*Note: If you make a mistake in your submission information or in the document file, please do not withdraw and resubmit. Send an email to Submissions.LVP@outlook.com with 'Submission Revision' in the subject line. We will unlock and open the submission in order for you to change the information or upload a different file. Withdrawing and resubmitting causes unnecessary clutter in the system and additional work for our editorial team.

Please read the guidelines for each submission call carefully. Each anthology has its own submission details, requirements, payment structure, word count, etc.

Submissions not properly formatted or that do not fall within the stated word count are likely to be rejected unread. No matter how well-written and perfectly on topic your story is, if you send us a 2,000 word story when the submission guidelines state 4,000 to 6,000, the story will be rejected unread.

Unless otherwise stated in the submission guidelines, all submissions must be formatted following the Shunn Manuscript format found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.ht

You can download the formatted Word template free here: http://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html

With the exception of specific commissioned work and Lycan Valley Teens Unleashed projects, all submissions are read blind. Do not include identifying information (Author name or contact information) anywhere on the document file including headers, footers, byline, etc. These can be included in the cover letter section.

No multiple submissions unless specifically requested in the submission guidelines. Do not submit more than one story per submission call unless invited to resubmit.

No simultaneous submissions and no reprints unless specified in the submission guidelines.

All contributors will receive a digital copy of the anthology in which their work appears in addition to the payment listed. 

Email questions regarding open submissions or submission guidelines to Submissions.LVP@outlook.com Please do not email to inquire if we received your submission or the status of your submission. These notices will appear through the Submittable system.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Lycan Valley Press.

We look forward to seeing you around the Valley!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: In addition to the anthology-specific guidelines here, please review our General Guidelines on our main Submittable page as they pertain to all anthologies unless otherwise noted. Thank you.  https://lycanvalleypress.submittable.com/submit

With the first book in this series, you'll be meeting Darkling, our horror host. She's dark, she's cute, she's sassy, she's dead ... and we can't wait to introduce you to her!

Darkling takes us on a horrifying tour of strange, dark landmarks and creature encounters in a collection of horror stories set in Canada. We are looking for 13 stories, one for each province or territory of the great Lumberjack Country. The stories in this anthology will be interwoven by our narrator, Darkling, who has her own story to tell and a dark, sassy personality to keep readers coming back for more. Submissions must be self-contained stories with no mention or reference to Darkling (stories that reference Darkling or her role in any way will be rejected).

Your story must be set in one of Canada's 13 provinces or territories and (this is a huge MUST) include it's culture and historical landmarks in a way that prevents the story from being told anywhere else (please note that briefly mentioning the name of a town and throwing in a few street names is not enough): 

  • Alberta (AB)
  • New Brunswick (NB) 
  • Northwest Territories (NT)
  • Ontario (ON)
  • Prince Edward Island (PE)
  • Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Yukon (YT)
  • British Columbia (BC)  CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
We are specifically looking for horror stories or dark fiction. Crossovers with other genres are fine (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) but there must be a horror element or dark tone and fit the overall theme. Anything goes – vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, yetis,  demon possessions, haunted houses, serial killers and other well-used tropes and other less common creatures – but be original in how you interpret these staples of horror and make sure these creatures of or in Canada are suited to the geography.


Both Canadian and Non-Canadian writers are welcome to submit as long as the settings are geographically and historically accurate.

Word Count: 3,000 to 6,000 words. Stories less than 2,750 or more than 6,250 will be returned unread unless requested by the editor.

Payment: $0.01 per word

All submissions are read blind. Do not include any identifying information (name/address) in the document or story headings. Include this information in the cover letter only. Follow the Shunn Manuscript Format (minus the contact information) – include the story title and page numbers (but not your name) in the headers.

No reprints unless requested. No simultaneous or multiple submissions. Multiple submissions from the same author will be deleted unread unless requested by the editor.