I just received an email from Route (ID-Publishing) calling for stories suitable for 'The Route Book at Bedtime' up to 5,000 words for a new anthology (no deadline). They say:
"We are not looking for horror, death, misery, depression or vengeance stories. Neither will it be a book of fairy stories either. We are looking for magical and golden nuggets of story telling. "
They're also looking for stories from writers born in the 1980s (damn, seven years too old!) for another anthology. Deadline 31 October 2007.
They do pay but they don't say how much. In answer to the question "Do you pay?" they say:
"Generally yes, but this is not a guarantee. Route has a policy of paying writers where we can. We usually pay a small fee for stories we select from open submissions and slightly larger ones for stories we commission. "
What I do know is that they have a very good reputation so why not give them a go? I will (if I can think of a story that is magical rather than morose!)
For more details on both story calls click here