Campfire Stories Submission Guidelines

In progress cover design for the Campfire Stories anthology. Text on cover reads "Edited by Nathan Primeau & Abigail Rabishaw" as well as the title of the book, "Campfire Stories". On the cover, the full moon sits in the centre of the night sky. Below the moon is a lake that is surrounded on the sides by many trees. At the front of the lake is a child in front of their tent warming up by a fire. On the other side of the fire, a monster peeks out of a bush to roast marshmallows.

Campfire Stories – A Young Readers Horror Anthology

Edited by Nathan Primeau, and Abigail Rabishaw


Campfire Stories is an anthology that will contain independent horror stories that feel like the sort of tales that were once told by kids trying to scare each other on dark summer nights. This book is our first fiction-only anthology, and the first book we have done that will restrict itself to an age group and one genre.


  • Max story length is between 500 and 5,000 words.
  • You may submit up to two pieces at any given time, as long as their combined word count is 5,000 or less.
  • Previously unpublished (previous publication on the author's Internet platform is acceptable) short stories.
  • Since we are going to prioritize local contributors for this book, please let us know if you identify as a resident of Canada/Turtle Island or if you are an international contributor.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us if your piece is accepted elsewhere. 


Submissions deadline: October 31st, 2022

Prime Press editors Nathan Primeau and Abigail Rabishaw will select stories for inclusion in the anthology.

Stories selected for the anthology will be offered a contract for publication. The anthology will be professionally edited and produced. The eBook and hardcover will be internationally distributed. Prime Press will promote the collection through social media.


Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds we have as a publisher, we will not be offering monetary compensation for entries within the book. All contributors will be provided with a free hardcover copy of the finished anthology.

About the Editors:

Nathan Primeau holds a B.A. in English, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in film studies from Carleton University. Nathan currently works full-time from home for a tech company but gets passionate about writing and publishing. Nathan began his love of stories by reading fantasy and science fiction. However, he has found himself on a kick of CanLit and poetry. Some of Nathan’s favourite authors include Thomas King, Téa Mutonji, Leo Brent Robillard, and Teri Vlassopoulos.

Abigail Rabishaw has wanted to be a writer since she fell in love with books at a young age. Abigail found comfort in the worlds created by fantasy writers and always had the burning desire to be just like them. Recently, Abigail decided to switch majors and study English at Carleton University. Instead of being worried about happiness coming from a paycheque, Abigail knew she needed to earn a degree in a field she was passionate about. Abigail loves to read pre-teen, YA, and speculative fiction. Still, she is open to reading all sorts of genres, including CanLit. Some of Abigail's favourite authors include André Alexis, Sally Rooney, and Ray Bradbury.

Closing Remarks:

Incomplete submissions and manuscripts, or manuscripts discovered not to meet the guidelines of this call, will be automatically rejected. This call will remain open until October 31st, 2022. Except for confirmation of receipt, you should not expect to hear from the series editors unless you have been chosen for publication. Form rejection should be anticipated by authors whose submission does not meet the editors' needs at this time. Still, comments and feedback may be offered at the editors’ discretion.

All copyrights will remain with the authors, but Prime Press will retain first publication rights for the Campfire Stories anthology. Prime Press will also continue to have the right to publish all selected pieces in the first and continued editions of the collection. After one year of publication, the authors will have the right to submit their articles to other outlets. The book contracts will represent all details.