Wednesday, March 17, 2021

64 Places to Publish Novellas and Long Short Stories - Paying markets

Updated 9/24/23

If you've written a longer piece of fiction, but not as lengthy as a novel, you may be wondering where to get it published. (As it happens, I am too, because I just wrote one.) 

With so many literary journals preferring a "sweet spot" of about 3,000 words, a short story of 8,000 words can be a challenge to publish. Once you get over 10,000 words, finding a home for your work can be daunting. 

Nevertheless it is not impossible. There are quite a few literary journals and publishers that accept longer short stories, novelettes, and novellas. In case you are wondering what the word counts are for these categories, Duotrope uses these guidelines:

Short story = 1000 to 7,500 words
Novelette = 7,500 to 15,000 words
Novella = 15,000 to 40,000 words

While guidelines can be useful, word counts are hardly fixed for short fiction. A novelette can be anywhere between 7,000 and 20,000 words. But while novellas usually have a top range of 40,000 words, there is no fixed bottom range. What's more, there is a no-man's-land between 40,000 and 60,000 words. Most novels under 60,000 words are deemed "unmarketable" by agents. So, what happens to works between 40,000 and 60,000 words? It's a question for the ages. 

A  word of advice: Resist the temptation to either pare down your work, or beef it up to meet someone else's word count. All literary works determine their own length. To thine own work be true.

Please note: Many of these journals have submission periods. Don't despair if some are closed right now. They will be open later. 

Here is an excellent ranking of literary magazines that includes word counts: 

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Length: No restrictions
Payment: $20 per printed (or printed-out) page

"At AGNI we see literature and the arts as integral to the broad, engaged conversation that underwrites a vital society. Our poets, storytellers, essayists, translators, and artists lift a mirror to nature and the social world. They not only reflect our age, they respond. We have no formula. We seek fresh vision and listen for dynamic voices that address our common reality." AGNI accepts manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. 


Length: Up to 80,000 words
Payment: 8-10 cents per word for short fiction (up to approximately 20,000 words), 6 cents per word for serials (40,000-80,000 words)

"Analog will consider material submitted by any writer solely on the basis of merit. We are eager to find and develop new, capable writers. We publish science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn't be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be." Also accepts poetry.

Length: Novelettes and novellas
Payment: Up to $100

"A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and A Public Space Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines." Has submission periods.

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $20 a printed page (capped at $250)

"The Arkansas International is committed to promoting both established and emerging voices. We welcome previously unpublished, unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation between July 1 and May 1. Until we reach our monthly cap with Submittable, there will be no fee to submit (after we hit the cap a $4.00 submission fee will be charged to defray administrative costs)."

Length: Up to 15,000 words
Payment: 8 cents/word

Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. "We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic)." 

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: Prose minimum is $100, maximum is $300.

"While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard." $3 to submit online. No charge for postal submissions. Has submission periods.

Length: 1000 - 22,000 words
Payment: 10 cents/word

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles, and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on their website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in their annual anthology series from Wyrm Publishing.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $150

The Puritan began in 2007 as an independently funded print journal dedicated to publishing fiction, essays, and interviews in Ottawa, Ontario, and was sold in bookstores across the city. In its early years, The Puritan was Ottawa’s only quarterly prose journal. After a brief hiatus, the magazine returned to publishing, now in the form of an online magazine run from Toronto. Since expanding its mandate to include poetry and reviews, The Puritan now seeks to publish the best in all forms of writing.

Length: Between 17,500 and 40,000 words
Payment: Royalties

Dancing Star Press publishes speculative ficion: space operas, solar punk, dark fantasy, and urban fantasy. Hard science fiction with an emphasis on biology or chemistry rather than physics. Fantasy based on non-Western cultures. Optimistic futurism. Polar Tesla pop and soft science fiction.

Length: 20,000 to 100,000 words
Payment: Royalties

Eraserhead Press is seeking original novellas and novels that fit into the Bizarro Fiction category. "We’re most drawn to darkly absurd tales that are addictive to read and contain a strong emotional core. We love fiction that is both heart-rending and fun. While it may or may not be funny, we are interested in more than just a joke. If you can make us both laugh and cry or creep us out and draw us in, we will love your book." Typically opens to submissions once a year April-June.

