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Post  Bruno Lombardi on Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:39 pm

So we have a bunch of writers and wannabe writers on this board. I figured it can't hurt if we post links to anthologies looking for stuff and help each other out here.

I'll start:

-These guys ( ) are doing an anthology trilogy based on monster hunting and monster battles. I know this kind of thing is up some of your alleys.

-A bunch of different anthologies here ( ) . Two of interest:

Have you ever noticed that, despite the name, there is often a conspicuous absence of fairies in fairy tales?Historically speaking fairies have been mischievous or malignant. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. In Fae, we want stories that honor that rich history but explore new and interesting takes on fairies as well. We want urban fairies and arctic fairies, steampunk fairies, time-traveling and digital fairies. We want stories that bridge traditional and modern styles and while we’re at it, we want stories about fairy-like creatures too. Bring us your sprites, your pixies, your seelies and unseelies, silkies, goblins or gnomes, brownies and imps. We want them all. We’re looking for lush settings, beautiful prose and complex characters.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at
Open submission period: September 1 – November 30, 2013
Length: Under 7,500 words.

You know the Jolly Old Elf of Christmas, right? Of course you do. You can’t avoid him. Yet, Santa Claus isn’t just a kindly old expert at breaking and entering and leaving gifts he didn’t actually buy for the children of a house. At least he isn’t in Austria and many other parts of Europe.
In these ancient places, where, perhaps, the old, old gods still add a touch of mischief, Krampus is the angry, punishing sidekick of St. Nicholas (Santa’s counterpart in much of Europe). Known for his willingness to punish rotten children, Krampus might even be considered Santa’s dark side or evil twin.
Krampus is the sort of guy more and more North Americans want to explore. He’s definitely having a moment this side of the Atlantic. To that end, World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine are pleased to announce a joint venture: An anthology of Krampus short stories.
Although the book is yet to be named, we hope you’ll explore every possible Krampus angle via short stories. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 from Enchanted Conversation and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.
Open submission period: June 15 – November 30, 2013 – deadline extended!
Length: Under 10,000 words.
-For those of us with a romantic soul, this anthology ( ), with the working title Kisses by Clockwork, will combine the fun and irreverence of steampunk fiction with an element of romance. There might be stories of airships, gaslight romance, retro-futurism, post-apocalyptic steam-powered cities, analytical engines or neo-Victorian ladies and gentlemen.

-These guys ( ) are looking for stuff on Ruined Cities. As their blurb says - "we’re hoping to capture the sense of living in a ruin of a formerly great city. Perhaps it’s London at the height of the Blitz, or a Generations Ship where all of the systems are breaking down, but the stories should centre around urban decay. Any age or setting, be it alternate history, historical past, fantasy, or science fiction, is acceptable."

-And finally, this person ( ) is putting together an anthology on this theme:
Exigencies anthology (Opens June 1, 2013 until full)

EXIGENCY: Defined as an urgency, need, demand or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance or condition. A case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy—an emergency. See also conflict, crossroads, juncture, or turning point.
LENGTH: We are currently looking for short stories that are anywhere from 2,000-5,000 words, but are a little flexible.
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Post  Bruno Lombardi on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:59 am

Penumbra is looking for original, unpublished stories of 3500 words or less. We prefer that writers use Standard Manuscript Format for submissions. (You can read this article by Chuck Rothman on the SFWA site on preparing a manuscript for submission if you are unfamiliar with SMF.)

Please send your stories as file attachments in .rtf or .doc formats only. Please include a cover letter in the body of your email, with the manuscript title, you pen name if applicable, the exact word count of the story not including title and byline, and a publication history if applicable.

Penumbra is a professional rates paying publisher, paying 5 cents per word.

We will evaluate poetry submissions for each issue. We will also consider previously published stories with rights reverted to the author. Penumbra does not accept multiple submissions for a single issue, but you may submit one story to each submission call currently open. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit stories for a call that is not yet open for submissions--we will delete those submissions unopened.

Penumbra has multiple issue calls open at the same time, therefore it is imperative that you include the issue theme in the subject line of your email. Submissions that do not include this information risk getting lost in our queue and not read before the deadline.

Current Submission Calls


Nothing is bluer than a clear winter sky above an unbroken expanse of snow piled in drifts. Nothing is as sharp, yet silent as the wind scattering flakes of snow upon an icy lake. But maybe winter as we know it isn't winter everywhere else. Maybe winter hides things we don't want to know about in those pristine drifts. Maybe winter has nothing to do with snowmen and snowball fights. However winter presents itself in your world, we want to read about it in this month's issue.


February--Egyptian Mythology

Egypt has been a source of fascination from the earliest days of civilization and that intrigue has not faded. So let's combat the winter chill with a trip down the Nile to Thebes, to witness the hand of Isis and Ra upon the great desert, or watch as Ankhaten honors Amun and then witness mankind's first monotheistic state religion crumble with the death--or murder?--of his son Tutankhamen. Between the Book of the Dead and the incredibly rich mythology of Egypt, finding a great speculative fiction avenue shouldn't be that difficult --even if Stargate is taken.


