Please read the guidelines for each submission call carefully. Each anthology has its own submission details, requirements, payment structure, word count, etc.

Submissions not properly formatted or that do not fall within the stated word count are likely to be rejected unread. No matter how well-written and perfectly on topic your story is, if you send us a 2,000 word story when the submission guidelines state 4,000 to 6,000, the story will be rejected unread.

Unless otherwise stated in the submission guidelines, all submissions must be formatted following the Shunn Manuscript format found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

You can download the formatted Word template free here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

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, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section.

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.

All contributors will receive a digital copy of the anthology in which their work appears in addition to the payment listed. 

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 Lycan Valley Press.

We look forward to seeing you around the Valley!




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


subliminal


adjective  sub·lim·i·nal \(ˌ)sə-ˈbli-mə-nəl\

Definition of subliminal (Merriam-Webster)

1:  inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception

2:  existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness, the subliminal mindsubliminal advertising


reality


noun  re·al·i·ty \rē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Definition of reality (Merriam-Webster)

plural realities

1:  the quality or state of being real

2a (1) :  a real event, entity, or state of affairs, his dream became a reality (2) :  the totality of real things and events, trying to escape from reality b :  something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily


Definition of Subliminal Reality  (Lycan Valley Press)

1: A real event, state of affairs or existence that exists or functions below the threshold of consciousness

2: An existence in which what you perceive to be imaginary or all in your head is (unknowingly) reality. 


We’re looking for stories that cross the line between lunacy and reality, stories that make the characters and the readers question whether what they’re perceiving is real or imaginary.

Unlike other stories that deal with neurosis and psychosis in which the characters believe that voices/images/visions/hallucinations are real when they’re not, we want you to show us what happens when they’re real but the characters think they’re not.

Make your characters question reality, make them question their sanity and make us question ours -- and if you can do it all subliminally, even better.

Word count: 3,000 to 5,000 (Stories under 2,500 or over 5,500 will not be considered unless specifically requested by editor)

Payment: $30-$50 ($0.01 per word, USD, rounded to the nearest whole dollar)

Title to include: Full Story Title/Exact Word Count (example:   Subliminal Reality/4521)

Send .doc, .docx, .rtf formatted according to Shunn guidelines (there’s a free Word template and info on our Submittable profile page). All submissions are read blind. Do not include identifying information (Author name or contact information) anywhere on the document file including headers, footers, byline, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section.

Do not submit more than one story unless you’ve received a response and have been invited to resubmit. Submitting more than one story without being invited to do so will result in all your submissions being returned unread.

No simultaneous submissions, no multiple submissions, no reprints except by invitation. 

Send questions to LycanValleyPress@outlook.com with Subliminal Reality Question in the subject line.

Ends on August 31, 2017
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

Pulp Horror Book of Phobias is temporarily re-opening for limited topics until August 31. Commissioned stories for other topics may still be submitted.

PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FOR VOLUME 1 ON AUGUST 31

  • Eosophobia – fear of dawn or daylight – Give us a reason to fear the sun coming up. What horrifying monsters thrive on sunlight and make it unsafe to venture out during the day? What deadly virus is activated by the sunlight? How did the plant evolve to make even the smallest ray of light instantly deadly?
  • Febriphobia – fear of fever or rise in body temperature – Long-term exposure to high body temperatures has been known to cause permanent brain damage and other health concerns. But what if even a mild fever of 100 causes people to transform into monsters or worse? (Please, no spontaneous combustion.) 
  • Jangelaphobia – the fear of gelatin  That jiggly, wobbly molded desert your grandparents used to make? That sweet flavor packet that transforms into strangely solidified liquid kids love? Molded or cubed, that stuff has a dark, sinister side. What evil lurks within it, waiting to slither across the table off the plate or to transform into a wobbling mass of gel capable of death and destruction?
  • Lockiophobia – fear of childbirth – Give us a reason to fear childbirth, not necessarily from a medical perspective. Maybe take on a paranormal perspective. What happens evil things happen to a mother’s soul during pregnancy and childbirth? What new species are humans giving birth to? To what great lengths would a society go to avoid childbirth?
  • Rhabdophobia – fear of being beaten with a rod or magic wand – Have fun with this one. What harm can a little magic wand do if it’s owner is being beaten (or beating someone else)? What harm can a little tap of the wand really do? What strange powers are given to the victim that would cause such great fear? What happens at a sideshow magic show when the magician begins beating the audience with the magic wand?
  • Utopicphobia – fear of utopian societies – The world has become a perfect utopian society, what could possibly go wrong? How can something so perfect be so terribly wrong? Give us a reason to fear a utopian society. Remember Pleasantville? We don’t want to know what could go wrong to destroy it, we want to fear living in a perfect society.
  • Warptimaphobia – fear of creating or being caught in a time warp – Let’s do the time warp again. It’s just a jump to the left … okay, maybe not. Imagine being caught in a time warp, knowing what’s happening but no idea how to stop it. Or what if you had super powers that created a time warp every time you got angry? Or maybe the government has called upon you because you’re the only one who can prevent some bad guy from creating a time warp before it’s too late.
  • Zelophobia – fear of jealousy – You’re jealous of your new neighbor, jealous of the new kid’s job promotion, jealous of your best friend’s wedding, jealous of your sister’s cat, your life is consumed by jealousy. How does it destroy your life? How do you destroy the lives of everyone you’re jealous of? What evil things happen to you or to the people you feel jealousy towards? What happens when the overpowering jealousy leads to getting everything you want just by thinking about it?

Please note that his series is intentionally hyper-focused with a specific set of phobias and requirements. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be returned unread, unless you were specifically invited to do so by the editor. 


This list will be updated on Fridays. Phobias will be marked 7 days in advance prior to closing for submissions and will be removed from the list the following Friday at noon Pacific time. 

Please read the full submission guidelines before submitting and if you are unfamiliar with pulp horror, please take the time to review the references below.

Word count: 4,000 to 6,000
Payment: $50 per story 

Details: Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.

What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Take them from irrational to rational. Pick a phobia from the list below and take that fear to the next level. Make it come to life and give us a reason to be scared.   

We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed phobias necessarily. Focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself as much as possible. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality. 

There must be a strong pulp element to the story as well, keeping in mind that pulp doesn’t mean poorly written. If you’re unfamiliar with the original pulp magazines and stories, please do some research before submitting. Check out Black Mask Magazine http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/ and here’s a pulp archive to get you started (warning: reading on this website may be addictive).
http://www.pulpmags.org/ and also here https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive.

Although you are free to write in your own style and that which best suits the story, Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot is here for reference should you wish to use it. http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html Here, James Scott Bell talks about writing pulp fiction: http://www.rachellegardner.com/why-i-write-pulp-fiction/

Titles: Please do not use the name of the phobia itself in your story titles. Submission titles must follow the format as shown on the submission form.

Formatting: Blind submissions are not required. Please follow Shunn Short Story Manuscript formatting which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html. Or use the downloadable template for Word found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author for two different phobias will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for greater variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested by the editor.

Email: Please send all questions regarding The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias to MJSyd99 (at) gmail (dot) com with PHB QUESTION in the subject line. 

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


Bringing your stories back to life and into the hands of new readers is what Revisiting the Undead is all about. We want to showcase some of the best stories that have been buried deep and long forgotten in their original publications. Ideally, we're looking for older reprints that were originally published 5 years ago or more. UPDATE: AS OF JUNE 23, WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FOR STORIES PUBLISHED IN 2011 OR EARLIER.


While we are willing to consider a few more recent reprints, our goal is to revisit stories that have been lost and unread, possibly having been born before digital publishing ever existed. 
Stories should be in their original form as much as possible. Minor edits to correct mistakes or other small issues are okay, but please do not make major changes to the original.

