OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to our quarterly eZine - The Sirens Call

Halloween 2021 - issue 55


We know, you're thinking corndogs by the sea and unicorn shaped cotton candy clouds, and we're asking for Halloween Scares and Fall Horrors. But you're a writer, right? You got this!

For the fifty-fifth issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we're looking for your most terrifying Halloween Tales and well constructed works of horror and dark fiction.

We'll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark satirical edge to it, or be flat out terrifying!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be horror/dark fiction oriented and fit the call.
  • No pieces containing coronavirus/COVID-19 references will be accepted.
  • Don't break our set-in-stone taboos - NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Beyond that, be creative, be morbid, be vicious, be clever, and THINK HALLOWEEN! Give us a peek of what scares you, and if it fits our criteria, we'll offer it up to our readership of approximately 35,000.


Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Simultaneous submissions allowed.

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

Short story word count: 1,000 - 2,500 (limit - one submission per author)
Long flash fiction word count: 500 - 999 (limit - one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 101 - 499 (up to 3 submissions per author)
Micro fiction word count: 50 - 99 (up to 5 submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (up to 5 submissions per author)
Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (up to 5 submissions per author)

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

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

eZine Submission guidelines:

The Sirens Call eZine is a horror/dark fiction publication with a readership of approximately 35,000; all work submitted must be relevant to the genres we publish or else it will be declined.

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; one submission per author), long flash fiction (500 - 999 words; one submission per author), short flash fiction (200-499 words; maximum 3 submissions per author), micro ficion (50 - 99; maximum of 5 submissions per author) drabbles (100 word; maximum of 5 submissions per author), and dark poetry (10 - 50 lines; maximum of 5 submissions per author). You may submit in multiple categories.

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 at .5". 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. Alternate characters that are not standard punctuation will be omitted. Alternate spacing that is not standard will be omitted. Our house style will be applied to all accepted submissions before publication. If you have a 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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