Taking Submissions: Slay and Slay Again! An Anthology of Queer Horror
Deadline: February 29th, 2024
Theme: Your queerest horror fiction & poetry
Sliced Up Press is looking for your queerest horror fiction & poetry for Slay and Slay Again! An Anthology of Queer Horror. Whether you want to embrace tropes or tear them to pieces, we want to see what queer horror means to you. We’re not looking to fill this book with pieces where the only queer characters die, though we won’t overlook submissions where that happens.
What we’re looking for:
- All submissions must be in the horror genre. Bizarro, splatterpunk and extreme horror are welcome.
- Preference will be given to submissions from LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC authors. If you don’t like this, don’t submit.
- All submissions must be original. We will not accept reprints, or stories/poetry published elsewhere, including on blogs, social media etc.
- Please avoid references to real-life persons or situations.
- No AI/machine generated stories – any AI/machine generated submissions will be deleted without reply, and the submitter will be blacklisted from any future submission calls, grant programmes & other services offered by Sliced Up Press.
- Submit your best work in modern or classic manuscript format (as outlined on www.shunn.net/format – though we DO NOT require your real name & mailing address), as an MS Word .doc or .docx attachment. Anything sent in a different file type will be rejected without reply. Poems may be submitted in whatever form best suits the piece.
- You do not need to include your postal/mailing address or full birth name anywhere in your submission. These will only be requested if your submission is successful, to allow for payment & contributor copies (if wanted) to be sent.
- Authors may submit 1 (one) story and 1 (one) poem maximum for consideration – if you want to send both, please send them in separate emails. Do not send more than one story or poem unless we ask you to, additional submissions will be rejected without reply!
- Do not re-send stories/poems that have been rejected for previous calls to Sliced Up Press anthologies. These will be rejected without reply unless you’ve received a specific invite to resubmit.
- Try to avoid simultaneous submissions please.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & TERMS:
Please email submissions to [email protected] using the following format in the email subject line:
Submission for Slay and Slay Again: [author’s name] – [story/poem title] – [approx word count / line count for poems]
This means your email subject line should look like this: Submission for Slay and Slay Again: Your Name – Story/Poem title – 1,500 words / 50 lines
In the body of the email, please include an author bio of 3-4 sentences maximum along with any social media links and your PayPal ID. Publication history is not required up front, and nor is your given birth name, or your physical/mailing address.
Anything which does not follow the submission guidelines may be deleted without reply.
Payment: $30 flat rate per story/poem (or local equivalent), paid via PayPal, plus 1 x paperback contributor copyfollowing publication
Length: Fiction: 1,000 words minimum, 4,000 words maximum – longer pieces will be rejected without reply. Poetry:No minimum/maximum word count.
Deadline for submissions: 29th February 2024 (yes, it’s a leap year!)
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 31st March 2024 at the latest. We cannot guarantee feedback on every submission.
If you have not heard back by 31st March 2024, your submission has been rejected (most likely because it did not follow the submission guidelines!).
Please do not email after submitting unless you want to withdraw your submission. Any responses to feedback/chases for a decision etc. will be deleted without reply.
No exclusivity will be sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.
We are not looking for artwork submissions at this time.
Reminder for all sub calls: We will not consider any submissons which are AI or machine generated.
Via: Sliced Up Press.
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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!