Thursday, 18 of January 2018

Weird nature anthology

Edited by Lynne Jamneck
Publisher: Dark Regions Press

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.
Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words
Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Further details

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Crystal Lake Publishing open for submissions for short stories

Crystal Lake Publishing will be accepting submissions for the non-themed anthology Tales from the Lake Volume 5 from October 1st, 2017 through December 1st, 2017. In previous anthologies we’ve published Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Massie, Rena Mason, Graham Masterton, Lisa Morton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Damien Angelica Walters, Joe R. Lansdale, Gene O’Neill, and Tim Waggoner.

We can’t wait to announce who will be headlining this anthology! One name we can already reveal is the inclusion of a brand new story by Gemma Files.

Tales from the Lake Volume 5 will be edited by Kenneth W. Cain.


  • We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
  • We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
  • Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
  • Ground your stories in the REAL world.
  • Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
  • Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
  • Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
  • Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

Further details on the website

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Future Bookshelf – submission window



A new, unagented and unpublished writer with a brilliant idea that belongs on the bookshelf of the future.

You are someone who feels that the publishing industry doesn’t adequately represent people from your background or with your experiences – and you want to change that. You might be from a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) community, from a socio-economically marginalised background, or have a disability.

It doesn’t matter if your book isn’t quite finished yet, or if you think it needs a bit of editing before it’s ready; we’re looking for someone who is committed to being a writer and who is ready to work hard to develop their idea.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to read your book.



We are Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus, part of one of the UK’s largest publishers. Together we publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, from edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers to smart women’s fiction, and from books by YouTube stars to autobiographies from the world’s best-known sportspeople. We are proud to be the publishers of Stephen King, Martina Cole, Jodi Picoult, The Sidemen, Stieg Larsson, Trevor Noah, David Mitchell, Andrea Levy, Katie Piper, Mo Farrah, Graham Norton, and many more.



We are always on the lookout for brilliant new talent – for writers and books that surprise us, inspire us, make us laugh, make us cry or tell us something that we didn’t know about the world.

Specifically, we are looking for novels and non-fiction projects from new voices.

  • A novel is a work of fiction that is 50,000 words or longer. It can be in any genre.
  • A non-fiction project is a work of non-fiction that is 50,000 words or longer. It can be on any subject.


So whether you’re writing science fiction or serious non-fiction, if you think you’re the next Martina Cole, or if have written a story to rival Stephen King, we want to read it.


At the moment, we aren’t looking for the following types of book:


  • children’s books
  • illustrated non-fiction and cookery
  • graphic novels
  • poetry
  • short fiction or short fiction collections



If you are submitting a novel, you will be asked to submit:


  • a three-thousand-word sample from your novel and a two-page synopsis of the book

If you are submitting a non-fiction project, you will be asked to submit:


  • a brief outline (maximum two pages) of the whole book and a three-thousand-word sample of your writing.


The submissions period will open at 12 am GMT on 1 December 2017, and will close on 7 December 2017, at 11.59 pm GMT.


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International Flash Fiction competition – Quantum Shorts

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition

Write a quantum inspired short story and stand to win cash prizes of up to US$1,500. Closing date is 1 Dec 2017.

QuantIC is the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging based at the University of Glasgow. We are the UK Scientific partner for Quantum Shorts, an international flash fiction competition for quantum inspired short stories.  We’re looking for short story submissions of no longer than 1000 words which take inspiration from quantum physics and include the sentence “There are only two possibilites: yes or no”.

There are Open and Youth categories and there are cash prizes to be won for the best entries and the people’s choice. There is no fee to enter.

If you’re interested in taking part, visit for more information.

Closing date for entries is 1 Dec 2017.

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Amazon launches search for a modern interpretation of A Christmas Carol

A tale of Christmas Present: Amazon launches search for a modern interpretation of A Christmas Carol written especially for young children

174 years after Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol novella was first enjoyed by readers, Amazon invites new and established writers to create a modern-day young children’s story inspired by the worldwide classic

The winning author will receive a prize package including having his or her book professionally illustrated by award-winning illustrator Ian Beck, a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card and a top-of-the-range Fire tablet


Following the success of 2016’s search for a new Christmas bedtime story, Amazon has today launched the 2017 search for a new 1,000 words or less children’s festive tale that is a reimagined and modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The winning children’s book will be illustrated and published in time for this Christmas season.


The nationwide writing competition is now open to all adult UK residents, with the winning story to be professionally illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator, Ian Beck. The winning author will receive a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card and a top-of-the-range Fire tablet. Published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the winning story will be available in both print and digital formats in the run up to Christmas and made available to an audience of millions of readers around the world with the Kindle app for iOS and Android or using any Kindle or Fire tablet.


