Readers play favorites, you know. Everybody has their favorite genres and our season themes are here to assemble story collections that readers will love. These themes function as story prompts for our author base, suggesting fun mashups and settings for the most creative, hard-hitting fiction. We only accept stories that fit these themes, and we wish you much Havok as you craft your best work!
Season Nine: World Tour – Now open for submissions!
Update your passports and put in your time off requests, because Havok is going on tour! North to South, East to West, we’re celebrating every corner of this rock we all call home. And yes, we do mean celebrating! From geography to history to culture, we want you to craft unforgettable stories that immerse us in the awesomeness of, well, everywhere on Earth. And don’t forget your sunscreen and your Chupacabra spray. You never know what’ll happen when you step out your front door!
Pro tip: mystery, humor, and thriller categories tend to get fewer submissions. Crafting your story into one of those genres will give you a stronger chance at publication. Special insider scoop on what we’re looking for here.
We have prepared a downloadable/printable PDF of the monthly themes and deadlines below, including extra info about what we’re looking for this season. We highly recommend checking out these resources for ideas as you craft your story! Feel free to tag @havokauthornews on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our themes and guidelines. Sign up for our author newsletter (see sidebar on this page; scroll down on mobile) for tips from our editors and news about author contests.
OPEN – DEADLINE: November 6, 2022
We’re starting this world tour in the place many of you call home. It might have been the New World once, but North America, South America, and the Caribbean all have rich, diverse biomes and histories. Take us on a perilous dogsled race across the vast Yukon wilderness. Delve into forbidden caves beneath the Amazon River in pursuit of cursed gold. Harness Venezuela’s Catatumbo lightning to power the future’s greatest fighting mech. Or cause a bit of good-spirited Great Plains chaos with the trickster god Coyote. (Publishes in January.)
OPEN – DEADLINE: December 4, 2022
When it comes to unexplored possibility, the Mother Continent is unparalleled. Sign up for a slapstick scavenger hunt through Ghana’s 30-acre open air Kejetia Market. Jump back 200,000 years to the dawn of humanity at the heart of Ethiopia. Set up a Great Pyramid bed and breakfast without angering the spirits… or the local law enforcement. And don’t forget about that time the Nile Crocodile Coalition nearly wiped out the legendary hydrus population. (Publishes in February.)
The themes below will open for submissions about two months before their deadlines.
EUROPE (DEADLINE: January 1, 2023)
A kraken, a vampire, and the Loch Ness Monster walk into an English pub. But that’s just the beginning. Join Norway’s prestigious penguin knighthood in the fight against the ever-present wolverine menace. Uncover the secrets behind Iceland’s mysterious mosquito absence. But think very seriously before crossing the Celtic warrior queen Boudica. (Publishes in March.)
ASIA (DEADLINE: February 5, 2023)
Who’s ready to brave the bandits along the Silk Road? Or start a wild food fight at the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand. Escape Cambodia’s Ta Prohm temple at all costs. Smuggle the world’s last remaining fugu fish into Tokyo’s illegal cyborg district. And scour the Genghis Khan’s Mongolian tomb in search of his only surviving portrait. Shoot 3,000 years into the future to see whether China or the New Korean Alliance won the race to colonize Barnard’s Star. (Publishes in April.)
OCEANIA (DEADLINE: March 5, 2023)
One last stop on our whirlwind world tour. And in a region of 10,000 islands around Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have no shortage of stories to tell. So, whether you’re exploring the depths of fantastical seas or climbing the world’s tallest island, be sure to give us everything Oceania has to offer. Join a Māori warrior as he faces off against the lord of darkness, Whiro. Protect the secret existence of the Otways Panther. Save an Antarctic outpost from its rogue artificial intelligence. Or hey, even challenge your over-confident BFF to befriend a Tasmanian devil. (Publishes in May.)
SKY’S THE LIMIT (DEADLINE: April 2, 2023)
Think of this as the World Tour’s open mic night. Your story can be set in any previous theme from this season, or somewhere around our planet that doesn’t fit one of those themes. Who really lives at the North Pole? Escape the fierce merfolk who herd seals through the Arctic ice floes. Show us what threatens the completion of humanity’s first international space mall. Is the earth really hollow at the center? Let’s find out! Whatever the case, your story should include something unique about our humble habitat in the vastness of the universe. (Publishes in June.)
Now Go Write!
Using the season theme above for ideas, go write and then send us your best story that fits any of our Accepted Genres. Be sure to download and use our Manuscript Formatting template and follow the Submission Guidelines!