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Open Submissions for 2022 Anthology!!

Updated: Jul 26, 2022

Ghosts, and Other Chthonic Macabres

Ottawa is rich with literary talent, and Broken Keys Publishing's last two anthologies prove it!

Both Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology and Love &Catastrophē Poetrē, having won the Faces of Ottawa Book of the Years Awards for 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Submissions will be open to Ottawa and surrounding regions authors as well as established Broken Keys Publishing authors.

In the spirit of showcasing Ottawa's stunning talents, we will be publishing a new anthology! Submissions open April 4th, 2022 and run until September 5th, 2022.

Short stories should be within the range of 1,500 to 7,500 words.

The theme for this collection will be ghost and horror stories!

Local photographer John Wenzel (JJ Wenzel Images) and local model Mylee Batista will be featured on this upcoming collection's cover art.

We are also looking for a guest editor as well as somebody to pen the foreword! (Previous forewords for Thin Places and Love & Catastrophe Poetre releases were the incredible Julie Beun and Ottawa’s very own Codi Jefferys!!)


Applicants must be 18 years of age or over. We are not legally comfortable conversing with people who are not adults. We will make exceptions with written parental permission.

Applicants must be a resident of Ottawa or the surrounding Ottawa region, as well as published authors or poets of Broken Keys Publishing. Your mailing address must be included on the body of the submission email.

The email submission subject should read, Ghosts What Lies Beneath - <your name>

Submissions are to be in 12 pt. Arial font and between 1,500-7,500 words. Acceptable file types are Microsoft Word (.docx) and Open document format (.odt). Email delivery only. Submission must be an attachment.

Do not forward links to your writing. If the submitted piece is not an attachment we will not search for it.

Do not submit or use Email Notification Services: we will not sign into any service to view your writing. If we receive and email requiring us to verify something or sign into something, consider the submission rejected. Please keep this in mind.

The theme or genre of the short story must be either a ghost story or horror, or both. However, by no means must they be exclusively horror. Hybrids, drama, historic, mystery, crime, thriller, romance, fantasy, western, or comedy could all be possible hybrids. Even poetry is a possibility (if done clever enough). (Word count for poetry will be taken into a different consideration).

Please include a short bio as a second attachment.

Submissions should be emailed to

Permission & Ownership:

Ownership is the foundation of it all. If we don't know who owns the work it will not be published. So please, no pen names and no third party submissions. The writer needs to submit their own work.

You must own its copyright. (If you haven't copyrighted it yet, or are unsure, if you are the original author then you have copyright. If it has been previously published, you may not).

If you have sold your work elsewhere you may not own it and may have only your name on it. If you want to include that work in a book someday you may have to get written permission.

Submissions to this anthology presumes you have dealt with all these issues already.

We will take this submission to this anthology as a statement and permission by you that,

You do indeed have ownership of said work (and you, the author, take responsibility and legal liability should you not), and

That permission to reproduce it on print, print-on-demand (and subsequent print runs and publications), audiobooks, narrations, readings and ebook publications is given upon submission and acceptance.

Broken Keys Publishing does not nor will not own these works once printed. You still maintain ownership, with the exception of Broken Keys Publishing's permission to print and reprint this anthology.


There is no fee to submit a short story.

There will be no fee and no payment should your short story be selected. You will be credited as the story's author, in both this anthology's credit page and a brief bio.

This anthology will be dealt with in 3 separate categories: 1) print-editions, 2) print-on-demand, and 3) ebook.


Once the anthology goes to print you will be given the option of purchasing copies for your own purposes and/or sales, at printing cost, plus a nominal administration fee. However, this is not necessary.

Although it is too early to be certain, we are anticipating a cost in the ballpark of $ 6-7 per copy with a retail sales price of $15-20. As we get closer to a final draft we will better be able to solidify these numbers. You will be free to sell these copies at your will with their profits benefiting you directly.


Print-on-demand and ebooks:

Once this anthology's ebook and print-on-demand have been published through Draft-2-Digital distributors (Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo,, Angus & Robertson, to name a few, but not an extensive list, but excluding Amazon's and excluding Amazon Kindle's ebook and print-on-demand services) a percentage divided to the number of contributors will be paid out as royalties, set up via Draft-2-Digital's Split Payment Services. (For example, should the final anthology have 20 contributors, royalties will be sale price, less distributor's fees and taxes, with the remaining profit shared among all contributors, in this example, 5% each).

These conditions will be updated and laid out in full detail once submissions have been accepted and permission/contract forms signed.

Notices, Rejections & Announcements:

Rejected submissions will not be notified.

A critical path (submission deadline, selection deadline, final proof, quantity ordered, payment due date, and printing date) will be posted. Those selected will be emailed and notification will be posted publicly.

Submissions will open from April 4th, 2022 - September 5th, 2022.

Finalists will be announced September 30th.

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