‘Monster Waiting in the Woods’ Anthology Needs Scary Fiction Stories - Pays $25/story

Emby Press, a dark fiction publisher known for its “Monster Hunter” series, is seeking submissions for a new anthology titled Monster Waiting in the Woods

This anthology will contain stories that are too horrifying to recount to children.
Miles Booth, the editor of the anthology, welcomes writers to craft a dark horror fiction story using any monster, particularly a monster of their own creation.

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The time has come...

…for me to go on a summer trip! 

I’ll be gone until the 23rd of July, smell ya later guys. 
I know I said that I would post a lot of translations in the summer because I’m going to be free, but man that was pretty bs. I only posted 4? I think…I’m sorry, but this time I’ll have a legitimate excuse hahaha. I have queued posts, but unfortunately no translations to post. However, I promise I’ll post a GSNK Anthology chapter when I come back! Until then…

Also I’ll be in Japan, so I’ll probably post some pictures I see of FT and

Anthologies and the Writer's Rights

Anonymous said: Hi! Your blog has been so helpful to me so, let me start by saying thank you for everything that you do! Secondly, I have a question about online writing anthologies paying writers for their submissions. What is the writer’s rights in terms of how they are paid? Are they just paid once for having a submission accepted, or do they also profit from each sale of the anthology?

Usually, a writer is paid for their story up front. You can check individual advertisements for submissions to anthologies for details on how payment for that anthology works. Here are a few lists of upcoming anthologies that are currently asking for submissions:

I also recommend that you check out these articles on how anthologies are created.

Be sure to read over the guidelines for submission carefully and follow them to the last detail. And edit your work before submission. Even if you are an amatuer writer, you should present yourself as professionally as possible in your submission. (That means no exclamation marks or internet slang.) The publishing industry is rough, and even being considered for publication is a difficult process. Treat publication with the respect it deserves.

That being said, don’t ever let a publisher take advantage of you. When you contribute to an anthology, you should get a contract covering payment details as well as the rights requested of you as a contributor. If you don’t receive a contract, ask for one. If you still don’t get it, I would suggest that you back out of the project. Protect yourself and your writing. Don’t hand over your creative work to a publisher without a contract.

Learn more about writers’ rights:

Contributing to anthologies can be confusing, so arm yourself with as much information about the anthology submission guidelines and your rights as a writer as possible before agreeing to be part of the project.

If you have experience with writing for anthologies that you would like to share, I’m sure we’d all love to benefit from your advice! You can comment on this post by reblogging or else send us a message with your tips.

Thank you very much for your message, anon! I hope this helps!


“As increasing homophobia and transphobia across Africa threatens to silence the voices of African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people, the Queer African Reader brings together a collection of writings, analysis and artistic works that engage with the struggle for LGBTI liberation and inform sexual orientation and gender variance. The book aims to engage a primarily African audience and focuses on intersectionality while including experiences from a variety of contexts including rural communities, from exile, from conflict and post-conflict situations as well as diverse religious and cultural contexts. Contributions from across the continent explore issues such as identity, tactics for activism, international solidarity, homophobia and global politics, intersections with the broader social justice movement in Africa, the feminist movement and LGBTI rights, religion and culture, reconciling the personal with the political”

via Queer African Reader | Q-zine

can click through for links to order online

Fiction Week!

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy

ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan


Read a review here


Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology - Barbara Smith

The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women’s lives and writings. This edition features an updated list of contributor biographies and an all-new preface that provides a fresh assessment of how Black women’s lives have changed-or not-since the book was first published.

Purchase Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Years ago I ran a comic called Whispered Apologies that worked like this: authors would submit art with empty voice bubbles in them, and writers would fill in the words.  When people ask why it ended, I say that it was a lot of fun and I’d like to revisit it sometime!

Enter Ryan Estrada!

Ryan Estrada (who I will refer henceforth as Other Ryan) took the concept (with permission, not that he needed it!) and BLEW IT UP and the result is The Whole Story.  South Korean artist Nam Dong Yoon had produced a bunch of awesome, visually-striking comics, and wanted something more interesting done with them than just a straight translation into English.  Other Ryan invited a bunch of us choose one of the comics to write our OWN stories with, working with the visuals already there!  

It’s awesome.  This book is available right now at a pay-your-own-price price PLUS there’s a free preview PLUS LOOK WHO WROTE COMICS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

  • BOX “Everything Dies” BROWN
  • MEREDITH “Octopus Pie” GRAN
  • DON “Rejected” HERTZFELDT
  • DOUG “Earthworm Jim” TENNAPEL
  • JEFFREY “Clumsy” BROWN
  • ERIKA “Dar” MOEN
  • KC “Gunshow” GREEN
  • DAVID “A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible” HELLMAN
  • ZACH “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” WEINER
  • KATIE “Gronk” COOK
  • ANDREW “MS Paint Adventures” HUSSIE
  • AUDRA “Nemu Nemu” FURUICHI
  • MICHAEL “Dominic Deegan” TERRACIANO
  • NICHOLAS “The Perry Bible Fellowship” GUREWITCH
  • DAVID “Wondermark” MALKI
  • SHAENON “Narbonic” GARRITY
  • C. SPIKE “Templar, Arizona” TROTMAN
  • ANTHONY “Nedroid” CLARK
  • DOROTHY “Cat and Girl” GAMBRELL
  • JESSICA “Tiny Monster” MCLEOD
  • JOSH “The Comics Curmudgeon” FRUHLINGER
  • GORDON “Multiplex” MCALPIN 
  • also me

I think you should check this collection out!  There’s lots of perks you get the more you decide to pay, too, including whole new comics collections!  The image at the top of the page is from my comic about EVIL TALKING MONEY that scares a little girl.  Perhaps you are… intrigued??

New World is a fantasy/sci-fi anthology about culture clash, what happens when civilizations meet. And it’s live on Kickstarter NOW!

New World features 25 stories by 30 different creators, including Zach Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal), Matt Howarth (Those Annoying Post Brothers), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy), and more. Funding via Kickstarter will not only help bring the book to print, but pad the paychecks of contributing artists in a bonus model originated on Iron Circus and now used nearly universally in Kickstarter anthology projects.

Thank you so much for your support, folks! Both pledges and reblogs!

In case you missed it, we have EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE ISSUE #6 OPEN CALL! Proposals are due by Feb. 15th.

This time around, we are asking for proposals of what your beauty-themed comic will be about. Then, we’ll be working with each of the accepted artists to perfect these beauties - pardon the pun ;) - and put an amazing collection of comics together.

Read all of the submission guidelines, get on over to our brand new submission form, and be a part of the next installment of Dirty Diamonds!

Help us spread the word by reblogging this post so we can get as many amazing ladies as we can involved with this issue!


Liberating Earth - a new all-female scifi anthology by Obverse Books

“Take two Cousins from Faction Paradox. Give them a world – the Earth, for example – and give them the power to change that world’s history as they see fit. Then stand back and watch what happens…”

Featuring eight new stories - plus a linking story by editor Kate Orman, which joins all the others together into a unified whole - this unique book can be read either as an anthology, or as a novel divided into eight "chapters”.

Part of the Doctor Who “spinoff” Faction Paradox series.

eBook on Amazon US and UK and AU

Hardcover plus free eBook at Obverse Books

(Note: if you can’t afford to buy the book, it’d be great if you could at least signal boost the heck out of this, because the publishing world really needs to see that female writers have a place in the scifi market.)