Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror and suspense. Generally leaning toward horror.
Sex, gore and violence are welcome in moderation. Action over emotion, every time.
Please no hard science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, romance, humor that isn’t sinister or literary works that venture so far into experimental that they become nonsense, no cop dramas unless hard boiled gumshoe, no fan fiction, no war stories, no stories where rape is the lead character's motivator, and no blatant rip-offs. No Lovecraft characters, locations, or wording.
Payment is 3¢/word for original fiction, 1¢/word reprint fiction, and $0.20 line for original poetry.
I ask for three months exclusivity from publication date and non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years.
Submit only one reprint and one original at a time, and no more. Submit in .docx or .doc. Double-spaced. No tabs. No extra spaces after periods. Please use common sense when formatting. Everything hard on the eyes will be rejected automatically. Give publication history of story if reprint.
Allow for up to 6 months to hear back before querying.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome (which means submitting to other publications, not sending me every story you've ever written).
Open to authors from any country.
Submit up to one original and one reprint.
Payment by PayPal only within 30 days of publication.
If accepted, wait six issues to submit again. If rejected, try again if you feel like it.
Eddie Generous is the editor and makes all publishing decisions.
Only stories from 1500-8,000 will be considered. (FIRM! DO! NOT! ASK! TO! SUBMIT! OTHER! LENGTHS!).
Poetry minimum 12 lines and maximum 100 lines.
Send submissions to: .
In the subject line state: NAME/TITLE/LENGTH/ORIGINAL or REPRINT or POETRY.
Points to note prior to submitting:
-I consider THE LAWNMOWER MAN a crowning achievement of literature.
-I am not impressed by big words or complicated sentences.
-Suspense is a vitally important factor of what I'll print.
-Character depth is just as important.
-Humor is good.
-I am very easily bored.
-Don't open a story with the weather unless it's deadly.
-To quote Mighty Mickey Goldmill: "Speed is what ya need."
SEE BELOW FOR PREFERRED FORMATTING FOR STANDALONE SUBMISSIONS
Preferred Query Letter Style
Subject line: Title/Name/Word Count
Example: Carrie/Stephen King/67,000 Words
Brief synopsis of pertinent information of story submitted.
Example: Carrie White is a chubby loser with no friends, a religious-obsessive and abusive mother, and the gift of telekinesis—skills which she hones in quiet loneliness. A cool couple feels guilty for a prior transgression and attempt to integrate Carrie into high school society, unaware it will trigger a revenge plot against the girl. Embarrassed and enraged by the plot, Carrie uses her supernatural powers to destroy the society, town, and mother who have kept her down.
Top five writing credits.
Example: The Glass Floor – Startling Mystery Stories (Fall, 1967)
The Reaper’s Image – Startling Mystery Stories (Spring, 1969)
The Blue Air Compressor – Onan (January, 1971)
It Grows on You – Mashroots (Fall, 1973)
Nine short stories – Cavalier Magazine (1970-74)
Bio, maximum of one hundred fifty words.
Example: Stephen King teaches English at Hampden Academy and earned his English degree from University of Maine at Orono. His short stories have appeared in several journals, magazines, and periodicals. He lives in Maine with his wife and their children.
Links to your social media accounts and website (if you have one).
Not on social media? I probably won’t publish you. Selling indie books is a team effort.
Final note: Unnerving books do not include trigger warnings as the only logical route beyond normalizing this activity is weaponizing it against free speech. If this is a deal breaker, do not submit to Unnerving.
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