Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

(UPDATED 8/23/23)

This is going to be a long article filled with lots of names and numbers, but I think when you really soak it all up and study the various genres, it won’t be as intimidating and overwhelming as you may think. I can remember attending my first AWP conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in NYC back in 2008. I walked into the book fair and almost had a panic attack. AWP is one of the largest writing conferences in the nation, and the tables, the people—there were THOUSANDS of writers and editors and publications. For hours I walked around and talked to people at well-known places like Tin House and W. W. Norton, as well as smaller independents like Dzanc Books and Hobart. I filled up my briefcase with journals, magazines and books, spending hundreds of dollars. But by the end of the week, I felt like I had seen a lot, absorbed a great deal—and I realized that it was finite, not endless. I could actually wrap my head around the idea, the scope of publishing in the 21st century. And that’s a good thing.


Your approach to publishing is going to be very specific, and personal—these are your goals, your hopes and dreams, your aspirations. Whatever advice I give you today, whatever lists I make, these are based on my needs. Yes, I will try to represent the best publications across many different genres, the main genres, but in the end, I can only talk about journals, magazines, and websites that appeal to me. You may not like the places I list, or they may not be appropriate for your work. In the end it’s up to YOU to do the research, to make your own lists, and to start building a network around your writing that will hopefully, ultimately, support your writing career.


Your approach to publishing is going to be very specific, and personal... In the end it’s up to YOU to do the research, to make your own lists, and to start building a network around your writing that will hopefully, ultimately, support your writing career.

You need to figure out what’s important to you. Do you need to get paid, and how much? Do you want to be in print or online (there are benefits to both)? Do you write in one genre or many? Do you want to publish exclusively in print journals to beef up your CV? Are you chasing elite white whales that have an acceptance rate of less than 1%? These are all valid goals—so just make sure that you are very aware of what you want to do. Don’t compare your goals, or your successes (or failures) to other writers, here at LR or out in the world—it will drive you crazy. Be patient, be thorough, and have fun with it. Nobody can support your writing like you can.


I’ll be very brief about this, but I wanted to share my approach to submitting. Basically, when I’m done with a story, I think about where it should go. And not every story I write is submitted to the same place. I know that a horror story that would be great for Cemetery Dance is not something I should send to The Missouri Review. Once I figure out the genre (or genres) for my story, I go over my list at Duotrope (yes, pay the $50, yes use all of their features) and searching WITHIN my favorites (300+ publications) I narrow it down and sort it by pay and tiers. What does that mean? Yes, I want to get paid, and more often these days that is my top priority, but I’m also realistic, and I’d rather publish a story in an elite magazine and not get paid than not publish at all. I do set a minimum, I know “how low” I want to go with a story, and I never submit to anyplace that makes me feel like I’m settling. I send my stories to the best publications—I always start at the top, so that means the best pay, the most prestigious, the hardest to get into, and then I work my way down. By down, I mean less pay, and less pay, until there is no pay, but again, never settling for anyplace that I don’t deem worthy. I send my stories far and wide, usually hitting 10 markets at a time, at least. Sometimes I’ll get accepted in days, but more likely it’ll take months. Be patient, and take note—simultaneous submissions are your friend.


Before I give you the list of where I want to be, I thought it might be helpful to show you where I’ve been. I’ve published over 170 stories, online and in print. Here is where my stories have gone. As you’ll see, I started out at smaller publications and worked my way up. Unfortunately, some of the places I’ve published at are no longer around.  When I say AT it typically means online, when I say IN it typically means print (or digital, such as PDF or eBook). Dates are for publication. I try to get pro pay or higher these days (2018 on). [Currently 176 total—125 original stories, 47 reprints, 4 non-fiction. 79 in collections.]


  1. “Choose Your Own Demise” with Repo Kempt in Qualia Nous 2 (Written Backwards)


  1. “The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation” in Pulp Literature #38 (reprint) 
  2. "Kindred Spirits" in Reflections (Lycan Valley Press Publications)
  3. "Battle Not With Monsters" in Cemetery Dance #78
  4. “The Keeper of the Light” The Fiends in the Furrows III: Final Harvest (Nosetouch Books)
  5. "An Unusual Pedigree" in Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao (Journalstone)
  6. "Oscillation" in Lightspeed #TBD
  7. “Ripples in a Pond” in Deathrealm: Spirits (Shortwave Publishing)


  1. "Peripheral Vision" in The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors (Bad Hand Books)
  2. “From Within” in Weird Horror (Flame Tree Press) (reprint)
  3. “The H Word: Pacing in Horror” in Nightmare Magazine (non-fiction)
  4. “Shackled to the Shadows” in Shallow Waters: A Flash Fiction Anthology (Halloween Edition) (Crystal Lake Publishing) (reprint)
  5. “Chrysalis” in Alternative Holidays (B Cubed Press) (reprint)


  1. "Saudade" in PRISMS (PS Publishing) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  2. “Rotten to the Core” in Liminal Spaces (Cemetery Gates Media)  


  1. "How Not to Come Undone" XVIII (Underland Press) (reprint)
  2. “Chrysalis” in Christmas Horror, Volume Three (Dark Regions Press) (reprint)
  3. “Little Red Wagon” at Cossmass Infinities (reprint)
  4. "In His House" in The Nightside Codex (Silent Motorist Media)
  5. "Gandaberunda" in Shallow Waters, Volume Six (Crystal Lake Publishing) (reprint)
  6. "Requital" in One of Us (Bloodshot Books) (reprint)


