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Do you want your story to appear in the next volume of the Better Off Dead Series?


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 THE OTHERWORLDLY AND UNDEAD - The Better Off Dead Series Volume 5, which will be released in the summer 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 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1" margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions must fit the theme of Otherworldly or Undead and must be written in the horror genre. Some examples of Otherworldly are beings from outside of this planet, from heaven or hell, from another realm or dimension, or anything else your imagination conjures up. Some examples of Undead are zombies, the reanimated, ghosts, ghouls, mummies, or anything else your imagination conjures up. What we don't want to see: Vampire stories or stereotypical zombie or alien stories. If you are submitting a zombie or alien story, please make it fresh and different

  • 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 January 27th, 2021

  • Authors will be notified by March 15th, 2021 if their story was selected


You worked hard on your story, so don't take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn't meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don't let this happen to you.

Submit Your Story

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

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