Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

(UPDATED 7/31/2019)

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.

IT’S PERSONAL

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 GOALS

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.

MY APPROACH

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.

WHERE I’VE PUBLISHED

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 150 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 acceptance, not publication. I try to get pro pay or higher these days (2018). 

2020

  1. "Kindred Spirits" TBA anthology (Lycan Valley Press Publications)

2019

  1. "Battle Not With Monsters" in Cemetery Dance 
  2. "Saudade" in PRISMS (PS Publishing)
  3. "Undone" in Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (Pantheon Magazine)
  4. "Open Waters" in When the Clock Strikes 13 (In Your Face Books)
  5. "The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation" in Shallow Creek (STORGY)
  6. "Clown Face" in Grease Paint and 45s (Down & Out Books)
  7. "Ring of Fire" (novelette) in The Seven Deadliest (Cutting Block Books)

2018

  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 (Included in Best Horror of the Year, Volume 11)
  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
     

2017

  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)

2016

  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)

2015

  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) 

2014

  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)

2013

  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

2012    

  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)

2011    

  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

2010    

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

2009    

  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 

2008    

  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

THE MARKETS

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.)

HORROR

I have 50 markets listed for horror. Of them, 16 pay pro rates, 14 semi to pro, 9 at token rates, leaving 11 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+
Aliterate Aurealis
Ares Black Static*
Apex* indefinite hiatus Cemetery Dance*
Augur Dark Discoveries
Chiaroscuro Deciduous Tales
Clarkesworld Fiyah
Gehenna & Hinnom (hiatus?) Hypnos
Nightmare* Innsmouth Free Press
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show Kaleidotrope
Pseudopod Lamplight*
Penumbra New Myths
Shimmer Pulp Literature
Shock Totem* REOPENED Pseudopod*
Strange Horizons Stupefying Stories
The Dark Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Tor.com CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS Unnerving

GENERAL THOUGHTS: Clarkesworld is elite, Black Static is very cool. I’ve published at Chiaroscuro and One Buck Horror, Cemetery Dance is fantastic (often closed, and very slow), Shimmer and Shock Totem are two I’ve been chasing for a long time, GUD, too, and Nightmare and Lamplight are newer, as is Nightfall. 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.

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION

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 55 on my list, with 19 paying pro rates or above, 13 paying semi and up, 8 with a token payment, leaving 15 non-paying markets. Again, I’ll only list the semi and higher below.

Pro+
Aliterate
Ares
Analog (SF only)
Apex* indefinite hiatus
Asimov 
Beneath Ceaseless Skies*
Buzzy Mag
Chiaroscuro
Clarkesworld*
Daily Science Fiction
Fantasy & Science Fiction* (F&SF)
Gehenna & Hinnom
Grimdark
Liminal Stories
Lightspeed*
LORE
Penumbra
Nightland (SF only)
Nightmare*
OSCIGMS
Pedestal
Shimmer
Shock Totem*
Strange Horizons*
Tor.com
Uncanny*

Semi+
Abyss & Apex*
Aurealis
Dark Discoveries
Interzone*
Lamplight*
On Spec
Pantheon*
Fiyah
Bourbon Penn
Electric Velocipede
Innsmouth Free Press
Jabberwocky
Conjurings
Blue Shift
Unnerving

GENERAL THOUGHTS: On places I haven’t already mentioned, I’m a big fan of F&SF and I still mail them stories, with a stamp—seriously. 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. 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.

MYSTERY/CRIME/THRILLERS

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 27 markets.  Only three pay pro rates, five at semi and up, four paying a token amount, and the rest paying nothing. Tough racket, these guys, but if anything, that will help you to focus.

Pro+
Alfred Hitchcock
Ellery Queen*
Shock Totem*
Semi+
Mixer
Cemetery Dance*
Dark Discoveries
Lamplight*
Dark Intent
Norwegian American
Token:
Big Pulp
Shroud
Spinetingler

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.

LITERARY FICTION

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.

Pro:

Atlantic
Bear Deluxe
Capilano Review
Cincinatti Review*
Copper Nickel*
Electric Literature
Fireside
Georgia Review
Harper's
Kenyon Review
Meanjin*
Missouri Review*
New Yorker*
One Story
Paris Review*
Pedestal
Penny
Southern Review*
Subtropics
Sun
Threepenny Review
Tin House*
Virginia Quarterly Review
Zoetrope

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.

Semi-Pro:

AGNI
Black Warrior*
Blackbird
Boulevard
Colorado Review*
Crazyhorse*
Gettysburg Review
Granta
Iowa Review
Labletter
Ninth Letter
Ploughshares
Shenandoah
Slice
Sycamore Review
Unmanned Press
Upstreet
VQR

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

Semi:

Antioch Review
Bourbon Penn*
Contrary
Descant
Gulf Coast
Idaho Review
Indiana Review
New Ohio Review
New Orleans Review*
One Story
Psychopomp
River Styx
Salamander
Witness

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.

THE MOST DIFFICULT

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.

MY WHITE WHALES

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.

AGNI 9
Apex 13
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5
Black Static 5
Caketrain 13
Clarkesworld 16
Dark, The 7
F&SF 11
Flame Tree Publishing 6

Lamplight 9
Lightspeed 5
Nightmare 8
Shimmer 11
Shock Totem 10
Shroud 5
Strange Horizons 6
Uncanny Valley 7
Unstuck 5

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

THE BIG LIST

Well, here you go. I hope that everything leading up to this has helped. You don’t have to go to Duotrope.com, 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
AGNI
Alaska Quarterly Review
Albedo One
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
alice blue
Analog
anderbo.com
Annalemma
Another Chicago Magazine
Apex Book Company
Apex Magazine
Apodis Publishing
Aqueous Books
Arcadia
Arcane Anthology Series
Armchair/Shotgun
Artifice Magazine
Atlas Review, The
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Atlantic, The
Atticus Review
Aurealis
Barge Journal
Barrelhouse
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
Birkensnake
Black Clock
Black Heart Magazine
Black Lawrence Press
Black Static
Black Warrior Review
Blackbird
Blink-Ink (twice, Pushcart nomination)
Blip (formerly Mississippi Review)
Blue Earth Review
Blue Mesa Review
Blue Shift Magazine
BOMB Magazine
Booked Podcast (accepted, anthology)
Booth
Boulevard
Bourbon Penn
BULL SPEC
BULL: Men’s Fiction
Buzzy Mag
Caketrain
Camera Obscura
Candlemark & Gleam
Cannoli Pie (accepted) [dead]
Canteen
Capilano Review, The
Cavalier Literary Couture
Cause & Effect (accepted) [dead]
Cemetery Dance (accepted, for Shivers VI)
Cherry Bleeds (accepted) (dead)
Chicago Review
ChiZine (Chiaroscuro) (contest win + 2nd story)
ChiZine Publications
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}
Conclave
Conjectural Figments (accepted)
Conjunctions
Conjurings
Contrary
Copper Nickel
Crazyhorse
Cream City Review
Crime Factory, The (accepted)
CrimeSpree Magazine
Crimewave
Criminal Element
Crystal Lake Publishing
(accepted, Fear the Reaper anthology)
Curbside Splendor (accepted)
Cutbank
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
decomP
Descant (Canada)
DIAGRAM
Dirty Napkin, The
Dirty Noir (accepted) [dead]
Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The
Dogmatika (accepted) [dead]
DOGZPLOT
Dying Goose, The (accepted)
Dzanc Books
EDGE
eFiction Fantasy
eFiction Horror
Electric Literature
Electric Velocipede
Eleven Eleven
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Emerson Review, The
Emprise Review (accepted)
Epiphany: A Literary Journal
Epoch
Etchings
Existere – Journal of Arts and Literature
F Magazine
Fairy Tale Review
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Featherproof Books
Fence
Fiction International
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Fireside
Flambard Press
Flying Pen Press
Flywheel Magazine (accepted)
Fourteen Hills
Foxing Quarterly
Freight Stories
FRiGG
Fringe
Frogmore Papers
Fugue
Fugue State Press
Full of Crow Quarterly Fiction
Gargoyle (accepted)
Gettysburg Review, The
Glimmer Train
Going Down Swinging (AU)
Granta
Gold Dust Magazine (accepted)
Granta
Grave Tales
Graywolf Press
Greensboro Review, The
Grist: The Journal for Writers
GUD: Greatest Uncommon Denominator
Guernica
Harpur Palate
Hayden’s Ferry Review
Heavy Feather Review
Hobart
Horror Zine, The
Hyperpulp
Idaho Review
Ideomancer
Ig Publishing
Ilura Press
Indiana Review
Innsmouth Free Press
Interzone
Jabberwocky
Jersey Devil Press
Journal, The
Juked
Kenyon Review, The
Keyhole Magazine
KNOCK
Labletter, The
Lake Effect
L’Allure des Mots

Lamplight
Leodegraunce (accepted)
Lightspeed
LIT
Literary Fever
Literary Review, The
Little Patuxent Review
LITRO: Stories Transport You
LORE
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
Meanjin
Medallion Media Group
Memorious
Menacing Hedge
Metazen (accepted, Pushcart nomination)
Midnight Echo
Midwestern Gothic
Missouri Review, The
Mixer Publishing
Mojo
Molotov Cocktail, The
Monkeybicycle
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)
Neon
Nerve.com
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
NO COLONY
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
Phoebe
Pill Hill Press
Pinch, The
Pleiades
Plots With Guns (excerpt)
Ploughshares
Poisoned Pen Press
Polluto (accepted)
Portland Review, The
Post Road Magazine
Prairie Schooner
Prime Books
Prime Number Magazine
Pseudopod
Punchnel’s (accepted, winner 1/5)
Quarter After Eight
Raleigh Review
Red Hen Press
Redivider
Reprint, The
Revolution House
River Styx
Rotten Leaves Magazine (accepted) [dead]
Salamander
Salt Hill
Scintilla
Sententia: The Journal
Severed Press
Shadows & Tall Trees
Sheepshead Review
Shenandoah
Shimmer
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)
Sleepingfish
Slice Magazine
Small Beer Press
Smokelong Quarterly
Snowbooks
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)
Storyglossia
Strange Horizons
Structo
Stymie Magazine
subTerrain Magazine
Subtropics
Summerset Review, The
Sun Magazine, The
Super Arrow
Superstition Review
Surreal Grotesque, The (accepted)
Swink
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)
Tinge
Tin House
Titular
Toad Suck Review, The
Tor.com
Torque Press
Troubadour 21 (accepted twice)
Twelve Stories
Twist of Noir, A
Two Dollar Radio
Uncanny Valley
Unmanned Press
Unstuck
Vain Magazine (accepted, and excerpt from Transubstantiate) [dead]
Valparaiso Fiction Review
Versal
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]
Witness
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 seven books: three novels—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), as well as Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); three short story collections—Staring into the Abyss (Kraken Press), Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press), and Tribulations (Cemetery Dance); and one novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). With over 140 stories published, his credits include The Best Horror of the Year (Volume Eleven), Cemetery Dance (twice), Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Bram Stoker winner), PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad (numbers 2-4), and Shivers VI (with Stephen King and Peter Straub). He has won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and has been long-listed for Best Horror of the Year six times. 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, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. In his spare time he is a columnist at Lit Reactor and Editor-in-Chief at Gamut Magazine. His agent is Paula Munier at Talcott Notch. For more information visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com.

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Luke Asa Guidici's picture
Luke Asa Guidici September 10, 2013 - 4:40pm

thank you!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 10, 2013 - 7:13pm

YW

UPDATE: It looks like all of the White Cat Publications are having trouble—authors are not getting paid, and publications are not coming out. So PLEASE do remove all of those titles from this list. In addition to White Cat magazine, that means Blue Shift, Conjurings, Dark Intent, and Nightfall. Stinks on many levels.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 15, 2013 - 10:42pm

Looks like GUD and Cavalier are both dead. Boo.

