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.
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.
Please send submissions in a Word document (ideally Times New Roman 12pt, single spaced) to email@example.com with the title of the book you are submitting to in the subject line. Please ensure you have included your name on the Word document. If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch using the Contact page. We aim to respond to submissions within 2 weeks of the deadline, but feel free to get in touch if you haven’t heard back within this timescale. Good luck!
G is for Genies – Submissions open August 1st. Deadline September 30th.
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 Hell – Submissions open October 1st. Deadline November 15th.
For this one we’re thinking about experiences of Hell, whether that be a literal interpretation of fire and brimstone or a hellish situation.
I is for Internet – Submissions open November 16th. Deadline December 31st.
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 Jack-o’-Lantern – Submissions open January 1st. Deadline February 15th.
Halloween in theme for these stories but the Jack-o’-Lantern must play a key role.
K is for Kidnap – Submissions open February 16th. Deadline March 31st.
Being kidnapped must be a pretty terrifying ordeal – we’re looking for stories that convey that feeling of terror but we’re also looking for diversity. Think about who is being taken and by whom, are the kidnappers even human?
L is for Lycanthropes – Submissions open April 1st. Deadline May 15th.
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 – Submissions open May 16th. Deadline June 30th.
Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.
N-Z to follow….