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Open Call: Scissor Sisters


Scissor Sisters: A Sapphic Villains Anthology

We're reclaiming the predatory lesbian trope, think Mrs Danvers in Rebecca or Roxy in Basic Instinct, so we’re looking for stories of sapphic villains.


DEADLINE [or Submission Window]:

May 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023


WORDCOUNT:


1,500 - 4,000 words


PAYMENT:

  • $0.08 a word for flash fiction and short stories + digital and paperback copy of the anthology





 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:


We're reclaiming the predatory lesbian trope, think Mrs Danvers in Rebecca or Roxy in Basic Instinct, so we’re looking for stories of sapphic villains. Because we’re looking to reclaim this trope and not reinforce it, we don’t just want sapphic villains. Sapphic characters can also be heroes and anti-heroes. We’d like to see a diversity of queer identities in a multitude of roles. We’d especially love to see stories of feminine rage, erotic horror, genderbent retellings and reclamations of power by queer femmes.


Must Haves:

  • Diverse LGBTQ+ representation

  • Time period: anytime in the past or present

  • Location: anywhere on Earth

We’re interested in representing authors around the globe. Authors outside the US are strongly encouraged to submit as are writers whose first language isn't English


Subgenres:

  • Erotic horror

  • Gothic horror

  • Quiet horror

  • Body horror


PLEASE DON'T SEND:


  • Racism

  • Anti-LGBTQIA+

  • Rape revenge stories

  • Reprints

  • Manuscripts that don't follow the guidelines

  • Not interested in sci-fi, dystopian, or futuristic settings


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


But please let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere.


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


EXTRA INFORMATION: Please note that #ownvoices is important to the editors, but this call is open to everyone.


FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


  • First page should have your legal and author name, content warnings, email address, word count, and title of story

  • Double Spaced

  • DOC, DOCx, or RTF format


SUBMITTING:


  • Include a cover letter with a brief bio, your word count, and whether you are a new or previously published writer.


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