Calling All Writers: 13 Calls for Spooky Stories/Haunted Tales for Halloween 2020

Hello fellow writers! For those of you who love writing creepy stories like me, I’ve listed some paying and non-paying journals and anthologies who are looking for stories, poems, or manuscripts in the realm of the supernatural, the gothic, the horror, and/or the mysterious. Many have rolling deadlines while others have dates coming up soon, so take a gander and pick one or more to send your best ghoulish and ghostly tales…

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1. New Gothic Review

  • Wants “previously unpublished short stories that embrace and reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century.”
  • 1,500 – 6,500 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: August 15th

2. Hellbound Books Publishing

  • For their upcoming anthology “Madame Gray’s Creep”, they want “well-written, spine-tingling tales of horror infused with black humor (gallows humor)” long with “gore, psychological, killers, monsters, and occult/paranormal. Twisted and tacky is a plus.”
  • 2,500 – 8,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: September 30th

3. Underland Arcana

  • Wants numinous, esoteric, supernatural, and/or weird stories that are mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific.
  • Up to 5,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: October 1st

4. Tales from The Moonlit Path

  • Wants horror, dark fiction, speculative fiction
  • Up to 2,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: October 8th

5. Horror Addicts: Haunts and Hellions, A Gothic Romance Anthology

  • Wants horror and romance plot that includes a “female protagonist dealing with a terrifying ordeal while struggling to be with her true love.”
  • 2,000 – 5,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: October 31st

6. Three Crows Magazine

  • Wants “dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions”
  • 1,000 – 10,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: Unspecified

7. Wyldblood Press

  • Wants high quality science fiction and fantasy. Vampires and werewolves are a plus.
  • 1,000 – 6,000 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: Unspecified

8. Apex Magazine

  • Wants original fiction of the “strange, shocking, beautiful, surreal”
  • Up to 7,500 words
  • Pays
  • Deadline: Unspecified

9. Fabled Collective/The Fabled Journal

  • The Fabled Collective: a podcast that explores mysteries, legends, myths, lore, ghosts, and fairy tales
  • The Fabled Journal: a collection of fiction, creative non-fiction, along with dark history, book reviews, and tips on living a creative life
  • No pay
  • Deadline: Ongoing

10. Ink and Sword

  • Wants Mainstream Horror, Humor, Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Action, Romance (PG:13), Historical, Inspirational, Creative Non-Fiction
    • Think clean fiction
  • 1,500 – 5,000 words
  • No pay
  • Deadline: Ongoing

11. Suspense Magazine

  • Wants suspense, thriller, mystery, and horror genres for manuscripts
    • Also accepts book reviews, articles, and book excerpts
  • 5,000 and under for short stories
  • Pay unspecified
  • Deadline: Ongoing

12. Dark Moon Digest

  • Accepts short stories, flash fiction, and nonfiction: “reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside
  • 1,500 – 7,000 words for short fiction, under 1,500 for flash fiction, 500 – 3,000 for nonfiction
  • Pays
  • Deadline: Published Quarterly

13. The Dark Sire

  • Wants short fiction, poetry, and art in the subgenres of Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, and Psychological Realism
  • Offering “The Dark Sire Awards” through October 31st
    • 1,000 – 7,000 words for fiction
    • 1 – 4 pages for poetry
  • Deadline (for regular submissions): Ongoing

* The majority of these journals/anthologies were found via Horror Tree. This is a website resource with regularly updated open calls for deadline submissions, anthologies, flash, non-fiction, poetry, and reprints. They also list non-anthology opportunities for audio podcast, contest, novel, novella, magazine, and other online market submissions.

Published by Ashley Weaver

Author of historical fiction with a hint of the supernatural/fantasy

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