CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! The Jewish Book of Horror

Image: Hanukkah

Horror is part of the human condition, but few peoples across the ages know horror quite like the Jews.

From slavery in Egypt, to the Holocaust, to the crippling neuroses brought on by overbearing mothers, the Chosen People have not only endured hell on Earth, they’ve transcended it to become some of the most influential—and feared—people on the planet.

THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR is an anthology of horror fiction focusing on the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people, to be published on the first night of Hannukah, 2021.  

Submissions must tie into the Jewish people or Judaism in some way, shape, or form. While we intend to publish a handful of stories about the Golem and dybbukim, Biblical times (10 Plagues!), and persecution across Europe, we also encourage authors to expand their horizons of what Jewish horror can be, and certainly not shy away from irreverence and/or humor.

THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR will be published by Denver Horror Collective (publishers of Terror at 5280’, Denver Post bestseller and 2020 Best Book Award winner for anthology and finalist for horror & the newly-released Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo), and edited by Josh Schlossberg, biological horror author and lead editor of Terror at 5280’.

Please take a moment to read the submission information below to ensure your story content and format fall within guidelines.

While we of course encourage Jewish authors to submit, this open call is open to all authors, everywhere. 

DEADLINE: Lag B’Omer, April 30, 2021, midnight. 

WORD COUNT: 3,000-7,500 words (please query for stories outside this range).

PAYMENT: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy.

REPRINTS: No, thank you.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Okay, but please let us know immediately if you sell your story elsewhere. We intend to have all acceptances emails out by June 1. 

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: No, thank you (if you have more than one idea, you’re welcome to query as to which concept we’d be most interested in).

FORMAT:

-Use the Shunn format (https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/). 

-12-point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial font.

-Use paragraph formatting for paragraph indents. Please do not manually tab or space in.

SUBMISSION:

-Submit as an attachment—not in the body of the email—in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.

-Include “Submission,” “Story Title,” “Author Name,” and “Word Count” to nearest 100 words in the subject line (SUBMISSION: Dreidel of Death by Haim Schitzblatt, 3,300 words).

-In the body of the e-mail, please include your connection to Judaism or the Jewish people, a bio up to 250 words, and information about any published works.

-E-mail submissions to submissions@denverhorror.com 

KEY NOTES:

-No pedophilia.

-No rape in a positive light.

-Graphic scenes should be used to move the story, scene, or character forward, and not be included just for shock value.