Taking Submissions: LampLight Special Submission Call (Early)

Submission Window: September 15th – November 15th, 2021
Payment: 6¢ (USD) per word
Theme: dark, quiet horror
Note: You must be able to say “If accepted, this would be my first pro-sale.”
Note: SFWA considers 8 cents per word as pro, HWA is 6 cents per word

Special Call: New Writers

“If accepted, this would be my first pro-sale.”

For the reading period of 15 September – 15 November 2021, we are having a special call—writers who have not yet had a professional sale.

In your cover letter, please add the following statement: “If accepted, this would be my first pro-sale.”

See this blog post for more information and a FAQ

We have published writers of all backgrounds from all over the world in LampLight, but not everywhere, nor all shapes and sizes of writers. Help us to shine a light on greater diverse writing and keep LampLight a showcase of the best dark fiction out there by submitting and encouraging others to as well.

We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.

We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.

Edition and Rights

The quarterly is published as print and ebook, and at the end of the year all the quarterlies are bound together in an annual collection.

We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it.


6¢ (USD) per word
5100 words MAX (firm)

Note: we will not be accepting reprints for these two issues. Works published to a Patreon or similar site are considered reprints

Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not allowed, and will result in all submissions being rejected.

How to Submit

In your cover letter, please add the following statement: “If accepted, this would be my first pro-sale.”

Submittable is our method of submission. We accept most file types as well. Please use standard manuscript format for your story (although headers and footers are not needed).


If you need to edit your submission

If you uploaded the wrong file, have a newer version, anything, please do not withdraw your story. Instead send us an email and we can release it back to you for editing.

Please note:

We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month. But, when the limit is reached on the last month, time is up!

Please remember, Submittable is a third party site. Please read the Terms of Service before you sign up.

For queries, you can email: [email protected] – Submissions sent to this email address will not be read.

Via: Lamplight Magazine.

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1 Response

  1. Rosemarie Sheperd says:

    I would like to submit my short story “They’re Tearing Down Cindy’s Diner” to Lamp Light. There used to be a lengthy and very specific pdf on your website with very explicit submission instructions. I thought I would fill it out and then submit when the you open the period up, but I can’t find it anywhere. Have you stopped using that pdf template, or will you post it again when the period opens up?
    Thank you.