Sinister  Smile Press is dedicated to the publication of anthologies and  mainstream novels, focusing on the genres of horror, suspense,  thrillers, action and adventure, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and  dystopian. Creating nightmares is our business...and business is good!



  • Submissions must be between 4,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)
  • Title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission
  • Submissions must be written using American English spelling and terminology
  • Submissions must be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1" margins, double spaced with a special first line indention of 0.3"
  • Submissions must not contain headers, footers or page numbers
  • All scene breaks must be three asterisks, centered, with no spaces in between (***)
  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format
  • Submissions should be clean and edited to the best of author's ability
  • Submissions must contain elements of road trip horror
  • Submissions need not have a dead hooker in the story
  • Submissions may be extreme as the author wants to make them
  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium
  • Authors may only submit one story for this call
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, however we ask that you inform us immediately if another publisher picks up your story
  • Dead Hookers in Gas Station Bathrooms will be released in early 2023. Official date TBD
  • Submissions are now open and will remain open until all story slots have been filled. We suggest you don't delay on your submission
  • Authors will be notified on whether or not their story was accepted by the time submissions are closed


Sinister Smile Press