Dragon’s Roost Press is curating submissions for HIDDEN ANIMALS: A Collection of Cryptids, a forthcoming anthology of speculative fiction stories featuring cryptids–creatures whose existence or survival to the present day is contested or unconfirmed.
The publisher is seeking stories that feature obscure, elusive or mysterious cryptids. Think along the lines of Bigfoot, Nessie, el Chupacabra, The Jersey Devil–cryptids so famous that they have entered into our culture’s consciousness. Writers can use them as the antagonist, the central character, or the plot which steers the story forward, but they must exist in the story.
Writers are encouraged to put their own twist on the classic creature. Make them frightening. Make them well-intentioned. Make them entertaining. Above all, make them feel real.
Story length: up to 6K words per story.
Payment: 3 cents/word (up to $180/story), plus a contributor’s copy in print and digital.
Deadline: August 31, 2017. Read submission guidelines at the publisher’s website.