ANTHOLOGY submission CALLs - 2019

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ARTWORK (AND SOME TITLES) SHOWN HERE ARE MOCK-UPS ONLY!

road kill: texas horror by texas writers

In 2016, horror fiction got a leg up in the Lone Star State with the publication of the uniquely Texan anthology, Road Kill.

Now in its fourth year, and with the inimitable Bret McCormick at the helm, Road Kill seeks to give voice to both established and novice wordsmiths who walk on the weird side of the road.

The guidelines are simple: Texas Tales by Texas Writers. Stories must take place in Texas and be written by native or naturalized Texans. If you were born in Texas and, for some insane reason, relocated elsewhere we'll still consider publishing your fiction provided it's brilliant.

Familiar tropes like vampires, zombies and werewolves are not likely to make the cut. Be original.

Terrify the reader! Is that asking so much?

Submissions should be between 3,500 and 10,000 words in length. We'd like to pay more, but for this edition of Road Kill we'll be shelling out one cent per word. That means a 10,000 word story will receive a check for $100 USD.

We are buying first publication rights. Stories must be original, never before published tales designed to haunt, shock and terrify readers in a big way. Writers will be free to publish the story as a reprint elsewhere after two years. 

Road Kill Volume 4 will be compiled and edited by Bret McCormick. Send your best, finely polished stories to texaswriterman2014@gmail.com. Include 'RK4 Submission' in the subject line. Submission deadline is August 1, 2019. But submitting tomorrow, instead of waiting until the last minute earns you brownie points.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 3.5K-10K word count
* Write 'RK4 Submission' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: August 1 2019

NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY 

Payment - 1c per word for first rights

BLOOD & BLASPHEMY

B&B is looking for terrifying tales and poems with blasphemous religious themes! (Think devout cannibals, vampire nuns, holy relics that kill, twisted retelling of Bible stories, Christ's second coming as a serial killer -- you get the idea!)

Nothing is too blasphemous for this anthology. The more irreverent, the better!

This collection is to be compiled and edited by The Amnesia Girl and Graveyard Girls author, Gerri R. Gray.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'B&B' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

* Send submissions to wicked-little-things@hotmail.com

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: OCTOBER 31st 2019 (publication in time for Christmas 2019)

Payment - $5.00 for first rights.

Capped at 120K words in total.

the toilet zone


CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

...no, don't panic, we are not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror - although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we'd be more than delighted to read it!
The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water....
This anthology will be compiled by the incomparable author and filmmaker Bret McCormick, so be sure to write to impress!

We have based story length upon the average time spent upon the convenience (10-15 mins) and the average reading speed (200-250 words per minute), so that the stories within this exceptionally unique anthology will be the perfect 'per visit' length!

NOTE: we will also accept a handful of shorter stories - 'flush fiction' - if the fit is right!

 To submit, email your polished story to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'TOILET ZONE' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: MAY 30th 2019 (for publication June 2019)

NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY 

Payment -$5 for first rights
Equal share of 30% of the anthology profits
Capped at 150K words in total

 

dark romantic horror


...we are looking for dark horror with a twist of romance, or romance with a dark undercurrent of horror - you get the picture. Your story may be sweetly romantic,arousingly erotic, or anything in between, just be sure to keep within the bounds of common decency (no animals, children, rape etc. please!). Thrill us, have us reaching for the tissues, but be sure to scare the pants off our readers!

 To submit, email your polished story to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 5K-10K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'DARK ROMANCE' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: June 30th 2019

NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY 

This anthology is for exposure only, your chance to show us - and our readers - what ya got!

 

ghosts spirits and specters


... a first for HellBound Books, an anthology dedicated to all things ghostly. We want your most spine chilling paranormal tales of ghosts, spririts and mysterious dwellers of the ethereal netherworld that lies between life and death. Scare us witless with your most creepy short stories, we challenge you to keep our most hardened horror readers awake in the wee hours, their cynical minds churning with unpleasant thoughts of what may - or may not - await us all once the final curtain descends on this earthy existence...

 To submit, email your polished story to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 5K- 10K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'GHOSTS' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30th 2019 (publication in time for Halloween 2019)

NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY 

Payment -$10 for first rights
Capped at 150K words in total

 

the devil's hour


CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS... no hard and fast theme for this one - send us your very best horror stories and tales of unrelenting terror! Monsters, ghouls, demons, vampires, werewolves, and all manner of slithering, crawling creatures - throw us your most terrifying short stories and scare the wits out of everyone at HBB!

 To submit, email your polished story to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines... 
* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 5K-15K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'DEVIL'S HOUR' along with your name and story title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. 
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email. 

- Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:
DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

Deadline: FEBRUARY 28th 2019 (publication March 2019)

NO REPRINTS - ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORKS ONLY 

Payment -$5 for first rights
Capped at 150K words in total

 

Shopping List 4

Back again by popular demand - the fourth outing for our bestselling anthology of all things horrorific, dark and downright unpleasant.

PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...

* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 4K-10K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'SHOPPING LIST 4 ' along with your name and story title in the header of your email

* IMPORTANT! PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION YOUR SHOPPING LIST - THIS CAN BE AN ACTUAL LIST OF YOUR EVERYDAY SHOPPING, OR SOMETHING DARKER - USE THIS TO GIVE YOUR READERS A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO YOU AS A PERSON!

*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email.
* Please include real name and pen name in submission

Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:

DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

* Send submissions to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

Deadline: May 31st 2019

This anthology is for exposure only, your chance to show us - and our readers - what ya got!

 

ANTHOLOGY OF BIZARRO

Another first for HellBound Books - we are looking for the very best in bizarro short stories!

Thrill us, disgust us, have us squirming in our seats - heck, gross us out if ya dare! But, don't resort to gratuitous nastiness for its own sake, we are looking for a good, solid story and awesome characters along with our grossness!

We are delighted to announce that this groundbreaking anthology is to be compiled by the inimitable David Owain Hughes!


PLEASE read and adhere to our submission guidelines...

* Word format saved in .doc, or .docx
* 12 pt times new roman
* Double spaced
* Absolutely NO extra lines between paragraphs!
* 4K-10K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!)
* Write 'BIZARRO' along with your name and poem title in the header of your email
*The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter.
* The submission documents are to be separated and Word (.doc or .docx) documents are to be attached to your submission email.
* Please include real name and pen name in submission

Make sure that you check your mss for grammar and punctuation, use our guidelines to help you:

DOWNLOAD YOUR HBB GUIDE TO GRAMMAR HERE (PDF)

* Send submissions to submissions@hellboundbookspublishing.com

Deadline: OCTOBER 31st 2019 (publication December 2019)

Payment -$10 for first rights
Capped at 150K words in total

 

BACK