Recurring Nightmares Submission Guidelines (Open to Everyone)

In 2013, GLAHW Member, Ken MacGregor had a brilliant idea for a Special Auction Prize at the annual Monster Mash for Literacy Bash – raffle off the opportunity for the winner’s name to become the sole theme of a future Anthology. Several brave souls went into the hat and one emerged victorious. Thus, Recurring Nightmares was born.

We have now opened this anthology to all writers in the Sci-Fi, Horror, Dark Fantasy genre. We however always encourage new members, so join us, won’t you?

The theme for Recurring Nightmares IV (2018) is Nicole’s Nightmares. Every story must contain the character’s name and a traveling carnival.

Open Call for submissions with cover art to be announced.

Please submit all stories to

Quick and dirty Submission Guidelines (from Nicole, the Head Editor of Recurring Nightmares)

Nicole’s Recurring Nightmares (the fifth in the series) guidelines for writers:

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

This time around, we’re looking for horror fiction, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, featuring a character named Nicole. 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.

The other requirement is that the story must contain a traveling carnival.

Please follow the standard format rules. Here’s a handy site, in case you’re not conversant with those:

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.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to pay our authors yet, other than with a physical copy of the paperback book. We’re happy to mail it to you anywhere in the U.S. Authors outside the U.S., well, talk to us. We’ll see if we can work something out.

So, quick recap: Horror; Nicole; Traveling Carnival; 2-5K; Pays in copy. Looking forward to reading your work.

Nicole Castle, Editor

Here’s the 2014’s debut:

Purchase it here.

Here is 2015’s edition:

Adwenia's Recurring NightmaresSix horror writers are gifted the name of a real person and told to do whatever they want to her, in Volume Two . Purchase it here
Adwenia’s Recurring Nightmares
Six horror writers are gifted the name of a real person and told to do whatever they want to her, in Volume Two .
Purchase it here

Here is 2016

David and Peggy's Excellent Recurring Nightmares
David and Peggy’s Excellent Recurring Nightmares
Seven horror writers are gifted the names of two real people and told to do whatever they want to them – oh, and throw in a chicken – in 3rd Volume.
Purchase it here

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