The Haunted Quill

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  • Previously unpublished stories are preferred (a piece is considered published if it has appeared on a blog, patreon, social media, or other website or magazine)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] 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

All Submissions Must Be Received No Later Than July 14th, 2021