To be more clear, by action I mean that there should be characters actively engaged with an antagonist who represents imminent physical danger. Fistfights, car chases, vine swinging (alligators or spikes below), jungle insects, all that. But the protagonist must have an active role in the plot, rather than just having stuff happen at him/her. Continue reading “StoryHack Taking Submissions”
In brief, Steampunk began as a literary genre loosely inspired by the real or imagined cultures, events, and technologies of the Industrial Era. It can take various forms, from an alternative history, to a dystopian future, to a complete fantasy world untethered to our sense of time and space. In more recent times, Steampunk has leaped from the pages of books and into people’s lives in the form of special events, elaborate costumes, and dedicated “sports.” If you are looking for a more in depth explanation, you can check out this brief intro or all of the wonderful posts on SteampunkJournal.org.
Though many of the works in the Steampunk genre take place in London during Victoria’s reign, don’t let that limit you. The steam era happened all over the world and with different consequences. The “scientific romances” of the 19th century are a wonderful place to get inspiration, and those stories take their characters into the center of the earth, into outer space, and through time. So get ready to spread your pneumatic wings and let your imagination fly!
One of the amazing things about Steampunk is how it can be mashed up with a variety of genres. So bring us your horror, your romance, your adventure, and everything in between.
Date: January 28, 2019 Length: 3500-10,000 words Pay: Royalties Submit at: Our Write Side
An original, unpublished, story that includes a moon. Can include, but is not limited to, vampires, werewolves, lunar settlements, or lunar influences to people/events.
Date: December 31, 2018 Length: 5000 word max Pay: $5 and a contributors copy Submit at: Pub 518
We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, and romance. While “exciting”, “entertaining,” and “fun” are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.
The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!
Date: Ongoing Length: 500-10,000 words per short story. 7500-10,000 words per serial novella. Pay: $1.60 per page plus contributers copy. Submit at: Serial Pulp
GRAVELY UNUSUAL accepts all genres (Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Noir, Crime, Western) BUT material submitted MUST contain the element of HORROR!
Date: November 1, 2018 Length: Up to 5,000 words Pay: $5 and a contributor copy Submit at: Gravely Unusal