Flame Tree Publishing Is Currently Accepting African Ghost Stories (Pay Rate: $0.08/Word)

Aug 22, 2023by Louis Eriakha0
Flame Tree Fiction

Flame Tree Publishing is now seeking tales from African and African-diaspora writers to be included in their powerful collection of African Ghost Short Stories.

The online magazine, Flame Tree Fiction market is after stories that are from wild imaginations. They are after creatives that have dreamt of other worlds or have wanted to always tell ghost stories to the world.

The volume will explore the deep-seated supernatural element in African storytelling – whether reaching back to the spirits, ancestors and ogres of folklore or the vibrantly modern ghosts of today’s African horror. New and contemporary stories will complement poignant folktales such as ‘The Story of Takane’ from Lesotho and  ‘The Disobedient Daughter Who Married a Skull’ from Nigeria. The book will delve into the fascinating heritage of African ghostly lore and literature, encouraging it to be reclaimed and retold by contemporary African voices.

Learn how to write a theme-based story to improve your submission.

Submission Guidelines for Flame Tree Publishing

  • Multiple submissions are fine but must be in separate emails.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but you must have the right to license your story in an anthology.
  • Flame Tree Publishing will aim to read each story and confirm its status within 4 months of the submission deadline.
  • Payment for the chosen stories will be made within 30 days of the final advertised publication date. See their website flametreepublishing.com for details
  • Submission does not imply the right to publication. Each story will be read and assessed by the selection panel.
  • Let them know in your submission email whether your story would be a reprint or is currently unpublished.

Flame Tree Publishing Submissions Guidelines

  • The file name of the submission must be the story name only.
  • Please just use spaces between words in the title (not _ or – ).
  • If the story name starts with A or The, please use it at the beginning of the file name.
  • Story length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000 words, but they will still read stories slightly outside this range.
  • If submitting a story that has recently been submitted to them for consideration to another anthology, please state this in the submission email.
  • Publication will be in April 2024.
Submit to: [email protected]


For accepted stories, they pay rates of 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints.


The deadline for submissions is 17th September 2023.

To learn more about the submission, be sure to check their X (Formerly Twitter) Page. Good luck.

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