November Anthology List

Hi to all the writers out there. For those of you who do, thanks for supporting my Patreon. If you're just looking, that's cool -- luck with your submissions! This is the November anthology listing, including open anthologies with deadlines between 30 November 20 and 1 February 21.

Occasionally a promising anthology will be missing some key info, or something will be confusing; I'll include the book in this list and e-mail my question to the editor. When/if the editor gets back to me, I'll update the book's entry and the new version will be included in the next month's post. There'll be [a note from me] in the entry, indicating that there's an outstanding query. (Or for any other notes I add.)

Markets with specific deadlines are listed first, while "Always Open" and "Until Filled" markets (if any) are at the bottom.

Markets open only to writers in a limited demographic are marked with a [NOTE:] from me, in italics, right after the main header.

There are usually more details on the original site; always click through and read the full guidelines before submitting. Note that some publishers list multiple guidelines on one page, so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit.


30 November 20 -- ProleSCARYet

[NOTE: I'm posting this with reservations. The sub call seems organized, and their rate of pay is a bit over my minimum, but there's no info on the site that I could find about who exactly is editing or publishing this book. Proceed with caution.]

ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare will be a print and e-book anthology about the horrors of capitalism.  We want monstrous bosses, jobs from literal Hell, working class folks fighting back against great cosmic evils, and any other wild idea you  can come up with. As long as it’s anti-capitalist and horror, it’s good.  We also welcome dark weird fiction and horror-adjacent sci-fi.

The anthology is open to all writers, but we would especially like  submissions from anti-capitalist writers of marginalized groups.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 4,500 words.

Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are  allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted  elsewhere. No reprints.

We will announce accepted submissions by January 15th, 2020.

Anthology will be published in spring 2021.


  • If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh.
  • We’re fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror.
  • Yes, make it anti-capitalist, but don’t be moralizing. We want nuance.
  • Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not.
  • Splatterpunk is fine, but gore and extreme elements should serve story, character, and theme.

FORMAT Use standard manuscript format.  Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body  of the email or submit it in any other format — we won’t read it if you  do.

Please send submission to [email protected]. Include  your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g.,  Karl Marx — “Capitalism Bad” — 3,500 Words”).

Include an author bio of under 100 words and no more than two links to accompany your story.


$75 via PayPal for a short story after contract signing and final  edits, and a free e-book copy of the anthology following publication.


Half the proceeds from this anthology will go to Labor Rights, an organization advocating for the rights of workers around the world. The other half of proceeds will go toward funding a future anthology project.


Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.


1 Dec 20 -- "Worldbuilding" Fantasy Anthology -- Lagrange Books

Lagrange Books is soliciting short stories and novellas by new and established authors in the fantasy genre, between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length for short stories and between 9,000 and 15,000 words for novellas. (Shorter or longer works will be considered in cases of exceptional merit.) The goal is to select at least ten entries for publication* in a short-story anthology.

Theme: “Politics as Story Conflict.”

Your story must include as a significant plot element a political conflict that makes up a key piece of the worldbuilding. (For guidance on how to do this, you can refer to Beyond Kings and Princesses: Governments for Worldbuilders, from Lagrange Books.)

Accepted authors will receive $100 for a short story, or $200 for a novella.

Submission Rules

How to submit: Email your manuscript (acceptable document formats: Word, PDF, Pages, TXT, RTF) to the following address: editor at lagrangebooks dot com. Begin the subject line with “[Worldbuilding Submission]”, and make sure to list your contact information in the email itself. (Also, please mention how you heard of this anthology!)

Genre: Fantasy, broadly defined. This includes traditional high fantasy, urban fantasy, or any other flavor that includes a magical or fantastical element. (If you are interested in other genres, please suggest them for our next project!)


Entries must be your own work, must be previously unpublished, and may not be plagiarized. You must own all copyright to work submitted. No exceptions!

Read this post and then this post for discussions of my editorial preferences. Be warned especially that even though the focus of this anthology is on worldbuilding, that does not free you from the need to have a strong plot.

Works must show adequate command of the English language, grammar, and punctuation. Rule-breaking for effect, as with stream-of-consciousness writing or the use of a Flowers-for-Algernon type of narrator, will have to show particular merit. Otherwise, do your editing in advance!

