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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

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Darkness is Closing In. These Crime & Horror Submission Deadlines Are Imminent:

     
 





CRIME, MYSTERY, TRUE CRIME, & DARK FICTION CRIME MARKETS:

Jump to Horror Markets

Aug 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

The Astronaut Only Rings Twice

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Payment: $50.00 (CAD) per story. Theme: Hard boiled detectives, in space.

We are looking for stories that have the themes, characters and plot twists of noir crime fiction crossed with all the elements of science fiction. Let your inner Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon or Adam Christopher out and file your story with us.

https://tychebooks.com/astronaut-rings-twice

Sep – Nov 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

Death of a Bad Neighbor Anthology

Deadline: October 31, 2021; opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Crime and mystery fiction. Payment: Payment: 10 cents/word and royalties. 2,000 to 5,000 words.

https://www.jackcalverley.com/cozy-crime-mystery-anthology-submission.html

(I Just) Died In Your Arms: Crime Fiction Inspired By One-Hit Wonders

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Crime stories based on songs. Throughout the decades, so many musical artists have had just the one hit, and that’s a crime. So is murder. So what better way to celebrate both than by combining them into an anthology? Here’s your chance to be inspired by your favorite One-Hit Wonder and give a chance to breathe some new life into the greatest hits of our lives.Payment: Royalties.

https://www.untreedreads.com/i-just-died-in-your-arms-crime-fiction-inspired-by-one-hit-wonders/

The Zodiac Killers Series

Deadline: October 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Thriller. Length: 500-6,000 words, excluding title. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackinkfiction.com/situationalhorror

The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes & Mysteries

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts of unsolved criminal cases and mysteries that can take place anywhere in the world and be from any time period. Payment: $130.

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

HORROR MARKETS:

Aug 2021

Bloody Good Horror (HellBound Books)

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

No particular theme, no particular sub-genres, no specific word length – as the title suggests, all we want is some bloody good horror for this anthology!

So, send us along your very best horror stories, and see if you can scare our jaded team of readers! 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!) Payment: $5.

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Chlorophobia: An Eco-Horror Anthology

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Theme of eco-horror. We’re looking for punchy, eye-catching flash fiction and poetry that tackles the subject of eco-horror. Plants, animals, weather phenomena… It’s time for Mother Nature to fight back.Payment: $5

https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-chlorophobia-an-eco-horror-anthology/#more-584532

Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology By Women In Horror

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Horror written by women on theme of color. Payment:1 cent/word. 1500-6000 words.

I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities.

https://roosterrepublicpress.com/chromophobia-guidelines-submission-window-and-timeline/

Creature Publishing

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Opens March 6, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Length: 20,000-60,000 words. Payment: Royalties

We accept both agented and un-agented submissions of fiction, nonfiction, or genre-defying prose.

Creature publishes up to four book-length works of feminist horror a year. We are looking for books that celebrate fluidity—the ability to cross boundaries and inhabit more than one category at once. While we acknowledge that categories have a certain utility, we refuse to separate horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy from each other or the literary from the mainstream. Our definition of feminist horror is broad and inclusive, and we welcome writing that pushes boundaries.

We are interested in: unreliable narrators, unlikeable female characters, the monstrous, sharp critical essays and social commentary, swamp witches, your nightmares, dystopias, psychological suspense, unraveling minds, unraveling social constructs, possession, intersectionality, hybrid genres, metafiction, dark nights, and writing on sexuality/the body, gender, race, class, disability, technology, religion, and anything and everything that makes our spines tingle.

https://creaturehorror.com/submit

Nightlight

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Jul 23/21)

Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints.

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

The Prairie Soul

Deadline: August 31, 2021, Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Jul 22/21)

The vision for this anthology is to create a collection of scary and supernatural horror stories featuring witches living in the Canadian Prairies. But we do not want to read stereotypical witches. This anthology will be restricted to female authors, women or people who identify as women, and must be Canadian residents of the Canadian Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). 2,000-6,000 words. Payment $100.

https://www.theprairiesoul.com/submissions

Dose of Dread

Deadline: August 15, 2021; opens August 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Jul 26/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Vanishing Point

Deadline: August 13, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy. The Vanishing Point is a literary magazine for works that bend reality.  Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, and all things speculative are welcome here. Fiction: 1500-6000 words. Non-Fiction: query first.  Payment: $25.

https://vanishingpointmagazine.com/index.php/submissions/

Found: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories 

Deadline: August 8, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Horror based on found footage. “We’re looking for your best, original, found footage tales. Stories can be written in first person, third person, as a transcript, journal, radio play, poetry, as a script. Play with the format. Do something you haven’t read before.” Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words. Payment: $0.03 per word. Questions / submissions: whatwasfound@gmail.com

https://twitter.com/andrewcull/status/1383737217953112074

The Dead Inside (Dark Dispatch)

Deadline: August 2, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Identity horror. “Explorations of what happens when our core identities are stripped, altered, suppressed, or denied to us, whether by choice or not.” Payment: Poetry: $25 per poem. Flash Fiction: $25 per story. Short Stories: $50 per story. NonFiction: $50 per piece for print and ebook rights.

https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/identity-horror-submission-guidelines/

Demonic Vacations: Go Home Already! (4 Horsemen Publications)

Deadline: August 1st, 2021

(checked Jul 25/21)

Payment Details: 2 contributor’s copies

Theme: Demonic Vacations – Humorous horror, thriller.

