SUBMISSIONS

ANTHOLOGIES: At this time, we are primarily seeking short stories between 500 and 7500 words for themed anthologies. These submissions will be given priority.

GRAPHIC NOVELS: We are now open to graphic novel submissions. Submitted projects must be complete. Reprints will be considered as long as they are not available through another publisher or online service, whether paid or unpaid.

NOVELS, NOVELLAS, NOVELETTES & SHORT FICTION: We are currently open to novels that form part of a series (65,000 words minimum), novellas (20,000-40,000 words), novelettes (7,500-20,000 words), and short stories (500-7,500 words). Please note that we are NOT currently open to standalone novels: Any full-length novel submissions MUST form part of a series (preference will be given to series that that have at least three finished parts ready for submission). Please note that we will only publish works that are under 40,000 words as part of an anthology, so please ensure that you either have a collection of stories ready, or that your story fits one of our themed anthologies listed below.

You will be notified whether your submission is accepted or rejected. For anthology pieces, you will be notified no later than four weeks after the submission deadline. For all other pieces, you will be notified within 10 weeks of the date of your submission. If you have not received a response by that time, please email us.

.

Guidelines

First and foremost, UNLESS otherwise specified in project guidelines, all submissions must be horror.

However, we recognize that horror is a very broad and nuanced genre. To that end, we’ll read stories that fit into other genres (thriller, family drama, coming of age, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, et cetera) as long as the story contains horror, and as long as horror is integral to the narrative.

ALL submissions MUST meet the following requirements (documents that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction):

1. 11- or 12-point Times New Roman font ONLY (no other fonts, please)

2. Use “SMART QUOTES”

3. Submit all documents as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pages format

4. Do not use headers, footers (such as page numbers), or any specialized formatting.

5. Do NOT use Enter to start a new line as this leads to formatting issues. Only use Enter to start new paragraphs.

6. Do NOT double-space your submissions. Instead, use 1.5 or 2.0 paragraph spacing.

Submit via email to soteirapress@gmail.com

In the body of the email, include your name and contact information.

Unpublished stories are given preference, but we consider reprints on a case by case basis, as long as all rights have reverted to the author.

If your previously unpublished piece is accepted for publication in an anthology, we take First Print and Electronic Publishing Rights, with exclusivity for twelve months from the date of publication.

If we accept your reprint for publication in an anthology, we take nonexclusive reprint rights.

A copy of our publishing contract is available upon request.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count, paid every 4 months (April, August, December) via Venmo.

.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS: Anthologies

These are general guidelines for ALL anthology submissions.

We are looking for stories between 1500-7500 words. A few words under or over won’t necessarily disqualify a story, but please keep as close to the guidelines as possible.

Unless otherwise specified in project guidelines below, all stories MUST fit within the horror genre.

Now, without further ado…

.

MONSTERS OF THE WEB

An anthology dedicated to internet-based horror. The only stipulation for submissions beyond needing to be horror is that there has to be an identifiable monster, whether it be human, metaphysical, technological, or born of nightmare.

Let your imagination run wild!

Submissions should be between 1500 words and 7500 words. There’s no limit on the number of submissions an author can send in.

Submission deadline: Until filled.

BEWERE THE BEAST

A project dedicated to were-creatures. Stories about werewolves, werecats, were-bears, were-boars, and all manner of shapeshifters are welcome.

There are no strict parameters in regard to genre. Horror is welcome, as is fantasy, science fiction, romance, magical realism, adventure, mystery, historical, paranormal, humor, crime, suspense, steampunk, gothic, any other genre, and any combination thereof.

Submissions should be between 1500 words and 7500 words. There’s no limit on the number of submissions an author can send in.

Submission deadline: Until filled.

CRUEL & FAIR

An anthology dedicated entirely to the fair folk.

There are no strict parameters in regard to genre. Horror is welcome, as is fantasy, science fiction, romance, magical realism, adventure, mystery, historical, paranormal, humor, crime, suspense, steampunk, Gothic, any other genre, and any combination thereof. That said, we’re not looking for Disneyfied or Victorian fairies. The fey are strange, powerful, terrifying, and at times incomprehensible – equal parts fantasy and nightmare.

Submissions should be between 1500 words and 7500 words. 

Submission deadline: Until filled.

UNTIL WE DROWN

“Until We Drown”—an anthology all about mermaids (and any variation thereof). There are no strict parameters in regard to genre. Horror is welcome, as is fantasy, science fiction, romance, magical realism, adventure, mystery, historical, paranormal, humor, crime, suspense, steampunk, gothic, any other genre, and any combination thereof.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count, paid every 4 months via Venmo.

Our target is 50 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.

Submission deadline: Until filled.

.

Horror USA: Louisiana, Alaska, & Hawaii

Horror USA: Louisiana – An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Louisiana. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Louisiana has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Louisiana somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

The submission deadline has been extended to 30 April 2020. Our target is 50 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Alaska. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Alaska has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Alaska somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: April 30th or until filled. As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Hawaii. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Hawaii has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Hawaii somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.

