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Taking Submissions: Still of Winter

July 1, 2022

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: $20
Theme: Fantasy, scifi, and horror stories set in winter where a tree plays an important role and are creepy

In winter, there’s a stillness – a silence. As wet snowflakes fall, sounds are muffled. A hush lingers in the air. Bare trees reach upward from the frozen ground, grasping with their spindly branches. Swaying in the frigid breeze, brittle bark creaks and moans as the trees whisper ancient secrets to one another. Sentries, standing in the stillness. Watching. Learning new stories to share with each other long after we have gone.

 This winter, we want to celebrate these majestic beings and what happens when the stillness is disturbed.

Submission Info

We’re looking for stories, poems, photos, and/or artwork that follow these guidelines:

  1. Respect the genre norms from the Fantasy, Horror, & Sci-fi genres (including the associated sub-genres).

  2. We’re looking for stories, poems, photos, or artwork that feature:

  • the winter season

  • a tree that plays an important role in your stories, poems, artwork, or photographs.

  • the creepier side of winter – the thrills and chills! Bring us pieces that will make us want to bolt the door and hide under our blankets – both from the chill in the air and the scares.

NOTE: Send us your stories that unsettle, unnerve, frighten, discomfit, challenge, and/or just generally entertain. Please do not send us stories that glorify rape or abuse — especially of children or animals. We also will not include stories that promote bigoted thinking. While we recognize that some amount of violence is often seminal to these genres, we’re not interested in scenes that painstakingly, even lovingly, describe extreme violence.

  • Word/Entry Limits:

    • Short Stories (English only): Up to 2 stories per entry between 1,500 words and 5,500 words (each)

    • Poems (English only): Up to 3 poems per entry in one file

    • Photos or Artwork: Up to 3 pieces per entry in one file

  • Submit your story in the official entry form.

    • Opens April 15, 2022

    • Final Submission Deadline: July 1, 2022 (or until full)

  • Reprints: No

  • Multiple Submissions: Yes

  • Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but please alert us and/or withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere.

  • While it will not affect an entrant’s chances of acceptance, those entrants who tip will receive a digital copy of the Still of Winter anthology when it is released.

  • A word on response times: Having been on the receiving end of things, we know what it’s like to eagerly await word about submissions. We promise to do our level best to get back in touch with people as quickly as possible. However, at a minimum know that the anthology is currently set to release on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. You will definitely hear back from us ahead of the release date.

Submit through Duosuma

Contributors Selected:

  • Will receive full publishing credit in the Still of Winter anthology

  • One (1) free digital copy

  • $20 payment


UNSETTLING READS, LLC was founded by two authors. We very much respect the rights of creators and do our best to promote both the works included in our anthologies and their creators. For more questions about copyrights, etc. please check out this sample contract.

Via: Unsettling Reads.


July 1, 2022