Submission Calls

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DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

An anthology of co-authored, dark fantasy.

We're excited to announce this collaborative 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 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We're after co-authored, original, unpublished dark fantasy short stories (4-6k words).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 your submission piece must sit in the fantasy genre and contain 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!)

No poetry please, although we do 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/artists 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 you do not know - 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.

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

To be published Spring/Summer 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.

Editor: SJ Townend

Twitter: @SJTownend