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Submission Guidelines

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We want you. We really do.

First. We don’t pay.

If you’re not about the money, but the fame and glory, continue, here:


The submission process has been simplified to the fullest.

All submissions should be sent as attachments?

We accept works of fiction up to 9,000 words at talestoterrify@gmail.com. Just because we’re a non-paying market doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow proper etiquette. Again, all submissions should be sent as attachments? Include a cover letter with your bio, wordcount and publication history of your work when sending in reprints.

Multiple submissions are fine. Simultaneous submissions are also fine.

Our bread and butter are reprints, but if you feel strongly about a story that hasn’t been published as of yet, you’re welcome to send it our way.

Although we don’t mind longer pieces of fiction, longer works should bring your A-game at all times.

Now let’s get to the good part. What do we want?

Please feel free to challenge the definition of horror. Standard tropes and monsters are welcome as well as the blood, sex and gore. Scare us with your gothic stories of haunted buildings, but at the same time do your best to honor the natural occurring diversity within the genre. We want to be terrified by your concepts, by your implications and the possibilities your story hints at. We’re in need to read works that threaten to bleed into our reality and corrupt something as ordinary as a toaster. Terrify us. Scare us. Make our breath stop and disturb our minds. All is allowed as long as it’s well-conceived and well-written.

For poetry, send us a poem or two. Dark, scary, resonant, solidly evocative, roundly satisfying on the ear, that’ll do it. Reprints and originals are both accepted.

Is this the same crap you’ve seen in every damn guideline you come across?

It is. Sorry. We just want to have good stuff to be read by our readers – or by you, if that’s something you’re good at – then put up for our listeners to shiver to and love and write back to us about and, maybe…maybe even to inspire them to make a donation to keep the nook in dust and candles.

Mind you, we are not as prudish to reject you instantaneously, if you don’t follow the guidelines, but it certainly makes it easier to. Response time is pretty standard, too. If you don’t hear from us within 30 days, then please query about the status of your submission.


Tell us about you. Steer us to your demo site or send us a sample. That’s it. Send it to the email, above.


Ditto. We really love good, creepy, disturbing, dark imagery.

Reviewers, experts, authorities:

If you’d like to do reviews, discuss trends in horror, talk about music as it relates to the genre (I vowed to NOT use that word and there I’ve done it!), do the same as potential readers, artists, et al.

And…we don’t pay. If you’re Harlan Ellison, I’m sorry to disappoint you.


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