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Taking Submissions: The Devil Take You
Deadline: April 15th, 2023
Payment: $125 – $200
Theme: Original weird tales set in the medieval period that explore the human (and inhuman) experience through the lens of horror.
Sentinel Creatives has opened up for submissions for our “THE DEVIL TAKE YOU: TALES OF MEDIEVAL HORROR” anthology.
Deadline for Submissions: 15 April 2023
Wordcount: 3,000 – 6,000
Remuneration: $125 – $200
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for original weird tales set in the medieval period that explore the human (and inhuman) experience through the lens of horror.
Weird: The term “weird” should be understood to mean a certain sense of breathless and unexplainable dread, of outer, unknown forces present, a suggestion of the defeat or suspension of the laws of nature which have hitherto served to protect our minds and bodies (and souls) from the assault of chaos. By its very nature, weird fiction should invoke in the reader a sense of profound uneasiness and dread, it should hint at the inability of the human mind to comprehend the true nature of existence, and it should cause us to question the stability of our faith in the established laws of nature.
Medieval: The term “medieval” denotes the period in Europe lasting from around 500AD to 1500AD and is typically divided into the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages. There is a temptation here that often proves too powerful to ignore, to view Europe through a monist lens: to see all of Europe as Christian, white, and “Western”. But this is a strange way to view a continent and a period that saw so much strife and upheaval precisely because of the differences of those living within its borders. These are the differences—the tensions—that create the opportunity for compelling storytelling.
Tell us stories set in the Iberian Peninsula, where the Muslim Moors and Spanish Ibero sit uneasily beside one another, all while resting over the rotting bones of the old Roman Empire. Or show us the places where cultures mix and often collide: the heirs of Rome in Constantinople or the warring Crusader States of the Levant. What might the Mongols discover as they plunge into the old temples of Europe? What awaits the crucesignati as they ride to bring the word of Christ to the Wends in their dark forests? And, of course, the Vikings. We love a good Viking Horror.
The medieval setting provides, in our opinion, one of the most interesting places (large as it is) to write weird fiction. There is upheaval—the undoing of the order of the world, which gave birth to the Middle Ages with the Fall of Rome; the rise of new religious sensibilities, new faiths gaining strength and momentum and yet not quite able to unseat the folk beliefs and superstitions of the past—often resulting in a conjoining of beliefs, a merger or absorption of the one by the other (for e.g. the jinn in Islam).
Horror: It now feels trite to say, but good horror is about trespass and transgression more so than it is about transcendence. It confronts themes, images, and ideas that people would rather avoid than confront but elicits in the reader a sense that they cannot look away.
Give us your body horror, your cosmic horror, your religious and paranormal horror, folk horror and slashers, monsters and more!
All accepted stories will be paid for upfront!
Accepted stories can expect between $125-$200.
In exchange, we ask for exclusive rights to publish the story. Said rights will maintain for the duration of one year. After that, we retain the non-exclusive rights to the story, but you’re welcome to submit and publish elsewhere after that!
Send your submissions to: sentinelcr[email protected] with the subject “MEDIEVAL HORROR SUBMISSION”.
All manuscripts should be sent as a word document. Our preference is for Times New Roman or another clearly legible text.
Submissions should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words. This is not a hard limit, but preference will be given to those stories that meet this requirement.
Please include a short summary of the story in the body of the email, as well as a short bio and a list of any previously published works.
We’re looking for original works that have not been previously published!
We accept simultaneous submissions!
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!