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Taking Submissions: The Cellar Door Issue #3 Dark Highways (Early Listing)

July 31, 2022

Submission Window: July 1st – 31st, 2022
Payment: $25.00 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Dark Highways

The Cellar Door – Issue #3: Dark Highways
Compiled & Edited by Aric Sundquist
Short Story Submission Call: July 1 – 31, 2022 (EST)
The Cellar Door is a biannual anthology of dark fiction. Each issue will contain 8 to 12 stories based around a specific theme and will include a brand new story from a featured author. The majority of the anthology (80%) will be filled from the open submissions.

  • Title: The Cellar Door – Issue #3: Dark Highways
  • Theme: Horror/suspense stories that take place on a highway, road, or inside a vehicle.
  • TypeSuspense/thriller, creature feature, supernatural horror, grindhouse/exploitation.
  • Word Count: 2,000 – 7,500 words.
  • Payment: $25.00 + digital/paperback copy.
  • Accepted Authors (so far): Darren Todd
  • Rights: We are seeking first time rights for 1 year after publication. After that time all rights revert back to the author. The publication will appear in both print and digital formats and will eventually be reissued in The Cellar Door Compendium.
  • Reprints: None. Previously unpublished only.
  • Multiple Submissions: None.
  • Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but state in your email that it is a simultaneous submission, and please email us immediately if the story is sold elsewhere.
  • File Format: Include your story as an attachment in MS Word, LibreOffice, or Rich Text Format.
  • Manuscript Format: Use the Modern Shunn Format. Include a short bio in the body of your email. Your subject line should read, DH Submission: (“Title”) by (Author’s Name). For Example, DH Submission: “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” by Stephen King. Attach the story as a separate document.
  • Response Time: Two weeks after submissions close, if not sooner.
  • Submission Period: July 1 – 31, 2022 EST. Stories sent before or after will be deleted unread.
  • Send Submissions to: darkpenpress (at) gmail (dot) com
Influential Movies/TV: The Hitcher, Joyride, Breakdown, Blue Ruin, The Wraith, Splinter, Maximum Overdrive, Death Proof, Duel, Mad Max, From Dusk Till Dawn, Drive Angry, Near Dark, Race With the Devil.
Influential writings/series: Mile 81 and Christine by Stephen King, Strange Highways and Shattered by Dean Koontz, Blacktop Wasteland by SA Crosby, The Rules of the Road by CB Jones.

Via: Dark Peninsula Press.


July 31, 2022