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Taking Submissions: Weird Horror Magazine September 2023 Window (Early Listing)

September 16, 2023

Submission Window: September 2nd – 16th, 2023
Payment: 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum and 2 contributor’s copies
Theme: Horror and weird fiction

Weird Horror has 2, two-week, reading periods each year: March 2 – 16, and September 2 – 16.


OPENS: Sept. 2, 2023

CLOSES: Sept. 16, 2023

We are seeking horror and weird fiction from 500 to 6,000 words, firm. Stories over or under the word count will not be read. (Please respect our word counts.) We are a home for the strange, the macabre, the eerie, the esoteric, the fabulist, and the gothic. The darkly numinous. The odd. We are not interested in extreme horror. Do not send science fiction or fantasy. We are very supportive of emerging writers, and have twice published first-time authors.

  • Please send 1 story only per reading period.

NOTE – We are not considering stories written, co-written, created, or assisted by AI and machine-learning languages such as ChatGPT. Please do not send them.

We are seeking first English-language publication rights. Fiction must be in English, and previously unpublished in English anywhere, in any format (including audio), on any platform, including your blog, website, newsletter, Patreon, etc. Please do not query about reprints.

We will consider works translated to English, as long as you are offering first English-language publication rights.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please inform us if your story is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions. Please send 1 story only per reading period.

The magazine is free to read online here: Read Weird Horror

We encourage you to read some of the stories to familiarize yourself with our aesthetic.

We receive about 1,000 manuscripts each period, and accept less than 2% of submissions. Do not be discouraged by a form rejection.

Payment is (U.S.) 1.5¢ per word (one and one-half cent), with a $25 (U.S.) minimum (paid via PayPal) for first worldwide English-language rights, for use in the print, eBook, and online edition. Contributors also receive 2 copies of the print edition. We ask for a 6-month exclusivity. Copyright remains with the author, and a contract will be provided.

Submit stories via our online portal at Moksha, here: SUBMIT

When submitting, please DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. If it’s incorrect, all correspondence will bounce and we will have no way of reaching you. You should receive a confirmation e-mail with a tracking number and link to let you see your story’s progress in the submission queue. If you do not receive e-mail confirmation, we did not receive your submission. Please resend it.

While we appreciate the sentiment, please do not respond to rejections for any reason. We get enough e-mail, as is.

We are not currently seeking any art or non-fiction submissions.

Please query if you have any questions.


Michael Kelly is the former Series Editor for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction. He’s a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy Award-winning editor, and a five-time World Fantasy Award nominee. His fiction has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Static, Nightmare Magazine, The Dark, Best New Horror, Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror; and has been previously collected in Scratching the Surface, Undertow & Other Laments, and All the Things We Never See. He is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Undertow Publications, and editor of Weird Horror magazine.

Via: Undertow Publications.


September 16, 2023


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