Bloodbond

Those who live in shadow…

Some are befanged monsters. Others are people lost within personalities and bodies that aren’t their own, twisting forever and changing with each new day in order to survive. Others still are powerful predators, waiting for or sometimes not needing the moon to call their souls once more to the eternal hunt. These hidden, these Children of the Night, these vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters come in many different kinds; some benevolent, some nightmarish, others walking a gray line in between the light and the dark. What stories lie within the shadows, locked within the not always beating hearts of these strange, shunned, and feared creatures?

    What We Want

Bloodbond publishes original short stories, poems, articles, and art all related to vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. We are especially interested in stories that combine science fiction with these topics and those that take place on or in relation to other worlds. Your story should take us into the world of the vampire, were-critter, or shapeshifter, and should take us into the mind and experience of your protagonist. We want strong plots and subplots if you need them, and great descriptives that draw the reader into the world you’ve created, as well as characters we care about and want to see win, even if they don’t always make in the end.

    Publishing Details

Edited by Karen Otto, this is a quarterly digest published in January, April, July, and October.

Its format is perfect-bound trade paperback, 6×9, color cover and b&w interior.

We recommend you check out our previous publications to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.

You can pick up cheaper, older issues here:

    Submission Details

  • Stories
  • Bloodbond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

  • Flash Fiction
  • We consider flash fiction to be stories of 1200 words or less. We pay $8 for originals but have no interest in reprints.

  • Poems
  • Bloodbond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

  • Art
  • Bloodbond considers color cover art and interior art (interior art will be published in b&w). We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. If you have a gallery we can browse just send us the link and we’ll check it out and get back to you.

  • Articles
  • Bloodbond considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic – vampires, werewolves, movie, book, or person [interview] – and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. If you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair but be accurate. Reviews of movies do not need to be timely.

    We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

    In addition to the above payments, each contributor also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.

      How to Submit

    Submit your work to bloodbondalp@yahoo.com
    In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the title of the work submitted. If you’ve submitted poems instead of stories, simply put POEMS where the title of a story would go instead.

    Here’s an example: “Submission – Helsing – Stake Tartare”

    Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.

    Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.

    Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.

    Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.

    Contact information example:

    Larry Talbot Word Count: 3427
    1101 Wolf Ave.
    Moonbrooke, AZ 55555
    moonhowl@gmail.com
    paypal [if any]: muchloot@wallet.com

    If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

    Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable.

    An example of what we don’t want:

    Story story story story. “Story, story?”

    Author Name / Story Title / Page Number

    Story. Story story story story.

    It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.