Works with strong thematic elements are encouraged. Characters must face significant obstacles to be overcome (whether they succeed or not). Nihilism can be part of the setup, but should not be the conclusion—the characters should push through nihilism to the other side, whatever that is.

Works that are overtly proselytizing, or overtly bigoted against a particular religion or against religion in general, will be rejected out of hand.

PG-13. Swearing should be mild, sex of the fade-to-black variety; gore can be present if justified by the plot and theme, but should not be luridly emphasized.

Good luck!

* Selected authors will be asked to sign a contract granting exclusive publication rights to their story in print and electronic media for a term of 12 months from publication; and further allowing us to keep this anthology in print even after other rights have reverted back.


1 Dec  20 -- The Art of Being Human -- ed. Tehani Croft and Stephanie Lai; Fablecroft Publishing

The world in 2020 has been tipped upside down and shaken in ways we  could barely have imagined, except perhaps in the post-apocalyptic and  dystopic worlds of story. Amidst pandemic illness and death, political  machinations and despair, one of the casualties has been, at least in a  financial sense, the Arts. Governments across the world have slashed  funding, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues have closed amid  lockdown restrictions, money is being carefully metered with jobs more  uncertain than ever, meaning our creatives across all industries are  suffering. And yet, more than ever, we are turning to art to stay sane  in lockdown, to keep our spirits up in isolation, and to remind us that  despite the hardship, there is beauty in this world.

To that end, FableCroft is coming out of  hiatus in this year of social distancing and staying at home, to call  for submissions on a brand new original anthology, The Art of Being Human.  Co-edited by Tehani Croft and Stephanie Lai, this anthology seeks to  remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our  engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media,  and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.

Stories should be between 2,000 to 20,000  words long, and not previously published. Poetry of any length is also  welcome. Works are invited from all over the world, but must be  primarily in the English language.

Stories must contain speculative elements –  science fiction, fantasy and horror and their sub-genres are all  welcome, but we recommend researching FableCroft’s past projects for an  idea of the sort of stories we publish. Generally, no erotica or  splatterpunk is desirable. Please query the editor before sending  stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only – no reprint submissions please.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

Submission Guidelines:

E-mail to [email protected] as an attached RTF. We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

  • Please use a regular font, size 12, with margins of at least 2cm.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraphs by 0.5 (approx 1cm), 1.5 space lines, and indicate section breaks with a centered “#”.
  • Include name, address, phone number, email etc at the top of the document.

Anticipated publication date: May 2021

Payment will be AUD$100.00 for stories of up to 10,000 words  (payment for poetry and longer stories accepted will be negotiated with  the author) and a contributor copy of the ebook.


1 Dec 20 -- Don't Touch That -- ed. Jaymee Goh

[NOTE: Submissions must be received by 11:15pm EST on 1 December.]

[NOTE2: The theme description says that the stories are written by SF and fantasy writers who are parents, but the campaign update which has the specifics doesn't mention that requirement, and at least one of the invited writers is someone whom I'm pretty sure doesn't have any kids, so...? Query if you're not a parent and want to sub.]

The theme is, not surprisingly, parenting in SFF. You can interpret that  any way you like, and take it in any direction you like. We'd love to  see what you come up with! Stories should be no more than 5,000 words,  and when they're all edited and ready to go, can be submitted in a .doc  or .docx file to [email protected] no later than 11:15pm EST  on December 1, 2020. Please remember to  include your name, pen name if you use one, and contact info on your  submission (not part of your word count).

Parents exploring ancient, curse-ridden caves with their children.  Parents trying to give their kin enough personal space to grow their own  intergalactic empires - and make their mistakes. Parents hunting the  monsters that hide beneath kids' beds. Parents offering advice to the  adventuring child who never takes it.

In February, author Jess Hernandez tweeted out how much fun it would be to contribute to an anthology that explored  the theme of parenthood in science fiction and fantasy in the same style  as Mike Chen's debut novel Here and Now and Then.

[NOTE3: Click through for a lot of info that's important to a Kickstarter campaign but not so much to a submission call.]


