SHADOWS & TALL TREES, VOL. 7 (Undertow Publications)
Open to submissions from August 1 to August 31 only!! (Manuscripts sent prior to August will be deleted)
– I want literary horror, weird fiction, strange tales, à la Robert Aickman.
– Original, previously unpublished fiction only, please. (Will consider work that has yet to be published in English if you provide a translation.)
– Manuscripts should be 2500 to 8000 words
– Payment is a princely $50 – $100 and a copy of each edition, for first English-Language rights for Hardback, Trade and eBook editions.
– No overly long and effusive cover letters. I don’t read them.
– No simultaneous or multiple submissions, please
– No familiar tropes. i.e. vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Ghosts, though? Hell, yes.
– No science fiction, high fantasy, or poetry please
Stories, in standard manuscript format, as attachments, are to be sent to this address only:
Quiet horror and weird fiction. Fiction that is offbeat and eclectic; dark, bizarre and psychological. Stories both subtle and prosaic. Weird, strange tales. Shadows & Tall Trees is an anthology of the dark and fantastic, with mainstream sensibilities. I am seeking low-key, literary work. Voice is very important.
Volume 6 was a World Fantasy Award, and Shirley Jackson Award Finalist. Several stories published in Shadows & Tall Trees have been selected for reprint in various “Best Of” anthologies. Peter Straub has declared it “A beautiful and courageous volume.”
I am looking for stories that share the same weird and strange sensibility experienced in the works of Robert Aickman, Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson, Vernon Lee, Thomas Ligotti, Daphne du Maurier, and Arthur Machen.
I am not interested in any of the familiar tropes of the genre, i.e., vampires, werewolves, and zombies, in any of their forms. Nor am I interested in urban fantasy, occult/paranormal detectives, or magick. No elves, dragons, or faeries.
Other authors that I enjoy include Nina Allan, Nathan Ballingrud, Charles Beaumont, Italo Calvino, Ramsey Campbell, Angela Carter, Raymond Carver, Gemma Files, Elizabeth Hand, Helen Oyeyemi, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, Kathe Koja, Alison Moore, Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Mary Rickert, Nicholas Royle, Simon Strantzas, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lisa Tuttle, etc.
Undertow Publications encourages and welcomes a diverse range of voices and perspectives.
Response times will vary. Some stories may be held until November. The book is due to be published March 2017.
About Undertow Publications:
Undertow Publications is an independent press dedicated to short fiction of exceptional literary merit. Our goal is to keep this art form alive and viable; to share great new contemporary writing; and to prove that the short story is a vital mode of literature that displays great craft, is entertaining, provocative, and comments on society and the human condition in imaginative ways.
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Shadows & Tall Trees are the flagship publications of Undertow Publications (UP). In 2010 and 2013 Shadows & Tall Trees was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award for Best Periodical/Magazine. In 2014 it changed to anthology format and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and Shirley Jackson Award. Our first book, Apparitions (2009), an anthology of ghost stories, was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.