Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently
OPEN
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We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English.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 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.

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 email your file as an attachment (.doc or .docx) to submissions@dreamofshadows.co.uk. Please use the standard manuscript format  (you can download a template here). Don't forget to include in the body of the email the genre and the approximate word count. You can also add a short bio, including any previous publications, although this is not necessary.

We currently accept simultaneous submissions. But please let us know in the body of your email 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 a submission acknowledgement or a decision within seven days, please send us a quick email or use our contact form, because we might not have received your submission.

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