to any of the themed issues that are not selected for publication in their relevant issue will not be automatically considered for the December open-themed anthology. Contributors are asked not to re-submit work already previously submitted to The Violet Hour, unless invited to do so by one of our editorial staff.
Fiction or Non-Fiction: Maximum of five thousand words, double-spaced; one piece per submission (for pieces of 1,000 words or less, you may include three such pieces per submission).
Poetry: Maximum of three pages per poem; up to five pieces per submission.
Art: Submissions may include any form of visual art; up to ten pieces per submission.
Each author or artist selected to appear in an issue of The Violet Hour will receive a royalty of $5 per selected piece, along with a complementary digital or print copy of the issue.
Authors – here’s your chance to tell BOTH sides of a story. What we are looking for are speculative fiction stories that tell a story that when told from one perspective come across in favor of one narrative and when told from another perspective comes across in favor of another narrative. Watching a video of police interaction with someone that erupts into violence and someone being injured or killed. That part can be easy (depending on the narrative you want to support) – Now the hard part. Retell that story from another perspective – but it has to take the reader in the complete opposite direction and it has to ring true to the facts that would be KNOWN by the viewpoint character. Using the ‘police’ video for example – write one story showing the officer used excessive force, was targeting specific individuals, etc. Now for the second one – write a story again using the video as the basis and write it so the officer is 100 percent justified in their actions. It can all be a matter of perspective and having access to different sets of facts.
BOTH stories must be realistic and ring 100 percent true to the reader as they read.
Scare us, creep us out, give us the shivers, make us laugh. Be Gothic, modern, Lovecraftian, Victorian, Steampunk, whatever. Just set your story in the Hudson Valley.
6. The majority of the story must take place in the Dreamlands.
9. The Dreamlands have their own set of gods, the Great Ones. Do whatever you want with them. Nyarlathotep is the only being from the rest of the Mythos gods who makes an appearance in the Dream Cycle. You may include cultists, monstrous servants, and avatars of the other Mythos gods but give them a good reason to be there. Cthulhu DOES NOT wake up and start mucking about the Dreamlands.
10. Magic and supernatural powers are usable in the Dreamlands. Just don’t go all Tolkien on us.
Longer and shorter works: We may be able to consider longer works (upto 10,000 words), but please query before submitting. If you have a number of shorter pieces, we may be able to consider them, but please query before submitting (we would need several shorter pieces totaling 2000 words or more to justifyinclusion).
Non-fiction: We are happy to consider ‘fictional non-fiction’, so if you have written an ‘investigation’ into the cult of the Yellow King or something similar, we would be happy to see. We may be able to include non-fiction discussing the King In Yellow, Yellow Mythos, etc, but please query before submitting.
Rights Required: We will be seeking one-time publication rights and six-months exclusivity. Reprints should not have been published in 2015 or 2016 and unpublished work should not be published elsewhere prior to six-months after publication of the anthology. Any exceptions will be purely at the publishers’ discretion.
Bestselling author Hy Bender (BookProposal.net; 16 books including 5 Dummies books, a Complete Idiot’s Guide, and The Sandman Companion; The New York Times, Mad Magazine) and book developer Will Paoletto (Enterprise Cometh; My Bad Parent) are putting together a short story fiction anthology titled Ghosts on Drugs.
And we’re inviting you to send us a story so great that we can’t resist saying “yes” to it.
The only rule is that a tale include some version of at least one ghost who’s on some version of at least one drug.
And both key terms are broadly defined—e.g., a ghostwriter hooked on cough syrup could fit, and a dead ancient god with an inhumanly intense craving to be worshipped again could too.
Also, a story can run anywhere from 2 pages to 30 pages, so a short-short tale that’s a solid fit for the collection will definitely be considered.
We expect many of the stories will be a mix of comedy and fantasy. However, the book is also open to horror, SF, adventure, drama, etc., as well as any combination of genres. Whatever the category, we’re seeking stories that are extremely entertaining, appeal to a wide-ranging audience (high concepts are especially appreciated), and provide an emotionally satisfying ending (smartly crafted character arcs/transformations are especially appreciated).
We’re aiming to include some of the world’s top comedians, a bunch of superb writers, and one or two celebrities who happen to be drug fans.
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