Submission Deadline: April 30th or until filled. The anthology target is 50 stories. There is no limit on the number of submissions per author, but we reserve the right to limit the number of accepted stories per author.

As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

A Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories

We’re looking for horror stories about bedtime, dreams, sleep, and nighttime in general! The parameters for this project are intentionally broad, and the possibilities are endless – monsters under the bed, horrors hiding in closets, things that go bump in the night, beings that lurk on the shore between dream and reality, nightmares that come true, scary (and original) bedtime stories, and whatever else you’re inspired to write!  (Please note: this anthology is not aimed at children, but we are open to stories appropriate for children.)

Deadline: April 30th or until filled. As payment, authors will receive royalties divided by word count.

NG

ADDITIONAL OPEN SUBMISSIONS:

Horror USA: Nevada

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Nevada. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Nevada has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Nevada somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: May 31st or until filled.

Horror USA: Florida

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Florida. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Florida has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Florida somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: May 31st or until filled.

Love Letters From Hell

An anthology of horror stories written as letters to loved ones. Spouses, significant others, parents, children, friends, family, exes – if the relationship is important, you can base a story on it. We’re looking for explorations of love, mourning, longing, rage, hate, and everything in between, disguised as the scariest stories you can imagine. Submission must be horror, they must be written as letters, and they must be written in first-person. The framing device for the finished book (and the promotional campaign) will suggest that these stories are genuine letters recovered from a dead letter department, so bear that in mind while writing. Submission Deadline: June 30th or until filled.

Horror USA: New Mexico

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of New Mexico. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements New Mexico has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on New Mexico somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: July 30th or until filled.

Horror USA: Arizona

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Arizona. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements Arizona has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Arizona somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: July 30th or until filled.

The Monsters of the Wild

A horror anthology all about wild animals! Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, predators, prey, legends, myths, urban legends, even the deceptively mundane – if it’s a scary story about a wild animal (normal, mythical, or otherwise) it belongs here! Stories must be horror, and should fall between 500 – 7500 words. Submission Deadline: August 30th or until filled.

The Monsters That We Tamed

A horror anthology all about pets! Dogs, cats, birds, livestock, reptiles, invertebrates, and anything in between – if it’s a scary story about a pet, it belongs here! Stories must be horror, and should fall between 500 – 7500 words. Submission Deadline: August 30th or until filled.

Horror USA: Washington, D.C.

An anthology dedicated to the unique horrors of Washington, D.C. We want readers to experience the darkest, scariest, weirdest, most terrifying elements that D.C. has to offer! We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. Stories must be horror, and they must be reliant on Florida somehow. The “how” is entirely up to you! Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

Monsters of the Water

Part of our “Elemental Monsters” series. An anthology dedicated to the monsters, myths, legends, creatures, spirits, and horrors unique to the element of water. Oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, creeks, rain, monsoons, floods, even puddles or boiling pots – if it has to do with water, we want to read it! Submissions must be horror, and should fall between 500 – 7500 words. Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered.  Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

Monsters of the Earth

Part of our “Elemental Monsters” series. An anthology dedicated to the monsters, myths, legends, creatures, and horrors unique to earth. Dirt, mud, caves, tunnels, mountains, rocks, burrows, earthquakes, dust, or anything else is fair game. Submissions must be horror, and should fall between 500 – 7500 words. Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

Monsters of the Air

Part of our “Elemental Monsters” series. An anthology dedicated to the monsters, myths, legends, creatures, spirits, and horrors unique to the element of air. The sky, the atmosphere, the wind, interdimensional sky portals, monsters that rely on thin mountain air, beings that hunt on air currents, or anything else to do with air, right on down to the molecular level – if it has anything to do with air, we want to read it! Submissions must be horror, and should fall between 500 – 7500 words. Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

Monsters of Fire

Part of our “Elemental Monsters” series. An anthology dedicated to the monsters, myths, legends, creatures, spirits, and horrors unique to the element of fire. Forest fires, bombs, bonfires, fireplaces, campfires, matches, lighters, torches, magnifying glasses, gas fires, or hell itself – if it has to do with fire, send it our way! Submissions must be horror, and should fall between 500-7500 words. Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

Monsters of the Void

Part of our “Elemental Monsters” series. An anthology dedicated to the monsters, myths, legends, creatures, spirits, and horrors unique to the element of aether, or the Void: the material that filled the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere, the No Man’s Land between realities, the incomprehensible universe beyond the bounds of our own, the otherworldly essence breathed by the gods, the quintessence integral to alchemy and magic. The Void is calling you…so take a message and forward it to us! Submissions must be horror, and should fall between 500-7500 words. Originals preferred, but reprints will be considered. Submission Deadline: September 30th or until filled.

The Monsters We Become

A horror anthology all about the transformation from mundane to monstrous, and the ramifications thereof. Humans into monsters, animals into monsters, monsters into worse monsters…or into something else entirely – the choice is yours. We’re seeking short horror stories between 500 – 7500 words. For this theme, preference will be given to stories with strong characters and a powerful emotional component.  Submission Deadline: October 30th or until filled.

Upcoming Submission Opportunities

Please check back regularly for updates on upcoming projects.

.