Arsenika is looking for previously unpublished original fiction and poetry up to 1,000 words long. Payment is $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry for first world electronic rights and non-exclusive audio rights. We hope to raise the poetry rate to $60 as well in the future—please support us on Patreon if you’d like to help us reach our goal.
Submit no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems at a time, and please make sure you fill out the form again for each piece you send, unless the pieces are meant to be read together (e.g. a triptych of poems).
All work should be in Standard Manuscript Format (fiction format/poetry format). Format poetry exactly as you would like to see it online—use italics for italics, underlines for underlines, boldface for boldface, etc. Send only TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files.
Please do not send simultaneous submissions (pieces that are submitted to Arsenikaand another market at the same time). Multiple submissions are accepted, but please have no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems in the submissions queue at a time.
We try to respond to all submissions within 14 days. If you haven’t heard from us in 30 days, please send us a query at [email protected].
Remember: Don’t self-reject.
Submissions are currently CLOSED. We will reopen for submissions on November 1.
Arsenika does not accept unsolicited reprints. Payment is $10 upon acceptance.
Arsenika pays $100 for reprint art. Please feel free to query us at [email protected]with a link to your portfolio.
Q. Can I submit multiple times per submissions period?
A. Yes. Please have no more than two flash fiction pieces and five poems in the queue at a time; once we respond to those, you can send more. For example, if you’ve sent one flash piece and four poems and we’ve responded to all of them, you can send another two flash pieces and five poems. Please note that pieces held for further consideration count as being in the queue: if you send three poems and we hold one and reject the other two, you may only send another four poems and two flash fiction pieces at a time.
Q. Does Arsenika accept microfiction (fiction under 500 words long)?
A. Absolutely! We have no minimum word limit, though we do require that microfiction still tell a story of some sort.
Q. Does Arsenika accept prose poetry?
Q. Does Arsenika have any line limits for poetry?
A. No, although we do have a word limit of 1,000 words.
Q. Does Arsenika accept horror?
A. Yes; we prefer horror with a speculative element.
Q. Does Arsenika accept translations?
A. Definitely; we’re very interested in translations! Please note that you must acquire translation rights from the original author unless the piece is already in the public domain. If we accept your translated piece, we will need the original author’s contact information as well; we treat translations as co-authored and pay both the author and the translator our rate for individual pieces.
Q. Does Arsenika accept fanfiction?
A. It depends—we’d rather not face potential legal issues with properties that are currently trademarked/under copyright, but we’re fine with reinterpretations of works in the public domain, myths, fairy tales, folk tales, etc. We understand there will be some degree of allusion, but we also would prefer it if the works could stand alone.
Q. Does Arsenika accept interactive fiction and poetry?
A. Yes. Please send a link to your piece and make sure it is password-protected or otherwise not viewable to the public. Be sure to include the password or access details in your submission.
Payment: 2 cents per word for original poems [minimum payment $3.00]. 1 cent per word for reprints. $1.00 for scifaiku and related forms
Illumen is a print magazine of speculative poetry edited by Terrie Leigh Relf. It is published biannually by Alban Lake Publishing [previously it was published by Sam’s Dot Publishing], on 1 April and 1 October, in perfect bound digest format. It contains speculative poetry, illustrations, articles, and reviews.
I. What we seek:
Speculative poetry is one result of the application of imagination to reality. In speculative poetry, one’s “vision” often is taken from a different angle, from another perspective, perhaps even from another time and place. Speculative poetry is usually tinged with one or more of the genres. Thus, in speculative poetry you find hints of science fiction, fantasy, folklore, myth, the surreal…and yes, even horror. Good speculative poetry will awaken a sense of adventure in the reader.
That’s what we’re looking for: good, original speculative poetry. Yes, we will consider reprints, but we’ll probably publish no more than two per issue. As regards length, we don’t want to cramp your style, but poems of 100 lines or less probably will snag most of our attention.
Illustrations should complement the speculative aspects of the poetry. We’re looking for 2 or 3 pieces each issue that reflect this. We use both color and black and white illustrations, both interior and on the cover. We suggest a minimalist approach to illustrations: less is more. Greatly detailed illustrations can distract from the poetry. We’ll consider both original and reprint illustrations.
