Wednesday, April 17, 2019

When the Sirens Have Faded

What they want:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre famously asked viewers, “Who will survive, and what will be left of them?” The film itself focused much more on the first half of the question. With the anthology When the Sirens Have Faded, A Murder of Storytellers wants you to dig into the other: “What will be left of them?” When the sirens have faded, and the police are gone, where do the final girls go? What does the child do after they’ve been exorcised, when the demons have stopped bumping in the night? Is the past ever the past? Does horror and the trauma it brings with it ever actually die?

We’re looking for short fiction that dives into the lives of people who live through the horror movie. We want to see how it’s changed them. We want to see if the monsters are ever actually ever gone. We’re looking for the intergenerational effects it has. Think Halloween 2018, Scream 2. The horror should still be there, but we want to know if healing can take place alongside or beside it.
Deadline: July 13, 2019
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Payment: $15 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Shut Down Strangers & Hot Rod Angels

What they want:
Broadly, we want poetry, flash fiction, and flash CNF inspired by one or more Bruce Springsteen songs.

We are all for “weird” submissions. By that I mean—hybrid forms like prose poems and lyric essays? Send them in! Have a horror, sci-fi, magical realist, or spec-fic flash or poem inspired by a Boss tune? Heck yes, we wanna read it! ​
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Length: Fiction up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 5 pages
Payment: $10 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Friday, April 12, 2019

SINCERELY, S.O.V.: a tribute to s.o.v. horror films

What they want:
Woefully inept? Unbearably trashy? Unwatchable? Badly written? Over-acted? Hammy? Boring? Cheaply made? Redundant? Ridiculous? Goofy? Or…something more?

Since professional studios did not back these films, they didn’t have to pass through any conventional filters. The desire to make these films surpassed the limitations and obstacles, which rear their terrible serpent heads in: the seams.

The seams.

Perhaps it’s THE SEAMS which is most interesting about these films. How, barely passably, did they achieve creature effects or kill sequences given their limitations in budget, actors, writing, and directing? What can we learn about the times, the creator’s lives, and forgotten class-struggles from bygone eras? What is the magical element present in these films which draws new audiences back to them despite their horrendously low ratings on IMDB?

The best of these films have something in common: sincerity—a sincerity to scare and shock and to create some simulacrum of believability in an artificial pulp world gone mad.

We are especially attracted to horror stories, novels, and films with grim settings. Think the lonely frozen outpost of The Thing, the terrible working conditions of King’s “Graveyard Shift,” the struggling writer of Ligotti’s “Alice’s Last Adventure,” or the jaded demiglaze over James Woods’ eyes in VIDEODROME.

Comic artists and writers are encouraged to submit. Experimentation and non-traditional approaches to storytelling are encouraged.
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Length: 2,000-5,000 words for stories, 5-20 pages for comics
Payment: 5 dollars and 5 contributor copies or 25 dollars and no contributor copies
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Not Far From Roswell

What they want:
Not Far From Roswell will contain dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more -- let your imagination be your guide. We may also include one or two humorous pieces as long as the material is dark.
Deadline: July 30, 2019 (or until filled)
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: 2¢ per word + print & ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


What they want:
Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking short, re-print fiction for the Re-Haunt anthology to be published in late 2019. Re-Haunt will join our previous submission calls (now closed) for Re-Launch, Re-Enchant, Re-Quest and Re-Terrify in the Re-Imagined Series of anthologies. Re-Haunt requires dark stories about ghosts and hauntings.
Deadline: July 30, 2019 (or until filled)
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: $10 + print & ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: