Submissions are now open for Volume 2 of WHERE THE WEIRD THINGS ARE an upcoming location-specific speculative fiction anthology.

WHERE THE WEIRD THINGS ARE will read like a travel guide of the fantastic, far fetched and freaky things in Australia and New Zealand. Read on to find out more about what we are looking for.

Stories must be speculative in nature, as per this definition:

“Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing narrative fiction with supernatural or futuristic elements. This includes, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, science fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction as well as combinations thereof.”

Stories must be set in a specific location, and we are wanting stories that bring the setting to life (whether it be a city, coastal town or inland scrub). While we would love you to write about places that you are intimately familiar with, we will accept stories about places that may not exist – or may not yet exist – as long as you make us believe in them.

Please only submit stories that are set in the following locations:
Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and New Zealand.

Payment: $15AUD for each accepted story and free e-copy of the anthology.

We are requesting First Publication Rights and the non-exclusive rights to include the story in a print and digital anthology. All other rights remain with the contributor. The story must not be published elsewhere for twelve months after the publication of our anthology. 

Word limit is 7,000 words.

Stories must be written by Australian or Kiwi authors.

Submissions are open now and will close 30th April 2022.

Stories must be in .doc/docx format, double spaced and in 12 point font. Please use double quotation marks for dialogue.

E-mail submissions with story title and ‘WEIRD THINGS’ in the subject line to

Please be aware that while you don’t need to specifically name where the story is set, keep in mind the ‘travel guide’ concept, that we need to be able to point to a map and say ‘that’s the general area where the events in this story took place.’

Several stories have already been accepted – so whoever is accepted will feature alongside the below fantastic authors!