Submissions

In order to gain maximum exposure to the English-speaking world, new issues appear Fridays at 10:00 a.m. CDT/4:00 p.m. BST/8:30: p.m. IST/1:00 a.m. AEST (Saturdays).

There is no pay for any submission at this time. All rights remain with the author.

There is no submission fee or submission period. The Chamber accepts submissions 24/7/365.

Use thechambermagazine@gmail.com to query and to submit. Everything must be submitted by e-mail either in the body of the e-mail or a Word document (.doc or .docx).

In the subject line of your e-mail please state whether this is an article or review or poetry of fiction submission, your name, and the work’s title.  For example:  Article by Phil Slattery  “Poe’s Raven: an Analysis”. This information helps filter out a lot of extraneous stuff if I have to search for it.

Be professional. The less editing I have to do, the more likely you are to be published. In my experience, this is true of all publishers.

I reserve the editorial rights necessary to make minor changes needed for clarity (such as to correct typos and misspellings). I will never make revisions or major edits. It’s much simpler and easier to just reject the work or ask for a rewrite.

I will try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but please allow a couple of weeks before querying about your article/story. If I like your submission, I will publish it as soon as possible, probably within a month or two.  This will depend on the backlog of submissions and other factors.  

Do not send fan fiction.

Keep profanity to a minimum. I would like to reach as large an audience as possible.  

Gratuitous sex, extreme violence, violence to children, rape and anything else that offends my personal sensibilities or anything that skirts the boundaries of the law will not be published.

Always re-check the guidelines before submitting.  They may change without prior notice.

Interviews are by invitation only. However, if you have conducted a short interview of an author (or artist/illustrator) of horror or dark fiction, I will be happy to consider it for publication.

I am looking for articles, reviews, essays, dark poetry, and dark fiction of approximately 7,500 words or less including flash fiction, micro fiction, nano fiction, postcard fiction, sudden fiction, smoke longs, dribbles, drabbles, short shorts, six-word stories, mini-sagas, creepypastas, or of any flavor of short fiction that demonstrates the art of writing dark fiction. If in doubt about what I publish, query.

I will also accept:

  • Articles of approximately 7,500 words or less on the art of writing dark fiction (of any length, poetry, screenplays, etc.) or on writing in general.  Articles on foreign dark fiction are encouraged.
  • Book and movie reviews, the more recently published or distributed the better, but I will consider reviews of classics works of dark fiction all the way back to Walpole (and before if sufficiently interesting).   These must be approximately 7,500 words or less also.
  • Articles on horror in other countries are encouraged.  
  • Translations of articles, stories, or poems from French, German, or Spanish are considered, but the original article/story/poem and its translation must not exceed the 7,500 word or less limit.

Use standard manuscript format.  This makes it easier for me to copy and paste into the website and easier for readers to grasp.

A short bio of 50 words or less  is optional. It may include your website, twitter handle, or any other social media identification you like.  

Pseudonyms are fine, but please state them as the byline and include your actual name and contact info in the top left of the first page of the submission per standard manuscript format.

I am taking multiple submissions of up to three works at once. Once you have submitted, please wait until you have heard about that submission before submitting more.

I will take simultaneous submissions, but be professional and withdraw your work if it has been accepted elsewhere before being published here.

Reprints are okay, but tell me when and where the article/story/poem was most recently published. You may include this in your submission or bio.

This page was last updated on November 10, 2021.