Greetings boils, ghouls, and other creatures of the night!
Starting in December, 2021, we are open for submissions of flash fiction horror stories on a different theme each month. We will be seeking horror fiction of all forms and flavours to be published as part of a new and ongoing series from Night Terror Novels Publishing, titled The Theatre Phantasmagoria.
If this has piqued your interest, please scroll down for the full details!
What are We Looking For?
Each month, a new theme will be announced, and we will be accepting flash fiction submissions based around this theme. From these submissions, four stories will be chosen to be published each Friday of the subsequent month, and at the end of the year, these forty-eight (or more) pieces will appear in a similarly titled anthology. As always, if your story is blatantly racist or homophobic it will be instantly rejected. We also encourage submissions from female, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors, as we’re striving to offer a range of experiences and perspectives in this series.
Our current lineup for The Theatre Phantasmagoria, January to August, includes Mia Dalia, Paul Wilson, Angela Sylvaine, Yvonne Lang, Mark Robinson, James Van Pelt, D. Matthew Urban, Ali Seay, Alex Ebenstein, Nikki R. Leigh, Andrew Jackson, Safia Mlani, Michael H. Hanson, Matt Bliss, Megan Kiekel Anderson, Andrew Gehlsen, Samuel M. Hallam, J. L. Royce, Zary Fekete, David Burchell, Brandon Applegate, Darren Todd, Cormack Baldwin, Hadassah Shiradski, Monte Lin, Kacey Rayburn, Elle Vigilante, Brett Tharp, Sean Cahillane, A. R. Frederiksen, Lucy Zhang, Christopher Robertson, Eric Farrell, and Miguel Gonçalves. If you want to see your name alongside these terrific writers, then send a piece our way!
The anthology will be edited, and the stories selected, by J.D. Keown. He can be found on both Instagram and Twitter @JDKAuthor, and we can be found on Instagram @nightterrornovels. All updates and announcements regarding this project will be posted on each of those accounts, so give us a follow if you want to get the latest news.
The sixth window to submit will run from the 1st September, 2022 (1/9/2022) to the 30th September, 2022 (30/9/2022), with the selected stories debuting on our website throughout October.
OCTOBER’S THEME: SOMETHING WICKED.
How you interpret this theme is largely up to you—again, this month’s theme is quite open-ended. Think stories centred around the spookiest season of them all: all things autumnal and relating to fall, from witchcraft and wizardry to seasonal slashers or biologically-mutated, murderous pumpkins, and everything else in between. Your story does not necessarily need to be set on All Hallows’ Eve itself, but it ideally will be inspired by either the autumn months or the various festivities of this time of year to some degree. We’re expecting to see quite a few “trick-or-treat” style stories, so if you’re planning on going down this narrative route, we’d encourage twists, turns, and surprises to really stand out from the crowd.
For inspiration, we’d recommend checking out novels such as Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge, Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, or Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. For films, check out Halloween (1979), Trick ‘r Treat (2009) or The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016). Fire up a playlist of Halloween bangers and scare us silly this spoooky season! 👻
Each month, four (or more!) flash fiction pieces will be selected, making a total of forty-eight (again, or more!) stories to be featured in the final The Theatre Phatasmagoria anthology at the end of the year. See below for all relevant guidelines and details, and please read them carefully before submitting.
Title: The Theatre Phantasmagoria
Payment: Flat rate of £10 via PayPal upon acceptance, and a digital e-Book contributor copy upon release of the anthology.
Guidelines (please read carefully):
- .doc, .docx or .odt formats preferred. No .pdfs, please. See Shunn’s guidelines for reference on how your manuscript should look.
- Original work only, please. No reprints, no stories published elsewhere (such as on personal blogs, social medias, or other websites). Simultaneous submissions are more than welcome, but please inform us as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere.
- The only rights Night Terror Novels Publishing are seeking is first print rights for our website, and the non-exclusive right to collect the stories into an anthology, published in 2023, and sold thereafter. No exclusivity is sought. Authors retain all rights to their works after publication.
Word Count: Anything up to 2,000 words.
Submissions Open: From 1st September, 2022 (1/9/2022).
Submissions Close: 30th September, 2022 (30/9/2022). We send out notifications of acceptance or rejection on a rolling basis throughout the window. The absolute latest you should receive a response by is the 20th of the next month. If you have not heard from us by then, please feel free to chase us up via the email address below.
Anticipated Release Date: Stories will be published on the first, second, third, and fourth Fridays of the subsequent month. The compiled anthology will be aiming for a January, 2023 release.
Please send all submissions in an attached document to our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following subject line:
[your name] – [story title] – [approx. word count]
(an example email: FF Submission: My Name – My Story – 1,000 words)
In the body of the email, please also include a brief third-person author bio, ideally three to four sentences long, which may include up to two links to either your social media accounts or personal websites.
And that’s pretty much it. We cannot wait to read your submissions, and best of luck to you all!
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