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Taking Submissions: Broken Antler #1

August 31, 2023


Deadline: August 31st, 2023
Payment: $20 + a contributor copy of the magazine. We pay $10 (per piece) for work published in our online venues.
Theme: ALL genres of horror, as well as sci-fi and dark fantasy

Broken Antler is a literary magazine and publisher of work that is dark, speculative, experimental, unsettling, and absurd.

BAM Quarterly, Broken Antler’s online journal, publishes creative work four times a year (during the months of October, January, April, and July). Submissions for Issue 1 open June 1 and close August 31.

The Marrow, Broken Antler’s blog and home of our LGBTQIA+ creator series, is updated biweekly and currently accepting pitches for interviews, reviews, and essays, as well as creative submissions of micro fiction, poetry, and art.

And Broken Antler Magazine is our annual print publication, featuring creative and critical work from emerging and established writers, artists, creators, and individuals working within the horror space.

What We Publish:

Broken Antler publishes ALL genres of horror, as well as sci-fi and dark fantasy. The editors are partial to a wide range of subgenres—body, cosmic, folk, gore, etc. (and our EIC likes any writing that screws with her sleep schedule). If your work fits into the horror genre, or is some version of fucked-up, send it our way.

For poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid submissions, we’re looking for work that is haunting and monstrous, weird and bizarre. Extra points if your work is experimental or doing something unusual with form.

Do NOT send us work featuring gratuitous sexual assault, violence against women and/or marginalized groups, or hate speech. Broken Antler is 100% run by women, several members of our editorial staff identify as LGBTQIA+, and we are committed to uplifting these and other previously silenced voices.

NOTE: Submitted work should be previously unpublished. We do NOT accept AI-generated content. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. By submitting to Broken Antler, you grant us first serial rights for physical and electronic publication. All rights revert back to you upon publication.

How To Submit: 

Email all submissions to brokenantlermagazine[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

In the subject line of your email — please indicate which category you’re submitting to and whether you’re submitting to BAM Quarterly or The Marrow (all submissions are considered for our annual print issue). EXAMPLE: “Fiction submission for BAM Quarterly”

In the body of your email — please include the title of your piece(s), word count (prose only), a brief bio (100 words max.), content warnings if necessary, and any other information you’d like to share with us about you + your work.

Prior to submitting, please review the categories Broken Antler is currently accepting and the additional guidelines found below.



Send up to 3 pieces at a time, 5,000 words maximum (across pieces)

short stories < 3,000 words

flash < 1,000 words

micro < 300 words


Send up to 5 pieces at a time, 10 pages maximum (across pieces)


Send up to 2 pieces at a time, 4,000 words maximum (across pieces)


Send up to 3 pieces at a time, both b&w and color accepted


Send up to 2 pieces at a time, no length restrictions

Reviews + Interviews

If interested in writing a review or interview for The Marrow, please query the editors by email. We are especially interested in forthcoming titles from small presses, BIPOC authors, and LGBTQIA+ authors. Let us know in your pitch if you would like us to request an ARC from the publisher. We do not accept completed reviews at this time.


Guidelines for formatting

Submissions should be attached in .DOC, .DOCX, .PNG, or .PDF formats. Prose submissions should be double-spaced, unless your work is intentionally experimenting with form. Preferred font is Garamond (TNR is cool too). If submitting multiple pieces, please include all work in one document.

Response times + feedback

We aim to respond to all submissions within 30 days. If 30 days have passed without a response, please feel free to query the editors about the status of your submission. If you would like an expedited response + feedback from the editors, we offer a tip jar submission option for $5 (Venmo @brokenantlermag).

Payment for contributors

Broken Antler is committed to paying artists for their work. Individuals with work selected for Broken Antler’s print issue receive $20 + a contributor copy of the magazine. We pay $10 (per piece) for work published in our online venues. Payment is provided upon acceptance.

Via: Broken Antler.


August 31, 2023


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