Denise Calhoun's picture
Denise Calhoun November 1, 2013 - 12:03am

You have given me hope. I sent out a few submissions a year, got favorable notes back from eighty percent of the publications, and felt miserable, rejected and blue. Thought I'd not be published because I didn't go to creative writing school. Now I realize I wasn't trying hard enough. Thank you.

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon November 1, 2013 - 2:07am

I've been low on story ideas lately, so I've found the calender function on Duotrope to be very helpful. For those who subscribe to Duotrope, "calender" is at the top left of the page. It's easy to miss, I was on there for over a year before someone pointed it out to me. Anyway, it lists upcoming magazine/anthology deadlines by date and theme. I find a writing prompt with a built-in place to send it (and deadline) good motivation sometimes.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies November 1, 2013 - 11:18am

@denise - it's a numbers game, paired with finding the right publication and editor to support your work. keep reading, writing, and submitting. you'll break through!

@carly - great suggestion, i do that sometimes, too.

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Mirko Rovčanin December 30, 2013 - 3:19pm

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by the way thank you for your helpfull tips. Happy holidays.

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Colin Thornton March 6, 2014 - 8:11pm

You've been so encouraging, Richard. All I can say is thank you.

 

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Olivia Marcus from Chicago, IL is reading "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella June 13, 2014 - 6:13pm

It's impressive how many stories you've written! I wrote one short horror story based on a weird dream I had, "Goldilocks and the Ghost of Hunters Past". I don't remember how the actual story goes (something about a wolf, I think?), but in my story she gets a disease that turns her into a squid thing and the vengeful ghost poisons her and the bears with arsenic (in disguise as an angel). Who knows, maybe a magazine will ask for it, haha!

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calipalm July 15, 2014 - 3:37pm

Thanks for a great list. I am not sure why I find it so hard to submit. I'm a pro writer and with my fiction, it's just really difficult for me, I procrastinate and hate getting rejected. When I look at your numbers, I realize I need to step up my game! It's ridiculous that over the past 6-7 years, I've submitted only a handful of times. Maybe I need to drink heavily before I press send!

My question: do you know of any online sources, that are reasonably priced, who submit for you? Or -- do you have any tips on speeding up the submission process? It takes me for-ev-er to submit one story.

Lastly, any great online support websites for writers -- specifically supporting the submission process! Maybe we should have a twitter day #writersubmitWednesday or something!!!

Thank you for your list. :)

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 20, 2014 - 1:03pm

i use duotrope for research, $50 a year, and Submittable to send MOST of them. that's about as streamlined as it can get. you still have to look at each place. there is no easy way around it. but, for each story, maybe just make a list of 10 places you want to target and focus on that to start. while i have a list of some 300+ markets, i whittle it down to less for each story, and my white whales are only a few dozen. you can easily submit 5-10 stories in an hour. i keep my query letter and all handy and cut and paste it. at Submittable it stores it for you. you just swap out the story title. hope that helps.

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David Hammond August 2, 2014 - 6:41pm

Thanks for this incredibly useful post!

One thing I often get stuck on when I'm ready to submit is whether I should include contact information in the document that is submitted.  Some places say to remove all identifying information so that they can read it blind (which is great), some give instructions for the type of information to include, but the majority don't specify at all.  My instinct is to leave it out since I really like the idea of my work being read blind, but the canonical document format examples I find online generally include the contact information and byline.  This really doesn't seem necessary when submitting through an online submission application, so maybe these examples are a bit outdated.  But I don't want to appear unprofessional by leaving it out if it is expected.

So I'm wondering if you include contact information and byline in your document by default, or leave them out?

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 3, 2014 - 1:11pm

Unless they specify submitting it blind, I put in the upper left hand corner my name and address, as well as my email. I usually include the word count, too. I only include my phone number if they ask for it. Then below that I center the title by itself. Then I start the story. Hope that helps!