Length: Up to 18,000 words
Payment: 8 cents/word for original stories, $100 for reprints
Audio format

"Escape Pod is a science fiction market. We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people." Accepts reprints.

Length: 25,000 to 50,000 words
Payment: Royalties

"Based in the thriving and energetic publishing hub of Oxford, we’re a young, dynamic team wanting to do things a little differently.  Since our inception, our authors have been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Paul Torday Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award and on the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Recommended List. As part of our mission to make quality writing more discoverable, we’ve set up Fairlight Shorts. This online short story portal showcases some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing. Making all of the stories on our website freely available to readers, our aim is to fight the corner for the short story as a form of literature which until recently has been largely abandoned or hidden behind paywalls, and promote and support the writing of these talented authors. With a specific focus on quality rather than quantity, we intend to publish contemporary adult literary fiction and well-written genre fiction. Fairlight Books is open to literary submissions of short stories (no payment), novellas and novels. We are happy to accept submissions of longer fiction direct from authors."

Length: 2,000 to 15,000 words.
Payment: Both previously unpublished work and reprints pay 3.5 cents (CAD) per word, up to a maximum of $300 (CAD) per story.

"Although any science fiction subgenre is fair game, our tastes lean towards slipstream, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and anything with a little taste of the bizarre. FF prefers character-driven stories, and often skews towards quiet, reflective pieces. If the primary tone of your story is one of high adventure or humour, it’s probably not the right fit for FF. That said, quality always outstrips genre preference in terms of importance, so feel free to send us anything that even vaguely resembles science fiction."  See submission periods.

Length: Not restricted
Payment: $50 per printed page. All contributors receive a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review.

Founded in 1947, The Georgia Review is the University of Georgia’s journal of arts and letters.  The journal has twice taken a top prize in the annual National Magazine Awards competition, winning out over the likes of the AtlanticEsquire, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, and has been a finalist twenty times in various categories. No fee to submit by regular mail.


Length: Up to 25,000 words
Payment: $100

GigaNotoSaurus accepts Science Fiction or Fantasy (or any combination thereof). "We could wax eloquent describing the kinds of stories we like, but it wouldn’t be useful; there are dozens of things we don’t know we like until we try them. Send us that story you really believe in–the one, maybe, that quickly ran out of places to submit it to because it’s so long. Don’t query to gauge our interest in a particular subgenre. Just submit the story. We actively seek to include stories told from and by a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and genders. We are particularly interested in #ownvoices stories." Has submission periods.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: £10 per accepted story or poem

"We want low fantasy, space opera, pulp fiction, swords-and-sorcery tales of mystery and adventure. We want your weird fiction, your eldritch horror, your wuxia, and your steampunk. Give us cryptids, give us aliens, give us vampires. If you think ‘lowbrow’ is an insult then we are not the right magazine for you. We also accept high fantasy, literary fiction, and ‘hard’ science fiction. We encourage submissions from writers living in Wales and/or who identify as Welsh. All submissions will be considered but priority will be given to stories with Welsh themes. We also strongly encourage submissions from people of colour, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalised groups."

Length: Up to 10,000 words; they will serialize at a maximum of 50,000 words over four issues
Payment: $100

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly ezine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry. "We are unrepentant in our goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place." Accepts poetry. See submission periods.

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $25

In addition to novels, History Through Fiction publishes short story and novel excerpt submissions that are published in the member-only content area of their website. Stories and excerpts must be previously unpublished and should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words long. HTF prefers stories that are based on real historical events and/or people. However, all stories with any kind of historical setting will be considered – this includes those with elements of fantasy and alternative history. 

Length: 10,000 - 25,000 words
Payment: $50

Lost Colony Magazine publishes one mid-length (10,000-25,000 words) story of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy in all of their manifestations) every quarter. Quarterly stories are published for free on their website and for 99 cents as an ebook. Once a year, all four of the stories that have appeared in the magazine are published in an annual anthology, both electronically and in print. If you buy the ebook of either the quarterly story or the annual anthology, or if you buy the print version of the annual anthology, you will also get editor's notes, explaining why each story was chosen for publication.

Length: 20,000 - 40,000 words
Payment: Royalties

"Luna Press Publishing™ is an award-winning independent UK press, founded in 2015 by author Francesca T. Barbini. We deal with Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy, in both fiction and academia. We are also a proud member of Publishing Scotland."

