Taking Submissions: Trails

Deadline: May 31st, 2021
Payment: Royalties
Themes: Stories about slashers, animals, cannibals, torture, gore and violence | Stories about psychological horror | Stories about monsters

Trail 2: The Death Trail – This trail is all about killers. Your story should be about slashers, animals, splatterpunk, cannibals, torture, gore and violence. Go ahead and let your imagination run wild; we are giving you a free rein.
Trail 3: The Twisted Trail – This trail is all about psychological horror. Your stories should be about madness, paranoia, phobia…
Trail 4: Trail of Terror – All your favourite monster stories go here. Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Daayans, Chudels, Chupacabras, Oni, Penanggalan… you catch the drift, don’t you?
Rules:
You can submit one story per trail.
Word limit: 3000 to 5000 words. Please stay within the word limit. Any story exceeding the word limit will be summarily rejected.
Last date for submission: 31/05/2021 midnight
Q: What are you looking for?
A: Fantastically horrific stories that blows our minds away.
Q: Will you edit our stories?
A: No. Other than general spell-checks and punctuation-checks, we will not touch your story. So, make sure you get your stories beta-read and edited properly. We are looking for the best story you can give us. If possible, get your stories edited professionally. Even a mind-blowing story might be rejected if it needs heavy editing.
Q: Is there a fee for submissions?
A: Are you kidding? No, The Hive is not a vanity publishing entity, and nor will we ever be one.
Q: If I submit my story, what are the chances of it getting picked?
A: No guarantees. We will subject your stories to a minimum of the two-level stringent selection process and only those stories that pass muster will be published as a part of Project#8.

Q: Will I get feedback for my story?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot send feedbacks as our team is small and the amount of workload on each of us for each anthology is immense. We will only send an acknowledgment of receipt of your story.
Q: I have a story that I have written already. Can I submit that?
A: As long as it is not available for public consumption, yes. If the story is in your blog, please remove it before submitting it. We prefer the entries to be previously unpublished and priority will be given to those stories.
Q: When will the results be announced?
A: June 30, 2021.
Q: If my entry is not selected, can I publish it in my blog or any other public domain?
A: Absolutely. Your story is yours.
Q: If my entry is selected, can I publish it elsewhere?
A: After 2 years from the date of publication of Project#8, you could do so. But please inform The Hive beforehand.
Q: Can I submit more than one entry per trail?
A: NO, Just one per trail. Send us your best story.
Q: Will I get paid if my story gets selected?
A: Yes. We will be sharing 45% of the nett profits cumulatively with all the selected writers. The royalties will be paid for a period of two years, semi-annually.
Q: Will this be an e-book or a paperback as well?
A: Both
Q: How many entries will be selected?
A: We will be selecting ONLY 8 entries across the four trails. (A maximum of 2 from each trail)
Q: Where do I send in my stories?
A: mail your stories to [email protected]. Please mention “Project#8 – [Relevant Trail Name]” in the subject of your mail. For example, if you are submitting a monster story, your email subject should contain “Project#8 – Trail of Terror.” Also please name the word document as Story Name_Author Full Name.doc
If you are sending entries for all three trails, please send three separate mails with relevant reference in the subject.
We are able to accept only MS Word Documents for now. Please don’t send PDFs or links to Google Docs.
Include your latest picture (close up, color) along with the story document. Your picture will be used while promoting your story (if it gets selected) and the book.
Q: What is the format I should use?
A: Please send us your stories in Word document with-
• Font- Times New Roman
• Size- 12
• Line Spacing- 1.15
If you are copy pasting any word from the internet, please make sure to “paste without formatting.”
Q: What to include in the document?
A: Your name, story title, and word count, along with the story, glossary & references, or attributions (if required). If it is a real-life story, please mention it.
Add a synopsis of your story at the beginning of the document. Please limit it to less than 300 words.
Please include your brief bio (with links to SM handles/ blogs/ websites) at the end of the document.
Please see that your document has no lines at the beginning, end, or as scene breaks.
Sample Document- First Page
Name:
Story Title:
Word count:
Disclaimer (if required):
Synopsis:
****
Start your story
****
Glossary, references, and attributions.
****
Author Bio (with SM handles)
****
PS: Plagiarism in any shape or form will not be tolerated.
If you need further clarifications, mail us or just ping us. We’d be glad to guide you.

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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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