Trigger Warning Annual Anthology

Trigger Warning is our annual celebration of upsetting stories. Each year we choose a theme and ask for your grossest, most violent, most genuinely upsetting stories in your arsenal.

This year our theme is CURSES. But John, I hear you say, there’s nothing particularly triggering about curses! Maybe, maybe that’s true. So you’ll have to get creative. Show how hard and violent you can go, how sickening your stories can grow. This collection will be slushed by John Baltisberger and then passed to the one and only Christine Morgan for final selection and editing. You need to bring your A-game, recycling old tropes and bringing in subjects simply for the sake of the shock will not work. You need to tell good stories. Good, splattery, upsetting stories.

Remember this collection is for the stomach-churning, the ultra-violent, the painful to read. These stories require trigger warnings.

Submissions Currently Open
To Submit: Send a .doc or .rtf to john@madnessheart.press
with the subject: TRIGGER WARNING: [TITLE][Word Count]

  • We will not accept stories in which rape is portrayed in an acceptable or positive light.
  • No Bestiality
  • Racism/Sexism/Bigotry of any form will never be accepted here, unless it is followed by the violent and terrifying death of said bigots.
  • The minimum word count is 1500.
  • Double-check your grammar and spelling.
  • Format your story correctly.
  • Please submit all stories in DOC/RTF format. 
  • Please let us know if the story has been published previously.
  • We prefer to avoid multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • We pay $10.00 for stories
  • Acceptance/Rejection letters will be sent out once submissions are closed.