25 Horror Magazines That’ll Take your Writing Submissions for the Scariest Season of the Year!

[UPDATE: Hi, everyone! I made a mistake when I posted, so I’ve updated the order of the list. Now magazine submissions are in order of: open now, open soon, open next year, and unknown. Thanks again for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely day!]

Do you feel that chill in the air, the stormy night approaching, or the ghost in your attic waking up from its summer hibernation?

It must be the creepiest time of year again, it’s time to start writing and publishing your scary stories!

Today I wanted to share 25 horror magazines that’ll take submissions for your horror writing!

I’ll have information on their submission periods, what they’re looking for in submissions, if or what they pay for accepted submissions, and type of works they accept (short stories, flash fiction, poetry, etc.) with their word count.

I’ve also included if they accept art submissions, in case you dabble in different avenues of creativity.

Some of these magazines aren’t exclusively publishing horror stories, but they will accept works within the genre. For example, one publisher below is a sci-fi magazine, but they accept dark/horror sci-fi. So if you’re into that specific sub-genre, there’s an option for you!

Whether you already have a horror story written, are currently working on one, or want to join in on the fun upon reading this list: you have your pick of 25 magazines!

Be aware that not all the submission periods are currently open.

That’s not saying submissions aren’t open, a few of them are going on now.

So I’ll be putting these magazines in the order of open now, open soon, open next year, and unknown.

That way you can have an easier time finding a submission period that’s best for your writing schedule.

Don’t forget, you can write something now, and hold on to it until the submission period is open again.

That’d give you a good chunk of time to avoid your writing. That way you’ll have fresh eyes to edit your work when you submit it.

Have a look through, and see what works for you!

Sidenote on magazine guidelines:

I don’t have all the information on how these magazines accept submissions in this post.

That’s partly because I don’t want anyone reading this to only go off my information, start clicking links, and immediately submit your work.

All magazines have different guidelines, formats, and specific themes they look for in writing.

They use these tools to help them streamline the submissions process, and have everything run as smoothly as possible.

When they aren’t followed, it brings the process to a screeching halt.

It’s important to remember that magazines get SO MANY submissions, and they don’t all have big teams of editors that can take their time on hundreds or thousands of submissions.

Sometimes they’re running on a handful of volunteers.

So please, please, PLEASE look at their guidelines, check out their archives, and follow their rules as best you can.

It’ll make the editors’ lives SO much easier.

And following them can be the difference between acceptance or rejection.

So with that out of the way, go write and submit your horror stories!

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!

1. HelloHorror

Submissions are open:

No submission deadline that I can find.

They’re looking for:

“While we entertain most works associated with [horror], please keep in mind that our goal is to offer something new within the genre with a focus on the psychological aspects of [the genre].”

Pay:

There’s no pay, but they do promote your work.

Genre(s) of Creativity:

Fiction – Short Stories, Micros, Flash Fiction: No hard length requirement, but length depends on type. Anything longer than ten pages will be serialized. Less than a thousand words will be labeled as micro fiction.

Non-Fiction: No length requirement given. Submit either abstract or entire piece.

Poetry: Open to any style. Anything longer than ten pages will be serialized. The format you submit it in is how it’ll be published.

Photography & Visual Arts: Submit no less than five images as samples with an artist statement.

2. The Dark Magazine

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Submissions are open:

No submission deadline that I can find.



They’re looking for:

They publish Horror and Dark Fantasy.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.”



Pay:

$0.06/word, up to 6,000 words.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Fiction: 2,000 – 6,000 words.

Artwork: “Submit an inquiry along with samples (preferably a link to an online gallery). We purchase pre-existing pieces of art and rarely commission original art for covers.”



3. Uncharted Magazine

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Submissions are open:

“All fiction categories are open year round . . . .”

There’s also a contest currently going on!

“Uncharted Magazine Horror/Thriller Short Story Award Judged by Benjamin Percy” Submissions open! September 1st – October 31st, 2021. There’s a $20 submission fee.



