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20 Stories - 250 pages

Authors featured in this anthology are:
E. C. Hayward, Jacek Wilkos, Sean Kennedy, Frederick Pangbourne, Thomas M. Malafarina, J. Rocky Colavito, JR Blanes, Lawrence Dagstine, Fred Bauers Jr., LJ Jacobs, Garry Engkent, Paul Wilson, Dawn DeBraal, O. R. Black, Katie Garner, Warren Benedetto, J. Iner Souster, Arón Reinhold, P. F. Grazioli, Fariel Shafee

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Stories that Stimulate

We celebrate stories that are both cerebral and have the capacity to appeal to our primal senses. Stories of mystery, fantasy, scifi crime, horror and everything that stimulates the most adventurous part of our mind.




Wicked Shadow Press shall publish mystery, thrillers, science fiction, horror, fantasy and their sub-genres. 

Wicked Shadow Press invites fiction submissions for publication in its anthology of doomed romance fiction "SOULMATE SYNDROME" (Expected release: November 2022). The final date of submission is October 14, 2022

Wicked Shadow Press is elated to announce its third venture - an anthology of doomed romance stories: "Soulmate Syndrome"

We encourage writers to go ga-ga when it comes to the interpretation of the term 'doomed romance'


Sometimes, love can save us, liberate us, complete us. At other times, love turns out to be little more than a disease with a doomed fate.. Be it the toxic attraction between two humans, or a love that turns to be a thorn in the side of society and its prevalent norms. 

It could be the sad story of a man who traverses continents to meet his online girlfriend, only to find that he has been catfished into a violently dangerous situation. 

Or it could be a crime thriller where a cult leader has groomed a young girl into the depths of stockholm syndrome, into thinking that he is the love of her life. 

It could be a horror story where a man is lured thousands of miles to the sea by a deadly siren, who maybe used to be his lover in some previous life. 

It could be a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, where the tragic love of two individuals of the same gender stand in contrast to the animosity among their families!

We are looking for stories where love becomes a syndrome.

PLEASE NOTE that this is an anthology with a THEME. ONLY those submissions that feature doomed romances, shall be considered for publication.   

- Stories of both Heterosexual and queer relationships are accepted. 

- Depiction of sex is fine

- Depiction of gore (if any) should preferably be restrained




Short Story: (between 1500-8000 words) Send no more than TWO short stories per submission.

Flash Fiction: (between 50-1500 words) Send no more than THREE flash fictions per submission.

We are accepting TRANSLATED WORKS as well. Submission of translated works must be accompanied by a statement declaring that the translator has obtained the author’s permission and their publisher’s, if required.

Simultaneous Submissions are welcome but the author must inform us by e-mail as soon as the submitted piece is accepted elsewhere. Pieces cannot be withdrawn once Wicked Shadow Press informs the author of its acceptance for publication.


We consider reprints but generally do not publish them unless they are truly awesome!


At present, we are unable to pay our contributors. Each contributor shall receive a COMPLIMENTARY DIGITAL COPY of the anthology as soon as it publishes.

All authors will receive digital copies of our forthcoming publications too, for one calendar year. 


Manuscripts should directly be sent to

Please write the phrase "Submission for SOULMATE SYNDROME" in the subject line of your e-mail.


Please submit your files in the following formats: .doc /.docx /.txt. DO NOT submit PDFs. 


Wicked Shadow Press uses non exclusive rights to publish in its anthologies and website. Authors are free to republish their work anywhere else once it has been published.


Please submit only original pieces. Wicked Shadow Press or the editor/s of the anthology shall not be responsible for any disputes arising out of copyright infringement.


Each piece MUST be attached with a photograph and a short bio of the author, preferably within 50 words. 


NOTE: We typically reply within a month after receiving submissions. However, replies can be delayed under unforeseen circumstances.