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Taking Submissions: Stranger

March 12

Deadline: March 12th, 2024
Payment: €175
Theme: Stories that look into unexpected places, or, ‘stranger’ places

From Feb 8 to March 12*, we are reading short story submissions for our new collection, Stranger! We are looking for stories of all genres that respond to our title and/or cover art, and selected writers will receive a flat rate of €175 for accepted submissions.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

Wallace Stevens,
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Behind the fog, in the tall grass, or even standing in plain sight – there are mysteries everywhere for those brave enough to look. Sometimes, reality might just refuse to behave in the ways we expect it to. It might come in the form of prowling creatures, or in a revelation from someone we knew, or maybe in ourselves; the important thing is that a whole new facet of reality suddenly shines in new light.

Truth might be stranger than fiction, but we’ve decided to look for the strangest fiction for our seventh anthology. We’re looking for stories that go beyond the boundaries of the expected – or maybe even those of possibility!

Stranger is an anthology for stories that look into unexpected places. We want real or magical, lyrical or experimental, as long as it finds that truth wasn’t as simple as once thought.

We are looking for stories inspired by our title – Stranger – and/or the cover artwork below, Night is Calling, by James Fenner. All genres of writing are welcome, we want to read any stories that find that there is more out there than we once thought (in a real or metaphorical way)! More than any specific story or style, we want the emotional response the title and artwork evokes in you.

*The call will be open until March 12th or until we hit our 1,000 submission cap. We are currently at 1.8% (11/02).


If a story is selected, the writer will be offered a flat rate of €175, as well as a digital copy of Stranger. Sans. PRESS will have the right to include the story in the anthology Stranger, to be produced across multiple formats (digital, paperback, hardcover and audiobook). The writers retain their rights over their own work, and are allowed to republish it elsewhere after the date of the print publication.

If a story is selected for The Archive, the writer will be offered a flat rate of €50. Sans. PRESS will have the rights to publish the story online for a minimum of two years (website and Kindle Vella), as well as on short-run zines (up to 200 units). Writers retain rights to their work.

All applicants will be contacted about submissions in a timely fashion, but we are currently not able to provide individual feedback.

By submitting to the anthology, you agree to our stated terms.

If you have any issues or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Send your submission on the form in the link below:

Via: Sans. PRESS.


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