HORROR HAIKUS #2 – Official Call for Submissions


Black Ship Books is seeking comic creators and aspiring comic creators of all stripes to join us for the long-awaited issue two of Horror Haikus!

The book, coming to digital comics platforms and print-on-demand later this year, will bring together winning writers creative teams from last year’s Halloween competition together with 10-14 new stories. Matching the parameters of issue one (and the competition), Black Ship are seeking one-page black-and-white (or grayscale) stories in the horror genre, broadly construed.

In keeping with the Japanese haiku form, each story will contain seventeen lettering elements—any combination of word balloons and captions (creator credits don’t count)—mirroring the number of syllables in a haiku. Those in search of inspiration can consult our initial volume of Horror Haikus, published in 2011—from that collection, “Sins of the Father,” “Sterile Procedures,” and “Scissor Lad’s Final Cut” are available free online—as well as the stories from the competition linked to above.

Contributors are expected to form their own writer-artist pairs. Priority will be given to stories with letterers assigned, but it may be possible for us to arrange to have your story lettered if needed.

Writers should pitch their scripts to evan@blackshipbooks.com and should, as soon as possible, also send in art samples from their proposed artist. Acceptance/rejection will be communicated to the teams within two weeks of receipt of both script and portfolio. Black Ship will take submissions on a rolling basis, so scripts should be sent in as soon as possible!

Think critically. Think creative.

Evan Henry
Editor in Chief, Black Ship Books

About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
Contact: Twitter

Leave a Reply