Category: Closed Markets

CLOSED MARKET: Memento Vitae

This market has closed, they may reopen down the line and will keep us in the loop if so.

Payment: $20 (NZD)
Theme: Attaching memories to physical items

An exploration through pictures & prose of how we attach memories to physical items…

Throughout our lives we collect and keep physical things that are important to us in ways others might never understand. These items — also known as “emotional tokens” — are often completely worthless in monetary terms, but absolutely priceless to us.


NO LONGER ONGOING: Tales From Between

This market is no longer open year-round, we will attempt to list it as it opens.

Payment: $20
Theme: Horror flash fiction


Tales From Between is a new spooky story and art journal.


Horror flash fiction. It can be scary. Or weird. Gory. Literary. Whatever you like.

Closed : Night Terrors Pod

This market has closed from too many submissions and will re-open at a later date.

Payment: $15 and 50% ad revenue on your episode for one year
Theme: Horror, Creepy, Paranormal, Suspenseful, or Thriller Stories

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to be produced for Night Terrors Podcast. We are a horror/creepy narration podcast looking to create episodes showcasing a new writer each episode. Our episodes run between 20 and 40 minutes, so we’re looking for 2000 to 4000 word submissions. Since this new series is based around showcasing authors, we strongly encourage multiple stories that add up to around the word count, but if you believe you have a single story that is compelling enough, please do not hesitate to send it along. All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the Subject reading NTP Submission.

What we’re looking for:

CLOSED MARKET: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Sinister Smile Press still appears to be open at the time of this update, though this particular market appears to be closed.

Payment: $40.00 and a contributors copy
Theme: Slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre

Do you want your story to appear in our newest series, Let the Bodies Hit the Floor?

A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads: Volume 1 & 2

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series

Submission Guidelines
Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t meet the guidelines will be automatically rejected.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and chosen stories will be published in A PILE OF BODIES, A PILE OF HEADS – The Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2, which will both be released in August of 2021

  • Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (Word counts are firm)

  • Title, submitter’s name, pen name (if different), story word count and author email address must be centered at the top of your submission

  • Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5″

  • Submissions must be in .Docx or .Doc format with 1″ margins all around

  • Submissions should be clean and edited

  • Submissions must fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Think Dexter, Mind Hunters, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel to name a few examples. NOTE: volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist (slasher, serial killer, stalker, etc.).

  • Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

  • Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

  • The number of stories published per volume will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty per volume

  • Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author, per volume

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay if author provides notice of such

  • Submissions will remain open until further notice and selected stories will appear in the first two volumes, or subsequent volumes as published. There is no submission deadline.

  • Submissions will be read in the order in which they are received

  • Authors will be notified as soon as possible if their story was selected or not


You worked hard on your story, so don’t take a chance on it never being read. Did you read the Submission Guidelines? Did you follow them? Does your story meet theme and word count? Unfortunately, we cannot consider stories that do not meet submission guidelines. It could be the best story that mankind will ever read and we will never know. Why? Because if your submission doesn’t meet guidelines, it will automatically be deleted. Don’t let this happen to you.

Submit Your Story

Authors That Are Selected For Inclusion Will:
  • Have their story published in the anthology

  • Receive a one-time payment of $40.00 (USD) per selected story

  • Receive a free paperback copy of the anthology within 45 days following the release date

  • Have access to buy author copies of paperback and hardcover editions at publisher’s cost, plus shipping

  • Agree to sign a Memorandum of Agreement giving permission for the story to be used in the anthology

Via: Sinister Smile Press.

CLOSED: Land Beyond the World Magazine

March 2022 is the final issue of this magazine.

Payment: $0.01/word up to a maximum of $30/story plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine.
Theme: Speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

