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Tales from
Brackish Harbor

An Anthology of Eldritch Horror

Welcome to Brackish Harbor. Settled in the 1920s on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, it was once a booming fishing town that attracted tourists who longed for a quiet retreat. Even when the island was plunged into isolation during the winter months, the townspeople persevered. It was a community. A promise. A home. Until...

The fishing industry that sustained the small town dried up, and over time, the tourists lost interest. Many loyal villagers relocated. But most were forced to remain, scraping by amidst the dilapidated buildings, docked fishing boats, and vestiges of better days. 

There are many unanswered questions in Brackish Harbor,  as well as many untold stories.

 

It's up to you to tell them.

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Quill & Crow Publishing House is pleased to open submissions for our surprise anthology for 2022, Tales from Brackish Harbor: An Anthology of Eldritch Horror.

 

For this collection, we are looking for short stories (5,000 - 8,000 words) of cosmic/eldritch horror, based on the prompt above. Stories can be from whatever time period, but must tell the tale of the doomed village and it's mysterious secrets. We are really interested to see if anyone is up to the task of blending the genres of Gothic horror (our first love) and the weirdly wonderful cosmic horror. 

Notes regarding the theme: Don't worry about the continuity details. Follow the information and theme and, upon submission approval, we will adjust as necessary. Above all, tell us a good story. 

 

Things we are looking for: 

 

  • cosmic/eldritch horror

  • historical horror

  • dark themes

  • Gothic elements

  • literary horror

  • historical sci-fi/horror blends

 

Things we ARE NOT looking for:

 

  • stories that do not follow the prompt

  • young adult 

  • extreme horror/extreme erotica 

  • rape/child abuse

  • heavy sci-fi 

  • overtly modern adaptations (ex:  an old isolated town probably doesn't have Wi-Fi)




 

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 March 26th - June 1st, 2022. Please submit all stories to submissions@quillandcrowpublishinghouse.com with the subject line: Brackish Harbor / 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 (US: $40 + author copy/non-US: $45 + ebook author copy).


5. We do accept multiple submissions and we do accept reprints if author has maintained their rights to do so.

 

6. We will only receive one submission per author. Please do not contact any Quill & Crow employees on their social media accounts with submissions questions.