Guidelines – Sounds of the Night

Guidelines for “Sounds of the Night: A Paranormal, Science Fiction, & Fantasy Anthology”

The night is full of sounds—barking dogs, trains passing by, screams and moans. We want to know who, or what, is really making those sounds. Perhaps that dog howling is really a demon that’s spotted its prey. Maybe that cry for help is actually bait for a trap. Open your imagination and let the sounds pour out.

We are looking for original stories and poetry only. We will consider horror stories as long as they fit within the paranormal, science fiction, or fantasy genres. NB: NO GORE! We want spooky scary stuff. Verstehen Sie?

It will be necessary to show the effects the sounds have on your characters as it pertains to the events and circumstances in your story. Avoid TELLING. Actions have consequences—SHOW those.

Develop your character[s]. Make us care what happens to them. Yes, sure, you care. Your task as a storyteller is to make US care.

We will also consider THEMATIC SF/F poetry—related in some way to the theme of these sounds. Thematic poetry should—even must—develop in the reader a powerful emotional response [gagging does not count].

This anthology is open to submissions as of 1 February 2018. It will close when filled—could be a month, could be a year.

Now for the vital statistics:

STORIES:

  1. Word count for prospective stories should be between 4K [tight-ish] and 10K [loose-ish]. Remember, there MUST be a science fiction or fantasy or paranormal aspect to the story.
  2. Do not put headers or footers of any kind on your submission.
  3. The first page of your manuscript must contain your mailing address; the word count of the story; and if you live outside the United States, your Paypal addy or instructions on how to pay you if your story is accepted.
  4. Indents are to be 0.25”. Double-space your manuscript. DO NOT use bold-face or underscores. If you want italics, use italics. Use a hard return at the end of each paragraph [this includes single lines of dialogue].
  5. Submit your story as an RTF or Word attachment [do NOT submit IBOE] to soundsofthenight at yahoo dot com.

POETRY:

  1. There is no line or word count for poetry. However, in poetry, less is usually more [the same is true-ish for almost any kind of writing].
  2. Do not put headers or footers of any kind on your submission.
  3. The first page of your manuscript must contain your mailing address; the word count of the story; and if you live outside the United States, your Paypal addy or instructions on how to pay you if your story is accepted.
  4. Submit your poem as an RTF or Word attachment [do NOT submit IBOE] to soundsofthenight at yahoo dot com. Please submit only one poem at a time.

Okay, now the good stuff:
1. We are looking for 6 stories and 3 poems for this anthology.
2. We will try to acknowledge receipt of submissions within two days. Actual response time is probably going to be between six weeks to three months.
3. Story payment is $30; poem payment is $8. If your story or poem is accepted, you will also receive a contributor’s copy.

Lead editor for this anthology is Karen Otto.

Queries should be directed to soundsofthenight at yahoo dot com.