Submission Guidelines
Dear authors – we want to a maintain a place that would be welcoming to authors and as friction-free to deal with as possible. Here are some decisions that go toward that:
  • We welcome both simultaneous and multiple submissions
  • We think that authors deserve to be paid – while we can’t afford much, we hope that as our subscriber base grows, we can match the industry-standard professional rates.
  • No fees will be charged to authors … ever
  • We pay within 30 days of acceptance / contract signing
  • A free three months subscription to the magazine will be offered upon story publication – just like a free issue for print magazines
Here are the gory details:
Our magazine is a market for speculative short fiction, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. We accept stories between 1,500-3,000 words in length and pay $0.01/word up to a maximum of $30/story plus a free three (3) month subscription to the magazine. Payment is within 30 days of acceptance/contract signing and is made via PayPal or check. The free subscription is offered once your story is published.
We buy first, worldwide, English, electronic serial rights with exclusivity for three months. What that means is that we will publish your story via our magazine’s newsletter and website, and you promise not to publish it elsewhere during the initial three months. After that, we ask for limited electronic rights so we can keep a copy of the story within the magazine’s web archive. While most of our stories are available to paying subscribers only, we may – at our sole discretion – choose to make a particular story available to non-subscribers as well via our website and/or newsletter. All other rights are retained by the author.
To submit a story, please format it as a standard manuscript (see William Shunn’s site for details), and email it to “[email protected]“. The subject should have the name of the story, genre and word count. We accept Word (.DOC/.DOCX), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.ODT), plain text and RTF formats. We try to reply with a decision within ninety days (90) but times may fluctuate. Due to limited time, we are unable to provide individual feedback when rejecting stories. If you haven’t heard back after 90 days, please query us at [email protected].
Simultaneous submissions are allowed – we do ask that you let us know when submitting your story and as soon as possible if your story is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed as well, but please limit these to three (3) at most.
Things we do not accept:
  • Reprints, whether professionally or self-published
  • Horror, sexual schemes or graphic violence
  • Stories requiring a tremendous amount of editing (we are all volunteers)

Via: Land Beyond the World.

NO LONGER ONGOING: Boneyard Soup Magazine

Boneyard Soup Magazine no longer meets our conditions for an ‘ongoing’ market and we will post their open calls as we see them.

Payment: 5 cents per word, 1 cent per word for reprints
Theme: H
orror and dark fantasy genres and are open to almost anything you can imagine within those categories.

Note: Reprints Welcome


All submissions for fiction should follow proper manuscript format. Please send them to [email protected]. Attach submissions in .doc or .rtf format. We will not accept submissions embedded in the body of an email. Along with your manuscript, include a cover letter. The letter should include your bio. We will not consider multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions. 


To receive payment for your story or non-fiction article, you will need a PayPal account. We pay 5 cents per word for original fiction up to 6000 words on publication for first world rights. For reprint fiction, we pay 1 cent per word up to 6000 words for nonexclusive reprint rights. For nonfiction articles, we pay 5 cents per word up to 3000 words. 


Boneyard Soup Magazine publishes quarterly in a digital format. We want stories in the range of 2000 to 6000 words.

We publish in the horror and dark fantasy genres and are open to almost anything you can imagine within those categories. Traditional Gothic. Pulpy horror with an ’80s vibe. Body horror. Ghost stories. Horror comedy. Don’t be afraid to submit if your tale falls within the horror and dark fantasy genres. However, we are not interested in stories with extreme violence or overt sexual themes. 


One ancestor to the modern museum was the cabinet of curiosity, or Wunderkammer in German. These were private collections of strange and interesting objects amassed by wealthy persons in Europe. The earliest date back to at least the middle ages. 

In that spirit, Boneyard Soup Magazine is committed to developing a wonder cabinet of sorts. Each issue will feature up to two non-fiction articles curated under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. Authors of these pieces will delve deeply into topics from the world of horror.

The idea is to explore the strange side of reality. Urban legends. Documented ghost stories. Myths. Odd, terrifying, or befuddling events from history. Anything creepy, weird, or horrifying is fair game here.

Important to note: These are not intended to be academic or scholarly. While still attending to good writing practice, imagine you are telling your story to a close friend.

Please submit a proposal for your article first. Include potential sources in your proposal. Upon the editor’s approval, you will send the written article. Pieces published under the Cabinet of Curiosities heading should be no more than 3000 words. 


We are happy to consider your short story if it’s been published in another place. However, be sure to include the word REPRINT in the header of your email. For example: STORY TITLE (REPRINT).

Response Time

Boneyard Soup Magazine is a small publication and as such we ask for your patience. Response time could be as much as four weeks. After that time, please send an email to [email protected] with the word QUERY in the subject line. In your email include the title of your story and the date submitted. 

Please do not respond to rejection letters.


Each issue of Boneyard Soup Magazine will feature original cover art and sketches to accompany published stories and articles. Like our taste in fiction, our taste in art is also broad. 

If you are interested in seeing your artwork on the cover of one of our issues, please submit the artwork in question to [email protected].

If you would like to produce original sketches for an upcoming issue, please submit an inquiry with samples of your artwork to [email protected]. If interested, we will contact you with details for the story we’d like you to draw for.

Payment will be negotiated with each artist we work with. 

Via: Boneyard Soup Magazine.

CLOSED: Penumbric Magazine

This market is not closed, however, it no longer is an ‘ongoing’ market and includes open periods. We will post updated to the site accordingly!

Payment: $10
Theme: Work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place.

In general …
I would love to see submissions representing not only multiple cultures but subcultures, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and many things I haven’t thought of. Does this mean you have to represent everybody and everything in 1000 words? Of course not. But be aware that we are creating a magazine that overall reaches and represents the true diversity of the world we live in.

In terms of genre, I am looking for work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place. Not necessarily science fiction, not necessarily fantasy, not necessarily horror, and not necessarily not these things. In short, ideally edgy. Maybe even idealistically edgy. I am NOT looking for -.

Penumbric generally accepts submissions in the following categories: fiction, poetry, illustration, graphic narrative, animation, music, or combinations of these (e.g., a spoken-word version of a poem). If you have something that fits some other category that can be displayed to advantage on the web, try me; I’ll take a look.

All works must be the creation of the author(s) submitting them, and must not infringe upon any right of any other person or entity. I prefer to buy worldwide first periodical rights (for one year from publication), but will buy reprint rights on a case-by-case basis. We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time, and to publish your work in the annual print-available anthology (if it is selected). We also reserve the right to use your work when advertising the magazine (such as displaying the cover in an ad or on social media). All remaining rights stay with the author. See Payments, below, for more information.

There is no fee for submissions. Payment to the author is on publication.

All submissions should be e-mailed (if less than 10 MB in size) to [email protected]. Alternatively, we can make arrangements for submission via DropBox or Box for larger submissions, or if security is an issue. Penumbric is not responsible for submissions lost in the mail, electronically speaking.

Specific content
Fiction or poetry must be less than 10,000 words, double-spaced, typed (but can be arranged on the page as desired; eventual layout can also be indicated, if part of the art of the piece). Cover page must include author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. Each page thereafter must include a page number and the author’s name. Format: PDF, Word document, plain text, rich text format.

Illustrations are stand-alone art, color or black & white. Format: JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. Art must be accompanied by a cover page including author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address.

Graphic narratives may be color or black & white. Format: JPEG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. They must be accompanied by a cover page including the author’s name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. It is possible an ongoing narrative could continue over multiple issues, in which case the author will be paid for each issue in which the work appears.

Animation submissions must include the completed work and (separately) the author’s name, address, and phone and/or email address. Format: Anything web-playable as animation.

Music or other audio submissions must be accompanied by lyrics/text (if applicable), along with any other authorial notes on the piece. Format: Any sound file playable on multiple platforms (PCs, Macs, Android, iPhone, etc.).

Any combination submissions should follow the above guidelines as applicable to your combo.

Payment for first-time contributors is US$10 for non-exclusive worldwide periodical rights and the right to publish the work in the annual anthology (online and possibly in a “print” version to be available on Amazon through CreateSpace, and possibly other online venues). We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time. If you are published in the anthology, you will be paid royalties amounting to a percentage of sales (that percentage determined at the time the anthology is created and based on the number of works in the anthology, but at least 2%). Note that this might not amount to much … but who knows?

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Via: Penumbric Magazine.

DEFUNCT: Legendary Tales

This post is being kept for archival purposes. It looks as if this publication ceased to exist sometime shortly after October 2020, though an official announcement could not be found.

Payment: $.01 per word up to 7,500 words
Theme: strong character-driven speculative fiction stories

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for new original short stories in the speculative fiction genres:

Science Fiction

In general, we are interested in strong character-driven stories. We do not want stories that have explicit sex or violence, rapists, or child abusers.

Original Short Fiction

Submissions must be between 1,000-7,500 words.

Stories must be in English.

Payment for original fiction is $.01 per word up to 7,500 words.

Submit your work in Shunn Standard Manuscript Format.

You can send through submissions through Moksha


We do not accept unsolicited reprints.

Rights and Rules

No simultaneous submissions.

We try to respond to all submissions within 30 days.

Via: Legendary Tales.