Mandatory Guidelines 

  • You must include a brief, third person biography in your cover letter and at the foot of your submission
  • Please state whether or not your submission is fiction or nonfiction 
  • Proofread and edit your work extensively 
  • Minimum amount of words can be 200, the maximum can be 2,000 (soft word count) 
  • Submissions must be sent in Microsoft Office .doc or .docx files, NOT PDF
  • Please adhere to MLA formatting
  • Preferred font is Times New Roman, 12 point size 
  • We are closed to poetry
  • Any submissions sent over our Gmail account will be deleted at once 
  • Please note: we retain first electronic rights and non-exclusive rights and should be credited thus 

Darkness falls across the land

The midnight hour is close at hand

Creatures crawl in search of blood

To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood...

--Rob Temperton

Essay and short story submissions for the Halloween issue open September 29th and close November 1st!

For our fourth annual Halloween issue, we're seeking unique essays and fiction that detail gothic and macabre encounters with the supernatural. Stories should be written in the vein of Bram Stoker, Daphne du Maurier, Henry James ("The Turn of the Screw"), Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Thomas Harris, and William Faulkner. We're looking for polished prose that tips the genre of horror on its head. While we enjoy political satire, we're more interested in gothic fiction with heart and a character study of monsters.

Submitting writers should especially consider reading fellow literary magazines such as Danse Macabre and Luna Luna or visit TV shows such as Showtime's Penny Dreadful, NBC's Hannibal, or A&E's Bates Motel. Movies such as The Silence of the LambsAlfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Werner Herzog's adaptation of Nosferatu, or Crimson Peak are also suggested viewing for submitting writers. 

The overall aesthetic and theme of this issue is elegant dread. We're looking for prose with ambiance (fog, rainy nights, rich afternoon shadows), feelings of growing paranoia, and gothic touches. 

Please follow general submission guidelines. Proofread and edit your work thoroughly before submitting to us. Please adhere to our mandated word count.

Happy submitting!

PLEASE LIMIT ONE SUBMISSION. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  


Ends on November 1, 2017
Darkness falls across the land

The midnight hour is close at hand

Creatures crawl in search of blood

To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood...

--Rob Temperton

For our fourth annual Halloween issue, we're seeking unique artists to feature alongside talented writers! 

We're open to most/all styles so long as it's 100% unique and original. We love fan art, homages to Stranger ThingsHalloweenITThe Shining, etc., are very much appreciated as are send-ups to old fashioned movie posters (think Frankenstein and Dracula), as well as gothic art in the style of Henry Fuseli.

Most importantly, we're looking for an artist to create three unique covers for our issue. This artist will also have the opportunity to be featured in our online gallery and have a special interview in our issue! 

Submissions are open now until November 1st*

Send us your best work! 

*This article has been amended to reflect that the submission deadline has been extended. 


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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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