Submission Call: “The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Vol V”

by Nyctophilia

The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Vol V

The editor wants any variation on the theme. They have stories on the other four volumes on their website so writers can get a feel of the kind of writing they prefer. Also see guidelines for another horror anthology from this editor, Loss and the Unknown, which is being funded via Kickstarter, with a later deadline.
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Pay: AUD75

Words required: 5000 minimum – nothing lower – 10 000 words ( Opens October 16  2018. Deadline = 15th October 2019 — firm)


Genres – any variation on the title is suitable. 

PLEASE MARK ALL SUBMISSIONS WITH GENRE – SF – F or H for ease of processing

submissions to: author( 
(There is an appreciation note on the bottom of this page)

NOTE: This anthology is given away free as an e-book in many formats, and through amazon sold at cost price, or the minimum price amazon will allow. Usually what they make from any sale is what the cost price is for e-book and print. Altair Australia Pty Ltd, the publisher creates these works as a promotion for authors. Robert endeavours to get new and known voices out to a wider reading audience who may then buy something with these authors in, or a novel they have written. All authors are paid on day of acceptance, and the anthology is usually launched on, or before January 31 each year – 2020

The World’s of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Volume V will be released January 31 2020

To get an idea of what was in Volume I, II, III and IV you can download a FREE copy from

All submission need to be double spaced and sent as rtf documents or .doc  no other formats will be accepted. No double space after full stops. Double quotes for dialogue. No line space for paragraphs and paragraph indents not tab indents. If tab indents discovered then the work will either be rejected or asked to be resubmitted in the correct format.

What is wanted:

Original – (previously unpublished – NO REPRINTS) genre fiction that explores as well as entertains. Readers like to get involved with bright characters and strange worlds. They like to be frightened and unnerved and they like to see magic and fantasy worlds that are not a slightly different Tolkien or Martin. Read the FREE anthologies published in the previous 4 years and get a feel for what can get across the line. I have no set taste pattern, as the anthologies will show, and I try and not stamp my preferences over the work selected. The material simply has to be good and it has to be the best you can offer. I have indeed purchased innumerable stories I did not actually like, taste wise, but they were good in what they were presenting, so they were purchased.

Be brave when it comes to me, challenge yourself and don’t fear mistakes. If I ask for a rewrite it is usually for good reason. I turned down 3 stories last year where writers had difficulties in developing their works to a higher standard – we worked together to achieve our goal and at the same time we learned things about ourselves. I am not harsh in requests, and am flexible with ideas and concepts and keeping the author voice well and truly in control.

What I don’t want:

Erotica of any kind. While I don’t mind it, it just isn’t what I am buying at this stage. No fan fiction and no cookie cutter settings that could be anywhere and have no real bearing on what is happening. The background is just as important as the characters, the setting needs to make sense and play a part in story development. No soapboxing. I don’t care if the issue being covered is important to the well-being of the world. I am entertaining readers who are usually recovering from being bombarded by people being offended and demands that they need to save something or other. I am not saying world issues are not important, I am just saying this anthology is an entertainment, not a political sounding board.

These might sound like odd requests, but over the years I have dealt with quite a lot of oddity, and when it comes to writers, well, we are indeed odd, but some ground rules are needed so we all get what we want out of the collection. I don’t like themes as they limit what is available for me, and for the reader. All I ask is for your best. Submit to the author (at)      (SUBMISSIONS MUST BE FILES rtf, txt, doc, docx physically sent to this address — all ONE DRIVE submission will be rejected. I do not go to others sites to read submissions, please do me the courtesy of making proper submissions.


These anthologies have come together from the dream on Robert N Stephenson of promoting all voices across as many countries as possible, but over the last few years, it has become financially tough, as he pays everyone from his part-time job at a church. So, it is with heartfelt grace he needs to thank all those people who have helped in many, many ways to keep this series alive. Book designers in The Netherlands, International authors, the cover designer in Australia, extra editors and all donating their time and efforts in the belief Robert’s dream is a good one. Without such generosity, none of this would be possible, none of it.

Robert is greatly humbled by this show of support and hopes the future of the Worlds of series is bright.

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