Hate it or love it, the 1990s were a very interesting time! We had Tamagotchis, “Be kind. Rewind.”, cassette tapes, skip-it, slap bracelets, and all kinds of wonderful things. Skating rinks, malls, and movie rental stores (RIP Blockbuster, I miss you) were popular. We had gnarly slang, questionable fashion, and great music, if I'm expressing my own opinions here. If you disagree- Whatever!
I am looking for fellow horror authors (established or aspiring) to join me and submit short stories for an *indie* anthology that shall be titled “Oh Snap!: A Horror Anthology” and released August 1, 2023.
I am open (as everyone should be, dammit!) to all races, genders, sexualities and so forth. While I am mostly looking for stories from those that actually lived *and remember* the 90s, I will not turn away younger writers if you do proper research so that your story properly reflects the decade. This is for writers.
So, from that, you can probably infer the theme: the 1990s. I want unique horror stories set in the 1990s. I'm looking for all subgenres of horror! With that said, if you so choose splatterpunk, do not neglect your actual plot.
•Any Child Sexualization
While I want accurate 1990 stories, be mindful of social issues. If it's not your story to tell, don't tell it. If it is your story to tell, please submit it! Just use common sense and good judgment. Also, please do avoid tokenism in your stories.
Now, for the guidelines:
•Story must not be previously published
•Times New Roman, 12, Double Space
•Cover page should include your story title, your pen name, and word count.
•Doc or Docx
•Save your file as LASTNAME_TITLE
•Email to email@example.com with subject “Oh Snap!”
•Important: In the body of your email, please include social media and website links if you have them and a short 3-5 sentence bio.
•Spellcheck and proofread to the best of your ability
•Submissions close March 6, 2023 at 12 PM EST
•Acceptance/Rejection Emails sent no later than March 15, though possibly sooner.
•Release in paperback and ebook August 1, 2023 (there will be no preorder period)
•USD payment (more below) sent no later than April 1, 2023
•Physical copy sent no later than July 1, 2023.
Payment and Rights
•Authors of accepted stories will receive $20, an eBook copy, and a paperback copy once edits are finalized, in accordance to the timeline above.
•While stories should not be previously published, you will retain ALL rights to your story.
If you have any questions, do reach out by messaging me on Instagram @HorrorAuthorVMP or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOST IMPORTANT: HAVE FUN RELIVING THE 90s!
Vanessa Perry is a horror and dark fantasy author and poet.