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Monthly Themed Contest 2021

Submissions Open: 1st - 25th of the Month

Responses will be completed by the 15th of the next month. 

Example: January theme opens January 1 and closes end of day Jan 25. You will have a response back by February 15th. 
 

HORROR

 

Theme: HORROR - Although the monthly theme will change, the running theme for this year’s monthly contest will be MONSTERS!

January: Faeries

February: Wendigos  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo

March: Djinn/Jinn/Genies  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinn

April: Banshees

May: Vampires

June: Ghouls

Word count: 1500 - 3000 with some wiggle room above the limit. Not under.

Top Two Stories: Will be accepted into the "Best Of" Anthology released early 2022

Payment: Flat rate payment ¢.5 per word CAD (half a cent), with a max of $15 plus a one-time royalty bonus payment based on six months of sales.  

 

Runner Up: Will have their story and bio featured on our website and blog.

Payment: One time $7.00 (CAD) payment 

Who can submit? Open to the public

Reprints? No

Multiple Submission? No 💀 Only one submission per month per author

Formatting: Put your name, email, and title on the top of the manuscript.

Please use 12 pt Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, set auto-indent new paragraphs. 
 

Title your manuscript "Title of Story - Theme and month"

Example "The Ring of Death - Faeries January"

How to submit? Submit via the FORM - Which will open on January 1, 2021

IF you have issues with the form, please email your manuscript to eerie.monthly@gmail.com

Title your email the same as the manuscript

It Calls From The Doors

Submission Open: March 1, 2021

Submission Close: April 30, 2021 - End of day, last place on earth

Publishing timeline: 2021

HORROR - May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers.

Theme: HORROR -  Portals - Doorways - Cracks in reality

Give me your nightmares. Think rips in dimensions, portals to another universe, a forgotten or forbidden land, being pulled into something unknown. This is going to be a ride, and I want you on it.

 

Submission date and Call out will be announced in 2020

Word count: 2000 - 8000 Some wiggle room allowed. 

Compensation: Flat rate per story (after approved edits)

    - Up to 3000 words $10.00

    - Up to 5000 words $15.00

    - Above 5001 words $20.00

    

We are also hoping to be able to offer a bonus payment should the sales reach a specific target profit after expenses. This detail will be outlined within the contract

Formatting guidelines: Please read carefully

We are reading these stories blind, so please refrain from adding your name or any identifying information on the story itself. All fiction manuscripts should be in a standard manuscript format with 12 pt Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, set auto-indent new paragraphs. Please make sure the title is on the first page, but no other identifying details in the manuscript itself. 

Title your manuscript with the story title and doors " (the actual story title) - Doors" - again no identifying names on the title of the document.

The form you fill out will have your name and bio, along with the title so we can identify your story once it has been read.

How to submit: Please submit using this FORM when the submission window is open. 

Multiple Submission: Yes - We will be happy to read up to TWO stories per author.

However, we will publish a max of one stories per author, per book. Please send each story in a separate form.

Reprints: Yes we are accepting a small number of reprints.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes -  Please let us know when and if it has been accepted elsewhere. 

Things that are a hard pass: any animal erotica and all forms of rape

Of Fire and Stars

Submission Open: June 1, 2021

Submission Close: July 30, 2021 - End of day, last place on earth

Publishing timeline: 2022

Title and Cover to be determinded

LGBTQ+ Dark Fantasy anthology

Theme: Encounters with the fae world and its creatures

Eerie River is, and forever will be, inclusive in every way. We are looking for LGBTQ+ characters to be featured within the story itself. Who can submit? This anthology is open to everyone.

Bring us your foolish humans, your dark flesh-eating fae. Entice us with your magic and let us feast on the carnage you create. We are looking for unique character-driven stories with a strong fantasy storyline. Happy endings not required. Rated R stories welcome.

Although some romance is welcome, please note we are not looking for a romance story. Dark fantasy tends to delve heavily into the grim, with dark themes throughout.

We are not looking for erotica, but will not shy away from a sex scene or two if it is necessary to the plot.

We are not looking for a retelling of a classic tale or fan fiction. 

Word count: 2000 - 8000 Some wiggle room allowed. 

Compensation: Flat rate per story (after approved edits)

    - Up to 3000 words $10.00

    - Up to 5000 words $15.00

    - Above 5001 words $20.00

    

We are also hoping to be able to offer a bonus payment should the sales reach a specific target profit after expenses. This detail will be outlined within the contract

Formatting guidelines: Please read carefully

We are reading these stories blind, so please refrain from adding your name or any identifying information on the story itself. All fiction manuscripts should be in a standard manuscript format with 12 pt Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, set auto-indent new paragraphs. Please make sure the title is on the first page, but no other identifying details in the manuscript itself. 

