Our bi-monthly ezine - The Sirens Call

The Bitter End - issue #42

As is our custom, we choose to end the year on a cheery note - Death. Like all things, 2018 must come to an end, and here at SCP we'll be celebrating by honoring both timely and untimely demise.

For the 42nd issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we’re looking for your darkest, most morose or ferocious stories, poems, and/or prose featuring works that revolve around the theme of death.

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.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction.
  • Don't break our set-in-stone taboos - NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Let's give 2018 a proper send off and celebrate it's demise in style! Send us your dark fiction and horror pieces, and if they qualify, we'll make sure about 35,000 people have the chance to read them!


Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Simultaneous submisions allowed.

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.

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.

Full Page eZine Ads available:

Full page/single book cover ads are available for purchase at the rate of $10 per ad per issue or six issues for $50.

Publisher/community/multi-book ads are available at the rate of $25 per page per issue. Please contact for details.

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