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Taking Submissions: Book Worms Horror Zine Issue #5

April 30

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: 8 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: “fun”, “80s style” horror that involve Rock n Roll
Note: Only accepts Mail-In Submissions so don’t wait until the last moment!

Seeking short fiction for our Rock n Roll Issue! From hair-raising riffs to head-banging oblivion, horror and rock n roll are a match made in Hell! Book Worms Horror zine is a limited-edition print only publication sold on Etsy and selective bookstores.

Frequently Asked Question: What kind of stories are you looking for?

We generally enjoy “fun”, “80s style” horror reminiscent of the zine’s old-school vibe, but we’ve also been blown away by fresh voices that take the genre in a new direction. That being said, the best chance for your story being accepted by Book Worms is to follow the submission guidelines. Make sure your story is of the horror genre (you’d be surprised how many we receive that aren’t), mail in your submission versus email, meet the deadline, and don’t exceed the word count limit. And if your story doesn’t make it, please keep trying. We’ve had to turn down many excellent stories due to space constraints alone.

It might be helpful to explain what we don’t want.

  • Paranormal romance (Love the genre. It’s not right for Book Worms.)
  • Anything with a political theme. We read to escape that stuff.
  • Beyond the pale violence or pornographic material. Keep it fun, kids.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: April 30, 2024

Payment is 8 cents a word for fiction and essays (1500 words or less). Includes one contributor copy.

No reprints or multiple submissions please. Exclusive rights for six months after publication.


Mail your submissions to: La Regina Studio/Grundy Commons/925 Canal Street/Bristol, PA 19007

*In the past, we’ve made some special allowances for writers living outside the USA. But due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we receive, we are now only accepting mail-in submissions.

Decision notices are sent through email so there is no need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please include your email address with your submission. All submissions must be typed (cover letters preferred but not mandatory) and be properly formatted.

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