Autumn always seems to be anthology season for some reason, and this year is no exception. Here are two fiction anthologies, both of which will accept speculative stories:
- The Midnight Diner: This anthology, now in its third year, is "a hardboiled genre anthology with a Christian slant." That doesn't mean preachy bible stories, however -- one of their past topics was "Jesus vs. Cthulhu." Only submit unpublished stories (10,000 words or fewer). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Payment is a contributor's copy, but three stories will receive Editor's Choice awards, which appear to be $100 each. (The wording is vague, and it could be taken to mean that all three winners will split the $100.) The deadline for submissions is December 1st.
- Terror Tales from Crib to Crypt: This Lilley Press anthology will focus on novella-length horror stories (20,000 to 25,000 words) that "incorporate or mirror the cover design in an obvious way." (The cover design was posted on the website, but appears to have been temporarily taken down.) Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Payment is not specified, but the guidelines say that royalties will be split between the writers. The deadline for this one is also December 1st.