Issue Three Theme: Hysteria

Submission Deadline: May 7, 2024

At Bloodletter, the definition of horror is expansive, cooperative, and inclusive. We seek writing that pairs the personal with the analytical, exploring the theoretical underpinnings of the genre through an experiential perspective. All forms of writing are welcome.

Bloodletter is a digital magazine that is published biannually. Each issue is organized around a guiding theme, which contributors are encouraged to engage with, deconstruct, or reject.

  • Women, trans, and non-binary writers of all disciplines are encouraged to submit work that offers a feminist perspective on the horror genre, or more broadly, the horrific
  • Biannual themes are designed to be generative and should not restrict submissions
  • New and established writers are encouraged to submit
  • Length and style should be determined by the needs of the piece
  • Full articles and pitches accepted for review
  • Previously unpublished work only

Issue Three: Hysteria will be published in September 2024. Selected pieces will be illustrated by artist Zoé Maghamès Peters, featured on the front page of Bloodletter’s website, and spotlighted on Bloodletter’s social media channels. 

A maximum of 20 pieces are selected per issue.

One woman, trans, or non-binary artist is selected to illustrate each issue of Bloodletter. The featured artist will create artwork in response to each written piece in the issue, thereby defining the visual language of the issue. Featured artists will be promoted extensively on Bloodletter’s website and across all social media channels, and their illustrations will remain in Bloodletter’s permanent archive.

Featured artists will be required to:

  • Produce a maximum of 21 illustrations within a three-month period
  • Work with strict deliverable deadlines
  • Work collaboratively with the editor-in-chief throughout the issue’s development

All 2D art mediums are welcomed. Submissions are accepted year-round. Artists in contention will be invited for a follow-up meeting with Bloodletter’s editor-in-chief before selections are made.

Featured artists will receive a $250 stipend.