DIGITAL FICTION PUBLISHING CORP.
Including the imprints:
Digital Science Fiction, Digital Fantasy Fiction, Digital Horror Fiction, and Digital Crime Fiction
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Submissions OPEN: QUICKFIC
Submissions OPEN: KILLING IT SOFTLY 2
Submissions CLOSED: DIGITAL SCIENCE FICTION Anthology
Submissions CLOSED: DIGITAL FANTASY FICTION Anthology
Submissions CLOSED: DIGITAL HORROR FICTION Anthology
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ALL IMPRINTS (General Terms):
Please be careful to select the correct imprint for
your story. Cross filed submissions will not necessarily be noticed and/or
corrected by the acquisition editors. This may result in the rejection of a
perfectly good story for being off-topic.
Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. publishes compelling science fiction,
fantasy, (some crime) and horror stories from professional writers, and is
directed towards a mature readership. Selected works are published
through Amazon Kindle and Amazon Create Space and are available on a wide
variety of e-readers and in print.
Use the below "Submission Link" to make
your submissions to the most appropriate imprint. We use Submittable.com to
manage all submissions for Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. We do not
charge submission, reading, or editing fees and we will not redirect authors to
any service that requires the payment of fees. Authors may be required to
create a free Submittable account.
You may make multiple submissions to different imprints (maximum of ONE (1) per imprint please – including Quickfic) provided that each submission is in compliance with the submission guidelines. You may make simultaneous submissions; however, we will only accept reprint stories, so please keep this in mind if making simultaneous submissions.
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Authors will be provided with a complete Publishing
Agreement for review and consideration prior to publication of an accepted
submission. Authors will also be enrolled for participation in the Digital
Fiction Publishing League royalty sharing program, for all imprints
and submissions, including Quickfic, where net receipts are pooled and
distributed proportionally between the League Members, including
the publisher, authors, editors, and submission readers.
We provide professional editing and/or proofreading at our cost. Author must cooperate with the editor and make all required changes, additions, or deletions (not all changes are required). The editorial/proof process is done exclusively in Word format; use of Word Track Changes is required.
Thank you for considering Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and its imprints, Digital Science Fiction and Digital Fantasy Fiction. We look forward to hearing from you. Now, find your best submission listing below:
'Killing it Softly 2' — The 2017 follow-up to the terrifying Killing It Softly, with Managing Editor Suzie Lockhart returning to put together a second volume of Women in Horror. Officially opening February 1, 2017 in celebration of Women in Horror Month 2017.
Publication target: October 2017. Submissions close: March 31, 2017 (subject to extensions as may be required). Answers on submissions can be anticipated at any time up to September 2017, and may be delayed until after the submission period closes in March due to short-listing.
Welcome to Digital Horror Fiction. We are excited to announce a new open call for reprint short stories in the horror fiction genre - dedicated to stories by female* authors. These stories will be published as part of an anthology (Killing it Softly 2) of short stories under the Digital Horror Fiction imprint, by the publisher, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. This open call is for horror reprint short stories of 3,000 to 7500 words in length only.)
Submissions will be reviewed for inclusion upon receipt. Please submit only ONE story for consideration at a time; multiple entries will be rejected. Once your story is accepted or rejected you may submit another story for consideration - but just one at a time, please.
We are looking for reprint short stories that have appeared in professional or semi-professional books, magazines, collections, or anthologies, and that are available to be re-licensed by Digital Horror Fiction and published through Amazon and elsewhere in an anthology of stories.
We are not looking for (and will not license) self published stories (in any format/venue), stories that have been published and are available to download on-line (free or paid) as stand-alone stories (in collections and anthologies is fine), or stories that are available free on-line in any form (magazine, archive, blog etc, but podcasts that have not been made available in print are fine). Basically, if we search for your story on-line and find it, in writing, by title or content, and it's free in any format we won't license it - no exceptions.
Reprint short stories must have a length of between 3,000 and 7,500 words to be considered.
The following is a general, non-binding, statement of the terms under which Digital Horror Fiction publishes submissions but is superseded by the Publishing Agreement and DFP League terms and conditions that will be provided for review and agreement prior to publication and payment.
Authors are paid one (1) cent per word in United States dollars ($0.01 USD) based on final proofread word count. Accepted submissions are paid 100% within 10 business days of first publication date. Payment is via PayPal. There are no fees, charges, or expenses of any kind charged to the author by the publisher; however, transaction, exchange rate, or banking fees charged by PayPal or third party banks are the responsibility of the author.
We buy exclusive second world rights to a short story for one anthology, in the English language and any electronic, audio, and print format, with a six (6) month no new use clause. (You must agree not to reuse or republish the selected Work for a period of 6 months from first payment; but existing publications are fine.) Rights apply only to one anthology (Killing it Softly 2), not general use of a work.
The work is initially published for Amazon e-books and subsequently in a print collection of stories as a digital and print anthology via Amazon Create Space. We provide copy editing and formatting at our cost. Copy editing will be performed on your work prior to publication to bring it in line with Digital's style guidelines and for technical errors. You may be provided with a copy of the editing changes prior to publication, but your consent is not required. However, no substantive content changes will be made without the consent of the Author.
