Short Story Submissions

"Two-thousand Word Terrors" coming your way in 2023!

Today is July 11th, 2022, and we have something to share with all of you. But, first, some explanation… an exposition dump, if you will. Are you ready? Let’s goooooooooooo!

CHROMOPHOBIA will be available in trade paperback on August 1st. There will not be any pre-order of any kind. You will be able to purchase the book via online retail, but you would be our personal superheroes if you placed an order through your local bookstore, independent or otherwise. The book represents over a year’s worth of work, and we are on pins and needles, waiting to see how readers react to the anthology.

CHROMOPHOBIA is our only 2022 release and, fair or not, there’s an awful lot riding on the book’s performance. Not only is the anthology this year’s solitary release, but there will be no new books from us in 2023 (and possibly 2024?). The reason? Co-owner Nicholas Day is taking a 2-year break to work on his own material, and won’t be handling acquisitions and editing during that period of time.

That said, we still want to help writers get words out into the world, so we decided to try something new for 2023: hosting short stories on our website. One new short, published on Mondays, for at least 45 weeks of the next year. We are hoping to begin posting these short stories on February 6th, 2023. “Two-thousand Word Terrors” will be the name of the featured column hosting these stories.

Because this call 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. Go fucking nuts.

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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