The Binge-Watching Cure | Closes: 30/09/2017

binge-watching-cure-front-cover-low-res-for-web-2The Binge-Watching Cure
“Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow Longer”
Genre: All Horror Fiction genres and topics.
Deadline: 30th September, 2017.
Length: 100 – 25,000 words (see submission page)
Payment: $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer plus print contributor copy.

“We want to see your most terrifying prose. We’re interested in the full range of horror fiction genres and topics: dark fantasy, vampires, zombies, werewolves, Cthulhu Mythos, pure horror, psychological horror, ghost stories, East European myths, kind fairies gone rogue, Japanese monsters, apocalyptic horror, gothic, and plain scary monsters. If your imagination can conjure it, we want to read it.”

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination ceases operations

about-fantastic-stories-fantastic-storiesFantastic Stories of the Imagination ceases operations.

Message from the Publisher
It’s with deep regret that I announce the closing of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. The January issue will be our final regular issue and the People of Color Take Over issue will be our final issue. I’m really proud of the body of work that we produced at Fantastic. There are a number of reasons that now is the timefor me to close the webzine. According to my projection, it’ll take more than five years for Fantastic to become self sustaining, and I simply don’t feel that that is a reasonable time frame.

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New Zenith Magazine is ending publication

New-Zenith-300-croppedNew Zenith Magazine is ending publication

We regret to announce that New Zenith is ending publication. The winter and spring issues are being canceled. This cancellation is beyond our control and is unavoidable.

If you’ve made a submission to us, you can consider your story released and available to submit elsewhere.

Thank you all for your support, and good luck.

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How to Build a Fictional World | Video

“How to Build a Fictional World” by Kate Messner | 11th February, 2016 | Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies – and even the laws of physics – function in these fictional universes?

In this animated video from TED-Ed’s Writer’s Workshop, author Kate Messner shares the methods and questions she uses to build the worlds in which her books take place.

Source: How to Build a Fictional World

How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction

ebook“How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction” by Georgina Roy | 6th July, 2016 | e-Books India.

“Paranormal fiction takes the readers into an alternate Earth where ghost and other ghoulish creature prowl in the night – or day, in some cases. When it is well done, it makes the readers afraid of what’s to come for the protagonist and other characters in the novel. However, paranormal stories rarely inspire such fear in the readers because they know from the start that what they’re reading can’t happen in real life. From the beginning, they know they are reading a story that couldn’t possibly be set in the real world. There is a way to bypass this – by integrating the real world as much as possible in your paranormal fiction novel. Below, you will be able to find several ways how to do this.

  1. Search Locally
  2. Know the Facts
  3. Myths and Legends
  4. Unresolved Mysteries
  5. Offer Answers and Make it Believable.”

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One Teen Story | All year Submissions

One Teen Story
Genre: YA Fiction
Submission Period: Open all year
Length: 2,000 – 4,500 words
Payment: $500 and 25 contributor copies

“Unsolicited and agented submissions are accepted throughout the year. One Teen Story publishes 12 stories a year and accepts submissions from both established and emerging writers. 8 of the 12 stories we publish are written by established and emerging adult authors of quality YA fiction. 4 of the 12 are written by outstanding teen authors..

What kind of stories is One Teen Story looking for?
One Teen Story is looking for great short stories focused on teen protagonists and dealing with teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.). Gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided.”

How to Write a Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Novel

“How to Write a Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Novel” by Georgina Roy | 2nd June, 2016 | eBooks India.

“Post-apocalyptic fiction demands a lot of different elements, or tropes, that need to be addressed, or present in the book in order to make it believable. Post-apocalyptic fiction goes together with apocalyptic fiction, because the post-apocalyptic world wouldn’t exist unless the actual apocalypse happened. Moreover, the apocalypse, the types of which we’ve presented below, needs to be believable. Today, there are plenty of books focusing on stories in an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic world. Hence, the tropes of the genre need to be interpreted in an original way – otherwise your post-apocalyptic fiction novel will be riddled with clichés. This is why we’ve focused on the key elements that form the pillars of a good post-apocalyptic novel and presented them below.

  1. Different kinds of apocalypse
  2. Before, during, and the aftermath
  3. Types of characters
  4. The survival element
  5. The rebuilding period.”

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Black & White Publishing | Ongoing Submissions

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Ongoing Submissions

Black & White Publishing are happy to read material from potential new authors and accept unsolicited manuscripts for both fiction and non-fiction from the UK, Ireland and further afield. All manuscripts will be considered, but at the moment we are particularly looking for:


  • commercial women’s fiction, especially chick lit, saga and romance
  • crime and psychological thrillers
  • contemporary YA and New Adult crossover books
  • children’s fiction


  • memoirs
  • sport (UK and Ireland in particular)
  • humour
  • food and drink
  • activity books

We do not accept:

  • poetry
  • short stories
  • work written in languages other than English

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Literary Fiction Genres | List

“Literary Fiction Genres”. Writing to Publish.

“This list of fiction genres is drawn from numerous sources, including universities, author’s pages, book vendors, public libraries, magazines, academics, and writers group sites; plus the main Wikipedia article on Literary Genres. The subgenre lists have been expanded with data from the good folks on Analog magazine’s old discussion board, and our own W2P guest speaker presentations. (These are just a few popular links, out of a great many.)…

Some of the ‘broader’ genres listed here might be thought of as ‘descriptive’ or ‘functional’ categories instead, and there is no real agreement on which is which. There is plenty of overlap between subgenres (as with American West Romances and Romantic Westerns), and we’ve chosen to be a thorough as possible. Astute researchers will encounter several different classification systems. In practice, a novel’s (or short story’s) genre is often ‘fixed’ by its cover and marketing, while the work itself could fairly belong to two or more genres.”

To see the comprehesive list click here: Literary Fiction Genres