Acceptances for both anthologies have been emailed to the authors.

Submissions are now closed. is accepting submissions for its third and fourth anthology volumes of 100-word prose poems. Payment is $10 per piece and an electronic copy of the anthology.

A couple ridiculously specific criteria:
1. As in previous volumes, all submissions must be based on a NIGHTMARE. Select any of the 360+ nightmares currently posted on the site ( or submit your own nightmare along with your 100-word submission.

2. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Anthology #3, “Quick Shivers about Bugs” has a THEME, namely, bugs. Insects and arachnids, worms and slugs, ants, bees and creepy crawlies are obviously fair game, but so are diseases, biological, mental and spiritual.
The deadline for submissions is March 30.

3. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Anthology #4 “Quick Shivers from the Midwest” will feature ONLY “Midwest” writers, by which we arbitrarily define as someone who lives in a state or province contiguous with the Great Lakes (which includes Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, and, after being beseeched Ohio, and Ontario) or who self-identify as Midwestern.
The deadline for submissions is May 30.

The gritty details:
–Written submissions (stories or poems) must contain EXACTLY 100 words including title. Submissions can be sent in the body of an email message, or as a .doc or .pdf attachment.
–Email submissions to: anthology @
–Include theme and the number of the inspirational nightmare in the SUBJECT line. For example: Midwest, #341 or Bugs, #22.
–Include a brief bio (~ 25 – 50 words) with the submission so we don’t have to track you with our hellhounds.

What are we looking for? We at the DailyNightmare groove on the idea of inhabiting each other’s dreams, even the nasty, ooky ones, and our anthologies are one step toward that kind of communal nightmare-scape.

100 words aren’t many, so sharpen at least one point of the narrative pentacle: mood, character, plot, setting, theme, and try to imbue your piece with a “sense of completion.” Poetry or prose, matters not; word count does. celebrates literate terror (or “snob horror” if you will), so heighten the language, make every syllable count and don’t be afraid to mean something.

Multiple submissions are AOK, though no more than 13 per author.

If you submit your own nightmare with your story, be advised that we publish the nightmares under a Creative Commons, attribution license. Basically, other folks can use the nightmares themselves in any way, as long as they note they got ‘em from We anonymize the nightmares to decade age (i.e. “30?s”) so please include those… and feel free to embellish or lie. On the internet, no one knows you’re not 200 years old.

Payment will be $10.00 made via PayPal and a .pdf of the final anthology in exchange for First World Serial Rights, electronic rights, and reprint rights for posters and postcards. (After one year, rights can be reassigned to the author.) In addition to professional word-rate, this will be a cool-looking publication since we intend to exploit all the tricks of expressive digital typography.

Why these rights? Legal rights nomenclature hasn’t caught up with digital realities yet, and we want to cover our tails since we plan to use every corner of the Web to publicize this endeavor. We are also planning to typeset each story “expressively” and hope the resulting pieces will be attractive enough to use as posters and postcards. We will keep the contributor in the loop and, where feasible, contributors will get a free copy of any of these subsidiary creations beyond the initial three publication types: a hoity-toity extremely limited hard-bound, a POD softcover edition and a .pdf and/or ebook edition. If “rights” is, like, “a thing” getting in the way of your submission, let us know which rights you’re reserving at time of submission and we’ll try to work something out.

If you’d like to receive a digital copy of the first two anthologies, drop us a note and will send them your way.