Submission Calls

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We want your original, unpublished, short horror stories set in daylight.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 We're after original, unpublished dark fiction pieces, any topic.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 on piece. 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!

(If we publish an anthology, all contributors will receive a free paperback.)

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