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Open Submission: Why Didn't You Just Leave

Updated: Apr 17, 2023


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.


SUBMISSION WINDOW:

August 1st - 31st



WORDCOUNT:

500 - 5,000 words


PAYMENT:

$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.




REPRINTS: [YES/NO]


SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


Just let us know if your story gets accepted elsewhere.


MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: [YES/NO]


Up to 3 per author.


EXTRA INFORMATION:


  • This anthology will be funded via Kickstarter in summer 2023.


FORMATTING GUIDELINES:


  • Format your story in any way that seems comfortable to you; we will read it.

  • Submit as a .docx, .rtf, or .doc file.


SUBMITTING:


  • 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.


RIGHTS REQUESTED:


Exclusive First Worldwide Publication, Print, and Electronic Rights for three months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.


 

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