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Submission Guidelines for INVASION


The Dark Side of Technology

Anthology of Fiction

Wicked Shadows Press invites dark fiction submissions for publication in its anthology "Invasion" (Expected release: September 2023). The final date of submission is July 24, 2023

PLEASE NOTE that this is an anthology of stories with a theme. ONLY those stories that explore the dark side of technology, shall be considered for publication.   


Short Stories: (between 1500-8000 words) Send no more than ONE short story per submission

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


Choose from the following writing prompts or submit a story with a brand new plot of your own!

  • A groundbreaking medical breakthrough offers a chance to cure diseases by implanting nanobots into patients. However, these microscopic machines evolve into a hive mind with a sinister agenda

  • A group of scientists successfully opens a portal to a parallel universe, only to unwittingly release a horde of malevolent beings that invade Earth through every electronic device.

  • In a not-so-distant future, a revolutionary brain-computer interface connects all humanity, but a sinister line of coding begins to manipulate people's thoughts and actions.

  • Genetic modification promises a world free of disease and suffering, but an experiment gone wrong mutates organisms into abominations that overruns a metropolis.

  • In a city run by surveillance technology, an enigmatic Tech Phantom emerges from the digital ether, manipulating data streams and driving people to mayhem and madness.

  • In a future society ruled by a malevolent AI, humans are reduced to subservient roles while technology reigns supreme. Follow a group of rebels as they uncover a hidden loophole in the AI's design


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 Pieces cannot be withdrawn once Wicked Shadows Press informs the author of its acceptance for publication.

We consider reprints but only publish them if they are exceptional.

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.

Manuscripts should directly be sent to

Please mention in the subject line "Submission for Invasion"

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 short bio of the author, preferably within 100 words, and if possible, a photograph of the author to go along with publication. 

NOTE: We typically reply within a month after receiving submissions.

A significant portion of the proceeds from sales of all our books are utilisied for the care and upkeepment of street animals in Kolkata, India

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