Title your manuscript with the story title and doors " (the actual story title) - Doors" - again no identifying names on the title of the document.

The form you fill out will have your name and bio, along with the title so we can identify your story once it has been read.

How to submit: Please submit using this FORM when the submission window is open. 

Multiple Submission: Yes - We will be happy to read up to TWO stories per author.

However, we will publish a max of one stories per author, per book. Please send each story in a separate form.

Reprints: Yes we are accepting a small number of reprints.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes -  Please let us know when and if it has been accepted elsewhere. 

Things that are a hard pass: any animal erotica and all forms of rape

It Calls From The Veil

Submission Open: September 1, 2021

Submission Close:  October 31, 2021

Publishing timeline:  2022

HORROR - May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers.

Theme: HORROR -  Ghosts, demon possessions, poltergeist, haunted houses, séances gone wrong

Give me your nightmares. These stories should take place in our reality with a supernatural twist. Think evil entities 

The submission date will be announced early 2021

Word count: 2000 - 8000 Some wiggle room allowed. 

Compensation: Flat rate per story (after approved edits)

    - Up to 3000 words $10.00

    - Up to 5000 words $15.00

    - Above 5001 words $20.00

    

We are also hoping to be able to offer a bonus payment should the sales reach a specific target profit after expenses. This detail will be outlined within the contract

Formatting guidelines: Please read carefully

We are reading these stories blind, so please refrain from adding your name or any identifying information on the story itself. All fiction manuscripts should be in a standard manuscript format with 12 pt Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, set auto-indent new paragraphs. Please make sure the title is on the first page, but no other identifying details in the manuscript itself. 

Title your manuscript with the story title and doors " (the actual story title) - Doors" - again no identifying names on the title of the document.

The form you fill out will have your name and bio, along with the title so we can identify your story once it has been read.

How to submit: Please submit using this FORM when the submission window is open. 

Multiple Submission: Yes - We will be happy to read up to TWO stories per author.

However, we will publish a max of one stories per author, per book. Please send each story in a separate form.

Reprints: Yes we are accepting a small number of reprints.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes -  Please let us know when and if it has been accepted elsewhere. 

Things that are a hard pass: any animal erotica and all forms of rape

With Blood And Ash

Submission Open: April 1, 2020

Submission Close: August 1, 2020 

Publishing timeline: First quarter 2021

DARK FANTASY

Rated R Stories welcome

Theme: Elemental Magic - Earth, wind, fire, water and spirit. Dark versus light. We are giving a lot of leeway for story building, but magic must play an integral part in your world and there must be a dark fantasy element. Create a fantasy world for this to all play out in, or build something in ours. The choice is yours. The only requirement is that you must feature elemental magic. 

Fae and other realms, magic and witches, dragons or orcs, all magical and fantastic creatures are welcome.

 

This one has opportunities for a lot of world-building so the call out is for larger stories. We will only be accepting a limited number of stories for this project, but volume II is under consideration. Stand-alone stories only, no to be continued.

Word Count is 5000 - 15000 we are looking for longer stories and novelettes

Compensation: $25.00 CAD. Digital copy & discounted author copies

Formatting guidelines: See our Submission Format guide below 

How to submit: Access submission form here, or use the submit button

Multiple Submission: Yes - We will be happy to read up to two stories per author, but note we will only be accepting one story per book. Please send each story in a separate form.

Reprints: Yes we are accepting a small number of reprints. 

Things that are a hard pass: any animal erotica and all forms of rape 

It Calls From The Sea

Submission Open: July 1, 2020

Submission Close: Sept 15, 2020 END OF DAY - last place on earth.

Publishing timeline: TBD

Theme: HORROR

Bring me your shipwrecks, your lost passengers and mysterious creatures. Tantalize me with gripping tales of horror and drown me in tears of sorrow as we discover what lies within the deepest crevasses of the ocean or in the innocent creek. The ocean is deep, dark and vast. There are real dangers lurk not only below but above. Raging storms or unrelenting heat can create madness. Storm drains and murky creek beds are also a great source of inspiration. 

As with all our "It Calls From" Series this one is HORROR, so I want to be scared. Be it real or mythological creatures of lore that attacks, make our hearts race and our nightmares come alive. We also want it to be within our reality, so please keep your stories on our earth. If you are doing a future earth story, we would still like it within our relative timeline, so don't go too far into the future. 

