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Aberrant Dreams accepts short fiction of any genre,
though we primarily focus on the genres of fantasy,
science fiction, and supernatural horror. We look for
stories with a solid plot and good character development.
Stories should grab the readers attention quickly.
Stories should be original and not a rehash of tired old
themes. If you do draw from an old theme, add a twist to
make it unique. Submit to the appropriate genre. Pays 3
cents per word (to max $100). Word count: under 10,000
words. Please read full guidelines before submitting.
Irelands foremost magazine of the fantastic. Needs
fiction between 2,500 and 8,000 words. Print and ezine
also. E-submissions okay, but no attachments. Send
disposable manuscripts only. Prefers to reply to all
submissions via email.
Payment is 3 per 1,000 words (Euro)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.albedo1.com/html/writers_guidelines.html
Looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
"Stories do not have to be explicitly Australian,
although we would like to see some with Australian
characterization and background, provided the Australian
element is not merely a self-conscious insertion into a
standard plot." Please use standard Australian
spelling, punctuation and grammar (i.e. British/English).
Buys First Australian Serial Rights, the non-exclusive
rights to publish the story electronically and the
non-exclusive rights to include the story in an
anthology. All other rights remain with the author.
Word Count: 2000-8000 words, pays AUS $20-60 per 1000
words (between 2-6 cents per word depending on budget).
Submission Guidelines: http://aurealis.com.au/submissions.php
Black Gate is looking for Horror, Dark Fantasy, Sword
& Sorcery and Fantasy.
". . . adventure-oriented fantasy fiction suitable
for all ages -- including urban fantasy, sword &
sorcery, dark fantasy/horror, "magic realism"
and romantic fantasy." Horror should have
supernatural element. Novel excerpts okay.
Also buys one-year electronic rights. E-subs okay (no
attachments), but response time significantly greater for
these. We buy first North American serial and electronic
publication rights. We pay US 3 - 6 cents/word for
fiction up to 6,000 words, $180 - $280 from 6,000 to
14,000 words, and $280 - $400 at greater lengths, on
Submission Guidelines: http://www.blackgate.com/bg/guide.htm
Always open to submissions of new horror short stories up
to 8,000 words.
It is strongly recommended that you study the magazine
before submitting. This will obviously greatly improve
your chances of acceptance.
"We publish modern dark fantasy and horror, as well
as borderline material which uses genre elements with a
relatively mainstream sensibility."
Other: Will reply via email to overseas submissions.
Pays £30/1000 words on publication (3p UK per word).
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
Accepts Dark Fantasy and Horror. No standard genre fare.
Focus on pop and fringe cultures. No flash fiction. Gets
title from the "Art Brut" movement --
"outsider art," originally the mentally ill.
Pays 5-10¢/word for FNASR & Electronic Rights (for
archiving on their web site), no length limits, pays on
Fiction submissions via e-mail in the body of the message
to address above.
We tend to prefer dark fantasy and horror, but any
speculative fiction which keeps us turning the pages, has
a few felicitous turn of phrases, and has an interesting
theme or subtext intertwined within the narrative will do
nicely. Impress us! Amaze us! Astound us! Offend us! Any
of these reactions are what we like to see. Brutarian is
willing to consider the following subgenres: Dark
Fantasy, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Occult,
Vampire, Cthulu, Gore, Ghost Stories, Hard SF, Utopian
SF, Alien Contact, Time Travel, Erotic Horror.
Submission Address: 9405 Ulysses Court, Burke, VA 22015
Cemetery Dance Magazine buys horror, dark mystery, and
suspense short stories up to 5,000 words: stories that
are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody.
Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are
always welcome and both supernatural and psychological
stories are accepted - the darker, the better.
Guidelines are stringent please check website
before submitting. Simultaneous submissions are accepted,
if noted in cover letter.
