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Taking Submissions: Moonflowers and Nightshade

April 1, 2022

Deadline: April 1st, 2022
Payment: 4 cents per word
Theme: sapphic horror – short fiction by a diverse group of authors

Moonflowers and Nightshade is an anthology of sapphic horror short fiction by a diverse group of authors. Chilling horror stories ranging from psychological character studies to terrifying tales of body horror, from supernatural nightmares to Gothic ghost stories–and everything in between, but all with prominent sapphic themes and content. 

There is currently so much room and need for more sapphic content in the horror literary genre. Moonflowers and Nightshade will include a diverse group of stories, including but not limited to stories involving genderqueer, non-binary, BIPOC, genderfluid, lesbian, trans, bisexual, and pansexual characters.  

Submission Specs: 

~ 2,000 – 5,000 words

~ MS Word or Google Docs file 

~ Times New Roman, pt. 12 font, double-spaced

~ Please include your name, your story title, word count, and a brief bio in your email cover letter. 

~ Stories must prominently include sapphic themes, characters, and/or content, and be in the horror genre. All subgenres of horror welcome. 

~ Submission deadline: April 1st, 2022

~ Simultaneous submissions welcome.


Payment will be $0.04/word upon publication, via Paypal. Contract will be for 6 months exclusive ebook and paperback English language rights, non-exclusive thereafter. 

Please send submissions to [email protected]

Notifications will be sent by June 1st, 2022 at the latest. 

Tentative publication date is October, 2022. 

Please note: This submission call is running concurrently with a Kickstarter campaign for the anthology to offset publication costs. Donating and/or contributing to the Kickstarter will NOT influence or hold any bearing on submission status. 


Via: Samantha Kolesnik.


April 1, 2022