Submission Guidelines

We are currently OPEN for submissions until Jan. 31st. 

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that embrace and reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century.

  • Compelling plots with a strong literary bend.
  • Eerie atmosphere is key.
  • 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.

Our previously published works will provide the best indication of what we are looking for. Our past issues is available for free here.  

What we’re not looking for:

  • Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, or explicit sexual content.
  • Stories written in Victorian Era prose.
  • Fantasy.
  • Strong science fiction.
  • True Crime.

Word count: 1,500 – 6,000 words

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: We currently pay $30 for short stories upon acceptance. 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: Please submit your work to newgothicreview@gmail.com, using the subject line (Submission-[your name]). In the body of the email please include a brief 1-3 sentence bio. 

Please, only submit one work at a time. If you submit a second work while your first work is still being considered, it’ll will be deleted. 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)
  • 12 pt. font
  • PDF or .docx
  • Word count on title page

Timing: we do respond to submissions as quickly as we are able. Please allow at least five weeks for us to give you a response. Typically, a longer response time is a sign that your piece is being considered for moving forward. 

Patreon Members: Some of our Patreon tiers come with submission related benefits. Bronte patrons will receive expedited response times. Stoker patrons will receive both expedited response times and detailed rejection notes if we choose to pass. If you belong to either of these tiers, let us know in your submission. Please note: Patreon status will not have any influence on our decision making. 

 

FAQs

Must stories have a modern setting?

No. When we say “Gothic stories for the 21st Century” we simply mean that we’re looking for stories that use Gothic traditions but take a modern approach. We are open to all settings and time periods.

Can a submit a chapter from a longer work?

Yes, so long as it stands completely on its own with no additional context. 

Do you accept poetry or non-fiction?

No. We currently only publish short fiction but are looking into branching out in the future. 

Might the story, perhaps, make use of archaic prose?

While we don’t want to say “no” outright, we are mostly interested in stories told in a modern voice. (However, this does not mean that the setting has to be modern.) Dialogue is an exception.