Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mega-List of Paying Markets for Horror, Dark Fiction and Poetry

Updated 2/14/24

Much like other genres of speculative fiction, horror enjoys a loyal, and possibly fixated, fan base. Horror isn't all blood and gore. The subgenres include everything from the mildly unsettling (like Twilight Zone), to splatterpunk (which is exactly what you think it is). Some of the genres accepted by horror magazines include: humorous horror, holiday horror, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher horror, supernatural horror, gothic horror, erotic horror, teen horror and, of course, anything with zombies, werewolves, vampires, or other malevolent creatures. Many of the magazines on this list also accept dark fiction, dark fantasy, and other genre crossovers that evoke a sinister mood.

Read the submission guidelines, and make sure to follow them carefully before submitting.

Many more paying markets, organized by topic and genre, can be found here: Paying Markets. You can find markets and submission calls specifically geared to dark fiction on Dark Markets.

Note: Many speculative fiction magazines accept horror in addition to science fiction and fantasy. You can find a long list of speculative fiction magazines here: Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions.

Publication Payment Submission Guidelines Notes
Apex $.06 per word http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/ No simultaneous submissions

See submission periods
Nightmare $.06 per word https://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication
Accepts horror and dark fantasy

No simultaneous submissions

See submission periods
Tales from the Moonlit Path $10 https://talesmoonlitpath.com/ See submission periods

Themed issues
Spooky 1 cent/wordhttps://spooky-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/ Cozy horror. Fun horror. Classy horror. Dare we say, wholesome horror?

See submission periods
Just Chills Podcast $50 https://justchillspodcast.com/submissions/ Horror. Length: 4000 – 7000 words
Gothic.net Payment is negotiated http://www.gothic.net/submissions/

Online form
Length between 2,000 and 10,000 words
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 1.25 cents/Word (AUD) with a A$20 minimum per piece https://www.andromedaspaceways.com/
Accepts works up to 10,000 words in length. Submissions of up to 20,000 words are permitted from subscribers and from authors resident in Australia and New Zealand

See submission periods

AU$20 to $60 per 1000 words https://aurealis.com.au/submissions/

Submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers: 1 February – 30 September
Submissions from anyone anywhere: 1 August – 30
Accepts short stories between 2000 and 8000 words

Kaleidotrope $0.01/word http://www.kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/ See submission periods

Also accepts poetry
Three-lobed Burning Eye $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html No simultaneous submissions
Three Crows $0.01/word

Dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi
Last Girls Club  Fiction, 15 cents/word. Poetry, $10. https://www.lastgirlsclub.com/submit Feminist horror

See submission periods
Madness Heart $10 for stories https://madnessheart.press/submissions/?v=7516fd43adaa Madness Heart publishes full-length horror, as well as anthologies

See submission periods
Psychopomp Advance against royalties of $750, as well as 25% of net receipts.  https://psychopomp.com/novella-guidelines/ Speculative fiction or literary novellas between 20,000 to 40,000 words that fall under the umbrella of goth, death, funerary, grief, loss, alternative, otherworldly themes. 
Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine & Yellow Mama "Bragging rights" http://www.blackpetals.net/id4.html Bizarre tales and chilling poetry
Pseudopod $.08/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1500 words) http://pseudopod.org/submissions/ Podcast
Xanax Hamster 5 cents/word  https://frombeyondpress.com/books/xanax-hamster/ Horror flash fiction that has been rejected by other publications.
Grinning Skull Press
0.025 cent/word
Novels, novellas, short stories
Black Hare Press 5,000 to 10,000   – $25 USD; 10,000 to 17,000 – $50 USD https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/ 5,000 words minimum
Hungur $25
$12 for reprints
https://www.hiraethsffh.com/hungur-chronicles-guidelines Vampires
Dark Peninsula Press $25 - $50 for anthologies https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/submissions.html Anthologies

See calls for submissions
Dark Dispatch Unspecified https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/ All things dark: dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, and crime

See reading periods
Dreams and Nightmares $12 http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com
Mostly poetry
Nightmare Magazine 8 cents/word
Dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, and nonfiction

See reading periods
Electric Spec $20 http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html Macabre

See reading periods
Stone’s Throw $25 https://www.rockandahardplacemag.com/stones-throw-submissions Dark fiction

See reading periods
khōréō 0.10/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and $40-300 for art. https://www.khoreomag.com/submissions/ See reading periods

Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms

Stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element.
White Cat Publications 2 cents/word https://whitecatpublications.com/guidelines/ Accepts mystery, romance, thrillers, suspense, ghost stories and horror stories (no slasher stories, please), westerns, steampunk and fantasy.
Gamut 10 cents/word https://houseofgamut.moksha.io/publication/house-of-gamut "We are looking for a wide range of dark speculative fiction"

Themed issues
Polar Borealis $10 for one thousand words or less. One cent a word for stories 1,000 words to 3,000 words in length https://polarborealis.ca/submission-guidelines/ See submission periods

Horror with SF aspects

Open only to Canadians, long-term foreign residents living in Canada, landed immigrants, or Canadians currently living outside Canada
Ghost Orchid Press Royalties https://ghostorchidpress.com/submission-guidelines/ Novellas (20,000 – 40,000 words – firm limit)

"We’re looking primarily for dark fiction including horror, gothic, and dark fantasy. We love genre mixing, works that stray from the well-trodden path, or that offer a fresh perspective on existing tropes. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors are especially encouraged to submit."
Unnerving Magazine 1¢/word https://unnervingmagazine.submittable.com/submit Horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, suspense, and dark literary

See submission periods

Closes when monthly cap is reached
The Maul 8¢/word

2¢/word for reprints

https://themaulmag.com/?page_id=31 Horror

100 - 3,000 words

See submission periods
Some submissions are paid, some not https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/current-submission-calls/ HorrorAddicts.net is a podcast, blog, and publisher run by horror addicts, for horror addicts.
Don't Flinch Podcast $100 https://dontflinchpodcast.com/script-submissions/ Scripts 20 - 30 minutes in length
Underbelly Zine $10 https://underbellyzine.blogspot.com/p/what-we-want-extreme-horror.html Extreme Horror

See submission periods
Tales From Between  £15 plus a physical copy of the issue. REPRINT: £5 plus a physical copy of the issue. https://talesfrombetween.wordpress.com/submissions/ Horror up to 1000 words

Has submission periods
Heathen 5 cents/word https://heathen.press/ Horror, dark fantasy 

Up to 7500 words

See submission periods
Apparition Lit $0.01 per word ($10 minimum) https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/ Accepts poetry

See reading periods
Unfading Daydream $5 - $10 https://unfadingdaydream.wordpress.com
1,000 - 7,000 words

See reading periods
Infinite Horrrors $0.08/word https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions-faqs 1500–5000 words 

Accepts short fiction, illustrations, comics
Crone Girls Press Payment not specified https://cronegirlspress.com/submissions/ Dark speculative fiction  anthologies and horror flash fiction.

See reading periods
Underland Arcana $0.01 / word—up to 5,000 words—for publication on the website. Additional publication in other formats (ebook and collected print editions, for example) will be under a shared royalty basis https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/ Short fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird. "We like these stories to be mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific (if you prefer genre tags)."

See reading periods

Unleashed $25 https://www.skywatcherpress.com/anthologies Horror

Up to 10,000 words

See reading periods
Cosmic Horror Monthly 1 cent per word for original fiction. 1/2 cent per word for reprints; $10 – $20  for interior artwork. Negotiable; $100  for cover art. Negotiable. https://cosmic-horror.net/submissions/ Up to 7,500 words

Horror, dark scifi

See reading periods

The Drop $10 https://inkbloodbook.company/#thedrop 1000 words max

Dark fantasy and science fiction

See reading periods
ergot $25 https://www.ergot.press/about ergot seeks experimental fiction and hybrid work under 10k words that pushes the boundaries of what literary horror is and what it might become.

