Be sure to read the full submission guidelines on publishers’ websites prior to submitting.

That’s right, sometimes I am wrong.

Need help keeping track of submissions? Check out my guide here:

Red’s Super-Sweet Guide to Submission Organization

Do you feel like there are too many amazing calls for submissions and you can’t possibly keep up with them all? That’s okay. I recommend reading Gemma Amor’s article about submission burnout here:

Submissions: Is it Time to Get Off the Carousel? by Gemma Amor


Here are some upcoming open calls that have caught my radar:

Cemetery Gates Novel & Novella Submissions

by Cemetery Gates Media

Theme: We like supernatural ghost stories and slashers, would definitely pub multiple quality haunted house books if we get sent a bunch, urban legend/real life lore and locale-based fiction is our flavor.

Word Count: 20-40k novellas, 50-90k novels

Pay: Novel: $500-2,000 advance, 60% royalties. Novella: $500-1,000 advance, 60% royalties

Deadline: Check with publisher


Dark Lit Press Novel and Novella Submissions

Currently accepting novellas and novels that fit under the umbrella of dark and speculative fiction. Readers often crave complex and well-developed characters and plot lines, and appreciate books that explore deep, thought-provoking themes.

Click above to see website for more information.

Deadly Drabble Tuesdays

by Hungry Shadow Press

Theme: horror/weird/dark

Word Count: drabble. EXACTLY 100 words. No more, no less.

Pay: 0.08c/word (works out to $8 flat payment)

Deadline: Jan 1 – (?)


Dark Matter Magazine

Word Count: 1-5k

Pay: 8c/word

Deadline: Jan 1 – 15


Novella Submissions open

by Raw Dog Screaming Press

Theme: dark speculative fiction

Word count: 20k-38k

Deadline: Jan 9 – 23


Old Moon Quarterly

by Old Moon Quarterly

Theme: weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature, set in a secondary or historical-paranormal

Word Count: 1k – 6k

Pay: 0.08/word

Open: Jan 1-30 (?)


Seers & Sybils

Brigids Gate Press

Theme: We’re looking for stories about the mouthpieces of gods and goddesses. Who interprets their omens, tells their prophecies, sees their visions, and performs their miracles? And to what end?

Word Count: flash up to 1k, short stories 1500-5k, poetry up to 500 words

Pay: 0.08/word, poetry: $50

Deadline: Jan 1- 31


Ghoulish Tales

Theme: fun horror that aims to celebrate all things spooky

Word Count: up to 5k, (3k for nonfiction)

Pay: 7c/word

Deadline: Feb 15


The First Five Minutes of the Apocalypse

by Hungry Shadow Press

Theme: apocalyptic horror

Word Count: 1500 – 4,000

Pay: 0.03/word

Open Call: February 1 – 28


Halloween Stories

by Kangas Khan Publishing

Theme: Halloween

Word Count: 2 – 5k

Pay: 0.08/word

Deadline: March 1


No Trouble At All anthology

by Cursed Morsels Press

Theme: Polite Horror, horror disguised through polite faces/manners, horror allowed to exist when politeness comes at the cost of self-preservation, and any other interpretation of the theme

Word Count: 2 – 4,500

Pay: 0.04/word

Open Call: March 1-15


Mother Knows Best anthology

by Black Spot Books

Theme: women-in-horror anthology inspired by “bad mothers.” We’re looking for your best horror stories featuring mother-figures: mama trauma, smother-mother, etc. 

Word Count: 1 – 5k

Pay: 0.06/word

Deadline: March 31


Dead Letters: Episodes of Epistolary Horror

by Crystal Lake Publishing

Theme: Epistolary Horror,

stories written as letters, journal entries, transcripts of
radio broadcasts, newspaper clippings, text messages, etc.

Word Count: 2500 – 7,000

Pay: 0.01/word

Open Call: April 1 – June 1


Keep writing. Keep Submitting.

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