Glitter & Mayhem is now closed to submissions. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous stories with us!


Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology is looking for a few glamorous stories.

As you know, we’ve got fabulous work from amazing writers like Alan DeNiro, Amal El-Mohtar, Daryl Gregory, Damien Walters Grintalis, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Vylar Kaftan, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Pelland, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Diana Rowland, Sofia Samatar, David J. Schwartz, William Shunn, and Rachel Swirsky.

But what about you? You’re glamorous, right? We bet you have a dazzling idea for a story, don’t you? You probably even know the prompt by heart:

Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc.

Here’s the details you’ve been waiting for:

  1. The max word limit is 6000 with a deadline of March 15.
  2. We’re paying $.05 per word.
  3. You’ll have the chance to be edited by Hugo Award-winning editors and be in a ToC with awesome authors (see above).

We expect stories to follow standard manuscript format. We expect that the your name and contact info is on the first page of your submission. Please send only one submission at a time. If you can refrain—mostly due to the extremely short reading period—please do not query about your submission.

Send submissions to

We can’t wait to see what you create. Surprise us. Amaze us. Dazzle us.


  1. Made in DNA says:

    How about hardcore or softcore sex, as long as within the confines of the previously laid out rules of submission? In or out?

  2. Made in DNA says:

    Please excuse my former comment, I KNEW sex was allowed but it slipped my mind as I asked. What I REALLY would like to know, is hardcore sex allowed, or just softcore sex? I can easily write either, but as your reading period is short, I don't want to botch my chances with the wrong "level" of sexual content. Kindest regards, Made in DNA

  3. johnklima says:

    You can see Lynne's comments on the open to submissions post for some clarification. I'll also add that you should keep in mind that this is not an erotica anthology so sex should not be the main thrust of the story, no pun intended.

    The submission post is here:

  4. Made in DNA says:

    Thanks, John. Oh, I'm very clear on the theme. Moreover, I wouldn't send you erotica if it were the only genre in the literary world. My name is Brent Millis (pen name Made in DNA), and I publish a new eZine titled Full-Metal Orgasm — hardcore sex, over-the-top violence in the science fiction and cyberpunk Genres. This anthology is right up my alley, so I wanted to very clear on what was acceptable. I have read the post you referenced and I am now clear. Thank you. This is going to be a great book. Looking forward to it. If you don't mind, I'd like to friend you on FB.

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  6. details and tales says:

    Technical question here. Having never submitted a short story online before: does it get sent as an attached file? If so, what format should the file be? (.doc? .pdf?) Also, what should be in the body of the e-mail?

    Thanks in advance.

  7. johnklima says:

    Send your submission as an attached file, .doc or .rtf work just fine. Treat the body of the email as your cover letter. Let me know if you have more questions.

  8. N.T. says:

    Hi there, do you acknowledge receipt of submissions? Thanks!

  9. John R says:

    I never had confirmation you'd received my submission, should I be concerned?

  10. johnklima says:

    Does anyone need confirmation still? I'll check with our readers.

  11. jswayne1 says:

    I have never received confirmation. Would you be so kind as to check on this and let me know at
    Thank you!