Our collection continues with dark humor, bizarre, and creepy vibes. We often need a vacation. Heck, sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. We invite authors to submit 2,500-5,000 words of vacations from the cabin getaway, to Auntie’s house down south, to even that free cruise you won tickets from…. huh, I don’t remember entering anything? Make us laugh, make us do double takes, and make us regret spending our time on a “dream” vacation from hell.

https://4horsemenpublications.com/demonic-vacations/

The Ghastling

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Biannual magazine publishing literary fiction and illustration devoted to psychological horror, folk horror, ghost stories and the macabre. Payment: £15 per story plus copy of magazine. 3500 words max., no minimum.

https://theghastling.com/submit/

2022 to Sep 2021

The Cellar Door: Dark Highways

Deadline: July 15, 2022; opens July 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror/suspense stories that take place on a highway, road, or inside a vehicle. Payment: $25. 2,000 – 7,500 words.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-3—dark-highways.html

Dragon Soul Press: Beautiful Darkness 1 (R)

Deadline: June 30, 2022

(checked Jul 21/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Note: This series replaces All Dark Places.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Dragon Soul Press: Haunt (R)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

(checked Jul 21/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: February 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Metamorphosis. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

The Cellar Door: Forbidden Magic

Deadline: January 15, 2022; opens January 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror/dark fantasy stories featuring forbidden or taboo magic. Must include some form of spell casting or alchemy. Payment: $25. 2,000 – 7,500 words.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-2—forbidden-magic.html

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: January 1, 2022

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Victorian England. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Dec 2021

Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology

Deadline: December 31, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror. Haunted houses, ghost stories, creature features, splatterpunk, serial killers, witches, monsters, you name it. Just make sure your story features at least one fat protagonist. Payment: $25.

https://nicole-jarrell.squarespace.com/diet-riot-a-fatterpunk-anthology-submission-info

Dose of Dread

Deadline: December 15, 2021; opens December 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Jul 26/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: December 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Superheroes. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Scary Dairy Press: Bloody Rock Anthology

Deadline: December 1, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror. “Does the rock of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s take you back to the nightmares of yore? If you can brew a scary tale that Alice Cooper and the Dead would love, we just might love it too!” Payment: $.03 per word.

http://scarydairypress.com/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: December 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Surgery. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Nov 2021

Red Cape Anthologies: M is for Medical

Deadline: November 30, 2021; Opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens November 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Jul 26/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Lamplight

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens September 15, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free. We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: 1¢ per word up to 7,000 words.

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues

15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: November 15, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Cults. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Haunted MTL

Deadline: November 12, 2021. (Or until filled)

(checked Jul 27/21)

We want you to scare us. We want you to grip us. We want you to make us check under the bed, desk, and/or lawnmower. Swearing? OK. Killing? Sure, why not? Rape? Not our sponsor. Sex? You bet! Horror. Payment: Not specified. Micro-fiction all the way up to 4500 words.

https://hauntedmtl.com/current-submission-calls-and-guidelines/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: November 1, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Horror on theme of Video Games. Payment: 15 GBT. 2,000 words.

Guidelines are here.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Oct 2021

Dead Stars and Stone Arches: A Collection of Utah Horror

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Cosmic Horror. Payment: Poetry – $10 USD, Flash – $15 USD, Short Fiction – $35 USD, Novelette – $75 USD.

https://www.timberghostpress.com/dead-stars.html

Eerie River Publishing: It Calls from the the Veil

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

“Give me your nightmares. These stories should take place in our reality with a supernatural twist. Think evil entities.” May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers. Word count: 2000 – 8000. Payment: Up to 3000 words $10.00; Up to 5000 words $15.00; Above 5001 words $20.00.

https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

The Toilet Zone (Hellbound Books)

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Payment: $5. HellBound’s third outing to the smallest room…

And no, don’t panic, we’re still not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror – although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we’d be more than delighted to read it!

The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water….

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Dose of Dread

Deadline: October 15, 2021; opens October 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Jul 26/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Negative Space 2: A Return to Survival Horror (Dark Peninsula Press)

Deadline: October 1, 2021; opens September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Survival Horror. It is a sub-genre of horror video games in which the protagonist(s) must face dire situations in locations far off the beaten path by using the environment, or items found in the environment, to survive. While it’s safe to assume that “survival” is a common element in most horror stories, there is an extra emphasis in a survival horror story. It could mean finding escape, or fortifying a position and awaiting rescue, or fighting the threat head on with the use of traps and/or under-powered weaponry. Think of Neil Marshall’s film The Descent, or the last thirty minutes of Predator; that’s what we’re looking for.Payment: $50. 2,000 – 7,500 words.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/negative-space-2-opening-soon.html

Slash – Her

Deadline: October 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Horror written by women. We would like to see varied interpretations of this genre. Of course, we (Janine!) are hoping to see some splatterpunk submissions but this anthology will be filled to the brim with nuance. Wow us with your quiet horror, surprise us with your humour. You want an axe wielding soccer mom who has had enough of the other yummy mummies with their lattes, do your worst! Show us what you believe women can bring to the slasher sub-genre. Payment: Royalties. 3000-5000 Words

https://kandishapress.com/submissions/

The Nightmurr Before Yiffmas

Deadline: October 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy Theme: Holiday monsters with a furry twist. The editor of 12 Days of Yiffmas is back with another holiday erotic anthology for furries, but this time, it’s horrific, too! Stories must be furry in nature. That means anthropomorphic animals that walk on two legs and can talk. Stories must be erotic in nature. Stories must be horror as well. And of course, stories must focus on Christmas, Yule, etc. The winter holiday!

