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Taking Submissions: Darkness Beckons

November 14, 2022

Deadline: November 14th, 2022
Payment: 8 cents/6 pence for each word
Theme: Horror – no specific theme

A New Collection of Horror Stories

We are very excited to open submissions for this new anthology, edited by Mark Morris (“…one of the finest horror writers at work today” – Clive Barker)! Darkness Beckons is the fourth book in the Flame Tree Book of Horror series, and follows Close to Midnight, which is out now! Mark has once again approached an impressive range of authors but we’ve reserved space for four new stories from the online submissions. This is a prestigious anthology and will be published worldwide in hardcover and paperback. The first book in the series, After Sundown, was nominated for both Shirley Jackson and British Fantasy awards, so we’re looking forward to finding more unthemed horror stories for this fourth collection.

Fees, Copyright and Other Terms:

  • We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence for each word for new stories. We will not accept reprints for consideration for this anthology.
  • We would prefer to pay for the selected stories via PAYPAL because bank charges to the US and Canada, in particular, can be very high for all concerned.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although some may be paid earlier than that.
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double-spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page.
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • The anthology will be published worldwide, available online and to bookstores worldwide, in print and ebook formats.


  • Please only submit unpublished/original/new stories for consideration. Reprints will not be accepted for consideration.
  • Submit your story to [email protected]
  • Word count will most likely be successful at 3000–5000 words.
  • This is an unthemed horror anthology, open to all sorts of horror content.
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to us for consideration to another anthology, please say this in the submission email.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted.
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday 14th November.

Thank you, and good luck!

Via: Flame Tree Publishing.


November 14, 2022