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Length: Up to 25,000 words
Payment: 8-12 cents per word on acceptance

"Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or another genre. F&SF encourages submissions from diverse voices and perspectives, and has published writers from all over the world. Do not query for fiction; submit the entire manuscript."

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $65 CAD per published page

The Malahat Review welcomes submissions in English of previously unpublished work in any of these three genres in a broad range of forms and styles, and the Editorial Boards are pleased to receive submissions from all writers who wish to send their work for consideration, including writers from communities generally under-represented in literary magazines, in particular Indigenous writers, writers of colour, 2SLGBTQIA?+ writers, and writers with disabilities. Writers at all stages of their careers are welcome to submit their work to The Malahat Review. It publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers mostly from Canada, reviews of Canadian books, and the best writing from abroad.

Length: Not restricted.
Payment: Up to $400

"There are no rules." Has submission periods. (But nobody seems to know when they are.)

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $50 

"We love narratives that challenge our perceptions of the world by opening up new ways of conceiving of what’s always been around us. We want to feel electrified by prose—to be taken in by sentence-level writing, where there’s a choreography to the language, the rhythm, the cadence. Most of all, we want to read the kind of work that could only have come from you—if it comes from the gut, it’ll likely hit us in ours." Accepts fiction and nonfiction. Has submission periods.

Missouri Review

Length: Up to 12,000. They prefer under 9,000.
Payment: $40 per page

"The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly regarded literary magazines in the United States. For the past four decades we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all selected from unsolicited submissions sent by writers throughout the world."

Length: 30,000 to 80,000 words
Payment: Not specified

"Since 2010, Mocha Memoirs Press’s mission is to amplify marginalized voices in the areas of speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, and fantasy). We publish engaging stories that amplify diverse experiences with vivid storytelling, robust protagonists, and fearless voices."

Length: 15,000 to 40,000 words
Payment: $1000

"Narrative accepts previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization. Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose. We look for quality and originality of language and content." Narrative charges for online submissions. They have a free open period during the first two weeks of April. 

Length: 17,500–40,000 words
Payment: Advance+Royalties option or a Royalties Only option
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Slipstream, & Weird.  Hybrid work or difficult to categorize novellas are also welcome

Neon Hemlock is a Washington, DC-based small press publishing queer speculative fiction magazines and chapbooks, as well as queer speculative fiction novellas and anthologies. Novellas are distributed in paperback and ebook formats. They ask for exclusive Worldwide English rights. They do not ask for audio rights. See submission periods.

Length: Up to 20,000 words
Payment: $20 per page ($50 minimum)

"NER accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, and NER Digital’s “Confluences” series. We welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world." Has submission periods.

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.

"Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work." Has submission periods. Charges for online submissions except during November and December.

Length: Up to 12k words
Payment: Small honorarium and a free copy of the issue.

"Send us your dead doves; that thing you wrote that made you think, “I don’t know where this belongs”; the stuff you’d never show anyone you know IRL. Give us your shameless, self-indulgent smut; the manuscript to the video essay you dictated to your YouTube subscribers in your head; your thoughtful explorations of trauma and identity; your Pepe Silvia wall; your sci-fi, your fantasy, your romance, your realism. We want anything and everything. As long as you identify as a fan, we want to read your work." Has submission periods

Length: Up to 8,000 words.
Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies. 

One Story is seeking literary short stories. "They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone." Single stories are sent to email subscribers every month. See reading periods.

Length: 7,500 to 20,000 words.
Payment: $450

"Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Our award-winning literary journal is published four times a year; our lively literary blog publishes new writing daily. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston." Submissions accepted June 1 to January 15. Charges for online submissions. No charge for mailed submissions.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $25

"Savage Realms Monthly is a new sword and sorcery magazine for fans of R.E. Howard, Karl Edward Wagner, and Michael moorcock, featuring heroic tales of savage barbarians, evil wizards, and beautiful maidens. We aim to revitalize the Sword and Sorcery genre with brand new tales of adventure from some of today’s most talented authors. Our first issue is scheduled to land in January and will be available in Kindle and print formats."