Word count: 2000 - 8000 Some wiggle room allowed. 

Compensation: Flat rate per story (after approved edits)

    - Up to 3000 words $10.00

    - Up to 5000 words $15.00

    - Above 5001 words $20.00

    

We are also hoping to be able to offer a bonus payment should the sales reach a specific target profit after expenses. Thes detail will be outlined within the contract

Formatting guidelines: See our Submission Format guide below 

We are reading these stories blind, so please refrain from adding your name or any identifying information on the story itself. All fiction manuscripts should be in a standard manuscript format with 12 pt standard font (e.g. Times, Arial, Courier), and page numbers.

Title your manuscript with "Title - Sea" - again no identifying names on the title of the document.

The form you fill out will have your name and bio, along with title so we can identify your story once it has been read.

How to submit: Please submit using this FORM when the submission window is open. 

Multiple Submission: Yes - We will be happy to read up to FOUR stories per author.

However, we will publish a max of two stories per author, per book. Please send each story in a separate form.

Reprints: Yes we are accepting a small number of reprints.

Things that are a hard pass: any animal erotica and all forms of rape

Dark Magic - Drabbles

Submission Open: AUGUST 15

Submission Close: CLOSED

Publishing timeline: 2021

Theme: dark fantasy

The genre on this one is Dark Fantasy, so it doesn’t have to be all blood and guts, but that won’t be excluded either. Rated R is welcome.

What is a drabble? It is a story told in 100 words exactly! No more, no less and does not include the title or your name. Think of these as a moment in time, a glance through a darkened window. We are looking for well written moments that invoke emotion within the reader. Capture our imagination within these few words and transport us to realities outside of our own.

Give us your dark magic-wielding fae, your beasts and dark magic conjured beings, your silly humans that find a grimoire and open a portal to hell. Think outside the box and into the den of a dragon with a dark heart and a bloodstone.

For those that were with us during our first Drabble collection, please note this one will have a longer response time. I am expecting up to two weeks for replies, so feel free to send us the max number of submissions at a time. (5)  

Multiple Submission: Five drabbles submitted at a time max. Make sure they are in separate documents if you are submitting at the same time. If you have a story rejected or accepted, you may submit more until you reach the maximum allowed in the collection.

 

Up to five drabbles will be accepted in the collection per author. This is not a guarantee, but a goal.

Compensation: Unfortunately, I cannot offer compensation for this collection. It just isn’t viable with so many authors being printed. You will be receiving a digital copy for you and my permission to share with a friend or family member, and a huge discount on author copies for paperback and hardcovers. Hoping to have this book released for by early 2021.

Side note: I am not going to debate the hyphen, I don’t actually care. Make it one word, make it two words, I am good with it. Just don’t hyphen-everything.

Formatting: Put your name, email, and title on the top. Please use a standard font, either 11 or 12 pt, and indent new paragraphs. I can fix everything else if it is accepted to match the book formatting.

How to submit: Please submit using the form when the submission window is open. 

Reprints: Nope

 

Things that are a hard pass: any human to animal erotica and all forms of rape and sexual violence. 

 
 
 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 Remember to read the submission guidelines in full. 

Failure to comply could result in your submission being rejected or sent back for correction. At this time we are only accepting manuscripts in English. 


Word count requirements, themes, and deadline dates are detailed against each submission call.
 

Submitting your work

From this point forward we will be accepting submissions via form documents only. Please review each call out and use the link provided in the button or wording, to direct you to the correct form. You will complete the questions and upload the manuscript directly. Double check your email before you send it. If this is wrong we have no way of contacting you.

Formatting your manuscript

All manuscripts must be in .doc/.docx format. PDF's will not be read.

Unless specified please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself as we are reading these stories blind.  

Our standard manuscript format request

Font: Times New Roman 12 point

Spacing: 1.5 line spaced. Indent new paragraphs or set formatting to do this.

Spelling: American English

Rights

Unless specified on the contract we ask for Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for twelve months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter. Audiobook non-exclusive rights for as long as there is a demand for the audiobook.

Compensation

Drabble Collections: No compensation, we will provide a digital copy of the completed works and discounted physical copies.

Anthologies: These are specified on the call out. Payment will be made via Paypal quarterly. We will also provide a digital copy of the completed works and discounted physical copies.

 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us here or on our Facebook Page.

 
 
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