We also want to highlight as many different authors as possible. This means that although you may submit up to three story reprints for consideration, multiple stories from the same author or writing team will not be accepted for publication. (Submit a separate form for each story you'd like us to consider.) 
*** PLEASE NOTE: Submitting more than three, unless invited to do so, will result in all submissions being returned unread.

As this is a reprint anthology, payment will be $3 for stories between 1,500 and 6,000 words and $5 for stories between 6,000 and 10,000 words as well as a digital copy of the anthology. PAYMENT UPDATE: ALL STORIES WILL BE PAID $0.002 PER WORD. Stories under 1,500 or over 10,000 will not be considered.

All submitted manuscripts must adhere to Shunn manuscript formatting. Shunn formatting guidelines and a free downloadable template are available on our Submittable Profile page. All submissions are read blind. Do not include identifying information (Author name or contact information) anywhere on the document file including headers, footers, byline, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section.

Submissions are open until filled.

See you around the Valley!



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

REOPENED UNTIL AUGUST 31 - STORY SUBMISSIONS ONLY

Death's Garden – Where Evil Blooms in the Shadows 

Reaper has a hobby – gardening. In a garden sowed by the seeds of the damned, Reaper tends to the plant’s every need. These black seeds bloom in the shadows, petals unfolding as the vile, mortifying tale takes root in your mind.

Like Mandrake, you only need touch it and the poison absorbs into your skin, penetrating your soul; and like mandrake, these tales should be locked up – never to be told – but we disagree.

Put on your protective gloves and delve into this garden of prose. Add your own black seed, your tale that would not be shared elsewhere. Dig deep into your darkness and come back with a tale you may be too afraid or ashamed to admit came from you, do your worst.

Just remember… you reap what you sow.


This is a Lycan Valley Press BLACK BOOK SERIES anthology.

It is different from our other anthology titles as we are granting much more leniency to our writers’ imaginations and taking a much bigger risk due to content.

Gore and cursing are fine. Implied reference to rape, child harm, and bestiality are permitted ONLY if they are crucial to character or story development. Reaper does not advocate or promote acceptance of child or animal abuse, rape or bestiality. 

Reaper is looking for extreme horror stories, poetry and artwork. You may submit once to each category. *** PLEASE NOTE: Submitting more than once to each category, unless invited to do so, will result in all submissions being returned unread.

All submissions are read blind. Do not include identifying information (author name or contact information) anywhere on the document file including headers, footers, byline, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section.

Stories must be between 3,000 and 10,000 words. Payment: $25 USD. All submitted manuscripts must adhere to Shunn manuscript formatting. Shunn formatting guidelines and a free downloadable template are available on our Submittable Profile page.

POETRY SUBMISSION CLOSED Poetry that meets all other guidelines will be considered, up to 50 lines. Payment: $5 USD. Please do not submit poems that require odd formatting or that include a series of one word lines.

ART SUBMISSION CLOSED Original artwork matching the theme of this anthology will also be considered. Payment: $10 USD. Illustrations and other accepted artwork will appear in black/white/grey-scale only. Submit original artwork only, no CGI please.



Submissions are open until JULY 31.

*Due to the nature of this project, the editorial team for all Black Book Series anthologies will be accredited and referred to as "Lycan Valley Reaper." Please direct all questions concerning this anthology to LycanValleyReaper@outlook.com. 

See you around the Valley!


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 the ghostly 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 include it's culture and historical landmarks in a way that prevents the story from being told anywhere else: 

  • Alberta (AB)
  • British Columbia (BC)
  • Manitoba (MB)
  • New Brunswick (NB)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Northwest Territories (NT)
  • Nova Scotia (NS)  
  • Nunavut (NU)
  • Ontario (ON)
  • Prince Edward Island (PE)
  • Quebec (QC) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Yukon (YT)
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, wendigos, demon possessions, haunted houses, serial killers and other well-used tropes – 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.

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.

Please help support this project through out Kickstarter campaign and by sharing the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lycanvalleypress/darkling-canadiana-a-darkling-around-the-world...