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Taking Submissions: If I Die Before I Wake Volume 6

June 9, 2021

Deadline: June 9th, 2021
Payment: $40 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror deep under horror

Do you want your story to appear in the next volume of the Better Off Dead Series?


Submission Guidelines
Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.

  • All submissions will be reviewed after the submission deadline and chosen stories will be published in IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE- TALES OF THE DARK DEEP – The Better Off Dead Series Volume 6, which will be released December 6th, 2021.

  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)

  • Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be written using American English spelling and terminology

  • Submissions must be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1″ margins, double spaced with a special first line indention of 0.3″

  • Submissions must not contain headers, footers or page numbers

  • All scene breaks must be three asterisks, centered, with no spaces in between (***)

  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format

  • Submissions should be clean and edited to the best of author’s ability

  • Submissions must fit the theme of the Dark Deep and should be centered around bodies of water and anything connected to them, such as sea creatures, mysterious disappearances, pirates, the Bermuda Triangle, etc, and must be written in the horror genre.

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • The number of stories published will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty

  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such

  • The deadline for submissions is June 9th, 2021

  • Authors will be notified by September 7th, 2021 if their story was selected

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology

  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story

  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher’s cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology


You worked hard on your story, so don’t take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn’t meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don’t let this happen to you.

Via: Sinister Smile Press.


June 9, 2021