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Taking Submissions: Hauntings and Hoarfrost (Early Listing)

September 30, 2023

Submission Window: September 1st – 30th, 2023
Payment: Contributors copy and $50 CDN for shorts or $20 CDN for poetry
Theme: Gothic Horror in the Cold

Gothic fiction is renowned for being filled with spine-chilling stories in isolated and forlorn places. What better setting could there be than the deep, dark, depths of winter? When snow and storms can isolate remote locations for days or weeks and bundling up to keep the cold away provides a different kind of anonymity and isolation even in the heart of cities.

Hauntings and Hoarfrost will be filled with stories of frosty mornings, blood stained snow and ghosts who appear and disappear like breath fogging the air. I will be looking for mysterious messages scratched into frosty windows, the sound of ice skates cutting across an empty pond, wild storms and blankets of soft, white, beautiful death.

Rights and compensation:

$50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories.
$20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.

In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: September 1, 2023 – September 30, 2023

Length: Under 7,500 words

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling, please. (Just do your best, we don’t judge)

Submissions will be handled through Submittable. A link will be provided closer to the submission window opening.

Via: Rhonda Parrish.


September 30, 2023