The New Gothic Review aims to cultivate thought-provoking short fiction that embraces the tradition of gothic literature and reimagines the genre for the 21st century. Aspects of gothic literature are alive and well in various other genres (Horror, Thriller, and Speculative Fiction). However, we believe that modern gothic tales, with their intellectual exploration of the macabre, the unexplainable, and the psychological, deserve a platform of appreciation entirely of their own.
We’re currently accepting submissions for our first issue
What we’re looking for: Original short fiction that has not been published anywhere else online or in print. We’re looking for literary-standard writing of stories that deeply embrace the atmospheric, the unknown, and the “dark.”
• Genre stories with a strong literary bend.
• Eerie atmosphere is key.
• Stories with Horror and Weird elements are welcome.
• Light Science Fiction elements OK.
• Original, modern fairytales are welcome.
What we’re not looking for:
• Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, or explicit sexual content.
• True Crime.
• Perspectives from serial killers.
Word count: 2,000 – 7,500 words (though we keep an open mind)
Rights: We want authors to retain all the rights to their work. We ask for non-exclusive rights, meaning you are free to take your work elsewhere even after we publish it.
Payment: While this project is a labor of love, we believe that writers should receive payment for their work. Upon publication, we currently pay $15 for short stories we publish. In this early stage, we acknowledge that this payment is merely a token; however, as we grow, increasing our compensation for writers is our highest priority.
How to submit: Whether you’re widely published or have never shared your writing with anyone, we want to hear from you. Please click here to submit your work to email@example.com, using the subject line (Submission-[your name]). In the body of the email please include a very brief cover letter with a 1-3 sentence bio describing your relevant writing background. Please, only one submission at a time. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Your submission should be:
• Double spaced
• In a standard font (Times New Roman, Courier, etc.)
• 12 pt. font
• PDF or .docx
• Word count on title page
We look forward to reading your work!