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Open Submissions


Sinister Smile Press will be selecting two authors to join this publication

Just face it…girl’s rule.

The horror genre is full of remarkable writers—masters of prose that can make your skin crawl, your pulse quicken, and your breath ragged. But nothing is as special as a badass female author who evokes a sense of fear and dread so intense that it affects the reader for days afterward.

Just a Girl is an anthology containing stories by some of the best female names in horror. Join us in celebrating their unique voices and prepare yourself for a wide array of  never-before-published horror stories that will leave you wanting more.

With stories by J.H. Moncrieff, EV Knight, Kenzie Jennings, Rebecca Rowland, Candace Nola, Jill Girardi, Catherine Jordan, Renee M.P.T. Kray, Lydia Prime, Rayne Havok, and Kate DeJonge.


  • Submissions must be between 4,000 and 12,000 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 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 be written by a female author and be horror - Theme or trope does not matter

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • Authors may only submit one story for this call

  • Simultaneous submissions are not permitted for this call

  • JUST A GIRL will be released on March 31st, 2023

  • Authors will be notified on whether or not their story was accepted by September 8th, 2022

  • Window to submit stories is August 1st through August 7th, 2022 only. No stories will be accepted outside of this window

Compensation Information

  • Author will 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 paperback author copies at publisher's cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology with exclusive rights for 12 months.

This link will only work August 1st-August 7th, 2022.


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