Yes, we will consider stories that are slightly outside the word count range.
No, please don’t submit the same short stories that you submitted before. They will be automatically rejected.
No, we do not accept reprints.
Please let us know as soon as possible if submission is accepted or published by another publisher. To withdraw your submission, email us at [email protected] with the subject line “WITHDRAW SUBMISSION: [Title of the story you’re withdrawing]”.
If we select your story, please remove the work from consideration elsewhere immediately.
Our anthologies are filled on a first-come, first-served basis when we receive signed contracts and finalized manuscripts. E-book and paperback release dates are within 3-6 months after the submissions period.
Based on reader reception, we may publish the English audio along with German and Spanish translations in all formats. You will be notified once production for these take place.
Details will be sent after your story is accepted for publication.
E-book in English: You’ll have to wait 6 months starting from the date of publication. Scare Street will have 6 months exclusivity for English e-book rights. During the e-book exclusivity period, the story must NOT be available anywhere else in written digital format. After 6 months, it'll turn into non-exclusive and you're free to sell or distribute your story as many times as you wish.
E-book in foreign languages: We’ll only have non-exclusive rights for German and Spanish translations, so you can continue selling the foreign rights to other publishers at any point in time.
Print and audio in all languages: We’ll only have non-exclusive rights in print and audio formats. Which means you can simultaneously sell and publish your work in these formats at any point in time and as many times as you'd like.
Selected submissions will receive a response via email, within 30 days after the submission deadline (January 11, 2021). Due to the sheer number of submissions we are unable to reply to all inquiries. We will review all submissions, so if you don't hear back within 45 days after the submission deadline, then your story has not been selected.
Payment will be sent to the PayPal email address you provided in the submissions form by the e-book’s date of publication.
No. You won’t be charged for cover or editing costs.
Yes for e-book and audio formats in all languages.
No, we do not provide free author copies in print format. They will be available at a retail price of $15.
Our editing team will evaluate it. If selected, we’ll send a contract for your review and signature. Then your story will go through revisions. When finalized, we’ll place you in an anthology, and you’ll receive the anthology in e-book format along with publication date. If audio is produced and/or we translate your story to other languages, we will send you those author copies too.
Only your pen name will appear in the anthology, promotion, etc. We will also send updates at various stages of the publication process. This way, you will be able to verify if there are any errors and mispronunciation.
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