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Taking Submissions: The Theatre Phantasmagoria June 2022 Theme

May 31, 2022

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: £10
Theme: Earth Song—Stories of animal or ecological-themed horror, or of Mother Nature’s wrath, in support of World Environment

Greetings boils, ghouls, and other creatures of the night!

Starting in December, 2021, we are open for submissions of flash fiction horror stories on a different theme each month. We will be seeking horror fiction of all forms and flavours to be published as part of a new and ongoing series from Night Terror Novels Publishing, titled The Theatre Phantasmagoria.

If this has piqued your interest, please scroll down for the full details!

What are We Looking For?

Each month, a new theme will be announced, and we will be accepting flash fiction submissions based around this theme. From these submissions, four stories will be chosen to be published each Friday of the subsequent month, and at the end of the year, these forty-eight pieces will appear in a similarly titled anthology. As always, if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We also encourage submissions from femaleBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re striving to offer a range of experiences and perspectives in this series.

Our current lineup for The Theatre Phantasmagoria, January to April, includes Mia Dalia, Paul Wilson, Angela Sylvaine, Yvonne Lang, Mark Robinson, James Van Pelt, D. Matthew Urban, Ali Seay, Alex Ebenstein, Nikki R. Leigh, Andrew Jackson, Safia Mlani, Michael H. Hanson, Matt Bliss, Megan Kiekel Anderson, Andrew Gehlsen, and Samuel M. Hallam. If you want to see your name alongside these terrific writers, then send a piece our way!

The anthology will be edited, and the stories selected, by J. D. Keown. He can be found on both Instagram and Twitter @JDKAuthor, and we can be found on Instagram @nightterrornovels. All updates and announcements regarding this project will be posted on each of those accounts, so give us a follow if you want to get the latest news.

The fourth window to submit will run from the 1st May, 2022 (1/5/2022) to the 31st May, 2022 (31/5/2022), with the selected stories debuting on our website throughout May.


In support of World Environment Day, Sunday 5th June, 2022.

How you interpret this theme is largely up to you. Think tales of animal or ecological-themed horror, of Mother Nature’s wrath. Or give us your straight-up animal horror in the vein of James Herbert’s The Rats or Shaun Hutson’s Slugs, narratives about killer flora, or similar horror stories along these lines. As World Environment Day is in June, we’re particularly interested in stories that incorporate current environmental issues and the ongoing climate change crisis.

Each month, four flash fiction pieces will be selected, making a total of forty-eight stories to be featured in the final The Theatre Phatasmagoria anthology at the end of the year. See below for all relevant guidelines and details, and please read them carefully before submitting.

Title: The Theatre Phantasmagoria

Payment: Flat rate of £10 via PayPal upon acceptance, and a digital e-Book contributor copy upon release of the anthology.

Guidelines (please read carefully):

  • .doc.docx or .odt formats preferred. No .pdfs, please. See Shunn’s guidelines for reference on how your manuscript should look.
  • Original work only, please. No reprints, no stories published elsewhere (such as on personal blogs, social medias, or other websites). Simultaneous submissions are more than welcome, but please inform us as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • The only rights Night Terror Novels Publishing are seeking is first print rights for our website, and the non-exclusive right to collect the stories into an anthology, published in 2023, and sold thereafter. No exclusivity is sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.

Word Count: Anything up to 2,000 words.

Submissions Open: From 1st May, 2022 (1/5/2022).

Submissions Close: 31st May, 2022 (31/5/2022). We will be aiming to notify everyone of either acceptance or rejection within two weeks of the closing date. If you have not heard from us by then, please feel free to chase us up via the email address below.

Anticipated Release Date: Stories will be published on the first, second, third, and fourth Fridays of the subsequent month. The compiled anthology will be aiming for a January, 2023 release.

Please send all submissions in an attached document to our email address, [email protected], with the following subject line:

[your name] – [story title] – [approx. word count]

(an example email: FF Submission: My Name – My Story – 1,000 words)

In the body of the email, please also include a brief third-person author bio, ideally three to four sentences long, which may include up to two links to either your social media accounts or personal websites.

And that’s pretty much it. We cannot wait to read your submissions, and best of luck to you all!

Via: Night Terror Novels.


May 31, 2022