Thank you for your interest in Fright Girl Summer! Below you’ll find various ways you can join us for the fun.

Please email V. Castro (vvcastro100 (at) gmail (dot) com) and Sonora Taylor (sonorataylor (at) gmail (dot) com) and tell us how you’d like to participate.

For most of the contributions, we kindly ask that you write in the SUBJECT LINE of your email what you are sending. This will keep your materials from becoming lost. If there are multiple contributions, please include all in the subject line (ex: Fright Girl Summer, Sonora Taylor, Reading List, Short Story). You can also write “Multiple Submissions” if you want to contribute a lot!

The only ones you DO NOT need to email us about are the Bookstagram Block Photo Party or the reading challenge.


We are putting together a reading list for participants to choose from. This will be divided into categories (authors of color, poetry, Pride, collection, etc.) for easy browsing.  If you want your work to be included, please indicate the following:



Category or categories

Social media handle (optional)

If you’d like to suggest a work that isn’t your own, please still use the format above.

Since June is Pride, we will have a specific category to show our support. If you are in the LGBTQA community and want your book here, please let us know. You do not have to if you do not want to. This is for LGBTQA-identifying authors, not just for books with LGBTQA characters.


We will need your name, release date, a small photo of the book cover, your social media handles so people can promote it on the day, and buy link.


Video of you reading an excerpt from your book or a book from a woman.


Articles about your experience as a woman in horror. I especially want to hear from women from marginalized communities.

Your horror inspirations.

How has horror shaped you.

If you have something to say, say it. Your voice matters.


Anything horror (including erotic horror) under 4000k words. Can also be flash.


Got an artistic side hustle? Book cover designer? Horror related crafts or art? Please include the following.


Small photo or logo of your business

Buy link/ social media handles


Commit to a book challenge from our reading list. Choose one (or more) of the following.

3 books for Pride

3 books by women of color

3 books by women published independently

3 mixed bag books

Bookstagram Block Photo Party

Take a photo of your women in horror in a summer setting of your choice with the theme of block or pool party. Be sure to use the #FrightGirlSummer and tag the offer if you can so we can promote the book.

FOR PRIDE (June 2020) please choose a book by an author in the LGBTQA community. We want to encourage own voices.


Loved a book and want to tell readers about it? Include the hashtag in your review or repost a review with the hashtag.

If you are a male book reviewer or book blogger and can consolidate your reviews on your website, we can direct readers your way.

I identify as male. Can I participate?

Yes! You can review books by women, do a reading of a book by a woman, or highlight women authors in any way you choose. However, we will only be highlighting works — books, art, stories, etc. — by women for Fright Girl Summer.

Please email V. Castro (vvcastro100 (at) gmail (dot) com) AND Sonora Taylor (sonorataylor (at) gmail (dot) com) if you’re interested in participating. We can’t wait to work with you!