January 24, 2015 by Anthony Burdge
Recently we featured news concerning the work of Sleepy Hollow, New York Storyteller David Neilsen and his one man Call of Cthulhu show at the Lovecraft Bar. We have worked with David on two projects thus far, his story “Leaking” was published within our latest anthology Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York and his creepy story Lovely Island was the second in our line of chapbooks.
David Neilsen is a prolific writer and storyteller, and has created a new short story anthology that will be published this Fall via Myth Ink Books, LEGENDS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
Below you will find the Call for Stories Submission Guidelines, please read through them and if you have any questions send all inquiries to the email indicated below.
Legends of Sleepy Hollow Submission Guidelines
Ever since Washington Irving published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820, the region has become synonymous with ghost stories. But there’s a lot more horror in Sleepy Hollow than what’s in Irving’s story, and more demons at play within this idyllic land than just a single headless horseman.
We’re looking for original horror stories set in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The time period for your story is up to you– past, present, future, alternate history– but it must take place whole or in part within Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is a real place, with a real history, so do your homework. For example, while it has always been an unofficial name of the region, the Village itself was not officially named Sleepy Hollow until 1996.
Scare us, creep us out, give us the shivers, make us laugh. Be Gothic, modern, Lovecraftian, Victorian, Steampunk, whatever. Just set your story in Sleepy Hollow.
1. Any & all submissions must be set in & around Sleepy Hollow, New York.
2. No gratuitous sex, violence, or profanity
3. No pornography of any kind. If you include sex in your story, it must be important to the story– and must abide by rule #2.
4. No stories centered on rape, torture or child molestation. We’re not interested.
5. No fan fiction (stay away from the world of the TV show and the Tim Burton film).
6. Your story must be a complete story– we’re not interested in excerpts.
7. It must be your ORIGINAL work.
8. Do NOT include any artwork
Interested? Sweet! Read on.
- Stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words.
- All stories must be titled
- Edit and format your work according to MLA standards. And, please use only American Standard English punctuation and spelling. We will reject your work if it has not been edited or proofread for language.
- Also, please use a standard size black font when submitting your work.
- Include your name, contact information, and word count on the first page of your story. If you submit your story using a pseudonym, you MUST note that it is a pseudonym AND include your full real name.
- No reprints, simultaneous, or multiple submissions.
- Please include a short bio in your cover letter.
- Send your story as an attachment to your email. We accept .DOC, .DOCX files only. NO .PDF or .txt files please.
Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject of: “SUBMISSION- [your story title].”
We plan to offer a token $5 payment and ONE contributor’s copy of the final anthology (upon publication of the volume). We will also offer a contributor discount on any additional copies you wish to purchase when purchased through us directly.
To be considered for this volume, we must have received your submission no later than May 1st 2015.
We’ll try to get back to you within 30 days from the close of submissions, please do not email us with regards to the status of your work until after that time.
Any other questions can be directed to email@example.com.