Those who submit articles for consideration have a loose rein on the topic. All we ask is that the article address some aspect of speculative poetry. We like to see articles between 800 and 2000 words. Probably we’ll accept no more than two articles per issue. We prefer original articles, but we will consider reprints.
We like to see reviews of collections of speculative poetry. Because such reviews are usually “dated,” we consider only original reviews of current or upcoming publications. We like to see reviews between 800 and 1200 words. Probably we’ll accept no more than two reviews per issue.
No angst, please. No adolescent laments. Perhaps Life has sliced and diced you, but we’d rather not hear about it here.
About speculative horror poetry: making twisty-squeakies of one’s intestines is great fun at parties, but it really doesn’t belong in speculative horror poetry. Speculative horror poetry evokes moods, often dark and spooky ones. It should not make you upchuck. Remember: twisted is an attitude, not an action.
1. Poetry: 2 cents per word for original poems [minimum payment $3.00]. 1 cent per word for reprints. $1.00 for scifaiku and related forms.
a. Featured poets will be paid a flat $15.00 for their poetry in the issue in which they are featured.
2. Illustrations: $5 for original illustrations. $3 for reprints. $12.00 for cover art.
3. Articles: $12 for original articles. $5 for reprints.
4. Reviews: $7 for reviews.
5. Each contributor also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which her/his work appears.
III. How to submit:
The e-mail address for all submissions and queries is: illumensdp at yahoo dot com. You’ll have to combine this address to use it properly.
All submissions must include your snailmail address. Don’t make us come looking for you just to pay you.
Please indicate italics by underscores, like _this_. Please indicate bold text by asterisks, like *this*. If your poem/article/review requires special formatting, such as centering or unusual tab spacing, please tell us in your e-mail. If your poem/article/illustration has been published previously, please tell us where and when it was first published. If your submission is a reprint, you must hold all the rights to it.
1. Poems: submit poems in the body of the email. Please submit no more than three poems at a time.
2. Illustrations: submit illustrations as jpeg attachments of less than 500KB. Please submit no more than one illustration at a time.
3. Articles and reviews: submit your article or review in the body of the e-mail. No attachments, please. And please submit one article or review at a time. If you submit a review, be sure to include information about where and how our readers can order a copy of the work under review.
Response times: Illumen is a biannual publication. We ask that you be patient with us. Probably we will not determine our final line-up for an issue until one month before publication. Although you might hear from us sooner, please do not expect to receive a decision from us until March or September. In other words, our response time could be up to four months. To compensate for the possible long wait, we will acknowledge your submission within 72 hours of receipt, so that at least you will know that we have received it and are considering it. Still, if you feel you must query, query.
Deadline: May 26th, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy
The Poet’s Haven is seeking poetry and short stories that begin with the cliche line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Pieces can be dramatic or humorous: we are seeking a variety for this anthology.
(Despite publisher Vertigo’s well-known cat obsession, there is one canine he adores: Snoopy. V’s been on a kick watching “Peanuts” cartoons, and he’s been reading the collections of Schulz’s original strips when he has the time, so when it was time to pick the next Digest theme, this is the one he selected out of the dozens of ideas post-it noted all over his walls.)
This call will close on May 26, 2018. The anthology is targeted for printing in early or mid-summer.
Publication in this series pays one copy per piece. A maximum of two pieces will be selected from each contributor. All contributors can purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.
Poet’s Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall pocket-sized books. We are not seeking cover art for this anthology. (The publisher has already decided what he wants on the cover and will either draw it himself or commission someone to do it after he decides his artwork is horrible.)
The Poet’s Haven is a place for artists across a wide and diverse spectrum to feel safe seeing their work published. We are open to unsolicited submissions from both experienced, published creators and talent new to submitting work for publication. We offer minimal restrictions on content and genre. What little content that is disallowed is as follows: material that is obscene, excessively vulgar, pornographic, racist, or in any way bigoted will not be published here. The Poet’s Haven also does not accept religious material.
Our publications are intended for mature readers. While our primary audience is adults we are NOT limited to any one demographic. We have knowingly published work from creators as young as 9 and as old as 95.
We are free to publish what we wish but we will maintain a level of decency; therefore, nothing obscene, pornographic, racist, or bigoted will be accepted.
The publisher has decided to focus on non-religious poetry, artwork, and stories. That said, since many authors are highly influenced by their faiths, work that expresses faith may be acceptable but writing or artwork that preaches a faith will not be accepted. Work that questions faith in general may be acceptable. Work designed to insult the followers of any certain religion will be rejected the same as work of a bigoted nature.
Writing that is badly misspelt or in need of severe grammatical or punctual corrections will be rejected. Your word processor program has a spell check. Spell Check is your friend. Use it.
Please make certain your are submitting your work to the correct call. Submitting poems to the call for short stories will get your work rejected, unread. Submissions of incomplete or unfinished work will be rejected, unread. Sending a chapbook manuscript to a call for pieces for the website will get your work rejected, unread.
The Poet’s Haven has a general open call for chapbook manuscripts each spring. 2017’s call will be open from March 13 through May 13. This call is only open for a short period each year to prevent us from getting so buried in submissions that we cannot find enough time to read them all.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to the PoetsHaven.com Galleries on the website. The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Digest in both print and electronic formats. The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. We ask that authors refrain from submitting a piece published in a Poet’s Haven Digest anthology to other anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals for at least one year.
The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Author Series in both print and electronic formats. The author retains ownership and is free to submit individual pieces to anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals, provided the publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights. Authors may not place more than half (50%) the contents of an Author Series title at another press, including as part of a full-length “Collected Works” type publication.
Submissions must be made by either the creator of a work, or on behalf of the creator. PLAGIARISM IS A CRIME, AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! We will assist any investigations of a submitter for fraud to the best of our abilities. If you are submitting a work on behalf of the creator, be certain to give us a way to contact him or her, other than through your e-mail, if need be. A postal address will work fine. The author or artist MUST BE AWARE THAT HIS OR HER WORK IS BEING SUBMITTED! The ONLY exception to this rule is in the case of a deceased author or artist, in which case the work must be submitted by the author or artist’s next-of-kin/proprietor-of-estate.
Due to time restraints, we are unable to critique each and every item submitted. Comments from the publisher or editors will be rare.
The Poet’s Haven is largely a one-person operation. Some publications may have another editor helping out (such as the “VENDING MACHINE” anthologies), but nearly everything here is handled by publisher Vertigo Xavier. Unfortunately, those few ads you see on these pages do not bring in enough money for running The Poet’s Haven to be his exclusive, full-time job. Real-life responsibilities do get in the way of him completing updates and reviewing submissions as fast as everyone would like. In other words, it may be some months before your submission gets a response. Please be patient. If you choose to simultaneously submit work both here and elsewhere, when any sort of exclusive rights are required and the other publication accepts your work before you see a response from us, please remember to log back in to your Submittable account and withdraw your submission.
Contact Links and Author Bios:
Pages on the website featuring your work can also include a short author bio and a link to your personal website or social media page. Please include this when sending your submission. We will no longer list author e-mail addresses on the site. If you wish to provide readers with a way to contact you via e-mail, we recommend setting up a small blog with a contact form. The Poet’s Haven Digest and VENDING MACHINE anthologies will include a very short author bio and website URL in the contributor index. The Poet’s Haven Author Series publications include an author photo and bio on back of the book (or inside the cover, if a flip-book format).
Payment for Publication:
Access to The Poet’s Haven website is free of charge. Any meager profit generated by advertisements either goes toward paying for and promoting the site or towards producing our offline events and publications. We cannot pay for work to be published on the website.
Payment for work used in print publications will be described in that print publication’s submission call.
Disclaimer (this is VERY important!):
The Poet’s Haven is a privately held publishing company. This is not an open forum. We, the publisher and editors, reserve the right to refuse any submission for any reason we see fit. This may include work that we feel is questionable, may be in violation of any of the above guidelines, or that we have any objection to. We have a policy of “ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLSHIT.” If you attempt to cause problems by initiating spam campaigns, attempting a DDOS attack, or harassing any member of The Poet’s Haven staff, you will be blocked from accessing the site.
