Submissions

Submission Period: January 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024

Behind the Shadows II – our horror anthology

Behind the Shadows II– This is horror. Humor and mystery beats are welcome.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.
There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story as long as the genre falls within Speculative Fiction, including Sci-Fi or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.
Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted.

Submission Period: January 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024

Submissions: No AI, 1 per author; no simultaneous submissions, no reprints;

Submission Cost: Free

Word Limit: 2,000 to 7,000 words

Submission Guidelines: Anonymous submission with no author name in document; 12 pt Times or Arial; .Doc or .Docx; double-space; first line indent; no tabs used.

Genres: Horror

Anticipated Pay: Option: Royalty share of D2D sales, or $20.00

If D2D royalty share selected, then each story will receive a share, as will the editor and publisher, from the sales on the D2D platform. This does not include: Kickstarter funds unless detailed in the Stretch goals; wholesale to authors; or non-D2D retail outlets. Links will be available to direct your customers to D2D outlets.

Timeline Projections:
Submissions close: 3/31/24
Review: April 2024
Acceptance / Rejection: April/May 2024
Edits: June 2024
Production: June 2024
Kickstarter: July 2024
Published: August/September 2024

Upon acceptance, the author is expected to work with the editor on at least one round of revisions in MSWord. Our publication goal will be the summer of 2024; however, the extensive time needed to review and edit submissions may vary depending upon the submitted works and author’s response times. Inkd Publishing LLC will hold first publication rights for four months after publication and the continuing non-exclusive right to reproduce the work in Behind the Shadows II.

Authors must provide assurance that their story submission is an original, previously unpublished work, was not generated by AI, is not currently under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to receiving notification that it has not been accepted for inclusion in Behind the Shadows II.

For authors who have selected the D2D royalty sharing, they can expect ongoing financial compensation from Draft 2 Digital for stories published in the anthology. An account with Draft 2 Digital will be required to provide royalty share payments. US authors will also receive one complimentary paperback copy of the printed anthology, other shipping destinations will depend on shipping costs and are at the sole discretion of Inkd Pub.

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Upcoming Open Calls:

Impulse – our explicit romance anthology

Submission Period: March 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024

Theme: Impulse  An explicit romance anthology; we’re searching for spicy romance. This will be a diverse and inclusive anthology with high heat levels accepted throughout.

There are no restrictions on gender or sexuality. Feel free to get warm in a snowed-in lodge in Colorado, let your shifters and cryptids frolic, break out Victorian lace, or set your story in deep space with alien first contact – we’re okay with it all.

Stories that contain infanticide, gratuitous gore, or rape, including dubious consent, will not be considered. BDSM within the grounds of the rules previously stated is acceptable.


Submission Period: March 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024

Submissions: No AI, 1 per author; no reprints, no simultaneous submissions;

Submission Cost: Free

Word Limit: 2,000 to 8,000 words

Submission Guidelines: Anonymous submission with no author name in document; 12 pt Times or Arial; .Doc or .Docx; double-space; first line indent; no tabs used.

Genres: Romance. Explicit

Anticipated Pay: Option: Royalty share of D2D sales, or $20.00

If D2D royalty share selected, then each story will receive a share, as will the publisher, from the sales on the D2D platform. This does not include Kickstarter funds unless detailed in the Stretch goals, wholesale to authors, or retail outlets.

Timeline Projections:
Submissions close: May 2024
Review: June 2024
Acceptance / Rejection: July 2024
Edits: August 2024
Production: September 2024
Published: October 2024

Upon acceptance, the author is expected to work with the editors on at least one round of revisions in MSWord. Our publication goal will be the spring of 2024; however, the extensive time needed to review and edit submissions may vary depending upon the submitted works and author’s response times. Inkd Publishing LLC will hold first publication rights for four months after publication and the continuing non-exclusive right to reproduce the work in Impulse.

Authors must provide assurance that their story submission is an original, previously unpublished work, is not currently under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to receiving notification that it has not been accepted for inclusion in Impulse.

For authors who have selected the D2D royalty sharing, they can expect ongoing financial compensation from Draft 2 Digital for stories published in the anthology. An account with Draft 2 Digital will be required to provide royalty share payments.

US authors will also receive one complimentary copy of the printed anthology, other shipping destinations will depend on shipping costs and are at the sole discretion of Inkd Pub.

Yay! all queer – our LGBTQ+ anthology opens early summer of 2024

Hidden Villains: Criminals with lead story by Janci Patterson


Noncorporeal II – our spooky anthology

Closed!

Submission Period: November 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024

Theme: Noncoporeal II – we’re searching for the spooky stories. This is not horror, though there may be suspense and even a dash of horror. A spooky, haunting, incorporeal element is certainly expected. Humor and mystery beats are welcome.
incorporeal – Not composed of matter; having no material existence. At least one paranormal entity must fit this criteria.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.

There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story. However, we’ll be seriously impressed if you can work within Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but they won’t be the bulk of the accepted submissions. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion. Suspense and thrillers are encouraged over horror for this anthology, but a great horror story may rise to the top.
Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted.

Submission Period: November 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024

Submissions: No AI, 1 per author; no reprints, no simultaneous submissions;

Submission Cost: Free

Word Limit: 2,000 to 6,000 words

Submission Guidelines: Anonymous submission with no author name in document; 12 pt Times or Arial; .Doc or .Docx; double-space; first line indent; no tabs used.

