Sirens Call Publications now accepting submissions for our 22nd issue of The Sirens Call — a FREE online publication. This month’s theme is ‘Supernatural’ and just in case you’re wondering what we’re looking for…
Definition of the term ‘Supernatural’ as offered on Google: A manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
Examples of the supernatural:
“a supernatural being” – paranormal, psychic, magical, occult, mystic, superhuman, supernormal.
“supernatural powers” – ghostly, otherworldly, spectral, unearthly, unnatural.
Our definition of ‘Supernatural': Anything not proven by modern science as being part of the natural world.
Is a vampire part of the natural world? Arguably yes, based on the fact that it may or may not exist in nature, but what makes it Supernatural is the fact that it’s not a scientifically documented creature. Is a werewolf part of the natural world? The same answer would apply.
A ghost or specter haunting your waking dreams, a demon, Bigfoot, Nessie, the shadow you glimpse in a corner that’s gone when you look back, a gypsy who for a coin will trade you the genuine secrets of your future, or a Voodoo priestess who for a lock of your hair and the promise of your soul will mix you a death potion to kill the most vile of enemies; all of these things have one thing in common – they fit our definition of Supernatural. Yet they are not exclusive, many other ‘things’ may be considered supernatural as well; surprise us.
We are asking for dark stories of the Supernatural. We aren’t restricting it to any particular type of supernatural being or occurrence, only that it be out of the realm of scientifically proven fact.
As always, we will not be accepting stories of bestiality, pedophilia of any nature, or descriptive scenes of rape. Other than that – all else goes. If you have a question as to whether or not your idea is appropriate given the nature of the call (particularly the bestiality angle), please inquire with email@example.com – we don’t mind answering.
Previously published pieces are most welcome.
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015
Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500
Flash fiction word count: 300 – 1,000
Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (limit of five submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 words (limit of five submissions per author)
Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.
All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
Full guidelines can be found on our website – www.SirensCallPublications.com