OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to our bi-monthly eZine - The Sirens Call

Women in Horror Month 10 - issue #43

February is Women in Horror Month, and each year we celebrate by dedicating our February issue to all women, all horror!

For the 43rd issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we're looking for stories and prose of horror or dark fiction written by women only (sorry guys - April is just around the corner).

Your piece can be creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or be flat out scary as hell!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • You must be a woman to submit.
  • The piece must be primarily horror/dark fiction.
  • Don't break our set-in-stone taboos - NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Ladies, let's make the women of the horror genre proud and give them an eZine packed with talent, creative work, and chills! Not so hard, right?


Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Simultaneous submisions allowed.

NO WIPs or excerpts! We are looking for individual pieces, not portions of longer works.

Short story word count: 1,000 - 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Long flash fiction word count: 500 - 1,000 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 200 - 500 (simultaneous submisions allowed - 3 per author)
Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (simultaneous submisions allowed - 5 per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (simultaneous submisions allowed - 5 per author)

Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.

Full page/single book cover ads for individual authors are available at $10 per ad. Please contact for advertising information.

All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to: for consideration.

eZine Submission guidelines:

Submission deadline is midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on the date specified in the open call.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT works containing pedophilia, human bestiality, or overtly descriptive/graphic rape scenes.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT portions of works in progress or excepts from longer pieces. The stories and prose must be stand-alone pieces.

All contributors will receive a PDF copy of the issue that their work is featured in upon publication.

We welcome short stories (1000 - 2500 words), long flash fiction (500 - 1000 words; one submision per author), short flash fiction (200-500 words; maximum 3 submissions per author, drabbles (maximum of 5 for review per author), and dark poetry of 50 lines or less (maximum of 5 for review per author).

Topical artwork and photography are also accepted.

Submissions are to be directed to our submissions email address only - ; the subject line should contain 'ezine Submission, (your title), (your name)' When submitting multiple pieces, use 'multiple pieces' in place of your title, and within the body of the email, please specify what type of prose you are submitting - short flash fiction, drabbles, or poetry.

Formatting - all submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files formatted as follows: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, single line spacing, first line indent. Italicize what you would like italicized, bold what you would like bolded. We will not interpret formatting as anything other than it appears in the submitted document. Dialogue requires quotes ( " ), inner thought should be italicized, and spoken or remembered quotes should be encapsulated in single ticks ( ' ). Headers and Footers are not necessary, please do not include them. If there is any question about formatting, please contact our editor through the submission email address.

We ask for one time publication rights only; stories that are previously published elsewhere are accepted provided that you hold the copyright to them.

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