OPEN CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS


BLACK HARE PRESS
is—and has always been—an inclusive publisher. LGBTQ+ characters always welcome.

All our calls are for dark speculative fiction or weird/horror.

No co-authored projects, please, unless the call specifically says they are allowed.

 

For full Submission Guidelines and Rights go here.

 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CALLS:

Whilst we are open to all genres and styles of writing, ultimately we reserve the right to reject topics that are not suitable for our publications. Please read the individual submission call information for guidance.

Word count requirements, deadline dates and author compensation are detailed against each submission call. Hyphenated words will be counted as one word. Paragraph breaks are not included in word counts.

All submissions must be in English.

Our stance on;
Bestiality – Unless your character is in the fantasy world (ie werewolf) this is a hard no.
Erotica – Don’t go overboard, but if your story requires sex scenes, go for it.
Graphic non-con sex is never OK. If your story needs it, glimpse but don’t dazzle.

NO TABS!

All manuscripts must be in .doc/.docx format.

In the header section of your manuscript please include your  story title and the manuscript word count (excluding header section information).

Font : Times New Roman 12 point

Spacing : Double line spaced. Indent new paragraphs. Single space between sentences.

Scene breaks : ***

Spelling : British English

All submissions are read blind. Do not include personal information IN your manuscript (no name, no pen name, no email, no address).

Do not include personal information in your document name.

Your document name must be [CALL] – [THEME (where there is one noted)] – [TITLE]. doc/x (no brackets).

Your document must be attached – no links, please. We won’t follow them.

Bio:
Novellas: No limit
Short stories: Maximum of 100 words plus 2 non-retailer links
Rest: Maximum of 50 words plus 1 non-retailer links

Address your email “G’day awesome Black Hare Press Team”

Email Subject:
In your email subject, include [CALL] – [THEME (where there is one noted)] – [TITLE] – [PEN NAME]

For example;
DARK MOMENTS – UNDERWATER – Red Cloud – Ann Orfer
GRIMDARK – DRABBLES – Clash of the Tantrums – Ann Orfer
SHORT READS – The Elephant in the Room – Ann Orfer

Email Body:
In your email body, please include; the call, the theme (where one is noted), your story title, your pen name, word count, bio.

Email To:
Email to the address listed on the call.




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DARK MOMENTS MONTHLY CHALLENGE

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SEPTEMBER 2023 SUBMISSION THEME: Shifters  – Need help? Here’s a list of suggestions – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shapeshifters.

This theme will be open for submissions from 1st SEPTEMBER 2023 and will close midnight 30th SEPTEMBER 2023 (last place on Earth).  Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be read.

You must include the theme in your email subject (as shown above). Reading will start once the submission period has closed.

The BEST 12 drabbles will be chosen for publication in OCTOBER 2023.

Word count : EXACTLY 100 words, excluding title and pen name
Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : One per pen name, per theme << IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE, WE WILL REJECT THEM ALL, UNREAD
Publication : Online in Dark Moments.  May be included in a single anthology in print and digital formats at a later date (but within one year of initial publication)
Author compensation : 0.04 USD per word via Paypal

Submit to : darkmoments@BlackHarePress.com

DRABBLES – HO HO HO

PAID

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  • 2 word title
  • 100 word story (excluding title and pen name).
  • A bio of no more than 15 words, plus one link << this is really important. Don’t include links to retailers (ie Amazon) as the books get rejected when they have retailer links. If you want to include one, we suggest you set up something like linktr.ee (here’s ours: linktr.ee/blackharepress) or bio.site (here’s ours:  bio.site/blackharepress)
  • $1 USD per acceptance.
  • Up to 10 acceptances per pen name. Want more? Easy—use another pen name.
  • First three to 10 get a $10 Amazon voucher.
  • First to 10 also gets a paperback copy of the final product.
  • One email, one drabble. We won’t look at submissions with more than one drabble, as we don’t have time to extrapolate them into the read process.
  • Blind submissions for the actual manuscript, please.
  • Reprints are OK, but we’ll have no space for “First Published” acknowledgements, so please check your obligations with previous publishers first (if your first publisher is BHP, then you automatically have permission, as long as it wasn’t published in the last 12 months).
  • No simultaneous submissions, please.

Theme: December, holidays around December (Immaculate Conception, St Nicholas Day, Christmas, Bodhi Day, Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Zarathosht Diso, and anything else you can think of), myths and legends, etc.

Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/ steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.

Submit to: darkdrabbles@blackharepress.com.

Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover, and digital.

Publication Date: circa December 2023

PATREON MONTHLY CHALLENGE

PAID

Word count : 100 to 2000

Bios : No bios, please
Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : One per email. Please wait for a response before sending another
Publication : In Patreon, and in a single anthology in print and digital formats at a later date (but within one year of initial publication)
Author compensation : Payment will be EITHER (author’s choice);
~A monetary award: 0.04 USD per word for the first 100 words, 0.01 USD per word thereafter. To be paid via PayPal in the month after publication on Patreon.
~Or a paperback copy of the annual publication.
(Please indicate preference with your submission).
Plus;
A digital copy of the annual publication
and print discounts.

EERIE CHRISTMAS 3

PAID

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Theme Holidays around December, and Christmas, etc.

Wordcount: 500 to 3,000 words

Compensation: $10 USD per story plus an epub copy.

Submission Window Closes: 31st October 2023

Reprints: Allowed

Simultaneous Submissions: Not Allowed

Acceptances: Maximum of two per pen name

Number of submissions: Maximum of five per pen name

One email per story, please.

Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.

Submit to: eerie@blackharepress.com.

Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover, and digital.

Publication Date: circa December 2023

PATREON MONTHLY CHALLENGE

PAID

Word count : 100 to 2000

Bios : No bios, please
Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : One per email. Please wait for a response before sending another
Publication : In Patreon, and in a single anthology in print and digital formats at a later date (but within one year of initial publication)
Author compensation : Payment will be EITHER (author’s choice);
~A monetary award: 0.04 USD per word for the first 100 words, 0.01 USD per word thereafter. To be paid via PayPal in the month after publication on Patreon.
~Or a paperback copy of the annual publication.
(Please indicate preference with your submission).
Plus;
A digital copy of the annual publication
and print discounts.

SHORT READS

PAID

Temporarily closed for catch up from 1st SEPTEMBER 2023

We are looking for dark stories, in any genre.

Please ensure your first 500 words compel the reader to want to go further.

Word count : 5,000+
Please include a blurb (40+ words, we’ll work with successful entries to finesse it for publication), and a short synopsis. Include both of these in your manuscript, before your story.  Remember: we have a blind read process, which means our read team do not know any of the author’s details. Please do not include your personal information (name, pseudonym, address, email, bio, etc) in your manuscript – your story will be rejected and will not be eligible for resubmission. However, please include your personal information in the email body.

Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : As many as you like, but please wait for a response on one before sending the next so as not to overwhelm our read team.
Publication :
Each story will be its own publication, published in digital format, and assigned to one of our new series headers.
Sequels are always a possibility, and where accepted, the first and subsequent publications will be re-directed to the “single author” stream, which includes print editions.
Author compensation :
Monetary awards will be based on wordcounts after edits (so please don’t pad);
~5,000 to 10,000   – $20 USD
~10,000 to 17,000 – $30 USD
Plus one digital copy

Submit to : shortreads@blackharepress.com

Please allow 12 weeks for a response.

SHORT READS

PAID

Temporarily closed for catch up from 1st SEPTEMBER 2023

We are looking for dark stories, in any genre.

Please ensure your first 500 words compel the reader to want to go further.

Word count : 5,000+
Please include a blurb (40+ words, we’ll work with successful entries to finesse it for publication), and a short synopsis. Include both of these in your manuscript, before your story.  Remember: we have a blind read process, which means our read team do not know any of the author’s details. Please do not include your personal information (name, pseudonym, address, email, bio, etc) in your manuscript – your story will be rejected and will not be eligible for resubmission. However, please include your personal information in the email body.

Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : As many as you like, but please wait for a response on one before sending the next so as not to overwhelm our read team.
Publication :
Each story will be its own publication, published in digital format, and assigned to one of our new series headers.
Sequels are always a possibility, and where accepted, the first and subsequent publications will be re-directed to the “single author” stream, which includes print editions.
Author compensation :
Monetary awards will be based on wordcounts after edits (so please don’t pad);
~5,000 to 10,000   – $20 USD
~10,000 to 17,000 – $30 USD
Plus one digital copy

Submit to : shortreads@blackharepress.com

Please allow 12 weeks for a response.

EERIE CHRISTMAS 3

PAID

0Weeks0Days0Hours0Minutes0Seconds

Theme Holidays around December, and Christmas, etc.

Wordcount: 500 to 3,000 words

Compensation: $10 USD per story plus an epub copy.

Submission Window Closes: 31st October 2023

Reprints: Allowed

Simultaneous Submissions: Not Allowed

Acceptances: Maximum of two per pen name

Number of submissions: Maximum of five per pen name

One email per story, please.

Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.

Submit to: eerie@blackharepress.com.

Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover, and digital.

Publication Date: circa December 2023

DARK MOMENTS MONTHLY CHALLENGE

PAID

0Weeks0Days0Hours0Minutes0Seconds

SEPTEMBER 2023 SUBMISSION THEME: Shifters  – Need help? Here’s a list of suggestions – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shapeshifters.

This theme will be open for submissions from 1st SEPTEMBER 2023 and will close midnight 30th SEPTEMBER 2023 (last place on Earth).  Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be read.

You must include the theme in your email subject (as shown above). Reading will start once the submission period has closed.

The BEST 12 drabbles will be chosen for publication in OCTOBER 2023.

Word count : EXACTLY 100 words, excluding title and pen name
Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : One per pen name, per theme << IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE, WE WILL REJECT THEM ALL, UNREAD
Publication : Online in Dark Moments.  May be included in a single anthology in print and digital formats at a later date (but within one year of initial publication)
Author compensation : 0.04 USD per word via Paypal

Submit to : darkmoments@BlackHarePress.com

DRABBLES – HO HO HO

PAID

0Weeks0Days0Hours0Minutes0Seconds

  • 2 word title
  • 100 word story (excluding title and pen name).
  • A bio of no more than 15 words, plus one link << this is really important. Don’t include links to retailers (ie Amazon) as the books get rejected when they have retailer links. If you want to include one, we suggest you set up something like linktr.ee (here’s ours: linktr.ee/blackharepress) or bio.site (here’s ours:  bio.site/blackharepress)
  • $1 USD per acceptance.
  • Up to 10 acceptances per pen name. Want more? Easy—use another pen name.
  • First three to 10 get a $10 Amazon voucher.
  • First to 10 also gets a paperback copy of the final product.
  • One email, one drabble. We won’t look at submissions with more than one drabble, as we don’t have time to extrapolate them into the read process.
  • Blind submissions for the actual manuscript, please.
  • Reprints are OK, but we’ll have no space for “First Published” acknowledgements, so please check your obligations with previous publishers first (if your first publisher is BHP, then you automatically have permission, as long as it wasn’t published in the last 12 months).
  • No simultaneous submissions, please.

Theme: December, holidays around December (Immaculate Conception, St Nicholas Day, Christmas, Bodhi Day, Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Zarathosht Diso, and anything else you can think of), myths and legends, etc.

Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/ steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.

Submit to: darkdrabbles@blackharepress.com.

Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover, and digital.

Publication Date: circa December 2023

PATREON MONTHLY CHALLENGE

PAID

Word count : 100 to 2000

Bios : No bios, please
Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : One per email. Please wait for a response before sending another
Publication : In Patreon, and in a single anthology in print and digital formats at a later date (but within one year of initial publication)
Author compensation : Payment will be EITHER (author’s choice);
~A monetary award: 0.04 USD per word for the first 100 words, 0.01 USD per word thereafter. To be paid via PayPal in the month after publication on Patreon.
~Or a paperback copy of the annual publication.
(Please indicate preference with your submission).
Plus;
A digital copy of the annual publication
and print discounts.

