Monthly Archives: February 2023

Moving Toward Spring: Submission Roundup for February 2023

Welcome back to the Submission Roundup! Lots of great writing opportunities this month, so be sure to send those stories of yours out into the world!

As always, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets. I’m simply spreading the word! Please direct any questions to their respective editors!

And with that, onward with this month’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Ghoulish Tales
Payment: .10/word
Length: up to 5,000 words for short fiction; up to 3,000 words for short nonfiction
Deadline: February 15th, 2023
What They Want: Open to short fiction and short nonfiction that focuses on fun horror that celebrates all things spooky.
Find the details here.

Planet Scumm
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 21st, 2023
What They Want: Open to a wide variety of speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream.
Find the details here.

The First Five Minutes of the Apocalypse
Payment: .03/word
Length: 1,500 to 4,000 words
Deadline: February 28th, 2023 (extended deadline for authors of marginalized communities: March 7th, 2023)
What They Want: Hungry Shadow Press is seeking short horror fiction that takes place at the beginning of an apocalypse.
Find the details here.

Eye to the Telescope
Payment: .04/word (minimum $4; maximum $25)
Length: up to three poems
Deadline: March 15th, 2023
What They Want: Guest editor Avra Margariti is seeking speculative poetry inspired by fungi.
Find the details here.

Novus Monstrum
Payment: .03/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 30th, 2023
What They Want: Open to speculative fiction stories that feature a never-before-seen monster.
Find the details here.

Mother Knows Best
Payment: .06/word
Length: 1,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 31st, 2023
What They Want: A women-in-horror anthology from Black Spot Books, editor Lindy Ryan is seeking horror stories inspired by mothers and mother figures.
Find the details here.

FlowerSong Press
Payment: Not specified
Length: 75,000 to 150,000 words
Deadline: April 15th, 2023
What They Want: FlowerSong Press is seeking historical, fantasy, horror, and science fiction novels from Latinx authors.
Find the details here.

Happy submitting!

RELUCTANT IMMORTALS is on the Preliminary Bram Stoker Awards Ballot!

So last week ushered in an absolutely wonderful surprise: Reluctant Immortals is on the Preliminary Bram Stoker Awards ballot!

Now it’s very important to note this is not a nomination, as this is only the preliminary ballot; voting on the official nominees has just started, with the final ballot being announced in the coming weeks. But to make it this far is beyond thrilling and humbling.

Reluctant Immortals has been out for almost six months now, and it’s been a really wild and wonderful ride. Not only was the American version released from Saga Press, but the UK edition came out in November from Titan Books. The novel was named one of the best horror books of 2022 by Esquire, and it’s been highlighted as a top horror book at The Lineup, Flyleaf Books, and A.C. Wise’s annual reading roundup. It’s also been featured at Harper’s Bazaar, Goodreads, Book Riot, Rue Morgue, The Rumpus, and more. Not too shabby for a book about two gothic heroines who are forgotten within their own stories.

I was recently interviewed by the incredible Andrea Blythe over at Interstellar Press, which was a lovely experience all the way around. I’m also beyond delighted that the fantastic Christina Ladd reviewed Reluctant Immortals last month for Strange Horizons! I’m such a huge fan of both Andrea’s and Christina’s work, so this is truly such an honor!

It’s also such an amazing honor to be on the preliminary ballot alongside so many horror authors whose work I admire so much. This year’s preliminary ballot is truly filled with some of the absolute best voices in the genre right now, and to appear on the same list as their names is beyond a dream come true.

And finally, a quick reminder! The iMailer newsletter from HWA went out last week, which included a special link to download Reluctant Immortals, but if you missed that email, then it bears repeating: if you’re an Active or Lifetime member and would like to read my novel, please email me at, and I would be thrilled to send you a copy of Reluctant Immortals!

Once again, so many congratulations to everyone on the preliminary ballot! There are so many incredible works in every category, and it’s truly so wonderful to be among all of you!

Happy reading!