Taking Submissions: Dark Recesses Winter 2021 Issue

Deadline: November 30th, 2021
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: horror/dark fiction


Breakdown of content:

8 fiction pieces (approximate word lengths) – 1x 5000, 1x 3000, 1x 2500, 2x 1500, 3x 500

3-5 non-fiction pieces – 1 article, 1-2 briefs, 1 interview and/or review

– Fiction

We are looking for horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words firm. Common sense when submitting please. We do not accept stories that involve the sexual abuse/exploitation of minors direct or implied. We are not looking for pure shock value. All components of your story should have merit. Gore for gore’s sake is not what we are looking for.

Our pay rates:
5 cents per word

All payments are made in US funds via PayPal.


We accept submissions during the following reading periods , with an expected response time of up to 12 weeks. This way we are able to accommodate all the submissions we receive. If you have not heard back from us after 16 weeks, please feel free to send us an update query.

WINTER ISSUE: September 01 – November 30 (current reading period)

SPRING ISSUE: December 01 – February 28/29

SUMMER ISSUE: March 01 – May 31

FALL ISSUE: June 01 – August 31

All submissions must be sent via e-mail to: [email protected] as an attached word document with the word “Fiction Submission – STORY TITLE” in the subject line. Please also include if you wish your story considered for both the quarterly print and the website publication. Note compensation rates are different for website so be certain.


  • 12 point standard font
  • standard margins
  • left side of header: name, contact info
  • right side of header: word count
  • top of first page: title, author
Variances from traditional manuscript format:

  • single spaced
  • use bold, italics and underline as they are to appear in story.

***VERY IMPORTANT: Stories embedded in the body of an email will go unread.***

Submissions which do not follow our formatting requirements will be deleted unread, so please take the time to look over the formatting guidelines carefully.

NO sexual abuse or exploitation of children – implied or explicit.  This is VERY important, which is why it is mentioned twiceIf your story contains any reference, past or present, to such matters it will be rejected.

No reprints – No simultaneous submissions – No multiple submissions. Please wait to hear back from us before you send another piece.

Authors whose work is selected will receive a contract upon notification of acceptance.

Via: Dark Recesses Press.

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