Length: Up to 8,000 words
Payment: $100 for every thousand words of prose—for a maximum honorarium of $500 per author)

"Shenandoah aims to showcase a wide variety of voices and perspectives in terms of gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, nationality, regionality, sexuality, and educational background (MFAs are not necessary here). We love publishing new writers; publishing history is not a prerequisite either. Checking out our current issue is another great way to get a sense of the kind of work we like." See reading periods.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $20

​The /tƐmz/ Review is a literary journal based in London, Ontario that publishes fiction, poetry, and reviews. They publish 4 issues per year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), from a diverse range of emerging and established voices. Their goal is to reflect a wide variety of editorial perspectives and publish an eclectic mix of writing. Has reading periods.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: 8 cents a word for stories up to 2,500 words. Stories longer than this are capped at $200 payment. Reprints, up to $75
Accepts reprints

Good stories don’t just come in all shapes and sizes, but in all genres, too (fiction and nonfiction). Although some genres naturally lend themselves to certain feelings, by no means do we expect authors to follow preordained paths. We like stories that cross genres, experiment, and push the boundaries of literature while maintaining the utmost quality in literary technique and storytelling, which is why we're open to just about anything.. Has reading periods.

Length17,500 to 40,000 words 
Payment: 10 cents/word

"Uncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel." Has submission periods.

Length: Up to 8000 words
Payment: $1000

"VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers." Only opens for submissions in July.

Length: No upper limit
Payment: Token to semi-pro.

ZYZZYVA is a print journal based in San Francisco. "We have established a vigorous tradition of finding and fostering new talent, in our backyard and beyond. For over thirty years ZYZZYVA has nurtured emerging writers, many of whom go on to spectacular careers (Haruki Murakami, Po Bronson, F.X. Toole, Kay Ryan, Sherman Alexie) and whose work in ZYZZYVA is recognized by the Pushcart Prize, the Best American series, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and other awards organizations." They publish fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork. Has submission periods. Snail mail submissions only.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: 7 cents per word for new fiction

"We are a science fiction and fantasy magazine, so we would love to receive fiction from those categories as well as any sub-categories, such as space opera, steampunk, urban fantasy, africanfuturism, magical realism and so on. We do not publish straight horror stories, even if they do have a supernatural element, but if you have a dark fantasy story, or a dystopian science fiction piece, send it our way—we’d love to take a look."

Length: Up to 30,000 words for novellas, up to 10,000 words for short stories
Payment: 35% royalties

Pressfuls is a digital publisher accepting novellas in genre fiction: crime/mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Pressfuls also accepts short stories in those genres as well as genre novels up to 45,000 words and nonfiction, up to 45,000 words. Submit HERE.

Length: Up to 40,000 words for novellas
Payment: $1000 advance + Royalties
See deadlines

Android Press is a small independent press that publishes science fiction, fantasy, light horror, and specializes in the various -punk subgenres. We love stories that are full of hope and optimism, as well as stories that hold up a mirror to our society, forcing us reexamine our past and our values in order to move forward and build a better future. Android Press publishes punk-themed science fiction/fantasy Adult, New Adult, and YA manuscripts. Length: Up to 100,000 words for novels, 40,000 words for novellas. They also publish anthologies and short story collections.

Brave Words

Length: 2,000 – 10,000 words
Payment: $0.02 per word + access to ten (10) digital contributor copies upon publication.
See submissions periods.

They are interested in inspirational & transformative non-fiction, including memoirs and short essays. Your work:
  • should be inspirational non-fiction.
  • should not contain erotica, or excessive violence or gore.
  • can be part of an ongoing series you might be writing.
  • can have been previously published (with proof that you hold the current publishing rights).
  • may be submitted simultaneously to other markets.

Length: Longer essays and fiction at least 3000 to 10,000 words. 
Payment: Not specified.

“The best books give you the feeling that no one else on earth could possibly have written them.” Someone recently wrote this to me and it has stuck. I’m looking for prose like this, exemplified by the writers all the issues. See reading periods.

Length: 20,000 – 40,000 words.
Payment: Small advance + royalties.  

"What we are looking to publish: sleaze, body horror, unhinged characters, oddball premises, anti-commercial, weirdo shit that’ll get you kicked out of any major NY publishing house should you even discuss it on their property." See reading periods.

