Submission Guidelines

We are currently CLOSED for submissions. Submissions will reopen for our third issue in late 2020. Check back for more details. 

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We’re looking for previously unpublished short stories that embrace and reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century.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 elements are 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 issue is available for free here.  

What we’re not looking for:

  • Stories that contain gruesome violence, gore, or explicit sexual content.
  • Fantasy.
  • Strong science fiction.
  • True Crime.

Word count: 1,500 – 6,500 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: Upon publication, we currently pay $30 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: Please submit your work to newgothicreview@gmail.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 submit one work at a time. We will not consider multiple works submitted at once. 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 highly considered for moving forward. 

Patreon Members: if you are a patron of ours on Patreon, let us know. While this will not have any influence on our decision to move forward with your work or not, we do try our best to expedite our response times for our Patreon subscribers.

 

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.