They’re looking for:

“Uncharted Magazine publishes Horror/Thriller Short Stories . . . . We want stories that keep us up at night, afraid to turn the corner. Stories that take us into the resonant fear of looming monsters and haunting ghosts. We want stories that thrill us by keeping us on the edges of our seats, hearts pounding, wondering how it will end! Stories with characters who refuse to stay in the shadows! We want stories that thrill us, that make us feel alive, that awaken our desires to explore and go on adventures.”



Pay:

Prizes for contest:

1st place: $3000 and publication.

2nd place: $300 and publication.

3rd place: $200 and publication.

General Submission: $200 for original fiction.

(via check or PayPal).



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: 1,000-5,000 words.



4. We Are Grimoire

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Submissions are open:

Open all year round. No submission period that I could find, and no info on having a specific submission period.



They’re looking for:



To get an idea of what they like, check out their archive.

On their submissions page, you’ll see a block of text near the bottom with the headline “Look In This Mirror.” That is a list of things they’re looking for in their submissions.

As it says underneath, “If you see yourself in this mirror, we want you. If you do not, seek the answers elsewhere.”

They accept many types of writing. So you’ll find some of their more specific descriptions below.



Pay:

There’s no pay, but they do promote your work.

They’re also looking into adding a link on bios to act as a tip jar. If you have PayPal or Venmo, you can query about being a tester for this if your submission is accepted.



Genres of Creativity:

Poetry: No word or page count, open to all forms of poetry. Looking for “[i]deas from the gothic, the fantastic, and the speculative.”

Short Stories: 4,000 word limit. They accept hybrid works. Looking for “. . . fiction that tends to embrace the use of dark, fantastical elements . . . .”

Personal Essay, Lyric Essay, Literary Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction: No word count.

“. . . nonfiction writing that delves into the weird, the personal, the topics that obsess you. Describe your shadows; introduce us to your ghosts. Haunt us. We would like to be haunted.”

Art: “Each issue features one artist. If you would like to be considered, please send along a selection of at least five pieces (.jpg).”

Interviews: “Interviews with authors, artists, witches, filmmakers, oddballs and eccentrics.”

They also have a features section!

Dead Letters: “Letters of love (or loathing) to your dead influences, literary or otherwise.”

Séances: “Transcripts of séances (real or imagined) with your dead influences, literary or otherwise.”

Dreams: “Your dreams, for Billy to interpret.”

Spells: “Spells that read like poems, poems that are spells, found poems that read like spells, or spells made up of found language.”

5. Three Crows Magazine

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Submissions are open:

There’s no deadline that I can find, and no mention of strict submission period.



They’re looking for:

“We are looking for sci-fi as hard as Liu Cixin and Peter Watts and as wonderfully poetic as Arkady Martine; fantasy and magical realism in the vein of Andrzej Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, and Marlon James; we want horror and New Weird stories that would challenge our preconceived notions and perception of reality like Mark Z. Danielewski, Thomas Ligotti, and China Mieville. “

“Three Crows are looking for articles of interest to readers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We are looking for a wide range of types of article including, but not limited to: discussions of the genre publishing business, essays on the writing process and the reading experience, literary criticism, book, film, and video game reviews.”



Pay:

0.01$/word

Art is $50 and the ebook of the issue.

(via PayPal)



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: 1,000 – 5,000 words.

NonFiction: 1,000 words max.

Art: We prefer 2D art, digital or traditional painting. Photography and photo-realistic styles are not typically used for our covers, check the covers we have used in previous issues to get a taste of the visual direction that we prefer.

6. The Dark Sire Magazine

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Submissions are open:

Submissions accepted year-round! The “Dark Summer” theme’s deadline was June 30th, 2021.



They’re looking for:

“. . . . [The focus] is to celebrate the influential work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Fyodor Dostoevsky . . . . delve into the mystery, psychosis, suspense, and looming darkness of the Gothic, Horror, Fantasy, and Psychological realms. . . . [Subjects can include:] vampires, monsters, old castles, dragons, magic, mental illness, hell, disease, or decay of society.”