March--A Night at the Villa Diodati

During the Summer of Darkness in 1816, literary giants includng George Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori embarked upon a contest to write the scariest story. The contest resulted in the writing of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Pollodori's lesser known tale The Vampyre. Both were the first novels to introduce two horror staples--the reanimated man and the vampire. So what does this have to do with Penumbra? We want an issue filled with stories that we could have told to these masters by candlelight, pausing occasionally to wet our throats with wine as we read the stories aloud. We want the 19th century elegance paired with the creation of new horror staples in the 21st century. We do NOT want to see stories about vampires, werewolves, re-animated humans/zombies. So channel Byron and Shelley, and write a story worthy of the Villa Diodati.


April--Issac Asimov

Of all the greats, who's easier to recognize than Asimov? We want to see stories that are written in the style of this master, that are in homage to him, or that include Asismov as a character. Also, please include a brief paragraph at the beginning of your story, letting the reader know what Asimov story inspired you to write this one.



It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a superhero theme where the only rule is that you can't use someone else's superhero. No fan fiction please, as much as we'd love to see your Spiderman slash. And keep in mind, too, that you don't have to wear a cape to be a superhero. So dust off your powers, focus on your archenemy and then save the universe. In this issue of Penumbra, we expect Marvel-worthy deeds of daring.


June --Isolation

Whether you're imprisoned, stranded on a desert island, or the sole survivor of an off-world mission, forced solitude is a condition that wreaks havoc upon the human psyche. A person can be just as alone in a crowd of people as they can in an escape pod drifting powerless throughout space, so we want to see stories that explore the emotional and psychological ramifications of isolation. There are great depths to be delved with a cast of one.



Light speed, hyperdrive, warp drive--however you describe it, we're still talking about the holy grail of space exploration--the ability to travel light years in a matter of moments, opening the entire galaxy like a star-punctuated garden of discovery. Send us your fastest traveling tales and your deepest space adventures as we boldly go where...yeah, yeah, yeah. You know the rest.



Pain comes in a variety of guises. Physical. Mental. Emotional. Individual. Global. Psychosomatic. We want to read stories where the protagonist challenges pain--and either supersedes it, or collapses as a result of it. Do you write stories of solitary anguish? Or do you write stories of galactic healing? Regardless of which you prefer, make sure that your pain story confronts the concept of pain in a speculative fiction manner.

CALL BEGINS APRIL 1, 2014 (no, really. it's not a joke)

September--Lewis Carroll

Down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, this opium-addicted Victorian spun quite a set of stories for his young readers. Carroll gave us some of the most abiding characters and tales that children cherish to this day. So pen your Carrollesque adventures in a salute to this most creative of literary masters. Let your inner child come out to play in your own versions of Wonderland.


October--Paranormal Adventures

There's nothing more suitable for Halloween than a darn good ghost story, and we want yours. Whether you're dealing with a poltergeist or a demonic entity or a residual haunt, there's a lot to explore in the world of the paranormal. While we'd love to hang out with TAPS or the Ghost Adventures crew, we're more interested in the ghost story without the paranormal investigators and their technology. Just give us a bone-chilling, hair-raising tale of a haunting, and we'll leave the light on.



You knew it was coming. Whether your aliens are little green men or tall, skinny grey ones , we want to hear about them. First contact or close encounters of the fifth time--whatever, however, wherever. It's been a while since we've seen a stand-out tale of visitors from outer space. Let's end that streak just in time for the holidays.


December--Arthurian Legend

Wwhat ho! No, we don't mean Guinevere. For centuries, the magic and mystery of King Arthur and Camelot have enthralled readers. With great Arthurian authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley and T.H. White, there's a strong tradition of Arthurian books on the fantasy bookshelf. So add your own myths to the Round Table; send Lancelot out on one more quest. Let's play in Camelot and Avalon until the mists gently cloak us from the modern world.


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Post  Bruno Lombardi on Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:52 pm

Been a while since I posted in this.

Here's a really nice site; they collect events and submission requests from a variety of sources and amalgamate it on one site. Tends to lean a bit on the 'horror' side but there's a bit of everything else there if you dig around. Check out the 'ongoing submissions', 'events', and 'calendar view' tabs.
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Post  j l mo on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:49 am

Hey Bruno,

I just stumbled upon this post of yours. Thanks! I'm a member of Duotrope, but they do not offer breakdowns like the one you've got here. I'll check these out, and please, keep posting.

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Post  Bruno Lombardi on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:05 am

A bunch of new ones:

A murder has been committed and another about to be. A fortune has gone missing, a letter and map have mysteriously appeared and something is frightening the children at night. Nothing is quite clear and the only thing for certain is that a detective is needed. But the first detective got a glimpse of what the children are afraid of and left without so much as a word…
And so a different kind of detective is needed—one who understands or at least accepts that not all answers or threats will be human or even physical. What this situation calls for is the Occult Detective.
Van Helsing, Carnacki and Thunstone are classic examples. Harry Dresden and Anita Blake are popular contemporary versions. And now we want to read about yours.

