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ARCHER PUBLISHING is seeking short stories and novellas for its horror anthology, Dark Mirrors (2022). We want stories to be well-written, fast paced, topical, progressive, thematic, and very entertaining. Can include straight-up horror, dark thrillers, noir or neo-noir, or speculative fiction. Can include werewolves, vampires, monsters, creepy castles, dark passageways, devil possession, serial killers, etc., so long as the story is dark and scary. Imagine the tale on the big screen. Imagine the story is going to be read for Halloween. Push boundaries of imagination. Horrify, gall, astonish, provoke.

We are not looking for science fiction, fantasy, westerns, or romance, unless these genres also contain strong elements of frightful horror. A hybrid story is acceptable.

Stories can be written by LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ authors, and should include diversity. Characters may include LGBTQ and/or non-LGBTQ characters, and should be a mixture of any race, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, class, etc. An inclusive story is an accessible story. Originality earns extra points. Word count for short stories should be less than 9,000 words; novellas should be less than 13,000 words. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2022.

Compensation includes 2 hard copy books and 1 digital copy of your story. Books will be available for sale AT COST for resale.

All submissions should be in Word format, justified, line spaced at 1.5, in Times New Roman at 10pt. The title of the work should be on the first page. Centered beneath the title should be the author’s name, email address, phone number, and word count.

We have 11 slots. Make your work stand out. We look forward to being scared.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2022.


Submit all work to, with a subject line to read in caps DARK MIRROR PROJECT: (author name and title of work).

All queries should be made to Louis Lyles II at

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