Mishmashers Publishing prides itself as an experience for the hodgepodge reader – that means we accept fiction from a variety of different genres. We do not accept fetish horror, or erotica (and reserve the right to additional restriction should the situation ask for it). All submissions must be in English.
All stories submitted are effectively submitted for potential insertion, not only on Mishmashers.com, but an eventual Anthology that’ll be sold at Comic Cons and book expos.
We will accept previously published submissions, but not content available online. Mishmashers is not a stickler when it comes to exclusivity, per se. We will accept a story that has appeared in an Anthology someplace, somewhere, someway. However, we will not accept stories that are available online for free. This negatively impacts both our SEO and that of the other publisher. If the previously published stories are available online behind a paywall they will be considered.
We’re alright with simultaneous submissions. Gotta hustle, we get that. But, if someone publishes your submission before we do, please let us know so we can remove it from our queue.
We accept multiple submissions. Currently, Mishmashers will accept up to three stories at once.
Our rates are currently non-negotiable and based on the limitations of our budget.
For flash fiction (stories of 1,000 words or less), we’re paying authors $5 per story. For short stories (i.e. stories in the ballpark of 5,000 words), we’re paying authors $25 per story.
In time, our rates will increase. For now, we’re a small company and all of our investment comes out of pocket. Every book convention we attend. We eat the cost. Every hotel room. Every paperback that needs bound and printed. All the impulse buying!? If the rates don’t agree with you. We understand. This is our passion and we don’t want anyone jumping in with us if they’re not one-hundred percent onboard.
We may be interested in stories of a higher length (thus warranting a higher price point. Please feel free to ask.
Our expectation of exclusivity is a ninety-day period and the potential for inclusion in an eventual Anthology series. That is, ninety days of which you continue to abide keeping the content unavailable online for free. If it is found that you’ve not complied, you will no longer be considered for the project. If for some reason you don’t want included in the Anthology, please tell us during submission. Failure to do so could disqualify you from further participation in the project.
Our content fluctuates between free and subscription. If you wish your content to remain exclusively behind a paywall. Please let us know ahead of time. Otherwise, we’ll assume we’re free to act at our will.
Payment is sent through PayPal. Payment will be sent before the story is published.
Copyright protection is very important to us. As you can see, we’ve disabled selections, drag and drop, right click, and the ability to download images. If any work is ripped off in any way, we’re willing to help creators seek justice in any way we can.
All contact should be conducted through Mishmashersdotcom@gmail.com. Consider a headline like “SHORT STORY”, so that we can add it to our queue.
WISH LIST (as of 1/1/2021)
Currently, Mishmashers Publishing has its claws deep in developing the first three volumes of the Readers Digested anthology series. Thus, we’re able to really get into the specifics of what we’re looking for. Ideally, we’ll soon have the specifics on other subgenres as well.
- HORROR OF THE MIND (Psychological Horror)
- FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN (Surrealist Horror)
- CRIMINAL HORROR (Home Invasion, Serial Killer, etc.)
We’re Not Looking For
Our horror-wing Readers Digested was founded under the core principle of dark subject-matter and dealing with touchy subject-matter.
Look no further than McConnaughay’s novel Katalene the Hollow and you’ll know we’re not squeamish. That in mind, although Katalene dealt with heavy, heavy stuff, it didn’t advocate it. It never suggested its behavior was good, upright, or supported.
For that reason, we have not created a large, extensive list of things we won’t consider for Mishmashers Publishing.
The best recommendation we can say to you is to have good judgment for anything you submit. Mishmashers Publishing is open-minded and respectful. We support diversity and, in general, the belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.