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Taking Submissions: From The Yonder Volume IV

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: $5 (USD) per poem and $10 (USD) per short story and a contributors copy depending on location
Theme: Horror stories of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.

Volume IV
A horror, short-story collection of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.
We’ve loved doing these, now it’s addiction, so, we’ve decided to keep doing it.

We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).
We are seeking stories in the horror genre. Inclusion of elements of other genres is welcome, so long as, overall, the story is an horror story. The subject of the story can be based on any legend, so long as it has a horrific flavor. Ghosts, hauntings, alien abductions, monsters, demons, spirits, witches, etc, all are acceptable, as long as the subject is based on an actual legend or tall-tale.
We want an original story involving the legend. Don’t rehash the legend itself or write an essay on the tall-tale. Instead, for example, WOW us with a new fable of some poor unfortunate who finds out that legends are sometimes all too real.
For more examples; read our first three FROM THE YONDER Volumes.


Taking Submissions: Rituals & Grimoires: Gothic Tales of Dark Magic & Wizardry

Deadline: October 1st, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45
Theme: Dark fiction that invoke the nefarious spirit of the dark wizard

Quill & Crow Publishing House is pleased to open submissions for another surprise anthology for 2022, Rituals & Grimoires: Gothic Tales of Dark Magic & Wizardry.

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) of dark fiction that invoke the nefarious spirit of the dark wizard. We’d love to see diverse characters, male witches, and stories that turn tired tropes right on their heads. Give us haunted corridors, wayward spellcasters, and secret societies. Give us tales that explore the mortal grays in witchcraft.

Also, we are well aware of a certain YA book series that this theme may bring to mind. As a proudly inclusive publishing house that fully supports the trans community, we understand if this anthology brings to mind the betrayal many of us experienced with a childhood favorite. Part of our mission is to preserve the quality of independent literature/storytelling, but it’s also to take back things often ruined by bigotries and act as a voice for those who have been oppressed. We’d be honored if you’d help us take back these themes and make them into something better. 

Notes: We will be open to explorations of dark academia, but this is an adult fiction anthology. If you do choose to write a dark fiction story with dark academia vibes, please keep the prose and themes mature. 

Things we are looking for: 

  • dark fiction

  • dark magical fantasy

  • magical horror

  • historical horror

  • dark themes

  • Gothic elements

  • literary horror

  • fantasy/horror blends

  • dark academia (see above)

Things we ARE NOT looking for:

  • young adult stories

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica 

  • rape/child abuse

  • sci-fi 

  • overtly modern stories

Submission Requirements 

Please note: Submissions that do not follow requirements will not be considered. 

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission. 

2. Submissions period is from June 8th – October 1st, 2022. Please submit all stories to [email protected] with the subject line: Rituals & Grimoires / Your Title / Genre. Emails sent to other email addresses will not be considered.

2. All submissions must be in English and follow standard MLA formatting (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Work must be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page. In the body of the email, please include a short sentence or two about your story, and a BRIEF author bio along with your socials. 

3. Story length is 5,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions below 5,000 words and above 8,000 words will not be considered.

4. Accepted authors will receive compensation per contract agreement (US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy).

5. We do accept reprints if author has maintained their rights to do so; we do not accept multiple submissions.

6. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employee on their social media accounts with submissions questions. 

Via: Quill and Crow Publishing House.

Taking Submissions: Women and the Sea


Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: $50 CAD and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Women and the Sea

Deep, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous… women and the sea have a lot in common and have been tied together in myth and story from the beginning of time. Stories of women being drawn to the sea or being left on the shore, waiting for their men’s return, have been passed down through the ages. This anthology of stories about women and the sea will be filled with beautiful, atmospheric stories. I’m not primarily looking for fantastical creatures but rather setting, mood.

The mythic.

The gothic.


Taking Submissions: Sand, Salt, Blood

Deadline: October 16th, 2022
Payment: $0.01 per word for short stories, $25 per poem and a contributor’s copy
Theme: An anthology of sea horror stories

SAND, SALT, BLOOD is an anthology of sea horror stories, aiming to raise money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution – We’re looking for horror stories set on, in or around the sea, including coastal areas and islands, as long as the sea plays a key part. Let’s face it – the sea is terrifying! What’s lurking down there? What happens when that comes to the surface? What about isolated communities on small islands, or dock workers loading and unloading ships? Although the editor likes stories with sirens, mermaids, and other sea creatures, think beyond that too.

Horror isn’t just about the shock and gore – consider the creepy and eerie, too, the kind of atmosphere that raises the hair on your neck and makes you feel like you’re being watched…

Taking Submissions: Eidetic Issue #1

Deadline: September 15th, 2022
Payment: Short Stories pay $25, Flash fiction stories pay $5 plus five (5) contributor copies, Payment for artwork will be negotiated at the time of publication.
Theme: Horror where mental Images having unusual vividness and detail
Note: Reprints Welcome

Welcome to the home page for Eidetic. What is Eidetic you may ask? Well, it’s a quarterly digest featuring fresh new voices from the independent horror community. Each issue will feature original short stories and artwork. We are currently accepting submissions for our very first issue which we have scheduled for an October 2022 release.  Submission requirements are below.


Taking Submissions: There’s No Place

Deadline: September 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.08CAD per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.


What: A pro-rate anthology of short fiction pieces on the theme of “home” (500-3500 words) on the theme of HOME

Who: Storytellers who have experienced—or are experiencing—homelessness.

When: Submissions are open from July 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022. Publication is scheduled for fall of 2023.

Where: While we will prioritize Canadian submissions, submissions are open to writers throughout the world.

How: Scroll below to see our guidelines!


Taking Submissions: Weird Horror Magazine September 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 1st-30th, 2022
Payment: 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum and 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: horror and weird fiction

Weird Horror has two reading periods each year – March and September.


OPENS: Sept. 1, 2022

CLOSES: Sept. 30, 2022

We are seeking first publication rights. Fiction must be in English, and previously unpublished in English anywhere, in any format, on any platform, including your blog, website, newsletter, Patreon, etc. Please do not query about reprints.


Taking Submissions: Dead and Bloated – Extreme Horror Anthology

Submission Window: August 1st, 2022 — October 1st, 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word + 1 paperback contributor copy
Theme: Water, Extreme Horror, Splatterpunk, Dark Humor

  • Title: DEAD & BLOATED – Extreme Horror Anthology
  • Editor: K. Trap Jones
  • Theme: Water, Extreme Horror, Splatterpunk, Dark Humor
  • Formats: Paperback, ebook
  • Short story MAX 3,000 WORD COUNT