Strange Stories publishes in both print and as a free E-Zine. The original design and purpose of the magazine was to fit it to the needs of new authors, however it has since grown to include all authors, regardless of experience. It’s a chance for you to show off your work, enjoy the publishing process, and collect a well-earned publishing credit. The magazine is published on our website as well as issuu.com (here: https://issuu.com/shotgunhorrorclips). And yes, it really is free to read!
Strange Stories is accepting tales of horror and suspense! The horror genre is a versatile genre to work in. It includes Psychological Horror Stories, Metaphorical Horror Stories (the Vampire, the Werewolf, the Zombie, etc.), and Fantastic Horror Stories—a catch-all of the Horror Stories that defy categorization, including a number of Lovecraftian tales that exist so that they may terrify us. If you’re here because you love one or all of these modes of terror, you’re in the right place!
The underlying theme of this magazine is that there is no theme. It is a mix between old horror comic books and the horror pulp fiction of years past. We are looking for stories that serve as a sampler of the entire horror genre. It’s a little like Creepshow meets Tales of the Crypt meets The Twilight Zone. Above all, send us stories that are strange!
- 01 September 2018 (or 15 September 2018)
- 01 October 2018 (or 15 October 2018) (Special Halloween Issue!)
- 01 November 2018 (or 15 November 2018)
- 01 December 2018 (or 15 December 2018) (Special Christmas Issue!)
- 01 January 2018 (Noir Themed Issue!)
Submission Deadline(s): CLOSED until 01 August 18!
- 01 August – 14 August = October (Halloween Issue)
- 01 September – 14 September = November Issue
- 01 October – 14 October = December (Christmas Issue)
- 01 November – 14 November = January (Noir Theme) Issue
Payment: For October, $TBA and a Contributor’s Copy (one print copy for U.S. – PDF for international writers).
If you’d like to submit to Strange Stories, please follow the guidelines below:
- Words: Between 500 and 3,000 words, firm.
- Content Restrictions: No rape, torture porn, erotica, or sexual abuse of children. No Fantasy or Romance (sorry!). Historical Fiction is okay, but remember that we’re not experts here. Tropes and Clichés are welcome as long as they are fun!
- Rights: We reserve the right to publish your story and maintain it for free on our website and on issuu.com (or another platform, should issuu become too expensive) – that said, the rights revert to you immediately upon publication. As a curtesy, we ask that you wait six weeks before publishing it elsewhere, but you are not bound by our ‘pretty-please’ request. We also reserve the right to republish your story in anthology format at a later date (a ‘the best of…’ sort of publication).
- Format: Please See Below!
- NEW: For all italics, please label as follows: ***word*** – you can write in italics as long as you mark them as such in your submission.
- Email Guidelines:
- Include a brief bio (emphasis on brief) in the body of your email
- Attach Document – no ‘in-the-body’ manuscripts
- In subject line, write: Story Title_Word Count
- One submission at a time – submitting elsewhere at the same time you submit here is acceptable, but let us know you’re doing so and if you’re published elsewhere, please request that it be pulled from consideration with us (and congrats if that’s the case)!
- No Reprints
- No Poetry (yet)
- Send to: strangestoriesmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com
- Please follow the directions on this page! Submissions sent without regard to the submissions policy will be answered with a ‘Whoops, Try Again’ email.
- We will publish you if you are not 18, but we will require that your parents give us written consent before we do so (so please let us know if you are underage). If you’re 15 and publishing psychological horror stories, you parents ought to know about it – and that’s only fair, right? They’d be proud of your work. We are.
- This publication reserves the right to rescind an offer to publish due to creative differences (this usually happens when an author does not act professionally – rare, but it does happen, so please put your best foot forward, loosen up, and have some fun).
- We don’t share or sell your information.
- We keep the original email you send (with your story attached) in labeled folders, such as: ‘accepted’ with the date of the publication that your story is appearing in, an ‘editing’ folder, a ‘considering’ folder, or a ‘rejection’ folder (which helps us track who sent what and when – this way, we’re not confused and neither are you).
- You are not signed up to an email list or a newsletter.
- If your work is accepted, you may be contacted in the future for opportunities with DEADLIGHTS, our main magazine, or a Strange Stories anthology, but otherwise you won’t be bothered.