Bring us your blossoming sociopaths, your creepy ironies, your ruthlessly ambitious characters yearning to breathe free. We want to second guess that character’s mental stability. We want a closer glimpse at the dark corner of the brightly lit kitchen. We want an insider’s view of the method in the madness.
We want the unreliable narrators, the psychological breakdowns, the dangerous fixations, but leave the fantasy elements at the door: vampires, ghosts, zombies, and magic are on hiatus for this one; we are looking for realistic dark fiction.
Think Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado,” O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Oates’ “The Corn Maiden,” and King’s “Apt Pupil.” We want to hear your Session 9. We can’t wait to see your Audition.
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Payment: .01 a word up to 7000 words
Word count: 2000-7000 words, a little under or over is fine (but payment is capped at 7000)
Response time: Decisions will be emailed before March 15
Multiple submissions: No, thank you. Please send your one best story.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere, and if we select your tale, we ask that you remove it from consideration elsewhere immediately. No reprints; work must not have been printed elsewhere, including a blog or personal webpage.
Don’t sit on your submission until the deadline. Submit early. Call may be closed early if the anthology reaches its maximum word count.
Publication date: Fall 2020
· Please use traditional Shunn manuscript format
· Include a biography of 50-150 words on the same document as your story. Previous publication is not a requirement for acceptance; we just want to know about you!
· Email as a .doc or .docx attachment to Rebecca@AMInkPublishing.com
· Please note that while we want the darkest of fiction and appreciate gore, we will not publish stories that depict pedophilia, animal abuse, or sexual assault in a positive light. If you’re unsure about your content, please email us!