Call for Submissions…Tiny Terrors

To celebrate the year moving towards the darker months, we have a special call for submissions: Tiny Terrors.


We are looking specifically for submissions in the following formats:

  • Haiku (with a 5,7,5 syllable structure),
  • Tanka (with a 5,7,5,7,7 syllable structure) and
  • One Sentence Stories (with word counts of any length as long as they are readable and your story makes sense)


Any of the following themes and keywords:

  • Halloween
  • Samhain
  • Horror
  • Ghost and Gothic
  • Monster and paranormal
  • Spooky and psychological
  • Mystery, myth, folklore and legend

Submissions don’t have to be grizzly or full of gore.  Neither do they have to be outright terrifying; subtlety will work just as well here.

Submission Guidelines

Our usual submission guidelines don’t apply for this call.  All you need to know can be found in this post

  • Keywords and themes for this submissions call can be found above, under “Theme“.
  • We are only accepting three types of format for this call: Haiku, Tanka and One Sentence Stories – see above for details, under “Format
  • Please send up to 5 haiku, tanka, one sentence stories or a combination of all three, in one email.  Each accepted submission will be posted separately.  Acceptance of one piece doesn’t mean all pieces will be accepted.
  • Please don’t send anything that can be considered offensive.  If you’re unsure, please ask.  All work should be original.  Please do not send us work that infringes another’s copyright – no song lyrics, no fan fiction, etc.
  • All submissions must be sent in the body of an email to the address at the bottom of this page.  No attachments please.  They will be deleted, unread and unacknowledged.
  • Include an author bio written in third person, of no more than 50 words, and accompanied by up to 2 links (blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, etc).
  • Each piece submitted should have its own title.  If no titles are provided, they will be given the unimaginative title of, “Untitled”.
  • Linked pieces will be considered, but please be aware if multiple submissions are accepted they might not be posted consecutively.  A link, however, will be included in follow-up pieces to the earlier part(s).  For linked pieces to be accepted, each part must be able to stand as a complete story / poem on its own.
  • Please state the following in the subject line: Tiny Terrors Submission – Your Name
  • Submissions open: 01 September 2020
  • Submissions close: 30 September 2020
  • Accepted submissions will be posted on the site from early October 2020
  • Whispers and Echoes is not a paying market.  It’s free to submit to it, and the journal is free to read.
  • Please send your submission to:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.