Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Weird Anthology Calls

I'm always looking for the more unusual anthologies to submit to and here is a round-up of some I'm hoping to write stories for that might also interest you:

Midnight Movie: Creature Feature by May December Publications. Stories should be between 3,000 – 10,000 words and contain at least one type of creature (zombie, vampire etc) and NO humans. May December publications specialise in zombie fiction and have several other anthologies open to submission. No submission deadline yet. Details are available here.

How the West Was Wicked by Pill Hill Press. Think the American Wild West with a speculative element, and then make it weird or disturbing. They haven't officially posted details on their website about this yet, but you can check out the discussion on this and several other anthologies on their forum. Reading for this anthology starts on the 5th January 2011 and they are leaving a wide word limit for this one, 500 – 15,000 words.

Staying with the western theme, Wicked East Press is looking for submissions for a 2012 anthology entitled Dead Rush: Old West Horror. With a deadline of 28th February 2012, there's more than enough time to write a story. Word limit is 3,500 – 7,000 words, but they will consider stories from 1,500 – 10,000. Check out this and several other anthologies open to submission on their forum.

A Tribute to the Stars by Static Movement is one anthology I'm incredibly excited about. Stories must be a tribute to your favourite star, and you will name the star you'd like to play the main character. Any actors/actresses named in the anthology will be sent a copy, so serious submissions only. There is no maximum word limit but a minimum of 2,000 (thanks to Pixie for correcting me on that one). Any genre is acceptable, but this is a story for the actor/actress to star in, not about them. See the forum discussion for more details.

Finally, Pill Hill Press are still looking for submissions for their Daily Bites of Flesh: 365 Days of Flash Fiction anthology, 500 words or less stories about zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other man-eating/bloodsucking creatures. I've had one piece already accepted and I'm currently writing a second. Check out the details here. Deadline is 3rd November 2010.

Now for an update on my 1oo Followers Draw or 100 Blog Post Awards Celebrations: I now have 94 followers and this is my 92nd post. Which will be first? It's too close to call.


  1. Wow! Thanks so much for these links! :o)

  2. Thanks so, so much for sharing these anthology calls :-)

  3. Hm..... I wonder which star you'll choose?

  4. Oooh, some good links here. Cheers Ellie :)
    Definitely having a go at Midnight Movie!

  5. I like the sound of the Tribute to the Stars one, might see if I can come up with something for it!

    Cheers for the links! :-)

  6. You know I just realised - I must find Yours magazine!!! I must read your story in it!!! I'm so off to WHSmiths tomorrow!! They better have it!! :-)

    Vampires, zombies and ghosts -oh my!! I might try for the flash fic one but the Tribute to the Stars sounds ever so fab! I always wanted to write with a Rita Hayworth in her Gilda heyday fame type sizzling hot woman!!! Hmmm!!

    THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO MUCH for these fab links!!!

    Yours magazine people - go buy now!! :-)

    take care

  7. Just a quick note Ellie, the Static Movement's Tribute to the Stars anthology has NO maximum word count. 2,000 words is the MINIMUM...

    Just thought you want to get the right details :)

    I'll be doing something for that anthology.

    Pixie x

  8. Jessica - thank you!

    Rachel - your welcome!

    Granny Sue - you are a star! Thank you.

    MorningAJ - LOL. Now let me see . . .toupee wearing Danny Crane inpersonator? You know me too well!

    Steven - thank you! The Midnight Movie anthology looks fun.

    Joleen - please do! I'd love to read some fellow bloggers tribute stories.

    Old Kitty - the Yours magazine I'm in went off sale yesterday! I'll have to scan you in a copy and email it. Rita Hayworth would make for a sizzling story but I think they only want stars alive today. Of course she could still be alive, but I'm not sure. LOL.

  9. Pixie - how did I get that wrong?! A huge thank you and I'm correcting the details now.

  10. Thanks, Ellie for the great link suggestions. And congrats on getting into Daily Bites of Flesh too!

  11. Hi Ellie..thanks for sharing these anthology links. Here is hoping you reach the 100 followers mark before your 100th post. :)

  12. Talli - your welcome.

    Lily - thank you!

    Rachna - I hope so too!

  13. Wow what an amazing collection. Good luck Ellie. :O)

  14. Thanks for these, Ellie! Do you check out Duotrope.com? - I find it really useful for finding markets

  15. brokenbiro - I don't check it often, but they are a great source for anthology submissions.

  16. That is going to be a photo finish....94 and 92.
    Who will hit the tape first ?

  17. You have another follower.

    I have to admit that I've never considered writing for anthologies, so thanks for the links.

  18. This is a great post. Thank you Ellie..:)

  19. I've never considered anthologies before, but thanks for providing some info on these possibilities. I've been thinking lately about trying my hand at shorter fiction again.

  20. This is a great list! Thanks so much for posting them.

  21. Wow up to 97!!!! PS I got my magazine and the book!!! Eek! So fun!!! Thank you so much for the win!

  22. Madeleine - thank you!

    Haddock - it's so exciting! I'm away over the weekend, so I'll be straight on the blog when I get back to see if there has been any developments. LOL.

    Patti - thank you! You should consider writing for anthologies - it's great experience and good for the CV.

    L'Aussie - thank you!

    Margo - thank you! I must admit I've fallen in love with short fiction. You should definitely consider writing for a few.

    Lynda - your welcome.

    Jen - it's getting closer to one hundred! I'm so excited.

  23. Just keep visiting blogs and visit early so other commenters see you. I'll say 100 followers first. Oh, and you are a winner from my Weekend Follies. More infor to follow!

    Stephen Tremp

  24. Stephen - you were right, I did reach 100 followers first!

    I've got such a bad memory - I just remembered what the Weekend Follies were. Thank you! I'm thrilled to be joint first.


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