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Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores – EARLY

Deadline: October 2nd, 2020
Payment: 6 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.

Writers Guidelines

We accept new work as well as reprints, prose and poetry, anywhere from 1000 word flash fiction on up, but all else being equal, shorter pieces will be favored.   We have tough standards but only care about the quality of the writing, storytelling ability, characters, plot, and ideas, not whether you’re new or established.  Submit only work you are proud of — if you don’t love it, neither will our readers!  If in doubt, edit it down further.  And further.
No simultaneous submissions. 
No multiple submissions.
Reprints must not have been published elsewhere within the past year or be available for sale online except as part of an anthology.

For the many writers who valued our feedback on their stories:
1.  We have brought back a modified version of the feedback system which will not be time intensive for the editors:    
     — Writers who would like feedback on their stories should request it at the end of their submissions comments.
     — You will receive feedback only if you request it.
     — Writers requesting feedback must understand that this is Unedited Feedback Not Intended as Diplomatic Critique; it is the honest and considered opinions of our first readers and assistant editors, designed to help the editors in their assessment of stories.
     — There may be repetition and contradictory opinions.
     — Readers can opt in or out of having their feedback passed on, so there may be few or no opinions to send you.
     — Comments will be passed on without reader names.
2.  We have started an Open Mic section, which will include:
     —  The Critiqued Story Place for writers who’d like to see and ask questions about extended critiques from our staff on a story they submitted. When submitting a story please state you’d be interested in this, and we will occasionally choose one of these stories for the Open Mic Critique.  This section is only for interested writers.  The stories critiqued there are not published, they are for writers’ benefit only, not available to general readers.  Sign-in to read and write required.
     —  The Meeting Place, where readers, writers, and staff can meet, ask questions, and make suggestions.



We are looking for: well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don’t accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction*, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don’t take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.


We are looking for fact-based articles, interesting information, reviews, and humor in any discipline that relates to the type of stories we publish or that might provide inspiration and information for writers and artists.

Artwork and Other Imagery

We’re looking for storytelling through images.  We want to see skillful composition, use of color, rendering of form, character, and emotions.   For photomanipulations or photography using models, etc., all stock and resources used must be credited and used according to the stock provider’s rules.

We are not presently commissioning any work.  We are looking only for already existing work for use on site pages or for illustrating stories.  We pay $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers.

Just as for written works, we’re not looking for romance, fan art*, hate, horror, blood & guts, excessive violence, sex, nudity, copies of photographs, propaganda, or work that leave readers feeling they’ve had the energy and joy sucked out of them.  We do not accept work using materials that required the death or mistreatment of animals.

*If the original work is still in copyright and was not commissioned or sanctioned by the creator or owner we will not accept it.  Some fan art is accepted or encouraged by the copyright owners — e.g., cosplay, and these works we welcome.
An illustration of a fairy tale, myth, legend, old classic, or any work no longer in copyright would not be counted as fan art.

Please Read Before Submitting:

In the submissions comments, tell us:
— your name,
— story title,
— genre
— word count
— whether your story is new or would be a reprint, and if a reprint, where and when it was first published. If a reprint, it must not have been published within the preceding twelve months and must not be currently available to read for free or for sale as an individual story.
Do not include a resume; we will judge the story solely on its own merits.

We may ask for revisions on a story we are interested in, whether it is new or a reprint, but a request for revision is not a guarantee of acceptance.

No simultaneous submissions.  No multiple submissions.

Please follow standard manuscript format

We prefer text in .docx Times New Roman and images as a jpg or through a link.  If you write a document in .doc and then just add an x to the end of the file extension,  the document may not open for us.

Use letters and numbers only for filenames or else your file may not load.

For video, if possible send links, and have it available in both MP4 and WEBM formats for compatibility across all browsers. 

On the submissions page, check that you agree with the terms of our guidelines before you submit.

A small percentage of people may find that the spam filters on their email host don’t allow them to register.  Adding donotreply at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com and submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com
to your address list may solve this problem.  If it doesn’t, you can email 
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  and we will manually input you into the system. 

