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A Tangled Script of Intangible Soul Engravings
This UK e-zine is looking for stories that run less than
3,000 words although may consider longer works if queried
first. Pays $5 US for fiction. Buys one-time electronic
rights for approximately 3 months. Author may include a
short bio to appear with the work.
"We're looking for good, solid fiction. We
specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or
general interest, provided that the work possesses an
original, "quirky" slant.
Reprints okay, prefers email submissions. Please read
guidelines in full. Payment is $15 US flat rate.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm
AntiMuse is an online literary/arts/culture publication,
published monthly. AntiMuse appeals to a slightly jaded
and bitter audience, which means pieces such as "The
Cute Thing My Toddler Did Today" will not go over
well. We prefer quirky, unique ideas and are generally
open to anything. Looking for fiction between
1,000-10,000 words. We will accept previously published
material please say so.
Pays $5.00 - $20.00 flat rate.
Ballista is seeking short stories up to 3,500 words with
a preference for
supernatural, horror, Gothick, fantasy, SF,
psychological. All copyrights remain with the author.
Payment is £5 (GBP) plus one contributor copy
(International payments via paypal). No reprints. No
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mucusart.co.uk/ballistasubsinfo.htm
A monthly ezine that is currently looking for horror,
science fiction and fantasy. Pays $5 (US) for fiction up
to 1,500 words and $10 (US) for lengths over this. No
gratuitous sex/violence, graphic rape/child abuse. Flash
fiction, to 500 words, must be based on picture posted at
website. This mag has a quick return time, and the
editors offer a critique rejected stories. Please read
guidelines before submitting.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.byzarium.com/guidelines.asp
Needs Horror. "I love horror stories about the Old
West, psychological horror fiction, tales about insane
asylums, carnivals and traveling shows, crime stories,
the mysterious, the unusual or the bizarre, or anything
that's well written and at least a little
convincing." Third-person narratives preferred.
Other: Now an annual print magazine. Accepts
E-submissions only. See website for detailed formatting
guidelines. One story or poem per e-mail. Include brief
third-person bio. Reprints considered but not preferred.
Fiction: 1200-3500 words, pays $5 ($3 reprints).
Poetry: 30-40 lines, pays 10/line (5/line reprints).
(The) Dream People
This online magazine specializes in bizarro fiction. They
say: The Dream People is a biannual electronic
journal of Bizarro literature, an avant-garde genre of
writing and artistry distinguished by absurdity,
irrealism, the grotesque, narrative experimentation, dark
humor and ultimately a cult sensibility. We are looking
for high quality, stylized fiction that escapes the
boundaries of reality and attempts to represent the
Looking for stories between 300 and 3,000 words. Their
current pay rate? The price of a local martini (see
guidelines for explanation).
Webzine looking for well-plotted horror and dark fiction
stories under 4000 words. I am seeking quality,
character-driven horror/weird fiction/dark fantasy that
evokes a sense of dread: great uneasiness, reluctance, or
fear in the face of impending evil.
Pays $25 for first electronic rights. Payment is made on
acceptance. Work published previously in print will be
considered, but work having already appeared on the web
will not. Even appearance in a web workshop may count,
depending on the circumstances, so if this is the case
inquire first. Please include any previous publication
information in your cover e-mail.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.dredtales.com/Writer's%20guidelines.htm
Seeking Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror and/or
surrealism. "Great Hall" takes original fiction
to any length (query for 40k words or more). "Crown
& Thistle Inn" takes re-tellings of traditional
folktales, with bibliographic sources if applicable;
shorter is better. Poetry should be mythic and folkloric.
Check website for which sections are currently open to
Other: Reprints okay; e-subs okay.
Fiction: pays $5-$10.
Poetry: pays $2-$5.
Far Sector SFFH
Accepting submissions of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy
and Horror. Likes suspense; avoid gratuity. Wants
literary writing. Avoid "surprise" endings and
Other: E-subs only, in body of e-mail or as RTF file.
Publishes in a variety of e-formats in conjunction with
Fictionwise.com. Formerly "Deep Outside: Speculative
and Dark Fiction Magazine."
Fiction: 3000-6000 words, pays $10 advance on royalties.
Please read guidelines carefully before submitting
Submission Guidelines: http://www.farsector.com/about.htm#submissions1
Fear and Trembling
Pays $5 for horror and dark fiction under 3,000 words.
Stories must be suitable for a Christian audience. Under
no circumstances will we consider works that include
R-rated language, disturbing violence, or graphic
Submission Guidelines: http://www.fearandtremblingmag.com/guidelines.php
Full Unit Hookup
Accepting Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, urban Fantasy,
magic realism, slipstream, humor and mainstream. No
horror, no high fantasy.
Other: E-subs only (query for snail-mail submissions).
Reprints okay but not preferred for fiction; originals
only for poetry. For poetry, traditional forms okay, but
must do something different with them.
Fiction: 500-5000 words, pays $10 + one contributor copy
30 days after publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://members.aol.com/fullunithookup/index.html
The Harrow seeks stories, poems, and art that fall within
the fantasy and supernatural horror genres. The plot
should contain or imply the presence of the magical or
supernatural. To count as "horror," the work
must also evoke an emotion such as apprehension, dread,
anxiety, and fear. Horror does not need to shock or
disgust; if it evokes a quieter sense of the eerie or
uncanny, it still counts as horror.
Conventionally structured and character-driven plots are
Word count: 7500 words.
Pays $5.00 for stories and $3.00 for poems.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.theharrow.com/journal/submissions.php
Horror Carousel is a printed, horror-fiction magazine,
which aims to define the darker conditions of human life
and explore the more visceral range of human emotions.
Seeking quality horror fiction.
Accepts all things horror: Classic Monsters, Vampires,
Cthulhu Mythos, Quiet Horror, Splatterpunk,
Psychological, Occult/Supernatural, Dark Fantasy, and
Dark Suspense. But please do not send Erotic Horror.
Published stories have been reminiscent of Weird Tales
(classic and modern), EC Comics, The Twilight Zone, Outer
Limits, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen
Payment is $10 per story and 1 contributors copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.horrorcarousel.com/HCoption1.htm
This is an ezine that charges readers to peruse fiction.
You submit five stories and get paid depending on amount
of times your stories are downloaded. Every story is
accepted for upload so be aware that there is no
editorial input toward quality of available stories. Pay
is calculated per view by story length (e.g. 1,000 words
10 cents per story view). Author received 80% of
revenue generated by his/her stories
They allow submissions of previously published stories.
It is the authors responsibility to ensure that all
submissions can be legally published by HorrorMasters.
Please read full guidelines before submitting.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.horrormasters.com/Submissions.htm
Print magazine specializing in vampire fiction. Looking
for science fiction and fantasy stories involving, you
guessed it, VAMPIRES. Seeking original works in a rich,
decadent, literary artery
er, vein. Blood may be
drunk, sucked, siphoned, or otherwise imbibed, but that
drinking is only tangential to the successful HUNGUR
story. The relationships between characters, and
especially between vampires and their milieux, are of
primary importance here. It is not necessary that the
vampire be killed. He, or she, may be abated, or
lionized, as the writer wishes. Note: The really
successful HUNGUR vampire story deals with alien or
extra-terrestrial vampires, in whatever form, and their
relationships, or lack thereof, with Earthlings. In other
words, we really want to see science fiction and fantasy
vampires, more than horror Earth vampires.
Pays $10 for fiction and $4 for poems. Stories must be
between 500-6,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/HungurGL.htm
Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries
This print magazine is looking for classic supernatural
horror stories in the vein of HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton
Smith, Robert E. Howard, Seabury Quinn, Hugh Cave and
other authors from the classic era of pulp fiction. No
Sci-fi, sword & sorcery, quest fantasy, vampires or
werewolves. Avoid child protagonists. Like ghost stories
inspired by Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James
and others. Email for current guidelines.
They pay $10 and a copy for fiction under 5,000 words.
LWM does NOT take email submissions.