  1. "Golden Sun" in Chiral Mad 4 (Written Backwards) (novelette) with Michael Wehunt, Damien Angelica Walters, and Kristi DeMeester in Best Horror of the Year, Volume Eleven (reprint)
  2. "Undone" in Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (Pantheon Magazine) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  3. "Open Waters" in When the Clock Strikes 13 (In Your Face Books)
  4. "The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation" in Shallow Creek (STORGY)
  5. "Clown Face" in Greasepaint and 45s (Down & Out Books)
  6. "Ring of Fire" (novelette) in The Seven Deadliest (Cutting Block Books)
  7. "In the Shadows" in The Field Guide to Evil (MONDO / Alamo Drafthouse)
  8. "The H Word: How The Witch and Get Out Helped Usher in the New Wave of Elevated Horror" Nightmare (non-fiction)
  9. "Love Letters" in Shallow Waters: A Flash Fiction Anthology (Crystal Lake) (reprint)
  10. “Danielle Descends” for Gotham Ghostwriters, on Twitter
  11. “Richard Returns” for Gotham Ghostwriters, on Twitter
  12. “Martin Migrates” for Gotham Ghostwriters, on Twitter
  13. "Urgent! Do Not Delete." in Trickster's Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 509 (reprint)
  14. "Love Letters" in Trickster's Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 509 (reprint)


  1. "White Picket Fences" at Hypnos (reprint)
  2. "Urgent! Do Not Delete." in 13 Dark Project
  3. "Golden Sun" in Chiral Mad 4 (Written Backwards) (novelette) with Michael Wehunt, Damien Angelica Walters, and Kristi DeMeester 
  4. "Requital" in Lost Highways (Crystal Lake)
  5. "The Many Faces of Horror: Craft Techniques" (non-fiction) in It's Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life


  1. "How Not to Come Undone" at The Writing Disorder (reprint)
  2. "Nodus Tollens" in Deciduous Tales (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  3. "Hiraeth" in Behold! Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonder (Crystal Lake Publishing) 
  4. "The Many Faces of Horror: Story Techniques" (non-fiction) Where Nightmares Come from: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre
  5. "White Picket Fences" in Tales from the Shadow Booth (reprint)
  6. “Vision Quest” at Norwegian American (reprint)
  7. "The Offering on the Hill" at Gamut (reprint)
  8. "Repent" at Gamut (reprint)


  1. "How Not to Come Undone" in Blue Monday Review
  2. "Repent" in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  3. "The Offering on the Hill" in Chiral Mad 3 (Written Backwards) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  4. "Golden Geese" novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books)
  5. “Little Red Wagon” in Unoriginal #3 (reprint) 2,566


  1. "Little Red Wagon" at The Writing Disorder (reprint)
  2. "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave" in Blue Monday Review (reprint)
  3. "From Within" at Cease, Cows (reprint) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  4. "Shackled to the Shadows" in Truth or Dare? (PMMP)
  5. "Chasing Ghosts" in Cemetery Dance
  6. "From Within" in Slave Stories: Scenes from the Slave State (Omnium Gatherum) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year AND the Million Writers Award) 


  1. "Tinkering With The Moon" at Goreyesque 
  2. "Chrysalis" in XIII (Underland Press)
  3. "Fireflies" in Spark: A Creative Anthology (reprint)
  4. "Surrender" in The Sirens Call eZine (reprint)
  5. "Sugar and Spice" in CCLap Journal 
  6. "The God of War" in Pantheon Magazine 
  7. "Homecoming" in 22 More Quick Shivers
  8. "White Picket Fences" in Shadows Over Main Street (Hazardous Press) (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year) 
  9. "Balance Sheet" in Penumbra 
  10. "Asking for Forgiveness" at Menacing Hedge (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  11. "Dance, Darling" in The Oddville Press
  12. "Little Red Wagon" in Litro 
  13. "Moving Heavy Objects" at storySouth 
  14. "Bringing in the Sheaves" in Dead Harvest (reprint)
  15. "The Jenny Store" in Qualia Nous (reprint) (Written Backwards)
  16. “Descent” at ManArchy (reprint)
  17. “Because the Night” in Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen (Gutter Press)
  18. "Gandaberunda" at ManArchy (reprint)
  19. “Trinity” in Revenge of the Scammed 1,198 (reprint)


  1. "Kiss Off" at Parable Press 
  2. "The Fix-It Man" at Black Heart Magazine 
  3. "Garage Sales" in Midwestern Gothic 
  4. "Bringing In the Sheaves" in Sanitarium Magazine (reprint)
  5. "Love Letters" at Cease, Cows (reprint)
  6. "Trinity" in Reloaded: Both Barrels (Vol. 2) 
  7. "Head Like a Hole" in Pantheon Magazine 
  8. "Vision Quest" at Parable Press (reprint)
  9. "Flowers for Jessica" at MAYDAY Magazine (reprint)
  10. "Herniated Roots" in Long Distance Drunks
  11. "Death Knell" in Bleed
  12. "Playing With Fire" in Chiral Mad 2 (Written Backwards)
  13. "Divining" at Revolt Daily (reprint)
  14. "Rapture" in Pantheon Magazine
  15. "Wicker Park Pause" at Revolt Daily (reprint)
  16. "Gandaberunda" at Shotgun Honey
  17. "This is How It Ends, My Love" in Vignettes from the End of the World
  18. "Flowers for Jessica" in Gaia: Shadow & Breath (reprint)
  19. "Bury Me Deep" at The Big Adios
  20. "Victimized" in The Best of the Horror Society
  21. "The Culling" in Fear the Reaper (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  22. "Dance, Darling" in Cipher Sisters
  23. "Surrender" in The Booked Anthology
  24. "Bloodline" in Daddy Cool (Artistically Declined Press)
  25. "Chrysalis" in Arcadia
  26. “Descent” at We Are Vespertine