Addresses to note and add to address books:
cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com/portal  — login for subscribers to the magazine.
submissions at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com — for questions about submissions.
editor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com   Fran Eisemann, editor-in-chief
fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com  Casey Honebrink
eldritcheditor at  Aaron Gudmunson

We get a large number of submissions, so please be patient.  Turn-around times are generally between one and twelve weeks.  If you haven’t heard back after twelve weeks, feel free to query.

Interstellar submitters please use standard Earth formats or query in advance for other arrangements.  We’d love to be the first to publish your work here on Earth!  🙂



   When creating passwords for the submissions manager we suggest 12 characters or more with a combination of numbers and both upper case and lower case letters.  Please avoid using the ampersand &, percent sign %,  
plus sign +,  quotation marks “,  less than <,  or greater than > 
After reading our guidelines, you can login to the submissions manager and submit stories here:

Submissions Manager

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.
Our thanks go to Glenn Lyvers at Prolific Press for creating this feature for us.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading you!

For people interested in becoming readers for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, you can read about the process here:

 Becoming a Reader

Via: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores.

Friday Update: Pandemic Book Launches, Events and Supporting Creatives

Pandemic Author Support, Book Launches and Events  09/18/20

In addition to Jim McLeod’s Pandemic Book Launch group on Facebook – go here for more infomation – Joe Mynhardt has set up a collaborative Facebook group for the independent presses: Hot Off the Indie Press, check it out here.  Click on the book covers for more information.

Support Your Indie Authors and Reviewers

This is a feature which I hope will help bring extra work to those who’ve been hit economically by Covid. If you’ve lost your day job, had hours cut, are struggling and have services to offer, a patreon page to promote etc, let us know and we’ll plug them here.

Image Max Stark is a teacher in Mexico, a reviewer, a wonderful photographer and all round nice guy. He’s been developing his photography work and has been receiving commissions for this but unfortunately his laptop has given up the ghost and he, like so many others, is struggling. We are hoping to share a fundraising project which will help him fulfill his commissions and continue expanding his work in this area. To connect with him, find out more about him, see his work, go to and The image on the left is a sample of his work.


Devil's CreekTodd Keisling – author of Devil’s Creek, Ugly Little Things is not just a writer. He also designs book interiors, frontispieces and can provide other services related to marketing campaigns. For more information go here. Buy his books here. Support him on patreon here.

Victoria Wilder – writer, singer, actress. Someone who must surely be experiencing career hits in all directions at present – buy her book here and please check out her patreon here.

Irene Lofthouse – author of Strange Tales in Bradford Dale, editor of Stories from Stone, creator of performances, is not just a writer. She’s also a historical researcher, editor, tutor, creative facilitator and can provide other services related to education and learning resources. For more information go here. Buy her books here.

Erin Al-Mehairi – writer, editor and stalwart of the community has lost a lot of work recently and is offering discounted editing services to new clients for short stories, novellas and novels. Payment plans are also possible! For more details go here

Chad Lutzke – a writer whose name is frequently seen in indie horror has a patreon here. Get free stories, interact or simply offer some much-needed support. You can also buy his books here. I just picked up a copy of Of Foster Homes and Flies.



15th-29th Sept inclusive – StoryFest 2020. The Westport Library will we will premiere 13 live and pre-recorded events. These events will feature top authors and creators in genre fiction, comics, young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. In cross-genre panels, they will explore the big ideas at the heart of telling stories in today’s world. Information here.

7-11th October – GrimmFest. Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Films. Information here.

16th October – Phoenix FearCon. Online Horror Film Festival. Information here.

Please send us details of any online panels, conventions, festivals and workshops and we’ll list them here.

Pandemic Book Launches 

*********** Charity Anthologies ************

Autumn! ImageWe are Wolves       26th Sept Trickster's Treats #4: Coming Buried or Not (Charity Anthology) (Things in The Well Book 26) by [Matthew R. Davis, Chris Mason, Herb Kauderer, Kevin David Anderson, Andrew Cull, Jenny Blackford, Liam Hogan, Kurt Newton, Louise Zedda-Sampson, Geneve Flynn]

August 2020

26th   26th Into The Forest And All The Way Through by [Cynthia Pelayo]

