Our hiatus has ended! Submissions for Issue 4 are open from April 15 to June 30.
Submitted last fall? If you received a rejection, we ask that you submit a new piece. If you did not receive any response before the hiatus, our “preference” is for all new pieces. However, resubmission of those pieces is allowed.
What we’re looking for:
We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century. We want stories that are beautifully written, heavily atmospheric, and psychologically chilling. Also:
- Stories with Weird Fiction and Folk Horror elements are strongly welcome.
- You can’t have Gothic without a little bit of terror & horror… that being said, we are not a horror fiction magazine.
- We want stories that are: sticky, humid, moldy, decaying, soggy, electric, glowing, overripe, etc.
Our previously published works will provide the best indication of what we are looking for. Past and current issues are available for free. Other authors who match our vibe are: Daisy Johnson, Samanta Schweblin, Yoko Ogawa, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jeff VanderMeer, Mariana Enriquez.
What we’re not looking for:
- Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, cannibalism, animal abuse, or explicit sexual content.
- Stories written in Victorian Era prose.
- Stories with strong Science Fiction elements
Word count: 1,500 – 5,000 words
Payment: We currently pay a flat $65 for stories (paid within 30 days of acceptance).
Rights: Authors 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.
How to submit:
- Please submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line (Submission:[last name])
- In the body of the email please include a brief 1-3 sentence bio. Your story should always be an attachment—never in the body itself.
- Please, only submit one work at a time.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Timing/ Responses: Due to limited resources, we regret that we can no longer provide general rejection notices to authors whose work has not been chosen for publication. Only authors whose works have been accepted will receive notification. We will issue a public announcement when story decisions have been finalized.
Expedited Response: Some of our Patreon tiers come with submission-related benefits. Bronte patrons will receive expedited response times (three weeks max). Simply let us know of your Patreon status in your email. Please note: Patreon status will not have any influence on our decision-making.
Feedback Response: Patreon patrons in our Stoker tier can receive feedback on their submissions. These responses will come within three weeks after the submission window closes.
Are your word counts firm?
Yes and no. We allow a buffer of roughly 500 words on either side. However, if your story goes into this buffer, it will be held to an even higher standard.
Must stories have a modern setting?
When we say “Gothic stories for the 21st Century” we simply mean that we’re looking for stories that embrace the Gothic with a modern sensibility. However, a piece with a Victorian setting is less likely to be accepted.
Can I submit a chapter from a longer work?
Yes, in theory. It must stand completely on its own with no additional context.
Do you accept poetry or non-fiction?
No. Currently, we only publish short fiction.