https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit

Sep 2021

Club Plum

Deadline: September 30, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Please send your dark, surreal, horrific, and strange flash fiction, prose poetry, hybrid forms, and art to Club Plum for the October 2021 issue.  Send your unsettling. Send your beautifully morbid. flash fiction of no more than 800 words. See www.clubplumliteraryjournal.com for guidelines.

https://clubplumliteraryjournal.com/submit/

Red Cape Anthologies: L is for Lycanthropes

Deadline: September 30, 2021; Opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

From the Yonder

Deadline: September 19, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

“The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).” Payment: $5.

https://warmonkeypublications.com/submissions

Dose of Dread

Deadline: September 15, 2021; opens September 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Jul 26/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

SFWG and Cloaked Press: YA & NA Horror

Deadline: September 15, 2021; opens June 10, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Speculative fiction for young adults and new adults. Genres accepted: Mystery, Paranormal, Scifi, Fantasy, Horror; and anything in those sub-genres. Word Count Range: 2500-7000 words. Payment: $10. 

https://www.cloakedpress.com/sfwgs-nightmare-fuel/

Parhelion Literary Magazine

Deadline: September 9, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Parhelion is accepting short story and flash submissions for our annual Halloween Issue. We’re looking for wonderfully creepy, give-me-the-shivers, keep-me-up-at-night stories—bonus if the setting is Halloween/fall. Think James’ TheTurn of the Screw or Jackson’s The Lottery. Or, the way ghosts haunt the living in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing. Send us your best work! https://parhelionliterary.submittable.com/submit

Sinister Smile Press: Screaming in the Night: Sinister Supernatural Stories Volume 1

Deadline: September 8, 2021

(checked Jun 25/21)

Horror. Payment: $40. Beware of the night, for it shows no mercy.

The Sinister Supernatural Stories series brings you delicious horror that focuses on elements of the supernatural. Pull up a chair and dig in, but never after dark—everyone knows bad things always happen after dark.

https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/sitn-submission-guidelines

A Woman Built by Man

Deadline: September 5, 2021

(checked Jul 26/21)

Open to women and femme-identifying individuals. Genre: Short stories that explore the ways in which women are shaped by the men around them. “There is no restriction on sub-genre or subject matter, but the story must incorporate how a feminine figure is shaped by male hands through a horror lens. From supernatural creature features to the farthest reaches of space, down to the darkest depths of the sea, what does a woman built by man look like to you?” Payment: $.05 USD per word. 2000-5000 words.

https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/

Madame Gray’s Vault of Gore (Hellbound Books)

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked Jul 27/21)

Horror. Payment: $5. Madame Gray is back and looking for blood-drenched tales of terror to add to her Vault of Gore. The weird, the gruesome, and the downright shocking are welcome. A happy ending is not required, but a twist ending is a big plus. 2.5K – 8K word count.

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Slice of Paradise

Deadline: September 1st, 2021

(checked Jul 29/21)

Theme of Beach Vacation Horror. What we are looking for:

Horrifying short stories that occur on a tropical beach paradise. We also encourage writers to have good representation of POC, LGBTQ+, and strong female characters. Submissions must be between 5,000 and 8,000 words.

Complimentary flash fiction submissions must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints PLUS $5 for complimentary flash fiction.

https://horroroasis.com/slice-of-paradise/

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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Photo by BSD on Unsplash

Darkness is Closing In. These Crime & Horror Submission Deadlines Are Imminent:

     
 





CRIME, MYSTERY, TRUE CRIME, & DARK FICTION CRIME MARKETS:

Sep – Nov 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: November 30, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

(I Just) Died In Your Arms: Crime Fiction Inspired By One-Hit Wonders

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Crime stories based on songs. Throughout the decades, so many musical artists have had just the one hit, and that’s a crime. So is murder. So what better way to celebrate both than by combining them into an anthology? Here’s your chance to be inspired by your favorite One-Hit Wonder and give a chance to breathe some new life into the greatest hits of our lives.Payment: Royalties.

https://www.untreedreads.com/i-just-died-in-your-arms-crime-fiction-inspired-by-one-hit-wonders/

The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes & Mysteries

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts of unsolved criminal cases and mysteries that can take place anywhere in the world and be from any time period. Payment: $130.

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

Jun – Aug 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

The Astronaut Only Rings Twice

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Payment: $50.00 (CAD) per story. Theme: Hard boiled detectives, in space.

We are looking for stories that have the themes, characters and plot twists of noir crime fiction crossed with all the elements of science fiction. Let your inner Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon or Adam Christopher out and file your story with us.

https://tychebooks.com/astronaut-rings-twice

Autumn Noir: A Crime, Mystery, Noir, Suspense & Thriller Anthology

(Unsettling Reads)

Deadline: July 11, 2021 (or until full)

(checked May 26/21)

Payment: $20. Stories (1,500 words and 7,500 words), poems, and/or artwork.

Theme: Stories about the other, moodier season of change from Summer to Fall

Announcing our FALL anthology!

The slide from Summer into Fall can sneak up on you, like footsteps keeping pace until they speed up and overtake you. Whether the mystery unfolds as gently as a wisp of chimney smoke or brings the heart-thumping thrills of an end-of-summer storm is up to you. Just make sure to bring your creations to life with language as vibrant as Fall foliage and dialogue as crisp as Autumn air.

https://unsettlingreads.squarespace.com/submissions

Hawkshaw Press

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Full-length mysteries, thrillers. Payment: Royalties. You wrote a book… a book full of intrigue, crime, maybe a few people die, but that’s just the cost of doing business. You could call the cops, but why not call us instead? We’ll take your case, and we never close.

https://hawkshawpress.com/submissions/

Partners in Crime

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime. Payment: $130. 

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

The Best New True Crime Stories

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime. These couples can be married, domestic partners, or lovers. 4,000-7,000 words. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. 

Important: Query first with a brief pitch.

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

HORROR MARKETS:

Dec 2021

Dose of Dread

Deadline: December 15, 2021; opens December 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Red Cape Anthologies: M is for Medical

Deadline: November 30, 2021; Opens October 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Think surgery gone wrong, sadistic nurses, organ trafficking, creepy doctors etc.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens November 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Lamplight

Deadline: November 15, 2021; opens September 15, 2021

(checked May 31/21)

Dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free. We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling. We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.Payment: Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max. Reprints: 1¢ per word up to 7,000 words.

There are two submission periods for LampLight:

15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues

15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues

Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.

https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/

Oct 2021

Eerie River Publishing: It Calls from the the Veil

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

“Give me your nightmares. These stories should take place in our reality with a supernatural twist. Think evil entities.” May have elements of Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction and Cosmic horror. But must have the intention to scare the readers. Word count: 2000 – 8000. Payment: Up to 3000 words $10.00; Up to 5000 words $15.00; Above 5001 words $20.00.

https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

The Toilet Zone (Hellbound Books)

Deadline: October 31, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Payment: $5. HellBound’s third outing to the smallest room…

And no, don’t panic, we’re still not looking for lavatory-themed tales of terror – although should your short story involve the smallest room in the house, we’d be more than delighted to read it!

The theme for this anthology is short horror stories that will make an ideal sit-down read, just long enough for those extended stays at the convenience, and terrifying enough that they really are best read whilst over water….

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Dose of Dread

Deadline: October 15, 2021; opens October 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Nightmurr Before Yiffmas

Deadline: October 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Payment: $10 and a contributor’s copy Theme: Holiday monsters with a furry twist. The editor of 12 Days of Yiffmas is back with another holiday erotic anthology for furries, but this time, it’s horrific, too! Stories must be furry in nature. That means anthropomorphic animals that walk on two legs and can talk. Stories must be erotic in nature. Stories must be horror as well. And of course, stories must focus on Christmas, Yule, etc. The winter holiday!

https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit

Red Cape Anthologies: L is for Lycanthropes

Deadline: September 30, 2021; Opens August 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Where werewolves turn on a full moon, lycanthropes are not as restricted. This opens up to more possibilities as they may turn at the most awkward moment, leading to terrifying carnage.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

From the Yonder

Deadline: September 19, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

“The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).” Payment: $5.

https://warmonkeypublications.com/submissions

Dose of Dread

Deadline: September 15, 2021; opens September 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked Apt 23/20)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Madame Gray’s Vault of Gore (Hellbound Books)

Deadline: September 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

Horror. Payment: $5. Madame Gray is back and looking for blood-drenched tales of terror to add to her Vault of Gore. The weird, the gruesome, and the downright shocking are welcome. A happy ending is not required, but a twist ending is a big plus. 2.5K – 8K word count.

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Aug 2021

Bloody Good Horror (HellBound Books)

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

No particular theme, no particular sub-genres, no specific word length – as the title suggests, all we want is some bloody good horror for this anthology!

So, send us along your very best horror stories, and see if you can scare our jaded team of readers! 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!) Payment: $5.

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology By Women In Horror

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Horror written by women on theme of color. Payment:1 cent/word.

I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities.

https://roosterrepublicpress.com/chromophobia-guidelines-submission-window-and-timeline/

Creature Publishing

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Opens April 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Length: 20,000-60,000 words. Payment: Royalties

We accept both agented and un-agented submissions of fiction, nonfiction, or genre-defying prose.

Creature publishes up to four book-length works of feminist horror a year. We are looking for books that celebrate fluidity—the ability to cross boundaries and inhabit more than one category at once. While we acknowledge that categories have a certain utility, we refuse to separate horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy from each other or the literary from the mainstream. Our definition of feminist horror is broad and inclusive, and we welcome writing that pushes boundaries.

We are interested in: unreliable narrators, unlikeable female characters, the monstrous, sharp critical essays and social commentary, swamp witches, your nightmares, dystopias, psychological suspense, unraveling minds, unraveling social constructs, possession, intersectionality, hybrid genres, metafiction, dark nights, and writing on sexuality/the body, gender, race, class, disability, technology, religion, and anything and everything that makes our spines tingle.

https://www.darkmarkets.com/2020/06/creature-publishing.html

Nightlight

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Apt 23/20)

Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints.

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: August 15, 2021; opens August 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/20)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Found: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories 

Deadline: August 8, 2021

(checked May 26/20)

Horror based on found footage. “We’re looking for your best, original, found footage tales. Stories can be written in first person, third person, as a transcript, journal, radio play, poetry, as a script. Play with the format. Do something you haven’t read before.” Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words. Payment: $0.03 per word. Questions / submissions: whatwasfound@gmail.com

https://twitter.com/andrewcull/status/1383737217953112074

The Dead Inside (Dark Dispatch)

Deadline: August 2, 2021

(checked May 25/20)

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Identity horror. “Explorations of what happens when our core identities are stripped, altered, suppressed, or denied to us, whether by choice or not.” Payment: Poetry: $25 per poem. Flash Fiction: $25 per story. Short Stories: $50 per story. NonFiction: $50 per piece for print and ebook rights.

https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/identity-horror-submission-guidelines/

Demonic Vacations: Go Home Already! (4 Horsemen Publications)

Deadline: August 1st, 2021

(checked May 25/20)

Payment Details: 2 contributor’s copies

Theme: Demonic Vacations – Humorous horror, thriller.

