Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Call for Submissions - How the West Was Wicked

I'm not sure how I came across this call for submissions, but the "How the West Was Wicked" title of the anthology lassoed my attention.

Pill Hill Press is looking for submissions for an anthology of "weird Western fiction" with elements of horror that takes place in the American Old West.

Now there's an usual combination. But not unexpected, given the fact the publisher is located in a haunted house.

According to submission guidelines, the editors encourage writers to think "haunted house on the prairie" or other dark and weird tales in Wild West setting.

Deadline: March 31
Word count: 1,500-15,000
Payment: 1/4 cents per word

If that anthology doesn't appeal to you, there are other submission call outs. The common thread seems to be dark or horror elements. Generally not my cup of tea, but a challenge to stretch the writing muscles.

For complete details, check out their writer's guidelines.


  1. Wow...a western horror story! Now THAT'S unusual sounding! I don't know if my writing muscles could possibly stretch that far..!

  2. I'm gonna try my darnedest to have something for this one!

  3. I love the West, and I love horror...sounds like a match made in heaven for me. Um, or hell, as the case may be. :-)

  4. I'm passing this information on to a writer friend of mine. Thanks.

  5. Sounds like an interesting combo! The sky's the limit in writing, isn't it? :)

  6. I checked their call outs. I think I will pass on these. As Becky said, I don't think my writing muscles can stretch that far, either. But, I am sure there are a lot of people out there where these call outs are right up their alley... dark alley :o)


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