Monday, February 17, 2020

Haunts & Hellions

What they want:
GOTHIC ROMANCES of old featured a female protagonist dealing with a terrifying ordeal while struggling to be with her true love. Set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins or haunted castles, the love interest was either a brooding handsome gentleman or a supernatural monster disguised as a gentleman. Following the example of such works as Northanger Abbey, Phantom of the Opera, The Grey Woman, Dracula, The Woman in White, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Witch House and the like, we want your darkest, creepiest horror love story.

Stories MUST contain:
  1. An overwhelming sense of menace and dread. Horror must be just as much a part of the story as romance.
  2. Inclement weather. ie…fog, rain, snow, hurricane.
  3. A supernatural horror being or entity. ie…ghost, monster, vampire, werewolf. Being can be the hero, anti-hero, or the being they are battling against. Just remember the editor likes horror. Be careful of sci-fi creatures or anything that sways sci-fi or fantasy.
  4. Set in a spooky location. ie…ghostly gatehouse, haunted lighthouse, dilapidated abbey, crumbling cathedral, terrifying tower, cursed castle, decaying plantation.
  5. Time period 1700-1940. We are looking for the classic gothic romance feeling in whatever time period you choose. Also, if writing a diverse character, please set to time period standards. Know your world, what the political/social rules were and if you break them, make sure it’s plausible. If it’s an alt-history world, make sure our readers understand how it became that way without writing an encyclopedia on the subject.
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $10 + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dead Awake

What they want:
What I’m looking for: Unadulterated horror. Slasher, psychological, monsters, clowns, stalkers, cults, demons, witches, whatever the hell you can think of! Let’s get cut their skin and leave scars. Send me your best!

What I’m not looking for: Gore for shock value, rape, any violence toward children or anything that really is just shock and nothing else. Give me horror that seeps in, not skin deep.
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Payment: $25 + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The A-Z of Horror

What they want:
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 on each of the themes listed below.

A is for Aliens – We are looking for short horror stories involving extra-terrestrials, for the first book in the series.

B is for Beasts – 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 – 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 – 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.
Deadline: Open until filled
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Payment: £10 + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cosmic Horror Monthly

What they want:
Cosmic-Horror is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories, poems, and images (paintings, drawings, etc). Most types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome but we do prefer the work have a science fiction or otherwise cosmic philosophical leaning. If you aren’t sure if your work qualifies, submit it and we can decide. No subject is off-limits and we do encourage writers to try and push the status quo.
Length: 1,000-7,500 words (under 5,000 words preferred)
Payment: 1 cent per word for original fiction. 50 cents per line for poetry.
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, February 10, 2020

Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror

What they want:
Grindhouse Press seeks short stories about summer vacations gone wrong for its upcoming horror fiction anthology. Summer vacation is often romanticized as a time of joy, but sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Send in your horrifying tales for consideration in Grindhouse Press’s first-ever horror anthology.
Deadline: May 15, 2020 (or until filled)
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Payment: $0.01/word + 1 print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: