Ongoing Submissions: Vastarien: A Literary Journal

Payment: 1 cent ($.01) per word to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat.


  • Nonfiction from 2,000 to 7,500 words. Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below). As for contemporary authors to add to this list, Livia Llewelyn, S.P. Miskowski, Matthew M. Bartlett, T. E. D. Klein, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Nicole Cushing, Mark Samuels, and many more have produced work that we would love to see subjected to intelligent critical analysis and discussion.
  • Literary Horror Fiction from 750-6,000 words. Note: We are looking for original work inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes (regarding which, see the list on our main page).
  • Poetry at a length of no more than 50 lines, dealing with subjects and themes that fall within our area of interest.
  • Artwork that similarly addresses our subject matter.

The following authors and their work are of especial interest to Vastarien:

  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Thomas Bernhard
  • Aloysius Bertrand
  • J.L. Borges
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Angela Carter
  • Louis Ferdinand Celine
  • E.M. Cioran
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Douglas Harding
  • Shirley Jackson
  • U.G. Krishnamurti
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Emile Nelligan
  • Michael Persinger
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Maurice Rollinat
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Bruno Schulz
  • Paul Valery
  • Peter Wessel Zapffe

LENGTH: See the specific guidelines above for length requirements for different types of submissions. Additionally, in no case will a submission over 7,500 words be considered for publication without prior approval. Words subject to inclusion in the overall word count shall include the body of the submission and any explanatory footnotes; citations shall not be included in the overall word count.

PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: We pay 1 cent ($.01) per word for nonfiction and prose fiction, to a maximum of $50. Poetry pays $20 flat. Payment for artwork is negotiable. We purchase first serial and electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the journal and the right to archive your work online.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is via Submittable only:


RESPONSE TIME: We aim to respond to submissions within two weeks (though final selection can take longer). If you have waited longer than 60 days, feel free to query us at [email protected], with QUERY plus the title of your submitted work in the subject line.

INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: Vastarien welcomes submissions from authors outside the United States.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Vastarien believes in promoting a range of excellent writing and artwork from authors of diverse backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations. We encourage submissions from authors and artists traditionally underrepresented in horror and pieces that reflect these varying perspectives.


  • Multiple submissions
  • Unsolicited reprints (defined as essays, articles, stories, or poems that have already appeared anywhere online or in any other published form)

Via: Vastarien Journal.

Ongoing Submissions: Craft Literary

Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction

Time for some great stories.

CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.

STORIES by Michael McGriff, Clare Beams, Melissa Yancy, Megan Cummins are forthcoming.


CRAFT Fiction Guidelines

Our CRAFT Fiction categories are open year-round to any emerging or established author. We accept submissions from international writers. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish.

We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Each published story will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author. To read previously published stories, please see our CRAFT Fiction page.

If you have any questions about submissions or would like to query a current submission, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

CRAFT Fiction Submission Categories:

Flash Fiction, for work under 1,000 words

Short Fiction, for work under 7,000 words

We are planning to provide opportunities for Novellas and Novel Chapters. Keep checking back to see the latest!

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines, click the submit button.

Want to Write For CRAFT?

We accept high quality book reviews, interviews, and critical pieces on craft to publish on our site. For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our CRAFT drop-down menu.  Submissions and more information on each category can be found at Submittable.

Our book reviews focus on authors with forthcoming titles, and we like to review titles from writers who are explicitly exploring craft in their work. Reviews are typically between 700 – 1000 words.

For interviews, we are interested in conversations with writers focusing on the craft of writing.

Critical pieces on craft can range from 500 to 1000 words and should consist of a careful examination of an element of craft.

Submission questions, concerns, and inquiries can be sent to a staff member at: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

Author’s Rights

CRAFT holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following CRAFT’s first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in CRAFT first.

Via: Craft Literary.

Ongoing Submissions: Twenty-two Twenty-eight

Payment: $30

Want to build your writers’ resumé? Want to promote your blog, website, book, or business? Are you a visual artist or musician that wants to share and promote your work? Or, do you have a Youtube channel that you want to broadcast? Please submit!

Submission Guidelines:


We are very open-minded! Nonfiction, fiction, and poetry are all welcome. For poetry, please submit 5-7 poems unless very long, then 1-2 (you be the judge). Word Count: 500—1000 words. Note: please NO graphic violence, graphic sex, or political pieces.




     Visual Art:


Please submit 4-6 images. They can be drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, craft, or digital art. Include a brief biography of yourself and a brief statement regarding your work. Also include info for each piece such as size, medium, etc. Photo of artist is optional. Note: please NO graphic violence, graphic sex, or political pieces.




Please submit video or music via Youtube link. Also, include a brief bio and brief statement regarding video/music submitted. Music from all genres is welcome. Note: video can be a vlog, lecture, dance, or movie. We’re very open-minded. Please keep length for video/music to 20 minutes or under. Note: please NO graphic violence, graphic sex, or political pieces.


     Additional Notes:


With all submissions, please include any links regarding (but not limited to) a blog, business, book, Youtube channel, Etsy, or eBay page, as Exhibit A is a great way to promote your work and ideas. Also, it’s optional but encouraged: please include a photo and/or a very brief bio. Note: Visual Art and Video/Music submissions must include a brief bio. Photo is optional. Please include contact information, including phone number and mailing address (so we can mail you your check if your piece has been accepted. We promise no spam and that all of your contact information will never be shared).


We pay $30.00 for all accepted submissions.


If you would like us to review your book, please send us a quick synopsis of your book. If we decide to review your book, we will ask you to send us a copy. While print is preferred, we do accept digital copies (most preferably in .epub or .mobi format). If you are sending a print copy, please send it to our PO Box at:


Twenty-two Twenty-eight

PO Box 308

20 Forest St.

Medford, MA 02155

     Submit work here:


Email instructions: Please put in email body name, phone number, mailing address, and a brief description of your submission plus any other information you would like to include. Also, please include all desired links you would like us to publish along with your work (if your submission is accepted).


For Writing submissions: please submit your work in an attachment in a .docx or .pages file.


For Visual Art submissions: please submit your images in a .jpg, .jpeg, or .png file.


For Video/Music submissions: please put the URL link in the main body of the email.

[email protected]

Via: Twenty-two Twenty-eight.

Ongoing Submissions: Spectacle

Payment: $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories.

Our first issue will ship Feb 2018 and we want to feature the best writers, artists, and illustrators on the planet. We also want to uncover lots of new voices too. That’s where you come in. We’re opening up our inbox and accepting submissions for original fiction. We’re looking for two kinds of fiction right now: flash fiction and short stories.

  1. Flash fiction is quick, dirty, and a lot of fun. 1,000 words and under. These tend to be written with lighter tones.
  2. Short stories are between 1,000 and 7,500 words. These tend to have well developed characters and more complex storylines.

What makes Spectacle unique is that we comission illustrations for every story we decide to publish and also try to find non-fiction content to pair it with, so keep that in mind when submitting work to us. Stories that lend themselves to interesting visuals and are relevant to current life get lots of bonus points.

We pay a flat rate for fiction we decide to publish. $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories. Send your work to [email protected]. Please don’t send attachments—it’s faster and less dangerous for us that way. If you do, we’ll just delete it. Just copy and paste the story directly into the body of the email.

Like and Don’t Like

Speculative fiction is essentially limitless. Feel free to get WEIRD. Space cowboys with a flair for ballet, bored zombies with 9-5 jobs, an alternate history where Hitler and Gandhi switch places. This is our jam.

No poems or screenplays. Please try not to be genre blind. Excerpts from novels and simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple submissions also okay, but don’t go nuts. We don’t really want work published previously, though. We love writing with a sense of humor.


We’ll do our best to give you a decision within a week. Unfortunately, due to our size, we won’t be able to give detailed feedback to rejected submissions.

Via: Spectacle.

Ongoing Submissions: Automata Review

Payment: $25

We are currently accepting fiction.

We’re interested in stories that explore new spaces: spaces between genres, spaces between styles, spaces between “literary” fiction and “genre” fiction. Above all else, we’re interested in strong writing, captivating characters, and unusual stories. For a few examples of what we like, check out this link.

Please only submit original, previously unpublished work. Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please double-space your work, format it as 12 pt. Times New Roman, and send it in .doc or .docx format. Also, please include your name and contact information at the top of your document.

If your work falls outside these guidelines, but you think we would find it compelling, please send a query with a short description of your work.

We pay $25 per published story.

Send submissions and queries to: [email protected]

Via: Automata Review.

Ongoing Submissions:

Payment: $0.10 per word
Note: A good focus for shorter fantasy fiction which might be a hard sell elsewhere. is looking for interesting, fun, edgy, unexpected, or funny articles on all things fantasy related. We are interested in the following:

  • Book/Film/TV Reviews, critiques or commentary – particularly from a unique angle (feminist/lgbtq… so on)
  • Fiction – Flash fiction of roughly 500 words, or longer short stories, they must fit within the fantasy genre (all sub genres welcome)
  • Comics/Graphic novels – Original or reviews/critiques/commentary
  • Artwork relating to the fantasy genre
  • Products or product reviews relating to fantasy
  • Pop culture articles as long as they are related to fantasy
  • Really, anything readers and lovers of fantasy might find of interest

We aim to entertain, and to that end we don’t want any fluff or clickbait. Profanity and other mature content is fine if it’s relevant to the article. We are LGBTQ friendly and seek out diversity in our contributions.

Get creative! Let your edges show, I’m looking for character!

  • Articles generally should be between 500 – 1,000 words in length, should be keyword optimized (I can work with you if this is not something you are familiar with), and should be of substance (no fluff!). Longer/shorter articles will be considered if they are sufficiently compelling
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished elsewhere on the web
  • You must own the rights to the article, plagiarism will not be tolerated

We pay $0.10 per word for all fiction or non fiction articles. Artwork or poetry compensation will be discussed and agreed upon up front. Please reach out to discuss the idea and the rate.

Please submit the article in it’s entirety for consideration at submissions<at>

Via: K. Ferrin.

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