SINISTER SMILE PRESS SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads Volumes 1 & 2 Submission Guidelines


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

  • All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS - The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in September of 2021
  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)
  • 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 in12 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 fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.). ALSO NOTE: we are NOT looking for stories with supernatural elements.
  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes
  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium
  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume
  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such
  • A submission deadline has been added for these volumes. The submission window will close on April 7th, 2021 at 11:59 PM P.S.T.
  • Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received
  • Authors will be notified by June 15th, 2021, if their story was selected or not
Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology
  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story
  • 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