Ai Jiang and Christi Nogle are seeking previously unpublished stories of 1,000 to 4,000 words for Shortwave Publishing’s Wilted Pages: An Anthology of Dark Academia.
Wilted Pages takes its inspirations from works such as The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas, and The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read. Gloomy buildings, secret societies, futuristic boarding schools, gothic yet modern aesthetics, and occult learning are among the pleasures to be found in this subgenre.
We are looking for a broad range of HORROR, DARK FANTASY, and SCIENCE FICTION HORROR concerning
We are open to reading a wide variety of content but ask that you include a content note if your piece contains the following:
Please include your content notes on both cover letter and your submission document so that they will be available to those assigning submissions to first readers as well as to the readers themselves.
$0.05/word per accepted submission for first world print/digital rights with six months exclusivity.
Ai Jiang spent several years as a tutor of English Literature and ESL and was part of the VicOne Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto during her undergraduate studies. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in F&SF, The Dark Magazine, The Deadlands, among others. Ai has experience as a reader and editor at Orca Literary Journal and Strange Horizons, guest editing for If There’s Anyone Left, and was the fiction editor for Orion’s Belt and From Arthur’s Seat.
Christi Nogle taught at Boise State University for twenty years. She is the author of the novel Beulah from Cemetery Gates Media and three forthcoming collections from Flame Tree Press, beginning with The Best of Our Past, The Worst of Our Future. Her work appears in publications such as Dark Matter Magazine, Vastarien, and Obsolescence from Shortwave Publishing. Christi is an Associate Editor at PseudoPod and, with Willow Dawn Becker, co-edited Mother: Tales of Love and Terror from Weird Little Worlds.