We have a newly mandated soft word count. Minimum amount of words can be 200, the maximum can be 2,000. Please thoroughly proof and edit your work prior to submitting to us. All essays and fiction must follow MLA formatting. Please note we are currently closed to poetry until further notice.

"Do you believe there is a demimonde, Mr. Chandler? A half world between what we know and what we fear? A place in the shadows, rarely seen, but deeply felt. Do you believe that?" 
--Vanessa Ives | PENNY DREADFUL | 

Our annual Halloween issue is nigh! We're gathering unique and evocative essay and fiction submissions that play upon the enigmatic nature of the holiday. We take general submissions that reflect the spirit of Halloween, however for this particular issue we're anticipating submissions similar to the macabre nuance of the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian Era.

Tell us of your witches, vampires, and man-made beasts! Let's see gaslit London streets misty with rain, and mysterious and bucolic Eastern-European villages! Let your imagination tear free and play like a child on Halloween night!

Lift the veil between the two worlds, where nothing is as appears! 

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We're reopened submissions for our special series, THE DAILY FLASH!

Submissions must be a minimum of 200 words and must not exceed 800 words. We do not take micro-fiction (e.g., "for sale: baby shoes, never worn"). Please follow MLA formatting and proofread your work prior to submitting. 

Best of all, THE DAILY FLASH doubles as a tax deductible donation to us! Your $5 donation will help keep us afloat! 

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