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Taking Submissions: Penumbra: October–Paranormal Adventures

August 1, 2014


Deadline: August 1st, 2014
Payment: 5 cents per word

There’s nothing more suitable for Halloween than a darn good ghost story, and we want yours. Whether you’re dealing with a poltergeist or a demonic entity or a residual haunt, there’s a lot to explore in the world of the paranormal. While we’d love to hang out with TAPS or the Ghost Adventures crew, we’re more interested in the ghost story without the paranormal investigators and their technology. Just give us a bone-chilling, hair-raising tale of a haunting, and we’ll leave the light on.


Penumbra is looking for original, unpublished stories of 3500 words or less. We prefer that writers use Standard Manuscript Format for submissions. (You can read this article by Chuck Rothman on the SFWA site on preparing a manuscript for submission if you are unfamiliar with SMF.)

Please send your stories as file attachments in .rtf or .doc formats only. Please include a cover letter in the body of your email, with the manuscript title, you pen name if applicable, the exact word count of the story not including title and byline, and a publication history if applicable.

Penumbra is a professional rates paying publisher, paying 5 cents per word.

We will evaluate poetry submissions for each issue. We will also consider previously published stories with rights reverted to the author.

Penumbra has multiple issue calls open at the same time, therefore it is imperative that you include the issue theme in the subject line of your email. Submissions that do not include this information risk getting lost in our queue and not read before the deadline.

Penumbra uses Musa Publishing’s house style guide, which relies upon the Chicago Manual of Style. All accepted stories will be edited to reflect Musa house style.

If you have never been published before, please tell us. Penumbra likes publishing new authors as much as we like publishing experienced authors. Every month, we select one of the best stories from an author with little or no publishing experience and feature that story and author as our Rising Talent recipient for the month. The Rising Talent author’s story, biography, and a non-fiction essay will be featured on our website for a full year, as well as spotlighted in the Penumbra issue for that month.

We absolutely do not accept fan fiction.

Penumbra accepts both agented and unagented submissions. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at [email protected]..

Via: Penumbra Magazine.


August 1, 2014