September 2020

2nd Weird Rhody: Five Tales From The Ocean State That Aren't Quite Right by [Rob Borkowski, Paul Lonardo, Dennis Kafalas, G.A. Miller, Bob Sherman, Mary Carlos] 3rd 3rd Whigmaleeries & Wives' Tales by [Jessica Augustsson, Jason Lairamore, Mike Adamson, Dawn Vogel, James Rumpel, Sharon Kae Reamer, Damon L. Wakes, Mike Morgan, Liz Michalski, Johannes Svensson, Kimber Camacho, Susanne Hülsmann, Edward H. Parks, Marta Pelrine-Bacon, Daniel Delgado, Ed Ahern, Michael Sherrin, Robert Dawson, Jennifer Jeanne McArdle, David Rogers, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Michael Anthony Dioguardi, Jamie Zaccaria, J9 Vaughn, Adam Slavny, Natalie Cannon, A.D. Black, KT Wagner, Matt McHugh, Delilah Night, Jay Caselberg, Nicole Tanquary]4th Night Voices

4th And Blood Did Fall by [Chad A. Clark] 4th Of Witches... by [Steve Stred, Miranda Crites]6th The Horror Collection: Pumpkin Edition by [Mark Lukens, J.C. Michael, Steven Stacy, Zoltán Komar, Kevin J. Kennedy]8th

10th 15th Image may contain: night, text that says 15th 15th FULL METAL HORROR III: The Unknown by [Adam Bennett, Sam M. Phillips]

15th The Body Will Follow by [Rob E. Boley] 15th 16th E is for Exorcism (A to Z of Horror Book 5) by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, S.P. Oldham, Dona Fox, Mark Anthony Smith, Holley Cornetto, Joshua Bartolome, Michael Anthony Dioguardi, Kristina R. Mosley, Jeremy Billingsley, Ethan K. Lee]18th Unbecoming Me & Other Interruptions (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 51) by [Christopher Stanley]

18th Curfew (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 55) by [Kev Harrison] 18th The Cliff House (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 53) by [James Marx]25th Prepare to Meet Thy God by [Matt Starr]29th The Essential Sick Stuff by [Ronald Kelly]

October 2020

6th Alice by [Alledria Hurt]13th SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire by [Nicole Givens Kurtz, Craig Gidney, Michele Tracey Berger, Alicia McCalla, Steven Van Patten, Jessica Cage, Sheree Renne Thomas, Milton Davis, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Nicole Givens Kurtrz] 13th   13th Image may contain: text that says

20thDownwind, Alice 26th Forest of Fear 2: An Anthology of Halloween Horror Microfiction (Fright Night Fiction) by [Zoey Xolton, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, J.E. Feldman, Kevin J. Kennedy, Majanka Verstraete, Cindar Harrell, Stuart Conover, Beth W. Patterson, David Green, Valerie Lioudis]   27th

November 2020

17th The Lupin Project: Allan Leverone: 9780998416144: Books

Happy reading.


 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team


Taking Submissions: Fallen Gods

Deadline: January 3rd, 2021
Payment: $100 via Paypal
Theme: Explore a world where gods reign as gods must, but this is not a happy story. It is the story of how a god fell from grace.

The Fallen Gods Anthology is your invitation to explore a world where gods reign as gods must, but this is not a happy story. It is the story of how a god fell from grace. Specifically, we are looking for stories with gods in same-gender relationships where one deity dies by some means and the surviving god falls from their immortal reign. Maybe they gave in to anguish and lost their divine spark. Perhaps they sought revenge and were exiled from the celestial realms. The fall is yours to tell.

This anthology is the first of ours to only include LGBTQIA+ stories. We will be accepting the eight best submissions for inclusion in this anthology. These stories can be of any genre, but the main character and their partner must be members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we ask that you keep your stories to YA standards.

Please carefully consider your submission before you send it to us. Check for simple errors. Have a beta reader comb through it. Do everything you can to make us say yes. We are looking forward to reading how your god fell from grace.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions are due on or before 12:00 p.m. PST on January 3, 2021. Please submit all stories to [email protected] with Subject Line: JHP Fallen Gods Anthology and the title of your work.
2. All submissions must be in English and double spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font.
3. Please submit your story as a .docx file. Your name, the work’s title, and the work’s word count must be on the front page. Please also include a 50- to 100-word author’s bio with your submission.
4. Story length is 10,000 to 15,000 words. Your story must meet the minimum word count. Submissions below 10,000 words and above 15,000 words will be rejected without consideration.
5. You must own the rights to your submission. Only original works will be considered.
6. We do allow simultaneous submissions. If your work is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Contact us at [email protected]
7. You retain the rights to your work. However, Jazz House Publications has the right to use your name and story to market the anthology. This right is retained from the time of submission through the anthology’s shelf life.
8. Accepted authors will be paid $100 at the time of publication, which is expected to be March 8, 2021. All payments will be made through PayPal.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at [email protected] or, on Twitter, send a Direct Message to @JazzHousePR.

Via: Jazz House Publications.

Taking Submissions: From The Yonder ​Volume II

Deadline: October 15th, 2020
Payment: $10 for fiction $5 for poetry
Theme: Regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.

War Monkey Publications, LLC, is pleased to announce open submissions for our upcoming anthology:
Volume II
A horror, short-story collection of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.
Our Staff so loved working on the first volume, we’ve decided to keep doing it.
We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).
We are seeking stories in the horror genre. Inclusion of elements of other genres is welcome, so long as, overall, the story is an horror story. The subject of the story can be based on any legend, so long as it has a horrific flavor. Ghosts, hauntings, alien abductions, monsters, demons, spirits, witches, etc, all are acceptable, as long as the subject is based on an actual legend or tall-tale.
We want an original story involving the legend. Don’t rehash the legend itself or write an essay on the tall-tale. Instead, for example, WOW us with a new fable of some poor unfortunate who finds out that legends are sometimes all too real.
For more examples; read FROM THE YONDER; Volume I (published in February 2020)

Please DO NOT:
~Extrapolate relationships that do not exist in the actual legends. Nessie can be a horrific monster, but she is not a servant of the Elder Gods (no matter how much we love Eldritch horror).
~Attribute characteristics or powers that do not exist in the actual legends. Jack-a-Lopes are cool, but they aren’t going to eat you in your sleep.
~Intermix legends that are not part of one another, or transplant the legend to a different locale in a non-sensical manner.
~Write an apologetic of how the horrific legend is just misunderstood.

Submissions are open 12 February 2020 until 19 September 2020
15 October 2020

This is an adult, horror fiction anthology. Blood, guts, cursing, and sex are often part of the stories, but excessive sex, foul language, or gore are NOT a cover for bad writing. Adult writing is style not just including “adult content”. Erotica stories will be rejected. Likewise, pedophilia will be rejected. 

How to Submit
Submissions are via email to: [email protected]
Please send an email with Subject Line: From the Yonder 2 Submission.
Include your contact information and the attached file in an email to: [email protected]
Submit your manuscript (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) following Shunn formatting (for flash, short stories, and novelettes). Works submitted not using this format will not be read.

Shunn formatting examples:



General Submission Guidelines
Works Accepted
We are only interested in unpublished work, unless otherwise noted.

If making simultaneous submissions, please notify us if your work is published so it can be pulled from consideration.

Works Not Acceptable
Erotica will be rejected. Likewise, pedophilia will be rejected.

We do not publish hate. Those who are of the extreme/anti-anything (immigrant, black, LGBTQIA+, etc.) mindset will need to seek elsewhere to publish their works.

Previously published works are not considered, unless otherwise noted. Works on blogs/author websites that are freely open to the internet without a password, subscription, or login credential are considered “published” in the industry, thus we cannot publish them as unpublished work.

Foreign Language
Our publication will be in English. All submissions must be in English. Some works may require the use of terminology in another language. In that case, a lexicon of that terminology may be required for the work.

Editorial Policy
If your submission requires revision before publishing, the editors will contact you and provide suggestions for revision. War Monkey Publications, LLC, reserves the right to edit your work for publication, which may include clarity, grammatical correctness, typography, or cohesion.

