The Dark Magazine Is Accepting Short Stories/ How To Submit (Pay: 5¢/word)
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The Dark Magazine Is Accepting Short Stories/ How To Submit (Pay: 5¢/word)

The Dark Magazine is a monthly online magazine dedicated to publishing horror and dark fantasy fiction.

They provide a platform for authors to explore diverse and unconventional narratives within the genre. If you are having a problem with your writing, please read this article: How to Overcome Writer’s Block (10 Tips + Personal Examples) 


Submission Guidelines For The Dark Magazine 

  • All submissions should follow proper manuscript format (modern edition, preferably).
  • Submissions should be emailed to
  • Please attach all submissions in .doc or .docx or rtf format—they will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email.
  • Authors should include their bio in the cover letter.
  • Response times will vary depending on volume, but may be as short as a single minute to as long as forty-eight hours.
  • Query after one week (include title and date submitted).
  • Please do not respond to rejection letters, for any reason, otherwise, and please, do not use mail filtering services that require sign-up permissions, or your submission will be deleted unread.


What They Want

  • Horror and dark fantasy fiction ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 words.
  • Unique and experimental storytelling that deviates from traditional categories.
  • Although named “The Dark,” the magazine is not a market for graphic, violent horror.


What They Don’t Want

  • Submissions developed or assisted by AI writing tools.
  • Multiple submissions; authors should wait for a response before submitting additional works.
  • Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The Dark welcomes submissions from all writers, of all nations, nationalities, ethnicities, backgrounds, faiths, genders, orientations, identities, and experiences.
  • There is no entry fee.


Pay Rates

  • For original fiction up to 6,000 words, The Dark pays 5 cents/word on publication for first world rights.
  • For reprint fiction up to 6,000 words, the payment is 1 cent/word on acceptance for nonexclusive reprint rights.



There is no specific deadline mentioned; submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Additional Information

  • Response times may vary, with queries acceptable after one week.
  • The Dark emphasizes its commitment to diversity and welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds.
  • They are currently closed to art submissions.



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