Dear Friends & Writers,
First off, thank you so very much for your patience and understanding as we’ve been working through our current submissions pile. We’ve missed our deadlines reading the submissions for our forthcoming Gothic anthology. We wanted to give a statement explaining our position since we’ve had so many questions regarding the response time on this one.
As many of you know, the editor-in-chief, Amber Newberry, has started a new business in Salem, MA. Because it was not known when a brick and mortar location would be found, there was no way to plan around the construction of the store until a lease was signed. Because an amazing opportunity arose abruptly, Amber had to jump on a retail space, which meant all her time was immediately re-focused toward her new business. Many of you writers are also holding down full-time jobs/careers/family responsibilities while writing in your off hours, so we hope you’ll understand the passion project taking a back burner from the career at a crucial time. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t have been worse for FunDead, because it meant the slush pile had to be put on hold and read at the occasional odd hour, which turned out to be extremely difficult to find. While we did manage to get a few hours of read time in, it wasn’t nearly enough time for us to get through the enormous slush pile, our biggest ever. We’ve also mentioned before that the stories are much longer than we’ve ever received, meaning our read times are also sometimes doubled and tripled.
Once again, we are so humbled by the response to the submissions call. We have sent out a few responses, but there’s still plenty of reading for us to do, so don’t be alarmed if you have not heard back because we still have a ways to go. Luckily, Amber’s store is now open and starting to settle into a schedule, which means the reading schedule is opening back up and we should be getting back on track very soon. We are now hoping to finish reading by mid-July.
If you do not wish to wait for a response, it is your choice if you’d prefer to pull your submission, that is your right and we understand. However, there is also the option of sending us a message to say that your story is being simultaneously submitted to other presses, which will keep your story in the running for this anthology. Of course, we hope to be finishing up soon!
Thank you all again for your patience and understanding. It can be tough to manage one business, let alone two, while juggling other obligations, family life, and life’s general roller coaster ride. Until we get to a point where FunDead Publications affords us all the ability to pay rent and feed ourselves, we’ll still be juggling our jobs around our passion. Publishing is a tough industry and we are in it for the love of writing and reading. We certainly aren’t in it for the money because, let’s face it… it’s an uphill battle! Sadly, that means it has to take a side seat sometimes, but we are pleased to be getting it back in order and reading your amazing stories! We are anxious to begin the publishing process on this anthology, and it already appears to be shaping up into an exceptional book.
We’ll try to continue updating you throughout the rest of the process. Thank you again for being kind and patient during this trying time! We’re so lucky to be working with such a supportive community
NON-TRADITIONAL GOTHIC SHORT STORY SUBMISSIONS
Submissions period extended to April 5th, 2018 FunDead Publications is now seeking traditional literary gothic stories with a non-traditional spin. We are looking to re-awaken a sleeping genre by putting a new spin on an old style. This anthology, (title TBA), is slated for release in late spring/early summer of 2018. Please read the guidelines and requests below for the best results, they are here to help YOU! Yes, there’s a lot of info there, but we want you to succeed, so utilize the guidelines and content requests. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submit by midnight, March 11, 2018 EXTENDED TO April 5th, 2018 Word Count: 6,000-15,000 words (Yes, that’s a lot for us, so use them wisely!) Payment: Accepted submissions will be awarded payment in the way of $25 upon printing, paid via PayPal, along with a print copy of the anthology. Previous calls have been limited to $10 per story, so this is the highest payment we have been able to offer thus far! Accepted authors will also be promoted via social media and beyond (we post daily, often, and spotlight our writers regularly). Format: Format should be in standard manuscript format and submitted as .doc or .docx. We expect the proper information to be stated at the top of the first page (name, title, word count, author’s info, etc.). Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints at this time. Please include a brief cover letter introducing yourself along with your submission, this may be pasted into the e-mail, or attached as its own file. Please let us know if this is a simultaneous submission. Response Time: Please be aware that it may be AFTER THE CLOSE of the submissions call (in March) before you receive a response from FunDead Publications, we often wait until after the close date to send acceptance e-mails to ensure we select the best content for our readers. Our submission load is often fluctuating, but we read and respond as quickly as we can. If you are impatient, you might consider waiting until the close date to submit your piece so the wait for a response is shorter! Diversity Statement: We at FunDead Publications believe diversity is what makes fiction wonderful and unique and we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, non-gender, and sexual orientation. REGARDING CONTENT: What is traditional gothic? Some excellent reading material for research would include: Large houses (both old and new) withdark history Brooding main characters, brooding love interests, brooding in general (but ONLY if it works in your story. We only need the brooding if it’s written well!) Well-researched, literary stories with a traditional OR pulp gothic feel. Think everything from the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley, and Ann Radcliffe to Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson to Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney. We are looking for stories representative of the traditional gothic genres, as well as the more contemporarygothics of the 1960’s and beyond. Think My Cousin Rachel, Mistress of Mellyn, and yes, even Crimson Peak! Dark themes with especially creepy undertones that border on horror: ghost stories, spiritualism, legends, cemeteries, dark corridors…you get the idea. Don’t be afraid to try and scare our readers! A little romance within the story is acceptable and even encouraged, but does not necessarily need to be the main focus of the plot. Traditional gothic stories often revolvearound, or include a love story, though it is not required for this anthology. Beautiful descriptions of houses, clothing, and period accuracy thereof. Historical and contemporary stories are welcome, but stories with historical leanings will be given special consideration, even those set mid-twentieth-century. Please do your research! If you DO choose to go contemporary, there MUST be historical elements in the story, like a big old house/building/setting, or an old mystery to solve, cursed antiques, etc. If you go historical, please research for period accuracy! If you include a newspaper clipping about the War of 1812, make it have accurate information. If you mention real historical figures, make sure the reference makes sense for the time-period. If you mention a real song, book, newspaper, etc., please ensure it is a pop-culture reference that makes sense for the era in which you’ve set your piece. Both male and female main characters are welcome, and we encourage non-traditional ideas within the story that might not have been previously seen or explored in gothic books. Forexample: homosexual characters, trans characters, people of color and unique backgrounds, unmarried or widowed women who do not intend to marry. We DO NOT want caricatures; if you use these themes for personality traits, make them human and make them real. What we are NOT looking for: Modern Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Splatter-porn, Erotica or any overtly pornographic material (sex scenes are okay, as long as they add something to the story), Trashy-Romance, or Cozy Mystery. Experimental works or character studies that do not have a clear beginning, middle or end. We want a structured story that has a clear plot and finale. We WILL NOT consider portions of larger or unfinished works. We want complete stories ONLY. Vampires, Werewolves—okay… if you must use vampires and werewolves, they must be done with subtlety. We are not looking for Anne Rice this time around, and we areDEFINTELY NOT looking for Twilight. While those styles have their place on the bookshelf, it is not what we are seeking specifically for this anthology. If you were to use supernatural creatures in your story for THIS anthology, we’d hope they lean more toward themes like The Hound of the Baskervilles or perhaps a mystery that seems to imply vampires, but the mystery is eventually solved to prove a scientific explanation. For example, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a gothic story with sci-fi themes. While the story does have the fantastical element of bringing a man back to life, it is done in such a way that is believable in our world. If you’re bringing people back to life, there should be a way to explain it that isn’t “magic.” Instructions: Send your submission to DearFunDead@gmail.com for consideration with “Gothic Fiction Submission” as the subject line. You may include your cover letter as the body of the e-mail, or attach it as a separate file from the submission.