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Open Call: Housing Charity Anthology


Cover of THIS HOUSE IS NOT OURS a Housing Charity Anthology depicting an old dollhouse over vintage wallpaper

Housing Charity Anthology

Housing is in a state of crisis. One of the most iconic stories in the horror genre is that of the haunted house. Combining the two was a no brainer! We want haunted house stories, but we also want to help a housing charity. 


SUBMISSION WINDOW:

July 1st - July 31st


WORDCOUNT:

1.5 – 4k


PAYMENT:

This is a charity anthology. All contributors will receive a contributor package with the physical book and a few other goodies. (Yes, this includes international acceptances!)


LINK TO ORIGINAL CALL




 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:

We are seeking unique takes on the haunted house. Did someone die in the house? Is the house possessed? Did someone play with an ouija board? Perhaps it is related to magic? Whatever the inspiration for the story is, we want to hear new versions of the classic trope of a haunted house. It can be a commentary on the subject matter, or something else altogether.  



PLEASE DON'T SEND:


  • Stories that are not horror

  • Stories that are not primarily about a haunted house

  • Erotica

  • Nothing racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/etc. Bigoted characters are fine (we’d love to see a few of those get eaten) but we won’t be accepting stories with harmful takeaways.

  • This should go without saying, but we’re going to say it, NO AI GENERATED STORIES. We will blacklist you if you submit a story that you did not write.


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]

We are allowing simultaneous submissions BUT please include a note if it is being considered elsewhere, and please let us know as soon as possible if you have a piece accepted elsewhere or otherwise need to withdraw it from consideration.


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]

A total story count has not yet been decided for this call.


We’ll read up to three stories from a single writer, but will not be accepting more than one piece per author. Please submit all your pieces in the same email if submitting multiples.



EXTRA INFORMATION:

All proceeds go to Lotus House Women’s Shelter. They are one of the largest providers of homes to women and children struggling with homelessness. They not only offer a roof, a meal, and a shower, but they provide families safety and security for a better tomorrow. They help these families get back on their feet and give them the resources to have a more stable future.


We are accepting stories from all voices. We are not interested in excluding any voices based on sex, gender, orientation, or background. 


We also won’t be giving preferential treatment to established writers. We will be looking only at the quality and thematic relevance of the stories. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers with few or no publication credits.


Please note, this project will not be released until first quarter 2025. 



FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


We ask that you put the title of the piece and your name/pen name as the subject line and at the top so we can easily track submissions. 


Please keep documents plain, including no headers or page numbers. All of those things will be done in the editing and formatting stage. 


We ask that you keep fiction in a .doc or .docx file. 


If there is something else you think we might be interested in that we have not listed, or you have other questions, please feel free to query.


Please note, anything submitted not meeting these requests will be ignored. It makes it increasingly difficult as one person to manage stories when the details of the call are ignored.



SUBMITTING:


All submissions should be sent to [voicesfromthemausoleum@gmail.com]


We are not super picky about cover letters, which can be addressed to Angel, Editors, etc. We do however ask that you follow the guidelines listed below to help us keep track of your submission:


  • Please email us with the subject SUBMISSION: [Title] – Author Name - Word Count(Example: SUBMISSION: What Sharp Teeth You have - Angel Krause - 2,578)

  • Include your cover letter in the body of the email with any information you’d like us to know about you, your piece, relevant trigger warnings, etc. This should include author bio and any socials you’d like included if your story is selected.

  • Please remember to tell us if what you’re submitting is a simultaneous submission.

  • Don’t forget to attach your work as a .doc or .docx file, along with a short, third person author bio.


Please note, anything submitted not meeting these requests will be ignored. It makes it increasingly difficult as one person to manage stories when the details of the call are ignored.



ESTIMATED RESPONSE TIME:

You will receive a “received” email confirming your submission was received and accepted for consideration within 48 hours. If you do not receive a note and you are certain you submitted based on the requirements, feel free to email or DM Angel from Voices. 


We will not be sending any acceptances/rejections until after the submission window has closed. (Unless a submission doesn't follow guidelines for this call.)



RIGHTS REQUESTED:

We ask for Worldwide First Publication Rights, and 6 Month Exclusivity following the publication of the anthology. Exceptions will be made for “Best of” considerations upon request if the anthology is credited as the initial publisher.



 

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