Taking Submissions: Classic Monsters Unleashed (EARLY LISTING)

Deadline: May 30th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents a word
Theme: Dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters.
Note: This does NOT open until April 8th 2021 but the competition will be FIERCE so I’m trying to give you as much time as possible

We are proud to announce an upcoming Open Call for the
CLASSIC MONSTERS UNLEASHED anthology, edited by James Aquilone.

We’re looking for dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters. While we prefer new angles that subvert and re-imagine the monster, we are also interested in really good traditional monster stories. Stories can also star secondary characters, such as a well-known sidekick, assistant or love interest, from the classic monster universe.


Payment: 5 cents a word
Length: 1500 to 5000 words (flexible)
Reading Period: April 8 to May 30, 2021 (don’t send before April 8)
Expected Release Date: October 2021
Kickstarter Launch: March 8, 2021.
No Reprints


Note: A Kickstarter campaign to fund the anthology launches in March, after which we’ll open to submissions. (Of course, the campaign has to fund successfully, but we’re confident it will.) This is an invitation and open-submissions anthology (with about 75% invited and 25% open). With the top-notch lineup of writers we’ve already signed, send only your very best. Sign up for a campaign alert at our Kickstarter preview page.


Use classic Shunn formatting. Send as an attachment in doc or docx. In the subject line, put “Classic Monsters,” the name of your story, and author name. Example: Classic Monsters – Story Title – Author Name.


Email story submissions to [email protected]


We want to publish your first story. We’re holding at least one spot for a newcomer. If you’ve never been published before, say so in your email. Good luck!


Mina Harker
Abraham Van Helsing
Victor Frankenstein
Frankenstein monster
Bride of Frankenstein
Henry Jekyll
The Invisible Man
Phantom of the Opera
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Headless Horseman
Dorian Gray
Wicked Witch of the West
Kaiju / Giant Monster (in the vein of King Kong or Godzilla)


Note: We have enough Dracula stories, so he’s not included on the list. If you have any ideas for other classic monsters not listed, please ask before submitting. Also bear in mind: though these are public domain characters, don’t use any copyrighted or trademarked elements from the movies.

Via: Crystal Lake Publications.

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Stuart Conover

Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!

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