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Taking Submissions: Dread Vol. 2

August 7, 2020

Deadline: August 7th, 2020
Payment: $10
Theme: Flash Fiction horror in the style of NoSleepReddit containing anthropomorphic animals as characters

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Theme: Flash Fiction horror in the style of NoSleepReddit containing anthropomorphic animals as characters

Word Count: up to 1000 words

Payment: $10 per accepted story

Editor: Weasel


Dread is an online horror furry magazine that focuses on flash fiction (1000 words or less). I am seeking short scenes of dreadfully frightening stuff containing anthropomorphic animals (humanized animals). I’m trying to create something along the lines of a furry No Sleep (see Reddit No Sleep for example stories). Suspension of disbelief is key. The story will have to feel real. Dread asks that stories be written in 1st person.

Things I’m not looking for:

  • Fantasy horror
  • Sci-fi Horror
  • Stories containing perspective shifts/narrator switches
  • Stories told by god-like characters
  • Stories from the perspective of inanimate objects, ghosts, or A.I.
  • Outer Dimension stories/Time Travel/Post-Apocalypse/Pandemic fiction

Essentially, I want this to feel like it’s something that could happen in your apartment parking lot or the grocery store or anywhere we go. If your main character sees an unidentified monster or creature that’s fine. If your main character time travels to the 1800s, that’s not fine.

If you want more insight on how NoSleep stories are written, I recommend reading some and checking out their rules section.



Notes on word count: I know 1000 words seems like it’s not much. Most authors are looking at this and asking “how can I fit a whole story into 1000 words?” Think of it this way, you’re focusing on a moment. Make good use of your title, and keep your characters limited. It can be done. There are loads of resources on writing flash fiction. There’s even whole journals dedicated to publishing it. Check out some of the resources below if you need help and you’re interested in writing something.





If you’re unsure about your story idea, just email me (not telegram, or twitter DM, or Facebook messenger, etc.). I’m definitely down to hear what you got. [email protected]


Although this is a horror magazine project, there are limits as to what I can actually take. Dread will not tolerate [Editor’s Note: This market has specific guidelines for things they do not want to see. Please click on the link at the bottom of this post for all the details and follow their guidelines: it’s the polite and respectful thing to do. Also, it will help those submitting avoid being rejected on anything other than the quality of their work.]
, Characters that you do not own or characters under copyright, Bigotry, Transphobia, and Homophobia.


Blood, gore, and sex are fine.


Reprints are fine with us as long as you own the rights to your story.


Simultaneous submissions are fine! If your story is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to let us know.


Sinister Stoat Press asks for Non-Exclusive rights to your story in perpetuity.


Submissions are taken through Submittable. Use one submittable form to upload your story(stories if more). The form will take up to 3 DOC or DOCX documents. That means you’ll have to have all of your submission ready when you send it off.

DREAD is a free electronic publication. There will not be any printed copies of this project moving forward.

Via: Weasel Press’s Submittable.


August 7, 2020