Ends on December 31, 2017

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)
  • Northwest Territories (NT)
  • Prince Edward Island (PE)
  • Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Yukon (YT)

  • British Columbia (BC)  CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Manitoba (MB) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • New Brunswick (NB) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Nova Scotia (NS)  CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Nunavut (NU) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Ontario (ON) CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • Quebec (QC) 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.

SORRY, NO MORE WENDIGOS PLEASE.

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.


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