Pay:

No pay.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Story, Poem, Artwork, or Screenplay: There doesn’t seem to be any word count or restrictions (excluding the theme of the magazine). The only rules I see are how you format your work and query letter.

7. Coffin Bell

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Submissions are open:

Submissions are open year-round! They have both themed and un-themed issues.



They’re looking for:

“Coffin Bell is an online journal for dark literature[, themes, and elements].”



Pay:

No Pay, but hope to be in the future.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: 7,500 words.

Flash Fiction: 1,500 words.

Poetry: any length.

Creative NonFiction, Essays, and Short Works of Criticism: “We have no hard limits for word count, but please keep in mind that we are an online venue.”

Visual Arts: “. . . photos, paintings, and / or illustrations as JPG, TIFF or PNG files . . . . Selected work will be featured on the site in each issue. We do not publish artwork in the print anthology at this time.”

8. The No Sleep Podcast

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Submissions are open:

Submissions seem to be always open! Flash Fiction seems to close occasionally, but for now it’s open.



They’re looking for:

“We want you to frighten us and mess with our heads, so we in turn can terrify our listeners. . . . We welcome and encourage a broad, diverse range of submissions from all across the horror genre, and can’t wait to read the spine-tingling tales you send us.”



Pay:

Short Stories – $100

Regular Stories – $125

(via PayPal or Amazon gift cards)



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Regular Stories: Over 2500 words.

Short Stories: Between 1200 – 2499 words.

Flash Fiction: Up to 1,200 words, prefers around 800 words.

9. Dread Stone Press

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Submissions are open:

They’re open usually every month from the 1st to 15th.



They’re looking for:

“While we love all kinds of dark speculative fiction, as the name suggests, our tastes tend toward horror stories that seep dread.”

Some submission calls can have themes.



Pay:

$10 (via PayPal).



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Flash Fiction: 500 – 1,000 words.

10. Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

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Submissions are open:

“. . . Submittable will close every month once we reach 300 submissions, then reopen at the start of the next month. If you visit this page and fail to locate any submission categories below, check back again on the 1st.”



They’re looking for:

“Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.”

NonFiction: “Think of our target audience as horror fans, not horror authors. We’d love to see some essays on pre-existing horror tropes, as well as films, books, whatever the hell your weird mind can imagine.”



Pay:

$0.03/word original fiction

$0.01/word reprints.

$30 for nonfiction.

$25 for Flash Fiction.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: 1,500 – 7,000 words.

NonFiction: 500-3,000 words.

Flash Fiction: Less than 1,500 words.

11. Nightmare magazine

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Submissions are open:

Closes: September 19th, 2021 6am (UTC).



They’re looking for:

“Nightmare is a horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare’s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.”



Pay:

$0.08 per word of Short Fiction, NonFiction, and Flash Fiction.

$40 for a poem.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Fiction: 1500-7500 words, but prefers 5000 words or less.

“The Horror Lab” (Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Creative NonFiction): less than 1500 words. All poetry submissions should cumulatively be less than 1500 words.

NonFiction: “All nonfiction outside of ‘The Horror Lab’ submissions are by invitation only, and all feature interviews are assigned in-house.” [Although you can pitch essay ideas.]

12. Red Cape Publishing

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Submissions are open:

“L is for Lycanthropes” August 1st – September 30th, 2021.

“M is for Medical” October 1st – November 30th, 2021.



They’re looking for:

“We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies – The A-Z of Horror.”

“L is for Lycanthropes”

“Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage.”

“M is for Medical”

“Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.”



Pay:

£10 via PayPal.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: Between 4,000 – 8,000 words.

13. Tales from the Moonlit Path

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Submissions are open:

They have both general submissions and challenge submissions.

“8/12/21: We are now OPEN to story submissions and poetry submissions for our Halloween Issue, slated for 10/28/21.”

“9/1/21: We are now OPEN to Halloween challenge submissions. Please find guidelines here.”



They’re looking for:

“Tales from the Moonlit Path publishes dark, eerie, speculative stories. Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition.”



Pay:

$10 for general submissions.

$50 for challenge submissions.

$0 for poems, articles or artwork.

(via PayPal)



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Fiction: 2,000 words or less.

Poetry: No word count, but only 3-5 poems.

Article or Movie/Book Review: 2,000 words or less.

14. Weird Horror Magazine

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Submissions are open:

Two reading periods per year (September 1st – October 15th, and March 1st – April 15th).



They’re looking for:

“. . . we are seeking pulpy dark fiction in the weird fiction and horror genres . . . . Monsters, ghosts, creatures, fiends, demons, etc. Dark crime. Suspense. Mutants. Killers. Ghouls. Golems. Witches. Pulpy goodness! We are hoping to bring some fun (and terror) to our readers.”



Pay:

$0.01, with a $25 minimum (via PayPal).



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Fiction: 500 to 6,000 words.

15. LampLight Magazine

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Submission are open:

They’ll be opening soon! The deadline is September 15th – November 15th 2021.

This year’s submission call is specifically for new writers who haven’t had a professional sale yet.

“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.”



They’re looking for:

“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.”



Pay:

$0.06 per word, with 5100 words MAX (firm).



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Fiction (Flash Fiction, Short Story, Novelette, etc.): 5100 words MAX (firm).

16. Unnerving Books

Submissions are closed-ish:

Submissions will be opening soon! October 1st – October 31st, 2021.

They’re looking for:

“Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror and suspense. Generally leaning toward horror.”

They also have a lot of “don’t do these.” Be sure to look at all of them.

Pay:

$0.03/word of fiction.

$0.01/word of reprint.

$0.20/line of poetry.

Genre(s) of Creativity:

Stories: 1500-8,000 words (firm).

Poetry: 12-100 lines.

17. Ghost Orchid Press

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Submissions are open:

Deadline: October 31st, 2021.



They’re looking for:

“Beyond the Veil: Queer Tales of Supernatural Love”

“We’re looking for queer tales of supernatural love for our next major anthology . . . . Sweet, sexy, scary or tragic… We’d love to see your own interpretations on what queer love means to you. We only ask that your story has a supernatural / Gothic / dark element of some kind.”

Novellas:

“We’re looking for fast-paced, thrilling stories that grab our attention and make us want to devour the whole book in one sitting. . . . We will consider any sub-genre as long as your book is aimed at adults and can be considered broadly horror. Speculative (eg. sci-fi and fantasy) elements are fine, but we are NOT looking for hard sci-fi or high fantasy.”



Pay:

0.01 USD per word (via PayPal), and a digital contributor’s copy.

Royalties for Novellas, paid quarterly (plus, free paperbacks):

  • E-book sales: 40% of net royalties.
  • Paperback sales: 30% of net royalties.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Stories: between 1,000 – 6,000 words.

Horror Novellas: roughly 20,000 – 40,000 words.

18. Baffling Magazine

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Submissions are closed:

Closed until December 2021.



They’re looking for:

“We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.”



Pay:

$0.08/word.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Flash Fiction: Under 1,200 words, especially interested in stories under 500 words.

19. Cosmic Horror Monthly

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Submissions are closed:

Opens twice a year from January 1st – January 31st and July 1st – July 31st.



They’re looking for:

“Cosmic Horror, Weird, and dark science fiction stories . . . .”



Pay:

$0.01 per word of fiction.

$0.005 (or 1/2 a cent) per word of a reprint.

$10-$20 for artwork chosen as interior content (negotiable).

$100 for commissioned cover art, and $50 for reprint (negotiable).

“In July 2022: (submission period beginning January 2022) we will become a semi-pro paying market offering 3 cents per word for original fiction and 1 cent for reprints!”



