Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Taking Submissions: Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

June 1

Submission Window: April 15th – May 15th 2022 UPDATE: New deadline is June 1st, 2022
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Mothers

Weird Little Worlds Press is looking for contributors to its second Kickstarter science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthology. Bring your weird and help us tell the scariest and most interesting mother stories you’ve ever imagined.






.05 per word

.50 per line





Apr. 15 – May 15, 2022



There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered.

In these stories and poems, mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.

With brand new stories from:

Gemma Files • Donyae Coles • Brian Evenson

Ai Jiang • Sarah Read • Nadia Bulkin

John Langan • S.P. Miskowski • Shane Hawk

Steve Toase • Christina Sng • Steve Rasnic Tem

Hailey Piper • Gabino Iglesias • Mercedes M. Yardley

and many more

The Details:
Deadline: April 15 – May 15th
Length: 1000 – 3000 words (5000 if stretch goals are met)
Pay: .05 (.06 if we can unlock our $10k stretch goal)
Poetry: $.50 per line up to 50 lines (Up to $2 if stretch goals unlocked)
Rights: We retain full rights of the story for 12 months after publication at which they revert back to you. This includes audio and reprint permissions.

Format: Shunn Manuscript, BLIND SUBMISSION. All references to author name must be removed from submission. Not doing so will result in immediate rejection. Our form submission process allows you to provide your personal information and upload your submission. This includes a purposefully blind submission technique—do not include your personal information or story title in your upload.

Note: This is a Kickstarter project, so everything in contingent on us reaching our goals. 


What we want: 

  • Something creative and fresh
  • Mothers as both villains and protagonists
  • Literary and truly terrifying tales
  • Crisp writing with all the fat cut away
  • Diverse voices of all backgrounds, nationalities, gender identifications, sexual orientations, races, religions, and cultures

What we don’t want: 

  • Fan fiction
  • Previously published stories
  • Boring monsters doing boring stuff
  • Excessive gore, sex, or swearing (we have a hard PG-13 bent, so we don’t HATE it, but it has to be pretty pertinent and defensible)
  • A narrative-disguised soap box — we aren’t your platform for preaching ANYTHING
  • Anything unedited. At least run it by another set of eyes before you send it.


Via: Weird Little Worlds.


June 1