  1. "Flowers for Jessica" in Weird Fiction Review #3 (Centipede Press)
  2. "Fireflies" at Circa Review (reprint)
  3. "Ten Steps" at The Dying Goose (reprint)
  4. "Something's Broken" at Flywheel Magazine
  5. "Bringing In the Sheaves" at Beat the Dust
  6. “On a Bent Nail Head” in Nova Parade (Solarcide)
  7. "Divining" in Curbside Splendor #3
  8. "Tinkering With the Moon" in Gargoyle #58
  9. "Fireflies" in Polluto #9 (long-listed for Best Horror of the Year)
  10. "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears" in Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books)
  11. "Dyer" at Beat to a Pulp
  12. "The Handyman" at Conjectural Figments
  13. "Misty" at ManArchy
  14. “Jimmy Five Ways” at Punchnel’s (contest finalist)
  15. “Vision Quest” at The Surreal Grotesque
  16. “Cassandra Left Behind” at Thickjam
  17. "The Wastelands” in Into the Darkness (Necro Publishing)


  1. "Wicker Park Pause" in One Buck Horror (contest winner)
  2. “Charlotte Sometimes” at ZOUCH (contest runner-up)
  3. "Transmogrify" in Dark Moon Presents: Vampires (Dark Moon Books) (reprint)
  4. "The Jenny Store" in In Search Of a City: L.A. in 1,000 Words (Thunderdome)
  5. "Kiss Off" in Emprise Review #21
  6. "Buried" at Rotten Leaves
  7. “Transmogrify” in Terror Scribes (Dog Horn Publishing) (reprint)
  8. "Death Knell" at Thunderdome
  9. "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave" at Metazen (Pushcart Prize nomination)
  10. "Love Letters" at Cannoli Pie
  11. "Underground Wonder Bound" in Noir at the Bar, Volume 1 (reprint)
  12. "Seeing Red" in Crime Factory #7
  13. "Say Yes to Pleasure" in Warmed and Bound
  14. "Herniated Roots" in Speedloader (Snubnose Press)    
  15. "Daybreak" at Stepaway Magazine
  16. "After She Has Gone" at Shotgun Honey
  17. "Gateway" at Dirty Noir
  18. "Ten Steps" at ChiZine (The Chiaroscuro)    
  19. "Splintered" at PANK
  20. "Stillness" in Shivers VI (Cemetery Dance)
  21. "Victimized" in Murky Depths #15
  22. "Terrapin Station" in Pear Noir #5
  23. "Again" at Leodegraunce
  24. “Stephen King Ate My Brain” at Nefarious Muse
  25. “Fool Me Once” at Blink-Ink
  26. “Carve Away Everything That Isn’t a Turtle” at Blink-Ink


  1. "Released" at Outsider Writers Collective
  2. "Transmogrify" in Eternal Night: A Vampire Anthology (Living Dead Press)
  3. "Condemned" at Cherry Bleeds


  1. "Everything is Beautiful" at Troubadour 21
  2. "Dishwater Blonde" in Sideshow Fables (as Gordon Hurstgreen)
  3. "Maker of Flight" at ChiZine (contest winner)
  4. "Honor" in Colored Chalk #10
  5. "Interview" at Troubadour 21
  6. "Your Enemies Will Devour You" in The Oddville Press
  7. "Paying Up" in Colored Chalk #8
  8. "A Bird in the Hand" at 3:AM Magazine
  9. "Three Mistakes" at Word Riot
  10. "Twenty-Dollar Bill" in Colored Chalk #7
  11. "Unzipped" at Dogmatika
  12. "Underground Wonder Bound" in Vain #5
  13. "Freedom" at Nefarious Muse
  14. "Fate" in Cause & Effect #5 


  1. "Amazement" in Colored Chalk #5
  2. "Fringe" in Colored Chalk #4
  3. "Fallible" in Colored Chalk #3
  4. "Committed" in Colored Chalk #2
  5. "Steel-Toed Boots" in Colored Chalk #1
  6. "Redemption" in Gold Dust Magazine #15
  7. "Animal Magnetism" at Opium Magazine


Okay, here are the lists. I’m going to add my BIG LIST at the end of this article, but for now I’m going to break it down by genre. Obviously there will be some overlap, so keep that in mind. I’m searching only for short stories, so for flash, novellas, etc. just be aware of this. Most places that take flash fiction also take short stories.

Doing a quick search on Duotrope, there are 256 professional paying markets (.05 a word and up). Of those, there are 28 for horror, 43 for fantasy, 17 for crime/thrillers, and 189 for literary fiction. Obviously there are a lot more literary markets out there, about 2,000 according to my searches, with only about 10% paying professional rates. There are about 139 that pay semi-pro rates (.01-.05 a word) and 104 that pay token rates (.01 a word or less). That leaves about 1,600 literary markets that do not pay anything—just something to chew on. Of my personal list of favorites (356 markets, across many genres) there are 63 that pay something, with 21 paying professional rates, 13 paying semi, and 15 paying token rates. I have a total of 220 literary markets in my favorites list, so that leaves a whopping 157 that don’t pay anything at all. And this is a list of publications that, in theory, are all top-notch magazines and journals, all places I want to be. We’ve been talking about pay rates lately at Lit Reactor so just keep some of these numbers in mind. (Favorites get an asterisk * next to the name.)


I have 262 markets listed for horror. Of them, 32 pay pro rates, 53 semi to pro, 81 at token rates, leaving 96 that don’t pay at all. I’m only going to talk about semi pro and higher here, the rest will be on the big list:

Pro+ Semi+
Apex Aurealis
Augur Black Static*
Clarkesworld (dark F/SF only) Cemetery Dance*
Dark Matter Dark Moon Digest
The Dark Fiyah
The Deadlands  Hypnos
Fantasy  Kaleidotrope
F&SF  Lamplight*
Flame Tree  New Myths
Infinite Horrors (new)  On Spec
Nightmare*  Pulp Literature
Planet Scumm (new)  Stupefying Stories
Pseudopod  Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Strange Horizons  Unnerving
Uncharted Weird Tales
Vastarien Year's Best Hardcore Horror

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Clarkesworld is elite, Black Static is very cool. Cemetery Dance is fantastic (often closed, and very slow), The Dark, Nightmare, and Lamplight are great. On my list of non-paying, I’ve published at Beat to a Pulp, Conjectural Figments, and Surreal Grotesque. I also like Uncanny Valley and Hyperpulp. Newer markets are Augur, Flame Tree, and Vastarien, as well as Deadlands and Uncharted.


You will start to see some repeats here. Many publications that like dark fiction are open to fantasy/sci-fi, horror, and even crime/thrillers. I have 264 on my list, with 48 paying pro rates or above, 55 paying semi and up, 79 with a token payment, leaving 82 non-paying markets. Again, I’ll only list the semi and higher below.

Analog (SF only)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies*
Daily Science Fiction
Fantasy & Science Fiction* (F&SF)
Liminal Stories
Nightland (SF only)
Planet Scumm (new)
Strange Horizons*
VALRYN annual (new)

Abyss & Apex*
Dark Discoveries
On Spec
Bourbon Penn
Electric Velocipede
Innsmouth Free Press
Blue Shift

GENERAL THOUGHTS: On places I haven’t already mentioned, I’m a big fan of F&SF. I don’t write as much F/SF as I do horror/neo-noir, so I know less about these markets. BUT, obviously Asimov and Analog are two big names, as is Tor (currently closed to submissions). Beneath Ceaseless Skies is cool. Lightspeed is a hot market. I forgot to mention Orson Scott Card’s website, but he’s a huge name in the business, but they only want content up to PG-13. Bourbon Penn is a little bit easier to get into, and I like them a lot.


There are really very few markets for crime writers these days. That’s why it’s great to find a market that is open to fantasy, SF, horror and crime. You should be able to squeeze in there with dark fiction in general. I’m going to combine crime, mystery, thrillers and suspense into one category here, but be aware that there is a wide range within these 49 markets.  Only 3 pay pro rates, 11 at semi and up, 11 paying a token amount, and the rest paying nothing. Tough racket, these guys, but if anything, that will help you to focus.

Alfred Hitchcock
Ellery Queen* (closed to submisions)
Fable (anthology)
Shock Totem* (dead)

Cemetery Dance*
Dark Discoveries
Dark Intent
Norwegian American
Pulp Literature
Breath & Shadow

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Hitchcock and EQ are the big names, but they are also pretty straight. I don’t think I have to say (or maybe I do) that you must do your research and READ what is in these various publications. Go to the library and check them out, buy them cheap at used bookstores, get a subscription, swap copies with friends, or read the work online. What Hitch and EQ want compared to Shroud is very different. Dark Intent is a new White Cat rag, and I dig them a lot. I really like Shroud a lot, too. Of the non-paying not listed, that I haven’t mentioned before, I’ve published at Flywheel, Punchnel’s, and Crime Factory, and really love Needle.


This is a huge list, so please do consult the BIG LIST later for more ideas. I’m going to make a couple of different sub-lists here, since there are hundreds of literary journals out there. A new policy that some journals are adopting is charging MANDATORY fees to submit. I’ve put an asterisk next to those. I don’t like this approach, but if the postage is the same, I MAY pay it.


Bear Deluxe
Capilano Review
Cincinatti Review*
Copper Nickel*
Electric Literature
Georgia Review
Kenyon Review
Missouri Review*
New Yorker*
One Story
Paris Review*
Southern Review*
Threepenny Review
Tin House*
Virginia Quarterly Review

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Wow, what a list. But only 21 markets here, out of MY favorites. I’d pretty much love to publish with any of these. Tin House is not only cool, but also elite. Atlantic, New Yorker, Paris Review, impossible to get into, and I wonder if they actually do read the slush pile. I have sent many stories to Missouri Review and Ploughshares. All of these are very hard to get into.


Black Warrior*
Colorado Review*
Gettysburg Review
Iowa Review
Ninth Letter
Sycamore Review
Unmanned Press

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Love Black Warrior. These are all very difficult to get into.


Antioch Review
Bourbon Penn*
Gulf Coast
Idaho Review
Indiana Review
New Ohio Review
New Orleans Review*
One Story
River Styx

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Cincinnati Review is open to some wild stuff, magical realism and whatnot. One Story is a great tiny independent rag that really carries a lot of weight.


I just wanted to list the most exclusive markets at Duotrope to show you where some of the overlap is. (There’s also a list of EASIEST markets there, but you can do better than that).

1. Tin House (0.11 %)
2. Mid-American Review (0.21 %)
3. Ninth Letter (0.21 %)
4. Shimmer (0.23 %)
5. The Threepenny Review (0.26 %)
6. Clarkesworld Magazine (0.27 %)
7. The Collagist (0.27 %)
8. Ploughshares (0.29 %)
9. Glimmer Train (0.32 %)
10. Hayden's Ferry Review (0.33 %)
11. Fugue (0.34 %)
12. Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) (0.35 %)
13. The Cincinnati Review (0.36 %)
14. Asimov's Science Fiction (0.38 %)
15. Word Riot (0.38 %)
16. Crazyhorse (0.38 %)
17. Five Points (0.4 %)
18. Alaska Quarterly Review (0.48 %)
19. Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (0.49 %)
20. West Branch (0.5 %)
21. The Paris Review (0.5 %)
22. Strange Horizons (0.55 %)
23. Prairie Schooner (0.55 %)
24. Puerto del Sol (0.56 %)
25. Short Story Award for New Writers (0.58 %)

Maybe you recognize a few of these from my previous lists, yeah? The top 25 and we’re still under 1% acceptance rate.


This is my final list before the BIG LIST. It’s a list of the markets that have rejected my work the most. Obviously these are the people I’ve been going after, the publications that I most want to publish with, so maybe that will help you as well. Obviously, these are across various genres, so keep that in mind. Minimum inclusion on this list is FIVE rejections (the number next to the listing is how many stories of mine they have rejected). I was going to make a list of just “cool markets” but I think you can probably assume any listing you see on THIS list that wasn’t on any previous list—yeah, I think they’re cool and worthy of submission.

Apex 14
Augur 3
Black Static 6
Cemetery Dance (in twice)
Clarkesworld 16
Dark, The 13
Fantasy & SF, The Magazine of 12
Flame Tree Publishing 8 (in once)
Lightspeed 5

Nightmare 8
Shimmer 11
Shock Totem 10
Shroud 5

Strange Horizons 6
Uncanny Valley 7
Unnerving 3
Vastarien 6
Weird Tales 3

That’s quite a list, yeah? Painful stuff, but when I finally break through, it’ll be so fantastic.


Well, here you go. I hope that everything leading up to this has helped. You don’t have to go to, all of that information is out there, there are other sources, but I really love what they do, and find it easy to stay organized there. Try Ralan for speculative and New Pages for literary, if you must. This big list has publishers as well as journals, magazines and websites. It also notes where I have been accepted, and if they have closed. Most of those stories are still available, so I’ve left them on the list. Feel free to keep an eye on this list, as it is always evolving, being trimmed down, and beefed up, over at my blog.

Please feel free to post up any questions if I’ve missed something, or if you want more information on a particular publication. Enjoy! And start submitting! Make 2013 the year you break through. (NOTE: Not up to date.)

22 Magazine, The
3:AM Magazine (accepted)
751 Magazine
A cappella Zoo
Abyss & Apex
Alaska Quarterly Review
Albedo One
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
alice blue
Another Chicago Magazine
Apex Book Company
Apex Magazine
Apodis Publishing
Aqueous Books
Arcane Anthology Series
Artifice Magazine
Atlas Review, The
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Atlantic, The
Atticus Review
Barge Journal
Bat City Review
Bear Deluxe
Beat the Dust (accepted)
Beat to a Pulp (accepted)
Beloit Fiction Review
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Berkley Fiction Review
BETTER: Culture & Lit
Big Lucks
Big Pulp
Black Clock
Black Heart Magazine
Black Lawrence Press
Black Static
Black Warrior Review
Blink-Ink (twice, Pushcart nomination)
Blip (formerly Mississippi Review)
Blue Earth Review
Blue Mesa Review
Blue Shift Magazine
BOMB Magazine
Booked Podcast (accepted, anthology)
Bourbon Penn
BULL: Men’s Fiction
Buzzy Mag
Camera Obscura
Candlemark & Gleam
Cannoli Pie (accepted) [dead]
Capilano Review, The
Cavalier Literary Couture
Cause & Effect (accepted) [dead]
Cemetery Dance (accepted, for Shivers VI)
Cherry Bleeds (accepted) (dead)
Chicago Review
Cimarron Review
Cincinnati Review, The
Circa Review (accepted)
Citron Review, The
Clarkesworld Magazine
Coachella Review, The
Coffee House Press
Collagist, The
Colorado Review
Colored Chalk (multiple acceptances) (DEAD)
Comet Press
Composite {Arts Magazine}
Conjectural Figments (accepted)
Copper Nickel
Cream City Review
Crime Factory, The (accepted)
CrimeSpree Magazine
Criminal Element
Crystal Lake Publishing
(accepted, Fear the Reaper anthology)
Curbside Splendor (accepted)
Daily Science Fiction
Dark Discoveries
Dark Horizons
Dark Intent Magazine
Dark Moon Books
(accepted,Vampires and Slices of Flesh anthologies)
Dark Moon Digest
Dark Sky Magazine
Descant (Canada)
Dirty Napkin, The
Dirty Noir (accepted) [dead]
Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The
Dogmatika (accepted) [dead]
Dying Goose, The (accepted)
Dzanc Books
eFiction Fantasy
eFiction Horror
Electric Literature
Electric Velocipede
Eleven Eleven
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Emerson Review, The
Emprise Review (accepted)
Epiphany: A Literary Journal
Existere – Journal of Arts and Literature
F Magazine
Fairy Tale Review
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Featherproof Books
Fiction International
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Flambard Press
Flying Pen Press
Flywheel Magazine (accepted)
Fourteen Hills
Foxing Quarterly
Freight Stories
Frogmore Papers
Fugue State Press
Full of Crow Quarterly Fiction
Gargoyle (accepted)
Gettysburg Review, The
Glimmer Train
Going Down Swinging (AU)
Gold Dust Magazine (accepted)
Grave Tales
Graywolf Press
Greensboro Review, The
Grist: The Journal for Writers
GUD: Greatest Uncommon Denominator
Harpur Palate
Hayden’s Ferry Review
Heavy Feather Review
Horror Zine, The
Idaho Review
Ig Publishing
Ilura Press
Indiana Review
Innsmouth Free Press
Jersey Devil Press
Journal, The
Kenyon Review, The
Keyhole Magazine
Labletter, The
Lake Effect
L’Allure des Mots

