All FunDead submissions for 2017 are closed, please check back, for submission calls for 2018. Follow our page for quickestcest updates!


13902676_1143410472382941_4244725564839305755_nWe are seeking short stories for a new anthology
slated for fall of 2017 (roughly early September for release, tentative title is ‘One Night in Salem’). This will be a sister anthology to our first release, Shadows in Salem, that came out in September of 2016. We want this collection to share the theme of Salem, MA ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT through the years. Set your story in 1955, set your story in 1999, that is up to you, but it must be dark, gothic, or horror related! We will post years that are submitted as they arrive in our e-mail so you can keep track and so we don’t have twenty stories set on Halloween night in 1626. We are from Salem, so we know the area well, as do our local readers, so please take that into consideration in your research! Some witches are okay, but please remember that there is so much more to this city than the witch history! We are hoping to select one story per decade for variety, but we do not expect to fill *every* decade between the founding of Salem (1626) and today. Our anthologies generally end up at around twenty stories, so keep in mind, you don’t have to limit yourself to the last 100 years.
  • Instructions: Send your submission to for consideration with “Halloween Salem Submission AND THE YEAR YOUR STORY IS SET as the subject line, for example, “Halloween Salem Submission: 1922“, but please read our guidelines below!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit by: June 11th, 2017  June 30th, 2017 Word Count: 1,000-6,000
  • Content Requirements: Your story must 14523174_1193628297361158_5059588828413983419_ntake place in Salem, MA on Halloween (10/31). The time-period and content is your choice, but DO be unique and DO make it SPOOKY! We will continue posting a running list of the years/decades that have already been submitted to ensure you have a chance to pick a year that has not been submitted already. Of course, we are looking for the best, so if there are many submissions set in 1977, we’ll try to choose the best of them. Yes, Salem is ‘The Witch City’, so you can utilize this in your writing, but please be unique if you choose this subject matter!
  • List of Years we’ve already received submissions for: Note: This list is NOT representative of accepted stories, it is *just* to show which years we have submissions for to help YOU (the writers) choose varying centuries/decades/eras to write about.
    • 1629, 1630, 1644, 1672, 1723, 1778, 1793, 1812, 1851, 1865, 1881, 1886, 1901, 1914, 1929, 1937, 1950, 1961, 1970, 1973 (2), 1974, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 (2), 1991, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2005 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (2), 2017 (3)
  • Payment: Accepted submissions will be awarded payment in the way of $10 upon printing, paid via PayPal, along with a print copy of the anthology. Writers may also choose to accept their $10 payment in the form of extra copies of the anthology. It may not be much, but we are a small and humble press just getting our start and it’s all we can offer at this time, besides our excellent social media promotion and beyond (we post daily, often, and spotlight our writers regularly). If your submission is accepted, you will also receive a printed copy of the anthology!
  • Format: Format should be in standard manuscript format and submitted as .doc,
    .docx. Unfortunately, we cannot accept reprints at this time. Please include a brief cover letter introducing yourself along with your submission.
  • Response Time: Please be aware that it may be six to eight weeks (or more) before you receive a response from FunDead Publications, we often wait until after the close date to send acceptance e-mails to ensure we select the best content for our readers. Our submission load is often fluctuating, but we read and respond as quickly as we can. If it is a simultaneous submission, please let us know.
  • Diversity Statement: We at FunDead Publications believe diversity is what makes fiction wonderful and unique and we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.



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      • Was a deadline added since? I see the poetry section is crossed out and labeled as cancelled. Will there not be poetry featured, or did I miss the deadline?


        • Hi Anna, I’m sorry to inform you, but we have cancelled all poetry anthologies for the time being. Unfortunately, the submissions we so low, we have been unable to form a full collection and have decided to cancel them for the time being. We made a post regarding this issue on our social media accounts when they were cancelled, but I think we might have missed an official statement on our web site in the rush to manage the changes across all our platforms. We do apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We want to ensure that we release projects that are both complete and well-rounded, and we did not see that as a possibility for Death Poetic or the Halloween Poetry anthology based on the number of submissions. Instead, we’ve decided to devote our time to short story anthologies for the time being, and hope to eventually revisit poetry collections later on.


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