Sunday, November 30, 2008

Horror Library Volume 4

Horror Library- Volume 4
Call for Submissions

Cutting Block Press is pleased to announce an open submissions period for the 4th Volume of its Horror Anthology Series, +Horror Library+, to be published in trade paperback during 2009.

We're looking for the highest quality examples of all forms of Dark Fiction, running the gamut from traditional horror, supernatural, speculative, psychological thriller, dark satire, including every point between and especially beyond. No Fantasy or Sci-fi unless the horror elements are dominant. Read +Horror Library+ Volumes 1-3 to see what's already pleased us. Special consideration will be given those pieces that we find profoundly disturbing, though blood and violence on their own won't cut it. While we will consider tales of vampires, ghosts and zombies, we tend to roll our eyes at ordinary ones. They're just too plentiful. Your best bet is to surprise us with something that is different, while well conceived and tightly executed.

Stories will range between 1,000 and 6,000 words, though we'll look at longer works of exceptional merit. In that case, query before submission. Buying 1st worldwide anthology rights. No reprints. Paying 1.5 cents per word, plus one contributors copy. For established authors, rates may be negotiable. Response time: three months or sooner. Deadline: We will accept submissions until filled.

We’ve decided to make a VERY special offer to any author who wishes to purchase a copy of +Horror Library+ Vol 1 for the purpose of understanding what we are looking for and submitting something along the lines of what we want. We will not select our stories until near the end of 2009, so there is time.

The price - $8, shipping included in the continental US. Shipping is $5 to Canada and $8 anywhere else in the world. That’s $9 off the cover price - we’ve never offered it this low. We hope you submit to us, but that is not a necessary part of the deal. We figure the best way to find the stories we want is to get as many interested authors as we could to own a copy of it, before we begin selections.

Send Paypal payment to and accompany payment with this code in the subject line:
HL Vol 1 - SSO or (HL Vol 1 - Submissions Special Offer)

Manuscript format:
-12 point courier font
- standard margins
- left side of header: name, contact info
- right side of header: word count
- top of first page: title, author

Variances from traditional manuscript format:
- single space, NO INDENTS
- ONE EXTRA space between paragraphs
- use bold, italics and underline as they are to appear in story

Subject box: Short Story submission - title of story

Attach story in MS Word Document or RTF (only)
Please paste your cover letter in the body of the e-mail

Submissions e-mailed to

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