Call for Submissions

Calling all horror authors – Verto Publishing are looking for short horror stories for a new anthology:

Gothic Tales of Terror is now open for submissions.
April 25, 2015 – extended to June 7, 2015
Poetry: Up to 500 words (Prose poetry is acceptable)
Flash Fiction: No
Short Stories: 3000-5000 words

Illustrations: preferably black and white, 6″ x 9″
Payment (monetary payment payable within 10 days of receipt of signed contract; printed copy within 60 days of publication):
Short Stories:
$0.005 a word
     Poetry: $0.10 a line
     Illustrations: $20
Reprints: Yes, but they will receive secondary consideration
Multiple submissions: Yes
Simultaneous submissions: Yes, but please notify me immediately if your story or poem is accepted elsewhere.
Target Publication Date: October 1, 2015

I am looking for gothic horror stories in the tradition of classic Victorian horror writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley. Creepy castles, tragic love, and madness are just some of the things that could be included in your story or poem. Think about the elements of classic Victorian gothic horror, and interpret them in your own unique way. Science gone wrong, the search for immortality or control over the destiny of ourselves or humanity as a whole are just a few possibilities. All of these are merely ideas to get your brain churning. Come up with your own version. Make it unmistakably Victorian gothic horror, but also make it uniquely yours. 

Your submission should also align with Verto Publishing’s goal to publish quality stories, poems, and artwork that help the reader relate to someone they previously considered completely different from themselves. We all feel loss and love, pain and passion, victory and defeat. Each of us is unique as well. The things that make us different from each other are countless. At Verto Publishing, we want stories that show us the human experience through new eyes. Show us how someone different from us has a life experience that is both the same as and different from our own.


Submit to: as a .doc attachment. Standard manuscript style. Georgia, 12, double spaced and no extra spaces between paragraphs. Use the following format for the subject line of your email:

Gothic Tales/[tell me if it’s a story or poem]/[word count]

In the body of your email please provide a bio.

Submissions reviewed by Krista Clark Grabowski

I will acknowledge receipt of your submission via email within two business days.

Acceptance policy: Reading of submissions will begin immediately. Within 14 calendar days, you will be notified whether or not your submission will be considered for final acceptance – Stage One of the Acceptance Process. Between May 10 and May 16, everyone who made it past Stage One will receive an email regarding my final decision. Final decisions on submissions received between May 10 and June 7 will be made by June 21 and will be communicated via email.

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