1 Dec 20 -- Artificial Divide -- ed. Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey; Renaissance Press

Artificial Divide is an own voices anthology by Blind and visually  impaired writers. It’s a multi genre anthology with visually impaired  protagonists. It will feature a diverse array of short stories with  protagonists that are visually impaired.  For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words.  We  are looking for own-voice stories featuring blind or visually impaired  protagonists, written by authors who are blind or visually impaired. The  story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be  any genre of fiction.  Stories must be in English, though we invite diversity and dialects, including AAVE.  We  will reject any story with racist, ableist, or homophobic, or otherwise  bigoted themes. We don’t want to see those kinds of stories. Period.  One  of the editors will be using a screen reader to review submissions, so  make sure your document does not contain any tables or graphs or charts.  Layout tables are acceptable but highly discouraged because your  submission will be converted to Proper Manuscript Format. If you already  have your story in Proper Manuscript format, send it along in that  format.  If you’re visually impaired and need a screen reader  friendly template, this page is a bit dated, but it has templates that  work in all versions of Microsoft Word <>.  Submit your manuscript in either docx or doc format.  We’re  especially looking for writers of color, LGBT+ writers, and other  marginalized identities. Please note that priority will be given to  Canadian writers and writers from diverse backgrounds, though we are  open to authors from around the world.  In your cover letter,  provide your name, your primary email address, and a cover letter  outlining the main plot of the story and the word count. In your cover  letter, detail in two sentences or more, how being visually impaired has  hindered you in the publishing industry, and please indicate whether  you are a Canadian.

Stories can be submitted to [email protected]  please write in SUBMISSION and the title of your story as the subject  header.

Deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2020.

Payment is 0.06CAD per word.

Previously published work – we strongly prefer  original work but will consider work previously published in  publications with small readership. Please indicate on your cover letter  if the work was previously published and include a link to the  publication.

Simultaneous submissions – we will consider  simultaneous submissions. Please indicate on your cover letter if your  work is submitted somewhere else simultaneously, and please notify us  right away should the work be accepted elsewhere.

Please submit only one story. Should we turn down  your story before the submission deadline, please do feel free to send  us another story. Otherwise, please only send one story.


15 Dec 20 -- Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World -- ed. Charlatan Bardot and Eric J. Guignard; Dark Moon Books

Title: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021 edition) Submissions Accepted: November 15–December 15, 2020 Projected Release Date: Summer, 2021 Word Count: Short Stories between approximately 1,500–4,500 words (soft range). Payment: Two (2) cents per word and one contributor copy in each of all published formats. Reprints?: NO Multiple and/or Simultaneous Submissions: YES Response Time: January 15, 2021 (or earlier) Send submissions and queries to: [email protected]

The greatest and most complete travel anthology of (fictional) haunted buildings in the world is now open! Hosted by Professor Charlatan Bardot, PhD, EdD, EJG, and curated by Eric J. Guignard, this book is seeking dark fiction short stories about haunted buildings (excluding houses) around the globe.

Consider that, essentially, these are “Haunted House” types of stories, except they are to be set in ANY type of structure that is not a house; i.e. the theme of this book is for haunted buildings or structures that are subject of a fantastic, terrifying, magical, weird, or otherwise thrilling or speculative tale, but that the subject building is not a traditional stick-built/frame residential house.

Additionally, these are to be “fictional buildings” (don’t use the Eastern State Penitentiary as the site of your story, but you could use a similar haunted prison modeled off, and named differently than, Eastern State Penitentiary).

Use your wildest imagination for these tales of architecture and intrigue—any type of building (excluding traditional houses) is welcome. A haunted igloo? Yes! A possessed Yurt? Totally! Go wild with these tales, but not to the point of silliness. Although the book idea is playful, and I want the stories to be fun, they also should be taken seriously.

Finally, although the term of “haunted” may invoke a sense of horror, and this book will include those types of tales, I’m looking also to shape this anthology toward imaginative interpretations of what hauntings can mean, in beautiful and colorful ways. The revenant of haunted hair at a barbershop, or the ghosts of children who never were, playing on a playground. Although I enjoy horror and dark tales, I still prefer love and happy endings for them (at least once in a while!).

Book examples of haunted non-house buildings include:

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (Haunted IKEA store) Dark Matter by Michelle Paver (Haunted Whaling Cabin) Steam by Jay B. Laws (haunted bathhouse) Creepers by David Morrell (Haunted Hotel) Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell (Arctic Research Station; although not “haunted,” the setting is crucial to the story) The Shining by Stephen King (Haunted Hotel) Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (haunted castle) The Booking by Ramsey Campbell (Haunted bookstore) Stranded by Bracken Macleod (Haunted/ alternate reality Oil Rig)



Additionally, besides a non-house structure, I’m ALSO requiring stories be set in diverse locations around the globe. Think of mausoleums in Romania, ruined palaces in Baghdad, military installations in Tanzania, electronics factories in China, cathedrals in Argentina, glass pyramids on an Arctic mountain top, bomb shelters, cardboard boxes, lighthouses, zoos, union halls, taverns, libraries, canneries, campgrounds, etc.

I have compiled a small list of countries you are EXCLUDED from writing your haunted building to be located in. Half of the stories in this anthology will be filled by invite, and these are the countries already selected. Here is the LINK for that Exclusion List.

All of the above rules and remarks are to sustain the theme of this book being designed and illustrated as if a Ghost Tours type of travel guide for the world.

[NOTE: This runs on for a while, with details getting ever more fiddly. Click through to the site to read more (and yet more) about what kind of stories they're looking for.]


31 Dec 2020 --  Zombies Need Brains Anthologies -- ed. Joshua Palmatier, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, and S.C. Butler; Zombies Need Brains

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE anthology Kickstarter (back us at has hit its goal!  If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration.  I've posted the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.  Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format.  The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example:  DERELICT:  Ghost Ships Gone Wild!).  The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for.  Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish.  Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered.  Please use Times New Roman font.  The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name.  Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY is to feature urban fantasy stories set in the modern-day world with some type of god or deity as the central focus of the story.  Stories featuring more interesting gods and deities, especially those from less-used cultures, will receive more attention than those that use standard gods/deities.  In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with Zeus.  If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology.  Take note of which gods/deities the anchor authors intend to use (listed in the description of the Kickstarter at, since their stories are already guaranteed to be in the anthology. It’s unlikely we’ll select a second story using the same god/deity.  Be creative, choose something different, and have the god/deity established in the modern world in an unusual and unexpected way.  We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

DERELICT is to feature stories involving abandoned ships, whether it be ships at sea or starships in space.  We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories.  We are somewhat flexible as to the definition of “ship” for this anthology, but it must still be somehow abandoned in some way. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the use of the abandoned ship will receive more attention than those that are more mundane or are tropes.  Make certain the story is centered on the ship! If the abandoned ship element is removed, the story should fall apart. So be creative and use the abandoned ship in an unusual and unexpected way.  We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark, including horror.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is to feature science fiction and fantasy stories, including alternate history stories, where two different cultures “collide” in some way.  We expect mostly first contact types of collisions, but the story does NOT need to be a first contact story. The cultures can be human, alien, technological, fae, etc. They should clash in some significant, meaningful way. Stories featuring more interesting juxtapositions of cultures and the ways in which they meet and interact will receive more attention than those that use the more typical, expected collisions.  So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected meeting of different cultures.  We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.


The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2020.  Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2021.  Please send submissions to [email protected].  You will receive a receipt email within a few days of us receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration.  Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2021.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2021.  Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2021.  These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules.  Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that.  Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year.  Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word.  The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers.  The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats.  Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter.  Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected].  Thank you.

[These are great books to be in. Josh is easy to work with, editorially, and he's good at keeping books selling. I have a story in Alien Artifacts, from 2016, and I still get royalty checks a couple of times a year. The last check was tiny, but it spends, and after getting pro rates up front, anything further is gravy. I highly recommend subbing to these books.]


31 Dec 2020 -- Lost Contact -- Max Booth III and Lori Michelle; Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Now, what does LOST CONTACT mean? I guess that depends on  what the word CONTACT means to you. To lose contact…does that bring to  mind something physical, something intangible? Does it give you a sense  of isolation? Does it bring to mind…aliens, maybe? Being stranded? LOST?  I think, in the times we live in right now, the phrase “LOST CONTACT”  might mean a whole heck of a lot to all of us, and we want to see what  you make of it. We’re keeping the theme vague here. We’re excited to see  how writers interpret it. There are so many ways you can explore “LOST  CONTACT”. Go wild with it.

