Currently there is ONE submission open:-
1) Black Dogs, Black Tales
The Callout for Outback Horrors Down Under is closed but may reopen…



Submissions Now Open for Black Dogs, Black Tales!

I’m delighted to share the news that Things in the Well will be joining with
Tabatha (Tabby) Wood to bring this all-for-charity anthology in 2020 for
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
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Open call for submissions

We are excited to share this open call to writers of horror and dark speculative fiction. We want you to submit your best short story between 2,000 and 6,000 words for our forthcoming charity anthology “Black Dogs, Black Tales”.

This will be a dark, doggy-themed collection where absolutely anything with a canine connection goes, with one essential caveat – the dog does not die. Everyone else can be slaughtered by zombies, or lost in the depths of deep space, but the dog (or dogs) will always survive.

What are we looking for?

We want you to think outside the box (or kennel) with this one.

  • Perhaps the dog is the killer, or maybe the dog kills the killer.
  • The dog might be your protagonist, unreliable narrator, or any other major character.
  • We welcome robot dogs and Frankenstein-creature dogs, mutated or evolved dogs, dogs with a sixth sense, or dogs that are just very special in their own right!
  • They can be real life dogs, ghost dogs, demon dogs, or the proverbial black dog.
  • Most importantly, surprise us with your best writing. We prefer psychological and supernatural or creature-feature stories over out-and-out gore.

We definitely don’t want:

  • We will not accept over-the-top unnecessary violence and gore; bestiality
  • No homophobic or transphobic stories or speech, or bigotry of any kind including sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, body aestheticism, etc.
  • No bullying of any kind, or violence towards children or infants.
  • The list goes on, but essentially your stories can be mature in nature but not offensive toward any group of people.

Are profanities okay?

Some swearing is fine, especially if it fits the tone.

And humour?

Of course! We want to have a unique and varied collection. Not all dark fiction has to be serious.

What about werewolves?

Yes, you can write about werewolves, but we would be looking for a strong and unusual take.

When should I submit by?

Our deadline is 29th February 2020, although we would recommend you don’t leave it quite that long, to allow time for feedback and perhaps nudge your story back between the guiderails.

Will I be paid?

  • This is a charity anthology and all proceeds will go towards the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, a charity which helps to run campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. You can find out more about what they do here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz.
  • We feel very strongly that all writers should get paid for their work. We are currently running a Ko-Fi campaign — https://ko-fi.com/blackdogsblacktales — to raise funds for this anthology which will also allow us to pay the writers of all accepted stories a nominal amount (up to a maximum of $20 USD per story). The writer may also choose to waive this payment, in which case it will be donated directly to the charity. We need you to be aware that payment for your story will only be possible if our target goal is met. If you are unhappy with these terms, you are free to withdraw your submission up to 2 weeks prior to publication.

Are you looking for artwork?

We would be very keen to receive any suitable artwork which could be used on the front cover of the book, or indeed as interior illustrations. Please contact us if you think you have anything suitable.

How else can I help?

If you’d like to offer assistance in publicising and marketing the book, arranging interviews or blog posts, or can provide editorial or other related assistance, please feel free to contact me.

In what formats will the collection be available?

Both ebook and print versions will be available.

Who will be the publisher of the book?

I’ve approached Steve Dillon from Things in the Well to be the publisher, and he’s gladly signed up for it. It will be formatted to align with their distinctive look and feel, and will fit in well with the other books in their series of themed anthologies.

How should I submit?

  • You can email your story to tabathawoodwriter@gmail.com. You can also direct any questions to that address. We do not accept postal entries.
  • Send your story as an attachment in .txt, .docx .doc or .pages format. No .pdf’s please. Your subject line should be as follows:

Subject: BDBT – {your name} – {title of story} – {word count}
Example: BDBT – John Smith – My Dog Has No Nose – 3,000

  • In the body of your email, please include your name, title of story, word count, and confirm your email contact. We will contact you for your author bio if selected.
  • Please DO NOT include your name anywhere in your story. All submissions will be read anonymously by our editing team.
  • We will prioritise stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words, but longer or shorter stories may be accepted if they are particularly strong.
  • We are not accepting poetry or non-fiction.
  • Make sure your story is edited and polished before you send it to us.
  • We prefer Australian or NZ English spelling.
  • Please, please, please use “double quotes” for speech NOT ‘single quotes’.
  • We will not be able to give in-depth feedback on any stories.