Leodegraunce (accepted)
Literary Fever
Literary Review, The
Little Patuxent Review
LITRO: Stories Transport You
Lowesoft Chronicle
MacAdam/Cage Publishing
MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine
ManArchy Magazine (accepted)
Manic D Press
McSweeney’s Books
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
McSweeney’s Quarterly
Medallion Media Group
Menacing Hedge
Metazen (accepted, Pushcart nomination)
Midnight Echo
Midwestern Gothic
Missouri Review, The
Mixer Publishing
Molotov Cocktail, The
Morrigan Books
Mundania Press
Murky Depths (accepted) [closed]
Natural Bridge
Necro Publications (accepted, Into the Darkness anthology)
Needle: A Magazine of Noir
Nefarious Muse (accepted, twice)
Nervous Breakdown, The (featured book reviewer)
New England Review
New Ohio Review (NOR)
New Orleans Review
New York Tyrant
New Yorker, The
Nightfall Magazine
Night Land, The
Night Shade Books
Nightmare Magazine
Ninth Letter
Not One of Us
Noir at the Bar (accepted, anthology Noir at the Bar)
NOÖ Journal
Noon Annual
Normal School, The
Not One of Us
Notes from the Underground
Notre Dame Review
Oddville Press, The (accepted) [dead]
Offense Mechanisms
On Spec
One Buck Horror (accepted, Winner of Cafe Doom contest)
One Story
Opium Magazine (accepted)
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
Otherworld Publications (novel accepted) [closed]
Out of the Gutter Magazine
Outsider Writers Collective (accepted)
Painted Bride Quarterly
PANK Magazine (accepted)
Paper Darts Magazine
Paris Review, The
Passages North
Pear Noir! (accepted, Pushcart nomination)
Pedestal Magazine, The
Permanent Press Publishing Company, The
Permuted Press
Pill Hill Press
Pinch, The
Plots With Guns (excerpt)
Poisoned Pen Press
Polluto (accepted)
Portland Review, The
Post Road Magazine
Prairie Schooner
Prime Books
Prime Number Magazine
Punchnel’s (accepted, winner 1/5)
Quarter After Eight
Raleigh Review
Red Hen Press
Reprint, The
Revolution House
River Styx
Rotten Leaves Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Salt Hill
Sententia: The Journal
Severed Press
Shadows & Tall Trees
Sheepshead Review
Shock and Apall (accepted, Shock and Apall anthology)
Shock Totem
Short, Fast and Deadly
Shotgun Honey (accepted)
Shroud Magazine
Shroud Publishing
Sideshow Fables (co-editor)
Slice Magazine
Small Beer Press
Smokelong Quarterly
Snubnose Press
(accepted [Speedloader]; accepted short story collection, 2012)
Soho Press
Solarcide (accepted, anthology)
Southeast Review, The
Southern Review, The
Spinetingler (excerpt)
Steampunk Tales
StepAway Magazine (accepted, Pushcart nomination)
Strange Horizons
Stymie Magazine
subTerrain Magazine
Summerset Review, The
Sun Magazine, The
Super Arrow
Superstition Review
Surreal Grotesque, The (accepted)
Sycamore Review
Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction
Thickjam (accepted)
Third Coast
Threepenny Review, The
ThunderDome -
(accepted online and two anthologies, LA: In Search of a City and Cipher Sisters)
Tin House
Toad Suck Review, The
Torque Press
Troubadour 21 (accepted twice)
Twelve Stories
Twist of Noir, A
Two Dollar Radio
Uncanny Valley
Unmanned Press
Vain Magazine (accepted, and excerpt from Transubstantiate) [dead]
Valparaiso Fiction Review
Vestal Review
Virginia Quarterly Review
Warmed and Bound (accepted, Warmed and Bound anthology)
We Are Vespertine (accepted) [dead]
Weave Magazine
Weird Fiction Review (accepted)
Weird Tales
White Cat Magazine
Whitewash Dreams
Wild Child Publishing
Willow Springs
Withersin Magazine (excerpt) [dead]
Word Riot (accepted)
Yalobusha Review
Zoetrope: All-Story
Zone 3
ZOUCH (accepted, 6th place in flash fiction contest)
Zumaya Publications


Richard Thomas

Column by Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of eight books—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Staring Into the Abyss, Herniated Roots, Tribulations, Spontaneous Human Combustion (Turner Publishing), and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). His over 175 stories in print include The Best Horror of the Year (Volume Eleven), Cemetery Dance (twice), Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Bram Stoker winner), Lightspeed, PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Shallow Creek, The Seven Deadliest, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad (numbers 2-4), PRISMS, Pantheon, and Shivers VI. He was also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker (twice), Shirley Jackson, Thriller, and Audie awards. In his spare time he is a columnist at Lit Reactor. He was the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press and Gamut Magazine. For more information visit or contact Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.

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R. Perry's picture
R. Perry January 3, 2013 - 1:59pm

Wow, this is very comprehensive (and even more helpful). Thanks so much for posting.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this January 3, 2013 - 1:59pm

Gold star, Richard.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 3, 2013 - 2:02pm

UPDATE: Nefarious Muse is no longer accepting submissions, they are indefinitely closed, but not shutting down.

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Ian from Texas is reading Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne January 3, 2013 - 2:04pm

This is incredible. Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life January 3, 2013 - 2:25pm

BEST COLUMN EVAR. I'll be tilling through these like a heptomancer in a chicken gizzard. Thanks Richard!

