Taking Submissions: Bleak Midwinter

Deadline: September 13th, 2022
Payment: US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy
Theme: Gothic Winter Horror

Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our third anthology for 2022, Bleak Midwinter: An Anthology of Gothic Horror.

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 – 8,000 words) of winter horror. We are looking for stories that encompass the darkness of the season and literary themes over Christmas/Krampus gore. Think of stories like The Shining or even Dickens’s A Christmas Carol more than slasher-style Black Christmas.

Things we are looking for:

  • psychological horror

  • slow-burn horror

  • themes of death/darkness

  • gothic horror

  • historical horror

  • literary horror

  • gothic/macabre elements

  • modern settings considered ONLY if they maintain a Gothic feel

Things we are not looking for:

  • young adult

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica

  • rape/child abuse

  • heavy sci-fi

  • overtly modern adaptations

  • Christmas horror

  • slasher horror

Submission Requirements

Please note: Submissions that do not follow requirements will not be considered.

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission.

2. Submissions period is from Dec 20th – Sept 13th, 2022. Please submit all stories to [email protected] with the subject line: Bleak Midwinter / Your Title / Genre. Emails sent to other emails will not be considered.

2. All submissions must be in English and follow standard MLA formatting (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Work must be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page.

3. Story length is 5,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions below 5,000 words and above 8,000 words will not be considered.

4. Accepted authors will receive compensation per contract agreement (US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy).

5. We do accept multiple submissions and we do accept reprints if author has maintained their rights to do so.

6. We will only receive one submission per author. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employees on their social media accounts with submissions questions.

Via: Quill and Crow Publishing House.

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