Submission Calls

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DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

An anthology of co-authored dark fantasy.

We're super-excited to announce this creative writing opportunity!

This call is a chance for you to reach out to a friend, a sibling, your offspring, a parent, a colleague, that cute boy who you always bump into in the horror section of your local book store (too creepy? LOL) for this co-authored anthology writing call. Writing should be fun and it doesn't need to be a solitary pursuit (unless you wish it to be, which is totally cool too!)

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We're after co-authored, original, unpublished dark fantasy short stories (4-6k words). No theme, but it must be fantasy with strong, dark elements - we aren't after happy endings.

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Author pairs may send in one story only - send us your best work. (Your pair might want to pair up with another pair and swap stories for feedback prior to submitting? LET'S SNOWBALL THIS COMMUNITY WRITING PROJECT, BABY!)

No poetry please, although we like lyrical prose.

See our submission guidelines for how to submit. It doesn't matter which one of you submits the story, but please make sure your submission email contains contact details for both of you (email address, social media contact details are fine - we don't need your physical addresses or phone numbers).

If you're keen to join in but have no writing partner, put a request out on our Twitter page (@BagBonesPress), maybe list some authors/books/films/hot dinners/moods you're keen on and we'll try and help you find a suitable match!

Please remember, be mindful of what personal information you share with your co-author, especially if you choose to work with someone who you do not know well - your safety is paramount!

Payment: 1 US cent per word and an e-book (mobi/epub/pdf format) for each author. (e.g. A 5000 word story will earn you US$50 split between the pair of you and you'll each receive your own e-book.)

We will not be providing paperback copies of the book to featured authors. Payment will need to be shared between the two authors.

Sales profits from this anthology, unlike our others, will not be going directly to charity but will go back into running our press to allow us to continue what we do.


Submission window: 1st November - 8th November 2022 (11.59pm last place on Earth).


SUBMISSIONS SENT BEFORE OR AFTER THIS WINDOW WILL BE DELETED UNREAD.

STEP INTO THE LIGHT submission call


This daytime-themed horror anthology is going to be absolute FIRE!

We want your original, unpublished, short horror stories set in daylight.

That's it.

Go wild.

Think Midsommar, The Wicker Man, Benchley's Jaws, King's IT, The Silence of the Lambs. All great storylines, all packed with daytime fear, proving you don't have to be in the dark to be afraid. Sleeping with the lights on won't help you this time.

Write whatever you like as long as the bulk of the action happens in broad daylight and is horror-themed. We tend to prefer speculative, surreal, supernatural dark fiction with creeping, dread-inducing prose, and endings we can't predict, but we're open to all subgenres of dark fiction.

Elements of sci-fi and/or fantasy are fine, as long as your story veers towards the dark.


We're giving you a long time for this one, time to get those creative cogs turning so you can squeeze out something truly awful for us.

Deadline: October 31st 2022 (midnight, last place on earth, yes we know that's Halloween) or until full.

To be published Spring 2023.

We're looking for pieces between 500-5k words long. One piece per author - send us your best!

£0.005 per word (after edits).


An anthology of selected stories will be published in print and as an e-book publication.


See our 'Submission Guidelines' section for information on how to submit.


20% OF SALES PROFIT FROM 'STEP INTO THE LIGHT' IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF PUBLISHING (2023) WILL GO TO CHILDREN'S CHARITIES IN THE UK


WELL, THIS IS TENSE submission call

Okay. Here goes...

You like to write dark fiction, especially in second person present, no scrap that, you've never attempted to write in second person before and thought it might be fun to try, no hang on, you've been writing for a while now and just fancy a new challenge. Well, BoB have a challenge for you...

Gah! We can't keep that up - it's harder than it sounds! We're looking for flash fiction 500-1500 words written in second person present tense. If we receive enough great pieces (we know we will, we have faith in you), we'll publish an anthology of the best. We're after original, unpublished dark fiction pieces, any topic. Authors may send in one piece only - send your best work.

See our submission guidelines for how to submit.

We're offering £10 for each of the best 3 pieces which we'll publish digitally on our website in July at some point. If we get enough good pieces, we'll publish something in paperback and e-book format!

(All contributors will receive a free paperback or e-book!)

We've fundraised some cash (thank you contributors) so we can now put out TWO volumes of second person present dark fiction! This means more authors will get published. The second volume will be called THIS IS TOO TENSE. We'll also choose three more favourites from this volume and award three more £10 cash prizes!

Submission window: June 1st-June 30th 2022.

ENTRIES SENT BEFORE OR AFTER THIS WINDOW WILL BE DELETED UNREAD.


Tips on how to write 2nd POV: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-second-person-point-of-view-in-writing-how-to-writer-in-second-person-narrative-voice-with-examples#5-tips-for-writing-in-second-person


https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/second-person-narrative - has a handy list of second person POV stories to read at the end of the article.

Editor: SJ Townend

Twitter: @SJTownend