Friday, May 15, 2020

Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

What they want:
Note: Note: Open to Australian writers only (citizens, residents and ex-pats)

The anthology will be a visceral, frightening read. Each story must nominally tick the box of “body horror” but there is no restriction on subgenre: anything from sci-fi to fantasy to gothic to supernatural to psychological and beyond will be given equal consideration. Feel free to play with the theme and not take it too literally. Ideally, your story should make the reader feel uncomfortably aware of their physicality, morbidity or mortality.

While graphic violence and swearing are acceptable, submissions must have a literary bent. Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies aims to deliver an elegant—and elevated—anthology of body horror.
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Payment: 6c per word for original stories, 2c per word for reprints (Australian currency)
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Paranoid Tree

What they want:
We’re optimistic because art and literature are so crucially steadying in this time, and we’re motivated to share amazing work with the world. You won’t catch us using the phrase “now more than ever” around here; it’s more like “now because always.” The world may be falling apart, but we will always need to share stories, look at beautiful art, and create joy and meaning and community together. 

This is exactly what Paranoid Tree is. 

We are a monthly zine composed of: 
  • one micro piece of fiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry 
  • one full-page illustration 
  • one single sheet of paper Send us your microfiction! 
Please allow 1–2 months for a response. We will get back to everyone via email. Multiple submissions of up to 5 pieces per entry are allowed. Please consolidate your submissions into one form, if possible. Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged (work it!).
Length: Up to 400 words
Payment: $50 + 10 print copies
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Halloween Horror Volume II

What they want:
It's time for Halloween Horror again! Same as last year, we're looking for spooky, scary, gross, funny, dark, and demented tales all about our favorite holiday, Halloween. The call here is pretty wide open. Whatever you can think up, we want to read. The only rule is that it must relate to Halloween in some way. 
Deadline: July 21, 2020 (or until filled)
Length: 2,000 - 8,500. A little over or under is fine.
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Going Viral (Tentative title)

What they want:
The COVID-19 quarantine has us all shut up in our homes. Businesses have ground to a halt, the economy is slowed to a snail’s pace, and nobody is entirely certain how long it is going to last.

In the middle of all of this, black market businesses have begun to operate: underground hair salons, photography studios, businesses once completely legitimate and now illegal simply for operating.

If I’d written this call a year ago, it would stop there–but that’s no longer speculative fiction. That’s happening. So instead, Impulsive Walrus is asking for stories about the long haul. What does our world look like if the quarantine just…stays? We’re looking for near-future science fiction stories exploring the comedy, horror, and human drama of a life spent six feet away from each other, and a world where our interaction is done digitally, lest we be ravaged by disease.
Deadline: Open until filled
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Payment: two cents per word
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, May 4, 2020

Hookman and Friends

What they want:
For this anthology, we’re looking for the best of the many variations of The Hookman tale along with some classic slashers. If you are unfamiliar with the legend or just want a refresher, follow this link:

What makes The Hookman legend fun is that it changes so much depending on location. Sure, the formula is the same, but the details change, the killer changes, and the motivations behind the madman's crimes change. In the small town where I grew up we have a local legend that follows the Hookman formula pretty closely, but varies in a few major ways: he is called Pig Man, he uses an axe instead of a hook, he wears the head of a pig instead of a dark coat, he haunts a lonely stretch of road instead of lovers' lane, and he's a reclusive country killer instead of an escaped convict, but his crimes are just as horrific and his tale just as chilling. For one of the other editors, growing up in California, it was the Beer Can Killer Man they were warned about. A madman in the woods murdering people with beer cans for hands, but, you know, still essentially Hookman.

We're looking for more stories like these with a few classic slasher stories in between. Whether you have your own local take on Hookman, want to make up a completely new take, or have a new sadistic slasher you've been wanting to bring to life, send us your best horror stories paying homage to the escaped madman hunting teens on lovers' lane.
Deadline: June 5, 2020 (or until filled)
Length: 2,000 - 7,500. A little over or under is fine.
Payment: $5 for anything under 5000 words. $10 for anything over 5000 words.
Submission Guidelines: