Hi all! My name's Octavia Cade and I'm currently editing an anthology of dark speculative fiction for Upper Rubber Boot Books. Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good to be published late 2018 or early 2019. We're open for short story submissions from now until the end of July.

Sharp & Sugar Tooth is looking for creepy, seductive stories about the dark side of culinary life. The emphasis should be on the preparation, or the consumption, of food—horrifying, mouth-watering stories that make us hungry despite ourselves.

Sharp & Sugar Tooth
is part of Upper Rubber Boot’s Women Up To No Good anthology series, so subversive, diverse stories with protagonists who identify as girls/women are appreciated. We want these characters in the kitchen—and out of it—using their butcher knives and baking skills to create meals that are dark and lovely and empowering, because consumption has a dangerous and tempting taste. Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.

Stories can be any variety of fantasy or science fiction, provided the element of horror is present. Strong language and sex is no problem, but I'm not interested in torture-porn of humans or animals, regardless of whether they end up on a plate. Also, while I love a good cannibalism story I've been getting a lot of them so far, so if you want to submit something along those lines it's going to need to really stand out.

So, specific details:

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: six cents per word.
  • Publication history: Original stories only please. No reprints.
  • Multiple submissions: No.
  • Simultaneous submissions: No.
  • Deadline: 31 July 2017. All stories will be replied to by the end of August.
  • To submit: Please send stories in standard manuscript format, attached in .doc or .rtf files, to octaviacade@hotmail.com with the subject line SUGAR TOOTH. Be sure to provide mailing address and a short bio.
  • If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rights holder that you are authorized to translate and submit it (both author and translator will receive full payment).


We encourage and welcome stories from voices underrepresented in speculative fiction, including (but not limited to) writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers in translation.

If you've got any questions, please ask!