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“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt and toe of frog,

Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,

Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.”


Quill & Crow Publishing House is teaming up with Jazz House Publications to bring you an autumn anthology full of witchy delights! This marks our second collaboration with our sister press, and we are on the hunt for gothic horror stories that revive tired witchy tropes.


For this anthology, we are looking for short stories (5,000 - 8,000 words) that contain witches/magical elements. Creative twists are encouraged - extra points for maintaining a gothic feel.


Things we are looking for: 


  • stories about witches

  • gothic horror

  • historical horror

  • themes of magic 

  • gothic/macabre elements 

  • modern adaptations considered if they maintain a gothic feel


Things we are not looking for:


  • young adult 

  • extreme horror 

  • rape/child abuse

  • high fantasy 

  • heavy sci-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 April 13th - May 25th, 2021. Please submit all stories to 

with the subject line: The Witches Ball / Your Title / Genre.


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. If you have questions, please contact us via email at or


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