*Note: If you make a mistake in your submission information or in the document file, please do not withdraw and resubmit. Send an email to Submissions.LVP@outlook.com with 'Submission Revision' in the subject line. We will unlock and open the submission in order for you to change the information or upload a different file. Withdrawing and resubmitting causes unnecessary clutter in the system and additional work for our editorial team.
LVP Publications primarily publishes horror, thrillers and pulp fiction with strong supernatural, paranormal, occult or psychological elements. We accept unsolicited submissions for anthologies, single-author collections, novel serializations and novellas during listed open submission periods only.
Please read the guidelines for each submission call carefully as well as the general guidelines on our website before submitting.
Submissions not properly formatted or that do not fall within the stated word count are likely to be rejected unread. Unless otherwise stated in the submission guidelines, all submissions must be formatted following the Shunn Manuscript format. You can find additional information on formatting, including templates and other helpful information on our Writer Resource page.
With the exception of specific commissioned work and Lycan Valley Teens Unleashed projects, all submissions are read blind. Do not include identifying information (Author name or contact information) anywhere on the document file including headers, footers, byline, file name, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section. Do include the title and page numbers in the top header.
No multiple submissions unless specifically requested in the submission guidelines. Do not submit more than one story per submission call unless invited to resubmit.
No simultaneous submissions and no reprints unless specified in the submission guidelines.
Email questions regarding open submissions or submission guidelines to Submissions.LVP@outlook.com Please do not email to inquire if we received your submission or the status of your submission. These notices will appear through the Submittable system.
Thank you for your interest in submitting to LVP Publications.
We look forward to seeing you around the valley!
PLEASE NOTE: Submissions open to gay male writers only.
Pink Triangle Rhapsody is our newest anthology series in celebration of and dedicated entirely to gay men and their cultural history.
Although we realize this may create some controversy, this anthology series is open to gay male writers only. While we appreciate that women and straight men are able to accurately portray gay characters, our intent with this series is to highlight and explore the gay male cultural experiences on a more personal level.
The Pink Triangle Rhapsody series is a non-themed anthology series, with the exception of the required genre and inclusion of one or more of Lycan Valley’s required elements. The series is intended to be a collection of stories written with “effusively rapturous or emotional expression.”
Volume 1 is a mixed genre volume and will feature 5 stories in each of 5 genres for a total of 25 stories — Horror, Sci Fi, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Pulp Mystery. See definitions at: http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/writers-resources.html
Each story must include a supernatural, paranormal or occult element (horror may include psychological horror with or without one of the other elements). See definitions at: http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/writers-resources.html
Regardless of genre and element, we’re looking for unrestrained and emotional writing, interpreted as you see fit for the story.
Word Count: 2500 to 8000 words. Stories less than 2250 or more than 8250 will be declined unread.
Payment: $0.04 per word based on final published word count.
Submission: Please read our general submission guidelines before submitting, including basic Shunn formatting with blind submission requirements. http://www.lycanvalley.com/p/submission-guidelines_1.html
Submissions that do not follow proper formatting guidelines or meet the minimum required elements will be declined unread.
No simultaneous submissions. If you submit to us, please wait until you receive a response before submitting elsewhere. Declined story notifications are sent out immediately upon making that decision. If your story is still in-progress, it means it is still under consideration pending the final TOC.
No multiple submissions. Submit only one story per open submission call unless invited to resubmit.
No unsolicited reprints or poetry submissions.
Please do not send email inquires asking us to consider a reprint, adjust the word count, alter the genre or element requirements or make other exceptions to the guidelines.
All status updates are made via submittable. If you have not received a notification that your story has been declined, it is still under consideration. Short-listed stories will be held until the final deadline as we make the final TOC decisions.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: In addition to the anthology-specific guidelines here, please review our General Guidelines on our main Submittable page as they pertain to all anthologies unless otherwise noted. Thank you. https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit
With the first book in this series, you'll be meeting Darkling, our horror host. She's dark, she's cute, she's sassy, she's dead ... and we can't wait to introduce you to her!
Darkling takes us on a horrifying tour of strange, dark landmarks and creature encounters in a collection of horror stories set in Canada. We are looking for 13 stories, one for each province or territory of the great Lumberjack Country. The stories in this anthology will be interwoven by our narrator, Darkling, who has her own story to tell and a dark, sassy personality to keep readers coming back for more. Submissions must be self-contained stories with no mention or reference to Darkling (stories that reference Darkling or her role in any way will be rejected).
Your story must be set in one of Canada's 13 provinces or territories and (this is a huge MUST) include it's culture and historical landmarks in a way that prevents the story from being told anywhere else (please note that briefly mentioning the name of a town and throwing in a few street names is not enough):
- Ontario (ON)
Although other Ontario creatures will be considered, we would be particularly interested in a story from Ontario regarding either The Ugly One or the Lake Ontario Monster: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/08/exploring-canadian-monsters-ontario/ also: https://torontoist.com/2013/01/toronto-urban-legends-the-great-serpent-of-lake-ontario/
- Alberta (AB) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- British Columbia (BC) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Manitoba (MB) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- New Brunswick (NB) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Northwest Territories (NT) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Nova Scotia (NS) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Nunavut (NU) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Prince Edward Island (PE) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Quebec (QC) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Saskatchewan (SK) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
- Yukon (YT) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
We are specifically looking for horror stories or dark fiction. Crossovers with other genres are fine (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) but there must be a horror element or dark tone and fit the overall theme. Anything goes – vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, yetis, demon possessions, haunted houses, serial killers and other well-used tropes and other less common creatures – but be original in how you interpret these staples of horror and make sure these creatures of or in Canada are suited to the geography.
SORRY, NO MORE WENDIGOS PLEASE.
Both Canadian and Non-Canadian writers are welcome to submit as long as the settings are geographically and historically accurate.
Word Count: 3,000 to 6,000 words. Stories less than 2,750 or more than 6,250 will be returned unread unless requested by the editor.
Payment: $0.01 per word
All submissions are read blind. Do not include any identifying information (name/address) in the document or story headings. Include this information in the cover letter only. Follow the Shunn Manuscript Format (minus the contact information) – include the story title and page numbers (but not your name) in the headers.
No reprints unless requested. No simultaneous or multiple submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author will be deleted unread unless requested by the editor.