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Open Call: UNDER THE PINK: Horrors Inspired by the Music of Tori Amos

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UNDER THE PINK: Horrors Inspired by the Music of Tori Amos


Pink horror stories inspired by Tori Amos' music.


DEADLINE [or Submission Window]:


Submissions open February 1, 2024, midnight EST through March 31, 2024, midnight IDLW

Submissions received outside the appropriate window will result in deletion without consideration.


WORDCOUNT:


3,000 to 5,000 words


PAYMENT:

$100 USD





 

WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:


Theme: Adult horror, including genre-chimeras

OPEN to any and everyone that identifies (now or in the past) as femme in the most inclusive of definitions.


Open to any and all writers, both new and established, unless otherwise noted.


ALL horror subgenres and tropes are welcome, including comedy and splatter.  Genre-blending is highly encouraged. Queer retellings and gender swaps are our favorites. 


Writers should have a diverse representation of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, gender identities, disability, fat positivity, and neurodivergency.


Expected release: February 2025


PLEASE DON'T SEND:


Submissions cannot contain sexualization of minors (under 18, yes that includes “17 almost 18”). Sexual assaults are encouraged to happen off-page and only if it serves purpose to the plot (revenge, social commentary, etc.)


BOOK SLAYER PRESS does NOT accept submissions written or assisted by generative artificial intelligence (AI). All material is vetted before acceptance. Finding AI writing in your submission will result in a permanent ban from future submissions. 


REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


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. Shunn is a great example. (Omit physical address. We will only ask for this during contract signing)

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

Must be a .doc or .docx.


SUBMITTING:


Label email subject line: 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. We will never ask for verification.


ESTIMATED RESPONSE TIME:


45 to 90 days depending on volume.


RIGHTS REQUESTED:


First exclusive (1 year) US rights for stories inspired by the music of Tori Amos.


 

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