Submission call: Zombies Need Brains LLC wants sci-fi and fantasy stories for upcoming anthologies Due Dec. 31, pays 6¢/word plus royalties

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Zombies Need Brains LLC wants sci-fi and fantasy short stories for three upcoming anthologies: Portals, Alternate Peace, and Temporarily Deactivated. The editors write:

PORTALS is to feature science fiction or fantasy stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories. Stories featuring more interesting settings and twists on the typical portals will receive more attention than those that use standard tropes. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a door in the back of the wardrobe leading to a fantasy world of gnomes, dwarves, and elves. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. We do NOT want to see time portals, connecting one time to another; however, it can be a portal from our reality to an alternate reality. We are interested in all kinds of portals: doors at the back of wardrobes, stone archways in the middle of the forest, wormholes, cracks in reality, etc. Be creative, choose something different, and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

ALTERNATE PEACE is to feature alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past. It must explore the consequences of this divergence, not simply introduce the divergence. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings and twists on the consequences of the peaceful divergence from our timeline will receive more attention than those with more standard changes to the course of history. So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected break from the timeline. Please note that while the divergence in the timeline must be from some peaceful change, that change CAN lead to violence; in other words, you are allowed to have violence in the story, it just can’t be what’s initiating the alternate history. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED is to feature stories where the author explores what the phrase “temporally deactivated” could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the twisting of time and how it is integrated into the story will receive more attention than those with more typical twisted time stories. We do NOT want to see stories where “temporal deactivation” means simply death. So be creative and use time in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

Submitting to Zombies Need Brains

  • Publisher: Zombies Need Brains LLC
  • Publications: Portals, Alternate Peace, and Temporarily Deactivated
  • Publication type: anthology
  • Word count: up to 7,500 words
  • Payment: 6¢/word plus “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”
  • Rights the publisher asks for: “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.”
  • Deadline: Dec. 31
  • Publication date: Not specified
  • Response time: “You will receive a receipt email within a few days of 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 2019.”
  • Format: “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.” Files should be saved as Microsoft Word documents.
  • Will they take simultaneous submissions? Not specified.
  • Will they take multiple submissions? Yes; send each story in a separate email. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • Will they take reprints? No.
  • Who to contact with questions: contact@zombiesneedbrains.com

Find more details at Submission Guidelines: Portals, Temporally Deactivated, and Alternate Peace, and don’t forget to tell them you found their submission call here!

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