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Taking Submissions: The Quarterly Journal – Burn This F*cker Down

Deadline: February 28th, 2023
Payment: $5
Theme: Burn This F*cker Down

A Literary Journal with Some Art and Analysis Thrown in for Good Measure

As Quarter Press continues to grow, we’re adding another coin to our pocketful of change. We want to offer a space for shorter works to mingle with art and other bits of nonsense, so we bring you The Quarter(ly): It just makes cents.

Issues are themed; however, we consider all interpretations.

“~ Burn This F*cker Down – Feb. 28 – What needs to be destroyed? Why? Send us your destructive works that hope to bring in the new and build something better.”


Taking Submissions: Dead Letters: Episodes Of Epistolary Horror (Early)

Submission Window: April 1st, 2023 to June 1st, 2023
Payment: $0.01 per word
Theme: Short horror stories in the 2,500-7,000-word range written in epistolary format—meaning, stories written as letters, journal entries, transcripts of radio broadcasts, newspaper clippings, text messages, etc.

Edited by Jacob Steven Mohr


From Jacob Steven Mohr and Crystal Lake Publishing comes Dead Letters: Episodes of Epistolary Horror, a new anthology set to debut (tentatively) February of 2024.


As the name betrays, we’re looking for short horror stories in the 2,500-7,000-word range written in epistolary format—meaning, stories written as letters, journal entries, transcripts of radio broadcasts, newspaper clippings, text messages, etc.


Furthermore, each story should include some mention of how its manuscript was “discovered.” A letter found in a historian’s archive, for example. Or emails saved as part of a missing persons investigation. Or an audio file recovered from a dead podcaster’s PC. Push boundaries and play with the format—and above all, be scary!


Some comparable titles: Dracula, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, Carrie, House of Leaves, and World War Z.


We will be accepting approximately 10-15 stories from this open call. Accepted tales will appear alongside original yarns from invited authors, who include Gemma Files, Ai Jiang, Red Lagoe, J.A.W. McCarthy, Scott J. Moses, and Gordon B. White.


Taking Submissions: 34 Orchard January 2023 Window (Early Listing)

Submission Window: January 1st – 15th, 2023
Payment: $50
Theme: Stories that are “scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad”

What We Publish

At 34 Orchard, we like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit.

We are an international journal and welcome submissions from everyone, all over the world. As of our Fall 2021 issue, we have published work from Africa, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Taking Submissions: Otoroshi Journal 2023 Spring Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: January 1st – 31st, 2023
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.

E-mail submission is required. Type poems into the body of the e-mail; no attachments of poetry will be opened. For art submissions, please include all five pieces in a .PDF file or send us a link to a private gallery. If we purchase an art piece for our cover, we will ask that you provide a 300 dpi version of said piece.

E-mail: [email protected]
Subject: Otoroshi Submission

Please include a cover letter noting location in the world. Please include handles for Instagram and Twitter for promotional purposes.

At this time, only one submission per issue will be considered unless the editors directly request a second submission.

Taking Submissions: Particular Passages: Dark Passages

Deadline: March 1st, 2023
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Dark, scary, terrible Halloween stories

We want your dark, scary, terrible Halloween stories guaranteed to make the reader afraid to answer the door because those just might not be Trick-or Treaters giggling out there… (Doesn’t have to be Halloween themed, but the Halloween holiday is the general aim of this anthology.)

Submissions open now until March 1st, 2023. Anthology expected to be published in or around October, 2023.

**If you don’t have the patience to wait a year for your story to be published, DON’T SUBMIT.**

**If you are not willing to obtain a Draft2Digital account in order to receive royalty shares as payment, then DON’T SUBMIT.**

For this anthology, please no “extreme” horror or “graphic” sex.

Please keep content and language limited to the equivalent of a “PG-13” rated movie.

While we do want this to be a horror anthology, we are not interested in the extremes of the genre. We are interested in thrills and chills horror not shock value/gross out horror.

Taking Submissions: Dose of Dread January 2023 (Early Listing)

Deadline: January 15th, 2023
Payment: 2 cents per word
Theme: Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.


Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm.

Author Compensation: 2c/word, paid via PayPal. (Rounded to nearest whole dollar)

Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread).

Reading Periods: January, April, July, and October; 1st to 15th. Any stories submitted outside of each reading period will not be read.

Rights: First World Electronic Rights. Non-exclusive rights thereafter. No reprint restrictions after publication.


Taking Submissions: A Thunder of Dragons

Deadline: February 15th, 2023
Payment: Word count-based royalty split for 4k+ word stories.
Theme: Epic fantasy that includes a dragon

Title: A Thunder of Dragons
Opens: 15 Oct 2022
Closes: 15 Feb 2023 11:59 pm EST
Theme: Epic fantasy tales of any kind, as long as they involve a dragon–rescuing princesses from their clutches, searching for their treasures, capturing one to grant a wish, stopping one from attacking the local village–anything goes!


Taking Submissions: A Walk in a City of Shadows

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: 50$ payment and contributors copy for 3000-5000 words. 75$ for stories from 5000-7000 words. $40 and a contributor copy for poetry
Theme: Stories based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film

Alien Sun Press who helped bring A Walk in a Darker Wood to fruition and is now on verge of publishing the urban legend anthology A Walk in a City of Shadows, is now accepting submissions for our newest collection based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film!
With a forward written by John Langan, this book will not only include some excellent fiction from some well know Horror writers and poetry of today, but it also will include diabolical illustrations for each tale!