We will be doing another Deathlehem anthology in 2021, The Colour Out of Deathlehem. Our target for this collection is 25 stories with a tentative release date of November 22nd, 2021. What do we want? As with the previous collections, the subject matter is open, just so long as it takes place on or around Christmas. HOWEVER, we would like to see FEWER Krampus/Santa stories. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to see any Krampus and Santa stories, just that we would like to see fewer. Research some of the other Christmas baddies like Gryla, the Yule Cat, the Yule Lads. We encourage you to think outside the box and not rely on the old standbys. We strongly suggest you read through a previous collection to get an idea of what we want. No sexual situations involving children or animals. And NO HAPPY ENDINGS — unless it’s for the bad guy.
DEADLINE: Until filled
WORD COUNT: 1,000-10,000 words (query for longer/shorter submissions)
PAYMENT: This is an anthology for charity. Contributors will receive a Digital copy (mobi, epub, or pdf) of the anthology. Print copies will be available to the contributors on request, but given the nature of this project, we hope you would be willing to purchase a print copy.
REPRINTS: Query first
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No
FORMAT: Left-justify only
FONT: 12 pt Times New Roman
SPACING: Double spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, single space after periods
TAB INDENT: Please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word’s paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3″
PAGE NUMBERING/HEADERS: Page numbers only.
First page should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one). Send submissions as a word attachment to Deathlehem@grinningskullpress.com. Include DEATHLEHEM_2021 and the submission title in the subject line.
Manuscripts MUST be in doc, docx, or rtf formats. PDFs will not be read.
Novels and Novellas
We are now accepting novel and novella submissions.For novels (50,000+ words), please submit a synopsis and the first three chapters. If we’re hooked, we will request the entire manuscript. Novellas (20,000 to 50,000 words) can be submitted in their entirety. While we are open to all horror (adult and YA), our personal preference is for creature features. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following in the subject line: Novel (Novella) Submission/Title/Author’s last name/Word Count. Include a short bio in the body of the email.
Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.
Page headers (in the upper right-hand corner of every page except the title page should include: Author name/Title/Page No.
Single space after periods, no extra spacing between paragraphs, and please do not set a tab. Instead, use Word’s paragraph formatting for first line, and set the first line indent to 0.3″.
Manuscripts MUST be in doc, docx, or rtf formats. PDFs will not be read, nor will manuscripts embedded within the body of an email.
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS and NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS