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Taking Submissions: Road Kill: Texas Horror Volume 3

June 15, 2018

Deadline: June 15th, 2018
Payment: 10,000 words – $100 / 7,500 words – $75 / 5,000 words – $50 / 2,500 words – $25 / 1,500 words – $15
Note: Writers must be from Texas and the story must take place in Texas.

Hello, E.R. Bills here. I am the editor of Vol 3 of the upcoming horror title, Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, from Hellbound Books Publishing. Due to the popularity of the Road Kill anthology, I’m “scaring” up stories from Texas writers again. I’m looking for original horror stories, 1,500–10,000 words, give or take. If I receive a 14,000-word story that really blows my hair back, I will consider it. And the same for an 800-word tale. I prefer not to receive stories that have already appeared elsewhere.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]

The primary objective of Road Kill is to promote new and up-and-coming horror writers in Texas, but the collection will include some works from established writers (previous contributors to Road Kill are invited to submit as well). The stories must be written and submitted by Texas writers and they must take place in Texas—hence the title. No one will be making a fortune, but we will be paying one-time fees (based on word count) and if the anthology sells over 5,000 copies, royalty percentages—1% per writer—will kick in. Every writer will receive two free copies and enjoy discounted wholesale pricing on any copies of the book that he or she purchases to carry and sell on their own.

The scale for writer stipends is as follows:
10,000 words – $100 / 7,500 words – $75 / 5,000 words – $50 / 2,500 words – $25 / 1,500 words – $15

All payments will be made upon official acceptance and when acceptance is communicated, each author will need to supply a short bio.

I will be requesting one-year non-exclusive rights. This means I will use your story in this anthology and we can print excerpts of it online and otherwise (for promotional purposes, etc.), but you can still sell it a year down the road to someone else, we simply request that you note in later publications that it appeared here first. Authors retain all TV and/or film rights—you own them outright—but, again, we request that the writer of any story that receives TV or film treatment note that the story appeared in Road Kill Vol. 3.

The deadline to turn in stories is June 15, 2018, and our intent is to have the book printed and available by October 2018, in plenty of time for Halloween. Hellbound Books and I will be promoting Road Kill Vol. 3 and submitting it for review to local, state and national media outlets. We will also be setting up signings and appearances around the state for the authors themselves to promote the book. Past venues have included Book People (Austin), Brazos Bookstore (Houston), Fleur Fine Books (Port Neches), Galveston Bookshop, The Twig Bookshop (San Antonio), etc.

If your work is chosen to appear in this collection of Texas horror, you will join a talented group of upcoming and accomplished authors and expand your reach in the competitive field we are all trying to excel in. Hope to see your work soon!

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines…
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Doesn’t have to be double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
*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: June 15 2018 – for Halloween 2018 release


Submissions should be sent to [email protected]


June 15, 2018