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Deadline: July 1st, 2022
Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints.
Theme: Religious Horror



From the editors who brought you Welcome to the Funhouse via Blood Rites Horror, Kelly Brocklehurst and Jamie Stewart, comes a new collection of religious horror stories that will chill you to your core.


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Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines may be rejected

Submissions will be accepted until July 1st, 2022. Please submit to thesacramentdlp@gmail.com, ensuring ’The Sacrament’ is in the subject line.

What we are looking for:

Diversity among the religions represented (e.g., we don’t want every story to focus on Catholicism). We encourage people to think outside the box when they write about what a religion is (e.g., invent a fictional religion or think about things that get cult followings, such as MLMs). We also encourage writers to have a good representation of POC, LGBTQ+, and strong female characters.

What we are NOT looking for:

Please, do not submit stories that do not fit the theme. Submissions cannot contain graphic rape scenes. Please ensure any scenes of a sexual nature are necessary and non-exploitative.

Submissions must be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count, and author email address must be centred at the top of your submission.

Submissions must be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman and double spaced.

We do not require exclusivity. You hold copyright, licensing us just for this publication.

If your story is a reprint, please include its original publication details in your submission email.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology. Notify us by email at thesacramentdlp@gmail.com if you need to withdraw your submission at any time.

The deadline for submissions is July 1st, 2022.


Editor: Kelly Brocklehurst
Kelly Brocklehurst is a queer horror writer, poet, and editor. Her poetry has been published in Conceptions Southwest and The Oklahoman Review. She is also the co-editor of and a contributor to the Blood Rites Horror anthology Welcome to the Funhouse. Her story “What Happens in the Mirror Maze” will be featured in an upcoming Black Hare Press anthology, and she’s working on several short stories, a novella, a poetry collection, and a young adult novel; she hopes to publish some of these things later this year. When she’s not writing, she enjoys making lists, watching movies, dreaming of all the places she’d like to see, and trying to read as much as she can. Kelly lives in New Mexico. You can find her on Instagram @kellybrocklehurst.


Editor: Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart started writing stories at the age of nine inspired by R.L Stein’s Goosebumps series and the Resident Evil franchise that he was far too young to play in hindsight. He is the author of I Hear the Clattering of the Keys and Other Fever Dreams, a collection of horror stories, and Mr. Jones, a coming-age novel.  He is also the co-editor of Welcome to the Funhouse, a horror anthology for Blood Rites Horror.  He has also self-published four horror novelette’s that have all peaked at Number 1 on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List and have been reviewed by the Night Worms team.  He has published short stories in SPINE magazine as well as had audio versions made for various podcasts such as Into the Gloom and Horror Oasis. He can be found on Instagram @jamie.stewart.33 where he reviews and promotes books.

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