Submission Guidelines: http://mysite.verizon.net/resp7jls/
This web zine (formerly print) is looking for dark
fiction, horror, slipstream. "Fiction, poetry, and
art with a focus on unique, vivid, and dark imagery. Dark
fiction must be well-honed, and can't rely on hackneyed
plots or stock characters. Reality based and startling
literary fiction is encouraged." "If your
quality of writing is high, but your fiction or poetry
contains elements too graphic or explicit to be accepted
in general horror/fantasy or literary publications, you
stand a good chance of acceptance here. Unique images,
unusual story structure, and flawed characters are
Fiction to 4,000 words. Pays $10-15
Submission Guidelines: http://www.lullabyhearse.com/submit.html
Seeking horror, sci-fi, fantasy and slipstream up to
No slasherfests, technobabble, high fantasy. Fantasy
should maintain some connection with our world.
E-subs okay. Reprints considered but not preferred.
Pays £2.50/1000 words.
Poetry: any length, pays £2.50.
Mount Zion Speculative Fiction Review
Always seeking original horror and dark fantasy. Although
we prefer Appalachian settings, we value excellent
stories above all else.. Horror does not have to have
Other: E-subs preferred; RTF or *.doc attachment. See
website for detailed formatting guidelines. If you're a
high school student, include name of your high school in
cover letter. Reprints okay.
Fiction: 3,000-10,000 words, pays $1 plus one
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mountzionpress.com/guideline.html
Seeking Poetry: SciFi, Fantasy, Horror and cross-genre.
Preference for traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas,
rondelles, blank verse, etc.), but no "forced"
rhyme; lines should share a common rhythm, not just end
in words that sound the same. "We are interested in
work that demonstrates ambition, that casts new light on
genre tropes, that introduces readers to the legends of
other cultures, that re-evaluates the myths of old from a
modern perspective, that twists reality in unexpected
ways." Pays $5 on publication. No reprints.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mythicdelirium.com/#guidelines
Needs submissions of Scifi/fantasy and horror. Make it
darkly mysterious or outrageously funny, but make it
No gratuitous sex, violence, gore.
Other: E-subs only, as RTF files. Reprints okay, if story
has only appeared once.
Fiction: 500 to 10000, pays $10.
Submission Guidelines: http://nanobison.com/submissions.shtml
... dark is not enough. We are into horror, both
speculative and psychological. Don't sprain yourself
reaching for the dictionary, Necrotic means dea and
Tissue is any kind of aggregate organic matter: muscle,
skin, organs, blood or bone. This doesn't mean we're
looking for Zombie stories, but if you have a good one,
we will give it a read. Stories that take place in
hospitals or with a medical theme will have a better
chance. We are always looking for a good Monster jerky
recipe or any other good Monster story. Stories between
100-5,000 words only.
Payment: The 100 word story (to include title) = $20. 100
words precisely, not 99 and not 101. This is a 100 word
story to include the title.
101 to 1,000 = $10
1,001 to 3,000 = $15
3,001 to 5,000 = $25
Submission Guidelines: http://www.necrotictissue.com/Guidelines.html
Poe Little Thing
This print poetry magazine is looking for horror,
speculative, gothic, and science fiction poetry under 50
lines. Pays $5 and a copy.
Read the guidelines here: http://www.nakedsnakepress.com/Poe%20Guidelines.htm
Pseudopod is an audio genre zine looking for horror. They
apply a fairly broad definition to horror
running the spectrum from supernatural horror (Dracula)
to realistic horror (Cujo). What matters is that the
sotires should be dark and they should be entertaining.
Will consider reprints.
Short Fiction between 2,000 and 6,000 words Pays
Submission Guidelines: http://pseudopod.org/guidelines/
Rage Machine Magazine
Wants sci-fi, fantasy, horror, adventure, weird Western,
weird mystery, hard-boiled. ". . . pace is first and
foremost. I don't want a single story that starts slowly
and builds. Catch me in the first paragraph. Hold me for
the first page. Take me to the whirlwind finish."
