Style: Go wild. I don’t care how loud and nasty it gets or how quiet and deep. Just make it Good.
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.
We are looking for Steampunk featuring the supernatural (ghosts, shapeshifters, demons, etc.)—as well as a beautifully crafted, original story.
All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction. We do not accept multiple submissions. Submissions should generally follow standard manuscript format, Your manuscript may be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in .DOC format. We can only consider stories submitted through that form.
Length: 4500-7500 words
Payment: We pay (via Paypal) 100 USD for each original story. We buy first exclusive English-language rights for two years (exclusive) + one year non exclusive.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html
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.
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Payment: $5 + contributor copy
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.
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the paperback upon publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://atlanteanpublishing.wikia.com/wiki/A_Terrible_Thing
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.
Length: any length
Payment: 15 cents a word for the first 2,500 words and 6 cents a word after
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ghostsondrugs.com/
Long-Distance Running. The hours of solitude. The endorphin rush. Other people looking at you as if you were crazy. The pain. The endurance. The more pain. The competition. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
We are looking for Speculative Fiction; We tend toward (soft) Science Fiction and Fantasy, but will also accept well-written Horror or Supernatural or Whatever, as long as it is Speculative Fiction.
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