Dark Moon BooksDark Moon Books is now accepting submissions for a special issue of Dark Moon Digest. with a projected publication date of May/June 2013. Dark Moon Books is now accepting submissions for a special issue of Dark Moon Digest. This younger sibling of Dark Moon Digest will still stress the quality of stories you have come to expect from our quarterly publication, but will be geared toward the young adult population. The deadline for submissions is April 15th. Payment is $10 plus a contributors copy.

Ghosts? Zombies? Vampires? Witches? Werewolves? Chupacabra? It’s all up to you. Just remember: Keep it exciting and moving along. Let’s give the younger generation a taste of horror and keep them reading.

We plan to publish 12-15 stories in this special issue, but based on past experience, expect to receive at least ten times that amount of submissions, so please make sure you send us your best endeavor. Also, if your story is not used in this special edition, we hope to make this young adult anthology a semi-annual project, so we may ask to hold your work for future publication.

Send all submissions (and questions) to [email protected].

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should fall between 500-4000 words, but a few words over is fine. However, submissions that are excessively long will not be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted as attachments in either .doc or .rtf format. Please do not embed your story in the e-mail.

Include your real name (and pen name if using one), address, phone, email, story title and word count on the title page of the submission as well as in the body of your email. Include a brief bio (100 words or less written in 3rd person POV) in the body of the email.

Original works only, no reprints

Format your story as it will be read, meaning use italics, bold, etc. when appropriate. Avoid the use of underlining and all caps.

No headers or page numbers.

Please use Times New Roman, Courier, Verdana, Arial or Georgia 12 point for submissions.

We reserve the right to reject any submissions not following these guidelines.

By submitting your horror short fiction work to Dark Moon Books, you are assigning Dark Moon Books exclusive First World Rights for both print and electronic versions for a period of six months after publication. After that time period, you are free to resell your story as a reprint as long as first publication information is included. You keep all other rights including the original copyright.

Sexual situations or foul language should be avoided. Remember, we are trying to gain younger readers, not alienate their parents. Of course, this is horror and should be appropriately “frightening.”

You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any time, but this request must be made in writing (email acceptable).

Multiple submissions are accepted, but please send each story as an attachment in a separate email.

No simultaneous submissions please. (Meaning, if you send a story to us, do not send it to other publishers at the same time.)

Submissions selected for publication will be contacted prior to publication with further instructions. Authors will also always receive an edit of their story for approval prior to publication.

Questions? [email protected] or [email protected] or simply respond to this email.

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