Pays US 5c/word, plus two contributor copies, within 30
days of publication. Maximum payment US $250. All rights
revert to the author upon publication. **Does not accept
Submission Address: Cemetery Dance Magazine, Editor
Richard Chizmar, PO Box 827, Abingdon, MD 21009, USA.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/Guidelines
Chizine (Chiaroscuro Webzine) is seeking Horror and Dark
Fantasy fiction up to 4,000 words and poetry. Make your
fiction dark and well written. No taboos. Poetry: no
elves, no vampires, no rhyming. Please no reprints.
Other: Accepts E-submissions only; *.rtf or *.doc
Pays 7 cents (US) per word on publication.
Poetry: to 50 lines (preferred), pays $8/poem.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.chizine.com/submissions_fiction.htm
Clarkes World Magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine is an online venue and chapbook
series for short works of science fiction, fantasy, and
horror. We have a firm word limit of 4000 words. We
claim first world electronic rights, first print rights
for the production of signed/numbered limited edition
chapbooks (author must be willing to sign 100+
chapbooks), and non-exclusive anthology rights. Horror
can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is
frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of
profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts
of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used
poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use
them. Pays 10¢ a word.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions.html
A quarterly PDF magazine looking for horror and dark
fiction stories between 500-5,000 words. Pays 3 cents US
per word (max $150). We do not accept stories that
involve the sexual abuse/exploitation of minors. We are
not looking for pure shock value. All components of your
story should have merit. Gore for gore's sake is not what
we are looking for. We want to give nightmares that
happen during the waking hours. All stories will be
accompanied by illustrations. No reprints. No
simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darkrecesses.com/?page_id=7
Publishes well written, entertaining science
fiction, horror and dark fantasy stories with believable
characters and page-turning plots. Payment is UK
£2.50 per 1,000 words, plus a complimentary copy of the
magazine. Detailed submission guidelines, plus extracts
from some of the stories, are available from the website.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darktales.co.uk/page_1241973325532.html
Dark Wisdom: The Magazine of Dark Fiction
We are seeking original, well-written stories of dark
fiction that examine the human condition. Stories can be
set in any time period or location. Futuristic science
fiction set in space or historical fiction stories are
acceptable, so long as they appropriate for the
magazine's style. We are not interested in explicit
violence, sex or bloodshed used simply to shock the
reader. All stories submitted must be well written and
within the word count. Dark Wisdom considers reprints,
but please query first. Dark Wisdom does not accept
simultaneous submissions. We prefer stories of 5,000
words or less.
Payment for fiction is 5 cents (US) per word, with a
maximum of $250.00. Payment is made by check or PayPal
upon publication. 1 contributor's copy is included as
Submission guidelines: http://www.darkwisdom.com/guidelines.htm
** Only open to themed submissions -- see website for
Accepts Dark Fantasy/Horror/mainstream. Dark fiction with
rich settings; avoid gratuitous gore, sex. No present
tense, no entire pages without dialogue, no stories that
take place entirely in the narrator's head.
Deathlings.com wants dark fiction that does not
rely on excessive gore (grossing us out instead of
scaring us, or making us think,) gratuitous sex (note the
word "gratuitous"--sexual scenes that are
integral to the characters and/or plot are fine.) So what
do we want exactly? Stories drenched in atmosphere where
the setting plays an integral role. Stories that are
character, not plot-driven. Any descriptions of the
characters should be so vivid that we could pick one of
your characters up at the airport if we had to. Please
avoid stream-of-consciousness, all the action takes place
in the narrator's head-type stories. Eyeball your
paragraphs--if you have whole pages without dialogue,
your story is not for us. No present tense. Surprise us
-- we don't want to be able to guess what's going to
happen after the first few pages.
1,000 - 4000 words, pays 3 cents per word for First
Worldwide Electronic Rights.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.deathlings.com/guide.html
The sharpest magazine in the world. Deals
with horror, fantasy and science fiction. Publishes
features, fiction, reviews and comment columns.
urban themes, and/or could be described (by
others) as modern and borderline gothic
horror/fantasy/sf, slipstream, crime fiction or erotica;
please don't send clichéd stories. Experimental work is
Stories should be more than 2,000 words. Payment is up to
£50 per 1,000 words. Detailed guidelines and sample
stories are available on the website.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.theedge.abelgratis.co.uk/order.htm
Flesh and Blood
Seeking dark fantasy and horror with an emphasis on the
fantastic, surreal, strange, offbeat, darkly fantastic,
unnatural and bizarre. No reprints. We will not consider
stories without at least one or more of these elements.
Fiction that deals with serial killers, stereotypical
plots (zombies, vampires, cats, etc), revenge, blatant
gore, and sex will not be the proper match for F&B
magazine. Contrary to the magazine's title, we'd rather
steer clear of the "flesh" and
"blood" in fiction and place a bigger emphasis
on the subtle and strange.
Fiction: to 5000 words, pays 2 5 cents per word
plus one contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.horrorseek.com/horror/fleshnblood/otherinfo.html
Greatest Uncommon Denominator
Our dictionary defines literatures thus: written works,
esp. those valued for form and style. And that is what we
are looking for form and style, though be sure
theres substance as well. Any genre, including
literary or mainstream, is acceptable. We dont back
away from a fight if your work screws with
convention, breaks rules, makes demands of the reader,
then were equal to the challenge. Just please, by
whatever you hold dear, give us some prize at the end of
Payment is 3 cents per word - reprints may be considered,
however pay rate drops to 1 cent per word for reprints
please read the submission guidelines in full
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gudmagazine.com/subs/submit.php
Pays 10 cents per word for horror, science fiction,
mystery or fantasy up to 5,000 words on publication. Also
interested in cross-genre (blends of horror, sf or
Submission Guidelines: http://www.heliotropemag.com/submission-guidelines/
Original fiction only. Were looking for short-short
stories no longer than 750 words. Words will be counted
before acceptance. All types of horror will be accepted.
Do not submit fiction from any other genre.
Payment is 5 cents per word on publication in The
Delirium Insider plus 1 copy of the book upon its
Submission Guidelines: http://www.deliriumbooks.com/submission-guidelines/
Closed to Submissions February, May, August and November
Ideomancer is a professional-looking online mag (web/pdf)
searching for quality science fiction, fantasy, horror,
slipstream and flash fiction. They are looking for
stories that explore the edges of ideas, stories that
subvert, refute and push the limits. They want unique
pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional
narratives, take chances with tone, structure and
execution and take risks. The stories we publish will
also be honest - which means plausible and affecting. Up
to 7000 words - Up to 500 for flash fiction.
Ideomancer may only consider reprints they have
solicited. For everyone else, no reprints will be
considered. Buys First Worldwide Electronic Rights and
requires exclusive rights for three months.
Payment: 3 cents per word (US) up to a maximum of US$40.
Intergalactic Medicine Show
Seeking Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror. Science fiction
includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history,
psi, alien and any other kind of sf you can think of.
Fantasy includes heroic fantasy (based on any
cultures mythology), fairy tales, contemporary
fantasy, and Horror in the sense of supernatural suspense
(not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Other: Submit online via form at website. Orson Scott
Card contributes fiction to every issue.
Fiction: any length, pays 6/word US (maximum $500)
Buys exclusive rights in any language or any medium
throughout the world for one year from date of first
publication in the magazine, and nonexclusive electronic
and/or online rights in any language in perpetuity.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submissions
(The) Night Land
Webzine/anthology seeking William Hope Hodgson inspired
fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Wants fiction
specifically set in the Night Land universe.
Pays 8p (UK) per word for anthology included stories and
4p (UK) per word for web stories.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.thenightland.co.uk/nightficoff.html
Seeking SF/F/DF/H/SS/P/ghost stories/fairy stories/magic
realism/any other speculative material. For poetry,
editor likes blank verse, free verse, prose poems;
non-rhyming poetry preferred; avoid antique language.