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Story Lengths: 1000-7500 words, prefers 3000-5000 words.

Art Guidelines: submit sample pieces, then they may commission you for a piece within an issues theme (either interior or exterior of issue).



20. PseudoPod

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Submissions are closed:

Closed September 14th! But (taking a guess from their schedule) they might open back up in March 2022.



They’re looking for:

“PseudoPod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy.”



Pay:

$0.08/word for fiction.

$100 flat rate for reprints.

$20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints.

(Payed via check or PayPal)



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Fiction: 1,500 and 6,000 words, prefers 4,500 words.

Flash Fiction: under 1,500 words, prefers 500 and 1000 words.

If you’re also interested in auditioning for narrating stories, they’re not open right now, but they do plan on opening it sometime in the future.



21. Horrified Magazine

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Submissions are closed:

Hopefully, will reopen by July.



They’re looking for:

“We’d love to hear your ideas for British horror articles, features, retrospectives, columns, reviews and fiction. To be perfectly honest, we’ll happily listen to any ideas you have for Horrified that are broadly British horror-focused . . . .”

“To Horrified, the term ‘British horror’ covers a broad spectrum. It can include, for example, a film produced and funded abroad but made in the UK, or the career of Boris Karloff (a British actor who spent much of his career working abroad).”



Pay:

There’s no pay because they’re a new magazine, but they’d love to in the future.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Nonfiction (articles, essays, retrospectives, film reviews, etc.): There is no word count.

Book Reviews: Around 800 words.

Fiction: Between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

They’ll also review YOUR book or film if you’re a film distributor, publicist, filmmaker, author, artist or publisher that’s interested.

22. Sirens Call Publication

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Submissions are closed:

Deadline was July 31, 2021.



They’re looking for:

“. . . we’re looking for your most terrifying Halloween Tales and well constructed works of horror and dark fiction. We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre.”

“Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark satirical edge to it, or be flat out terrifying! . . . Beyond that, be creative, be morbid, be vicious, be clever, and THINK HALLOWEEN! Give us a peek of what scares you . . . .”



Pay:

No pay, but you get a PDF copy of the issue your work is featured.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short story: 1,000 – 2,500 words.

Long flash fiction: 500 – 999 words.

Short flash fiction: 101 – 499 words.

Micro fiction: 50 – 99 words.

Drabbles: 100 words.

Poem length: 10-50 lines.

Artwork and photography is accepted.

23. Scare Street

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Submission are closed:

Closed: July 1 – July 30, 2021.



They’re looking for:

“. . . short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales.”



Pay:

$10 per 1,000 words.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short story: 3,000-7,000 words.

24. The Ghastling

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Submissions are closed:

“Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for announcements about submission windows.”



They’re looking for:

“. . . psychological horror, quiet horror, folk horror, hauntings, ghost stories and the darkness of the human mind. And anything with a strange or macabre bent. Be as imaginative as possible. Subvert the ordinary. Your mind can take you anywhere and I always want a story to take me to an unfamiliar place.” and “Tales of the occult, black magic, superstition, folklore terrors and circus sideshows.”



Pay:

£15 per story, and a copy of the magazine.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

Short Story: No longer than 3,500 words.

Artwork: “. . . submit a sample of your work with a short bio and covering letter . . . . Be as creative and ghoulish as you wish, but please familiarise yourself with the magazine before you submit to see what we like.”

25. The Martian Magazine

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Submissions are closed:

I can’t find a current submission period, but they mention they do have a set subbmission period. So maybe check back in a few months.



They’re looking for:

This IS a science fiction magazine, BUT they also accept sci-fi horror and dark sci-fi. So if that interests you, there’s another option to submit your work!



Pay:

$0.08 per word of fiction.

$0.04 per word of a reprint.



Genre(s) of Creativity:

“Martian magazine publishes drabbles, stories of exactly 100 words (excluding title). Stories submitted of greater than or less than 100 words will be rejected.”

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