Magazines (listed alphabetically)

Aercastle Narratives

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What they want:

We are open to writers and voices of any genre (adventure, fantasy, horror, humor, mystery, occult, psychic, paranormal, supernatural, romance, science fiction, thriller and western stories, and very interested in reading writers who are unafraid of combining any of these genres). We are open to debuting and seasoned writers alike. We’re looking for quality tales that take us away, make us think and make us feel.

Length: 500-2,000 words
Payment: $0.02 USD/word
Submission Guidelines: http://aercastle.com/submissions/

Aghast

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What they want:

Aghast is looking for original, unpublished horror and dark fantasy stories. We prefer supernatural and weird tales. We’re unlikely to publish stories featuring serial killers, werewolves, vampires or zombies. Science fiction is okay if it’s dark.

Length: Flash Fiction (250-1,000 words), Short Stories (1,500-7,000 words), Novellas/Novelettes (10,000-30,000 words).
Payment: 1 cent/word + contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://krakenpress.com/
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Albedo One Magazine

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What they want:

We are always looking for thoughtful, well written fiction. Our definition of what constitutes SF, horror and fantasy is extremely broad and we love to see material which pushes at the boundaries.

Length: 2,500-8,000 words
Submission Guidelines: http://www.albedo1.com/html/writers_guidelines.html

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

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What they want:

We accept science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror works…

Andromeda Spaceways is intended for a wide audience, so we don’t want anything more than M rated: No gratuitous sex or graphic violence. We want the overall tone of ASIM to be light as opposed to the dark-and-gritty style that characterises so many other SF mags this day and age. This does not mean we only publish light humour pieces, though. Our readers are just as keen on traditional fantasy and hard science fiction. We’re just not the best market for doom-laden go-nowhere stories which push the boundaries of the English language into new and unfortunate places.

Given an otherwise even choice between angst and adventure, we’ll grab the adventure.

Length: Up to 10,000 words. “Submissions of up to 20,000 words are permitted from subscribers and from authors resident in Australia and New Zealand.”
Payment: 1.25 cents AUD ($20 minimum per piece).  Flash fiction $10 AUD per piece.
Submission Guidelines:  http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/submissions/the-details/

Apex Magazine

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What they want:

What we want is sheer, unvarnished awesomeness. We want the stories it scared you to write. We want stories full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. We want science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three—the dark, weird stuff down at the bottom of your little literary heart. This magazine is not a publication credit, it is a place to put your secret places and dreams on display. Just so long as they have a dark speculative fiction element—we aren’t here for the quotidian.

Length: Up to 7,500 words for fiction.  Poetry up to 200 lines.
Payment: 6 cents per word
Submission Guidelines: http://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/

Ares Magazine

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What they want:

We seek original Science Fiction stories, art, and games to publish in Ares Magazine. Our primary interest is in action- and adventure-oriented stories in the genres below.

Preferred Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Horror, Alternative History, Pulp Adventure.

Length: 1,000-60,000 words.  Prefers 4,000-10,000.
Payment: $0.05 per word for original fiction.
Submission Guidelines: http://aresmagazine.com/?page_id=46

Bete Noire

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What they want:

We here at Bete Noire are looking for stories that are well written, character driven and have a dark bent to them.  We are open to most genres as long as they have a dark side.  This includes horror, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, crime, mystery or dark humor.  However, vampires plus sparkle equals rejection.

Length: 50-4,000 words
Payment: $10 payment + PDF contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:  http://www.betenoiremagazine.com/magazineguidelines.htm

Betwixt

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What they want:

Betwixt publishes speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, horror, slipstream, weird fiction, npunk, you name it. We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches. Experiments in form and style are welcomed enthusiastically—but a straightforward narrative with tight, crisp language is just as beautiful. When it comes down to it, we want stories that will amaze us, astound us, provoke our thoughts, and boggle our minds.

Length: 4,000-7,000 words ideal.  Will consider range from 1,000-30,000 words.
Payment: We pay $0.02 per word up to $150, payable upon receipt of completed contract and author questionnaire.
Submission Guidelines: http://betwixtmagazine.com/submissions/

Beware the Dark

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What they want:

The most important thing we are looking for with fiction is well-written original horror and erotic horror stories. They must grab us and hold our attention. We love stories that are atmospheric and also a little unusual. Be creative and surprise us!

The type of fiction we like is the kind that grabs you from the very beginning and keeps your attention all the way through. It must be well-written and enjoyable. Please don’t shock just for shock’s sake, make sure the sex, violence, and horror is important to the story and not just there to gross people out. Authors we really like are: Richard Laymon, Ray Garton, Graham Masterton, David J. Schow, Rex Miller, George R. R. Martin, Nancy A. Collins, Dean Koontz, Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, F. Paul Wilson and Bentley Little, to name a few. And to get an idea of the type of erotic horror fiction we like please use the Hot Blood series edited by Jeff Gelb as a reference. The stories in those anthologies are proper erotic horror fiction. We are after erotic horror fiction that is more seductive than sleazy. Please only send us your very best original work, no reprints.

Payment: We pay 0.7 pence (1 cent) per word to a maximum of £35 for unsolicited fiction. Max word limit 5,000 (flexible).  Plus 1 free print copy and digital edition in which your work appears plus a free one year digital subscription starting from the issue after which your work appears in.
Submission Guidelines: http://sstpublications.co.uk/sst/Magazines/BTD-Submissions.html

Black Static

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What they want:

We are always open to submissions of new horror and dark fantasy short stories of up to about 10,000 words in length.

Payment: semi-pro market
Submission Guidelines: http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/

BLIGHT Digest

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What they want:

Well written stories that play out the human experience against unimaginable and terrifying odds. Dark fiction that defined more by the story than the splatter. We are open to supernatural, psychological and physical fear.

Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: 1 cent a word ($25 max)
Submission Guidelines: http://submissions.oneeyepress.com/
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Blood Magazine

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What they want:

We’re looking for horror in all its forms, whether it’s subtle creepiness or over-the-top gore.  Rainbows, unicorns, and happy endings need not apply.

Length:  Prefers stories under 5,000 words.  Flash fiction welcome.
Payment: Contributor copies.  No payment.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.bloodmagazine.com/pages/submission-guidelines

Bloodbond

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What they want:

Bloodbond publishes short stories, poems, art, and articles, reviews, and interviews, all related to vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. We are especially interested in stories that combine science fiction with these topics, and that take place on or in relation to other worlds. Stories absolutely must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. Must have. Stories are always about characters, first and foremost. The blood and moon and whatnot comes afterwards, as a sort of side effect. Your story should take us into the world of the vampire, were-critter, or shapeshifter, and should take us into the mind and experience of your protagonist.

Length: Short stories (3,000-8,000 words), Poems (12-100 lines), Articles (1,500-8,000 words).
Payment: $20 for stories, $4 for poems, $10 for articles.
Submission Guidelines: http://albanlake.com/bloodbond/

Cemetery Dance Magazine

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What they want:

Horror, dark mystery, and suspense short stories. We want tales that are powerful and emotional — creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are always welcome. Both supernatural and psychological stories are fine. Most common reasons for rejection are: lack of power, lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, boring themes. Read the magazine, see what type of fiction we are publishing — don’t submit with a blind eye!

Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Payment: semi-pro/pro market
Submission Guidelines: http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/category/guidelines/ 

Cover of Darkness

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What they want:

Cover of Darkness publishes dark fantasy and horror.  Before we go any further, we want to emphasize this to potential contributing writers:  our idea of a good horror story is one that you read with all the lights on, and you look over your shoulders while you turn the pages.  Put another way, meeting a zombie is not scary; meeting a zombie unexpectedly is scary.  Capisce?  Okay, let’s try this:  when we see intestines, we want to make twisty-squeakies–giraffes, cocker spaniels, etc.  Blood and gore is not scary; it’s just icky and oogie.  We don’t want our readers to puke.  We want them to shiver.

Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Payment: $15 + contributor’s copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/coverofdarknessgl.htm

Notes: Published quarterly. Individual issues & subscriptions available at sdpbookstore.com.