Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, suspense, 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. No cop dramas. No war stories. No Lovecraft pastiches.
Fascists, sexists, racists, and bigots needn't submit. Unnerving hates you, you're garbage people.
Payment is 1¢/word for short stories published in the magazine + one paperback contributor copy. Original fiction only. Reprints by invitation only. Unnerving asks for three months exclusivity from publication date and non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years.
IF WINDOWS APPEAR CLOSED THAT SHOULD BE OPEN, THE 300 MONTHLY SUBMISSION LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED
Unnerving is now open to reprint novella (16,500-45,000 words), novels (45,001-250,000 words).
Must have eBook and paperback rights.
Please submit only: Commercial horror, suspense, thriller, and crime, at this time. For I’m not looking for anything too abstract or bizarre, weird is fine as long as there is suspense and a story arc.
Monsters, bad people, ghosts, witches, ominous everyday items, slashers, original zombie situations, haunted houses, kidnappings, heists, murders, plots to murder, etc.
No cop dramas (maybe UK cop dramas because lots of guns kind of bore me). No war stories.
It will be highly unlikely that I accept self-published books (unless they'd been published originally and have recently been self-published in the interim).
Pay rate is 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available upon author request, sent to author (rate determined with each title, and potentially fluctuate based on printer prices). No advances.
Writers must agree to assist in marketing efforts (blog appearances, interviews, etc.). Don't submit if you don't want to help.
Edits range from minimal to heavy, don't submit if you are unwilling to consider changes.
Submit no more than once to this call. ONE BOOK. IF I TURN YOU DOWN, TRY ME NEXT OPEN WINDOW.
Cover letter, explain story in no more than three sentences. Give two sentence bio. List top three credits, blog address, Facebook or Twitter address (I will look before I offer contract).
If you’re not on social media, there’s no way you can get the word out sufficiently after releases, and your work will not be considered (unless you own a bookstore).
Also, I am not interested in stories from authors who cannot tell hate speech from free speech. If you're harmful in story or in real life to people based on religion, sexuality, sex, race, or place of birth, don't bother submitting. I look into people prior to working with them.
Response time will vary, but I will respond within six months, usually within one month.
If you need to withdraw or change file, do so on Submittable (to change, withdraw and re-submit, but no more than once because it eats submission window space - 300/month).
NEVER SUBMIT MORE THAN ONCE PER CATEGORY AT ANY GIVEN TIME. FOR REAL.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, notify me if another editor beats me to acceptance when you withdraw the submission.
Send any questions or queries about reprint interest to me, Eddie Generous, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For this option, stories submitted are considered for publication and refunded if accepted for publication, but mainly authors should seek this service for assistance with structure, plotting, pacing, general grammar and syntax, style issues, content, and voice issues. It is not a way to buy a publication spot.
This does not include line editing or final proofing.
Turnaround is less than a month.
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.