Sci-Fi & Scary is pleased to announce that we are opening submissions for our first charity anthology, with a goal of publishing in mid-February, 2021.
Proceeds will be split between:
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Twisted Anatomy: A Sci-Fi & Scary Body Horror Anthology*
We blame Laurel Hightower. One innocent discussion about vagina tentacles planted a seed that very quickly took root. Body horror is perhaps one of the most disturbing kinds of horror. Our bodies are meant to behave in certain ways, and the corruption or mutation of that, of our own selves turning against us, in a declaration of war against an enemy we can’t fight because it’s in our own skin? Terrifying. Women in particular have so little control over their own bodies as it is in some areas. To have even more taken from us? No , thank you. But it’s fascinating, isn’t it? Body horror holds an unique allure, so we’re excited to invite everyone to participate in this anthology.
What is Body Horror?
Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases graphic or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body. These violations may manifest through aberrant sex, mutations, mutilation, zombification, gratuitous violence, disease, or unnatural movements of the body.Wikipedia.com
Specifically, we are looking for tales of mutation (think Vagina Monsters!) and corruption, though other forms will be considered as well. We will not accept stories depicting rape, pedophiia, or espousing views that promote bigotry, racism, sexism, or homophobia.
We will be including content warnings in this anthology as we believe in letting readers experience what they want without fear of stumbling over trauma-inducing material unexpectedly. These will be in a list at the back of the book.
Because we are Sci-Fi & Scary, we want to make sure that science fiction is represented in this endeavor, so please don’t be afraid to look into the future or onto other planets when you are considering topics for submission. Please note including a science fiction element is not a requirement. It is just something we’d like to see more of.
As our goal in 2020 for the site as a whole is to promote diverse authors, it should come as no surprise that we want the majority of authors in this anthology to be such. So we hope to have at least 75% of the stories (flash or short) in the anthology to come from diverse voices.
What You Need to Know:
This is a charity anthology, but we do wish to offer at least token payment for accepted stories, given the trying times. The team has pooled resources to make this a possibility. Payments will be made via Paypal, after the contract is signed and any required edits are completed.
- Flash: 250-1000 words – $5.00
- Short: 1001-5000 words – $7.00
- 5001-7000 words – $10.00
No reprints, please.
You may submit one piece to each category.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
How/Where to Submit
Submit your stories to:
Files should be Doc/Docx only
In the subject line of your email, please put: Title – Author Name – Word Count
Questions on how to format your manuscript? Check here: https://www.shunn.net/format/story/
Submissions will open April 11th, 2020.
Submissions will close on July 11th, 2020.
Over the next few weeks, we will discuss body horror further. We’ll be looking at body horror in film, in books, hopefully speaking with a few authors who specialize in the subgrene, and so on. So, stay tuned!
Lilyn G is the founder of Sci-Fi & Scary, and leader of the Coolthulhu Crew. She does book and film reviews for both genres the site focuses on. Her tastes run towards creature features, hard science fiction, and lots and lots of action. She also has a soft spot for middle-grade fiction that rears its head frequently.
Though no longer involved with Ladies of Horror Fiction due to other responsibilities and a too-full plate, she was one of the original 4 co-founders.
Feel free to chat her up on Twitter as long as you aren’t hitting her up to review your book.
I’m excited to see what comes out of this. This was my first stab at body horror (pun intended), so definitely an interesting challenge. What I ended up with was the usual twisty/quirky/cheeky stuff that seems to spill onto the page whenever I write, but with a bit more gore thrown in. Hope you like it. 🙂
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