This will be our fourth annual Women in Horror Month edition of The Sirens Call eZine. As usual, it’s ladies only for this open call!
Our initial intent – or perhaps, want – was to angle the call toward nightmares. Who doesn’t love a good nightmare tale, right? But after gnawing on it a bit, we opted to open it up to something with a wider scope that certainly includes nightmares; the theme is ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’. And by ‘things’ we mean horror-things, frightening things, things you wouldn’t want to encounter by the light-of-day.
The usual rules apply: no bestiality, no descriptive rape scenarios, and absolutely no pedophilia. We would also strongly advise those writing for the call to avoid physical/violent abuse as a form of horror fiction. WiHM is about recognizing the women of horror, celebrating their passion for the genre and their creative ability, not casting them as a stereotypical victim or abuser.
Whatever your spin, keep it horror oriented and focused on Things That Go Bump in the Night! Oh, and ‘knockin boots’ doesn’t count… 😉
Previously published pieces are welcome.
Distribution for the WiHM issue averages 30,000 – 36,000 individual downloads.
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2016 (Extended!)
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 (limit of five submitted per author)
Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.
All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration.
Full page/single book cover ads are available for $10 per page. (Female authors only for the WiHM edition.) Please contact Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com for ad information.
Multiple female artist submissions are welcome. Images containing dark or horror themed content is prefered. Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for artistic inclusions.