2nd Annual Halloween Contest Guidelines

  1. All submissions must be frightening, terrifying, and spooky.
  2. Submissions must be emailed to the correct editor, as if you were regularly submitting.
  3. Submissions adhere to our usual guidelines pertaining to violence, racism, etc.
  4. The subject line must include “Halloween Contest” or the submission will be disqualified.


Are you looking to submit your work? 

General: When submitting work, please understand that we’re looking for unpublished pieces. We’re okay with simultaneous submissions, just let us know if your work has been accepted at another place so we may withdraw your submission from our workload. We’re a small publication with limited personnel, so give us a month to three months to reply. We consider your work just as important as you do and wish to go over it thoughtfully. If you don’t hear from us within that time, email us! We accept only .doc, .docx, .pdf, and .jpg files. Please no .pages files.

Genres and Subgenres: Fiction, fantasy, high fantasy, horror, thriller, weird, new weird, new age.

We are open for submissions until 9/1/2019 and will be accepting an array of works. Note that we are going to reject a piece if it is graphically pornographic, overtly racist, or highly political. We also do not accept works that depict violence towards children, graphic rape scenes, or child pornography. If we feel the literature itself is in danger because of these issues, the work will not be accepted. If you are a repeat offender of these guidelines, we reserve the right to refuse reading any future work from you.

For a quicker response, please follow some simple guidelines:

  • Edit for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, etc. If you’re uncomfortable with this, let us know. Lauren sometimes uses Grammarly and has found it to be helpful.
  • Submit through email with a separate document, preferably .doc, .docx, .pdf.
  • Please include a short bio, no more than 200 words.
  • We will check for plagiarizing, so no stealing, please. That’s just rude.
  • Anyone who does not follow our guidelines will be rejected. Instantly. We’re not messing around.


Patrick Johnson, Chief Editor of Poetry


Poetry: We’ll accept up to five poems at a time.

What we look for: We want poetry that tells a story or makes a statement. Yeah, the cool thing right now is no rhyme scheme or meter, but we love that so send it anyway. Think the sublime or an awakening. Think about that little nursery rhyme that frightened you as a child. Write an ode to that time you were abducted by aliens. Maybe a sonata to the Sasquatch in your state park.

You can submit your work to Patrick at


Lauren Hamm, Chief Editor of Flash Fiction + Short Fiction


Flash Fiction: Authors can submit up to three works of flash fiction at a time. (Word count: 250-1,000)

What we look for: We want a moment in time, a tiny story, or a description that leaves the reader thinking for the rest of the day. We want a way for readers to escape, to think, and to start conversations. We want our flash fiction to hit like a punch to the head. Maybe it opens someone’s mind to all sorts of strange and unusual myths or theories. Maybe it creates a new world for readers to explore.

Fiction: Authors can submit up to no less than two pages and no more than thirty-five pages of work. (Word count: 1,001-5,000)

What we look for: We want the stories that leave the reader thinking for a long time afterward. The kinds of stories they remember years down the road. We look for the  stories that are well written, interesting, and new. We don’t mind cliche ideas, as long as there’s a twist. We want stories that others can read and enjoy. Maybe escape in for a while. Maybe drags us down a few holes into The Nameless City, who knows.

You can submit your work to Lauren at


Jonathan Nickles, Chief Editor of Illustration + Photography


Illustration: Artists can send up to three illustrations at a time.

Photography: Photographers can send up to three photographs at a time.

What we look for: We want artwork that makes you think. Give us the weird, the fantastic, and the surreal.

Art Guidelines:

  • Files should be submitted at 150 dpi or more.
  • Submit art and photography through email as a .PNG, .PDF, .TIFF, or JPEG.
  • Please include a short bio or artist statement, no more than 200 words, along with your work. If you’ve got a website with more of your work, let us know!
  • Include the media, title, size in the submission.


You can submit your work to Jonathan at


Brittany Howard, Chief Editor of Non-Fiction, Book Reviews + Creative Non-Fiction

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Non-Fiction + Reviews: Authors can submit up to no less than one page and no more than thirty-five pages of work. (Word count: 100-5,000)

What we look for: We want writing from the soul about the things that are scary, spooky, supernatural and weird. Maybe a surreal encounter with an alien being. Possible encounter with a ghost in a family home. An unexplainable life experience that just made you think. A phenomenon you really appreciate and hope to experience. An unusual fixation on the paranormal and the supernatural.

Reviews: Submit reviews of the books that made you pause, question human existence and want to write your own. Basically, just make us want to read and share the book you feel so passionately about. We prefer the weird, new age and strange – of course. When submitting, please specify a genre and author details.

You can submit your work to Brittany at:


Email us at with general questions or concerns.


The Ginger Collect retains First North American Serial Rights to any works submitted and published on our site. We ask that if your piece is republished elsewhere that The Ginger Collect receives due credit as the first publisher. We do not accept previously published works. (Copyright is expensive, man.)