When will I hear back?

  • You will receive an acknowledgement email within a few days. If you have not heard from us within two weeks, feel free to follow up. Please don’t email to enquire further unless you wish to withdraw your submission.
  • Submissions will be open until the deadline, after which we will be in touch with everyone within two weeks.

We’re all really excited by this project and we look forwards to receiving your stories!

Tabatha Wood, editor

From Tabby Wood’s website:
“This collection of short fiction will be raising money for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, a charity very close to my heart. One in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. This includes depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.”


SUBMISSIONS CLOSED TEMPORARILY – PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE

I knew this anthology was going o prove popular but didn’t realise how much so! To allow me to cope with the submissions, I am temporarily closing the call for submissions and will repost if I still need to source some more memorable stories that are on point, on theme, and of the awesome quality we’re going for… Steve

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Submissions for Australian and
New Zealand authors only* (CLOSED) 

What We’re After:

We’re limiting this callout to current or former Australian or New Zealand residents and citizens. We want memorable, dark fiction/horror stories that could only happen (or be told) here in Australia or New Zealand. Be inspired by the people, country, history, geography, cultures, myths and legends, but please be culturally sensitive. I’m not accepting reprints for this anthology.

Story Length:

4,000 – 8,000 words is the sweet spot, but quality that will count more than words.

Avoid:

We will not accept stories where bigotry or violence of any kind is portrayed in a positive light, or where there is a focus on violence and gore rather than story. We will not accept any form of ‘typing’ of people that could be portrayed as negative, alienating, or offensive to groups of people. Generally, I prefer supernatural and psychological (I’m a huge Ramsey Campbell fan), as well as creature features. Also stories within stories, stories with subtexts and several layers. I steer clear of body horror and gore, but if written well, I can stomach it. Remember, I’m a huge fan of Clive Barker.

Submission Deadline:

Our deadline for this general callout is end of May, 2020. We recommend you submit early to allow time for feedback and perhaps allow you to resubmit. We will have a number of ‘anchor’ authors already pre-selected, and we aim to have it all completed and published in time for Worldcon 20 in Wellington.

Payment Rate:

This will be a flat rate payment of $50.

Can I Help?

If you’d like to offer assistance in publicising and marketing the book, arranging interviews or blog posts, or can provide proofreading or other related assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Book Formats:

Both ebook and print versions will be available (6″ x 9″ hardback and softback).

Submissions:

  • No reprints for this one, sorry…
  • You can email (please don’t use social media) your story to me: dillonstephen@hotmail.com. You can also direct any questions to me, or an idea for your story to avoid duplicate ideas.
  • Please use subject ‘Outback Horrors’. 
  • Send your story as an attachment in Word .docx or .doc (No .pdf’s please).
  • Your subject line should be as follows:
    OBH – {your name} – {title of story} – {word count}
  • Example: OBH – John Smith – This Kangaroo Kills Me – 3,000
  • In the body of your email, please include your name, title of story, word count, and confirm your email contact. We will contact you for your author bio if selected.
  • We will prioritise stories between 4,000 and 6,000 words, but longer or shorter stories may be accepted if they are particularly strong.
  • We are not accepting poetry or non-fiction.
  • Make sure your story is edited and polished before you send it to us.
  • We prefer Australian or NZ English spelling.

Please, please, please use “double quotes” for speech
Do NOT use ‘single quotes’

  • We will not be able to give in-depth feedback on any stories.
  • Please don’t follow up unless we don’t send an acknowledgement email.
  • If you haven’t had an acknowledgement email within a week, please find your original email and forward that to me with a note to say when you originally sent it.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement email within a few days. If you have not heard from me within two weeks, feel free to follow up again.
  • Please don’t email to enquire further unless you wish to withdraw your submission.
  • Submissions will be open until the deadline, after which we will be in touch with everyone within two weeks.

We’re really excited by this project and we look forward to receiving your stories!