Our collection continues with dark humor, bizarre, and creepy vibes. We often need a vacation. Heck, sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. We invite authors to submit 2,500-5,000 words of vacations from the cabin getaway, to Auntie’s house down south, to even that free cruise you won tickets from…. huh, I don’t remember entering anything? Make us laugh, make us do double takes, and make us regret spending our time on a “dream” vacation from hell.

https://4horsemenpublications.com/demonic-vacations/

Jul 2021

34 Orchard

Deadline: July 31, 2021, Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Apt 17/20)

We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit.

Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words. Poetry any style or length. No reprints. Payment $50.

Reading periods:

  • Spring Issue is January 1-January 31.
  • Fall Issue is July 1-July 31.

https://34orchard.com/guidelines/?fbclid=IwAR2TYAMV6QUBES8KnAscatmqHZ6gn3GqiIWnk3pDtu3oxylpwPABWIrEVj8

Aurealis

Deadline July 31, 2021, Opens July 1/21

Due to a large number of submissions from outside Australia and New Zealand, the next window for non-Australian/NZ submissions to Aurealis will now be from 1 July 2021 to 31 July 2021.

(checked Jun 27/20)

Aurealis is an Australian Magazine that publishes compelling reads from both established and emerging writers. The magazine publishes horror, fantasy and science fiction. The magazine is partial to horror stories that are speculative rather than derivative. They are particularly strict about stories based on TV series and will not publish any superficial horror stories.

The online publication accepts submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers from 1 February – 30 September. Short horror stories should be between 2000 – 8000 words. Pay is between A$20 – A$60 for 1000 words and is only made after the publication of your story. Contributors also receive a free copy of the issue containing their story.

https://aurealis.com.au/

Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story)

Deadline: July 31, 2021. (Open until filled)

(checked Apr 23/20)

First and foremost, we are looking for the unusual and the provocative. We are seeking horror-focussed stories inspired and influenced by the transgressive fiction genre.. Payment: £15. 

https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/03/13/announcement-our-debut-anthology-is-now-open-for-submissions/

Dragon Soul Press: All Dark Places

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Monsters, Monsters, Monsters (HellBound Books)

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

We are looking for monsters, of course, be it werewolves, vampires, unspeakable creatures from the darkest depths of space or the innermost circles of hell, and any manner of earthly animals running amok. And, don’t forget the most heinous monster of them all, who just may be the sweet, unassuming neighbor who lives in the house next to yours… 4,000-10,000 words. Payment: $5

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Red Cape Anthologies: K is for Kidnap

Deadline: July 31, 2021; Opens June 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Being kidnapped must be a pretty terrifying ordeal – we’re looking for stories that convey that feeling of terror but we’re also looking for diversity. Think about who is being taken and by whom, are the kidnappers even human?” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

Tales from the Moonlit Path

Deadline: July 27, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Dark, eerie, speculative stories. Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition. We are interested in character-driven stories more so than plot-driven, and we prefer dark fiction that makes us think, makes us feel, wraps us in its well-spun dream. Payment: $10.

http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: July 15, 2021; opens July 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

Fearful Fun (Thurston Howl Publications)

Deadline: July 15, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Payment: $10. Word count: 2,500-8,000.

Theme: Horror with a blend of fun themes

A carnival. A circus. An escape room. An amusement park. A haunted house attraction or corn maze. And each of these has its own history in horror. Movies like FREAKS, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and ESCAPE ROOM. The Legend of McKamey Manor. Remember those times we were all scared of killer clowns? Or the urban legend of the person who actually killed someone in a haunted house attraction? Sometimes fun just isn’t so fun, huh? Sometimes, it’s more fearful fun. We will take preference with stories that are unique. Don’t just write another killer clown story or a basic demonic carnival story, UNLESS your story genuinely has a unique take on that trope.

https://weaselpress.submittable.com/submit/188636/thp-howlers-fearful-fun

Mythulu: Horror vs Hemophobia

Deadline: July 15, 2021. Pitches only.

(checked May 26/21)

Short stories, nonfiction, art, comics. “This issue explores the ethics of gore in literature. Bring your fighting words and debate either side.” Payment: 4-8 cents per word. 

https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit

The Cellar Door Issue #1: Woodland Terrors

Deadline: July 15, 2021; Opens July 1, 2021

(checked May 30/21)

2,000 – 7,500 words. Payment: $25.00 + digital copy. Theme: Horror/thriller stories that take place in or near the woods.

https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/the-cellar-door-issue-1—woodland-terrors.html

Deadly Love (Dark Dispatch)

Deadline: July 9, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Payment: Two-Sentence Stories: $10, Flash Fiction: $25 per story (300 to 999 words), Short Stories: $50 per story (2,000 to 5,000 words).

Theme: Deadly Love

Note: Reprints welcome at a lower, undisclosed pay rate.

The second issue of Dark Dispatch will be a themed issue, featuring stories on Deadly Love. Let your mind wander to the dark places and share your horror love stories about relationships gone wrong.

https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/deadly-love-submission-guidelines/

Generation X-ed (Dark Ink Publishing)

Deadline: July 3, 2021; Opens June 20, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Theme: Any aspect of horror that contains element(s) specific to Generation X

Note: Open only to writers of Generation X (aka born 1965-1980. A year wiggle room is okay.)