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lspieller from Los Angeles January 3, 2013 - 2:32pm

this is incredible. just incredible. THANK YOU.

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Jeremy Robert Plante from Calgary, Alberta Canada is reading Several books a month. Listing them would mean numerous updates. January 3, 2013 - 2:33pm

Or... just pick up a copy of this for under $20.

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Kristin Fouquet from New Orleans January 3, 2013 - 2:37pm

Great article, Richard. Thanks for revealing your publication history; I recognize a few from my own early days, now sadly defunct publications. I'm told if you're not being rejected, you're not submitting high enough. Also, loved how you advised not to compare yourself to other writers. I'm a full believer in that. I feel I have to be in competition with only myself- like a sprinter trying to beat his own time. Cheers to you and may we all beat our own time and break through in this wonderful new year!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 3, 2013 - 2:58pm

Thanks everyone. Hope it helps. Great to see you here, Kristin!

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JonGingerich from New York City is reading Tenth of December by George Saunders. January 3, 2013 - 3:35pm

Column of the year.

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Teri January 3, 2013 - 4:09pm

You just racked up more good Karma for yourself than I can shake a stick at. Not only is this totally cool, it is a completely generous thing to do and will come back to you.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 3, 2013 - 4:51pm

This is amazing.  

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 3, 2013 - 5:11pm

Dammit, Richard! You never cease to amaze. This article came at exactly the right time for me. Made a resolution to write more and get shit sent out. Extremely helpful. 2013 is going to awesome!

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland January 3, 2013 - 5:18pm

Thank you Richard. I just signed up for Duotrope myself and started searching for markets. Your list should narrow that search down a bit. I'm very grateful. The whole column is great.

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leah_beth from New Jersey - now in Charleston, SC is reading five different books at once. January 3, 2013 - 6:03pm

Richard = my hero. Thank you so much for posting this!

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 3, 2013 - 6:36pm

Richard, you know I've been anticipating this one. Thanks for the hard work and advice. It makes it a lot easier for me to start digging in.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 3, 2013 - 8:24pm

i know a lot of you were asking about this, for a long time now, so this was the best i could do without listing everything on Duotrope. it certainly isn't exhaustive, but i hope you can all start putting together small lists, figure out what places you want to target. small rags or new online websites, horror magazines, edgy journals, and the best literary publications in the nation. at least now you know. much like that first AWP i mentioned, it's overwhelming, but it's finite. when you have time to start wrapping your head around it, eliminating places you don't want, you'll start to make your own personal lists. start with 10, 20, 30 markets, and in time, at Duotrope, or on your own, you'll build a fantastic list. it gets easier, i promise. but it's always a challenge. onward and upward!

good luck!

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons January 3, 2013 - 9:00pm

Richard thank you. I have a lot of stories now and have not submitted hardly anything. It can be overwhelming. I have to focus more on this in 2013. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch January 3, 2013 - 9:35pm

This is huge help, Richard! I was glad to see one journal where I published a story.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin January 4, 2013 - 2:04am

Wow ~ awesome! 

Thank you Richard :)


*Adds to favorites*

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rmatthewsimmons from Salt Lake City, UT is reading I just put down 'A Game of Thrones' after 6 chapters....Couldn't do it. January 4, 2013 - 10:11am

Great article. Now I just need to sit back down with a cup of coffee and go back through it all.


Gretel (The Children Of The Sun)

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On January 4, 2013 - 11:08am

Seriously, this should be paired with Palahniuk's 36 essays, and you should charge about $500 a pop for the package. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 4, 2013 - 11:46am

lol....thanks, dino. i appreciate all of the kind words everyone. i really hope it inspires you to send your work out! pm me if you have any specific questions or post up here.

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong January 4, 2013 - 11:57am

Very helpful and thank you! But here's a question I can't seem to get over: You say "simultaneous submissions are your friend," but I've found most publishers don't want simultaneous submissions. Is this something you guys are all doing and just not telling me? Or do you mean to simply seek out markets that do accept simultaneous submissions. I've always heard that, if a publisher asks for no simultaneous submissions, you should honor that, as if there's some blacklist you might find yourself on if you violate it. What is your advice here, Richard (or anyone)?

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Marla_Eizik from Seattle, Washington is reading Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by JRR Tolkien, Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, and Exit Music: The Radiohead Story by Mac Randall. January 4, 2013 - 12:54pm

Man, this is SO helpful. Definitely saving and will consult it on the regular. Thank you for helping us with the often daunting task of gettin' shit out. You're the best!!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 4, 2013 - 2:50pm

@tim - i wrote a whole article on simultaneous over at my blog:

but basically:

1. aim for markets that are SS. of the 296 markets that are on my favorites list for short stories, 208 allow SS. so, over two-thirds.

2. yes, i do often ignore the NSS rule. or hit those NSS markets up first, especially the fast ones. i tend to AVOID markets that are NSS and take more than six months to respond. jerks.

3. i don't think there is any blacklist. if there is, they are few and far between, and are probably the smaller markets.

of the 62 submissions i have out right now, only six are NSS. hope this helps. it's ultimately your call. if you REALLY feel queasy about it, then hit those NSS markets first, and if it was me, send your work to only those that have really short response times. F&SF for example is only about 10 days i think.

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong January 4, 2013 - 4:30pm

Awesome! Yeah, Richard, that helps a lot. Honestly, I really just need to do more research into markets, and this article is such a great jumping off point. Thanks again!

