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.

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

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)  CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • 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,  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. 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.

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...