Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 - DEATH BY WATER, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, to be published October 2017 in print and digital editions.
We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Word Count: We are open to stories of 4000-5000 words.
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Pay Rate: We pay (via PayPal) $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, nor do we accept unsolicited reprints.
Submissions should follow standard manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman or Courier fonts, 1” margins all around, line spacing 1½ or 2 spaces). It must be in .doc or .docx format or it will not be considered. Your name and contact information must be at the top of the first page of the story. Page numbers with author’s last name and/or partial story name on subsequent pages would be appreciated.
Cover letter is optional, but if you do include one, please add a short bio (up to 200 words).
Response time is currently within four weeks. After that, if you haven’t heard from us, please query. We will not be sending confirmations of receipt.
To submit a story, go to our story submission form below. To submit your story via email, put “SUBMISSION - TBOD2” in the subject line and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
4/11/2017 11:51:17 am
Is this word count firm or flexible?
4/11/2017 09:17:54 pm
4/17/2017 02:38:17 pm
My story's word count is 1118. Would this be considered, or would I have to make this longer?
4/17/2017 08:51:12 pm
Sorry, the story is too short.
4/27/2017 03:45:17 pm
My story is 6500 words. Is that too long?
5/31/2017 08:48:33 pm
You can submit it
5/30/2017 09:25:15 pm
Are you still taking submissions? I've tried to contact the email provided and have received no response.
5/31/2017 08:49:59 pm
Yes, submissions are open until September 1, 2017
David F. Gray
6/8/2017 03:40:52 pm
Could you let me know of my story, The Bridge, is still in consideration? I submitted it on April 17th via your HotmaIl address. Thanks.
7/20/2017 07:07:51 am
Should queries be sent to the same address as submissions (email@example.com)?
7/20/2017 10:27:12 am
Is a story around the 3,500 word range too short?
8/24/2017 11:34:11 am
Hello - is a 1280 word count too short?
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