As a follow-up to our WiHM issue in February, we are devoting issue #20 of The Sirens Call ezine to men in the horror industry. We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, and a limited number of poems from men only for this issue.
Your submission must be a work of HORROR fiction revolving around the theme of ‘Screams in the Night’. A scream can be an ear piercing bleat of terror, the sound of tires screeching on a paved road, a mechanical sound made by a thundering machine, or even a distant cry of an unknown animal. Be creative, think outside of the box, but make sure your story of horror revolves around a scream.
The type of horror pieces we are looking for are psychological, monster/creature, ghost/haunting, alien/otherworldly, or just damn scary!
The type of horror we do NOT want are stories of abuse and revenge – revenge is acceptable if there is enough horror in it, but no ‘wife beater’ tales. And we’d prefer that you avoid stalker yarns with a ‘strangled cry’ at the end. This issue is meant to showcase the diversity of talent and ingenuity among men in the horror community, not reinforce industry stereotypes.
As a side note – this issue is not meant to compete with the WiHM issue, all due props to the women, it is a phenomenal issue and we couldn’t be happier. This issue is meant to shine a spotlight on the men in the horror world in equal measure as the previous one highlighted women. Fair is only fair, right?
Submission Deadline: April 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 (with a limit of five poems per author)
Drabbles: 100 words (requirement of three acceptable drabbles per author/limit of five submitted)
Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.
All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com
For full guidelines and submission details, please visit our website: http://www.SirensCallPublications.com