Recurring Nightmares Guidelines

Submission deadline is June 30, 2020.

MARISA’s Recurring Nightmares guidelines

Thank you for choosing to submit to the sixth annual Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW) mini-anthology.

We are looking for horror fiction, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, along with the following requirements.

1. A feature character named Marisa. She can be the protagonist, antagonist, monster, victim, friend, etc. As long as she (or, I suppose they, since gender fluidity is fine) plays a significant, if not pivotal role in the story.

2. The story must contain a garden statue. How you use the statue is up to you.

Please follow the standard format rules. Here’s a handy site, in case you’re not conversant with those: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.

I will be editing the stories, but I will not make any changes without first discussing them with you, the writer. I’m a writer, too, and I know what it’s like to have my story altered without my consent. I won’t do that to you. Having said that, however, I will try my best to make each of the stories in this anthology the best they can be. So, if I give you notes, I’d appreciate it if you’d consider them carefully. I’m not saying you have to agree with me (I’ve had plenty of writers argue with me, and sometimes, I see their point and concede the edit). Just that you listen.

The cover art for Marisa’s Recurring Nightmares will be handled by the talented Steve Bejma

Payment

All acceptances will receive one (1) Contributor’s Copy and our humble thanks. We’re happy to mail it to you anywhere in the U.S. Authors outside the U.S., you will get our eternal thanks and a digital copy.

Accepted members will be able to purchase more copies at a greatly discounted price to sell or give away.

Submission

With all submissions, please include a short 100-150 word bio either in your email or at the end of your story. INCLUDE THIS BIO WITH YOUR SUBMISSION OR YOU WILL HAVE NO BIO. Stories must be attached to the email, not within the body. It bears repeating, but no multiple submissions for fiction. Please put Submission: Marisa’s Recurring Nightmares in the subject line.

Please submit all stories to rn-submissions@glahw.com

Return Time

The reading period will begin at the close of the submission period, however, time permitting, some may be read sooner. You will hear from our editors one way or the other. If you are accepted, you may be asked to perform edits for clarity. These will need to be returned in a week so we can begin final formatting.

Marisa’s Recurring Nightmares has an expected publishing date of August 2020.

Looking forward to reading your work.

J.M. Van Horn, Editor