Frankenstein’s Legacy – Call for Submissions [OPEN]

For the anthology “Frankenstein’s Legacy” we will be opening a year-long submissions window.  Accepted submissions will be added to the anthology on Wattpad throughout 2018.

Submissions open: January 2018

Submissions close: December 2018

There will be no anthology newsletter for this anthology

Please note that we have amended our submissions guidelines; double check them before submitting to avoid any confusion.

Please read the whole page before submitting.  Thank you.

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Let’s talk theme

2018 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of one of the most iconic pieces of classical literature: Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.  To celebrate, we want to put together an anthology of writing inspired by this classic.

We are interested in writing that is based on the story as well as writing that is based on the writing of the book.  So think: the characters in the book, spin-offs, alternate setting, alternate time period, Mary Shelly (and the others who were there on Lake Geneva – her husband Percy Shelly, Lord Byron and John Polidori), The Year Without A Summer, additional scenes to fit in the story…as you can see, there are many different way you can run with this.

What genres will we accept?  We will consider all and any genres apart from erotica and work aimed at children, as long as it is original.  YA is fine.

What are we looking for?

Please send no more than 3 of the following at a time.  Once we have responded to you and your work has been added to the anthology, you are more than welcome to submit again.

  • poetry (up to 50 lines max per poem)
  • microfiction (up to 100 words per piece)
  • flash fiction (up to 500 words per piece)
  • short story (up to 2000 words per story)
  • letters (up to 1500 words each)
  • non-fiction (up 1000 words each)

As you can see, for this anthology we are open to pretty much any form of writing.  If there is something we’ve missed, please free to get in touch and ask.

Although we accept multiple submissions as outlined above, each piece will be subject to individual consideration.  Having one piece accepted does not guarantee all pieces submitted will be accepted.

Where will you be able to find this anthology?

This anthology will be available to read on Wattpad.  It will be added to throughout 2018.  The link for the anthology is:

Do I need to have a Wattpad account for my submission to be considered? No, but they are free.  If you do have a Wattpad profile we will link your work with your account, as well as attribute it to you within the anthology.

Why Wattpad? Because there is already a strong, supportive readership in place, and work that is posted there is protected. Also anthologies and collaborations are quite popular on the site too.

Frankenstein’s Legacy Submission Guidelines

  • Please send all submissions to: In the subject line please include ‘Frankenstein’s Legacy Submission – (your surname), e.g. ‘Frankenstein’s Legacy Submission – Smith’. Ideally, multiple submissions should be sent in the one email.
  • All submissions to be included in the body of an email. No attachments please. Emails with attachments will be deleted unread.
  • Please stick to the word count. Titles do not count towards the word count.
  • Dreaming Spirit Press is a non-paying market.
  • If you are writing under a pseudonym please make that clear in your email. Incorrect attribution is not the fault of the editor.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a short author bio (max 50 words) that includes up to two links (website / blog / Facebook / Twitter etc). Bio’s will be posted on a “Meet our Authors” page close to the release of the issue. Your Wattpad profile link (if you have one) should also accompany your submission.
  • Reprints accepted as long as you hold the right to the work(s). Just let us know where it was previously published so we can attribute credit accordingly. What do we mean by the term ‘reprint’? Anything that has been previously published, including on personal websites, blogs and social media.
  • Copyright always remains with the author. However, by submitting you are giving Dreaming Spirit Press permission to include your work in the anthology you submit to, and to allow quotes to be used in promotion of the anthology.
  • Please remember to proofread and edit your work for grammatical errors and typos prior to submitting. We will only lightly edit the work that is included in the anthologies. The reason for this is time (remember, labour of love). Also it can be hard for an editor to know when there is a legitimate error in a story or a poem, or if a strange spelling is intentional, especially when it comes to sci-fi or fantasy, so please, please, please, check your spelling.
  • Submitting does not guarantee your work will be accepted into the anthology.
  • We aim to respond within four weeks of receiving your submission(s).  However, this is not always possible, so we ask that you do not query until at least four weeks have passed.
  • Our formatting requirements are simple:
    • easy to read font (illegible submissions will be deleted unread)
    • one line between paragraphs – no indents please
    • place that which you would like to see in bold or italic, in bold or italic
    • For poems, our house style is simply this: left aligned, with a full stop or an asterisk between verses.  It keep things simple and allows the words themselves to shine.

Any questions? Feel free to get in touch by commenting below, sending us an email or using the contact form here.

If you have read the guidelines above and would still like to submit to us, what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to read your submissions!