Megara Publishing is an independent speculative fiction publishing house. We are seeking submissions for The Haunted Quill, an anthology of supernatural stories in a historical setting to be published in October 2021. We’re looking for stories that explore the strange, uncanny corners of history. We’re also looking for a history that includes everyone; women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ writers are highly encouraged to submit.
What we’re looking for:
- Short stories (5,000 words or less) with a supernatural element such ghosts, monsters, witches, or other strange occurrences
- Stories with a historical real-world setting, pre mid twentieth century.
- Previously unpublished stories are preferred (a piece is considered published if it has appeared on a blog, patreon, social media, or other website or magazine)
- Reprints will be considered if author retains anthology rights and if initial publication was at least three years ago; please include original publication info in the cover letter (ie. “First appeared in XYZ in June 2015”)
- Simultaneous submissions are fine; please let us know promptly if your story is accepted elsewhere
- We’re not interested in erotica or stories with excessive violence or gore
- Stories that promote racism, misogyny, and/or homophobia will not be accepted
How to submit:
- Please email hauntedquill[at]megarapublishing.com and attach your story as a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf
- Please use Standard Manuscript Formatting for your story, and proofread before submitting
- Include a short cover letter in the body of your email, including a brief bio
- Questions about your submission? Please use the contact form on our website
- Authors will receive payment of $25 and two free copies of the anthology
- The Haunted Quill will be available in paperback and ebook form on all major platforms