The Australian Literature Review is seeking submissions of 4,000-10,000 word short stories from Australian authors for a Christmas horror anthology to be titled Ho Ho Horror: Christmas Horror Fiction, until midnight September 30th.
The inspiration for this anthology came from a short story sent in by novelist/graphic novelist/picture book author Gordon Reece, which will feature in the book.
Email your submissions to email@example.com.
Ho Ho Horror is intended for adult readers. It will be commercially published as a print book and ebook. Multiple submissions are allowed.
TIP: Many amateur horror writers saturate their writing with swearing, ripping off of bodyparts, decaying flesh, etc. Before sending in a story like this, think if such things are actually integral to your story (that is, what major contribution does their inclusion make to your story?). The focus of great horror stories tend to be on understanding the thoughts and actions of characters in a high-stakes conflict situation (usually in which the goal of at least one character is mutually exclusive to the goal of at least one other character and their is an element of time pressure to determine which character’s goal will win out).
You can get some first-hand tips on submissions from editor Steve Rossiter by attending the launch of Australian Literature: A Snapshot in 10 Short Stories – Gold Coast (April 27th), Sydney (May 2nd) and Melbourne (May 3rd).
Each author will receive 4% of revenue received by The Australian Literature Review from sales of the anthology minus any direct costs of production/distribution (if there are any not already covered by distributors).
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