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Taking Submissions: Night Frights

May 31, 2020

Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Payment: 3 cents per word
Theme: introduce young minds to the fabulous world of horror fiction.

Dark Moon Digest, the quarterly magazine published by Perpetual Motion Machine, is now open for submissions to a special annual young adult edition titled Night Frights. We want to introduce young minds to the fabulous world of horror fiction.

Sounds great? Of course it does! Want to order it right this second? Of course you do! Good news: if you purchase an annual subscription of Dark Moon Digest, you will also receive issue one of Night Frights upon its Summer 2020 release, in addition to the four issues of DMD. 


Or, if you’d rather subscribe electronically only, you can do so by pledging as low as $1 over on our Patreon.


Interested in submitting to Night Frights? Read on…

What we want: the same awesome stories that we use for our quarterly magazine. We want stories with complex characters and new ideas. Scare us. But also, inspire young readers into a lifelong obsession with the genre.

Cool it on the profanities, no sexual situations, nothing too graphic. Consider the following scenario: we are selling books at a local county fair. A family approaches with their kids (9 and 11 years old, maybe). One of the parents asks, “Is this okay for my kid?” We want to be able to confidently answer, “Yes,” without going through a long interrogation of what they’re allowed to read and watch at home.

Stories should not exceed 3,500 words. No reprints. No multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are fine.

All submissions should be in a legible font (think TNR) with your contact information in the upper left-hand corner. We are not too strict on format, but some consistency to readability would be nice.

Deadline is May 31st. Please do not query us asking the status of your story before June 30th. Payment will be 3 cents per word and a copy of the magazine upon publication.

Send all stories to [email protected] as an attachment only with [STORY TITLE] – [AUTHOR] – [WORD COUNT] in the subject line. Please include a brief bio in the cover letter. Direct all inquiries to the same email address.

Follow Night Frights on Twitter, and support us by pledging to our Patreon and purchasing an annual paperback subscription.

Via: Perpetual Publishing Machine.


May 31, 2020