Genres: Spooky – all subgenres for setting are welcome

Anticipated Pay: Option: Royalty share of D2D sales, or $20.00

If D2D royalty share selected, then each story will receive a share, as will the editor and publisher, from the sales on the D2D platform. This does not include: Kickstarter funds unless detailed in the Stretch goals; wholesale to authors; or non-D2D retail outlets. Links will be available to direct your customers to D2D outlets.

Timeline Projections:
Submissions close: January 31, 2024
Review: February 2024
Acceptance / Rejection: March 2024
Edits: March-April 2024
Production: May 2024
Published: May 2024

Upon acceptance, the author is expected to work with the editor on at least one round of revisions in MSWord. Our publication goal will be the spring of 2024; however, the extensive time needed to review and edit submissions may vary depending upon the submitted works and author’s response times. Inkd Publishing LLC will hold first publication rights for four months after publication and the continuing non-exclusive right to reproduce the work in Noncoporeal II.

Authors must provide assurance that their story submission is an original, previously unpublished work, was not generated by AI, is not currently under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to receiving notification that it has not been accepted for inclusion in Noncorporeal II.

For authors who have selected the D2D royalty sharing, they can expect ongoing financial compensation from Draft 2 Digital for stories published in the anthology. An account with Draft 2 Digital will be required to provide royalty share payments. US authors will also receive one complimentary paperback copy of the printed anthology, other shipping destinations will depend on shipping costs and are at the sole discretion of Inkd Pub.


Closed: Detectives, Sleuths, and Nosy Neighbors

Detectives, Sleuths, and Nosy Neighbors

Submissions closed!

Submission Period: September 1, 2023 to November 31, 2023

Theme: Detectives, Sleuths, and Nosy Neighbors – we’re searching for the murder mysteries, detectives noir, cozy, and humorous. This is our Mystery anthology and if you think it comes close to the genre, give us a shot.

There is no restriction as to how you incorporate the theme into your story. However, we’ll be seriously impressed if you can work within Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but they won’t be the bulk of the accepted submissions. We encourage you to weave the theme into an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion. Suspense and thrillers are encouraged over horror for this anthology, but a great horror story may rise to the top.
Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted.

Submission Period: September 1, 2023 to November 31, 2023

Submissions: No AI, 1 per author; no reprints, no simultaneous submissions;

Submission Cost: Free

Word Limit: 2,000 to 8,000 words

Submission Guidelines: Anonymous submission with no author name in document; 12 pt Times or Arial; .Doc or .Docx; double-space; first line indent; no tabs used.

Genres: Mystery with accepted sub-genres of Fantasy, Sci-Fi as well

Anticipated Pay: Option: Royalty share of D2D sales, or $20.00

If D2D royalty share selected, then each story will receive a share, as will the publisher, from the sales on the D2D platform. This does not include Kickstarter funds unless detailed in the Stretch goals, wholesale to authors, or retail outlets.

Timeline Projections:
Submissions close: November 2023
Review: December 2023
Acceptance / Rejection: January 2024
Edits: February 2024
Production: March 2024
Published: April 2024

Upon acceptance, the author is expected to work with the editor on at least one round of revisions in MSWord. Our publication goal will be the spring of 2024; however, the extensive time needed to review and edit submissions may vary depending upon the submitted works and author’s response times. Inkd Publishing LLC will hold first publication rights for four months after publication and the continuing non-exclusive right to reproduce the work in Detectives, Sleuths, and Nosy Neighbors.

Authors must provide assurance that their story submission is an original, previously unpublished work, is not currently under consideration elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to receiving notification that it has not been accepted for inclusion in Detectives, Sleuths, and Nosy Neighbors.

For authors who have selected the D2D royalty sharing, they can expect ongoing financial compensation from Draft 2 Digital for stories published in the anthology. An account with Draft 2 Digital will be required to provide royalty share payments.

US authors will also receive one complimentary paperback copy of the printed anthology, other shipping destinations will depend on shipping costs and are at the sole discretion of Inkd Pub.


Hidden Villains: Betrayed – Submissions Closed!

Our 2024 edition with lead story by Kevin J. Anderson.

Available soon on Draft 2 Digital retailer

LE Hardcovers are going to be available for HV:B and earlier anthologies.

Theme: Hidden Villains: Betrayed– Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows. Finish it off with a twist of betrayal!
Betrayed- double-cross, fail, deceive, cheat, sell-out, let down, stitch up, rat out, turn traitor, rat on, expose, reveal, lay bare, stab in the back.

The Kickstarter is intended to defray the initial cost of production such as editing, author compensation, and covers.
Wholesale books will be available to the authors at approximately 2/3 of the retail price.

Timeline Projections:
Submissions close: August 2023
Review: September 2023
Acceptance or Rejection: October / November 2023
Edits: November 2023 / Feb 2024
Production: March 2024
Published: April 2024

Authors can expect ongoing royalties from Draft 2 Digital for stories published in the anthology. An account with Draft 2 Digital will be required to provide royalty share payments. Draft 2 Digital royalties can only be paid on sales generated through their network. US authors will also receive one complimentary copy of the printed anthology, other shipping destinations will depend on shipping costs.