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Oddball Magazine is extending the deadline for the 2023 Horrorthon to October 25 at midnight. Submit your work now!

It’s October and time for our favorite call for submissions!

2020 is the year Zombies became boring. In the wake of COVID-19, we no longer wonder what would happen during an undead apocalypse. We can now envision legions of Americans lining up to be eaten while crying “Fake news” at the site of their own entrails. And that’s far more horrifying.

The old horror tropes provide fun escapism every Halloween, but the time for that is not now. This year, our annual Halloween and Trumpiversary sections need to have more purpose.

The horror of COVID-19 is still real. The rise of fascism in our country is real.

What are we looking for? In a word: Horror.

There have been many pandemic and Trump related works published here and elsewhere under the banner of hope. From October 23 to October 31 (maybe longer?), we want work that focuses on the constant horror in American and global life. We want work that names the atrocities and brings them into light. We’re not ruling out satire or horror, and maybe the monster dies at the end, but we want to see your own radical takes.

Read our standard Submissions page for general rules. Submit any poetry, prose or visual art in the “Horrorthon” section of our Submittable page. You have until the end of October 25. Good luck!