Length: Up to 7,000 words; this limit is flexible and not overly important.
Payment: Small honorarium

L’Esprit Literary Review accepts short fiction, creative non-fiction, novel extracts, literary criticism, and book reviews. "We look for ambitious, voice-driven literary fiction that emphasizes consciousness and interiority in the Modernist tradition. Please no genre work." Has submission periods.

Length: Up to 20,000 words
Payment: 8 cents a word for prose

Creative writing (poetry and prose) and art about environmental justice. "The fiction we publish is mostly, but not exclusively, speculative; the nonfiction is more creative than journalistic, the poetry tends towards the narrative, preferably with some thematic heft, the visual art leans away from the pulpy towards the surreal, subversive, political. The heart of what we want is your personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth." Has submission periods.

Length: Novelettes up to 15,000 words
Payment: $300 per novelette

Submissions are restricted to people of the African Diaspora. Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. Has submission periods.

Length: Up to forty double-spaced pages
Payment: $25/page for prose in their print journal

The Cincinnati Review publishes prose, poetry, and art. They accept submissions for the print journal generally during three time periods: September, December, and May. Those reading periods will open on the first day of the month and close once they hit the submissions cap for that period.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: 2p a word up to a maximum of £180.00

"A digital magazine featuring the very best in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror"

Length: 10,000 words minimum
Payment: Royalties

VA Press is committed to the idea that books have the power to change lives. "We print works by authors often overlooked by traditional outlets, authors whose words we believe will inspire and benefit those who read them. We invite you to read the future." Genre: Poetry (24 pages min), prose (10,000 words min), art. Has reading periods.

Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words
Payment: 2 cents/word

"Horror. Terror. Chillers. Thrillers. Scary stories. That’s what we’re about—delivering the things that go bump in the night in print and electronic formats." Themed issues.

Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words
Payment: $200 for prose; $50 for poetry

Book XI is a journal dedicated to publishing personal essays, memoir, fiction, science fiction, humor, and poetry with philosophical themes. The journal is on-line, and will appear twice a year. Book XI is housed at Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Center for Public Affairs. We will consider only previously unpublished and philosophically informed creative work (though our understanding of “philosophically informed is capacious.” 

Length1,000 – 15,000 words
Payment: $25

The Empyreal Tree is a genre fiction magazine. Our main purpose is to share stories, populated in a strange new world, only connected by the similarities of character and emotions that entangles humanity together.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: 5 cents/word
Accepts reprints.

Stoso is looking for speculative fiction – that is stories and poems and art in the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and any combination thereof.  Accepts reprints.

Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: $25

What they want: Sword & sorcery, dark fantasy, and grimdark subgenres of fantasy fiction. "Original tales of nail-biting peril faced down by a fearless protagonists reliant upon their mental might as much as their physical prowess to achieve their goals and overcome their enemies in action packed tales told in no more than 10,000 words. We may be interested in serializing longer pieces in the future, but for our first issue we’re looking to keep it as simple as possible."

Length: 20,000 to 40,000 words
Payment: $750 advance and 25% of net net receipts

Genre: Speculative fiction or literary novellas that fall under one (or some!) of the following themes:
  • stories where grief or loss play a leading role
  • stories that feature the afterlife or the underworld
  • stories that involve the journey through death/the journey of the dead
  • stories that involve death personified (Death!)
  • stories that take place in, or utilize a multiverse
  • stories that involve time travel (esp. those that involve time travel + a previously mentioned theme)
  • origin stories (especially as they relate to previously mentioned themes)
  • stories where the characters slowly lose their sense of reality
  • goth
  • space, but make it goth
  • a story within a story within a (within a story that’s [within a story] within a story) story….
  • stories where things that are not usually personified ARE personified (planets? galaxies? time? …bones?)
  • creepy meta-horror
  • amazingly original ghost stories.
See reading periods.

Length: Novellas (20,000 – 40,000 words – firm limit)
Payment: Royalties

"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."

Length: 80 – 120 pages, or 20,000 to 30,000 words
Payment: Royalties

Hobby Horse Press accepts original, novella-length submissions of literary writing that can fit in your pocket. Hobby Horse is seeking fiction, poetry, and memoir/nonfiction, as well as comics/ graphic novels. "We are flexible about form, and excited to experiment and collaborate with different kinds of submissions." Read submission requirements here

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