Copyright Policy
The PUBLISHER, War Monkey Publications, LLC, will hold exclusive publishing rights for the POEM/STORY for twelve (12) months from the date of publication of the ANTHOLOGY. After that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the AUTHOR, but the PUBLISHER will retain distribution rights in the format of the contracted anthology. The author agrees not to publish any portion of the work, or the work in full elsewhere during the above-referenced twelve (12) month period without prior authorization from the publisher. War Monkey Publications, LLC, may distribute the anthology in digital and/or print versions and/or similar other formats that may become available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other portals that become available, including but not limited to the publisher’s own purchasing portal.

All authors accepted for publication will be paid a token fee per poem/story which will be included in the author contract. The rate is $5 (USD) per poem and $10 (USD) per short story. Payout is after the publication release, via PayPal (at author’s request, a check can be sent instead). Each author will receive a complimentary copy of the volume in which they are published. Please note: for international (non-USA) submitters, a complimentary print copy will be dependent on shipping costs. In the event of excessive shipping costs, a complimentary digital copy will be provided instead.

Author Contact Information
If accepted for publication you will be required to sign a publishing contract which includes: email, mailing address, name & pen name, and a bio to be included in the anthology. Only the bio and name/pen name requested will be printed.

If the author wishes, we will also post their pen name, bio, and photo (optional) on our website.

Please contact the editor, Joshua, at [email protected]

Via: War Monkey Publications.

Taking Submissions: New Tales of Fairy Godmothers

Deadline: November 15th, 2020
Payment: .01 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: New takes on fairy godmothers

New Tales of Fairy Godmothers
Anthologist: Kate Wolford
Open for Submissions: September 15 – November 15, 2020
Expected Publication: 2021
Story Length: 4,000 to 7,500 words
Payment: $0.01 per word (up to $75.00) + contributor copy

Wands, wishes, and wonders. That’s the fairy godmother toolkit, and it’s been catching the imaginations of fairy tale lovers for centuries.

But it’s time for some new fairy godmother tales, and that’s where you come in. Use your magic to come up with tales that illuminate, investigate or turn the fairy godmother trope on its head. Origin stories are welcome, but so are stories about fairy godfathers, fairy godparents, mundane godparents who find themselves in magical situations, the beneficiaries (or victims) of fairy godmothering—you get the idea.

You can use existing fairy tales for inspiration or create a brand new story. What if Cinderella hates everything the fairy godmother does for her? Or, think about retelling “The Goose Girl” from the horse Falada’s point of view. Can the Giant’s wife in “Jack and the Beanstalk” be seen as a fairy godmother?

I’m not just looking for old tales with a bit of retread. There’s a lot of that out there. Subvert the tales. Or just create a completely new tale of wonder and transformation.

Stories set outside of dominant, Western culture are very welcome, as are new fairy godmother tales about and by people who aren’t usually represented in “classic” fairy tales. Please understand that we have a strong preference for “own voices” when it comes to tales about non-white people, queer or disabled people, and other marginalized groups.

Absolutely none of the following: Sci-fi, dystopian, descriptions of people’s bodies through the objectifying eyes of the protagonist, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, westerns, and love triangles. I do tend to prefer happy ever after—but it’s not essential—and happily ever after can mean many things. Surprise me.

Taking Submissions: Nightmare Magazine

Deadline: September 21st, 2020
Payment: 8 cents a word
Theme: Original horror and dark fantasy stories. All types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome.

Nightmare is a horror & dark fantasy magazine edited by John Joseph Adams (current editor) & Wendy N. Wagner (incoming editor, starting Issue 101). All submissions from Aug. 2020 onward will be considered by Wagner for Issue 101 & beyond.


Instructions for submitting to Nightmare follow. Please read everything on this page and read the magazine before submitting.

NOTE: If Nightmare is currently closed to submissions, please do not query asking when we’ll be opening again. When we know when we’re opening, we’ll make that information available on this page and spread it widely.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may make one submission to The Horror Lab category (or in the case of poetry, a batch of  up to 5 poems in one document) and one submission to our Short Story category every seven days (i.e., after submitting a short story you must wait seven days before you can submit another, but you can submit a piece of flash fiction to the Horror Lab before those seven days are up).

Instructions:  All fiction must be submitted through our Moksha online submission system. Please do not email your submissions. If one of the Submission Type options is grayed out, that means we are currently closed to that Submission Type.

