Updated: Apr 17
Why Didn't You Just Leave
It’s the question asked of any story about a haunting: why didn’t you just leave? If accounts of people who have stayed in haunted houses are any indication, it’s never that simple. There are a lot of reasons why people don’t just leave scary situations, and we’d like to see smart, spooky stories that reflect the complexity behind that question.
August 1st - 31st
500 - 5,000 words
$0.10 USD per word + 1 contributor copy.
WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING:
Stories that focus on all the possible reasons why people don’t just leave haunted places – including finances, family, legal restrictions, health, etc.
Stories about “ordinary” people and places (including apartments, workplaces, schools, military bases, hospitals, churches, etc.) as well as extraordinary situations.
Our editorial team is BIPOC and queer, and we especially encourage submissions from writers of marginalized and traditionally-underrepresented groups.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]
Just let us know if your story gets accepted elsewhere.
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]
Up to 3 per author.
This anthology will be funded via Kickstarter in summer 2023.
Format your story in any way that seems comfortable to you; we will read it.
Submit as a .docx, .rtf, or .doc file.
Submit via Moksha (Link will be available on site once the portal is open for the submission window.)
Cover letters are optional, but you can include one if you want. With privacy and safety in mind, we do not require you to include a personal address, legal name, or deadname.
ESTIMATED RESPONSE TIME:
Acceptances will go out in September 2023, with edits to follow in the fall.
We anticipate publication in spring of 2024.
Exclusive First Worldwide Publication, Print, and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.