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Taking Submissions: Chromophobia (Early Listing)

August 31, 2021

Submission Window: August 1 – August 31, 2021
Payment: $0.01/word
Theme: Stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways

This upcoming anthology will be edited by Bram Stoker Award-winner Sara Tantlinger and released by Strangehouse Books in the fall of 2022.

From the editor:

“The use of color in literature is something that has been studied, analyzed, and written about for decades. Think of classics like ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Descriptions of color can entirely change a story’s atmosphere and tone; the imagery can lull us into safety or sickness. I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities.


You do not have to use the color in your title — I don’t want a hundred stories titled ‘Red’ in my inbox 🙂 Feel free to run wild with these guidelines; the interpretation of the theme is yours, just make sure it’s horror/speculative fiction.”

All writers who identify as women are welcome to submit.

One submission per author. Payment: $0.01/word.

NO multiple submissions

NO simultaneous submissions

NO reprints.

Submission Length: 1500-6000 words.

Expected word count for CHROMOPHOBIA: ~90K

The submission window will be open from August 1 – August 31, 2021. Submissions sent outside of this time frame will be deleted. Responses should take no longer than 3 months. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, there will not be individualized feedback on declined stories.

Send submissions to: [email protected] with name and story title in the subject line.

Don’t stress about the cover letter! Just get those stories attached and sent. Please do not send PDFs.

Manuscript formatting should follow the Shunn style, which can be found HERE (or you can copy/paste this link: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html)

We will try to notify everyone of acceptances and rejections by December 31st, 2021.

Accepted stories/authors will be announced in January 2022.

Hardcover pre-orders will go live in March and end on June 30th. Hardcovers will begin shipping in July.

The trade paperback will release during Halloween 2022.

Artwork will be handled by Don Noble & Nicholas Day.

Best of luck to everyone who submits a story! We look forward to reading.


Via: Rooster Republic Press.


August 31, 2021