Questions/Problems: Email [email protected] for all submission-related inquiries, or if you have any trouble using our online submission system. Please do not email your submissions to this address. All submissions must be submitted via our Moksha online submission system.

Rejections/Response Times: Be aware that we expect to receive several hundred submissions during our submissions periods. As such, we cannot offer personalized feedback on each story. If we say “send more” it means we really do hope to see something else from you. Most rejections will be sent out within a few business days, while stories being seriously considered may be held for up to a few weeks. Please do not respond to rejection letters, even just to say “Thanks for the quick turnaround” etc. We appreciate the thought, but it is unnecessary and will just clutter up our editorial inbox.

Cover Letters: Your cover letter may include your name and other identifying elements. It should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g, if you send us a fantasy story about the Byzantine empire and your doctoral dissertation was on Byzantine empire politics, mention that). If you don’t have credentials to cite, don’t worry! We care about your story, not your resume. If you’re not sure what should go in your cover letter, this article on cover letters might help.

Diversity Statement: Horror is for everyone! We encourage people of color, Black people, Indigenous people, Native people, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBTQIA+, and anyone from typically marginalized or underrepresented communities to submit their work. Translations are welcome and encouraged—stories that have never before been published in the English language would be considered original work.

Confidentiality: An author’s personal information (name, address, email, phone, or secret identity) will not be shared with anyone outside our editorial staff, unless the author gives us permission to share such information.



Nightmare is seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. All types of horror and dark fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We are not currently seeking reprints.

Format: Please submit your manuscript in double-spaced Times New Roman or Courier font. Please include your byline as you’d like it to appear in publication, but we prefer to see no addresses or telephone numbers on the manuscript (including your email address is fine, though). Your manuscript must be in either .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX format.

Word Count: For Short Fiction submissions, we are open to stories of 1500-7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred.

Work previously rejected by LightspeedPlease do not submit work previously rejected by Lightspeed. (There is significant overlap between the editorial staff at Lightspeed and Nightmare, so it makes sense to share submissions between the two sister-magazines.)

Work previously rejected by FantasyWe welcome submissions that were previously rejected by our sister-magazine Fantasy.

Pay Rate:  Nightmare pays 8 cents a word for original short stories.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please review our contract template for original fiction & poetry.



“The Horror Lab” is where Nightmare puts a spotlight on experimental horror. It’s a place to explore the boundaries of form, trope, and genre—a playground for writers and readers alike. We’re looking for poetry (all styles and forms, but due to the limitations of ebooks generally and Kindle Periodicals specifically our typographical options are limited), flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. (And yes, dark fantasy is fine!)

Special instructions for poetry: You may submit up to five poems in the same document. (Our submission system will not allow multiple attachments.) We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Do not submit more than one batch of five poems at a time. Please ensure that the title of the poems are in the manuscript!

Word Count: All Horror Lab submissions should be less than 1000 words. (For poetry, this means the total word count of all five poems in your submissions packet should fall under 1000 words.)

Pay Rate: We pay $40 for a poem and 8 cents a word for prose (including nonfiction and flash fiction).

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please review our contract template for original fiction & poetry.



All nonfiction outside of “The Horror Lab” submissions are by invitation only, and all feature interviews are assigned in-house. If you wish to pitch an idea for an “H Word” essay, email [email protected] with the subject line “H Word Essay Pitch.” Essay pitches should be no more than a few lines, and should connect in some way to the theme of horror. Thought pieces which bring an interesting or unique perspective will be considered.

Pay Rate: Nightmare pays $75 per essay.

Rights: To see which rights we’re seeking, please view our contract template for nonfiction.



Though Nightmare previously featured reprints as part of our publishing model, going forward we are only open to original, never-before-published works. We plan to stay closed to reprints permanently; if that changes sometime in the future, we’ll update our guidelines accordingly.



Nightmare is edited by John Joseph Adams (through Issue 100), with Wendy N. Wagner incoming as editor in 2021, starting with Issue 101, and is published by John Joseph Adams via Adamant Press. You can learn more about our wonderful team on our Staff page.

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Nightmare is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to submit your story and let our editors decide.

Nightmare is not a market for media-based fiction (e.g., stories set in the A Game of Thrones or Buffy the Vampire Slayer universes, etc.), or any kind of fan fiction. (Note: We love fan fiction or media-based fiction as much as you do, but we’re not legally allowed to consider publishing it.)

