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Taking Submissions: Road Kill: Texas Horror By Texas Writers Volume 4

August 1, 2019

Deadline: August 1st 2019
Payment: 1 cent per word

In 2016, horror fiction got a leg up in the Lone Star State with the publication of the uniquely Texan anthology, Road Kill.

Now in its fourth year, and with the inimitable Bret McCormick at the helm, Road Kill seeks to give voice to both established and novice wordsmiths who walk on the weird side of the road.

The guidelines are simple: Texas Tales by Texas Writers. Stories must take place in Texas and be written by native or naturalized Texans. If you were born in Texas and, for some insane reason, relocated elsewhere we’ll still consider publishing your fiction provided it’s brilliant.

Familiar tropes like vampires, zombies and werewolves are not likely to make the cut. Be original.

Terrify the reader! Is that asking so much?

Submissions should be between 3,500 and 10,000 words in length. We’d like to pay more, but for this edition of Road Kill we’ll be shelling out one cent per word. That means a 10,000 word story will receive a check for $100 USD.

We are buying first publication rights. Stories must be original, never before published tales designed to haunt, shock and terrify readers in a big way. Writers will be free to publish the story as a reprint elsewhere after two years. 

Road Kill Volume 4 will be compiled and edited by Bret McCormick. Send your best, finely polished stories to [email protected]. Include ‘RK4 Submission’ in the subject line. Submission deadline is August 1, 2019. But submitting tomorrow, instead of waiting until the last minute earns you brownie points.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines… 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 3.5K-10K word count
* Write ‘RK4 Submission’ along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email.

– Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:

Deadline: August 1 2019


Payment – 1c per word for first rights

Via: Hellbound Books Publishing.


August 1, 2019