Hard to Find:
An Anthology of New Southern Gothic

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Stephen F. Austin State University Press

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About the Anthology

In it's own way, the American South is riddled with elements of the gothic genre. Instead of empty, isolated castles it has small towns, though just as haunted, just as full of secrets. The Southern Gothic is a clash between the old and the new, tradition and breaking the cycles its people are, or should be, ashamed of. It's grotesque and violent, surreal and symbolic but it makes people listen. It's about calling people to change or be forgotten. In the past, this genre had writers like O'Connor, Faulkner, Allison, and Williams, but these ideas and experiences are just as present today as they ever were.


The SFA Press announces an open submission call for Hard to Find: An Anthology of New Southern Gothic, an anthology focused on giving writers anopportunity to shed light on the issues faced by the people of the American South today, whether those are new issues or just new ways of taking on the same ghosts. How do you define the South? What makes Southern people different? Has anything really, truly changed from its history?

This anthology wants to find out.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions open to all writers from April 15, 2022 until August 31, 2022.
Only short fiction (1,000-5,000 words) in the theme of Southern Gothic will be considered.
One story per submission.
Results announced via email by January 31, 2023.

Please send submissions to hardtofind.anthology@gmail.com in a .DOC or .DOCX format.


In the body of the email, please include:


your name

preferred email

name of the story

word count

publications where story may have previously appeared

third-person author bio

In order to make this a blind submission, please do not include any identifying information on the manuscript. Only the story title may appear on the document.

Accepted stories will be included in this anthology, published by the SFASU Press.

Contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book.


About This Project (And Me!)


My name is Meredith Janning, I am an editorial assistant for the

Stephen F. Austin State University Press. I am leading this anthology project as an opportunity to showcase great writing in this region-defining genre, and the SFA Press is excited to offer this collection in both print and eBook formats in the spring of 2023.

Hard to Find: An Anthology of New Southern Gothic is the result of my love of the Southern Gothic, and I am so ready to see it come together. I particularly love Flannery O'Connor's work, which has inspired me to create this anthology. It is an honor to be collecting new entries into the genre and giving them a home with the SFA Press.



This website is still in progress and will change as this project develops.

For any inquiries, please contact editor Meredith Janning:

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