If you’re in need of a list of horror short story publishers, you’ve come to the right place.
Below we’ve featured 17 publishers and have illustrated which ones are currently accepting horror short story submissions.
Horror Addicts promotes new and established authors by publishing short horror stories on their blog. The site is designed for horror lovers by horror addicts who enjoy a good story.
The online magazine publishes short stories of between 2,000 to 5,000 words. They are currently accepting submissions however, they have strict guidelines. The story must be set in the Victorian era between 1837 – 1901. It must also include a method of divination as an integral part of the story.
Authors are allowed to submit two short stories in the blind submission. Payment is $10 per story plus a digital contributor copy of the magazine.
The magazine receives many submissions and asks that authors allow at least 3 months for a response. Submissions close on 31st October 2019.
With over 40,000 members, Gothic.net is a highly respected horror site. Many stories published on this site receive award nominations and mentions in the prestigious Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror awards.
The site is currently looking for high-quality short horror stories ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 words. Payment rates are negotiable and authors may be able to get bonus promotions for future projects.
Check out their submission guidelines before sending in your story.
WordFire Press features authors such as Lucienne Diver, Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick, and more. They are currently accepting short horror stories for their “Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem” collection.
Stories must be up to 6,000 words long and the pay is $0.06 per word. The stories must feature a monster and be appropriate for a PG-13 audience. Writers are encouraged to submit all types of horror stories from funny and grim, to weird and unsettling.
Cross+Decay is an independent magazine that features dark and eerie themes. The magazine is edited and curated by CRUCIFIXVI. They are currently accepting short horror stories for their second issue “Witches”.
Writers have the freedom to interpret the issue’s theme but, all submitted works must remain relevant. Stories should be between 500-1000 words. Cross+Decay pays $0.02 per word and $0.01 for each word after 500 words.
The submission deadline is 31st August 2019. Check out the submission guidelines on their website.
This online magazine gives writers a place to shine. The magazine is an equal opportunity publisher accepting short horror stories from writers with different backgrounds. They are particularly interested in writers with bold voices waiting to be unleashed.
The magazine is currently closed to submissions. They will reopen 2 – 6 weeks from August 12, 2019. Due to the numerous manuscripts they receive, writers are advised to subscribe to the newsletter to get a notification before the invitation to submit is advertised on social media.
The magazine pays $0.05 for short horror stories and accepts up to 3,000 words. Writers can read the submissions guidelines on their website.
Nightmare is a popular horror and dark fantasy online magazine. The magazine is edited by John Joseph Adams. All submissions to this magazine must be made through their online submissions system.
They accept short horror stories of between 1500 – 7500 words, however, they generally prefer that contributors keep stories below 5,000 words. Nightmare pays $0.06 a word for all original work and $0.01 for reprints.
They are currently closed for submissions. However, Nightmare recommends that new writers read the magazine before sending in stories during their submission period each month. They do not accept fan fiction on media-based horror stories.
For more information, check out their submissions requirements and guidelines.
Anathema is home to exceptional work. The online magazine takes short horror story submissions from queer people of color, aboriginal creators, and indigenous writers. The free magazine recently ran a successful IndieGoGo campaign to keep publishing for a year and pay their writers.
This magazine accepts unsolicited submissions of 1,500 – 3000 words all year round. They pay $100 on publication. The tri-annual magazine does not accept translated works. Check out their submission requirements for more information.
The magazine receives many submissions and asks that you allow at least 8 weeks for a response.
Allegory is a bi-annual, online magazine that publishes short horror stories. It was founded by Ty Drago over 20 years ago. The magazine’s founder is also the author of the “Undertakers Series” and “Phobos” which was termed as a “strong contender for Science Fiction debut of the year” by Publisher’s Weekly.
At Allegory, top authors include Aryan Bollinger, Thomas Vaugh, Noah Lemelson, and more. The magazine specializes in horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres. They do not have a minimum or maximum word-count restriction, but they recommend that your submission be between 500- 4000 words. The pay is $15 for each story upon publication via Paypal or personal check.
Allegory Magazine publishes on the first day of May and November. Published works remain on the site for 6 months. Check out their submissions requirements.
Madness Heart Press is an online bookstore, as well as a digital horror publisher. The full-service digital publisher puts out content on multiple social media platforms and demands only the best from their contributors.
The publisher is currently taking submissions for Ghastly Gastronomy, a horror cookbook anthology. Contributors are required to feature a dish in each of their stories which should enable readers to recreate each dish.
Ghastly Gastronomy will only feature stories below 1,500 words. Each story is paid $5. Submissions close on 13th December 2019.
