Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Canadian Dreadful

Posted by Randi on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

What they want:
Canadian Dreadful will be a collection of short stories between 2,500 and 10,000 words, each one set in one of the provinces or territories of Canada. We are looking for horror stories written by Canadians that employ elements of dark fantasy or magical realism. We welcome new authors and well experienced authors.

Dark Fantasy combines fantasy and horror and creates a suspenseful, dread-inducing mood for the reader. A movie like “Pan’s Labyrinth” is an excellent example of this genre. You are welcome to utilize the darker elements of fantasy just as long as the story takes place the real world, not a mythical one.

Magical Realism or “The Unreliable Narrator” is a style of fiction where magical, fantastical, or supernatural elements are brought into the “real world” of the story—and by the end of it, your reader will have to decide whether or not the magical events actually took place or not. Is the narrator crazy, telling the truth, or deliberately lying? Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an example of this. So are the novels (and movies) “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson. Another movie that employs magical realism is “Big Fish”, directed by Tim Burton. Tell us a horror story that leaves the reader questioning whether or not the narrator was reliable. Leave “clues” for the reader to interpret as either confirmations or negations of the narrative. And most of all, let your reader feel a weighing sense of dread from the first to the last page.

Another goal for this anthology is to educate readers about Canada—include content that somehow relates to Canada’s history, culture, politics, or geography as a crucial element to the plot. If you pique your reader’s interest and get them looking up references to learn more about your Canadiana, you’ve done your job. The idea is for your reader to not only be entertained (and scared), but also to walk away from your story a little smarter than they were before.
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Length: 2,500-10,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darkdragonpublishing.com/anthology.html