Flame Tree Publishing Call for Gothic Short Story Submissions

Flame Tree Publishing are calling for submissions from writers who have the chance to be featured in the company’s latest anthologies.

Flame Tree Publishing Call for Gothic Short Story Submissions

What if the Ancient Egyptians had conquered Rome?

It’s time to get creative as the international, independent publisher, Flame Tree, are calling for short story submissions for their gothic and fantasy genres.

Aspiring or established writers are urged to open up their imaginations and come up with some unique plots surrounding legends, creatures and realms.

In partnership with DESIblitz, your work can feature in two of Flame Tree Publishing’s latest mesmerising anthologies.

The anthologies will bring together a complete range of folklore, myths, modern short fiction, science and history.

The submissions fall into two categories, one for each book – Hidden Realms and Alternate History.

Therefore, authors have the privilege of writing according to their interests or challenging themselves with a new dimension.

As part of the collection, you will bring your own voice, vision and inventiveness.

Not to mention, all the stories featured will highlight roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction, mystery and originality.

So, this is a chance to be a part of something truly unique that will provide a lifetime of reading pleasure to many.

Hidden Realms Short Stories

Flame Tree Publishing Call for Gothic Short Story Submissions

Hidden Realms Short Stories will dive into the secret corridors, the hidden doors at the end of the alley, and the hole in the trunk of an ancient oak.

Exploring secret gardens, shadowlands, forests and mountains, swamps and wild places, these stories will be like no other.

New submissions will go alongside some classics, from the fantasy in Alice in Wonderland (1864) to the folklore of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1839).

Release your mind and fingertips to contemplate a world of buried places, existing in another physical plane or time or quantum.

Explore planets, only accessibly to those with specific knowledge or even in plain sight under our noses.

Let the story unfold with inhabitants – maybe humans, maybe creatures or maybe something entirely new.

Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include HIDDEN REALMS at the beginning of the subject of your email.

Submissions to: shortstories@flametreepublishing.com and copy in arts@desiblitz.com

Terms

  • Multiple submissions are fine.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.
  • For accepted stories, Flame Tree Publishing pays Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
  • Flame Tree Publishing will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see flametreepublishing.com for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.

Guidelines

  • Submit your story to shortstories@flametreepublishing.com and copy in arts@desiblitz.com
  • Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000-4000 words, but stories slightly outside this range will still be read.
  • Please note in your submission email whether your story would be a reprint or is currently unpublished.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to Flame Tree Publishing for consideration for another anthology, please state this in the submission email.
  • The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2022. 

Alternate History Short Stories

Flame Tree Publishing Call for Gothic Short Story Submissions

This anthology aims to cover every angle from ancient worlds to distant futures, steampunk, world wars and more.

Alternative History is all about putting your imagination into gear. It’s a massive topic for movies and real-world events alike showcased on platforms like Netflix and HBO.

New submissions will feature alongside utopian stories such as those written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and H.G. Wells.

Delve into the variety and delight of alternative history to reimagine the world around us. Some examples include:

What if the Ancient Egyptians had conquered Rome? What if WW2 had been won by the loser, not the victors? What if women had ruled the world for 4000 years, not men?

There is a limitless amount of tales where one can blur the lines between realism and wonder. True originality will be tested here but why not take on the challenge?

Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include ALTERNATIVE HISTORY at the beginning of the subject of your email.

Submissions to: 2022@flametreepublishing.com and copy in arts@desiblitz.com

Terms

  • Multiple submissions are fine.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.
  • For accepted stories, Flame Tree Publishing pays Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories and 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.
  • Flame Tree Publishing will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see flametreepublishing.com for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.

Guidelines

  • Submit your story to 2022@flametreepublishing.com and copy in arts@desiblitz.com
  • Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000-4000 words, but stories slightly outside this range will still be read.
  • Please note in your submission email whether your story would be a reprint or is currently unpublished.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to Flame Tree Publishing for consideration for another anthology, please state this in the submission email.
  • The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2022. 

Whilst these two genres outline the general themes of the stories, there are a heap of ways to reinvent the genre with unique plots, characters and twists.

Likewise, unlock a gateway of worlds, creatures and dialogue to create spectacular settings that immerse the reader.

Submissions will have the chance to be shown alongside truly iconic pieces of literature. Additionally, their work could get published by a groundbreaking company.

For writers, this is an unmissable opportunity to showcase their own talents and concepts. To find out more, visit Flame Tree Publishing’s website here.

Balraj is a spirited Creative Writing MA graduate. He loves open discussions and his passions are fitness, music, fashion, and poetry. One of his favourite quotes is “One day or day one. You decide.”

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