Madness Heart Press is also taking submissions for “Devouring Earth”, a collection of horror stories about monsters. Submissions for this collection close on 30th April 2020.
Check out their submission guidelines for more information.
10. Sub-Q Magazine
Sub-Q is an interactive magazine that is focused on growing the unique niche of interactive fiction. They take work from writers with disabilities, QUILTBAG, POC, and other underrepresented groups.
This magazine offers writers the unique opportunity to submit short, interactive horror stories. The writing needs to incorporate elements of gaming to interact with the reader. The interaction allows the reader to make choices and input commands to reveal hidden aspects of the story.
Sub-Q pays $0.09 per word for original pieces and $75 for reprints. Their submission guidelines are very specific and unique so be sure to go through them before you send them your work.
11. Black Static
Black Static was founded in 1994. The online magazine was originally named Third Alternative and later renamed so readers across the United Kingdom could fully recognize it as a horror magazine. Black Static specializes in horror, dark fantasy, and fiction.
The magazine, a member of the elite horror publications in the country, has been praised for its innovative style and bravery. Their stories are entertaining yet bold and unafraid. Some of Black Static’s writers include Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk, Lisa Tuttle, and Conrad Williams among others.
This publisher accepts short horror stories of 10,000 words or less. They do not accept work that has previously been published. Aspiring contributors can check out the magazine’s submission guidelines on their website.
12. Morpheus Tales
Morpheus Tales is a dark and edgy magazine run by a team of highly experienced writers. Some members of their team have authored major novels such as John William Aldrich’s “The Boys of Summer”.
The UK publisher specializes in horror, fantasy, and science fiction or a blend between the three. The magazine accepts short horror stories of 3,000 words or less. All submissions must be sent as a Word document and written in 12 point Times New Roman Font.
If you have a compelling, character-driven story, submit your work to email@example.com. The magazine does not pay its contributors however, successful features receive a complimentary ebook version of the magazine.
Read Morpheus Tales strict writers guidelines before you send in your short horror story.
13. Dark Helix Press
This Indie publisher is based in Ontario, Canada. Dark Helix publishes an ezine featuring fiction, non-fiction, children’s and YA stories, and horror. The magazine is focused on increasing awareness and cultural diversity and is currently accepting manuscripts for different anthology projects.
The team at Dark Helix welcomes all writers, whether emerging or established. They are currently searching for flash fiction, short stories, and more. Short stories should be 1,501 – 3,500 words. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
Check out Dark Helix Press’ website for more information about their submission guidelines. The magazine offers token amounts to appreciate their writers. The rates vary depending on the project.
Lamplight is also an online magazine based in Canada. The Magazine features dark fiction. They do not have a specific genre, they prefer good stories with a dark twist. LampLight showcases the best dark fiction by working with writers from diverse backgrounds.
The quarterly magazine accepts multiple submissions during their two submissions periods on 15 March – 15 May and 15 September – 15 November. Any submissions received outside this period are not considered.
Payment is $0.03 per word and a maximum of $150 for original, unpublished stories and $0.01 per word for reprints. More details are available on the submissions guidelines page on their website.
Aurealis is an Australian Magazine that publishes compelling reads from both established and emerging writers. The magazine publishes horror, fantasy and science fiction. They recommend browsing through their magazine to get an idea of the stories they like to publish.
The magazine is partial to horror stories that are speculative rather than derivative. They are particularly strict about stories based on TV series and will not publish any superficial horror stories.
The online publication accepts submissions from Australian and New Zealand writers from 1 February – 30 September. Short horror stories should be between 2000 – 8000 words. Pay is between A$20 – A$60 for 1000 words and is only made after the publication of your story. Contributors also receive a free copy of the issue containing their story.
Check out the submission guidelines on their website.
Although the Blend usually takes mainstream literature, they also consider horror, science fiction, and fictional stories. The Australian online publication is run by a mix of editors with varying backgrounds who are all focused on fiction designed to enlighten.
The magazine does not charge reading fees. It is published twice a year, in January and July.
They are currently accepting submissions from writers for short stories no longer than 7,000 words and no shorter than 2,500 words. Payment for fiction is AUD$50 paid two days after publication.
Their submission guidelines offer more details on the writer’s requirements.
Breach online magazine publishes short stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. The online magazine based in Australia also publishes science fiction. They are currently celebrating their 10th issue by publishing 10 stories from Australia and New Zealand writers.
Submissions for the Breach are currently open with the deadline on August 31. Stories must be between 500-2000 words. The pay for short stories is $0.01 per word to a maximum of $20. They are also taking an interesting direction by accepting novelettes of between 17,000 – 40,000 words. Read more about this on their submissions guideline page.
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