Authors must warrant, state, represent, and agree that the author has full and unrestricted right to re-license the work to Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. for publication in accordance with the Publishing Agreement, and that the author is the owner of the copyright to the work, without material encumbrance. Author shall be required to fully indemnify and save harmless the publisher for any failure to abide by these requirements. (Please do not license us something you don't own or can't license as intended. Digital Horror Fiction is relying on, exclusively, the representations of the author in this regard.)
Additionally, if your story otherwise qualifies and is selected for publication, we require that no self-published or other versions of the stand-alone story remain or be made available on-line (any country any written format) for a period of six months from the date of first payment. That is, if your otherwise qualifying story was ever published by you or a third party on-line as a stand-alone story for free, then you must agree to remove or have removed the story from on-line publication for a period of six (6) months from the date of payment. If you don't have control over your on-line content we will not license your work - sorry.
Digital Horror Fiction is a horror fiction imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and we want horror stories. We will not consider science fiction stories, fantasy. or general fiction for publication by Digital Horror Fiction. Please consider one of our other imprints for these stories.
We want stories for a young adult to adult (not children) audience. Content should be PG to R rated. No erotica, pornography, or gratuitously offensive content will be accepted. Please don’t submit anything that fits these categories as it's a waste of your time and ours, thank you. Because this is our Horror Imprint, we expect and will tolerate a considerably higher level of gore and general violence where the same is for the sake of a great story -- not for the sake of gore and violence. That is, avoid sending us gratuitous anything – violence, sex, profanity, etc. If it is not integral to the story and it’s not advancing the plot or character development; we don’t want to see blood, gore, or sex just for shock value’s sake (this goes for language too).
According to Wikipedia, the source of all that is correct in the Universe (really?): “The identifying traits of horror include:
Horror fiction is a genre of literature, which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle their readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as "a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing". It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society. (
We don't get too hung up on sub-genres or specific requirements (except we do NOT want bloodbath and gore horror or torture/rape). If you think you have a horror short story, then there's a good chance we will too. Just be careful to avoid trying us out with science fiction and clearly fantasy stories -- we have other imprints for terrific stories from those genres.
Thank you for considering Digital Horror Fiction and Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please consider white-listing @dfpcorp.com and @submittable.com to ensure receipt of submission related emails.
Please do not submit your story and tie up our Readers if your stand-alone story has been published and is available to download on-line (free or paid), or your story is available free on-line in any written form (magazine, archive, blog etc), and you can't immediately take it down or have it taken down. We will not license it if it's on-line for free.
* Female: Fully inclusive and intended in the broadest sense of the term.
We are AGAIN looking for shorter speculative fiction, in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, for posting at DigitalFictionPub.com as web content, and to be published in eBook and print as a single collection. This listing will be open to Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Subject to extensions.)
We are looking for reprint flash/short fiction that has appeared in professional or semi-professional books, magazines, collections, or anthologies, and that are available to be immediately re-licensed by Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. and published through and on our website (for free) at DigitalFictionPub.com and, eventually, on Amazon (print and eBook) as a collection of flash fiction in an anthology/collection.
We are not looking for and will not license original or self-published stories in any format/venue; the pro/semi-pro requirement is important. However, a semi to pro podcast appearance will be considered.
Important Note: Stories will be posted on our website, for free access, so all of our content rules apply and we'll be turning up the filters for this as access will be available to all web wanderers, young and old. I don't imagine we'll take hard R or X rated stories of any kind, and if you're depending on heavy gore for your horror it might be a tough sell. As always with Digital, sexual assault of any kind and torture are out of the question. Read our other guidelines, turn up the "won't publish" to 11, and decide if it's worth your time and ours to submit.
Also - because these will be published for free online, the chances of retaining much control over the content and its distribution is effectively nil. While Digital absolutely respects the copyright of the author, we're not going to chase down those persons/pages/sites that don't respect copyright. By submitting for online publication you are deemed to be accepting bad people do bad things they shouldn't, and for all practical purposes they'll likely get away with it. (Lawyers are expensive - trust me.)
Length: 200 (ish) to not more than 3499 words;
Status: Reprints (from pro, semi-pro, or magazine publications. Not self-published or original work.)
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. No particular sub-genres.
ONE STORY ONE THE READING LIST AT A TIME - PLEASE. You can send a second+ story after an acceptance or rejection, but not while a current submission is pending. One at a time!
One (1) US cent per word as published, payable within thirty (30) days of the post going live, via PayPal (author pays PayPal transaction fees, if any).
Enrollment in the DFPL Royalty Sharing program, payable first against advance.
Non-exclusive, non-restrictive, second world rights in English for posting to the website digitalfictionpub.com (or successor domain/site) and for one print/eBook/audio publication/title by the Publisher, in a collection or anthology of similar Quickfic works. (See Quickfic Anthology 1 and Quickfic Anthology 2 on Amazon for specifics of where your story will eventually land. Presently we are collecting for QF Anthologies 5 and up).
Author reserves all other rights of any kind and copyright to the work not expressly licensed by Digital.
A formal agreement will be provided for review prior to publication and payment.
We want stories for a young adult to adult (not children) audience. Content should be PG to R rated. No erotica, pornography, or gratuitously offensive content will be accepted. Please don’t submit anything that fits these categories as it's a waste of your time and ours.
* Please consider white-listing @dfpcorp.com and @submittable.com to ensure receipt of submission related emails.
Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.
Windsor, ON - Canada