Submission call: Crystal Lake Publishing wants short horror stories for anthology Due Jan. 1, pays 3¢/word

Crystal Lake Publishing wants short horror stories for the upcoming anthology Tales from the Lake, vol. 6. This volume has no theme. Stories do not need to feature or even include a reference to lakes. The editors write:

Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses. We want stories that’ll haunt the readers for months to come. … Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.

Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, and Damien Angelica Walters are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.

Submitting to Tales from the Lake, vol. 6

  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
  • Publication: Tales from the Lake, vol. 6
  • Publication type: anthology
  • Editors: Mercedes M. Yardley and Eugene Johnson
  • Word count: 500 to 5,000 words, “with 3k to 4k being the sweet spot.”
  • Payment: 3¢/word upon publication
  • Rights the publisher asks for: “We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as translation rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.”
  • Deadline: Jan. 1
  • Publication date: not specified
  • Response time: Expect a response by April 1, 2019
  • Format: Standard manuscript format in Microsoft Word
  • Will they take simultaneous submissions? No.
  • Will they take multiple submissions? No. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • Will they take reprints? No.
  • Who to contact with questions:
  • Additional notes: They recommend reading other books from the Tales from the Lake series.

Find more details at Author Central | Crystal Lake Publishing, and don’t forget to tell them you found their submission call here!

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