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Taking Submissions: Shredded: A Sports and Fitness Body Horror Anthology (Early Listing)

March 31, 2022

Submission Window: March 1st, 2022 – March 31st, 2022
Payment: $.03 USD per word
Theme: Body horror in sports and fitness
Note: Extended submission period for women and non-binary writers is April 1st – 7th, 2022.

This fiction anthology from Eric Raglin (writer of NIGHTMARE YEARNINGS, editor of ANTIFA SPLATTERPUNK) will feature stories of body horror in sports and fitness. Submit your most grotesque, strange, frightening, and thought-provoking stories—ones with complex characters, unapologetic weirdness, and horror that takes bold narrative risks.

*Before reading the rest of the submission guidelines, note that the existence of this project is contingent on the success of its Kickstarter campaign. Consider donating a few bucks or sharing the campaign link.*

Submissions are open to all writers, but I especially encourage submissions from writers of marginalized groups. Note that some writers have specifically been invited to contribute. The anthology will be a mix of solicited stories and stories selected from the open call submission period.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words.

Multiple submissions are not allowed. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but withdraw your submission immediately if it gets accepted elsewhere. No reprints.

Open for submissions March 1st, 2022 – March 31st, 2022.

The extended submission period for women and non-binary writers is April 1st – 7th, 2022.

I will announce accepted submissions by April 15th, 2022.

Anthology will be published as both an electronic and print book in July 2022.


If you’re retreading old ground and well-established tropes, make it fresh.

I’m fine with horror that has erotic elements, but emphasis should be on the horror.

Don’t be moralizing. I want nuance.

Stories that deal with bigotry are fine, but bigoted stories are not.

I don’t want stories with graphic depictions of sexual violence.

It’s a body horror anthology, so I’m fine with gore and extreme elements. Just make sure they serve the story.

Use standard manuscript format. Send a doc/docx attachment. Do not copy-paste your story into the body of the email or submit it in any other format. We won’t read it if you do.

Please send submission to [email protected]. Include your name, story title, and word count in the subject heading (e.g., Firstname Lastname— “Story Title” — #### Words”).

Include an author bio of under 100 words and no more than two links to accompany your story.

$.03 USD per word via PayPal for a short story after contract signing and final edits, and a free e-book copy of the anthology following publication.

Exclusive First Worldwide Publication, Print, and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

Via: Eric Raglin.


March 31, 2022