Submission Call: Things in the Well wants stories of underwater horror, due Feb. 28, pays $50 AUD

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Things in the Well, the publication arm of Oz Horror Con, is putting together its fourth themed horror anthology. Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep will feature Clive Barker’s “The Madonna” as an anchor story. Writers are invited to submit new and original stories about underwater monsters and psychological terrors. … Read more

8 mistakes Americans make when writing British characters

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In this installment of Pen to Pen, a series of guest posts by authors about writing, romance and fantasy writer Rhidian Brenig Jones stops by to talk about the some differences in British English and American English that writers often miss when they’re writing in a dialect they’re not accustomed to. … Read more

Submission Call: Spectacle mag wants short speculative fiction, pays up to $500 | No deadline

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Spectacle is a new quarterly magazine of speculative fiction and related nonfiction. The editors welcome submissions in all speculative fiction genres, including sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and dystopia. … Read more

Submission Call: The First Line announces new theme, pays $50, due May 1

The First Line is a quarterly literary magazine featuring diverse stories that all begin with the same sentence. Their next deadline is May 1 for the summer issue. Your story’s first line should be: “I wanted you to be the first to know,” Rowan tentatively confided in me. … Read more

Submission Call: Carina Press wants trope-filled erotic romances | No deadline

Carina Press wants 10,000- to 25,000-word erotic novellas for its “Dirty Bits” collection, which are steamy romances designed to be read in an hour or two. Each story should focus on a popular romance trope. All pairings, genders, and orientations will be considered. Subgenres such as sci-fi romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and historical romance are welcome along with the contemporary romance. … Read more