A World Unimagined Call is CLOSED

A World Unimagined Call is CLOSED

Sorry! Call for Submissions is CLOSED
for this Anthology.

The Open Call for short stories for Left Hand Publishers’ anthology, A World Unimagined, ended Sunday, January 21 at 5pm EST, 2018.

If you have submitted, we will be in contact by the end of February as to whether your story has been accepted into the anthology.

We have received a flood of great submissions. So many, in fact, we will be utilizing some of them in a second anthology, title and theme TBD. If your story is accepted for the second anthology, this is no reflection on the quality of your work (i.e. first anthology stories are NOT better than second anthology stories). The same submission guidelines will apply to both books. We will post an article on this site with details about future anthologies.

Also, if you have submitted a story (or stories) and have not received an email acknowledging receipt within 72 hours (a human editor reviews your formatting, etc., not an automatic email responder), please email us at to confirm.

We were inundated with great submissions. The best of those…

  • tie in heavily with the theme, A World Unimagined.
  • have a nice twist in the end – shock and awe
  • are a complete tale with no loose ends
  • are fast-paced, well-written stories, with a conflict, strong characterization, and character motivations
  • are formatted to our submission standards

We thank everyone who submitted. We were overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the manuscripts we received. Thank you.

A World Unimagined

In our Call for Submission for our anthologies, on this form, we accept only short stories. Novels, novellas, and short story collections (as an entire book) should be submitted to https://lefthandpublishers.com/open-call-for-submissions/. We will review your submission and contact you on the viability of Left Hand Publishers accepting it to be published. Please use this form to submit your manuscript. However, if you do not receive a receipt of your submission within 72 hours, please email us at to confirm that we have received your document.

Submitting your story automatically registers you in our Register To Win contest where you could win a FREE author website (some restrictions apply).

GENRES: Open to Speculative Fiction (works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements); Suspense/Thriller; Supernatural/Horror; or Science Fiction (or some combination of any of those genres) is acceptable. Please note below which genre you think your story fits. It may be more than one. LHP reserves the right to place any submission into what they deem the appropriate venue.

SPECIFICALLY UNACCEPTABLE GENRES: Romance/Erotica, Middle School, Biographical, Autobiographical, Memoirs, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Western, or Pornography.

WORD COUNT: 4,000 to 9,000 words.


  • Title of submission shall not contain variations of the phrase “A World Unimagined.”
  • Standard manuscript format. (Go to www.lefthandpublishers.com for complete guidelines and to download the format template.)
  • Submissions must be made as .doc or .docx attachment only and NOT copied into the body of the email. Only electronic submissions accepted.
  • In accordance with Left Hand Publishers’ standards, stories containing pedophilia, bestiality, overtly descriptive rape, or graphic gore will not be considered.
  • Factors in anthology acceptance:
    • How well it fits the theme of a given book;
    • Quality of the story based on characterization, conflict, TWIST at the end, and how engaging it is;
    • Word count, length, and formatting (while minor considerations, it indicates a certain professionalism about the craft);
    • Technical writing quality: sentence and story structure, pacing, split infinitives, an overabundance of adjectives, adverbs, similes, filter words, etc.
    • Quality of the manuscript’s editing/proofreading (again, both indications of professionalism about the craft)
  • Failure to submit story according to guidelines will be cause for immediate rejection.
  • Multiple story submissions are accepted if individually submitted in compliance with guidelines.
  • No simultaneous submissions, please. We ask that you do not submit a story to us and to another market at the same time.
  • Only previously unpublished stories may be submitted. Upon acceptance into the anthology, author will receive a standard short story/anthology contract from Left Hand Publishers.
  • Exclusivity – the rights to the short story are reverted back to the author six months after the initial publishing. Left Hand Publishers reserves the right to continue to reprint the anthology, but the author may also shop the story to other markets with the understanding that it may still be in print with LHP.
  • Stories shorter than the 4,000-word minimum may be submitted with a second work. The two works together will be considered one submission (to meet the minimum word criteria), and if accepted, the author will be awarded one royalty check when it is printed and one electronic copy of the book. No story shorter than 4,000 words will be accepted (and more importantly, compensated for) without a second piece that brings the word count up to at least 4,000 words. This is to be fair to the writers who are submitting at least 4,000 words.
  • Multiple authors – one story may have multiple authors, but only one royalty check per story will be distributed and one electronic copy of the book. It is up to the multiple co-authors to figure out how to divvy that up.
  • Compensation – will be to a PayPal account only.
  • SUBMISSION EMAIL SUBJECT LINE SHOULD READ: A World Unimagined – Story Title – Author first initial, last name. All submissions are to be sent to anthologies@lefthandpublishers.com or submitted via our form (below). Only submit the form once. It may look as if it is still processing (spinning), but we have very likely received it. If you truly think we did not get it, email us to ask, or resubmit via email.
  • SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Friday, December 15, 2017
  • SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Sunday, January 21, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
  • SELECTION PERIOD: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Acceptance or rejection notifications will be sent out then.
  • CONTRIBUTOR COMPENSATION: $25 per story (or combination of stories) selected for inclusion and one electronic copy of the anthology. Payable upon book going on sale (estimated date: late April, 2018).

Publishing, Independent, Writers, Authors, Manuscripts, marketing, EditingLeft Hand Publishers is NOT a vanity press. We will never ask the writer for an investment or to pay any part of the cost of being published. We provide our publishing services as a percentage of revenue which we participate in, once the work sells. Optional Services are available to writers who need assistance in getting their manuscripts and/or their marketing tools honed for a successful and profitable publishing experience. For various consulting services, outside of publishing, we will provide an estimate in advance at no charge. For more information, contact us at .