Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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

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

No simultaneous submissions
Red Sun

$100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations. For art and comics, $35 per piece of artwork; $100 for a cover https://redsunmagazine.submittable.com
No simultaneous submissions
Liquid Imagination $8 for short stories (1001 words up to 6000 words) and poems, and $3 for flash stories (up to 1000 words). A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submission-guidelines/ Accepts horror and dark fantasy
Albedo $.06 per word http://www.albedo1.com/submission-guidelines/ No simultaneous submissions

See reading periods

Preferred length is between 2,500 and 8,000 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 http://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

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/ Open to submissions Jan 1 - March 31

Also accepts poetry
Three-lobed Burning Eye $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html No simultaneous submissions
Bete Noire $10 http://www.betenoiremagazine.com/
See submission periods
Hypnos $0.01/word http://radiumtownpress.com/guidelines.html Accepts weird fiction
Crimson Streets $0.01/word http://www.crimsonstreets.com/submission-guidelines/ Pulp fiction
Body Parts Magazine $10 for flash fiction, $20 for short stories http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com
See reading periods
Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine & Yellow Mama William Clark http://www.blackpetals.net/id4.html Bizarre tales and chilling poetry
Pseudopod $.06/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
Weirdbook  $5 per thousand words up to a maximum of $30  http://weirdbook-magazine.com/submissions/ See reading periods
Grinning Skull Press
0.025 cent/word
http://www.grinningskullpress.com/Submissions-Guidelines.html Novels, novellas, short stories
Wicked Words Quarterly $0.01 per word up to a maximum of $150 http://www.wickedwords.co.uk/submissions/ Flash fiction, short stories, novellas
Hungur $12
$5 for reprints
http://samsdot.com/guidelines/hungur/ Vampires
Bosley Gravel's Cavalcade of Terror $5 for feature story http://dreadfullittlepress.com/cavalcade/?page_id=2 Accepts reprints
Gathering Storm $25/story (2000 words max), $10/poem, $25/comic http://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com
See reading periods
Dreams and Nightmares $12 http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com
Mostly poetry
Disturbed Digest $4 for original poems, $2 for reprints

$20 for original stories, $10 for reprints
http://albanlake.com/guidelines-disturbed/ Dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews
Electric Spec $20 http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html Macabre

See reading periods
Year's Best Hardcore Horror 1 cent/word http://www.redroompress.com/submission-guidelines/years-best-hardcore-horror/ See reading periods

Reprints only
Blood Bath Litzine £10 per 1,000 words for prose, and £10 per poem https://bloodbathlitzine.com/ See reading periods

Accepts poetry
Wolfpack Press $15 https://wolfpackpress.org/submission-guidelines/ See reading periods

"We crave the wild, weird, wonderful, and witty."

Accepts poetry
Transmundane Press Anthologies $10-20, depending on length, and author copies https://www.transmundanepress.com/
See submission periods

Themed issues
Thuggish Itch AU$5.00 for stories under 2000 words / AU$10.00 for anything above 2000 words http://www.gypsumsoundtales.com
See submission periods

Themed issues
Mad Scientist Journal 2 cents/word http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ See submission periods

Themed issues

Length: 500-8,000 words
Unnerving Magazine 1¢/word https://unnervingmagazine.submittable.com/submit Horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, suspense, and dark literary
Martian Migraine Press 3 cents/word (CAD) http://martianmigrainepress.com/monstrous
See submission periods

Themed issues
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
Twelfth Planet Press Advance of US$300 and royalties of 40% of all monies received by the publisher http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/news/advance-notice-novella-series Novellas between 17,000 and 40,000 words
Feed Your Monster £3.50 for original flash fiction and £6 for original short stories over 1000 words. For all reprints, £2.50 https://www.darkmarkets.com/search?updated-max=2017-12-20T10:00:00-08:00&max-results=5&start=40&by-date=false Monsters
Apparition Lit $0.01 per word ($10 minimum) https://www.apparitionlit.com/submission-guidelines/ Accepts poetry

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

See reading periods
Solarcide $50 https://solarcide.com/solarcide/guidelines-update/ 1,000 - 3,000 words

See reading periods
Black Dandy $0.03 (NZD)/word https://blackdandy.co/submissions/ 2,500 - 5,000 words

See reading periods
Gallows Hill Fiction: up to $50; Poems: up to $15; Artwork: negotiable https://gallowshillmagazine.com/guidelines/ Fiction up to 9,000 words

Accepts poetry

Horror Bites 1/4 cent per word http://www.horrorbitesmagazine.com/submit.html See reading periods
Hinnom Magazine $30 for stories under 3,000 words

$55 for stories over 3,000 words
Up to 5,000 words

Horror, dark fantasy, dark scifi

See reading periods
The Wyrd $10 http://www.wyrdmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/ 1000 - 5000 words

Weird and Slipstream
Broadswords and Blasters $15 https://broadswordsandblasters.com/submissions/ Pulp fiction: westerns (Weird or otherwise); horror (Cosmic, Southern Gothic, visceral, and psychological)

Pulp Modern$10 https://pulp-modern.blogspot.com/ 2,000 - 3,500 words

See reading periods

"No subject is taboo"
The WiFiles $3 http://thewifiles.com/?page_id=8 1,000 - 5,000 words
Arsenika $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry http://arsenika.ink/submissions/ Poetry and fiction up to 1,000 words

See reading periods

"Not bound by genre"
Anathema $50 (CAD) for fiction and non-fiction http://www.anathemamag.com/submissions/ Any genre with speculative content

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
Robbed of Sleep $10 for short stories, $5 for flash fiction http://www.robbedofsleep.xyz/p/submissions.html 100-1,000 words, flash

Under 4,000 short stories

See reading periods
Helios 0.06/word micro fiction; 0.03/word for flash fiction, short stories, & serial stories; 0.25/line poetry + digital contributor copy http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php/submissions/ Gothic Horror, Punk, Weird Westerns

See reading periods

The Dark 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission
Horror and Dark Fantasy

2,000 – 6,000 words
Ink Stains Anthologies Flat fee of $5 for stories 4,999 words and under, $10 for stories 5,000-9,999 words and $15 for stories 10,000-15,000 http://www.darkalleypress.com/
3,000-20,0000 words

Dark fiction (including lit fic), Gothic fiction, Supernatural/
paranormal fiction, Horror, Steampunk, Black comedy, Dark fantasy
Gallery of Curiosities originals, 3 cents/word

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

Magazine and podcast

length up to 7500 words

See reading periods

Aliterate 6 cents/word https://www.aliterate.org/submit/ See reading periods
Turn to Ash 1 cent/word Table Cell 3,000 to 5,000 words

See reading periods
Liminal Stories 6 cents/word http://liminalstoriesmag.com/submissions/ Up to 10,000 words

See reading periods
Allegory $15 http://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/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4

All forms of speculative fiction, 1000 words max
Medium-based publication, weekly
Ares 6 cents/word for originals,
2 cents/word for reprints

All forms of speculative fiction
See reading periods
Shimmer 5 cents per word, minimum $50


Literary horror, all forms of speculative fiction
No simultaneous submissions
Signal Horizon

Audio and online publication
3 cents per word https://www.signalhorizon.com/submission-guidelines Horror or science fiction with a dark or weird edge

See reading periods
Sanitarium $5 http://sanitariumpublishing.com/submissions/ See reading periods
Black Static Not specified http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/ No simultaneous submissions
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