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Taking Submissions: Gruesome Games

September 1, 2019

Deadline: September 1st, 2019
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for its third volume of its HOWLERS series, Gruesome Games.

Deadline: Sept 1, 2019

Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

Games and horror create a delightful combination. Notable cases include the Running Man and The Long Walk (Stephen King), The Hunger Games (Collins), the Saw series, European thriller GAME, Barker’s puzzle boxes, new film Escape Room, and even elements of Jumanji and multiple episodes of Dark Mirror. We want to see a collection of game horror at its finest. For this editor, game horror is best defined as horror literature whose premise hinges on the crux of an established and explicit game. I say explicit because I’m not interested in a horror story where one “could read it as a metaphor for chess.” The characters need to be aware that this is a game with rules (whether they are broken or not).

We will NOT accept:

Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.

[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.]

If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at [email protected]. (restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).

Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.

We will not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Authors will receive a free copy of the print book.

Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to [email protected].

Title your email with the story title in all caps. If you are sending more than one submission, send multiple emails instead of putting them all in one.

We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

Via: Thurston Howl Publications.


September 1, 2019