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Open Call: Negative Creep


Black background with yellow text reading "Negative Creep: A NIRVANA-inspired Horror Anthology"

NEGATIVE CREEP

Forming the ultimate playlist, the stories within showcase NIRVANA’s discography with a fear inducing twist.


SUBMISSION WINDOW:

August 15th -- September 30th


WORDCOUNT:

1k - 3k


PAYMENT:

$25 flat rate



 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:


20-30 stories inspired by NIRVANA songs, ranging their entire discography. All horror tropes are welcome. Genre-blending is highly encouraged. Queer retellings and gender swaps, historical horror, sci-fi horror, cults, and cannibalism are a few of our favorites. Writers should have a diverse representation of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, gender identities, disability, fat positivity, and neurodivergence.


**Please note: Only one story per song will be accepted**


PLEASE DON'T SEND:


Please, do not submit stories about Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Kurt’s suicide (mentioning is fine), anything that has to do with band members’ personal lives and not related to NIRVANA or its music. Submissions cannot contain sexualization of minors (under 18, yes that includes “17 almost 18”).


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must own the rights to your story. Notify us by email at negativecreepanthology@gmail.com if you need to withdraw your submission at any time.


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


EXTRA INFORMATION:


Trigger warnings are encouraged and will be included in the back of the finished work. Here are some common triggers: ableism, abortion, blood/gore, body dysphoria, death of loved one, eating disorder, fatphobia/sizeism, gendered language, graphic medical situations, gun violence, homophobia, incest, intimate partner violence, labor/birth, lack of consent, loss of body autonomy, miscarriage, misogyny, needles, police/military violence, post-partum depression, pregnancy, racism, rape, religion, self-harm, sexual assault, stalking/harassment, stillbirth substance misuse, suicide, suicidal ideation, transphobia.


FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


  • Please use a standard manuscript format. https://www.shunn.net/format/ is a great example. (Omit your address)

  • American English spelling and punctuation, please. Bilingual characters welcome.

  • Must be a .doc or .docx


SUBMITTING:


Email submissions to negativecreepanthology@gmail.com.


  • Email subject: Last, First - Title - Word count

  • Cover letter: Include a one-line pitch, any trigger warnings, and a 100-word author bio with your pronouns and socials. If you wish to self-identify, please do, if not, that’s okay, too.



RIGHTS REQUESTED:


  • 6 Month Exclusivity


 

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