It is strongly recommended that you study the magazine before submitting. Being familiar with what we publish will obviously greatly improve your chances of acceptance.
We are not currently open to unsolicited submissions of non-fiction, although suggestions of what we should be covering are always welcome. The best place to make such suggestions is the forum.
We are always happy to hear from artists wanting to illustrate stories and/or supply cover art. Send us a portfolio through the post that we can keep on file, or use this website's contact form to point us to your website or gallery.
We are always open to submissions of new horror and dark fantasy short stories of up to about 10,000 words in length.
You can submit using our online system:
- You will require an account to use the Submittable system, but it is free
- Your attached story should be in standard MS format (double spaced, good margins, contact details, approximate word count and page numbers)
- There's no need to spend too long on a covering letter, just introduce yourself and tell us of any relevant credits you have
- Please don't send us simultaneous submissions or anything that's been published before
- Please have only one story (per magazine) under consideration at any one time
If you prefer to submit by post use the address below and please follow the simple guidelines:
5 Martins Lane
Cambs CB6 2LB
- Send your manuscript mailed flat, in standard manuscript format — typed (not handwritten!), double spaced, good margins all round, printed in black ink on one side of white paper, numbered pages, a key word from story title and author's name on each page — with a covering letter and adequate means of reply (ie a stamped, self-addressed envelope or a working email address if outside the UK).
- Please include a covering letter but don't worry too much about it, just introduce yourself and list any relevant credits, things like that. If you've never been published before tell us that too — we've published many debut stories over the years.
- Use a paper clip to hold pages together, not staples or any kind of binder. There is no need to put your manuscript in a folder. An ordinary paper envelope is sufficient, don't use bulky padded envelopes.
- Don't send a submission by recorded delivery.
- Make sure you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return of your manuscript, or send a disposable manuscript (clearly marked as such) with a small SAE for reply. Overseas submissions should always be disposable and accompanied by an email address for reply. Any submission that arrives without means of reply won't be read, just recycled.
- Never send simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions or reprints.
Don't be offended by a form rejection. It simply means that we're really busy, with lots of stories to read. But even a form rejection means what it says: send the rejected story somewhere else and try us with something new…and keep on trying! Don’t submit a rejected story to another of our magazines though, as we will already have considered that option.