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Taking Submissions: Scissor Sisters (Early Window)

May 31, 2023

Submission Window: May 1st – 31st, 2023
Payment: 8 cents a word
Theme: Speculative fiction that ‘reclaims’ the view of Sapphic Villains instead of the predatorial tropes that they’ve fallen into

Submissions Open: May 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023

Title: Scissor Sisters: Sapphic Villains Anthology

Type: Anthology of short stories and flash fiction

Editors: Rae Knowles & April Yates

Theme: We’re reclaiming the predatory lesbian trope, think Mrs Danvers in Rebecca or Roxy in Basic Instinct, so we’re looking for stories of sapphic villains. Because we’re looking to reclaim this trope and not reinforce it, we don’t just want sapphic villains. Sapphic characters can also be heroes and anti-heroes. We’d like to see a diversity of queer identities in a multitude of roles. We’d especially love to see stories of feminine rage, erotic horror, genderbent retellings and reclamations of power by queer femmes.

Must Haves: 
  • Diverse LGBTQ+ representation
  • Time period: anytime in the past or present
  • Location: anywhere on Earth

Won’t Accept:

  • Racism
  • Anti-LGBTQIA+
  • Rape revenge stories
  • Reprints
  • Manuscripts that don’t follow the guidelines
  • Not interested in sci-fi, dystopian, or futuristic settings


  • We’re interested in representing authors around the globe. Authors outside the US are strongly encouraged to submit as are writers whose first language isn’t English
  • Subgenres:
    • Erotic horror
    • Gothic horror
    • Quiet horror
    • Body horror
  • New and experienced authors are welcome
  • Short Stories between 1,500 to 4,000 words
  • Please note that #ownvoices is important to the editors, but this call is open to everyone.
  • In Cover Letter include:
                 – Brief bio, word count, and if you are a new or previously published author
             -Story title
  • Manuscript:
                 – First page should have your penname, content warnings, email address, word count, and title of story

– Double Spaced

– DOC, DOCx, or RTF format

  • Simultaneous submissions acceptable, but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere

Send Your Submissions To: Moksha link coming soon

  • $0.08 a word for flash fiction and short stories
  • Digital and paperback copy of anthology

Via: Brigids Gate Press.


May 31, 2023


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