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Taking Submissions: Year of the Tarot: Wands

December 30, 2023

Submission Window: December 1st – 30th, 2023
Payment: ¢1 per word CAD
Theme: Horror that includes a wand, ideally in the realm of tarot or tarot-inspired meaning of the word
Note: The end date might be later, I’m seeing an end date of December 30th, 31st, and January 7th on the site. I’d stick with the 30th to be on the safe side.

Thank you for submitting to our Tarot Inspired Anthology Series!

This particular call is for the WAND

We are looking for great stories of horror in all sub-genres. The best thing about anthologies is the mix of voices and styles.

Although this anthology does represent the tarot suits, it does not mean your story has to contain the tarot element to be considered. Use the overriding ‘theme’ to weave your story.

Within tarot card meanings,

The Tarot suit of Wands — sometimes called Rods, Staves, or Staffs — represents the energy of movement, creativity, and invention. Wands represent ideas and innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit. They are often related to your career or your sense of purpose in the world, but because of their connection to charm and desire, they can deliver strong love guidance, too.

The suit of Wands is connected to the spring season and the Fire element, so it carries many active messages of boldness, ambition, drive, competitiveness, and initiative. Whenever a Wands card appears, actions are being taken or suggested, and change is in the works. Wands are powerful and passionate cards that can urge you to make a bold move, or warn you when you’re moving too fast.

The more esoteric Tarot decks reveal the connection between the Wands and the life force, also known as Qi, Kundalini, or Prana — the animating energy that fills every living thing with vitality, without which nothing could live. Combined with its connection to Fire, the Wands Tarot cards represent the light that conquers darkness, whether it’s a candle in the window or the Sun at the center of the universe.

Although there can be some fantasy elements tossed in there, the overall feel of the stories must remain in the horror genre. Aim to scare.

Each part will be approximately 60,000 words and have its own ebook and paperback. Once all four sections are complete we will release a ‘collection’ containing all four books in ebook, paperback and hardcover form.

Word count: 2000 – 7000 FIRM UPPER LIMIT

No Reprints – Original content only, no reprints at this time.
No simultaneous submissions
Only one story per theme (quarter) per author
Manuscripts should be polished and edited to the best of your ability

Payment: $.01 (one cent) Canadian per word after approved edits


Please use 12 pt Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, set auto-indent new paragraphs.
Add the story title to the top of the manuscript.
Do not include your name or email in the manuscript. These stories will be read “blind” by our reading team.
Title your manuscript “Title of Story – Theme”  example “1000 cuts – Swords”
Please make sure the title of the story and the title on the manuscript match.

Upload your file in .doc/.docx format. We will not read any other type of format including PDF.
Should we have issues with your file (because ‘Google’), we will send you an email.

Please review www.EerieRiverPublishing.com/open-submission for full details

If you have any issues with the form please email your submission to [email protected]

Via: Eerie River Publishing.


December 30, 2023


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