Fiction: 5,000-10,000 words, pays 10% of revenues.
Looking for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery. Nothing
stronger than a PG rating. No violence towards children.
No cannibalism, evisceration, skinning. H should be
Other: E-subs only, as attached RTF or text file. See
website for detailed formatting guidelines. This market
has a very small submission window. Only accepts
submissions 1-28 February
Fiction: to 1000 words, pays $10.
Poetry: to 40 lines, pays $10.
Seeking submissions of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, erotica,
adventure, magic realism, Western, myths. No
literary/realistic fiction please.
Authors must be 18+. E-subs only, in body of e-mail.
Fiction: 500-10000 words,
Pays $15 for first electronic publishing rights and the
right to archive your story. Also, a $50 bonus is awarded
each month to a favorite story or essay chosen.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.reflectionsedge.com/submit.html
Wants sci-fi, fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery and
mystery. Mystery should have supernatural element. SF --
prefers "dark, weird, or humorous pieces." No
porn, gore, child abuse. Likes poetry that leans toward
the darker side. E-subs only, RTF file preferred.
Fiction: 1,000-10,000 words, pays $10 on publication.
This market is looking for horror, fantasy, or science
fiction between 4000 and 50,000 words. Pays 1 cent per
word up to $25 for work appearing on the website and $200
plus 10% royalty for novel length work in print.
. Unpublished authors must contact before subbing.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.scrybepress.com/Submit/submissionguidelines.html
Looking for sci-fi, fantasy, horror and magic realism.
Avoid experimental fiction and trick endings. No
heartwarming or cute stories. Unusual and
beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full
plots and strong characters. The best way to understand
what we are looking for is to read an issue of the
Accepts E-subs only, as *.doc or *.rtf attachment. Also
Payment and Rights: Authors will be paid 1 cent per word,
minimum $10, maximum $30. In other words, stories 1000
words and under: $10. 1001-3000 words: 1 cent per word.
3000 words and up: $30. Youll also receive a copy
(both print and electronic) of the issue in which your
story appears. Additional contributor copies available at
the subscription rate.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.shimmerzine.com/submission-guidelines/
Looking for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, slipstream up to
We have a tendency to prefer the strange. We encourage
stories from diverse perspectives, settings and origins.
See guidelines for current needs.
Other: E-subs only, as *.rtf attachment. Published in PDF
and print formats.
The payment breakdown is as follows:
For all works of fiction, 2000-5000 words, $15, plus 2
For all works of fiction, 1-1999 words, $10, plus 2 print
For all works of poetry, $10, plus 2 print copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sensesfive.com/guidelines.php
Tales Of The Talisman
Science Fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories to
6000 words and poems to 50
lines. Reading periods are quite strict. Please read
guidelines in full before submitting. Pays $10 US plus
one contributor copy.
Note: Above all we are looking for
thought-provoking ideas and good writing. Speculative
fiction set in the past, present, and future are welcome.
Admittedly, science fiction, fantasy and horror are broad
genres that overlap many other genres. We welcome
cross-genre stories, but they must have some element of
science fiction or fantasy. We have published
western/fantasy cross-genre stories and horror/science
fiction cross genre-stories and more.
Three-Lobed Burning Eye
A magazine of speculative fiction: horror, dark fantasy
and magical realism. "Stories that monsters
like to read" since 1999. Seeking quality,
professional stories valuing originality. Published
2-3 times per year, plus an annual print anthology.
No poetry, non- fiction or fan fiction. Please read an
issue and guidelines before submitting.
Simultaneous & multiple submissions: no. Reprints:
query. 7000 words max. E-subs only: via on-site
form. Pays $13 plus a copy of annual print
anthology.Check site guidelines for details.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.owlsoup.com/3LBE/guidelines.html
Well Told Tales
We're looking for edgy fare, 2,000 to 4,000 words (give
or take), in the horror, sci-fi and hardboiled (ie: crime
or detective) genres.The main thing we look for is
quality. Payment is $20 US.
Submission Guidelines: http://welltoldtales.com/content/writers/
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