Our first-ever publication, Spooklights, will feature literary horror and supernatural tales by authors around the country. We’d love to feature a few additional stories by up-and-coming authors in literary genre fiction!
Deadline: July 6, 2014
Payment: 10 contributor’s copies
Length: 1000 – 5000 words
Looking for: horror, supernatural, or generally weird original tales; well-written with a good sense of voice, atmosphere, and originality; unique settings, characters, or perspectives; creative use of horror standbys; stories that are creepy, scary, or just plain fun.
Not looking for: tired tropes used in conventional ways (zombies, unless you do something new with them), straight serial killer tales, or cliche-ridden fiction [Lovecraftian mythos/pastiche is welcome, if well-done and original].
Gore, violence, sex, etc. okay if used tastefully. The point of a good literary horror story is not death, violence, and dismemberment, but a message that says something about fear, humanity, and evil.
The collection will be sold as an e-book and print edition through online distributors like Amazon, and as a print copy in local book stores in Denver and Mankato, MN, at conventions, and artist outlets. Publication will occur in fall.
Every submission will receive a personalized response.
Send an email with the story attached as a .pdf, .doc/.docx, .odt, .rtf, or pasted into the body of the email. Use a simple font, 12-point, one inch margins, with your name, phone number, and email address on the title page. Number your pages if sent as an attachment. Colored or wacky fonts will send your story to the recycle bin.
In your email, state the name of the story, the basic premise, the word count, and any previous publication information (if you have any; not necessary). Tell us what the story means to you personally, and why you wrote it.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our Submission and Guidelines page for additional requirements.