Urban Occult Looking For Submissions

Photo by K. A. Laity

New Orleans, 2009 (c) K. A. Laity

Open Submissions: Urban Occult (h/t Colin F. Barnes)

We are now accepting submissions for a new horror/weird anthology ‘Urban Occult’.

This will explore the seedier side of towns and cities. The dark places that aren’t known to just everyone. Places that exist inside abandoned buildings, underground clubs, or perhaps Aunt Mavis’ 23rd floor apartment.

We are looking for stories that deal with the human side to occult practices. What happens when it goes wrong? What happens when it goes right? What eldritch beings are called up, and for what nefarious purpose? What takes a seemingly ordinary, well-adjusted character into the realms of the occult? Stories that grab us could show us a different side to the occult, how it affects society or families, or how others perceive those involved.

We aren’t necessarily looking for gore-based horror, but a deeper, more psychological, unsettling ‘weird’. Inevitably when we describe these things you can look at H.P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith or Brian Lumley for inspiration. But also look at writers like Dennis Wheatley, or even famed occultists such as Aleister Crowley and Anton Szandor LeVay.

You could explore the dark rumours surrounding Rasputin and Dr John Dee. There’s a lot of unanswered and unasked questions surrounding these kinds of people that would be ripe to explore.

For film inspiration you’ve got such movies as: The Ninth Gate, The Exorcist, Angel Heart, The Serpent and The Rainbow etc.

The only main stipulation is that the story must be set in the modern era and an urban setting. Perhaps use your local town as inspiration. What is weird, or unexplained in your local area? Do you have odd buildings that have a bizarre history, or a notorious family/business/individual? Hook your weird into the real for maximum story potential.

Payment: £10 per story + contributor paperback copy + profile on Anachron Press site.

Rights: First World English, Digital, Print, and Anthology

Deadline: Submissions open until November 1st, 2012

Rejections/Acceptances will be announced by the end of November, 2012.

Word Count: 4000-8000 (No flash stories).

How to submit your story:

(Please pay careful attention to avoid being rejected for a formatting issue).

– All stories to be sent as an attachment to: submissions AT Anachron Press DOT COM
– The file format MUST be in a .doc (no .docx or any other format).
– Place ‘Urban Occult Submission’ + stories title + word count + your name in the subject line (This is especially important as we use filters to organise our email.)
– Inside the document, please use Times New Roman in 12 and 1.5 line spacing.
– At the top of your document, please include your name and email address.
– In the body of your email, please give your name, a list of publishing credits (if any), a breif synopsis (200 words max) of your story and links to any websites/social media that you are on. (we like to socialise.)

Things to avoid in your submission:

– Double spaces after periods. A single space is all you need.
– Tabs to indent your text — use paragraph styles instead.
– Linebreaks between paragraphs — only use for new scenes.

Get Your Story Made Into A Film: BDHR Looking For Submissions

Publisher: BDHR Entertainment

Theme: Horror


  • You will get an on screen “story” credit, as well as a credit on IMDB
  • $100


Notes: I already turned in something, a little Idea I had written down quickly the other day. Make sure you read the post throughly and I wish you luck.

-L. Vera

Grit City Publications Looking For Submissions

Publication: Grit City Publications

Theme: Hard hitting “emotobooks”

Word count:

  • Single stories 6000-10000
  • Serial fiction: ~65k

Notes: I’ve seen a lot hype over emotobooks. I personally would rather see artist pictures, then vectors and fractals expressing emotion. Eitherway, I may throw a piece their way and maybe they can do there magic and make something work.

Btw, I agree with them completely with this little bit on their submission page:

If you do not have a presence on TwitterFacebook, and Google+, you are not taking your career seriously and GCP is not interested. 200 followers are required on each.

-L. Vera

Dark Markets: An Online Market Guide For Horror Writers

Saw a link from Paul D. Brazil this morning that made me upset because I wasn’t aware of it. So now you will as well. Say hello to Dark Markets, it’s a site dedicated to finding publications for horror writers.

It seems fairly new, with 142 members. You can sign up with them for free and doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds to get started. If you write horror, add this to your RSS feeds, or facebook, or the twitter box, NOW!

If you want to help out, they also have an email you can send submissions too. Btw, we also accept them as well, it won’t hurt to send them to both of us.

The Crime Factory Looking For Submissions

Publication: The Crime Factory

Theme: “Crime.”


  • Short Fiction: less than 5,000 words
  • Long Fiction: 8,000-11000
  • Non-fiction: less than 8,000
  • Reviews: 400 and less

Notes: I stumbled upon this website looking for crime blogs. A couple of writers I know post there and thought it would be neat to see what kind of stuff they accept. So they take anything crime related, reviews, interviews, along with fiction and non-fiction pieces. Of course, if you want to write horror/crime/thriller/speculative fiction, check out our submissions, here at AKAQ.

-L. Vera

Crime Net Looking For Submissions

Publication: Anachron Press

Theme: “Crime Net is essentially an anthology of detective, mystery, or noir stories.”

Word count: 4000-8,000

Multiple Submissions and simultaneous submissions not mentioned.

“First World English, Digital, Print, and Anthology”

Due: August 1st, 2012

Payment: £10 per story + contributor paperback copy + profile on Anachron Press site.

I know this is up a lot of people’s alley. So give it a try and keep us updated. 🙂

Specter Spectacular Ghostly Tales Looking For Submissions

Publication: World Weaver Press

Theme: “New takes on the classic ghost story”

Word count: 1000-10,000

No Multiple Submission.

Reprints accepted as long as you hold the rights to the story.

Due: July 7th, 2012

Payment: $5 advance plus royalties paid every December.

A Knife And A Quill Is Looking For Submissions

“Say what?”

That’s right. AKAQ is looking for crazy stories for “The Wall”.

Theme: “Murder”. Someone needs to die, and someone needs to kill them. Go with that.

Deadline: June 30th

Multiple Submissions: Not accepted.

Simultaneous Submissions: Accepted.

Reprints: Accepted

Word Count: less than 1000.

Pay: Publishing credit on “The Wall” for now, unless we get some donations.

Format: I prefer .doc or .docx. I strongly encourage .mobi, so I can read it on my kindle.

Email me at Luis_Vera05@yahoo.com

The Lovecraft eZine Looking For Submissions

Publication: The Lovecraft eZine

Theme: “Lovecraft”

Word count: Short stories: 3000-5,000. Poetry or flash fiction: less than 3000

Genre: Speculative Fiction and Horror.

No Multiple Submissions and no Simultaneous Submissions.

Reprints accepted.

Due: None listed.

Payment: Pays 50 dollars for stories over 3,000 words and 25 dollars for anything below 3,000 words.

They are looking for Cthulu type writing. Not necessarily in the mythos but within the same theme of delusion and mystic. I got something lying around, but I think it may be too weak for publication.  There’s no time limit so maybe I can clean it up and get it in.

One Buck Horror Looking For Submissions

Publication: “One Buck Horror

Theme: “Horror”

Word count: 3000 or less

No multiple submissions.

No Reprints.

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed.

Due: They seem always opened for submissions

Payment: Professional pay of 5 cents a word.

I see these books all the time on Amazon and think they have a pretty good following. It seems like the stories have suffered a bit over time but that just means you have a better shot at getting accepted. 🙂

Btw, they also accept artwork. I’m sure some of you artist can do better than the covers already.