I wanted to take a moment today to discuss a bit of publishing/sales news in the writing world, before getting into the latest batch of open calls. Author Chris McMullen is sponsoring an event this year called Read Tuesday to be held on December 10. Essentially, he would like to see the event become analogous to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but with a hyper-specific focus on book sales. Participating authors and publishers will commit to reducing the prices of their books, either ebook, print, or both on the day of the event.
Chris is asking for the help of anyone who loves reading to either participate in or promote Read Tuesday. He would like to see it become an annual, worldwide happening. I’ve put forward the notion of enrolling The Black Wind’s Whispers and Marching Time into this event, and the idea has generally been met with positive reaction, so keep an eye out for them to be on sale. Check the Read Tuesday Catalog for other participating books.
With that said, let’s get into the writing opportunities for this week.
Shock Totem Magazine
Shock Totem Publications is looking for dark fantasy and horror stories for their Shock Totem magazine. Mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, and more sub-genres fall under this umbrella, but they do not want epic fantasy or hard science fiction.
Deadline: November 30
Words: Under 5,000
Pay: $.05 per word
Reprints: Yes ($.02 per word)
Thresholds will be an anthology of speculative fiction published by The Dreadful Cafe. They are looking for stories about crossing literal and figurative thresholds into unexpected realms or situations. All genres are accepted, but they express an interest in works that cross genres, as is appropriate to the theme. All after-cost proceeds from the anthology will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Words: 1,000 – 25,000
Pay: $125 (1,000 – 7,000 words), $250 (7,001-13,000 words), Negotiable (13,001+ words)
Reprints: Yes (self-published only)
Lost in the Witching Hour
Spook Show Publishing has a current call for their upcoming collection Lost in the Witching Hour. They would like to see stories centered around the paranormal, including, but not limited to, ghosts, haunted houses, demons & possession, etc. Stories can either be campfire tales or have more involved elements. The publisher cautions against gore without good justification.
Deadline: December 31
Words: Up to 15,000
Pay: $10 (5,000+ words only, otherwise only a contributor copy)
Vampires Suck will be an anthology of humorous fiction about Vampires and their lore, to be published by Strange Musings Press. I’m putting this in today as the non-paying market, since details are sketchy regarding payment. The only requirements for style and genre are 1. vampires and 2. humor. The publisher evidently has a story lined up that is heavy on the Twilight satire, so, sorry, that topic is taken.
Deadline: January 1
Words: 500 – 6,000
Pay: Free ebook copy and possible royalties