Been awhile, hasn’t it? Halloween was yesterday, and if you’re like me, you want to hold onto that spooky feeling a little bit longer. (Especially now that we’re getting bombarded with Christmas ads…) So let’s take a look at a publisher offering chilling tales to tell in the dark, Lamplight.
- In their own words: “We are a literary magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. We want your best. But then, doesn’t everyone? No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘The Outer Limits’, and LampLight, Vol1 Issue 1 which is free.”
- Genres they accept: We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.
- What NOT to send: We do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, high fantasy.
- Word count limit: 7,000 words max.
- Payment: $0.03 per word, $150.00 max.
- Simultaneous Submissions*: Yes, but let them know if accepted elsewhere.
- Multiple Submissions**: No. If you do, they’ll all be rejected.
- Reprints: Yes, provided it’s not currently available online for free. $0.01 per word.
- 15 March – 15 May for the September and December Issues
- 15 September – 15 November for March and June Issues
Submissions sent outside of these periods will not be considered.
Got something perfectly spooky to send them? Brush those cobwebs off and submit here!
*This means whether they will allow you to submit this story to another publisher at the same time or not.
**This means whether you can send them more than one story at at time.
Reminders when submitting:
Read the publication: The first issue is freely accessible on the site. You have no excuse not to do your research and see what kind of style gets their attention. It will also give you an idea of what’s been done before so you don’t end up sending them something too similar.
Read the guidelines: I don’t post everything required for their submissions, just the basics. Furthermore, this is a static post. Publishers change their submission requirements at will so it’s always a good idea to read and re-read them, even if you’ve submitted to them before.
Follow the rules: Do I really need to say this? Don’t send pieces over the word count. Don’t send content they specifically warn against. Don’t send weirdly formatted manuscripts if they give you specific instructions. “But Liz, I–” Nope! No, no, no. If you do not follow the rules you risk being a pariah to that magazine – and worse, editors can exchange notes on who’s being a pain.