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The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories

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This autumn we will publish The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories, to be a collection of the best in new horror writing comprising between fifteen and twenty short stories.


If you think you have written, or can write, a great horror story that you would like to see included in The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories, we would love to hear from you. We want this collection to include only brilliant modern horror stories and to surpass in terms of quality the high standards we set ourselves with last year's The Corona Book of Horror Stories -

We are looking for the best in new horror stories.

Submissions in English are welcome from any country.

We are not asking for exclusivity or any other rights to your story other than to publish it in The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories. You will retain the copyright to your story and be free to publish it in any form at any time elsewhere. In return, unfortunately, what we can’t offer you is immediate riches. What we can offer you is a degree of kudos if we accept your story, some free author copies and a proportionate share of the net royalties on any sales over the first one thousand copies.  


Like the first Corona Book of Horror Stories (, The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories will include no more than one story by any one author but will include potted biographies of all its writers and a list of author websites and Twitter accounts to aid readers wanting to find out more about you and your writing.


Think you have a brilliant horror short story? - We'd love to hear from you.  


Please submit stories to with Word or pdf attachments only, and to arrive by Thursday 31st May 2018.    

Stories should be between a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words - there will be room for both short short stories and long short stories.

We'd also like you to include a few words about yourself with your submission, giving us a very brief bio, covering other writing you've done and letting us know about your social media presence and willingness to help promote The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories if your story is included.

As we say elsewhere, we’re not that into rules here, so we've endeavoured to keep the submission guidelines as simple and as few as possible:

There will be room too in the book for various different takes on what constitutes horror - we want the stories in the book to be varied. Your story can be supernatural or natural horror. It can be graphic or gory, or merely sinister or spooky.

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The call for submissions for The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories is now closed. The information below is temporarily retained here for reference only.