Current OPEN SUBMISSION CALL:

    Tales of the Supernatural - Issue #22

Our bi-monthly ezine - The Sirens Call

Definition of the term 'Supernatural' as offered on Google: A manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

Examples of the supernatural:

  • "a supernatural being" - paranormal, psychic, magical, occult, mystic, superhuman, supernormal.
  • "supernatural powers" - ghostly, otherworldly, spectral, unearthly, unnatural.
Our definition of 'Supernatural': Anything not proven by modern science as being part of the natural world.

Is a vampire part of the natural world? Arguably yes, based on the fact that it may or may not exist in nature, but what makes it Supernatural is the fact that it's not a scientifically documented creature. Is a werewolf part of the natural world? The same answer would apply.

A ghost or specter haunting your waking dreams, a demon, Bigfoot, Nessie, the shadow you glimpse in a corner that's gone when you look back, a gypsy who for a coin will trade you the genuine secrets of your future, or a Voodoo priestess who for a lock of your hair and the promise of your soul will mix you a death potion to kill the most vile of enemies; all of these things have one thing in common - they fit our definition of Supernatural. Yet they are not exclusive, many other 'things' may be considered supernatural as well; surprise us.

We are asking for dark stories of the Supernatural. We aren't restricting it to any particular type of supernatural being or occurrence, only that it be out of the realm of scientifically proven fact.

As always, we will not be accepting stories of bestiality, pedophilia of any nature, or descriptive scenes of rape. Other than that - all else goes. If you have a question as to whether or not your idea is appropriate given the nature of the call (particularly the bestiality angle), please inquire with submissions@sirenscallpublications.com - we don't mind answering.

Previously published pieces are most welcome.


Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015

Short story word count: 1,000 - 2,500

Flash fiction word count: 300 - 1,000

Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (with a limit of five submitted per author)

Drabbles: 100 words (limit of five submitted per author)

Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.

All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com


eZine Submission guidelines:

Submission deadline is midnight, August 1, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).

WE DO NOT ACCEPT WORKS containing pedophilia, human bestiality, or overtly descriptive/graphic rape scenes.

All contributors will receive a PDF copy of the issue that their work is featured in upon publication.

We welcome short stories (1000 - 2500 words), flash fiction (300 - 1000 words), drabbles (maximum of 5 for review per author), and dark poetry of 50 lines or less (maximum of 5 for review per author).

Artwork, photography and literary reviews are also accepted.

Submissions are to be directed to our submissions email address only - submissions@sirenscallpublications.com ; the subject line should contain 'ezine Submission, (your title), (your name)'

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 formatting as anything other than it appears in the submitted document. Dialogue requires quotes ( " ), inner thought should be italicized, and spoken or remembered quotes should be encapsulated in single ticks ( ' ). Headers and Footers are not necessary, please do not include them. If there is any question about formatting, please contact our editor through the submission email address. submissions@sirenscallpublications.com

We ask for one time publication rights only; stories that are previously published elsewhere are accepted provided that you hold the copyright to them.

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Current OPEN SUBMISSION CALL:

Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil Doers

Anthology: Horror/Supernatural

For our next anthology, we are offering an open call for stories that involve Witches, Warlocks, Demons, and other Evil Doers.

We are looking for stories that tell of wrong doings perpetrated by someone or something with supernatural abilities. We are not looking for stories of werewolves or vampires who need to survive by causing harm. What we want are stories of choice; stories where the protagonist chooses to do harm for a specific reason through means of a power beyond that of a normal mortal.

We would prefer that the stories appeal to a broad audience and that period or overly-stylized pieces be refrained from.

Your story MUST include all of the following elements:

  • A horror/evil intent based theme that is explained within the story;
  • A protagonist with evil or malicious intent with a specific reason;
  • A protagonist with abilities that an average mortal does not possess;
  • A victim or victims being persecuted for a specific and explained reason.

Beyond these specific inclusions, feel free to be as creative as you'd like provided you do not breach the three things we will not consider for publication:

  • Stories containing pedophilia;
  • Stories containing bestiality;
  • Stories containing scenes of sexually descriptive rape.

Submit a story containing any of the three above EXCLUSIONS, and it will immediately be disqualified.

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Reading & Evaluation Period: Two to three months after close of the deadline

Word Count: 4,000 - 8,000 words

NO REPRINTS WILL BE CONSIDERED

Payment: Each story selected for inclusion will receive a one-time payment of $25US




Anthology Submission guidelines:

Submission Deadline - September 1, 2015

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

Payment: $25US per story selected for inclusion.

Copyright: First time worldwide copyright for a period of one year after publication.

Reprints will NOT be considered.

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 formatting as anything other than it appears in the submitted document. Dialogue requires quotes ( " ), inner thought should be italicized, and spoken or remembered quotes should be encapsulated in single ticks ( ' ). Headers and Footers are not necessary, please do not include them. If there is any question about formatting, please contact our editor through the submission email address. submissions@sirenscallpublications.com

One print copy will be sent to each contributing authors; an unlimited number of discounted copies will be available to each contributing author for the lifetime of the book. Details are outlined in the contract.

Email your submission as an attachment to: submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

Submissions are to be directed to our submissions email address only. The subject line should contain: "SUBMISSION - Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil Doers - ‘your story title’" or your submission will not be considered for this anthology.

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