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Taking Submissions: Haunted by the Past

August 31, 2015


Deadline: August 31st, 2015
Payment: 1 cent USD per word and electronic contributor’s copy

Tacitus Publishing’s 2015 anthology project is – HAUNTED BY THE PAST. We are looking for short fiction (1,500 to 5,000 words) that pays tribute to some of the past greats – M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu. The story should be a ghost story that carries the tone, stylistic language, and/or classic story structure. We are not interested in overwhelming gore or mature content. This should be an original piece of work.

Submission process:
There are two options, either using the submission form on the website or sending an email. For either choice, we ask that you attach the story as an rtf (rich text format) file.

email: submission(at)tacituspublishing.com subject line should read: Haunted Anthology

(This maybe pushing it based on the possibility of being overwhelmed, but we may offer quick critiques or suggestions to submitters in our responses. Tacitus Publishing wants to continue with its writer-friendly approach by offering any small amount of assistance we can.)

Cover letter and quick biography:
Please put the cover letter in the body of the form or email. The structuring of the letter should include –
· your name
· contact info – address, phone, email
· title of the story
· a one sentence summary of your story
· word count
· brief bio and quick list of published work

Submission format:
We are not concerned with the overall format of the body of your work but do ask for some page formatting to assist our reviewing process. Please add to each page –
· top left – author’s name
· top right – title
· bottom – page number

Simultaneous and multiple submissions:
We will not accept simultaneous submissions. We will accept multiple submissions if you have received a rejection notice concerning your first submission and the call has not closed, but request that you submit no more than two stories.

Open for submissions – May 1st, 2015
Closed for submissions – August 31st, 2015
Projected completion and e-published: 1st Quarter 2016

We pay 1 cent USD per word. We also provide a complimentary electronic version of the book to each contributor.

In the interest of the story building and the publishing process, there is the possibility of minor editorial changes to accepted stories. Understand though, the submission is expected to be a polished and proofread product.

Tacitus Publishing asks for First Exclusive Worldwide publishing rights for the term of one year as well as non-exclusive reprint rights thereafter.

Via: Tacitus Publishing.


August 31, 2015