And, since this is the final entry of our LOST trilogy — Lost Signals and Lost Films being the previous two entries — it would be to your benefit to include TECHNOLOGY of  some kind in the submission you write, whatever that might mean to you.  The stories need to be deeply rooted in the horror genre, but if it  also contains flavors of weird science fiction, that would be pretty  fuckin’ radical. (We highly recommend checking out the previous two  volumes to get a sense of what we’re looking to publish.)

Interested? Great! Here are the rest of the guidelines:

Word count: 1,000 – 7,000 Payment: $0.05 per word Simultaneous submissions: Yes Multiple submissions: No Reprints: No

Email all submissions to [email protected] with “STORY TITLE_LAST NAME_WORD COUNT” in the subject line.

Oh, and please–for the love of god–spare us your terrible contact  lens puns. You are not clever. Your mother lied to you. Don’t do it.

Thanks! That’s it. Now go write some groovy horror fiction!


31 Dec 20 -- SNAFU: Holy War -- ed. Amanda J Spedding and Geoff Brown; Cohesion Press

AU5c/word / 2k-10k words Opens Oct 1st / Closes Dec 31st Fantasy, Horror, or Science Fiction Theme – Holy war military horror.

What we want: Military ACTION-BASED horror, themed around religion and/or religious-based conflict.  Think  the Crusades, Europe’s Thirty Years War, The Troubles in Northern  Ireland (but with unnatural monsters)… anything that can be considered a  high-action monster story based around a conflict (overt or covert) of  religion. For level of unnatural creature we will give priority to, think Dog Soldiers or Aliens. We want lots of monster goodness.  We  will also be looking for soldiers, mercs, police, private  security/paramilitary. Hell, even a group of bodyguards protecting some  arsehole theocracy warlord in his jungle property.

Just ensure the action is central to the story, from start to finish, and don’t forget monsters!

This volume is like the previous volumes squared. All action. We want extreme action, and it has to be military or paramilitary action. And to say it again, full action. Nothing less. Hoo-rah!

We  actively encourage submissions from all cultural backgrounds,  ethnicities, and identities. Storytelling is for everyone, and we are  richer for it when all voices are heard.


Modern  America versus Muslim country war stories with religiosity at its core.  These need to be extremely well-written to make it past the slush pile.


  • Rape as a plot device/backstory
  • White saviour stories
  • Racism, bigotry, misogyny of any kind in the narrative voice
  • Child abuse/paedophilia (can’t believe we have to say this, but we do)
  • Rape as a plot device/backstory (yes, we have to say this twice)
  • Fanfiction or derivatives

Payment: AUD5c/word and one contributor copy in each format released. Wordcount range: 2,000 – 10,000 words (query for shorter or longer)

Anything submitted outside this period will be deleted without being read or replied to.

No selections will be made until after the period closes.

Projected publication date: Mid-2021

Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

Please put your full contact details and word count top left of the first page of the manuscript.  Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting. Courier, Palatino Linotype, or Times New Roman set at 12pt.

Italics as they will appear. No underlining. Double spaced.

Please don’t use TAB or space bar to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only. If unsure or using a program that has no styles, DO NOT indent at all. That’s still cool.

NO SPACE between paragraphs unless a line-break is required. ONE SPACE after full stops.  Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, I said this twice… it’s important).

Send your submission to Geoff Brown at [email protected] as an attachment (.doc/.rtf only)

In the  subject line of your email, please put Holy War: [STORY TITLE] (Replace  [STORY TITLE] with your actual story title. Yes, unfortunately I do need  to say this)  Example – Holy War: Theocracy

For file name, please use HolyWar_[Story Title]_[Your Surname]  Example – HolyWar_Theocracy_Brown


Please include a brief ‘hello, this is who I am’ in your email body as a cover letter.  Blank emails with attachments will be deleted.  For a guide to standard submission format, see:

The only variations to this format are that italics MUST appear as they will be used – no underlining – and again, only one space after a full stop.

Anyone that fails to follow these guidelines will likely see their story pulped to make theocratic propaganda.

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