HORROR MATSURI 2020

—Submissions for our flash fiction call are now closed—

JOIN INSIGNIA’S HALLOWEEN

BLOG TOUR  OCTOBER 1 – 31!

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(updated September 11th, 2020)

BLOG TOUR INFORMATION:

The goal of the blog tour is to share Asian horror or dark fantasy work during the month of October. Insignia Stories will act as the host page and share links to participants’ posts as they become available to read.

Genre: All types of horror and dark fantasy are fine, but your stories/poems MUST have Asian elements such as characters, settings, mythology, futuristic Asian cities, etc. You can be vague on some of these elements if it suits the story, but no obvious foreign locations or characters please.

Work Accepted: All short forms of fiction allowed including poetry, drabbles, micro-fiction and flash fiction. I’m not going to check everyone’s wordcounts but I recommend keeping stories to an upper limit of about 1500wds. If you wish to serialize a longer story, that’s fine, just include Part 1 / Part 2,  in the title.

Artwork: Many writers are artists too, so feel free to illustrate your stories! You can also use royalty-free images in your posts as well.

Schedule: Once I get an idea of the number of participants, I’ll post more information about how we’ll make the schedule and there will be a deadline to sign-up (likely early in Sep). All participants will get a Horror Matsuri Participants badge to include in their featured post. For now, start working on your stories! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or subscribe to this site so you don’t miss an announcement.

THERE IS NOW A PAGE WITH THE HORROR MATSURI SCHEDULE, WHICH HAS MORE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE BLOG TOUR AS WELL.

LIMITED SUBMISSION CALL

–NOW CLOSED–

(CLOSED SEPT 10TH, MIDNIGHT UTC+9)

I will accept a limited number of stories to be published at Insignia Stories in October. Likely 5 pieces, with one posted every Friday. Of course, if the submitted stories are too good I may sneak a few more in.  🙂

Criteria: Asian horror or dark fantasy flash stories of between 500-1500 words.

Payment: US$5 per piece. UPDATED: Contract for online publication & anthology rights.

Reading Period: Submit stories for consideration between Sept 1st to 10th. Acceptances will go out by Sept 15th.

Submit to: insignia.submissionsATgmail.com. You must include a cover letter and a short author bio (in third person) in your email. Attach your story as a doc/docx file. Formatting: Single spacing, an easy font, 12pt, and no indents for paragraphs.

You may include an image/illustration for your story if you have one, but is not required.

INSTINCTS Poetry Series: 2 SPOTS STILL OPEN 

I’d also like to accept a few horror/dark fantasy poems to feature as well, but sorry there is no payment for these. (Submission address as above).

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Any queries, concerns, you can contact me online or email to the submissions address posted.

Happy horror writing, friends!

~Kelly Matsuura~

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