The names of certain scientific pioneers and geniuses are known to us all. Enrico Fermi, Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Guglielmo Marconi and so many others dedicated their lives to improving the lot of their fellows through the power of their minds and their belief in their dreams. But what if these icons of science had chosen, instead, to turn their awesome intellect to evil pursuits and heinous ends? How might our world have been changed from what it is now to what they might have engineered it to be?
Alternate Worlds: Evil Genius is an anthology intended for the contributing writers to take one of these stellar intellects and imagine them in a sinister role instead. Was Bell's telephone originally a covert listening device? Was Morse's telegraph used to contact secret alien strongholds? Were Einstein and Oppenheimer actually under contract to the Mafia? Will you take up the challenge and tell us?

We are seeking contemporary tales with all the magic and wonder of myth and legend, blending modern life with the traditions of folklore from around the world. Whether lurking in dark alleys or brash shopping malls, ensconced in upscale riverside penthouse lofts or humble suburban semis, we want to see the fantastic woven into the everyday. We want fiction that entertains but also pushes beyond the usual urban fantasy boundaries – action, folk tales re-imagined, mythic creatures adapting to the urban environment – be it noir, humour, dark, literary or light, there must be a recognisable mythic thread. Fully realised characters are a must and solid plots extremely desirable.
What we don’t want: secondary worlds, steampunk, SF, zombies, human sacrifice, magic help-lines, paranormal romance love-triangles, erotica, religion, gore, and absolutely no poetry.

We are looking for stories inspired by any Horror film released before 1974.
If the work the movie was based upon exists in public domain, give us a continuation of the story, a side story or a reboot. Tell us a story of Dracula living in a modern Manhattan penthouse with Frankenstein’s Monster living in the tunnels beneath the city, or maybe the other way around. Just don’t mention any neck-bolts. Do your homework!
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Post  Bruno Lombardi on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:17 am

Our Fantasy Director, Erik Gustafson, is opening entries up for our first Fantasy themed anthology! This is going to be an epic collection of dark fantasy stories. There are thousands of secret places on our planet. Some might be happy utopias, but most are hidden because they are dark and scary! Your job is to uncover and expose these hideous places. We are looking for stories about hidden cities or tribes from other planets or times melted into our present world. Dig deep into your imagination and show me what you got!

We've all seen how the dystopian or barren apocalyptic futures have boded for the major cities of America, but we want to know what happens in the smaller towns. Show us your inner Nostradamus and predict the future! We want to know what's in store for this nation 50-200 years from now. Emphasis on the near future and the small town.
The setting or society can be far-fetched, bizarre, scientific, barbaric, whatever, but keep it grounded in reality. That means: No Zombies! No Vampires! Nothing Supernatural!
2,000-9,000 word count cap. Points of reference: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, Minority Report by Philip K Dick, The Long Walk by Stephen King, Battle Royal by Koushun Takami, Red Card by S.L. Gilbow.
Submit by April 1st (the sooner the better)
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with this in the subject bar: SMALLTOWN/YOUR NAME/WORD COUNT

The elevator doors open, the lights are flickering, the gurney is wheeled into a dank, dimly-lit hallway well below ground. Does the Doctor have the patient’s best interests at heart, or is something more nefarious going on? How does the staff figure out what treatments are most effective and which are not?
In our other two Mental Ward collections, we asked you to tell us what happened above ground in the institute itself; what memories of the past were trapped in the abandoned hallways; now we’re asking you to tell us what goes on behind closed doors. The secret experiments that are feared and whispered about among the patients. Tell us what greed, the corruption of power, and the desire to be remembered will drive a Doctor to do the unthinkable to the unfortunate patients left in their care.
Tell your tale from whatever perspective you’d like, just make sure the story you tell is a depraved one.
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014
Word Count minimum: 4,000 words – nothing less will be reviewed; no reprints considered.

Very simply, for this collection of short stories, we are looking for Science Fiction Horror. We don’t care if that means mutation, creation, invention, machinery gone awry, or space and or time travel. But it must be Science Fiction, and it must be Horror Fiction. What we specifically do not want are Other World/Fantasy stories – these will be rejected.
If you choose to take a factual approach to your Sci-Fi Horror, we ask that you exercise constraint and not bore us or the reader with unneeded details. By all means, include necessary details, but delivering a slew of facts in order will not translate to an intriguing read. Most likely, these stories will be rejected as well. Our review team is highly scientifically minded, so vet your facts, and make sure they are accurate. False data based too closely on truth that lacks an imaginary spin will also earn you a rejection.
Be creative, imaginative, and dead-on-the-money accurate on this one. It’s our first venture into the Sci-Fi realm, and we won’t be accepting anything that lacks genuine kick!
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2014
Word Count minimum: 4,000 words – nothing less will be reviewed; no reprints considered.
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