Short Story Submissions CLOSE Aug. 31!

This is our last call for next year's horror stories, so don't miss out!

A friendly reminder that in NINE DAYS, we will be closing the submission window for “Two-thousand Word Terrors” and beginning the arduous task of selecting our 45 stories to showcase on the site in 2023. We’ll be honest, there’s some competition but not that much competition, unless we get a flood of stories over this last week and change. ROLL THAT DICE, AUTHORS!

We’re going to reprint the submission details, below, for the final time. We look forward to reading! As always, we thank each and every one of you for your support!

This submission is not specific to Strangehouse Books, all writers are welcome to submit.

The theme should be, simply, Horror. What kind of Horror is up to you!

One submission per author. Payment: $0.01/word.

NO multiple submissions

NO simultaneous submissions

NO reprints.

Submission Length: approx. 2,000 words (a little under is OK but do not exceed 2000)

The submission window will be open from August 1 – Aug 31, 2022. Submissions sent outside of this time frame will be deleted. Responses should take no longer than 3 months. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, there will not be individualized feedback on declined stories.

Send submissions to: with name and story title in the subject line.

Don’t stress about the cover letter! Just get those stories attached and sent. Please do not send PDFs. Emails with PDFs attached will be deleted immediately.

Manuscript formatting should follow the Shunn style, which can be found HERE (or you can copy/paste this link:

We will try to notify everyone of acceptances and rejections by December 1st, 2022.

Accepted stories/authors will be announced in January 2023.


Rejections are not personal. Under no circumstance will we be opening/reading responses to rejection notices. Responses to rejection notices will be deleted, unread. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Best of luck to everyone who submits a story! We look forward to reading.


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