NEW SCARY STORIES TO
TELL IN THE DARK
An HWA Original
Edited by Jonathan
In keeping with the tales Alvin Schwartz cooked up for his
three SCARY STORIES books, we’re asking our contributors to write tales for Middle
Grade (MG) readers.
Family friendly, but with some real bite.
STRUCTURE: We are looking for original stories told in the
vein of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (and if you are not familiar with
these books, we urge you to re-read them). We are NOT looking for literal
retellings of any of the stories in those books, but stories that include
classic horror elements. You can come up with something totally original, or
mine folktales, myths and urban legends for inspiration.
Structurally, these stories can be ‘tales told’, meaning a
narrator tells a tale as someone might at night around a campfire. Or they can
be structured as standard stories with dialogue, etc.
DEMOGRAPHIC AND CONTENT: These stories are intended for
middle grade readers, so please - no sex and no extreme violence.
DEADLINE: May1, 2018. All submissions must be in on or
before 6pm EST on that date. No
RATES: We will pay .08/word up to a max word count of 1500
words. Payment is on acceptance.
SUBMISSION RULES: These stories are to be submitted as
‘blind’ entries. So your attachment should have a story title but no other
identifiers. Our team of evil henchmen (well..henchpeople) will keep track so
that the judges are not biased and nothing gets lost.
WHO CAN SUBMIT: This anthology is only open to members of
the Horror Writers Association. Members of every level are invited to submit. Join here.
ARE MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: No. One submission per
person. No exceptions.
ARE REPRINTS ACCEPTED: No. We will only consider original
unpublished works. No exceptions.
FORMAT: All works must be submitted as a Word document,
Times New Roman font; 12 point; double-spaced; no extra spaces between
paragraph; 5-7 character indent for each paragraph. Any submitted work NOT in
this format will be rejected. No exceptions.
THIS IS A BLIND SUBMISSION: All manuscripts should be
attached with only a title. We will use the email associated with your Submittable account to contact you. We are using a blind submission so that everyone has
an equal shot, and so that all works will be judged solely on the merit of the
writing and storytelling. NOTE: Any work submitted with the author’s name on
the attachment will be rejected. No exceptions.
Thanks again for
sneaking out into the dark with us!