Mental Ward: Experiments

The elevator doors open, the lights are flickering, the gurney is wheeled into a dank, dimly-lit hallway well below ground. Does the Doctor have the patient's best interests at heart, or is something more nefarious going on? How does the staff figure out what treatments are most effective and which are not?

In our other two Mental Ward collections, we asked you to tell us what happened above ground in the institute itself; what memories of the past were trapped in the abandoned hallways; now we're asking you to tell us what goes on behind closed doors. The secret experiments that are feared and whispered about among the patients. Tell us what greed, the corruption of power, and the desire to be remembered will drive a Doctor to do the unthinkable to the unfortunate patients left in their care.

Tell your tale from whoever's perspective you'd like, just make sure the story you tell is a depraved one.

Note: This is a reopened anthology. Your story must contain the following three elements to be considered:

  • Your story must take place in a Mental Asylum or Institution.
  • Your story must involve individuals from the Asylum: doctors, nurses, patients, etc.
  • Your story must contain what would be considered an unsanctioned experiment that is physically performed.

  • Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014

    Word Count minimum - 4,000 words, nothing less will be reviewed; maximum - 8,000 words; nothing more will be reviewed.

    No reprints considered.

    Anthology Submission guidelines:

    Submission Deadline - November 30, 2014

    Word Count: 4,000 - 8,000 words.

    Graphic gore must be kept to a minimum unless it is integral to the story; absolutely no pedophilia, human bestiality or overtly descriptive and graphic rape scenes will be considered.

    Only stories previously unpublished may be submitted. Upon acceptance into the anthology, you agree that Sirens Call Publications holds exclusive publishing rights for twelve (12) months from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Sirens Call Publications retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted anthology.

    Formatting - all submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files formatted as follows: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, single line spacing, first line indent. Italicize what you would like italicized, bold what you would like bolded. We will not interpret formating as anything other than it appears in the submitted document. Dialogue requires quotes ( " ), inner thought should be italicized, and spoken or rememberd quotes should be encapsulated in single ticks ( ' ). If there is any question about formatting, please contact our editor through the submission email address.

    An eBook copy will be sent to all contributors and up to 5 paperback copies per author will be available to purchase at cost plus shipping. 50% of the royalties will be distributed between all contributors.

    Email your submission as an attachment to:

    Submissions are to be directed to our submissions email address only. The subject line should contain: "SUBMISSION - MW Experiments - ‘your story title’" or your submission will not be considered for this anthology.

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