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.
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. 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. .
Novelettes (10,000-17,000 words), novella (17,001-45,000 words), novels (45,001-250,000 words, open to series so long as first book is completed), and collections of short stories (15,000-45,000 words).
Please submit only: Commercial horror, suspense, thriller, and crime, at this time. For I’m nothing 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. No war stories). No adventure horror.
Collections must be at least 50% externally published anthology/magazine/chapbook reprints.
Reprints welcome for novellas and novels, through preferably those a few years removed from print (or those that didn't see print for very long). Previously self-published books are an extremely difficult sell.
Short releases will be digital only, with a window for further submissions past closure for omnibus paperback possibilities or joint releases of similar stories (minimum for physical publication is 21,000 words).
Pay rate is 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available (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 twice to this category per open period (periods might last as long as three months).
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
Will close once enough stories are found.
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.