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Taking Submissions: The Call of the Sea

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: Royalties on 4k+ stories
Theme: Pirate stories that involve but don’t focus on famous pirates.

Title: The Call of the Sea
Opens: 1 February 2022
Closes: 31 May 2022, 11:59 EST
Theme: Gather round, ye bilge rats, and send the landlubbers back whence they came! These tales are for the strong of heart, the courageous corsairs, adventurous scallywags, and lads and lasses loyal to the lawlessness of the sea. Give us ADVENTURE, searches for treasure, sea battles, the perils of loving a Jack Tar, and the dangers of the briny deep. You can use any of the big names in your story (Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Ching Shih, Sir Francis Drake, Black Bart, etc.), but they should be secondary characters, with your MC as an ordinary, unknown person. These are the stories that created legends.

Taking Submissions: Bloodless

Deadline: July 31st, 2022
Payment: $30 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore

Sliced Up Press is looking for short stories & poetry that terrify without a single mention of blood or gore, for its latest horror fiction anthology, BLOODLESS, edited by Ben Walker.

Terrify us with your best story or poem where no blood is mentioned, nor any associated gore, grue & guts.


Haunt Publishing Is Open To Novels

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: £200 and 15% royalty rate on print sales, 50% on audiobook and ebook sales.
Theme: Gothic, horror, and dark fiction genres (read below for more details.)

Closing date: Friday 1st July @ noon BST

The below guidance is in place for transparency about our submissions process.

Information About the Publishing Process.

We are a book publisher and welcome submissions from both agented authors and those without agents. Please see these guidelines for an idea of what we are looking for.

Our aim

Haunt is a small press dedicated to Gothic, horror and dark fiction. Our aim is to shine a flickering candle on Gothic and horror in new areas. Think Frankenstein in Baghdad and the film Under the Shadow. We also love traditional Gothic!

If this sounds like it fits with your writing, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about us here.

Genres we publish in


Taking Submissions: The Cafe Irreal Summer Window 2022

Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: One cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum)
Theme: Fantastic Fiction You really NEED to read the description below.

The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined. Therefore, we’re interested in stories by writers who write about what they don’t know, take us places we couldn’t possibly go, and don’t try to make us care about the characters. We would also suggest you take a look at the current issue, archives, and theory (especially the essay, “What is irrealism?”) pages on this web site.


How to Take Inspiration from Reality & Turn It into Fiction

How to Take Inspiration from Reality & Turn It into Fiction

The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, Monster, Borderlands, Child’s Play, Scream, Open Water: what do all these films have in common besides at least one foot in the horror genre

They, along with countless other films and books across all genres, were inspired by elements of reality. 

Fiction writers frequently struggle to come up with fresh material for new stories. They look to create new and original characters and situations that move readers to keep turning the page or watching the screen to find out what happens next. 

Trembling With Fear 05/08/2022

Welcome back to Trembling with Fear, our online flash zine. We publish both new and established writers with many becoming familiar faces and being an ongoing open market, we are always after material. Submissions don’t have to be horror, they can be dark sci-fi or fantasy or some other aspect of the speculative fiction field. Nor are we averse to a touch of noir or a dark thriller. Humour is also welcome!

The house hunting continues, more than a few visited, a few offers made, and more than once beaten to it, not to mention estate agents telling us porkies! I won’t lie, it is proving stressful and I fully intend to stay put for a while when we finally find somewhere before we do what we hope will be our final move. It’s been a touch distracting as far as writing goes but I’ve been soldiering on and my metal inspired found poetry collection, Metallurgy, is nearing completion. The cover is almost done – I’m working on the back of the wrap at the minute – and I’d like to give a shoutout here to Wayne Fenlon who provided a couple of base images for me to work with. I’ve also submitted a few folk horror stories to submission calls promoted on Horror Tree! I hope your writing is going a lot smoother than mine.

The first story in Trembling With Fear this week is The Scream by James Rumpel. This is the sort of story to tell around the campfire when the night is dark and the owl screeching. The ending also gives it that cyclical nature which makes the listener wonder – could it happen again?

One Animal’s Predator by Eric Netterlund adds a lovely bit of atmosphere in the woods, incorporating the senses, not just sight but sound and smell, always gives a story depth.

Quicksand by Christina Nordlander shows us what you would do to survive – and would you lie about it? Exactly how moral or truthful are we?

Under the Bed by Kevin McHugh takes a well-used trope but adds a slight twist at the end to bring the difference.

I hope you enjoyed our stories, now send us yours!



Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

First week out of finals and I’ve been super busy doing… Busy work. Not much fun but things that have been needing to be done. I’ve cleaned up some internal broken links on the site. I also found every (I hope) instance that referenced internal links as HTTP instead of HTTPS. Not fun to report on but well overdo!
We had a couple of hiccups on the next Trembling With Fear release and are doing a quick revision before ordering proof copies. (Which might have been done by the time you read this!)
Also, we heard some REALLY good news. The latest Top 101 Websites for Writers are out in the current Writer’s Digest. Below is the cover and our inclusion!

We’re still working on sorting having a weekly round up on our Horror Tree’s YouTube channel. Please, subscribe to the channel, like the video, and comment on the video if you like it and email any suggestions or thoughts in!

For those looking to support the site, we’ve recently launched a Ko-Fi and always have our Patreon going.

I hope you had a great weekend.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree


Eight Psychologists Who Became Fiction Authors

Eight Psychologists Who Became Fiction Authors


The post is developed in partnership with BetterHelp.


Whether it’s writing about a thrilling crime drama or a suspenseful mystery, psychologists can make great authors with their professional backgrounds in mental health. When it comes to telling an inspiring story, these eight psychologists have put together worlds and situations that pull from their resources and experiences. 


Horror Tree’s Favorite Submissions Calls for the first week of May, 2022!

Hello to all of our #author and #writer friends!
Belinda has returned for another week of cutting through the weekly list of submission calls that she’s found and for the week ending on May 6th, 2022 she has 4 more that really tickled her fancy!

We’d LOVE some thoughts on what you think of our format so far. Are there any specifics on the call you’d like to know more about? Is four a good number to list or should we add a fifth into the mix?