Category: Anthology


Taking Submissions: GabaGhoul – A Mafia Horror Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror-themed Mafia stories

October Nights Press will be seeking submissions for “GabaGhoul: A Mafia Horror Anthology”. This anthology will merge the thrills and chills of horror with the dark underworld and dealings of the mafia. A hitman haunted by past contracts? A boss who dabbles in the dark arts? A ghastly horror lurking in the shadows that chills the most hardened capo to the bone? There are so many themes to explore and organized crime groups from around the world.

We are accepting stories from all horror sub-genres. Slow burn, splatter, erotica, extreme, etc are all welcomed so long as they marry horror with the mafia.


Taking Submissions: Tumbleweed

Deadline: August 31st, 2024
Payment: ~2,000 to 5,000 words – $20 USD, ~5,001 to 10,000 words – $25 USD
Theme: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video

Do you have a tale to tell that will send shivers down our spines? Are you ready to explore the sinister depths of a mysterious phenomenon lurking in the desolate landscapes of Utah, or any other real or fictional setting of your choosing?

Black Hare Press is thrilled to announce an open call for submissions to our upcoming anthology: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video, we invite you to unravel the secrets hidden within the relentless advance of thousands of tumbleweeds.

What if tumbleweed isn’t just tumbleweed? Where does it originate? What dark forces propel its relentless advance? What horrors does it bring with it? Does it herald the onset of an apocalyptic upheaval, a world consumed by its sinister presence?

If your story is post-apocalyptic, delve into the shadows and unleash your imagination upon a world gripped by the Tumbleweed Apocalypse.


Taking Submissions: Hootenanny Horrorshow

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Hillbillies and Horror

2024 is upon us, and with it comes From the Ashes From the Ashes first official open call from the newly minted press. We’re trying things a bit different with this in that this is only an announcement for the upcoming open call. The reason for this is to give authors who are interested in submitting a story extra time to hone in on the tale they want to tell, without the added pressure of rushing to get it completed.
So, without further ado…
We’re going to the mountains with this one, folks.
The theme – HIllbillies, Rednecks, Mountain Folk, and all the lore and traditions surrounding these majestic creatures. Think outside the box with these tropes and archetypes. Or, if you go with the old cliches, put a fresh spin on them and make them your own, new tales.
The actual submission period for stories will be the entire month of April, and only in April. Any submissions received before or after April 1st – April 30th will not be considered for publication.


Taking Submissions: Costs of Living

Deadline: May 1st, 2024
Payment: $25
Theme: Horror stories with a focus on the oft-unclear distinction between a scary-enough reality and our less-or-more-frightening imagination, both in personal and social realms

Whisper House Press is pleased to announce its first call for submissions.

We’re looking for carefully constructed Horror stories with a focus on the oft-unclear distinction between a scary-enough reality and our less-or-more-frightening imagination, both in personal and social realms. Our working title is Costs of Living.


These are some possible interpretations of this potentially broad theme:

  • The Neighbors/HOA/City Council Really Are Trying to Kill Us
  • A Bad Element… is Already Here in the Neighborhood
  • Why do I feel like everyone is watching me in my new town’s grocery store?
  • “How can I be sure I am not dreaming?” without the “Oh, it was all a dream” cliché
  • Philosophical quandaries run amok in one’s mind
  • Attic dweller keeps neighborhood watch via security cameras on smart home system starts seeing what they/he/she cannot explain


Taking Submissions: Carnage House Issue 3

Deadline: May 1, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: Splatter/Gore-friendly horror

The Carnage House editors invite submissions for Issue 3, due out in summer 2024. We want solid, entertaining writing that evokes feelings. Carnage House is a splatter friendly web ’zine—so nothing against cozy, but cozy, we’re not. We’re looking for gore, extreme horror, splatterpunk, and horror with sexual elements to it. For a better understanding of what we’ll take, think of the Hot Blood book series or Love in Vein. Or, as a more practical proposition, read Issues 1 and 2 at

We invite LGBTQIA and BIPOC themes, and we encourage authors from diverse backgrounds to submit to us.

Hard NOs: Nothing with children in an adult manner. If you’re writing a story about a child predator who gets what’s coming to him—great. But we don’t want to read about that predator violating his victims. We won’t publish anything supporting a racist, transphobic, or homophobic agenda, so don’t try it.

Our description includes the words “splatter” and “friendly” for a reason. We love splatter, and we’re super friendly. Carnage House is about supporting writers and entertaining readers, and we’re dedicated to both in equal measure.

Please review the guidelines (below and at our website) for more important details, including submission format and word count. We look forward to reading your work in all its splattertastic glory.


Taking Submissions: In The Gallows Wake: A Pirate Horror Anthology

Deadline: August 1st, 2024
Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories or $25 for reprints.
Theme: Pirate Horror
Editor: Austrian Spencer
Note: Reprints Welcome
In conjunction with the successful Kickstarter campaign for DarkLit Sails and the editor that brought you The Sadeiest, comes a new collection of piratical horror stories that are certain to plunge readers into the heart of darkness on the high seas, where cursed pirates and spectral ships reign with terror and betrayal, promising no soul safe passage through their nightmarish waters.


Taking Submissions: SCREAM and CREAM: A Splatterphuck Collection

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: $10 + Contributor copy
Theme: Gorey and Whorey works that seamlessly blend the Splatterpunk and Smut or Erotica subgenres.

PsychoToxin X is seeking short stories and flash fiction for a new anthology,
SCREAM and CREAM: A Splatterphuck Collection.

Title: Scream and Cream: A Splatterphuck Collection
Publisher: X Imprint of PsychoToxin Press
Word Count: 2,000 – 8,000 words
Pay: $10 + Contributor copy
Format: .doc or .docx
Font: 12 pt Times New Roman
Spacing: Double spaced
Send To: [email protected]
Write “Scream and Cream” along with your name and story title in the subject of your email
(Subject: Scream and Cream: Name, STORY TITLE)
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* Submit Word (.doc or .docx) documents as attachments to your submission email.
Rights returned after six months of publishing date.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2024
Publishing Date: Summer 2024
Edited by: Marie Lestrange

What We Want: Gorey and Whorey works that seamlessly blend the Splatterpunk and Smut or Erotica subgenres.


Taking Submissions: Dangerous to Go Alone! 2

Deadline: October 31st, 2024
Payment: $10 and $5 for reprints
Theme: Poems inspired by games or game culture (Ideally video games, tabletop also accepted.)
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submissions are now open for “Dangerous to Go Alone! 2”, the sequel to Manawaker Studio’s anthology of gamer poetry, edited by CB Droege.

The guidelines follow.


Unlike many other Manawaker anthologies, DtGA is only for poetry. Sorry, fiction writers and visual artists. We’ll do another multi-media anthology next year. ;D

We are looking for poems inspired by games or game culture. Most of the selected poems will be about video games and the culture surrounding them, but some will be about tabletop games. (We don’t want any poems about field sports or casino games). For legal reasons, poems about games with specific IP should be somewhat abstract. We feel that poetry is pretty well protected by fair use in this case, so specific characters and situations can be mentioned, but it’s still better if they are only alluded to.