Pulp Modern$25 http://www.pulpmodern.net/pulp-modern-submissions/ 2,000 - 3,500 words

See reading periods

"No subject is taboo"
Fanatical £20 https://www.fanaticalmag.com/p/submissions_16.html Sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words

These stories should be inspired by/based on tabletop games - roleplaying games, board games, miniature wargames.
Ghoulish Tales 10 cents/word https://ghoulish.rip/reopened-for-short-story-submissions-ghoulish-tales/ See reading periods

Short stories that fit our personal definition of the word GHOULISH, which is “fun horror that aims to celebrate all things spooky.”
Anathema $50 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction http://www.anathemamag.com/submissions/ Any genre with speculative content

See reading periods

You must be a queer person of colour/Indigenous
/Aboriginal to submit to Anathema
Mithila $50 for short fiction, $10 for original poetry/essays
http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/ 4,000 - 8,000 words

Flash, under 2,500

Accepts poetry
Horror Story Magazine 2 cents/word https://horrorstorymagazine.com/submissions/ 2,000 - 10,000 words

Accepts poetry

Themed issues

Print and online
Roads Less Traveled £40 per story regardless of length https://www.midnightstreetpress.com/submission-guidelines Horror and dark fiction mashups

Also accepts nonfiction and interviews

The Dark 5 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; up to 6,000 words

1 cent/word for reprint fiction

Horror and Dark Fantasy

2,000 – 6,000 words

Fast response time

Accepts reprints
Bag of Bones Press £0.005 per word https://www.bagofbonespress.com/submission-calls "Speculative, surreal, supernatural, dark fiction with creeping, poetic, dread-inducing prose, and endings we can't predict, but we're open to all subgenres of dark fiction."
Gallery of Curiosities originals, 3 cents/word

reprints 1 cent/word
https://gallerycurious.com/p/submissions-1599834174/ "Anachropunkish retro-vintage elements"

Magazine and podcast

length up to 7500 words

See reading periods

Dark Yonder $50 https://www.thaliapress.org/darkyonder "Neo-noir" 

Dark literary fiction (crime, horror, speculative lit, etc)
Deadly Drabble Tuesdays $8 https://www.hungryshadowpress.com/submissions Horror, weird, and dark drabbles (defined here as 100-word microfiction, no more, no less)
Liminal Stories 6 cents/word http://liminalstoriesmag.com/submissions/ Up to 10,000 words

See reading periods
Allegory $15 https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions See reading periods
Diabolical Plots 8 cents/word http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/
No simultaneous submissions

See reading periods
The Arcanist $50 https://thearcanist.io/submit-your-work/home

All forms of speculative fiction, 1000 words max
Medium-based publication, weekly
Book Worms 8 cents/word  https://rsaintclaire.com/

See reading periods
The Vanishing Point $25

https://vanishingpointmagazine.com/index.php/submissions/ Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, and all things speculative

No simultaneous submissions

See reading periods
Cosmic Horror Monthly 3 cents per word https://cosmichorrormonthly.com/ligotti-submissions/ Cosmic horror

See reading periods
Sanitarium $5 https://www.thesanitarium.co.uk/submissions See reading periods
Kangas Kahn 8 cents/word https://www.kkpublish.com/ See reading periods

Has themes
Broken Arrow 

$20 for print magazine, $10 for online publication https://www.brokenantlermag.com/submit Horror and weird fiction, as well as sci-fi and dark fantasy
Tales to Terrify Podcast $0.01 USD per word https://talestoterrify.com/submissions/ They periodically have calls for specific themes

