ALL STORY SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SENT VIA EMAIL TO:
SUBMISSIONS (AT) CHILLINGTALESFORDARKNIGHTS (DOT) COM
STORY SUBMISSION & FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS
The following are not suggestions – they are requirements!
Ignore these guidelines and your submission will be rejected.
STEP 1 – EDITABLE DOCUMENT | Prepare a copy of your story in an editable format.
Create your document in a format such as Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX), Rich Text (.RTF), or OpenOffice (.ODT). Do NOT attach your story as a PDF, plain text document, or as an image of any kind. Your text must be editable.
STEP 2 – AUTHOR DETAILS & WORD COUNT | Include this at the very top of your document.
At the very top of your document, before anything else, include your 1) story title, 2) name, 3) address, 4) phone number, 5) email address, 6) word count, and 7) the approximate spoken time of your story. How do you get the “spoken time?” Simple: take your word count and divide it by 140, which is the average number of words per minute a narrator speaks per minute. Then, if necessary, round up to the next whole number.
123 Fake Street
Fakesylvania, NY 12345
Phone: (555) 555-5555
Word Count: 2,300
Spoken Time: 16 Minutes
STEP 2 – AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Compose a bio describing yourself.
Describe yourself, your experience (if any), your other work, and your location, if you’re comfortable. Need help writing a bio? Check out the bios of some of the great authors over at Harpers Collins – click here.
STEP 3 – PLOT SYNOPSIS | Compose a one-paragraph synopsis of your story.
If your synopsis is terrible or you don’t provide one, we won’t read your story. The synopsis sells your story; it’s like your one-minute pitch, in approximately 140 words or less. Write the synopsis the way you would if your story were a book, as if it was the paragraph on the back of the jacket used to draw in the reader. Your synopsis will be the first thing we read after your bio, and it ought to make us excited to read your story. Also, if your story is accepted, your synopsis (or a modified version of it) is likely to be used as part of our website/YouTube video description and our announcement to our subscribers, so it better be good.
STEP 4 – CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Nothing fancy: simply state how many characters your story requires, along with the names (or a general description) of each of them, such as their ethnicity, age, gender, etc. This allows our team, at a glance and in conjunction with your word count above, to see how involved the story really is, and how complicated it may get to produce. If your story is complex, does that mean we will pass automatically? Of course not. But we want to know what we’re getting into, since we have limited time to read stories.
STEP 5 – INCLUDE YOUR STORY ITSELF, FORMATTED PROPERLY | Don’t forget what we said earlier.
Include space between paragraphs, and do NOT indent your paragraphs! This saves us a tremendous amount of time, particularly if your story is lengthy.
STEP 6 – THE E-MAIL AND THE SUBJECT LINE | Almost done!
Compose your e-mail and direct it to submissions (at) chillingtalesfordarknights (dot) com. Then word your Subject Line as follows:
STORY SUBMISSION – “[STORY TITLE HERE]” by [AUTHOR’S NAME HERE] | [NUMBER OF WORDS HERE] | [SPOKEN TIME HERE]
If formatted correctly, it will look like this:
STORY SUBMISSION – “The Strangest Security Tape I’ve Ever Seen” by Phil Zona | 1,500 Words | 11 Minutes
NOTE: The “spoken time” above is calculated by taking your number of words and dividing by 140. Round up to the next whole number if a fraction.
STEP 7 | RECEIVE YOUR AUTOMATED RESPONSE, AND THEN WAIT
If you don’t get an automated response, your story may not have come through. Contact us via our general contact email address instead if that happens, which is questions (at) chillingtalesfordarknights.com. If you did get the response, there is nothing further you need to do. As stated above, you will be contacted personally if and only if we are interested in producing your story. Don’t submit expecting a personalized response. Remember: your story is one of 250+ we receive every month.
Thank you very much for your submission and for your interest in our service!