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Blood & Bone An Anthology of Body Horror by Women 7

A project of Ghost Orchid Press (see other related projects).

Do not submit here! This project is permanently closed to submissions (May 2021). We provide the following information as an archive.


Since the earliest creation myths, womens’ bodies have been a site of conflict, venerated and feared in equal measure. We’re looking for body horror stories by women writers that explore, celebrate and dissect (perhaps literally!) femininity and the female experience. There are no limits on content: gore and sexual content is fine. However, don’t feel your story has to be extreme. We always enjoy reading unexpected takes on our prompts, so feel free to interpret it as you wish. We would love to include as diverse a range of voices in this anthology as possible, and as such would like to encourage LGBTQ, BIPOC, disabled and writers of other marginalised backgrounds to submit.

Important: Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to those who identify as women.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United Kingdom Established in 2021

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationOne-time publication.
Print Publication Print PublicationOne-time publication.

Fiction Closed

Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Sexuality/Gender (Women/Female issues, See guidelines), Other (See guidelines).
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
OK No No OK NoText format submissions
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Last Updated: 31 May 2021
Date Added: 26 Apr 2021

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