Submission Calls

'Bag of Bones - 206 Word Story' Submission Call


There are 206 bones in the human body. We want a word per bone. From you.

We're seeking 206 word pieces of horror/dark fiction on any topic, in any style, as long as it sits in the horror/dark fiction genre. (Word count does not include title.)

Elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and any other genre are fine, as long as the main theme is horror.

We will pay a prize of £15 for each of our three favourite pieces (which will be published online). If we receive enough good submissions (help us, my pretties), we'll publish them in a print and e-book publication.

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

Deadline: February 28th 2022 (midnight, last place on earth) or until full.

ALL PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF THIS ANTHOLOGY MADE IN ITS FIRST YEAR (2022) OF PUBLISHING WILL GO TO CHILDREN'S CHARITIES IN THE UK

#endchildpoverty

'2022 Annus Horribilis' Submission Call


I think we can all agree, a lot of 2021 has been rubbish.

But what horrors might 2022 contain?


Calling prophets, all soothsayers, all predictors of doom!

We're seeking original, unpublished stories of up to 2022 words (horror/dark/speculative fiction) on any topic, in any style. (Word count does not include title.)

The one rule, and here's the tricky part...your story should be set in 2022.

We don't want one hundred stories all about coronavirus though, so think outside of the box! (Although, if you do have an exceptional story to tell us about the 'vid, please do submit it.)

Elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and any other genre are fine, as long as the main theme is horror.

We will pay £6.66 for each selected story.

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.

Deadline: March 31st 2022 (midnight, last place on earth) or until full.

20% OF SALES PROFIT FROM ANNUS HORRIBILIS IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF PUBLISHING (2022) WILL GO TO CHILDREN'S CHARITIES IN THE UK

#endchildpoverty

'Day Light Horror' Submission Call


Last One To Die, Please Turn Out The Light,

Full Noon,

Step Into The Light,

Day of Dread,

The Light Will Not Protect You,

Dawn 'til Dusk...


We haven't decided on an official title for this daytime-themed horror anthology yet, but we know it's 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We want your original, unpublished, short horror stories set in daylight.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, 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.

Howl at the sun, create reverse vampires, solar-powered cryptids, photosynthesising swamp monsters, an alternate world where the sun never sets, it simply grows hotter and hotter, closer and closer...

Write whatever you like as long as the bulk of the action happens in broad day light and it's horror-themed.

Elements of sci-fi, fantasy, dark and speculative fiction are fine, encouraged even, as long as your story is creepy, dread-inducing, and/or downright horrible.



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/Summer 2023.

We're looking for flash pieces (500-1500 words) and longer stories (3-5k) but if you've something somewhere in between, we'd still like to read it, send it in. You may enter up to 3 pieces of flash, up to 3 longer stories, if you wish.

£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

#endchildpoverty


Editor: SJ Townend

Twitter: @SJTownend