Shtriga is currently open for short story submissions for our first ever anthology. We’re looking for supernatural stories inspired by Slavic mythology and folklore. It can be any type of fantasy subgenre—for example, urban, epic, dark and historical fantasy, paranormal romance; any type of horror, gothic romances and such—it just needs to have a supernatural element based on, or directly inspired by, Slavic myths or folktales.
Think of stories with the Slavic pantheon, or stories with creatures from folklore, like the rusalka luring people to the river, the pesky aždaja living in the lake and brewing trouble, shapeshifting štrigas or, maybe, a modern twist on the Baba Yaga dealing with climate change. You have a favorite Slavic folk tale and want to do a modern retelling? We also accept that! It just needs to be your original story and previously unpublished in English (so, no reprints—and please make sure that you still hold worldwide English rights).
Length: 4000 – 8000 words
Payment: $35 per story, one-time payment
Format: ebook and paperback
Deadline: May 2nd, 2022
We accept simultaneous submissions—please let us know if that’s the case with your story—but no multiple submissions (only one story per author). We’re open internationally and you don’t need to be Slavic to submit a story to this anthology, you just need to have a PayPal account to receive the payment. Please note that we will be accepting work which has been previously unpublished in English only. The anthology is planned for publication in late 2022.
Email your submission to email@example.com with “Slavic Supernatural [your name] [your story title]” in the subject line. We accept submissions in .odt and .docx. Please use Times New Roman 12, double spaced, with no tabs (use indentations instead). Please include author name and manuscript title in the document header.
We’re looking forward to reading your stories!
Shtriga is a small indie publishing cottage from Croatia, with a background in horror, urban fantasy and retrofuturistic mystery. All of our books are produced with love and by a small team of local professionals. We believe in diverse stories and high quality speculative fiction for all.
Artwork by Antonio Filipović, inspired by Polish sculptures known as the “Old Prussian Hags”.