Friday, October 5, 2012

Call for Southern Gothic Fiction by Women: Phantom Manners


Editors William Wright and Michelle Wright are now considering submissions for Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women. Submissions are open to any woman writing southern gothic fiction. We invite work from gifted writers in any stage of their writing careers.

When we use the term "southern gothic," we do not refer to genre fiction, but textured literary works with southern gothic aspects, e.g. Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Nordan, Porter, early McCarthy, William Gay, etc. We do not consider "southern gothic" a static subgenre, but an amorphous, inclusive one—, the only "rules" being that submitted fiction has to deal with the American South in some sense and that the writing be "gothic," that it orbits or involves--—whether on a small or large level—--something disruptive, transgressive, taboo, derelict, corrupt, tragic, and/or disturbing. Dark humor may also figure into the equation.

Flash fiction, short stories, or self-contained short-story-length (up to 30 pp.) excerpts from novels are welcome. Please send submissions in MS Word 1997-2003, 2007, or 2010 (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) to the editors at:


Include your name and contact information somewhere on the submission. Previously published work is acceptable as long you retain the rights; please supply the book and/or journal name if the piece has been published.

Deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2013, although early submissions are encouraged.

Questions about the collection should be directed to the editors via:

william(at) (replace (at) with @ when sending email)

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!

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