The Poet’s Haven website is no different than a print publication. If your poem is published in a magazine and a year later you decide you don’t like the piece anymore, the publisher can not go through all remaining copies of the issue and tear out the page. The Poet’s Haven will not entertain ANY requests for removing poetry from the site on the basis of the author not liking his or her older work. Removal requests can be made for the following reason ONLY: plagiarism. Please provide documentation (ie: cite the work that was plagiarized) when making any removal request.
In the modern age of Google, some authors have expressed concern about work written many years ago, perhaps when that author was still in college or even high school, being found today by prospective employers. Your work was found to be of a high quality when it was submitted, and it should not be removed from the site. However, if you are concerned about the emotions of your youth influencing your professional standing today, we can alter the name listed with your work. We recommend simply changing your first name to your initial. This way, if you do someday return to writing, you can still take credit for your early work.
Payment: $25-50 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry
Note: Updated 10/17/2017
So you want to submit to Gallows Hill. Awesome! There’s a good chance we’d like to read your work! But let’s get some ground rules set so we don’t waste your time and effort. Remember – more rejections are sent out due to a piece not being a great fit for a magazine than for a piece being poorly written, so it is a good idea to read these guidelines and understand them before submitting.
We publish dark fiction. This primarily means horror, but dark fantasy, gothic, supernatural and ghost stories, black comedy, and genre-benders stand an equal chance if they are well written. In fact, there are certain issues coming up that focus entirely on the genres that are tangential to horror, like dark fantasy.
We publish short stories. We are a roughly 60-page magazine that balances fiction with tons of other awesome content. That means we can only devote limited space to fiction, and we want to publish as many people as possible. So we do not consider novels or novellas for the magazine. We do hold competitions such as our annual NaNoWriMo competition that look for long-form fiction, but general submissions should be no more than 9,000 words.
We publish upsetting content. This magazine revolves around horror, a genre dedicated to making the reader uncomfortable. If you have scenes or elements in your work that you are afraid might upset us, submit it anyway. Our editors checked their delicate sensibilities at the door. Of course, any mature content needs to be justified in the story. Any sex or violence or gore can’t be done strictly for shock value.
We publish articles, reviews, and columns. Do you have something to say about horror? Want to submit a review or exclusive interview? Want to start a monthly column that discusses a particular aspect of horror culture? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to submit your work to us, or email our Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]) with a pitch if you’d rather.
We publish poetry. Send your dark poems on over! Short poems are cool because we can scatter them in with other content, but we do longer poetry as well. Just don’t send a 10,000-line epic. See #2 for reasoning.
We publish artwork. We love dark art (note: different than the dark arts). We are always looking for artwork, photography, or any other sort of visual piece to publish. From cover images to illustrations, from photography to serial-published visual stories, we want it all! If you are interested in submitting artwork and photography, please email [email protected] directly.
We are humans. That’s right. Despite what some websites might claim, a good editor cannot be replaced with a robot or algorithm. Our staff reads every submission we get, and that takes a lot of time. So be patient. You can stay up-to-date with where your piece is by tacking its progress on HeyPublish. We will respond to every request once we make a decision, but we can’t guarantee that our decision will be quick. With that in mind, we are totally cool with simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
We don’t just publish a magazine. That’s right. We do more. While we are still in the developmental stage for our book, comics, and poetry imprints, we do offer you the chance to get published in our anthologies. Most notably our annual Editor’s Choice Awards. Because our magazine revolves around themes, sometimes our favorite pieces just don’t fit into the publishing schedule for Gallows Hill. That’s when we go hit the golden buzzer in the middle of the office and unleash a cascade of streamers and glitter and balloons. Those stories will be accepted into our year-end special edition e-book and promoted all year. Cleaning up the office afterwards is a pain, though.
We do believe in paying writers and artists for their work. While we are working diligently to getting to a full $0.05 per word, our current rates are $25-50 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry, and $10-50 for artwork and photography.
That’s pretty much all I can think of to tell you. On behalf of all of the editors here at Gallows Hill, I wish you the best of luck with your submission. We are looking forward to reading your work!
Now go submit. What are you waiting for? A giant button to click?
Submit Here. (Sorry, we I’m too busy to code in the button like they have on the actual page!) 😉
Payment: Payment in US is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies, outside of US is 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies.
I print primarily poetry, but also publish a small amount of short short fiction. The genres of fantasy and SF are preferred. I am interested in experimental formats and content, and prefer fantastic horror a la Lovecraft or Blackwood to the blood and gore type. Any SF or fantasy is appropriate if it isn’t sappy or trite. If your poem rhymes, be sure that the rhymes are not forced, and that the meter is consistent.
The magazine consists of 20 digest-sized pages with card-stock cover. Publication is thrice yearly, issues are numbered sequentially. Issue #1 was published in January of 1986. Print run 200. Most-recent issue is #85. DN is distributed free to interested libraries.
Poetry & Fiction
Maximum length for poetry or fiction is 2 single-spaced typed pages, but I prefer less than one page. I prefer e-submissions in the body of the message. Send up to five manuscripts with SASE from the US. From other countries use an IRC or US stamps. Submissions lacking sufficient return postage or equivalent will be discarded. Cover letter not required. PLEASE put your name and address on each poem you submit!
I print 15-20 poems per issue. Buying 1st N.Am. serial rights unless state otherwise. Payment is $12 on acceptance + 2 contributor’s copies. Contributors outside North America can instead receive a 3-issue subscription plus 2 copies. DN is a tough market because of the high volume of poetry submissions I receive. Fewer than 5% of submissions are accepted. Response time is commonly 4-8 weeks. Sample copy for $5.
Artwork should be line drawings; no half-tones. Good photocopies OK, but I prefer to receive JPEG’s as e-mail attachments. Art should be no larger than 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, but I can reduce it. Payment $12 on acceptance plus 2 copies. I always need covers, and small filler illustrations. Filler illos that are the right size and shape to fill up the bottom of a page are particularly useful. Payment for covers includes an extra copy of the issue.
Payment: ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum) and a contributor’s copy. For poems, $5 and a contributor’s copy
Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense—anyone excluded from society for whatever the reason. We’d like Not One of Us to consider the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever.
The editorial philosophy of the magazine reflects my own personal taste in genre fiction. To me the scariest and most deeply moving horror stories are not about monsters or about good vs. evil, but rather about the reader’s own fears and discomforts. Similarly, for Not One of Us, fantasy isn’t about pseudo-medieval worlds, science fiction isn’t about space opera or funny-sounding names, Westerns are not about gunfights. In our magazine, it’s all about the characters.
We crave characters (human or otherwise) who are different and who act the way they do out of plausible (if occasionally insane) motives. All the wondrous settings and complex plots in the world will fail to convince me if at the center of the tale there isn’t a protagonist with whom I can somehow empathize. I don’t have to like that character: heaven knows we’ve had some pretty nasty protagonists, and empathy is not the same as excuse-making. But I want to get some insight into the character, and vicariously into myself. Also, I like stories, and characters, with edge.
Themes to avoid: vampires, alcoholic villains without any understanding of their motives, tales about writers, sword and sorcery, deals with the devil, and revenge stories that have no other point, especially if the punishment far exceeds the crime.
Because we’re a digest-sized (5.5 x 8.5 inch, 52-page) publication, we prefer stories of 6000 words or less. While we’re willing to read stories up to 7500 words long, they are a harder sell because of the size limitation of our format. We prefer poems of 40 lines or less, although we’re willing to read longer poems. Just not ones of epic length.
We assume first serial rights, with rights reverting to the author/poet upon publication. Payment is ¼¢ per word ($5 minimum), payable upon publication, plus one contributor’s copy for stories; $5 plus one copy for poems.
Artwork takes the form of story illustrations plus theme-related front and back covers. Typical payment ranges from $8 to $15. Query with samples.
Send electronic submissions from the contact page. We prefer Word or RTF attachments (do not send submissions in PDF), but it’s OK to embed submissions. All hardcopy correspondence should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send only one story or up to three poems at a time.
John Benson, Editor
12 Curtis Road
Natick, MA 01760