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Are you a short story writer? Consider submitting to the upcoming anthologies brought to you by Quill & Crow

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General Guidelines

Things We Love:

  • Gothic horror/fiction (learn what this means here)

  • Dark fantasy

  • Literary horror

  • Historical fiction (with dark elements)

  • Historical fantasy

  • Historical horror

  • High fantasy (with dark elements)

  • Mythology/Legends/Folklore

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Things We Will Not Accept:

  • Young adult/new adult

  • Extreme (splatterpunk) horror/extreme erotica 

  • Rape/child abuse*

  • Stories without dark elements

  • Crime, thrillers, urban fantasy, heavy sci-fi

 

*We DO NOT want stories that center around sexual assault or child abuse. If child abuse/death is implied, please include a trigger warning in your query. We will not accept stories that have sexual assault (including bestiality) in them. Please do not submit these stories to us. 

SUBMISSIONS PERIOD: Feb 1st - April 1st
TENATIVE PUBLICATION: June 2023

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Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our second anthology of 2023, Violent Delights & Midsummer Dreams: An Anthology of Shakespeare Retellings.

For this collection, we are looking for Shakespeare retellings (5,000 - 8,000 words). We want stories that bring fresh new perspectives on the classic stories, bonus points for providing a Gothic twist. Give us Romeo & Juliet with zombies or the real story of the Wayward Sisters. Deconstruct tropes and bring unique voices to life. 

 

Things we are looking for: 

 

  • dark Shakespeare retellings

  • gothic horror

  • deconstructed tropes

  • themes of death/darkness

  • historical horror

  • literary horror

  • gothic/macabre elements 

  • modern settings considered ONLY if they maintain a Gothic feel

 

Things we are not looking for:

 

  • young adult 

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica 

  • rape/child abuse

  • heavy sci-fi

  • overtly modern adaptations 


 

Submission Requirements 


 

Please note: Submissions that do not follow requirements will not be considered. 

 

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission.

 

2. Submissions period is from Feb 1st - April 1st, 2023. Please submit all stories to submissions@quillandcrowpublishinghouse.com with the subject line: Violent Delights / Your Title / Genre. Emails sent to other emails will not be considered.

 

2. All submissions must be in English and follow standard MLA formatting (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Work must be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page. 

 

3. Story length is 5,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions below 5,000 words and above 8,000 words will not be considered.

 

4. Accepted authors will receive compensation per contract agreement ($40 + ebook author copy).

 

5. We will only receive one submission per author, and please no reprints. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employees on their social media accounts with submissions questions. 

6. Please include a trigger warning in your query if your story has child abuse/death. We will not accept stories that have sexual assault (including bestiality) in them. Please do not submit these stories to us. 

SUBMISSIONS PERIOD: June 1st - Sept 1st
TENATIVE PUBLICATION: November 2023

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Quill & Crow Publishing House is opening submissions for our final anthology of 2023, The Wicked Bestiary: An Anthology of Monstrous Folk Tales.

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 - 8,000 words) that include creatures from legend, world myth, and folk tales. Give us your horrifying tales of El Chupacabra, bring to life vodianoi or the Jorogumo, bring us unique tales from diverse voices often unheard. We are hoping for stories from many different cultures, but we will accept stories with common creatures (like vampires and werewolves), as long as the story itself is unique.

 

Things we are looking for: 

 

  • folk horror

  • mythology

  • monster horror

  • themes of death/darkness

  • historical horror

  • literary horror

  • gothic/macabre elements 

  • modern settings considered ONLY if they maintain a Gothic feel

 

Things we are not looking for:

 

  • young adult 

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica 

  • rape/child abuse

  • heavy sci-fi

  • overtly modern adaptations 


 

Submission Requirements 


 

Please note: Submissions that do not follow requirements will not be considered. 

 

1. We are accepting original works only. You must own the copyright to your submission.

 

2. Submissions period is from June 1st - Sept 1st, 2023. Please submit all stories to submissions@quillandcrowpublishinghouse.com with the subject line: Wicked Bestiary / Your Title / Genre. Emails sent to other emails will not be considered.

 

2. All submissions must be in English and follow standard MLA formatting (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Work must be polished and edited (to the best of your ability). Please submit as a .docx file and include your name, title, and word count on the front page. 

 

3. Story length is 5,000 to 8,000 words. Submissions below 5,000 words and above 8,000 words will not be considered.

 

4. Accepted authors will receive compensation per contract agreement ($40 + ebook author copy).

 

5. We will only receive one submission per author, and please no reprints. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employees on their social media accounts with submissions questions. 

6. Please include a trigger warning in your query if your story has child abuse/death or implied SA. We will not accept stories that have sexual assault (including bestiality) in them. Please do not submit these stories to us. 

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