Short Story Submissions NOW OPEN Until August 31!

The Rooster Needs Your Spookiest Stories! Give To The Rooster!

Today is the day! We rarely ever have open calls like this, so we hope you all take advantage of the opportunity. For the next 30 days, submissions for “Two-thousand Word Terrors” is open to anyone and everyone! Help spread the word by sharing far and wide, to whatever website or social media platform of your choice. Let’s help get some stories out in the world and in front of reader’s eyes in 2023!

You never know, the Rooster could be looking for YOU!

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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