PAYING/NO FEE submission call & interview – Shadow Atlas anthology, DEADLINE: June 27, 2021

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas is a forthcoming anthology from Hex Publishers. The anthology will include a collection of dark stories focused on folklore linked to location. Authors and folklore enthusiasts Carina Bissett and Hillary Dodge, and four-time Colorado Book Award finalist and StokerCon™ 2021 souvenir book publisher, Joshua Viola, will be jointly editing this anthology.

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas will be a collection of dark tales intrinsically rooted in the places from which they’ve sprung. We seek haunting and folkloric tales where setting is character and landscape is an essential part of the story. We want stories that draw from the wellspring of cultural destinations and local folklore in their shaping – most especially, stories that are tied to a specific and concrete location. This can include places that never existed, or those with connections created by the author, but they must take place in South America. Original tales, mash-ups, and new takes on known folkloric elements/cryptids/legends are all welcome.”

For more information, see my interview with the editors and a link to submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Shadow Atlas.

EDITORS: We often see anthologies featuring the same names in the same circles. We wanted to break down those barriers and offer opportunities for new voices to be heard. We also wanted to expand the scope of genre expectations when it comes to horror, so we centered the theme of this anthology on the concept of place and local folklore. From the very beginning, we were determined to include a mix of poetry and short fiction from diverse voices. The table of contents features work by such well-known authors as Josh Malerman, Jane Yolen, Julia Rios, Gwendolyn Kiste, and E. Lily Yu, which illustrates just how far-reaching the elements of horror can be in the literary realm. We want to add to that discussion of genre and genre expectations.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Shadow Atlas originally started?

EDITORS: An extended brainstorming session about potential themes actually hatched the idea of a global field guide. When we realized we were looking at an entire series (in an encyclopedic sense), we narrowed it down to the Americas. Individual editorial interests in folklore, cartography, culture, folk horror, and cryptozoology eventually lead us to the central theme of landscapes – most especially, stories and poems that tied to specific and concrete locations. We also decided that this could include places that never existed, or those with connections created by the author.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

EDITORS: Each of the editors has a different taste in the genres they prefer to read, and we are hoping that this diversity of style will also be present in the mix of work included in the anthology. All of the pieces should lean into the dark side of speculative fiction, but writers are encouraged to explore a wide array of styles ranging from magical realism to splatterpunk. Just remember that each of the poems included will be a new entry in the field guide to dark landscapes. From folk to urban horror, tell us about the places that leave their mark on the human psyche, those that resonate deep inside and leave something behind in return. Original art by award-winning artist Aaron Lovett will accompany each selected story.

HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?

EDITORS: Please send submissions to Include a short bio. We will only be accepting submissions from June 21 to June 27, 2021. Anything sent before or after this window will be deleted unread. Use classic Shunn formatting. Send poem as an attachment in doc or docx or paste the text directly in the email. In the subject line, put “Shadow Atlas,” the name of the poem, and author name. Example: Shadow Atlas – Poem Title – Author Name. No reprints, multiple or simultaneous subs.

Click here to read submission guidelines.



PAYMENT: $250 for short fiction; $25 for poetry

THEME: dark poems focused on folklore linked to location (specifically seeking poems linked to places in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America)




FORMS: poetry and short stories


SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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