Submissions

Hellcat Press is putting together another horror comics anthology! We’re calling it Screams Heard ‘Round the World, and we’re looking for submissions!

Hellcat Press is not just a publisher of horror comics; it’s a greedy entity hungry for stories…and it’s getting a little tired of American cuisine.

Now, I’m sure you have some questions…

Is there a theme?

Yes. The theme for this anthology is horror from around the world. Each entry will be a comic retelling of a horror-based folktale, myth, legend, or creature from a non-American country.

There is a one story per country limit, and all stories must be based on a preexisting myth, legend, folktale, or creature from that country. Please see the submission process for more details.

It is important to note that each country selected will only be represented once. For example, there will only be one story focusing on Japan (or Ireland, or Uganda, etc). If you have your heart set on a story from a specific country, it’s a first-come-first-serve thing; I will not “hold” a country for you while you come up with a pitch.

If my story is accepted and published, can I still print minis and sell them at conventions?

Absolutely. You will retain the copyright on your comic.

If my story is accepted and published, can I still submit it to other anthologies?

Absolutely. You will retain the copyright on your comic.

What will I get out of this?

In addition to having your work published, you will receive one (1) free copy of the book and twenty (20) dollars. Each creative team will receive $20. How you divide the money is entirely up to you.  

How are you printing?

I’m using RA Comics Direct Online (https://www.nationsprint.com/clients/racomicsdirect/).

What are the specs?

The book will be printed in black and white. The pages are 8.5 x 11 inches (standard magazine size). Keep all type 1/4″ away from the edge to ensure that no text is cut off. Please keep your stories ten pages or under.

I’m a writer/artist, but I don’t have an artist/writer! Can you help me find one?

Unfortunately, no. If you are a writer or an artist looking for a partner, we unfortunately cannot help you. We recommend looking on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and Reddit’s Comic Book Collabs forum.

Is there a submission process?

Yes, there is! We’re changing the way we do submissions, so please read this thoroughly! Please email me with your pitch (lindsay@hellcatpress.com) before February 28, 2018. Please send in either a detailed outline/synopsis of your story or a full script (if you have one). Artwork is required. Anything submitted after February 28, 2018, will not be considered. Anything submitted without art samples will not be considered; this is true even if you have worked with Hellcat Press in the past. Your submission MUST include artwork.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified as quickly as possible.

When you pitch your idea, please include the following information:

  • What country your story originated from.
  • A source (i.e., a link to a website about that particular myth or story).
  • Here is an example:
    • Myth: La Llorona
    • Country of origin: Mexico
    • Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona

What is the deadline?

Pitches are due before February 28, 2018. Final artwork is due July 1, 2018.

How and when will I get paid?

You will get paid once the book has been printed (early-to-mid August, if all goes according to schedule). You will be paid via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, please let us know and we will figure something out.