Submissions are currently
What we're looking for
We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. We're not too fond of science-fiction. While we will sometimes consider stories of something coming down to Earth from another planet if the focus is horror or fantasy, we're not really looking for space adventures.
We particularly like honest and daring stories with strong characters pursuing goals, although we recognise that if a story is good, it's good.
We're realists, so we don't need a happy ending. Send us those stories that other publishers rejected because they were too dark.
Having said that, we don't want stories with gratuitous and/or over-the-top sex, violence or swearing. And it should go without saying, but we won't allow discrimination either.
On a similar note, we're also not very fond of preachy stories, where one character explains to another how terrible humans are. We get it, people suck.
Check out our Extra Tips page for more information on how to win us over.
The legal stuff
We're a new website and won't be able to pay you the big bucks (hopefully, this will change in the future). But we want to be fair as well. Because if it's good enough for us to publish, it's good enough for us to pay you for it. We're therefore paying £20 for each published story (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website and future email newsletters) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly anthologies containing stories from the previous 12 months (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.
We will also publish stories in a magazine directly on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We pay £20 for exclusive first world electronic rights (ebooks) and exclusive first world print rights (paperback). We will let authors know where their story will appear when we send out the contract.
How to submit
To submit your story, please fill out the form below. Please upload your story in the standard manuscript format (you can download a template here).
We currently accept simultaneous submissions. But please let us know if you have submitted your story somewhere else or are planning to. Please also let us know immediately if your story has been accepted somewhere else.
We currently don't accept multiple submissions.
How often you can submit
Our current publication year runs from June 2020 to May 2021. Any stories accepted within that period will appear on our website as monthly stories (later collected in our magazine) or exclusively in our magazine in August 2021.
Writers are allowed to submit their work until they have two stories accepted within the publication year - one as a monthly story and one as a magazine-only story.
If you are lucky enough to belong to this group, we ask you to wait with future submissions until January 2021. Any further stories we then accept will be published in our next magazine (2022) or as a monthly story from June 2021.
What happens next
We aim to make a decision within 30 days.
If you have not received an acknowledgement of receipt or a decision within 7 days, please send us a quick query through our Contact Form, because we might not have received your submission.
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