Submit to These Journals if You Enjoy This Niche (Part 7)

For Those Who Love a Good Scare

Literary journals offer a wide range of opportunities for horror and its various forms, though it may not seem like it on the onset. But as it continues to grow in popularity and enter the mainstream, more journals are offering the option to submit different kinds of horror.

Journals may be completely dedicated to the genre or offer it as one of the genres they accept. Some of them focus on Gothic themes. Others supernatural or just simply “dark literature.” Here are a few journals that accept different forms of horror.

Coffin Bell

This journal is dedicated to “dark” literature. They are open year around, and they look for flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, and other genres. They have four different days that they release their issues as well, though they don’t have themes.

You can find their submission guidelines and what they’re specifically looking for here.

The Dark

They look for both horror and dark fantasy between 2,000 to 6,000 words. They publish monthly and they also pay.

You can find their full guidelines here.

Dreams and Nightmares

This journal mainly looks for poetry, though they sometimes accept short fiction. In their guidelines, they state that while they mainly look for SF and fantasy, they accept horror/dark fantasy. They also look for artwork.

You can find their full guidelines here.

Grim and Gilded

They read year round, though they also only publish a few poems and stories per month. On their guidelines, they say, “We appreciate pieces that contain elements or exist fully within the realms of fantasy, horror, high fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, Gothic, steampunk, and thriller.”

For their full guidelines on how to submit and format your pieces, look here.


Also known as Allegory Zine, they look for fiction and nonfiction in fantasy, horror, and sci-fi genres. They have very specific guidelines so be sure to read them carefully.

You can find their full guidelines here.

Black Static

Originally titled The Third Alternative, they look for short stories (up to 10,000 words), art, and nonfiction.

Look for their full guidelines here.


This journal looks for horror, dark, and “weird” fiction. However, their guidelines say “Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them.”

Find their full guidelines here.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Don’t let this name fool you. They also accept horror and other genres and even nonfiction, according to their guidelines. They also pay for published pieces.

Their full guidelines can be found here.

Want to know more? Check out some of my other posts while my portfolio is under construction! You’ll also find some helpful links to my work in journals in the Original Writing page. You can find me in Ariel Chart, The Cedarville Review, Nailpolish Stories, Bluepepper, 50 Word Stories, The Aurora Journal, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, The Drabble, and Anti-heroin Chic, Art of Autism, Your Daily Poem, and Sledgehammer Lit. You can now also find my FREE microchap at Origami Poems Project, which I am also offering here.


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