Category: Magazine

Magazines and eZines

Taking Submissions: Elegant Literature: Killer Instinct

Deadline: August 31st, 2022
Payment: 10 cents per word, $200 for artwork
Theme: Killer Instinct
Note: There is ALSO a contest with the same theme that pays $3,000 though that one is a pay-to-play scenario.

Do you feel safe? Do you believe doors and locks will protect you? They won’t, but lies are necessary to distract us from the terrifying truth – killers are everywhere.

Life is full of danger. The wilds are home to fearsome predators. Sharks smell blood, and other territorial animals will rend you with tooth and claw for the misfortune of crossing their path. But urban spaces might just kill you quicker. Humans have the propensity to kill one another six times higher than the average mammal. Born killers and those brought to it by chance and fate, the true predators of the world wear familiar faces. Sharp teeth lurk behind kind smiles and watchful eyes. History is full of atrocities and bloodshed, and stories of our future suggest more to come. Even good people suffer intrusive thoughts, visualizing horrendous acts for a split second before recoiling. Beware strangers, but keep a closer eye on friends.


Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2022 Winter Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: October 1st – 31st, 2022
Payment: $1 per accepted piece
Theme: horrorku, horror themed tanka, haibun, see below for details

The Submission may include any or all of the following:
· Up to seven (7) horrorku or horror tanka [we will rarely publish 5/7/5(7/7)]
· Up to three (3) haibun [title + prose + haiku/tanka — no more than 100 words]
· Up to five (5) pieces of cover art

All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. Posts in closed, critique-oriented groups and social media sites are acceptable for submission, but public posts on forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not. By submitting a piece to us, you are guaranteeing that it is your original work and not under consideration or published anywhere else in the world.


Taking Submissions: Nihilist Poet Militia: West Summer 2022 Call

Deadline: October 1st, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: Poetry: liminal; K-mart realism; post-apocalypse; anti-authoritarian

Words are dangerous. So are blank spaces.

This zine is arbitrary, without clear function, and prone to injury. Welcome to the secret lair of poets, anarchists, spelunkers, and scofflaws.


Taking Submissions: The First Line – Winter 2022

Deadline: November 1st, 2022
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with: When he died, their father had two requests.

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.


Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Winter Issue 2022 (Early)

Submission Window: October 1st – November 1st, 2022
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: DEVOUT: Martyrs, Cults, and Madness

The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. Please check on the website for the theme in detail.


Taking Submissions: Weird Horror Magazine September 2022 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: September 1st-30th, 2022
Payment: 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum and 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: horror and weird fiction

Weird Horror has two reading periods each year – March and September.


OPENS: Sept. 1, 2022

CLOSES: Sept. 30, 2022

We are seeking first publication rights. Fiction must be in English, and previously unpublished in English anywhere, in any format, on any platform, including your blog, website, newsletter, Patreon, etc. Please do not query about reprints.


Ongoing Submissions: The Dread Machine

Payment: ORIGINAL FICTION: $0.05 per word., REPRINTS: $0.01 per word., POETRY: $10 per poem.
Theme: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.
Note: Reprints Welcome
Note: I SWEAR I’ve listed this market before and couldn’t find it while prepping this post.


The Dread Machine publishes futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction. We do not accept religious fiction, fetish horror, or erotica. All submissions must be in English.

We will accept previously published submissions, but not those that are available to the public online. If your story already appears online for free, publishing it would negatively impact both our SEO and that of the other publisher. We will accept previously published stories that are available online only if those stories are hidden behind a paywall.


Ongoing Submissions: Bourbon Penn

Payment: 3¢ / word
Theme: Highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.
Note: We are re-listing Bourbon Penn due to the press raising their payment rates and updated guidelines

We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.  Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.

We want character.  For us, stories live and die by their characters.  We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions.