Taking Submissions: Cosmic Horror Monthly Spring 2022 Window

Deadline: January 14th. 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150, 1 cent per word for reprints.
Theme: Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, original and reprints.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submission Period

*SUBMISSIONS OPEN SOON!* – Submission periods are twice yearly from January 1st – January 14th and July 1st – July 14th.

January stories accepted will appear in issues from the following July – December

July stories accepted will appear in issues from the following January – June


Instructions: All fiction must be submitted via email to [email protected]. When submitting, include a little background information about yourself in the body and attach the story in the form of a Microsoft Word file. Please include a word count and a brief synopsis of the work. For artwork, please put a link to the gallery/pieces in the body of the email along with any relevant background information. You may also attach example work. Acceptable file formats for attachments are DOCX, JPG, PNG.


Cosmic Horror Monthly is seeking Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, original and reprints. If you aren’t sure if your work qualifies, submit it and we can decide. No subject is off-limits and we do encourage writers to try and push the status quo. Please only submit a single story once and only submit one story per email. Multiple submissions are strongly discouraged. Every email will be checked!

Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

At this time, we are strongly favoring stories with a contemporary narrative style. Lovecraftian themes and mythos works are welcomed but try to avoid Lovecraft pastiche and styles mimicking that of his writer circle from the early 20th century.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 1000-7500 words. Stories in the range of 3000-5000 words are preferred.


If you are an artist please submit pieces that demonstrate your style. We will then commission you for original artwork within the theme of one of the volume’s issues to either appear on the cover or as an interior piece.


3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150
1 cent per word for reprints.
10 – 20 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content. Negotiable.
100 dollars for commissioned cover art. $50 for reprint. Negotiable.

Rights: Please request the artist/publisher or the writer/publisher contract.

Cover Letters: The first paragraph of your email should contain whether it is a reprint, the length of your story (if applicable), your publishing history, and any relevant information.


Email [email protected] for all inquiries.

We will try to respond to every email with feedback but unless we are requesting more from you, there is no need to respond, even to say thank you. It may sound harsh, but those emails will only serve to clutter up the editorial inbox.

Diversity Statement: We believe that the horror genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but Cosmic Horror Monthly is not a market for erotica. If in doubt, feel free to send your story in and let us decide.

Please no fan fiction for existing creative universes not in the Public Domain. (The Cthulhu mythos is fair game but be careful using common or worn-out genre tropes)

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; please just go ahead and submit it and let us decide.

You are welcome to resubmit previously rejected stories if they have been significantly revised.

Via: Cosmic Horror Monthly.

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