The Shadow Booth open to submissions from women writers only in January

We’re pleased to announce that The Shadow Booth is open to fiction submissions from women writers only from 1–15 January 2019. This includes any transgender writers who identify as women, but we’d be grateful if male writers would refrain from submitting during this period. There will be another open submission period in the spring, which we will be announcing shortly.

Some basic guidelines:

  • We are a bi-annual journal of weird and eerie fiction. Do not send us your Western romance (in space). Do not send us your drug addiction memoir. Do not send us your shopping list (unless you’re buying some really weird things). Weird. Eerie. Fiction. Please.
  • If you want an idea of what we mean by weird and eerie, then read The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 (or, preferably, both). This is the best way to find out what we like! The ebooks are currently only £2.99 via the Shadow Booth online store to encourage this, and like all independent publications, we need your support to keep going. Paperbacks and subscriptions are also available. If you want further pointers, why not read editor Dan Coxon’s article on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website: Face the Strange.
  • Submissions should be 1,000 – 8,000 words long. We won’t quibble over a word or two, but otherwise those limits are fixed. At present we’re particularly interested in shorter stories, between 1,000 – 3,500 words, but we will consider everything.
  • We are not considering reprints, but simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you inform us as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please only submit one story during the submissions period. Any further submissions during this period will be rejected. (We would say ‘send us your best’, but you know that already…)
  • Email your submission to submissions@theshadowbooth.com, with the word SUBMISSION as the first word of the Subject line. It’s also helpful if you include the story title.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word file attached to the email wherever possible. We’ll do our best to read .rtf files and PDFs, but we make no promises. DO NOT paste your story into the body of the email.
  • This submissions period is for Vol. 3 and Vol. 4, to be published in March and October 2019.
  • The important part: The Shadow Booth is a paying market, paying 1.5p per word. That works out as £15 per 1,000 words, if it’s simpler. While payments can be made to overseas writers (and we actively encourage writers from overseas to submit), payment is simplified if you have a Paypal account.

Submissions will close at midnight on 15 January 2019.

Holdfast Print Anthology Call For Submissions

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We are excited to announce our call for submissions for our first ever print anthology!

Deadline 15th June 2014

Contact: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Holdfast is a free online speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic.

Each issue of Holdfast is centred around a specific theme. For the anthology we are looking for fiction and non-fiction on all four themes from our first year:

Speculating on Speculative Women

Animals, Beasts and Creatures

Objects, Artefacts and Talismans

Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction.

It has been an incredibly exciting six months for us at Holdfast. Issues 1&2 are out, and we have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that we have received from the speculative community, especially when it comes to our amazing contributors. One thing that has become increasingly clear is that if we want to offer even a small payment, (which, please believe me, is a major priority) we cannot rely on donations and advertising alone; we are going to have to rack our brains and actively make some money.

And so, we will be launching a Kickstarter over the summer, with the aim of producing an anthology compiling all the year’s themes. This will include some of the best fiction and non-fiction we have already published, but also a whole bunch of new stuff. And this is where you come in! We are now accepting submissions for short stories and articles from all four themes. These are listed above.

If you are submitting specifically for the anthology, please put ‘Anthology’ specifying the theme and submission type. For example: ‘Anthology, Animals Beasts and Creatures, Fiction.’ Send to submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

The deadline for submissions is June 15 2014.

The online issue deadlines still apply, so if you want to get your story into issue#3, Objects, Artefacts and Talismans, please still submit by the 31 May 2014 (all submissions will also be considered for the Anthology). However if you miss the issue#3 deadline, you will still have 15 days to submit to the Anthology deadline on the 15 June 2014. Additionally, if you miss the Anthology deadline, you will have until September 21 2014 to submit to Issue#4, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in Speculative Fiction, for the online version.

And if we don’t make our Kickstarter target, we are determined to produce it as an ebook. So, either way, we will be showcasing your wonderful contributions.

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Holdfast Magazine Call for submissions

ImageWe are now accepting submissions for Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures. Are you fascinated by what lurks within and what hides in the shadows? We look at the relationship between speculative fiction and animals, whether talking badgers or fire-breathing dragons.

Deadline for fiction and poetry January 20 2014. Go to our submissions page for more information. For any queries not covered please contact us at submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Issue#1: Speculating about Speculative Women is out now at www.holdfastmagazine.com

“In an age when book blogs and eZines seem to crop up every twenty three and a half minutes, Holdfast has done it right – interesting features, diverting fiction, music and literary challenges – and that’s just in the first issue! I for one can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

– Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Angry Robot and former Publisher of Hub Magazine.

Read speculative fiction, poetry, interviews, articles, reviews and other oddments all whilst listening to our fantasy playlist. Take part in co-authoring a story with featured author Emma Newman in our Story Chain. Discover what’s making Emma Newman angry, read Eva Kerslake-Blue’s short story Mirror, Mirror (and then read her bio!), peruse books written and inhabited by speculative women on our Bookshelf, and find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction.

Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issue’s interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issue’s topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To… tells an author how influential and inspiring they are.

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 Illustration by Zoe Ann Lee for poem ‘The Crown’ by Rebecca Manser

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