Submission Call: Ghost Stories
Our annual submission call for ghost stories, featuring a general strand and a themed one.
Deadline: General strand open now. Themed strand opens end of October. Deadline 31 January 2020.
Word count: 1,000-20,000 words
Submission fee: standard (see submission guidelines).
Payment and rights: standard (see submission guidelines).
How to submit: Use our standard submission form, and select 'ghost story submission' in the drop-down box at the start of the form.
This year we're launching a new annual call for ghost story submissions, which replaces our old ghost story competition.
There are two strands to the submission call: a general strand for all types of ghost story (which is open for submissions now) and a themed strand.
This year's theme
We'll be announcing this year's theme in late October. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive udpates on this and our other submission opportunities.
Note: what counts as a ghost story?
'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types of story are welcome, so feel free to experiment: if you choose the themed strand and stray too far from the theme, we'll still read it as a general ghost story. If you stray too far from the supernatural element, we'll still read it as a general submission. Keep in mind that our readership (and by extension our editor) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore.
As always, we welcome writers and stories from around the world.
The stories we select from this submission call will feature in a future Fiction Desk anthology. If you've not yet read one of our anthologies, it’s worth picking up a recent volume before you submit, to get an idea of the range of styles we feature in our pages. Our latest, Somewhere This Way, is out now.