Length varies

Reprints accepted
Red Cape Anthologies A-Z £10 https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/ These is an anthology series. See themes and deadlines.
The Dark Door $25 per illustration featured (or a bundled rate of $25 for multiple marginals), and a rate of $15-50 USD per story depending on word count https://illadvisedrecords.com/thedarkdoor Terrifying tales and insidious illustration in the style of 70s and 80s pulp horror fiction zines
Perpetual Motion Publishing Newsletter $25 https://pmmpublishing.submittable.com/submit/34164/perpetual-flash-fiction Flash fiction up to 1500 words

Has reading periods
Nightmare Fuel 5 cents AUD per word https://nightmarefuelmagazine.com/submit/ Dark fiction and poetry up to 666 words

Australian writers only

Has reading periods
The NoSleep Podcast $100 for short fiction, and $125 for regular submissions. https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions First-person perspective
MetaStellar $0.08/word for original fiction https://www.metastellar.com/write-for-us/ Fantasy, horror, and science fiction of up to 7,500 words. Accepts reprints.
Hellbound Books $5 https://hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html Themed anthologies
Archive of the Odd $15-$25 for fiction of 500-5,000+ words https://archiveoftheodd.com/submissions/ “Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.”

Has reading periods
Weird Horror Magazine 1.5 cents/word https://undertowpublications.com/weird-horror-magazine Weird horror 500 - 6000 words

Open to submissions in March and September
The Ghastling £15 https://theghastling.com/submit/ Psychological horror, folk horror, ghost stories and the macabre.

Has submission periods
Dark Moon Digest $0.03 per word for original fiction/$0.01 per word for reprints https://darkmoondigest.submittable.com/submit Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside

Has submission periods
The Dread Machine $0.03 per word for original fiction/$0.01 per word for reprints/$10 per poem https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/ Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction

Has reading periods
Anterior Skies One cent per word. $15 minimum (if you write a 200-word poem, you’ll get $15, not $2); max payment is $50 (if you write a 6,000-word short story, you’ll get $50, not $60). https://jcstreetsoldier3.wixsite.com/strange-elf-press/blank-1 Yearly anthology 

Cosmic and weird stories, ranging from fantasy (preferably low fantasy, but high fantasy will be considered, but it has to wow me) to sci-fi to noir, as long as there’s a dab of horror somewhere in there. 

Has submission period
Horror Story Magazine 2 cents/word https://horrorstorymagazine.com/2023/03/06/taking-submissions-for-edition-1/ Horror stories and poetry

1000 - 2000 words
Witch House $10 https://witchhousemag.blogspot.com/ Cosmic horror

Has submission periods
Dark Dead Things $.02 per word for short story and nonfiction; flat rate of $30 per poem https://www.darkdeadthings.com/submissions Weird short stories, poetry, and  nonfiction.

"We love horror but are open to anything strange, surreal, or subversive."

Has submission periods
Broken Antler $10 - $20 https://www.brokenantlermag.com/submit "ALL genres of horror, as well as sci-fi and dark fantasy. The editors are partial to a wide range of subgenres—body, cosmic, folk, gore, etc.… For poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid submissions, we’re looking for work that is haunting and monstrous, weird and bizarre. Extra points if your work is experimental or doing something unusual with form.”
Monstrous 6 cents/word https://monstrousbooks.com/submissions Dark fiction, flash, comics, prose, and articles.

Print format
Nightlight Podcast $200; Flash fiction, 5 cents/word; Reprints, $50. https://nightlightpod.com/ Horror by Black writers

Has submission periods
Zombies Need Brains 8 cents/word https://www.patreon.com/posts/66268714 Science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including all subgenres
Dark Holme Publishing £50 https://www.darkholmepublishing.uk/anthology-submission-guidelines Horror and dark fantasy
PsychoToxin Press Royalties https://www.psychotoxin.com/p/open-submissions Novelettes, novellas, novels, short story collections, short stories
Max Blood’s Mausoleum $30 https://maxblood.pub/submissions/ Horror short stories up to 8,000 words
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