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Weird Horror Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include the project name in the subject of your email.


Flame Tree Press Submissions 2


Gothic Fantasy Short Stories

Weird Horror Anthology

About the theme:

With stories from modern writers and the founding fathers of horror fiction, weird or cosmic horror combines the dark brooding shadows of the night with the presence of elder gods at the edges of our world. Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft sit alongside new tales by new writers from open submissions.


  • We do not require exclusivity and do accept reprints 
  • Multiple submissions are fine
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology
  • For accepted stories we pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints
  • We will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date (see our website flametreepublishing.com for details), although some may be paid earlier than that
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • We can consider stories that have also been submitted to our Close to Midnight (ed. Mark Morris) submission call, however we ask that you make it clear in your submission email that you have submitted for both calls. They are separate projects so require separate submission emails.


  • Submit your story to shortstories@flametreepublishing.com
  • Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000-4000 words, but we will still read stories slightly outside this range
  • Let us know in your submission email if your story is a reprint
  • Please submit in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats, double spaced, with your name and email address in the footer or header of each page
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to us for consideration to another anthology, please state this in the submission email
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 21st November 2021


The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Tales collections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in the Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, highly collectable and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure.


Thank you, and good luck!

Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, gothic horror, short fiction, horror, Horror Fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

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