SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR A-Z OF HORROR
We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies – The A-Z of Horror. The series will be based on a variety of themes and will consist of twenty-six books in total. We are looking for short horror stories, between 4000 and 8000 words, on each of the themes listed below. You may submit to more than one book, but we will only include a maximum of one story from each author, in each book. Being accepted into one book does not guarantee acceptance into one of the others.
The story must be your own work, to which you hold the rights. The story must not be available elsewhere and, if accepted, we will hold the rights to it for three months from the date of publication. After that time, you may use the story however you wish.
Submissions for each book will remain open until full.
Any sub-genre of horror is suitable, even extreme, so long as the story fits the theme of that book and does not include anything which may unnecessarily cause offence (glorification of child abuse, rape, bestiality, etc.).
Payment for the story will be £10, to be paid by PayPal, as well as a contributor’s e-book of the finished book.
Submissions are now open for the first four books in the series; A is for Aliens, B is for Beasts, C is for Cannibals, and D is for Demons. Once these books are ready, we will open submissions for the next four books in the series.
Please send submissions in a Word document (ideally Times New Roman 12pt, single spaced) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the book you are submitting to in the subject line. If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch using the Contact page. We aim to respond to submissions within 6 weeks of receipt, but feel free to get in touch if you haven’t heard back within this timescale). Payment will be made when the book is full. Good luck!
A is for Aliens – NOW FULL
We are looking for short horror stories involving extra-terrestrials, for the first book in the series.
B is for Beasts – Currently open for submissions
We are looking for short stories involving beasts; think of creatures lurking in the woods, beneath the sea, or even under your bed! (No werewolves please as this will be the theme of a later book).
C is for Cannibals – Currently open for submissions
We are looking for gruesome short stories involving cannibals. Think native tribes, psychotic farmers, suspicious chefs, or try writing from the cannibal’s point of view.
D is for Demons – Currently open for submissions
We are looking for short stories where the main character is a demon. This could be frightening or even humorous, the more unique the better.
E is for Exorcism – Currently open for submissions
We are looking for terrifying exorcism tales which carry a convincing amount of dread and some explanation as to who has been possessed and why.
F is for Fear – Not yet open for submissions
What frightens you the most? Dare to write about it? We’re looking for short horror stories set around common fears, be that clowns, spiders, heights, claustrophobia, etc.
G is for Genies – Not yet open for submissions
Forget the Genie from Aladdin. Think about wishes gone wrong, a disobedient genie, or even from the perspective of a disgruntled Djinn.
H is for Halloween – Not yet open for submissions
Halloween is the perfect time for horror and all we ask is that the stories take place on All Hallows Eve – the details are entirely down to you.
I is for Internet – Not yet open for submissions
We need short horror stories exploring the dark side of the Internet – think online dating gone wrong, killers for hire, cyber bullying etc.
J is for Jungle – Not yet open for submissions
The jungles are harsh places for humans to try to survive in; who knows what creatures you might encounter?
K is for Killer Clowns – Not yet open for submissions
The theme is pretty self-explanatory!
L is for Lycanthropes – Not yet open for submissions
Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage.
M is for Medical – Not yet open for submissions
Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.
N-Z to follow….