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Payment: 500 – 1000 words: $25
2000 – 5000 words: $50
5000+ words: $65


Shroud has been publishing long and short fiction for almost seven years. In that time its contributors have been nominated for and received a number of awards to include the Bram Stoker Award, the British Fantasy Award, and more. In 2008, two of Shroud’s anthologies made the long-list for the Bram Stoker award, with “Beneath the Surface” garnering the nomination. Shroud has also published several popular novellas, The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange, and twelve print issue and two digital issues.

Shroud Quarterly publishes literary speculative fiction with a dark orientation from 500 to 6000 words. Submissions may now include horror, suspense, mystery, noir, fantasy, science fiction, humor, long-form poetry, bizarro, or other forms of intelligent, speculative writing. We are interested in writing with an edge, but not interested in writing that is gratuitously violent, sexual, or graphic. We prefer stories that rely on mood, atmosphere, well-crafted dialogue and sensory details to tell a well-thought-out tale. We also have preference for sympathetic, complex, protagonists who face otherworldy conflicts/antagonists. We like an effective balance of scene and summary, and a deft, meticulous control of exposition. Don’t write to impress, but to express.


  • Shroud now publishes a quarterly eBook edition for the leading eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Nook). Each year we compile the year’s stories into a print omnibus edition.

  • Our entire print catalog of back issues is currently available.

  • Simultaneous submission are OK. Please understand that we do not expect you to wait on our response before you send the story elsewhere.

  • Reprints are OK as long as at least a year has passed since the story has been in print.  Please identify reprints in your submission.

  • Up to two submissions per submission period are OK.


500 – 1999 words: $25
2000 – 5000 words: $50
5001+ words: $65
Poetry : $10
Reprints: $10


We buy First Worldwide Serial and Electronic rights. Your rights revert back upon publication. Payment is upon publication and we do not offer a kill fee.

All submissions now go through SUBMITTABLE

We highly recommend that you buy a SAMPLE ISSUE in order to get a clear idea of our style and tone.
Please query first for nonfiction.
If you are submitting your work for publication, then we assume that it has been revised several times and represents your best work.


Please use the above link as your format guidelines.  In addition, please observe the following:

NO TABBED INDENTS: We’d prefer no indents for each new paragraph as we will add them in our layout.  If you indent, please do so through paragraph style.

We do NOT accept hard copy submissions. However, we are willing to make reasonable accommodations should you need it.

PLEASE include a short (30 words +/-) bio with your Submittable submission

Averages up to 4 months, but stories kept for further consideration by the editors may take additional time.

Please query with samples. We are actively looking for talented artists for covers and B&W interior illustrations.

Thank you for your support!

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