Letters from the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror
The epistolary form has a long, proud tradition in the horror genre. From the classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, through modern classics like World War Z. We want to see your fresh takes on the idea. Remember that the epistolary genre doesn’t just include letters. It can be stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more. Original stories only, no reprints.
Preferred word count: Up to 10,000 words
Payment and rights: $.05/word on acceptance, and one paperback contributor’s copy. First Print and First Electronic Rights, exclusive for 1 year. The anthology will be published as an ebook and in paperback, and we reserve the right to produce a hardcover edition.
Reading period: Now, through March 31, 2019.
Stories should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Letters from the Grave.”
Please don’t send us:
- Fan-fiction or stories using other authors’ characters, settings, etc, unless they are in the public domain.
- Gratuitous bestiality, incest, child sex, sexual assault, racism, etc. This is a horror anthology, of course, so “adult content” and horrific, disturbing incidents are certainly going to be there. Make sure, however, that any of these elements are necessary to the story and that their depiction makes sense in the context of the letter or other documents.
- Random horror stories that you’ve stuck a “Hey, you’ll never believe what happened to me!” email frame around.