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Michael J. Riser from CA, TX, Japan, back to CA is reading The Tyrant - Michael Cisco, The Devil Takes You Home - Gabino Iglesias January 4, 2013 - 9:00pm

Fantastic. I'd burden you with lots of praise, but clearly others have done that for me. Was looking forward to this and you didn't disappoint. This will be bookmarked.

Thanks for your contributions to the community, I know there are many of us who really appreciate it.

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Bill January 5, 2013 - 7:03am

Great post. Thanks for the "FREE" listings. Pretty comprehensive as well.

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Angel Colón from The Bronx now living in New Jersey is reading A Big Ol' Pile of Books January 5, 2013 - 8:48am

Wow, just wow.

If I ever meet you, I owe you at the very least, 2 beers.

Thanks so much for this!

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Heather Constan... from Indianapolis, Indiana is reading Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman January 5, 2013 - 11:40am

Very nice column. I appreciate the help that authors give other authors now that Duotrope has gone paid. Columns like this inspire us to continue to submit. I recently got accepted at my FIRST publication, and I look forward to a future filled with rejections - an author's badge - and hopefully, more acceptances. I will keep writing, and subbing! Thank you for the ideas on where to send my work.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 5, 2013 - 8:02pm

thanks, guys. and don't forget, there are always new anthologies launching. also, keep an eye on "fledgling" publications at Duotrope. those can be easier to get into, and over time evolve into really exclusive places.

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holan January 6, 2013 - 5:33am

Good comment Richard.
Check out B O D Y at - looking for submissions of high quality fiction and non-fiction.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines January 6, 2013 - 10:09am

I really appreciated how you shared the number of rejections you'd received in addition to the number of acceptances (also, praise for 65 publications; I think 2013 is your year, Mr. Thomas) as it really puts the situation into perspective. 

Bravo, and thank you. 

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DmNerd from Orlando Florida is reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress January 6, 2013 - 10:19pm

Really, thank you for this. As a new writer everything seems daunting and exhausting. But having some idea of where to send work really helps.

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Tom Elias from Maine is reading Everything I can afford or that is within arms' reach. February 4, 2013 - 9:58pm

...And saved as a bookmark.  There is too much awesome in this post to quantify.  Thank you.

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Kristin Harding from Portland, OR is reading The Turn of the Screw February 5, 2013 - 9:45am

This was a super generous thing to do. Thank you!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 7, 2013 - 10:33am

thanks, guys. send out that work!

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon February 7, 2013 - 11:09am

... keep an eye on "fledgling" publications at Duotrope. those can be easier to get into, and over time evolve into really exclusive places.


Definitely, this. I don't know how many magazines I've seen where that acceptance percentage on Duotrope slides down lower and lower as time goes on, while the number of submissions goes up. What seems like a "just okay" or even a bit cringey acceptance today might get you bragging rights a year from now. :)

I just checked my rejections on Duotrope. Since Nov. 2011, I'm at an even 400 rejections on there, for 65 acceptances. Which means nothing, of course, because some people shoot for higher or lower acceptance rate markets. I'm just kinda proud of myself that over 400 rejections there, I did not cry once! *tantrums don't count!*


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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 7, 2013 - 9:22pm

UPDATE: I had a story, "Garage Sales" accepted at Midwestern Gothic, one of my "white whales." I'm really excited—they've published work by Roxane Gay, Lindsay Hunter, Jac Jemc, and many others.


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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon February 7, 2013 - 10:24pm

Woo hoo! Congrats, Richard. :)

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Neil Davidson is reading Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov February 13, 2013 - 4:48pm

This is a really helpful and fantastic article. I'll definitely spend some more time going over it again to get a look at some of these publishing houses with fresh eyes and in more detail.
Thank you so much for sharing this.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 14, 2013 - 10:56am

thanks @carly! glad it helped, @neil. good luck, all! keep at it.

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Johann Thorsson from Reykjavik, Iceland is reading Echo Lake April 24, 2013 - 4:58am


Just sold a story to Fireside. *pats self on back* 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch May 14, 2013 - 11:35am

I want to say (belatedly), Richard, this list absolutely rocks! You are saving me (us) a ton of time, and I love that most of them are part of the Submittable system. I am not a patient person and this is saving me so much frustration! I am finally getting my ass off the metaphoric couch (and placing it on the literal chair at the computer) and sending out my stories, including War1 and War2 stories, and I'm already seeing results. So THANK YOU, again, for sharing it with us.

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7R4SM June 22, 2013 - 1:31am

This is ace. Thank you.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies June 22, 2013 - 9:29am

@johann - congrats, they're awesome!

@liana - great to hear all of that. best of luck.

@7R4SM - great!

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Mikaela Shea August 20, 2013 - 4:24pm

3Elements Review is a unique new literary journal accepting fiction, poetry, photography, and art submissions. Please read the guidelines here:

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Luke Asa Guidici September 7, 2013 - 2:35pm

A question on submitting - I see many of the online forms have a "comments" section.  Do you include anything here?  Would you recommend using this space for a query letter or synopsis?

Thank you!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 7, 2013 - 5:39pm

You mean, like, Submittable? Yes, that's where I put my query and bio. Here's what I currently have in mine:


I'm a big fan of your work. I'm submitting my short story "Sugar and Spice" and I hope you enjoy it. I'd be honored to publish with you.

Richard Thomas
Chicago, IL

BIO: Richard Thomas is the author of three books—Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots and Staring Into the Abyss. His over 75 publications include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Pear Noir and Shivers VI (with Stephen King and Peter Straub). He is also the editor of three anthologies out in 2014: The Lineup (Black Lawrence Press), Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk and The New Black (Dark House Press). In his spare time he writes for The Nervous Breakdown, LitReactor, and is Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. For more information visit or contact Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.