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Bloodstones Submission Guidelines

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edited by Amanda Pillar

This is the first in a series of anthologies from Ticonderoga Publications that will focus on non-traditional horror. I want stories that are horrific, but that also fit within other genres—let’s look beyond the borders. This year’s anthology will focus on non-traditional urban fantasy. This means that I don’t want stories that feature vampires, witches or werewolves; if you send one, it probably won’t make it through to the final cut.

Give me tales of Sirens, Harpies, Bunyips, goblins, djinns, Mesopotamian demons, deposed gods…characters that spill from mythology and into modern suburbia.

Any stories involving cultural borrowing from indigenous cultures should be respectful of the beliefs of the traditional owners.

Romantic elements are acceptable, as long as the story is dark and has horrific themes/elements.

The story must be set on contemporary Earth, but it can take place in a fictional city. This means no futuristic elements or stories set in the past. I am also not interested in science fiction elements – I want urban fantasy.

The anthology will be published by Ticonderoga Publications in late 2012.

Submission guidelines

Send me your best dark urban fantasy story.

  1. Story length 1,000 to 7,500 words. (Longer stories may be accepted, although payment is capped at 7,500).

  2. Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions.

  3. Stories may be submitted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  4. Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, Times New Roman font, Australian English spelling.

  5. The editor reserve the right to use their discretion in selecting stories.

  6. Submission period: 1 February to 15 May, 2012

  7. Payment: 2 copies of anthology and Aus 2 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment $150) on publication.