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MOTHER KNOWS BEST: Tales of Homemade Horror is a women-in-horror anthology inspired by "bad mothers." We're looking for your best horror stories featuring mother-figures: mama trauma, smother-mother, etc. 

MOTHER KNOWS BEST is a women-in-horror anthology. All writers who identify as women (cis, trans, and non-binary femmes) are welcome to submit. International submissions always welcomed! Submissions that are not from women authors will be automatically rejected.

Featured Contributors include:

  • Gwendolyn Kiste
  • Kristi DeMeester
  • Kelsea Yu
  • Zin E. Rocklyn
  • Rachel Harrison

With an introduction by: Sadie Hartmann 

Edited by: Lindy Ryan

Payment: 6 cents a word (USD)
Length: 1000 to 5000 words
Submission Period: January 2023 to March 31, 2023. All submissions will be read after close. Due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to offer comments on every rejection, and appreciate your understanding.
Expected Release Date: May 2024 (traditional trade)

No reprints, multiple subs, or simultaneous subs.

ABSOLUTELY NO AI. These will be automatically rejected.
Use classic Shunn formatting.

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