Issue Two Theme: Phantoms

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023

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.

  • Female 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  • Previously unpublished work only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 Two: Phantoms will be published in March 2024. Selected pieces will be illustrated by artist Rialin José, 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 female or non-binary artist is selected to illustrate each issue of Bloodletter. The featured artist will create illustrations for each written piece in the issue, thereby defining the visual language of Bloodletter’s biannual publication. 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 22 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 at the time of publication.