Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Calling writers of Paranormal YA for anthology 'DARK HEARTS'


Do you write YA paranormal / fairytales / horror? Interested on raising your profile, expanding your readership and working as part of a cross promotional writers' group.

In January this year Little Bird Publishing House is hoping to e-publish an anthology of YA paranormal short stories; each one being around 5-10,000 words. It would be published under the KDP Select scheme with the idea of taking advantage of their promotion of free books.

The anthology would be priced at $0.99c in order to entice new readers. As a result the profit margin will be about $0.30c a book which, unless we sell thousands is really rather difficult to divvy out so I'm suggesting that any proceeds from sales go to a charity. I will put forward several good causes and those involved can vote.

Each story will end with a writer's profile page, which is your chance to 'showcase' your books, site and self.

This is Volume I and the title is 'Dark Hearts' - you may want to take this as your inspiration. The anthology aims to contain stories that are based on traditional folklore and myths. You may write stories about fae, vampires, wolves, ghosts, witches etc

Each story should be between 5,000 and 10,000 carefully edited and proof-checked words. It should have a title. If selected, it will undergo editing but no changes will be made without your permission and you will have the final say prior to publication. You are welcome to submit more than one story.

You will maintain all rights to your work. It will remain legally yours. Please do not submit previously published works or excerpts from longer novels but you may write, side stories, backstories or spin offs of one of your novels if it fits the brief.

If you would like any more details then please e-mail me at and we can talk one to one.

This is open submission. Whether you are a trad / indie pubbed or this is your first go at writing a short story. Please e-mail submissions to and send your story in a word doc. in Times New Roman, size 12 and double spaced.

Looking forward to reading your submissions.
Katie x


  1. I was wondering when the submissions are due by?

    1. 31st of October 2012. Excited that you're submitting, Jessica.

  2. Hey, Katie. Can't wait to submit. Thanks for letting me know about the anthology. ;)

    1. Brilliant. Looking forward to reading your submission :)

  3. Replies
    1. Reprints are absolutely fine as long as you hold all the rights :)

  4. Hi,

    Is there any wiggle room on the deadline for submissions? I've only just seen it and would love to send a story across for consideration.


    1. Hi Nicky,
      Sorry, I have only just pocked this up. Please note that there will be a volume 2 later this year and we'd love for you to submit something.

      Kindness, Kate