Submissions

Current open for submission:

2019 Gothic Renaissance Issue

Submissions are open!

We are looking for short fiction, long fiction, and poems for our 2019 Gothic Renaissance zine!

We want florid, lurid, lyrical, sensuous, metaphorical, romantic stories. But we also want them to be dark, gritty, and make us question our own humanity. What does it mean to be human when you can never age? What does it mean to be created? What does it mean to be human at all? Make your stories terrifying in their frankness, in their openness. Make us question our own purpose in life.

While we prefer stories based around the 14th to the 17th century, stories based in the 21 century are fine as long as they retain gothic elements. Think Frankenstein, The Vampire Chronicles, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Picture Of Dorian Grey, Dracula, etc. Scare us!

Word count:
Short fiction – Up to 2,500 words
Long fiction – From 2,500 – 7,500 words
Poems – No line restrictions
Submissions open until enough stories are collected.
Email: owp.submissions@gmail.com

2019 Lovecraft Issue

Submissions are open!

We are looking for short fiction, long fiction, and poems for our 2019 Lovecraft zine!

Authors MUST have a vague idea of Lovecraft’s mythology and his writing style. We don’t want all stories about C’thulhu. You are more than welcome to use deities within the mythos. Create your own, if you can – Lovecraft himself encouraged other writers to add to the mythos. Don’t feel constrained in what you’re writing. Make your stories terrifying. If you haven’t read Lovecraft, read it. We want your stories structured like Lovecraft’s writing style. His stories tend to be more narration than anything else. What is narrated shapes his story arcs overall, creating a long lead with little action followed by a sudden burst of horrific revelation at the end. Scare us. Intrigue us. Unsettle us. Beguile us. Make us question our own purpose in life. We want weird horror, cosmic horror, existential horror. Above all, we want you to impress our guest editor Elispera Frost.

Word count:
Short fiction – Up to 2,500 words
Long fiction – From 2,500 – 7,500 words
Poems – No line restrictions

Submissions open until enough stories are collected. Email: owp.submissions@gmail.com

Get Kracken’!

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General Submissions:

We no longer take unsolicited submissions. There may be periods in the future where we may open our pipeline to unsolicited work in general, or for specific categories of fiction, but this will not be regular or frequent. Please query first. We are open for speculative fiction and historical fiction for adult audiences.

Poems: $5

Short stories: $15

Novellette: 50 % sale price.

HOW TO SUBMIT

  1. In your email subject line, indicate the genre of your piece and a short paragraph about the subject area.
  2. Copy and paste the relevant Title Information Sheet for your genre into the email body, and fill in the requested information.
  3. Attach a double-spaced FIRST CHAPTER and a 300 word SYNOPSIS as a word document (or PDF if illustrated)
  4. Send your email to c.fitzpatrick@uqconnect.edu.au

TITLE INFORMATION SHEET


For fiction submissions:

Title:


Author:


Commercial or literary fiction?


What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?


List any previous publishing history and/or any awards or residencies (eg at Varuna) you’ve received:


If commercial fiction, what genre would you categorise it as (eg fantasy, crime, thriller, chick lit etc)?


For non-fiction submissions:

Title:


Author:


Category (eg health, history, current affairs):


What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?


Tell us why you are the right person to write this book?


Do you have an expertise in the area?


List any previous publishing history and/or any awards or residencies (eg Australasian Shadows Awards) you’ve received: