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Taking Submissions: Executive Dread

July 31, 2021

Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Payment: $.005 per word.
Theme: Stories of workplace horror

In “Executive Dread” we seek stories of workplace horror. We’ve all had the terrible boss. Also, the great boss, but the corporate creeps atop him or her that drop all the bullshit. The crazy coworker. The obsessed client. The workplace farter who coughs all over everything. The theft of your food from the office refrigerator. There are a million more things. We seek stories that take place at the office. Before many of us started working from home due to COVID-19. That’s a whole other anthology. Please no stories focusing solely on sexual harassment or discrimination. Those are troubling real-life work horror stories, but not ones we want to feature in this anthology.

“Executive Dread” Guidelines Here are a couple of tips to put your story in better position to be accepted. 1. Fit the theme. Office. Horror. Scare us and make us wanna retire immediately. 2. Be within our word count guidelines (for “Executive Dread”, 2000 to 5000) or query us for shorter/longer. 3. No matter how good your story is, if it hasn’t been edited, there is a big chance we won’t accept it. In the past, we’ve accepted stories that needed a lot of editing work, but it took so much effort to make them presentable. We aren’t doing that anymore. If within a page or two of reading the story we find a bunch of editing issues, it’s going to be rejected. 4. Be unique. No matter what the theme of the anthology is, you should always be unique. If it’s a stalker anthology for example, and your ex or some guy you work with is your stalker, it’s trite. If your grandma is stalking your fiancée, well, that’s unique. 5. At Jolly Horror Press, we prefer subtle horror. We generally don’t like gruesome and overly bloody stuff. If someone is getting hacked to bits in your story, it’s probably not for us. 6. We seriously still get racist/sexist/anti-gay stuff. Don’t send us this stuff. 7. If there is any kind of animal killing or torture, not for us. We want old cat ladies to enjoy our work too. 8. Surprise us! 9. We love new and unpublished authors, provided you can follow 1-8. 10. No reprints.

Diversity and Inclusiveness: Yes, we want stories from all sectors, from all kinds of people! We encourage submissions from women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. We seek to include writers from all walks of life who have a scary/funny story to tell.

The Details: Please see our generic submission guidelines page for how to submit.


Open submission period: June 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021.

Reading Period: August 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

Expected publication Date: October 2021

Payment: $.005 per word.

Via: Jolly Horror Press.


July 31, 2021