Call for submissions (short stories): The Cellar Door Issue #3 “Dark Highways” | pay: $25 per piece

Deadline: 31 July 2022

The Cellar Door – Issue #3: Dark Highways

Compiled & Edited by Aric Sundquist

Short Story Submission Call: July 1 – 31, 2022 EST (OPEN)

The Cellar Door is a biannual anthology of dark fiction. Each issue will contain 8 to 12 stories based around a specific theme and will include a brand new story from a featured author. The majority of the anthology (80%) will be filled from the open submissions.

Title: The Cellar Door – Issue #3: Dark Highways

Theme: Horror/suspense stories that take place on a highway, road, or inside a vehicle.
Type: Suspense/thriller, creature feature, supernatural horror, grindhouse/exploitation.
Word Count: 2,000 – 7,500 words.
Payment: $25.00 + digital/paperback copy.
Accepted Authors (so far): Darren Todd
Rights: We are seeking first time rights for 1 year after publication. After that time all rights revert back to the author. The publication will appear in both print and digital formats and will eventually be reissued in The Cellar Door Compendium.
Reprints: None. Previously unpublished only.
Multiple Submissions: None.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but state in your email that it is a simultaneous submission, and please email us immediately if the story is sold elsewhere.
File Format: Include your story as an attachment in MS Word, LibreOffice, or Rich Text Format.
Manuscript Format: Use the Modern Shunn Format. Include a short bio in the body of your email. Your subject line should read, DH Submission: (“Title”) by (Author’s Name). For Example, DH Submission: “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” by Stephen King. Attach the story as a separate document.
Response Time: Two weeks after submissions close, if not sooner.
Submission Period: July 1 – 31, 2022 EST. Stories sent before or after will be deleted unread.
Send Submissions to: darkpenpress (at) gmail (dot) com

Influential Movies/TV: The Hitcher, Joyride, Breakdown, Blue Ruin, The Wraith, Splinter, Maximum Overdrive, Death Proof, Duel, Mad Max, From Dusk Till Dawn, Phantasm II, Drive Angry, Near Dark, Race With the Devil.

Influential writings/series: Mile 81 and Christine by Stephen King, Strange Highways and Shattered by Dean Koontz, Blacktop Wasteland by SA Crosby, The Rules of the Road by CB Jones.

Note: Submissions are now open for Dark Highways. Send us your work! But please note… I’m already noticing many of the submissions are not following the guidelines. Please read over the Manuscript Format guidelines above and properly label your story submission subject line. It should read DH Submission: (“Title”) by (Author’s Name). For example, DH Submission: “Mrs Todd’s Shortcut” by Stephen King. This is important, so I know what project you are submitting your piece to.


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