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for Upcoming Anthology Release
The Monsters Are Loose —
And They Want You!
We are proud to announce an upcoming Open Call for the
CLASSIC MONSTERS UNLEASHED anthology, edited by James Aquilone.
We’re looking for dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters. While we prefer new angles that subvert and re-imagine the monster, we are also interested in really good traditional monster stories. Stories can also star secondary characters, such as a well-known sidekick, assistant or love interest, from the classic monster universe.
Payment: 5 cents a word
Length: 1500 to 5000 words (flexible)
Reading Period: April 8 to May 30, 2021 (don’t send before April 8)
Expected Release Date: October 2021
Kickstarter Launch: March 8, 2021.
Note: A Kickstarter campaign to fund the anthology launches in March, after which we’ll open to submissions. (Of course, the campaign has to fund successfully, but we’re confident it will.) This is an invitation and open-submissions anthology (with about 75% invited and 25% open). With the top-notch lineup of writers we’ve already signed, send only your very best. Sign up for a campaign alert at our Kickstarter preview page.
Use classic Shunn formatting. Send as an attachment in doc or docx. In the subject line, put “Classic Monsters,” the name of your story, and author name. Example: Classic Monsters – Story Title – Author Name.
Email story submissions to email@example.com
We want to publish your first story. We’re holding at least one spot for a newcomer. If you’ve never been published before, say so in your email. Good luck!
Abraham Van Helsing
Bride of Frankenstein
The Invisible Man
Phantom of the Opera
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Wicked Witch of the West
Kaiju / Giant Monster (in the vein of King Kong or Godzilla)
Note: We have enough Dracula stories, so he’s not included on the list. If you have any ideas for other classic monsters not listed, please ask before submitting. Also bear in mind: though these are public domain characters, don’t use any copyrighted or trademarked elements from the movies.
Let Us Guide You
Crystal Lake Publishing is known for a lot of great attributes, but the biggest might very well be for the incredible amount of support we offer authors. Not just our own authors, but up-and-coming and newbie authors. We strive to bring out the best in everyone, for the benefit of everyone.
Below is a list of all the amazing services we offer, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll recommend the people/services we use ourselves. We’re more than happy to connect you with whoever or whatever you need.
We have several editors (Monique Snyman, Ben Eads, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Frank Cernik, and Kenneth W. Cain) standing by to mentor authors in various aspects of writing, from poetry and short fiction to novels and even developmental editing. Crystal Lake owner (and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor) Joe Mynhardt covers career mentoring aspects such as branding, marketing, and developing a solid foundation for a long career. A mentoring term is one month long, with options of either working with one individual editor ($85 for the month) or a team of two editors and Joe ($180 for the month).
Our editors are also available for freelance gigs, whether you need an editor for short stories, a full collection, novella, or novel. Depending on your needs and funds, we’ll present you with the best and most affordable offer possible.
Monthly Flash Fiction Challenges (for payment and publication)
Every month we post a flash fiction challenge on social media (also shared via our Patreon page and newsletter). There’s always a new theme or unique twist. The top 10 to 15 stories are then posted on our Patreon page where our $5 and higher tier patrons will read and vote for a winner. The winner receives a cash payment (currently $0.01 per word) and publication in an upcoming Shallow Waters anthology. Sometimes authors who don’t win can also be approached about publication. Over time this has become a nice community for authors to compete, get feedback from readers, and even build friendships. Some authors have gone on to co-author books together, and some newbies have gone on to become published authors. It’s great exercise for your writing muscles and creativity, and helps you have a bit of fun with writing again.
A Patreon tier specifically for authors
Over the last few years we’ve built a great community of authors and readers on Patreon. There are a lot of different tiers, each with their own perks, but we have one especially catered toward authors. Features on this tier include author interviews, weekly exercises or prompts, motivation, guest authors, on writing essays, and early submission windows. Patrons are also encouraged to send in any on writing questions they might have. We’re always happy to help or find someone who can. And it’s only $5 a month! This tier also has access to all our behind the scenes posts, updates, and fiction posts (Shallow Waters flash fiction and Still Water Bay episodes).
An amazing selection of award-winning non-fiction/On Writing titles
If you think non-fiction, you can’t help but think of Crystal Lake Publishing. We have some of the best On Writing books on the market, including several Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthologies and one winner (many more to come). Our books focus on all aspects of writing, including comics, movie tie-ins, screenwriting, novels, short stories, stage plays, and interviews with legendary authors and filmmakers. As an editor, Crystal Lake owner Joe Mynhardt also compiled and edited The Horror Writer anthology for HellBound Books.