Taking Submissions: Bear Creek Gazette
Deadline: December 10th, 2020 (Sorry!)
Theme: Weird, scary, and beautiful things that take place in the imaginary town of Bear Creek
Welcome to the Bear Creek Gazette
Bear Creek is a beautiful town that doesn’t exist. The B.C.G is here to document the weird, scary and beautiful things that take place in the town. If you would like to write an article about your time in Bear Creek, please email us at
What we are looking for;
Anything you would find in a regular news portal. So it can be a headline article about a serial killer on the loose, a Sudoku that tells you to kill yourself, a restaurant review that turns into rampant cannibalism or anything in between. While not a strictly horror themed site, I will always gravitate towards the unsettling and weird. Your creative process is entirely up to you, and you can go absolutely wild as far as I am concerned. Think Welcome to Night Vale, The Wicker Man, Twin Peaks and you are on the right track.
While writing for a newspaper might seem constricting, this is an extremely strange town and almost anything goes. I aim to be as immersive as possible, so obviously I won’t be able to run 25 of the same type of article. If two people submit cool articles detailing the same sort of thing, only one will get chosen. If this happens I am going to strip naked, staple both pieces onto my body and run through the woods until one falls off.
No word limit/image count. Send me anything. Format it however you want.
I am not going to reject something because it’s in 48pt Comic Sans.
Response time will be between 1 and 2 weeks.
This 6 month thing is nonsense and we all know it.
What we are not looking for;
Don’t be racist. Don’t be sexist. We are all adults. Stop being silly. If it ties in with the story I’ll give you a pass. But obviously, if something is massively offensive it stands less of a chance than something that doesn’t upset a large portion of the readers. That’s it. Anything else goes. Please don’t send me a picture of your junk. I will immediately post it on Twitter alongside your email.
Rejections will always be form (although I am working on a cool email so it won’t be too disappointing). A rejection is an immediate request for more work. If it doesn’t fit this issue, something else might fit the next one.
I will look at anything you have. I am as much interested in a photograph as a 5000 word story, a haiku about swans, a double page spread detailing the color and consistency of the diner’s Wednesday Special. Art is art is art.
Lets make something beautiful.
Payment is $30 on delivery of the work, paid through PayPal. Flat rate, same for everything. This may improve later on if I manage to get Patreons etc.I will promote anyone who writes for the B.C.G mercilessly across social media. Not just the things you write for us, but the things you are proud of that appear elsewhere.
Subs are free and always will be.
We will open 20th November and stay open through until 10th December.
Thank you. I love you.
Via: Bear Creek Gazette.
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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!