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just submit it and let our editors decide!

Nightmare pays professional rates as defined by HWA and SFWA.

Via: Nightmare Magazine’s Moksha.

Taking Submissions: Luna Station Quarterly – Spring 2021

Deadline: November 15th, 2020

Payment: $5 USD

Theme: “Most” Speculative fiction, read below for specifics.

Note: Open only for women-identified authors.

Simply follow the schedule below to be notified when we close and open for submissions.


Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

Stuff we want:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • New Fairy Tales (not retellings)
  • Some creepiness
  • Stories that explore the nooks and crannies of an original world
  • Big events from the everyman perspective
  • Unique settings and storytelling forms
  • Well written stories with strong characters

Stuff we don’t want:

  • Anything biased toward any religion, race or moral preference
  • Extreme gore or sexual content, in particular no explicit rape or sexual assault. (everything in moderation)
  • Bizarro fiction
  • Poetry
  • Fan Fiction (original stories only, please)
  • Bad grammar/punctuation (please proofread and watch your sentence structure!)
  • Plagiarism

A further note about sex and violence in submissions.
Science fiction has a long-standing tradition of pushing boundaries and asking difficult questions. It is meant to challenge us and ask us to look at ourselves and how we treat each other and the world around us. That said, LSQ is centered on uplift and so any story that contains explicit sexual situations or violence especially toward women will be considered more carefully than other stories and the content must be justified within the story’s arch.

Format and Details

Stories should be 500 to 7000 words in length. We may publish longer or shorter works, but the greater your story is above or below limit, the less likely we are to publish it. No poetry please.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

A Note on File Format

Standard Manuscript Format required. Need a reference? Check here.

Make your files neat and tidy and include Title and Author on the first page! Send your submissions to us (via our submission form) in the following formats:

  • RTF
    • DOC
    • DOCX
    • ODT

NOTE: We are no longer accepting simultaneous submissions. Do not submit a story to us if you have submitted it elsewhere.

Reprints & Multiple submissions

We prefer original works, but will consider reprints. Authors should be sure they have the right to sell reprints. If your work is a reprint, include any necessary reprint information at the bottom of the work, such as “First appeared in XYZ Magazine, May 2011.”

Multiple submissions are not considered. One submission per period.


Luna Station Quarterly is published once a quarter, and has the following schedule:

Publication Date

Submission Dates

March 1st September 15th – November 15th
June 1st December 15th – February 15th
September 1st March 15th – May 15th
December 1st June 15th – August 15th

Response Time

Our response time varies, but we will try to reply to you by six weeks after the end of the submission period for each issue.

Feel free to contact us (via the contact form) if we do not acknowledge your submission has been received within three weeks of the end of the submission deadline. If you want to ask about something you have submitted, it is extremely important to use the contact form) and include the date when you sent the submission.

If your story is accepted, you will receive an email that includes the publication date and a short, simple contract. This must be returned before publication or your story will not be published.


Copyright remains yours at all times. We simply ask for the right to publish your story on our website, and also add it to the ebook (epub, mobi, pdf) and print versions. All stories will be archived indefinitely on our website. If you want us to remove a story from our archive, please write us via the contact form to let us know.

Anthology rights: to be determined later. If ever such a thing comes to pass, authors will be contacted to work out terms.


Luna Station Quarterly pays $5 USD for each story, payment made via PayPal. In addition, authors receive a lifetime subscription to the ebook version of the magazine. We also provide a profile page for all authors which may be used to link to a homepage and display biographical info and social media links.

Final Notes

We reserve the right to change the submission process between issues. If you have any futher questions regarding this process, please use the contact form to get in touch.


Here’s the link to our submission form. Good luck!
Submit Your Story

Via: Luna Station Quarterly.

Taking Submissions: LampLight Magazine

Deadline: November 15th, 2020
Payment: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max, 1¢ per word for reprints
Theme: Not locked to a genre and love “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits”
Note: Reprints accepted

We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.


We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.

We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.

We will take reprints, provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.

If you have already been in LampLight, we ask you wait until the next volume to submit again. (more…)

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