If I Die Before I Wake Volume 7 Submission Guidelines

Please read carefully. Submissions that don't meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.

  • All submissions will be reviewed after the submission deadline and chosen stories will be published in IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE- TALES OF SAVAGERY AND SLAUGHTER - The Better Off Dead Series Volume 7, which will be released June 6, 2022.
  • Submissions must be between 4,000 and 12,000 words (Word counts are firm. Please don't message us to ask if we will accept something outside of this range. The answer is, and always will be, no.)
  • Title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission
  • Submissions must be written using American English spelling and terminology
  • Submissions must be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1" margins, double spaced with a special first line indention of 0.3"
  • Submissions must not contain headers, footers or page numbers
  • All scene breaks must be three asterisks, centered, with no spaces in between (***)
  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format
  • Submissions should be clean and edited to the best of author's ability
  • Submissions must contain elements of savagery and slaughter, conducted by a person, an animal, a being other than human, or an unknown/original type of perpetrator. We are very much interested in stories with extremely original plots and not the typical “person slaughters a bunch of other people” type stories. Bonus points if the setting of the story is unique.
  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes
  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium
  • The number of stories published will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty
  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such
  • The deadline for submissions is November 8, 2021
  • Stories will be selected and authors contacted by March 8, 2022
Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology
  • Receive a one-time payment per selected story, using the following scale:
    • 4k-6k word story - $30 (USD)
    • 6k-8k word story - $40 (USD)
    • 8k-12k word story - $50 (USD)
  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date
  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher's cost, plus shipping
  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology