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Taking Submissions: Jamais Vu – Spring 2014 Issue

January 15, 2014


Deadline: January 14th, 2014
Payment: In most cases payment will be 5 cents per word within 60 days of acceptance and a contributor’s copy within 30 days of publication.

Debuting in 2014 Jamais Vu – The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar is a new pro journal from Post Mortem Press, set to feature the absolute best in dark fiction, poetry, factual morsels, criticism, and more.

  • Issue Two is scheduled for release April 15, 2014.
  • Submission Window is open December 1, 2013 – January 15, 2014.
  • Decisions will be made no later than March 1, 2014.

The title comes from the French–The strange among the familiar–and is as close to a “theme” as we’re looking for.

Confused?  Think Richard Matheson, Jack Finney, Neil Gaiman.

Specifically, we’re a horror/thriller market, but are open to crossing genres, given that one of the crossed genres is horror/thriller (no western-romance, or science fiction-mystery, okay?) Language and violence are not a problem if both components are integral to the plot, dedicating 3,000 words of your 4,000 story to the graphic depiction of human mutilation would have a hard time.

The tropes–vampires, zombies, serial killers, werewolves–will have also struggle to get noticed unless the writer presents them in a completely new light.

Stories that really work to act out your latent parental issues or your insecurities with the opposite sex are best given to your therapist, not us.

Stories which exist solely to depict the abuse of children, women, or animals will be rejected outright.  Similarly, NO torture or splatter-punk.

More concise than we could ever put it, the folks over at Strange Horizons have compiled a list of “Horror Stories We’ve Seen Too Often”.  Check it out:


Granted, some of these things offer an interesting premise within which a brand new and different story can be written, but if your story can be summarized by something on that list, head on back to your writing program and start over.

All submissions should follow OUR STANDARD MANUSCRIPT FORMAT:

  • MSWord Document (rtf, doc, or docx)
  • Include the story title & your by-line at the top of the first page
  • Times New Roman or similar, easy to read, serif font
  • 12 pt, double spaced     1″ Margins  Left Justified (Align Text Left)
  • 1/4″ paragraph indents   TAB or “Natural” only

  • One space after sentence ending punctuation rather than two
  • Please avoid UNDERLINE – consider italics
  • No HARD CODED Headers, Footers, or Page Numbers
  • NO HARD RETURNS AT THE END OF EACH LINE – only at the end of a paragraph


Cover letter Information should include:


  • A short summary of the story
  • a short (two to four sentences) personal biography
  • Real/legal name
  • email and physical/street address


We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts

If you receive a rejection, unless otherwise told, please do not resubmit until the next window opens. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know. 

Via: Submittable.


January 15, 2014