A perennial favourite, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 29,000 word novella has remained close to the hearts of readers since its first publication in 1843 when it sold out in just five days, just in time for Christmas Eve. By the close of the following year, several editions had been released. In similar fashion, Amazon hopes to help further the career of a storyteller this festive season.


Authors can submit their stories from today by emailing their entries to to be judged by a team of Amazon books editors and last year’s competition winner Lucy Banks.


“We are excited to see what brilliant writers across Britain come up with this year,” said Alessio Santarelli, Director of Kindle Content EU, Amazon. “A Christmas Carol embodies the spirit of Christmas, and in seeking out a modern-day interpretation, we hope to spread these positive messages while helping to elevate the career of a talented author.”


Celebrated illustrator Ian Beck said: “I look forward to bringing the winning story to life through my illustrations. A Christmas Carol’s simple message of Christmas generosity has been such an inspiration in many forms for generations and it will surely continue to inspire through this competition. My family and I have always loved reading together, a special ritual at Christmas time along with the carols from King’s College chapel and dressing the tree. Illustrating this new tale for families to read together this coming festive season will be a pleasure.”


To be in with the chance of winning, UK-based authors should submit up to a 1,000 word story in English by 7 November. The winning story will be made available on the Kindle store around the world in the run up to Christmas.


The story will be published through KDP, Amazon’s independent publishing programme, which enables authors to retain their copyrights, keep control, distribute globally, and earn royalties of up to 70%. The author will be enrolled into KDP Select and as a result, the book will be available through Kindle Unlimited.


The competition is now open for entries. For more information, writers can visit


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Writing competition to support RSPCA

We’ve had the following from Claire Apps:

I am running a writing competition to raise money for my local RSPCA, for their second phase to build the reception building which will house the vets room, dog shower room, kitchen and 20 dog kennels.
The competition is for short stories and poetry.
Please see the website for more details

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The Emma Press launches call for pamphlet proposals

The Emma Press has launched a call for pamphlet proposals. The independent publisher, which is based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, is looking for both poetry and prose pamphlets, for adults and for children. The call opens on 17th October and closes on 10th December 2017.

Writers are invited to send in six pages of their manuscript for the first round of submissions, and to select the editor they would prefer to read their entry. The publisher has released profiles of the four editors – Rachel Piercey, Emma Wright, Richard O’Brien and Yen-Yen Lu – to help writers to choose.

See website for more details

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Alchemy Press Book of Horror – call for submissions

2018 sees the re-launch of the Alchemy Press Book Of… anthologies with a brand new title: HORRORS, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. We are looking for horror stories … but tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and “peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds, Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among other illustrious publications.

Your story can be set in almost any era, any place but glimpse at and pervert the usual perceptions of reality – and unreality. We do not want stories that deal with common horror tropes without stretching boundaries. Avoid zombies unless they are tackled in an unexpected and strange fashion. No urban romance – you know, heroine falling for a vampire and so forth. Nor do we want to see religious tracts, porn, and we really, really do not want gross-out horror tales.

Please send your stories in a standard manuscript format (3,000-6,000 words [flexible – contact us before submitting]) to to arrive by 31 January 2018 (contact us if an extension is required).

Payment: 0.5p a word (£20 for 4,000 words, £30 for 6,000 words), plus a copy of the book and royalties. The anthology will be in print for a maximum of five years and then the book will become OOP.

If you are interested put on your story-thinking hat now. Any questions please get back to us at the above email address or use this contact form.

Alchemy Press website


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Fox Spirit – submission call

What we want: You know our genres by now, sci fi, fantasy, horror, crime, blasphemous mixes of various genres, anything speculative. It can be dark or fun as long as it is packed with great characters and fantastic plot.

Length wise, well, we hate to say it but we were doing novellas before it was cool, so really anything that is long enough to need its own book works for us. It needs to be completed though. Adult or YA is fine. If it leans toward middle grade, there will be another call for Fennec in due course, please wait for that.

What we don’t want: We don’t do shock, extreme or body horror, it makes Aunty Fox squicky and if she can’t read it she can’t publish it. We don’t publish romance, erotica, literary or anything we haven’t actually asked for. We will reject without reading.

Our submission guidelines are on the Subs page and we do suggest reading them.

Please make sure you use ‘

Doors open on 1st October and remain open until 31st October, please submit within that window.

How we work.

Fox Spirit is a small press, we work on profit split, our terms will be 65% to the author 35% to us, but we will be taking all out costs for cover art, editing etc out of our %, so you get you % of every sale. We sell via Amazon using print on demand.

More details on the website


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The Matador Review: call for submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end November 30.

Our purpose is to promote “alternative work” from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.

Submission information can be found at:
Submissions can be sent to
Questions and concerns can be sent to



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