Call For Submissions: Haunted Houses and Weird Places - (Expired)

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I love Mad Scientist Journal! And they’re putting together a new anthology. It won’t make you rich, but you can have a lot of fun with it. Deadline is March 31. Here’s the call:

We will be creating an anthology titled Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures. It will be a collection of fictional stories about haunted houses and other weird places. For this anthology, our pay will be 2¢/word.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has encountered this strange location. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:

1st person
500-8000 words in length
Focuses on a strange building or place
Not a reprint

Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.

  • Haunted houses, obviously.
  • Space stations poised at the edge of an anomaly.
  • Towns missing people for no clear reason.
  • Espresso stands that travel through time.
  • Malls that function as dimensional crossroads.
  • A cursed painting in an otherwise empty field.
  • Unusual sculptures that seem to come from out of this world.
  • Structures or ruins left behind by indigenous peoples. (But please don’t stoop to “Indian burial ground” or similar tropes. Seriously, don’t be that person.)

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