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Taking Submissions: Unopened Doors

February 15, 2022

Deadline: February 15, 2022, 11:59 PM PST.
Payment: 1 Free print edition. Authors are entitled to purchase additional copies at 50% discount for resale.
Theme: Unopened Doors

Word count: 500-7,000 max

Sunbury Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology themed and titled, Unopened Doors, edited by Catherine Jordan. No need to query. Send completed, edited, previously unpublished stories in .doc/docx format. E-mail submissions with “Unopened Doors” and title in the subject line to: [email protected]

Stories must be horror or dark fiction. These stories will be published by Sunbury Press in e-book and print. No erotica; no stories with a lot of spelling and grammar errors; no stories that glorify, minimize, or inaccurately represent child abuse, animal abuse, or sexual assault; no stories with intolerance of race, religion, nationality, physical or mental ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

This anthology is open to a diversity of viewpoints, and we welcome a wider interpretation of the theme, including those perspectives faced by women, minorities, and marginalized persons from around the world. We want to feel your dread, grief, anxiety, and fear when faced by an unopened door. 


Story must be written using American English spelling and terminology

12 pt. Georgia or Times New Roman font, normal margins, and double spaced

Include author’s name, title, and word count on the first page

Do not use any special formatting like headers, page numbers, images, and page/section breaks

Indicate scene breaks with three stars, no space (***)

Use double quotation marks for dialogue


A note on editorial: before publication we may work with the author to edit the story for length or readability. However, we always remain true to the spirit of the story, and the author has final approval.

We reserve the right to shift publication date slightly, as necessary.

Simultaneous submissions (submitting the same stories to other publishers at the same time) are allowed. Please let us know as soon as possible if submission is accepted or published by another publisher. To withdraw your submission, email us at with the subject line “WITHDRAW SUBMISSION: [Title of the story you’re withdrawing]”. If we select your story, please remove the work from consideration elsewhere immediately. You may submit a maximum of 2 stories per author, but we will select only one (if any). 



February 15, 2022