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Taking Submissions: Human Monsters (Early Listing)

March 15, 2022

Submission Window: February 15th-March 15th, 2022
Payment: $0.08 per word
Theme: Human Monsters, Horror

A new horror anthology edited by Sadie Hartmann and Ashley Saywers of Night Worms.

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” -Stephen King

Dark Matter Magazine is proud to announce our first foray into trade publishing with a new horror anthology edited by Sadie Hartmann and Ashley Saywers of Night Worms. The anthology will include at least 80,000 words of new horror fiction curated by Sadie and Ashley, and the book will be included in a future Night Worms book box. The tentative publish date for the anthology is October 2022.

Submission Guidelines

From Sadie and Ashley: We are looking for stories centered around one of our favorite sub-genres, Human Monsters. We enjoy twisty-turny, dark, psychological, thrilling, dangerous, menacing, gothic, strange, ugly, murderous, messed-up tales of people doing awful, no-good, very bad things to one another. We are not looking for anything cosmic, paranormal, science fiction, cryptid/creature, or supernatural at this time. Just monsters in human skin, please. Tell us what they do.

Genre: Horror

Sub Genre: Human Monsters

Word Limit: 2000-4000 words, no exceptions

Language: English and English translations

Reprints: No. Unpublished works only.

Pay Rate: $0.08/word, paid at least 30 days prior to publication, or before October 1, 2022

Rights: Dark Matter Magazine, LLC is buying first English language rights for print, electronic, and web. We are asking for exclusive rights for a period of six (6) months after publication.

Multiple Submissions: Yes, but our submission system will only allow for one submission from you at a time. If your story is rejected, please feel free to submit again right away.

Simultaneous Submissions: Sure! But please notify us or withdraw your story from consideration at Dark Matter if it is accepted elsewhere before we render our own decision. NOTE: Other publishers have their own guidelines about simultaneous submissions, so please read those as well if you intend to submit to both us and them at the same time.

Time to Decision: We are currently planning for a response time of 30-45 days from submission until we render a final decision on your story. If you have not heard back from us after 60 days, feel free to query us by email at [email protected].

File types we accept: .doc, .docx, .rtf

Submissions must be in proper manuscript format. View this example of proper manuscript format from the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and Vonda N. McIntyre.

We will not accept emailed submissions. This is for your benefit as well. Email submissions can be less efficient and less transparent, and are more susceptible to scams and intellectual property theft.


The submission portal for the Human Monsters anthology will open February 15, 2022, and close March 15, 2022. To be considered, stories must be submitted via the anthology’s Moksha portal here (no exceptions): https://darkmatter.moksha.io/publication/2/4/submit

Via: Dark Matter Magazine.


March 15, 2022