SHORT READS

PAID

Temporarily closed for catch up from 1st SEPTEMBER 2023

We are looking for dark stories, in any genre.

Please ensure your first 500 words compel the reader to want to go further.

Word count : 5,000+
Please include a blurb (40+ words, we’ll work with successful entries to finesse it for publication), and a short synopsis. Include both of these in your manuscript, before your story.  Remember: we have a blind read process, which means our read team do not know any of the author’s details. Please do not include your personal information (name, pseudonym, address, email, bio, etc) in your manuscript – your story will be rejected and will not be eligible for resubmission. However, please include your personal information in the email body.

Author eligibility : Open to all.
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : As many as you like, but please wait for a response on one before sending the next so as not to overwhelm our read team.
Publication :
Each story will be its own publication, published in digital format, and assigned to one of our new series headers.
Sequels are always a possibility, and where accepted, the first and subsequent publications will be re-directed to the “single author” stream, which includes print editions.
Author compensation :
Monetary awards will be based on wordcounts after edits (so please don’t pad);
~5,000 to 10,000   – $20 USD
~10,000 to 17,000 – $30 USD
Plus one digital copy

Submit to : shortreads@blackharepress.com

Please allow 12 weeks for a response.





DRABBLES – LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT

PAID

NOW CLOSED

  • $1 USD per acceptance.
  • Up to 10 acceptances per pen name.
  • First three to 10 get a $10 Amazon voucher.
  • First to 10 also gets a paperback copy of the final product.
  • One email, one drabble. We won’t look at submissions with more than one drabble, as we don’t have time to extrapolate them into the read process.
  • Blind submissions for the actual manuscript, please.
  • Reprints are OK, but we’ll have no space for “First Published” acknowledgements, so please check your obligations with previous publishers first (if your first publisher is BHP, then you automatically have permission, as long as it wasn’t published in the last 12 months).
  • No simultaneous submissions, please.
  • Include a bio of no more than 15 words, plus one link << this is really important. Don’t include links to retailers (ie Amazon) as the books get rejected when they have retailer links. If you want to include one, we suggest you set up something like linktr.ee (here’s ours: linktr.ee/blackharepress) or bio.site (here’s ours:  bio.site/blackharepress)

Theme: Valentine’s Day / Love / Couples. NB: Doesn’t have to be about Valentine’s Day specifically.

Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/ steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.

NB: No more “human hearts as gifts in chocolate boxes” tropes, please.

Submit to: darkdrabbles@blackharepress.com.

Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover (black & white and colour editions), and digital.

Publication Date: circa February 2023

DRABBLES – RUN, RABBIT, RUN

PAID

NOW CLOSED

  • $1 USD per acceptance.
  • Up to 10 acceptances per pen name.
  • First three to 10 get a $10 Amazon voucher.
  • First to 10 also gets a paperback copy of the final product.
  • One email, one drabble. We won’t look at submissions with more than one drabble, as we don’t have time to extrapolate them into the read process.
  • Blind submissions for the actual manuscript, please.
  • Reprints are OK, but we’ll have no space for “First Published” acknowledgements, so please check your obligations with previous publishers first (if your first publisher is BHP, then you automatically have permission, as long as it wasn’t published in the last 12 months).
  • No simultaneous submissions, please.
  • Include a bio of no more than 15 words, plus one link << this is really important. Don’t include links to retailers (ie Amazon) as the books get rejected when they have retailer links. If you want to include one, we suggest you set up something like linktr.ee (here’s ours: linktr.ee/blackharepress) or bio.site (here’s ours:  bio.site/blackharepress)
  • Theme: Murderous/evil/sly bunnies and hares. NB: Doesn’t have to be about Easter specifically.
  • Genre: Must be dark, but any genre, including (not an exhaustive list): horror, science fiction, LGBTQ+, romance/ steamy/erotic horror, cosmic, speculative, fantasy.
  • Submit to: darkdrabbles@blackharepress.com.
  • Will be available in: Paperback, hardcover, and digital.
  • Publication Date: circa April 2023