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Open Call: Dark Blooms


DARK BLOOMS:

This is a call for coming-of-age stories in the horror genre, featuring a girl protagonist, written by women (girl and women being inclusive terms.)


DEADLINE:

JULY 15th 2023


EXTENDED DEADLINE [FOR TRANS WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR]:

JULY 22nd 2023



WORDCOUNT:

5,000 -- 15,000 words (soft limit, but don't go nuts)


PAYMENT:

Pay is through PayPal: $20 for 5,000-8,999 words, $30 for 9,000-12,999 words, $40 for 13,000-15,000 words.





 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:


Stories must feature a girl as the protagonist. This is an inclusive term.


This is a call for coming-of-age stories in the horror genre. The Book Genre Dictionary describes this as "the psychological and moral growth in protagonists from youth to adulthood." Horror is open to interpretation.


A lot of people will be writing about girls getting their periods. I'd steer clear if you want to stand out. Or write the best period story ever.


I love unique, emotional horror that surprises you. I also love weird horror. Not a big fan of the slasher or zombies, vampires, and werewolves, but give them a try if you feel so moved.


PLEASE DON'T SEND:


No full-on sexual assault. Implied or threatened assault is acceptable, but no actual rape or detailed descriptions of molestation.


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


EXTRA INFORMATION:


This anthology will be a mix of invited authors and selections from the open submission call. Invited authors include: Briana Morgan, Caitlin Marceau, Cat Voleur, Tasha Reynolds, Erin Brown, Cassandra Daucus, Chelsea Pumpkins, Emma E. Murray, and Ruth Anna Evans. The introduction will be written by Sonora Taylor.


FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


  • Cover page should include your title, name, and wordcount

  • Stories should be cleanly formatted in a standard font

  • Word documents only (.doc and .docx)


SUBMITTING:




 

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