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Taking Submissions: Dread State

September 30, 2016


Deadline: September 30, 2016
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

It seems like 2016 is one of the more gruesome political seasons in recent history. It couldn’t possibly get worse, could it? You’re a horror writer, of course it could!

We are looking for politically-themed horror stories revolving around the election season. Blood on the convention floor! Death on the campaign trail! Mindless hordes following a maniacal leader! Give us your take on the creeping horrors that invade our country every two to four years. Fill it with monsters. Make it subtle and existential. Surreal, hyperreal, your choice, just scare us!

What we want: Strong characters. Diversity is a plus! Examine the issues facing everyday voters and marginalized communities. Research is your friend.

What we’re not looking for: Overt political screeds. You’re not here to campaign on behalf of a candidate. We’d prefer you don’t name any living figures in today’s political scene. Dead ones? Sure, but tread carefully, because we don’t want to get sued!

Manuscript format: Follow the standard Shunn guidelines: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Also, don’t forget to include your name, byline, and contact info in the manuscript.

Editors: Eugene Johnson and Michael Paul Gonzalez

Format: Trade Paperback, ebook

NOTE: This is a charity anthology. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to the Hardship Fund of the Horror Writers Association. However, this book is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Horror Writers Association. Nothing in this book should be seen as an official view of the HWA, and the HWA had has no part in the selection or approval any of the stories or contributors appearing in this book.

Word count: 4,000 words max (firm). We are looking for original stories and will consider reprints on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate in your submission letter if your story has been previously published

Payment: One contributor copy in print form.

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Queries: We will attempt to turn around submissions as quickly as possible and inform authors by October 10. Please do not query about your story prior to October 11.

Questions can be addressed to [email protected]

Publication Date: October 2016

Via: ThundaDome’s Submittable.


September 30, 2016