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Taking Submissions: Haunted Playthings: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

August 31, 2019

Deadline: August 31st, 2019
Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy

We are currently accepting submissions for Haunted Playthings: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

It will follow the same format as our first anthology, Shadow People and Cursed Objects: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories…or are they?

In case you’re not familiar with our first anthology, it included a mixture of short stories about shadow people and cursed objects. Some were based on real events or objects. Others were inventions of the author’s imagination.

The fun was for the reader to decide which was based on fact, and which was made up. All was revealed in the Truth or Fiction section.

We’re going to do it again this time.

What We Want

As the title suggests, Haunted Playthings will contain thirteen short stories about just that…haunted playthings. Including (but not limited to):

  • Ouija boards
  • Haunted dolls
  • Haunted video games or electronic toys
  • Possessed rocking horses
  • Haunted tricycles
  • Spooky swing sets or playgrounds
  • Whatever other kind of haunted plaything you want to write about! Yoyos, hula hoops, Slinkys, stuffed animals, fidget spinners, puzzles, action figures, dress up clothes, Slip and Slides, coloring books…there are loads of possibilities really.

Your story can be based on a true account of a haunted plaything (think Robert the Doll, Annabelle the Haunted Doll, or even Lake Shawnee Amusement Park). Or your story can be a total invention of your imagination. Your choice.

Get creative and have fun!


Story: 1,000 to 5,000 words

Truth or Fiction explanation: up to 500 words

Other Story Requirements

No previously published stories. However, feel free to submit as many original stories as you want.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but if it gets accepted elsewhere please tell us so that we can take it out of consideration for our anthology.


$10 + 1 print copy


August 31, 2019

How to Submit

Manuscripts and Truth or Fiction explanations must be in .doc or .rtf format. (It is okay to include the Truth or Fiction explanation at the end of your story.)

Email subject line: Haunted Playthings Submission/Story Title

Include in email: (1) A one sentence description of your story,  (2) a 100 words or less author bio, (3) Facebook and Instagram links (if available), (4) your website and/or blog link(s).

Email all of the above to: submissions [at] hauntjaunts.net – remove the [] and spaces and change “at” to an “@” before sending. (Trying to dodge spambots. Thanks for understanding.)

The Process

Final decisions will be made once the submission deadline ends. (August 31, 2019)

Please allow up to three months after submissions close for review and response.

We look forward to reading your submission!

Via: Haunt Joints.


August 31, 2019