Let’s Make Those Keyboards Clack

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Writing/Publishing

writerA writer writes. And once having writ, sends it off and writes some more . With that little bit of wisdom, here are a few places anxious to see what you’ve been up to.

[Note: The Tell Me A Fable deadline is coming up fast, so you might want to tackle that one first.]

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International flash anthology: We’re looking for stories under 750 words for Flash Fiction International, due from distinguished publisher W.W. Norton in 2014.

We generally prefer recent, previously published work (recent=within the last ten years or so), but we will also consider unpublished submissions. The stories must be in English, originally or in translation. Limit of 3 stories.
Editors for the Norton Sudden and Flash Fiction book series, James Thomas and Robert Shapard, are joined by Chris Merrill, director of the U of Iowa International Writing Program.

We would be grateful for any leads to authors we should read, besides yourself. Also, please let us know if you know any good, brief quotes that can be related to very short fiction (for example, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”)
Send submissions by email attachment to james45387ATyahooDOTcom, or send print copy to James Thomas, 99 W. 3rd St. #5, Xenia, OH, U.S.A. 45385. Deadline is August 15.

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Dark Opus Press is proud to present Tell Me a Fable, our third annual anthology.  We will be looking for stories base on one of  Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  We’re sorry, but for the concept we’re going for here we are not accepting poetry, reprints or artwork for this anthology.

Our guidelines are simple.  All stories MUST be based on a Grimm’s Fairy Tale and NOT the Disney version.  All stories must have a dark bent to them and be between 2,000 and 6,000 words.  This word count is firm and stories outside this word range will not be considered.

MUST be in proper manuscript format.  This means: Courier New or Times New Roman fonts, doubled spaced, no extra space between paragraphs, indent paragraphs.  Words meant to be italicized or bolded in the final print, please make sure it is that way in your manuscript.

Please read our magazine guidelines to see what we do not want. If you don’t review our magazine guidelines, we will know.  We know that quite a few of Grimm’s tales deal with children so we will be a little more lenient when it comes to violence toward children. However, it must be integral to your story and it should occur off-stage, if possible. If you are unsure, please query first.

Send your submissions to: anthology@betenoiremagazine.com

In the subject line please put:  submission – Your story title/title of Grimm’s tale

Payment for accepted works will be a 1 cent a word US, plus one copy.

The reading period for this anthology will start July 1st and end July 31st or until filled.  Stories sent before July 1st will be deleted unread.

All submissions must be in either .doc, .docx, or .rtf

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 LampLight: A Quarterly Magazine of Dark Fiction


We are a quarterly for literary dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as an ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection. We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.


Payment is a flat fee rather than a by word system. We want to encourage telling a story in the amount of space it needs, rather than trying to get to a certain length.

For short stories we pay $150 per story. For flash fiction, we pay $50.

For length, 1000 words or less, consider it flash fiction; 2000 – 7000 words, consider it short story. In-between? Send it over and we can talk.

Reprints, Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions will not be accepted. Please wait for 90 days before you query.

Reading Times

As Lamplight is a quarterly, there are some reading dates associated with it. While we take submissions year round, there are cut off dates for the individual issues. The cut off dates for each of the issues are listed below.

Spring – 15 January
Summer – 15 April
Fall – 15 July
Winter – 15 October

Where to Submit

Submittable is our preferred method of submission.


Please remember, Submittable is a third party site. Please read the Terms of Service before you sign up.
Submissions can also be emailed as a .DOC file to:


with the subject line: SUBMISSION, your name, story name.

If you need a reminder about formatting, here is a good link to read: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

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And as always, Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories. Click Here to Submit a story

Home Sweet Home
Whether you rent your home or own your home, home is where your heart is. It is your safe place in the world. Your home can be a mansion, a cottage or a mobile home… it doesn’t matter. It is yours! It is where you live, where you sit around the table with your family and friends, sharing a meal and your dreams. We are looking for stories about homes: getting your first home, returning to your childhood home, do it yourself repair disasters and successes, moving up or downsizing, moving day or any heartwarming or funny stories associated with home. This book will make the perfect housewarming gift. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.

Miracles Happen
Everyone loves to read about miracles in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Everyone has experienced extraordinary events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment. Why did these things happen? Perhaps the only explanation is divine intervention. We are looking for true stories in this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events. Miracles do happen every day. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 15, 2013.

Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide
Moms are the busiest people in the world! They juggle kids, husbands, jobs, housework, paid work, volunteer work, parents, pets, etc. How do they do it? Sometimes they are successful and get everything done. Sometimes… disasters happen! Busy moms – here is your chance to pass along your words of wisdom, your lessons learned, your funny or embarrassing moments. Pretend you’re talking to a friend and share your wonderful stories with other busy moms. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2013.

My Guardian Angel
We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are “angels” because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2013.

Overcoming Challenges
Life is filled with challenges. We have all gone through trying times and have had to overcome difficult situations. We would like to know what challenges you have faced in your life and what you did to overcome them. Are you recovering from health problems, financial difficulties or the loss of a loved one? What changes did you make to help you cope with these issues and turn negative into positive? Your stories will give our readers inspiration and insight into how others are coping and let them know that there is hope even in adversity. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 31, 2013.

Reboot Your Life
Were you in a rut? Was your life boring and dull? Hopefully you did something positive about that. What kind of a major changes did you make that brought back your purpose, passion, and joy? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you reboot your life? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives. The deadline for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries
With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country, chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBI is the signature wound of our returning soldiers. It is literally changing the rules for athletes from the NFL to the public schools. If you have sustained a TBI, if you are a family member dealing with the challenges of TBI, or if you are a health care professional inspired by TBI survivors, we want to hear your story. What do you know now that you wish you knew then? What helped you most in your recovery? What lesson did you learn from an amazing survivor of traumatic brain injury? The deadline for story and poem submission is November 30, 2013.

Stories about Cats
We love stories about our cats. They are part of our families or perhaps it might be better to say that they allow us to think of them as family! We include them in our celebrations and buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your cat feel special? What does your cat expect from you? How has having a cat changed your life? We know you’ll have many great stories for us about how you cater to your cat and how your cat is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous… or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013.

Stories about Dogs
We love stories about our dogs and the amazing things they do. They are part of our families. We include them in our celebrations and even buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your dog feel special? What does your dog expect from you? How has your dog changed your life? We know you’ll have many great stories for us about how you pamper your pooch and how your pooch is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous… or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013.

The Dating Game!
We’re publishing a book on dating! First dates, blind dates, group dates… we want to hear about all of them. Meeting the family, embarrassing moments, break-ups and make-ups… we want all of your war stories. Did you meet your perfect match online? Did you have an office romance or start a relationship with someone who was just a friend? How about first dates after divorce, reconnecting with a person from your past, or even simply finding your happily-ever-after where you least expected it? Tell us everything from love at first sight to dating disasters. For this book, we prefer contemporary stories. They will be favored over stories about events that happened decades ago. We are accepting stories from men and women 18 years and older. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 29, 2013.

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