Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy and dark literary. Generally leaning strongly toward horror over other genres. Sex, gore and violence are welcome in moderation (nothing gratuitous). The same goes for bizarro works, nothing too far gone (whatever that means). Please no hard science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, erotica, romance, humor that isn’t sinister or literary works that venture so far into experimental that they become nonsense.

Payment is 1¢/word. Original fiction only. Reprints by invitation only. We ask for three months exclusivity from publication date and non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years. 

For an idea of what we’re looking for, read some of the following short stories/collections:

The Wheel by Bentley Little (Cemetery Dance), Goblin Boy by Rick Hautala (Cemetery Dance), Hawkin Rhone by Elizabeth Voss (Cemetery Dance), A Very Tight Place by Stephen King (Just After Sunset), The Kelp by William Meikle (Lamplight), Kittens by Dean Koontz (Strange Highways), Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland by Joe R. Lansdale (Midnight Graffiti), Wind Chimes by Sean O’Dea (Third Flatiron), Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison (Shatterday), Pumpkin-Head by Joyce Carol Oates (Sourland), Dying in Bangkok by Dan Simmons (Lovedeath), The Long Rain by Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man), The Body Politic by Clive Barker (The Inhuman Condition), Hairball by Margaret Atwood (Wilderness Tips), Night Shift by Stephen King, Haunted by Joyce Carol Oates, Houses without Doors by Peter Straub, Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 by Annie Proulx, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories by Richard Matheson, Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.

It has come to attention that many submitters seek opinions of their submitted stories. Unnerving Magazine will now offer a service to those interested in a critique of their stories. Any story that is sent for critique and upon consideration is accepted for publication will have critique fee reimbursed
General submissions guidelines apply:
Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy and dark literary. Generally leaning strongly toward horror over other genres. Sex, gore and violence are welcome in moderation (nothing gratuitous). The same goes for bizarro works, nothing too far gone (whatever that means). Please no hard science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, erotica, romance, humor that isn’t sinister or literary works that venture so far into experimental that they become nonsense.
Payment is 1¢/word. Original fiction only. Maximum word count: 4,000. Reprints by invitation only. We ask for three months exclusivity from publication date and non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years. Submit only one story at a time and if a story is rejected, please do not submit again for 20 days. Double-spaced. Please use common sense when formatting. Everything hard on the eyes will be rejected automatically. Allow for up to 4 months before querying. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Open to authors from any country. Payment by PayPal only within 30 days of publication.