Submission deadlines are February 28, May 31, August 31,
and November 30, with decisions made about 12 weeks after
deadline. Maintains 80% Canadian content to keep funding.
Requires cover letter -- see guidelines for specific
formatting requirements. Disposable mss preferred. No
email submissions snail-mail only. See website for
details. No reprints.
Fiction: to 6000 words, pays CDN$50-$180 based on length.
Poetry: 4-100 lines, pays CDN$20.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.onspec.ca/guidelines.php
On the Premises
Web-based magazine published every four months, filled
with winning entrants to their contests. Seeking sci-fi,
fantasy, horror fiction or any combination of all of them
to 5,000 words in contest format. Stories can be deathly
serious or hilariously funny or anything in between.
Prize is $130.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.onspec.ca/submissions.htm
The Pedestal Magazine
This online venue is looking for fiction of all genres.
For horror, they want intelligent, high-quality,
character-driven stories. Currently pays $30 for poems
and 5 cents per word for fiction up to 6,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submitguidelines.php
Annual print magazine, Original, high-quality SF/fantasy.
Horror must have a science fiction element and be
psychological or scary, rather than simply gory. No
supernatural fantasy-horror, or traditional swords 'n'
sorcery quest sagas. We are interested in publishing
highly imaginative prose on a wide variety of genre
themes. Cutting-edge SF and experimental writing styles
(cross-genre scenarios, slipstream, etc) are always
Pay £5 per 1000 word + contributors copy
Submission Guidelines: http://freespace.virgin.net/pigasus.press/guidelines.html
Spacesuits and Sixguns
Spacesuits and Sixguns is a magazine of contemporary pulp
fiction simple, straightforward storytelling with
an emphasis on action. Were not looking for
Lovecraft or Howard pastiches, or stories set in the
1930s. Read a dozen pulp fiction stories, soak it
all up, then ask yourself: what if this happened in my
hometown today. All genres accepted -- detective, horror,
mystery, adventure, SF, sword and sorcery. We love them
all. Give us about 4000 words. Shorter is fine. We're
flexible. If its longer and it's good, no problem.
Rule number one - be fun!
Payment is 3 cents a word/$100 max for fiction
Submission Guidelines: http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/submissions.html
This quality online magazine is seeking good speculative
fiction. If your story doesnt have a clear fantasy
or science fiction element, it wont fit with this
market. Editors dont generally accept straight out
horror, however will consider speculative fiction with a
dark edge. Prefers stories under 5000 words but will
consider up to 9000. Pays 5 cents per word, with a
minimum of $50.00.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction.shtml
Needs: Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Horror, Slipstream in Weird
Tales style. "The best in horrific horror, heroic
fantasy, and exotic mood pieces, plus the occasional
'odd' story that won't fit anywhere else." Likes
fantasy-world & S&S, but avoid genericism.
"Your protagonists must at least try to cope, and
must try to change something, even if the outcome is
Other: Cover letter optional, don't mention more than 2-3
Prefers stories up to 8,000 words but may consider up to
10,000. Pays 3-4 cents per word. Please read detailed
guidelines in full before submitting.
Submission Guidelines: http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/contact/submission-guidelines/
Tri-annual print magazine seeking original, polished
fantasy, dark fiction and horror between 1,500 and 3,000
words. Pay between 2 - 5 cents per word, dependent on
experience. No reprints, no simultaneous subs.
Submission Guidelines: http://withersin.com/withersin_002.htm
Wrong World™ - The World of
Quarterly DVD collections. We are interested in stories
that are original, scary short stories science
fiction, horror, fantasy, suspense, thriller, paranormal,
supernatural any genre as long as the story is on
some level scary. Stories should be between 2,500 and
3,500 words in length. The Wrong World™
experience should last around 25 minutes.
Pay rate starts at 7.5 cents per word.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.wrongworld.com/shop/cart.php?target=story_submission&mode=read_agree#01
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