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Open Call: Fraidy Cat Quarterly


Submission information for Fraidy Cat Quarterly

Fraidy Cat Quarterly Volume 2

Put simply, Fraidy Cat Press is interested in:

  • Horror (and its related genre mashups)

  • Dark fantasy


SUBMISSION WINDOW:

June 20th - July 12th


WORDCOUNT:

  • 400 - 1,500 flash

  • 1,501 - 8,000 stories

PAYMENT:

  • $10 per accepted flash fiction

  • $20 per accepted story





 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:


Fraidy Cat Press loves all things horror – from the eerie, creeping terror of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”’s systematic violence to the unhinged tilt of Laird Barron’s “The Imago Sequence” and everything in between. We want your stories that go bump in the night, your stories that creak like an intruding foot on the staircase, your best writing that screeches through the calm darkness. 


PLEASE DON'T SEND:


While we love all things horror, there are a few things we’re not open to publishing:

  • Extreme horror or torture porn 

  • Sexual violence 

Cliches and established tropes are a hard sell – if you want us to publish vampires, give them their teeth back a la Nathan Ballingrud’s “Sunbleached”. Zombies, werewolves, and other classic movie monsters require similar creativity to be considered. 


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


EXTRA INFORMATION:


AI-generated writing and images ARE NOT ART. By submitting to Fraidy Cat Press, you agree that your work was generated without the use of AI tools. If we find that your story or artwork has used AI in its creation, no future submissions from you will be considered. 


FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


Your submission should be in Shunn format, but we prefer you NOT include your address or phone number.


SUBMITTING:


Send your submission as a .doc or .docx attachment to fraidycatpress [AT] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Fiction Submission – STORY TITLE – AUTHOR NAME” (with your story title and your name).


Please include a bio written in third person of up to 100 words in the body of your email. 


ESTIMATED RESPONSE TIME:


We strive to respond to all submissions within four weeks. 


RIGHTS REQUESTED:


Fraidy Cat Press’s team are strong believers that art has value and artists should be compensated for their work. As we are a new press, we are able to pay $10 per accepted flash fiction or artwork and $20 per short story via Paypal at this time for first worldwide English-language rights, for use in the print, ebook, and digital editions. Each contributor in the US will also receive one free contributor copy. We ask for a 6-month exclusivity from the date of publication, and please credit Fraidy Cat Quarterly for any subsequent reprints or collections. Copyright remains with the author, and a contract will be provided.


 

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