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Taking Submissions: Terrors from the Toy Box

August 1, 2023

Deadline: August 1st, 2023
Payment: £20 and a contributors copy
Theme: Evil or demonic toys

Title: Terrors from the Toy Box

Story Length: 2K words – 7K words

Pay: £20 regardless of story length plus a paperback and digital (pdf & Epub.) copy.

Deadline: 1st August 2023

Release Date: 1st October 2023

In a dark corner of the attic lies a wooden box burgeoning with forgotten relics from bygone decades. Evil effigies of plastic claw their way out of their dusty confines into your very nightmares.

Devil dolls and terrifying teddies, abominable action figures and gruesome games all lying in wait for the opportunity to be free to wreak terror once again.

What we want:

For our anthology, ‘Terrors from the Toy Box’, we are looking for original short horror stories, from 2K words to 7K words max, with a toy theme. 

Works slightly under 2K words or slightly over 7K words may still be considered.

We ask for five months exclusive print and digital rights, and non exclusive rights thereafter. You will retain copyright ownership of your work.

What we don’t want:

We don’t accept simultaneous submissions.

We don’t want stories about existing toy brands, toy lines or real people; it needs to be fully fictional, although mentioning toy lines here and there in your story is acceptable.

We don’t want to read anything detailing animal cruelty, harm to children, gratuitous sex or any sort of prejudice.

We don’t accept flash fiction or poetry. 


The anthology will be released in paperback print and ebook formats and sold via Amazon.

How to submit:

Send your manuscript as an attachment to [email protected] or [email protected]

Please follow the Shunn Manuscript Format leaving out headers and page numbers.

On the first page, please include:

Your pen name,

The story title,

Approx. word count,

Your email address,

A short bio to include in the anthology if successful.


Payment is 20GBP regardless of story length, and a paperback and digital (pdf & Epub.) copy.

Payment will be made via Paypal only so please ensure you have a Paypal account in order to receive payment.

Please do not send your Paypal details until asked.

Via: Phobica Books.


August 1, 2023


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