Payment $0.01/word, eBook copy, and discounted pricing on print copies

Length: 3000-6000 words

Content should fall within horror genre parameters, any sub-genre, including splatter-punk, psychological, quiet, body, sci-fi terror, creature-feature, dark fable, or paranormal horror, etc, (though we’re not big fans of bizarro fiction or glittery vampires) AND contain element(s) specific to Generation X. This includes (but is not limited to).

https://aminkpublishing.com/open-calls

The Zodiac Killers Series (Black Ink Fiction)

Deadline: July 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Thriller. Restrictions: Author Eligibility: Authors accepted into any unpaid BIF collection. Length: 5000-10,000 words, excluding title. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

Jun 2021

Angela’s Recurring Nightmares

(Great Lakes Association Of Horror Writers)

Deadline: June 30, 2021 

(checked May 25/21)

2,000 to 5,000 words. Payment: Contributor’s copy. Theme: Each story must contain a character named Angela and a penguin.

http://glahw.com/recurring-nightmares-submission-guidelines-annual/recurring-nightmares-guidelines/

Dates from Hell (Hellbound Books Publishing)

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Horror. Payment: $5. We want your stories of dates gone horrifically wrong, seemingly innocent meetings that deliver death and terror instead of romance, of psychopathic stalkers who will stop at nothing to possess their love’s still-beating heart…

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Field Notes from a Nightmare

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Ecological horror. Length: 1,000 – 4,000 words. Payment: 3 cents/word. Field Notes from a Nightmare will be a print and e-book anthology about environmental and ecological horrors.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#antho-jump

Gravelight Press 

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Seeking novel-length works: horror fiction for 2022-2023 publication. A small press that primarily publishes horror anthologies. Payment: Royalties. 

https://gravelightpress.com/submissions/

Merry Scary Christmas (Fedowar Press)

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

(checked May 25/21)

Payment: Shared royalty pool of 30% of sales revenue Theme: Creepy Christmas stories, your Hanukkah horrors, your New Year’s Eve Evils, with a dose of speculative fiction tossed in.

https://fedowarpress.com/submissions/merry-scary-christmas/

Nightlight

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. 

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

Nightfire

Deadline: June 21, 2021; Opens June 15, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Horror novels and novellas. Payment: Advance and royalties.

The Nightfire team is looking for novels and novellas for adults across the breadth of the horror genre—from the cosmic and Lovecraftian to the beloved undead tropes of zombies, ghosts, and slashers and the more uncanny and internal terrors of isolation, lost love, and aging.

https://tornightfire.com/nightfire-slush-submission-guidelines/

Nightmare: An Anthology of Ecological Horror (Dreadstone Press)

Deadline: June 30, 2021; opens June 1, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

1,000 – 4,000 words. Payment: 3 cents/word Theme: Ecological Horror Field Notes from a Nightmare will be a print and e-book anthology about environmental and ecological horrors.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#antho-jump

Dose of Dread

Deadline: June 15, 2021; opens June 1, 2021 – SUBMISSIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(checked May 30/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: June 14, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Horror on theme of Doppelgängers. Payment: 15 GBT. 

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

If I Die Before I Wake volume 6

Deadline: June 9, 2021

(checked May 26/21)

Horror. Payment: $40 per piece.

Submissions must fit the theme of the Dark Deep and should be centered around bodies of water and anything connected to them, such as sea creatures, mysterious disappearances, pirates, the Bermuda Triangle, etc, and must be written in the horror genre.

https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/submissions-v6

Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror

Deadline: June 1, 2021 or until filled

(checked Apr 16/21)

Menopause-Themed Horror. Payment: 1 cent/word.  Menopause can be hell – so show us your demons, your darkest dreams, bloodiest crimes or scariest transformations. It’s called the change of life, but transitions can be deadly.

https://sliceduppress.com/submissions-2/

Cemetery Gates: Generation Dread

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers 15-19 years of age. Genre: Horror. 1500 to 3000 words. Payment: $100 scholarship. 

https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/2021/03/09/generation-dread-submissions/

The Zodiac Killers Series (Black Ink Fiction)

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Thriller. Restrictions: Author Eligibility: Authors accepted into any unpaid BIF collection. Length: 5000-10,000 words, excluding title. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

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Darkness is Closing In. These Crime & Horror Submission Deadlines Are Imminent:

     
 





CRIME, MYSTERY, TRUE CRIME, & DARK FICTION CRIME MARKETS:

Jun – Aug 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

Hawkshaw Press

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Full-length mysteries, thrillers. Payment: Royalties. You wrote a book… a book full of intrigue, crime, maybe a few people die, but that’s just the cost of doing business. You could call the cops, but why not call us instead? We’ll take your case, and we never close.

https://hawkshawpress.com/submissions/

The Best New True Crime Stories

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime. These couples can be married, domestic partners, or lovers. 4,000-7,000 words. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. 

Important: Query first with a brief pitch.

https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/

May 2021

Crimeucopia

Deadline: May 31, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Crime Fiction. Payment: Reprints – To a Maximum of – £7.00 at present – but negotiable. New Material – 1,000 – 5,000 – up to £10 .00 at present. New Material – 6.000 – 10,000 – up to £20.00 at present.

https://www.murderousinkpress.co.uk/submissions.html

Die Laughing: An Anthology of Humorous Mysteries

Deadline: May 31, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Mystery/crime stories with off-beat characters, bungling detectives, or funny premises. Length: 1k-8k words. Payment: 2 cents USD per word, B&W comics $25 USD.

https://www.mysteryweekly.com/submit.asp?p=HUMOUR

Apr 2021

Dragon Soul Press: Murder and Mayhem

Deadline: April 30, 2021

(checked Mar 30/21)

Mystery. “A murder needs to be solved by these main characters as the stakes rise higher. Any branch of investigators can be included, even vigilantes.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/


HORROR MARKETS:

Aug 2021

Bloody Good Horror (HellBound Books)

Deadline: August 31st, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

No particular theme, no particular sub-genres, no specific word length – as the title suggests, all we want is some bloody good horror for this anthology!

So, send us along your very best horror stories, and see if you can scare our jaded team of readers! 2.5K-4K word count (although we are incredibly flexible for awesome stories!) Payment: $5.

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Creature Publishing

Deadline: August 31, 2021; Opens April 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Length: 20,000-60,000 words. Payment: Royalties

We accept both agented and un-agented submissions of fiction, nonfiction, or genre-defying prose.

Creature publishes up to four book-length works of feminist horror a year. We are looking for books that celebrate fluidity—the ability to cross boundaries and inhabit more than one category at once. While we acknowledge that categories have a certain utility, we refuse to separate horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy from each other or the literary from the mainstream. Our definition of feminist horror is broad and inclusive, and we welcome writing that pushes boundaries.

We are interested in: unreliable narrators, unlikeable female characters, the monstrous, sharp critical essays and social commentary, swamp witches, your nightmares, dystopias, psychological suspense, unraveling minds, unraveling social constructs, possession, intersectionality, hybrid genres, metafiction, dark nights, and writing on sexuality/the body, gender, race, class, disability, technology, religion, and anything and everything that makes our spines tingle.

https://www.darkmarkets.com/2020/06/creature-publishing.html

Nightlight

Deadline: August 31, 2021

(checked Apt 23/20)

Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints.

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: August 15, 2021; opens August 1, 2021

(checked Apt 23/20)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Dead Inside

Deadline: August 2, 2021

(checked Apt 23/20)

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Identity horror. “Explorations of what happens when our core identities are stripped, altered, suppressed, or denied to us, whether by choice or not.” Payment: Poetry: $25 per poem. Flash Fiction: $25 per story. Short Stories: $50 per story. NonFiction: $50 per piece for print and ebook rights.

https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/identity-horror-submission-guidelines/

34 Orchard

Deadline: July 31, 2021, Opens July 1, 2021

(checked Apt 17/20)

We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad. We like things we can’t put down and things that make us go “wow” when we’ve finished. But our main goal here at 34 Orchard is to publish the stuff we like to read, and you’re not in our heads. So don’t over think it. Just submit.

Short fiction from 1000 to 7500 words. Poetry any style or length. No reprints. Payment $50.

Reading periods:

  • Spring Issue is January 1-January 31.
  • Fall Issue is July 1-July 31.

https://34orchard.com/guidelines/?fbclid=IwAR2TYAMV6QUBES8KnAscatmqHZ6gn3GqiIWnk3pDtu3oxylpwPABWIrEVj8

Aurealis

Deadline July 31, 2021, Opens July 1/21

Due to a large number of submissions from outside Australia and New Zealand, the next window for non-Australian/NZ submissions to Aurealis will now be from 1 July 2021 to 31 July 2021.

(checked Jun 27/20)

Aurealis is an Australian Magazine that publishes compelling reads from both established and emerging writers. The magazine publishes horror, fantasy and science fiction. The magazine is partial to horror stories that are speculative rather than derivative. They are particularly strict about stories based on TV series and will not publish any superficial horror stories.

The online publication accepts submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers from 1 February – 30 September. Short horror stories should be between 2000 – 8000 words. Pay is between A$20 – A$60 for 1000 words and is only made after the publication of your story. Contributors also receive a free copy of the issue containing their story.

https://aurealis.com.au/

Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story)

Deadline: July 31, 2021. (Open until filled)

(checked Apr 23/20)

First and foremost, we are looking for the unusual and the provocative. We are seeking horror-focussed stories inspired and influenced by the transgressive fiction genre.. Payment: £15. 

https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/2021/03/13/announcement-our-debut-anthology-is-now-open-for-submissions/

Dragon Soul Press: All Dark Places

Deadline: July 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Genre: Horror. “In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.” Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties.

https://dragonsoulpress.com/anthologies/

Monsters, Monsters, Monsters (HellBound Books)

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

We are looking for monsters, of course, be it werewolves, vampires, unspeakable creatures from the darkest depths of space or the innermost circles of hell, and any manner of earthly animals running amok. And, don’t forget the most heinous monster of them all, who just may be the sweet, unassuming neighbor who lives in the house next to yours… Payment: $5

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Red Cape Anthologies: K is for Kidnap

Deadline: July 31, 2021; Opens June 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Being kidnapped must be a pretty terrifying ordeal – we’re looking for stories that convey that feeling of terror but we’re also looking for diversity. Think about who is being taken and by whom, are the kidnappers even human?” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: July 15, 2021; opens July 1, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Zodiac Killers Series (Black Ink Fiction)

Deadline: July 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Thriller. Restrictions: Author Eligibility: Authors accepted into any unpaid BIF collection. Length: 5000-10,000 words, excluding title. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

Jun 2021

Dates from Hell (Hellbound Books Publishing)

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Horror. Payment: $5. We want your stories of dates gone horrifically wrong, seemingly innocent meetings that deliver death and terror instead of romance, of psychopathic stalkers who will stop at nothing to possess their love’s still-beating heart…

http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/subs-anthologies.html

Field Notes from a Nightmare

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Ecological horror. Length: 1,000 – 4,000 words. Payment: 3 cents/word. Field Notes from a Nightmare will be a print and e-book anthology about environmental and ecological horrors.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#antho-jump

Gravelight Press 

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Seeking novel-length works: horror fiction for 2022-2023 publication. A small press that primarily publishes horror anthologies. Payment: Royalties. 

https://gravelightpress.com/submissions/

Nightlight

Deadline: June 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Restrictions: Open to Black writers. Genre: Horror. 10,000 words max. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. 

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: June 15, 2021; opens June 1, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Submissions open monthly: 1st – 15th. Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: $10.

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: June 14, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Horror on theme of Doppelgängers. Payment: 15 GBT. 

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror

Deadline: June 1, 2021 or until filled

(checked Apr 16/21)

Menopause-Themed Horror. Payment: 1 cent/word.  Menopause can be hell – so show us your demons, your darkest dreams, bloodiest crimes or scariest transformations. It’s called the change of life, but transitions can be deadly.

https://sliceduppress.com/submissions-2/

Cemetery Gates: Generation Dread

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Restrictions: Open to writers 15-19 years of age. Genre: Horror. 1500 to 3000 words. Payment: $100 scholarship. 

https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/2021/03/09/generation-dread-submissions/

The Zodiac Killers Series (Black Ink Fiction)

Deadline: June 1, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Thriller. Restrictions: Author Eligibility: Authors accepted into any unpaid BIF collection. Length: 5000-10,000 words, excluding title. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackinkfiction.com/submissions

May 2021

Darkness Blooms

Deadline: May 31, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Dark fiction on themes of Identity, Security, and Community. Payment: 8 cents/word.

https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/submit-darkness/

Madness Heart Press

Deadline: May 31, 2021

(checked Apr 23/21)

Horror. “Give us your stories of grave robbing, necrophilia, necrocannibalism, necromancy, necrophobia, desecration, deification. Bring out your dead and paint the streets in the blood of the living and the rot of the disrespected dead.” Payment: $10.

https://madnessheart.press/submissions/trigger-warning/?v=7516fd43adaa

Red Cape Anthologies: J is for Jack-o’-Lantern

Deadline: May 31, 2021; Opens April 1, 2021

(checked Jan 24/21)

Genre: Horror. 4,000-8,000 words. “Halloween in theme for these stories but the Jack-o’-Lantern must play a key role.” Payment:  £10.  

https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: May 31, 2021

(checked Mar 30/21)

Horror on theme of Mythology. Payment: 15 GBT.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Classic Monsters Unleashed

Deadline: May 30, 2021

(checked Apr 16/21)

Dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters (think famous creatures from pre-1960 horror movies). Length: 1500 to 5000 words. Payment: 6 cents/word.

https://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/

Madness Heart Press: Trigger Warning

Deadline: May 30, 2021

(checked Mar 30/21)

Horror. “Give us your stories of grave robbing, necrophilia, necrocannibalism, necromancy, necrophobia, desecration, deification. Bring out your dead and paint the streets in the blood of the living and the rot of the disrespected dead.” Payment: $10.

https://madnessheart.press/submissions/trigger-warning/?v=7516fd43adaa

Sanitarium Magazine

Deadline: May 30, 2021

(checked Apr 17/21)

Dark verse, flash fiction and short horror stories. An honorarium will be paid for any accepted piece at $5 for flash fiction or dark verse and $10 for short stories. Short stories must be 1,500 words and above, any piece below that word count will be considered flash fiction. No stories above 10,000 words will be considered unless agreed beforehand. A PDF copy of the issue will also be provided to all accepted contributors as well as credit as contributor on the back cover of the issue and on social media and a bio (optional) following the piece. Sanitarium editions are published in Kindle and paperback formats.

https://www.thesanitarium.co.uk/submissions

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Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

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Darkness is Closing In. These Crime & Horror Submission Deadlines Are Imminent:

     
 




The Best New True Crime Stories
Deadline: February 15, 2021
(checked Dec 30/20)

Genre: Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime. 4,000-7,000 words. Payment: $130, and 2 print copies of the book. 
Important: Query first with a brief pitch.
https://mitziszereto.com/call-for-submissions/



Red Cape Anthologies: J is for Jack-o’-Lantern
Deadline: February 15, 2021
(checked Dec 30/20)

Genre: Horror. “Halloween is the theme for these stories but the Jack-o’-Lantern must play a key role..” Payment:  £10. 
https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/



The Other Stories Podcast
Deadline: February 8, 2021
(checked Dec 30/20)

Genre: Horror on theme of Newly Discovered Creatures. Payment: $5.
https://theotherstories.net/submissions



Supernatural Drabbles of Dread
Deadline: February 1, 2021; Opens December 21, 2021; reprints allowed
(checked Jan 24/21)

100-250 words not including titles. Up to five acceptances per author, seven submissions allowed.
The real world contains so much horror, but not all evil has a worldly explanation.
Supernatural Drabbles of Dread is a collection of paranormal and supernatural horror stories. 
All stories must contain an element of both horror and the supernatural.
Due to story length this anthology is unpaid, however, authors will receive ebook copies and have access to paperbacks at cost
This is book 3 in the Drabbles of Dread collection.
https://macabreladies.wixsite.com/website/submissions



Last Girls Club
Deadline: January 31st, 2021
(checked Dec 30/20)

Genre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems on theme of Strange Births. Payment: Short Story-$20 upon acceptance and copy of magazine; Art-$15 for full page; Poems-$15 less than 200 words.
https://www.lastgirlsclub.com/submit?fbclid=IwAR08gYkHWAeJir6HQ9bn_W9iJjBju_-ACVisC77Oesm3s00LYl9SBwO8UdE


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